A California lawyer filed for a restraining order to stop his neighbor’s kids from playing basketball claiming their game dropped the value of his house by $100k. He was ultimately denied with the court saying that reasonable people can expect “some inconveniences and annoyances” from neighbors.
Japan has so many “ghost houses” that they are commonly given away at low/no-cost.
Some apartments in Hong Kong are so small they are called “coffin homes”. They are so small that the UN called it an “insult to human dignity” with some being around 15 square feet”.
In 2014, four tenants refused to move out of their homes when developers wanted to create one of the most exclusive residences in Manhattan. Eventually, they all received huge payouts. The last tenant was so savvy and stubborn he received $17 million, plus use of a $2 million residence for life.
During the Great Depression, a prominent attorney flipped $2 (inflation adjusted $31) into $100,000 ($1,500,000). He then proceeded to award the money to the woman who could give birth to the most amount of kids in the following decade.
Arthur Guinness, founder of Guinness, signed a 9,000 year lease at the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin for £45 per year back in 1759.
After 25 years of wondering about a strange dip in the floor beneath his couch, a man in Plymouth, England finally dug down into his home’s foundation and found a medieval well 33 feet deep, along with an old sword hidden deep inside.
Thanks to skyrocketing real estate prices, Manhattan gas stations are worth much more than the money the owner can make selling gas.
The state of New York requires the seller of a house to disclose if they believe their house is haunted.
A woman got her 20 boyfriends to buy her 20 iPhones, then sold them to buy a house.