Last fall we previewed an adorably small single family home for sale at 141 Ames in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. As you can see from the picture below, the fence has a lot to say!
Would you live on a block or next to a neighbor that has such a busy fence? On the one hand, I really like it and respect their creativity (particularly since artistic creativity is not my speciality, although I’m working on it). On the other hand, it just seems really busy and if they have this much to say on their fence, how much do they have to say in person?
The fence in question is on a lightly trafficked alley, I honestly don’t know what the SF rules and regulations are about exterior decorations, particularly when it comes to fences. Given that the city wanted to fine a Russian Hill homeowner for installing a tasteful-by-comparison cartouche $250/day, I’m pretty sure that if someone wanted to make a stink about this fence that they certainly could. Not that we’re encouraging that. We like San Francisco quirky, and if the current Noe Valley neighbors don’t have an issue with it, then we certainly aren’t trying to stir things up.
But how about it? Would seeing this fence when you were out on a home tour make you more likely or less likely to be interested in the home for sale? Or, would you be indifferent to the fence and be much more concerned with the home you are looking at? I have to say that if I’m being really honest, it would give me a bit of pause. I wouldn’t let it be a deal-breaker, but I’d definitely want to meet the neighbor to make sure that they are crazy-cool, not crazy-crazy!