r/mildlyinteresting Dec 06 '21 Silver 7 Helpful 9 Wholesome 5 All-Seeing Upvote 1

This house in my neighborhood that has no windows at all

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u/tttxgq Dec 06 '21

Are all the windows at the back of the house?

The only other time I’ve seen something like this is where it was a fake house, designed to hide something, like a bunker. But if you’re going to the trouble of making a fake house you’d put fake windows in it, to maintain the illusion, right?

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u/OozeNAahz Dec 06 '21

Have seen things like that to disguise pumping stations and the like.

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u/wtf_seriously_stahp Dec 06 '21

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u/THElaytox Dec 07 '21

Ha, I was just thinking of the pumping stations in Raleigh, there's a few of them

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u/cjmar41 Dec 06 '21

Yeah there’s some AT&T data centers and other crap like this I believe.

One ended up for sale and the inside was all drop ceilings and elevated floors, looked like an office from the 1990s.

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u/Burninator05 Dec 06 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy LOVE!

Here's one for sale in Dallas. I tried to convince the wife we should buy it but she said no.

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u/Mermaids_tatertots Dec 06 '21

I had no idea this was a thing until today. Absolutely wild!

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u/k20350 Dec 06 '21

Yea some phone switching centers were built to look like houses also. If you are ever in a large city and see a huge building with no windows it almost certainly is a phone switching station.

The building Iinked below is one in NYC that conspiracies have ran wild about for years.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/33_Thomas_Street

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u/lazylacey86 Dec 06 '21

We don’t talk about the Federal Bureau of Control.

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u/fishsupreme Dec 06 '21

There's actually documents in the game that give the Oldest House's address as on Thomas St.

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u/KnightedCatamount Dec 07 '21

The entrances are literally identical. It's not even meant to be an obfuscated fact.

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u/UnluckyLux Dec 07 '21

On the wiki it even says that the building was inspiration for the FBC building in Control

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u/DesoTheDegenerate Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 07 '21

The NSA operates out of that building so you’re not wrong lol.

The vents you see are for ventilating the massive amounts of heat that server rooms generate. The entire building is a hardened windowless server farm, sitting right on top of a boatload of converging transcontinental fiber optic connections from all over the world.

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u/Delicious-Tachyons Dec 06 '21

I imagine if you stood outside that building and just took photos of people entering and leaving some people would visit you for a chat.

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u/VladDaImpaler Dec 07 '21

Good luck trying to use their line “You can’t expect privacy in the public space”.

Really though, someone standing outside a building and taking photos/notes about who enters, exits, the times and direction they were heading IS EXACTLY what surveillance cameras do. They are just more insidious because you would be immediately suspicious if a cop stood there doing that, but a camera—barely noticeable.

Edit: and to add, I don’t mean someone’s ring, or a stores security camera. I am referring to things like China’s “Safe Cities” package that they export to other countries. Surveillance state in every worst way

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u/Delicious-Tachyons Dec 07 '21

Oh i hate street-by-street surveillance. And I'm not some master criminal who thinks it'll hamper my illicit fun times and criminal capers, but rather that any time you do that, someone in 'charge' can use whatever you're doing to fuck you hard, and if the country you're living in goes full on totalitarian, you have no way to hide.

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u/Draws-attention Dec 07 '21 Wholesome

The NSA operates in every building.

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u/TechnicalBen Dec 06 '21

TIL "Control" is based on real life not fiction...

I live by the phrase "Real life is stranger than Fiction!"

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u/ProtoKaos Dec 06 '21

The very concept of Control is about a bureau that governs reality, or at least regulates it. That idea wouldn't be cool of it didn't take place on our planet and reference things that really happened here.

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u/TechnicalBen Dec 07 '21

Yeah, but if you actually found that one hotel when you pulled a light switch?! XD

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u/FuckoffDemetri Dec 06 '21

Why were they so opposed to phone switchers having windows?

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u/DesoTheDegenerate Dec 07 '21

Hardening against natural disasters and other such catastrophic events.

A massive hurricane slamming into NYC is bad, but its a million times worse if the largest telecom switching station on the east coast gets its windows blown out and all the servers get soaked.

That building handles far far more than phone switching these days too, it's a major convergence point for tons of transcontinental fiber optic cables.

Basically, its the internet building and we don't want the internet to break.

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u/Box-Mink Dec 07 '21

Thank you for the Layman's terms!

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u/Aquifel Dec 06 '21

Security risk and cost savings.

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u/Armitageshanks0831 Dec 06 '21

Also, older switches generated huge amounts of heat. The last thing you'd want is a bunch of windows to let the sunshine in.

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u/fucklawyers Dec 07 '21

They were loud as fuck, too.

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u/Pintsyze Dec 06 '21

Oh, it’s like the building in Men In Black

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u/horror_and_hockey Dec 06 '21

best of the best of the best, sir...with honors.

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u/JohnGillnitz Dec 06 '21

None of ya'll are laughing though...

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u/adifferentvision Dec 06 '21

May I ask why you felt little Tiffany deserved to die?

https://youtu.be/K3hAVT2sDqQ

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u/Deradius Dec 07 '21

Canonically speaking, was Jay right about Tiffany? Or is that scene just showing that he’s quick on his feet?

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '21 edited 16d ago

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u/whales-are-assholes Dec 06 '21

I assume building it like a house is to keep the surrounding properties from dropping in market value?

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u/RevolutionaryFly5 Dec 06 '21

they're also used to contain noise, like from a water pumping station

but yes, they do it for property values

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u/goldcoast2011985 Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 07 '21

My favorite was AT&T spilling the beans about these locations because they couldn’t redact the pdf.

https://digiblade.blogspot.com/2006/05/att-leaks-its-own-sensitive-info-in.html

One of the ones listed in that doc:

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/09/ef/7f/09ef7f78a0b167cd59731fcd290ce10d.jpg

Another giveaway is the microwave horns on the roof.

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u/Alan_Smithee_ Dec 06 '21

Or power substations?

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u/rick_blatchman Dec 06 '21

I learned about these house facades for substations from an episode of King of the Hill.

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u/Trickery1688 Dec 06 '21

I was searching for the King of the Hill reference.

I am now pleased.

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u/wheelert Dec 06 '21

Some buildings in southern california like that are oil rigs

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u/caligunguy Dec 06 '21

There’s some fake islands off the coast of Long Beach made to hide oil rigs

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u/MericanNativeSon Dec 06 '21

Yup, there’s tons of substations hidden in plain buildings. I know of some that look like houses, churches, and some in downtowns of cities made in plain looking buildings. Most have little to no windows. Towns/Cities will have laws to make phone/power Utilities do this to keep the neighborhood looking decent.

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u/Individual-Cat-5989 Dec 06 '21

they have fake buildings in LA that hide oil well pumping stations, like 5 story buildings with no roof just open to the sky but from the outside at ground level it looks totally normal, you see guys going to work in the buildings every day like it's cool.

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u/TheWolphman Dec 06 '21

You could totally be a suburban Bruce Wayne in one of those bad boys.

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u/Geschinta Dec 06 '21

That is straight up secret laboratory material, time to do some mad science.

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u/Petsweaters Dec 06 '21

Do you mean cooking meth?

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u/VaATC Dec 06 '21

The place linked above could contain a whole synthetic drug lab along with one for the meth, get big enough piece of property and you can start growing poppies as well to add to the mix.

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u/Ba_Sing_Saint Dec 06 '21

So it’s like 3 bed 2 bath?

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u/CHUCKL3R Dec 06 '21

3 bed 2 bath 1 pit in soundproof basement

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u/cheezpnts Dec 06 '21

Sometimes it gets loud when I’m…doing laundry.

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u/Omnidabs Dec 06 '21

This would be great for a commercial grow operation

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u/Imightbewrong44 Dec 06 '21

Mining operation, they already have all the ATT networking, power, backup generator.

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u/sealclubber281 Dec 06 '21

Wanna grow weed? That's exactly where you grow an absolute fuckton of weed

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u/Ordo_501 Dec 07 '21

That's the first thing I thought also lol. A lot of the work is already done

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u/GMOiscool Dec 06 '21

Holy shit that's expensive!! You'd have to sink at least another 100k to make that an actual house.

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u/culverrryo Dec 06 '21

But for almost 6k sf??

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u/GMOiscool Dec 06 '21

Yeah, but empty and ugly sqft. You have to put so much into that place to make it livable. It doesn't even have a kitchen or bathrooms.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have an empty shell to do with as I please, but buying that place you gotta know you're actually paying double to live in it.

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u/tutukittyfuck Dec 06 '21

Yeah, but indoor gokart track.

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u/whales-are-assholes Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 07 '21

I’m an empty shell, please do with me as you please.

Edit: I’m not sure if it was done with sincerity, but thanks to the person who sent out a mental health check notification.

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u/Ellis_Dee-25 Dec 06 '21

Think you could fit a kitchen and couple of bedrooms in there?

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u/RobbMeeX Dec 06 '21

Shit man, we need to talk bathrooms!

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u/procupine14 Dec 06 '21 Wholesome

Already "pending," welcome to the current state of the Dallas housing market.

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u/GMOiscool Dec 06 '21

That's literally everywhere. A friend trying to buy a house in KC KS and he literally missed his dream house because even though he saw it as soon as it was listed the owners still accepted an offer in four hours. Literally every house he looked at was like that. He didn't even physically see the house he purchased until the walkthrough for inspections. His wife did a video call with the realtor and he put in the offer when she hung up.

My SIL was trying to buy a country house an hour outside Wichita and the only reason she got one was because it was an old sentimental couple who wouldn't sell to anyone they didn't think would care for it right. Interviewed them and everything, and picked them based on their family instead of asking price. Everyone else I know trying to buy a house right now either just puts in an offer as fast as they can or has some sort of "in" with the owners.

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u/procupine14 Dec 06 '21

Oh, definitely, we just sold a house and ended up with 38 offers in 24 hours. Some straight up cash and waiving all inspections.

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u/muk559 Dec 06 '21

After 9/11, AT&T removed its logos from its Central Offices. These are the nervous center for a city's communication. Land lines, internet and even cell towers rely on these. Also explains why they tend to be windowless. Perfect zombie bunker though. They have full restrooms, generator and batter backups and some even mini kitchens lol.

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u/boon4376 Dec 07 '21

Full restrooms and mini kitchens is better than full kitchens and mini restrooms

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u/Funkit Dec 07 '21

I mean my ass may be the size of a basketball but my butthole is the size of a quarter. I’d poop in a mini toilet if it meant full food rations

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u/rosegamm Dec 06 '21

No windows in the back, either. My friend lives next door, so I've seen the back of the house from her back yard. There's no public street behind the houses on that side, so I couldn't get a photo today without trespassing on their property. I've never seen them. People do love there. My friend says they come outside to get their mail in the evenings

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u/DetroitLarry Dec 06 '21

Sounds like a classic case of vampires.

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u/sucobe Dec 06 '21

GUILLERMO!

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u/english_mat Dec 06 '21

Where is that boy.

GIZMO!

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u/PoliteDefenestrator Dec 06 '21

Fucking guy

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u/sucobe Dec 06 '21

I mean, once you see Colin Robinson belly dancing a few times, the magic kind of wears off.

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u/Scrybatog Dec 07 '21

Creeeeepy paper

Creeeeepy paper

Ooh multi pack

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u/karpomalice Dec 06 '21 Bravo Grande!

so I couldn't get a photo today without trespassing on their property.

Not like they would’ve saw you

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u/J333abm Dec 06 '21

Vampires confirmed

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u/StarWarsMonopoly Dec 06 '21 Party Train

People do love there.

And we're all happy for them.

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u/jerkface1026 Dec 06 '21

Mole people deserve rich family lives too.

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u/kuriboshoe Dec 06 '21

And love

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u/Sleep_on_Fire Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 07 '21

Former firefighter. This is definitely a utility structure disguised as a residential building.

No windows, no traffic, chimney over the front door, etc. This is some sort of hub for a utility.

Edit: Wait - OP, people live there or people are seen going to the mailbox from time to time?

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u/justonemom14 Dec 07 '21

Isn't it against fire code to have a living space (bedrooms) without windows for second escape route?

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u/Sleep_on_Fire Dec 07 '21

In nearly all jurisdictions in the US. Yes.

In most places in the US, you’re not allowed to count an area as livable square footage unless there is a secondary egress.

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u/Teepseyipey Dec 07 '21

The chimney in front of the door I didn't notice but now it looks really odd!

Do you know why they set them up that way and what it's like inside in the front door area?

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u/Sleep_on_Fire Dec 07 '21

Front door is probably a dummy.

They put the chimney where they needed vent stacks. They put the front door where it would be aesthetically pleasing from the curb.

They coincided in this case.

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u/DannyBigD Dec 07 '21

I looked at a house earlier this year with the chimney about 6 feet in from the front door. Weird in an otherwise nice house.

I think this pic has the chimney just a bit further back than it actually looks.

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u/RatherNerdy Dec 06 '21

Some towns hide municipal water pumps and other things like that in houses, but they're usually small houses that blend in, but you're saying that you see activity occasionally?

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u/lgm22 Dec 06 '21

Back on the 70s in Ontario the local electric companies built these to house transformer stations in neighborhoods so they wouldn’t look out of place. Kinda cool in a way.

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u/Hazelwood38 Dec 06 '21

houses like that are usually created by electricity companies to house hydro elements. They have them here too, they camouflage them to look like normal houses rather than being big ugly wires and tubes.

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u/Sourika Dec 06 '21

Why would they get mail and why would people come from inside the house and receive the mail?

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u/ghalta Dec 06 '21

Unless there are like three doors along the back wall of the house, there's no way someone lives there legally. Pretty much all building codes anywhere with enough regulation to be a "neighborhood" requires every bedroom in a SFH to have two methods of egress, e.g. a door to the rest of the interior and an external window or door.

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u/TinKicker Dec 06 '21

FBI Safe House.

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u/[deleted] Dec 06 '21

No way, every TV show ever has taught me that those have convenient windows through which agents can take a peek through before getting drive-by shot at.

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u/cdurgin Dec 06 '21

Just made a comment about it, but hijacking for visibility. That's a water treatment building and well house. There are no windows for security reasons. Rich neighborhoods pay the extra money to make the municipal buildings look nice.

I've been in a few well houses like this. There always interesting and it's a bit surreal to go from nice exterior thorough a door into a concrete almost factory looking building.

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u/Keyser_Kaiser_Soze Dec 06 '21

Doesn’t have to be rich neighborhoods. All pumping stations in my small town are Prairie style homes. They unfortunately don’t cover 100% of the facilities and they are all close if not right up against water towers.

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u/skittylitter Dec 06 '21 Helpful Take My Energy

This looks like my sim houses when I run out of money for windows

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u/bamboobable Dec 06 '21

I wish I could instantly sell my windows and doors for some quick cash irl

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u/Capt__Murphy Dec 06 '21

The owner of this house might buy your windows

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u/damontoo Dec 07 '21

Nah, they died years ago trying to microwave something because they didn't level up cooking.

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u/swissly60 Dec 07 '21

nah they have an in ground pool thats only deep end and didnt have the foresight to buy a ladder

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u/cheesegoat Dec 06 '21

No paint, no floors (just grass), a plain bed, a chess set in front of a very comfy chair, a toilet in the corner next to a shower stall so advanced you float inside it and a microwave on the floor. Oh, and a trashcan for the bills.

Optional: indoor flamingos

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u/raspberrypigeon Dec 07 '21

motherlode

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u/skittylitter Dec 07 '21

Sometimes I want my sims to struggle lol

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u/griffmeister Dec 07 '21

That's what ladder-less pools are for

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u/MoreDescription Dec 07 '21

Wait why do I remember Rosebud as the money cheat?

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u/AgentPeggyCarter Dec 07 '21

Rosebud is 1000. Motherlode is 50,000.

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u/KillYourUsernames Dec 07 '21

You could also do rosebud;!;!;!;!;!;! And so on for additional thousands per ;!

I could totally be remembering that wrong, it’s been almost twenty years

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u/ubertappa Dec 06 '21

I'm more confused by the chimney that is directly over the front door.

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u/Colombianx Dec 06 '21 Silver Take My Energy To The Stars

Simple. you walk into the windowless house uninvited thinking thats the front door. Boom, straight into an incinerator.

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u/literal-hitler Dec 06 '21 Helpful

Sounds like some places I had built...

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u/infidel93 Dec 06 '21 Wholesome

Name checks out

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u/[deleted] Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 11 '21 Silver

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u/ChefAssassinn Dec 06 '21 Wholesome

Bat!

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u/Fitbot5000 Dec 06 '21

Ok... I guess I'll just walk home by myself.

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u/The_5th_Loko Dec 06 '21

You can always walk home with Jackie Daytona, Regular Human

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u/futurarmy Dec 06 '21

One human alcohol beer please.

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u/mikevanatta Dec 07 '21

This is how we talk in Tucson, Arizonia

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u/Boomski8585 Dec 06 '21

Nandor the Relentless is that you?

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u/Regal241sc Dec 06 '21

Fuck-ing guy

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u/trump-hogan2016 Dec 06 '21

They would call me Nandor the Relentless, because I would never relent

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u/mikevanatta Dec 07 '21

No no, I am pillaging everyone, you included.

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u/Hanzburger Dec 06 '21

That's not a chimney, it's a lookout tower. This entire home is in defense mode.

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u/literal-hitler Dec 06 '21

Something like this only with the entrance right behind it?

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u/Noredditforwork Dec 06 '21

Thank you, I can't believe this isn't the first reply.

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u/RandomlyConsistent Dec 06 '21

That's the blast door. It slides down to really seal things up.

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u/TVLL Dec 06 '21

Get the address and check it out on Zillow. Check your county clerk and see who owns it (to see if it’s the power or water company).

It’s all public info.

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u/FunHealthy498 Dec 07 '21

Forgot what documentary I was watching but there was a water company that had a house exactly like this used for their purposes

Might have been Devil Next Door

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u/peronsyntax Dec 07 '21

What did they use it for? I understand AT&T of the power company but the water company is interesting

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u/snakeproof Dec 07 '21

Could be a pump station, they're used for areas that are too high up for the water tower to provide good pressure.

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u/UVLightOnTheInside Dec 07 '21

Internet companies do the same things for Network hubs.

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u/Einsteins_coffee_mug Dec 07 '21 Wholesome

Yeah, I used to stick my router in the attic. Great download speeds but my uploads are slow as heck.

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u/frzn_dad Dec 07 '21

Or to low that need a lift station for sewer.

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u/Space_Narwhals Dec 07 '21

They hide pump stations in them for the municipal water supply sometimes if it's in an established neighborhood. Typically those will still have big louvers on the sides or back for generator intakes and stuff, but they look almost identical to regular houses.

Source: helped work on a design for one.

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u/zman9119 Dec 07 '21

County GIS website will tell you all of the info.

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u/elizalemon Dec 06 '21

All of my neighbors know everybody and they’re all related, but few of them ever say hello or introduce themselves. I look up property owners on my county’s tax assessor property search and then look them up on fb.

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u/MilKAOS Dec 07 '21

"All of my neighbors... and they're all related" - that right there would worry me deeply.

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u/murielscapt Dec 07 '21

A banjo salesman enters the chat , excitedly…

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u/elizalemon Dec 07 '21

Everyone is Mormon and Catholic, big families, rural county.

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u/RatherNerdy Dec 06 '21

I wondered if it was a municipal building (they sometimes camouflage water pumps, etc) that some towns use to disguise/camouflage various things, but based on the age of the house - 60s maybe? - I'm wondering if it's a nuclear fallout house.

Rather than a bunker underground, the house itself is fortified - thick walls, no windows, etc in case of nuclear blast.

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u/Gambit3le Dec 06 '21

This was my thought too. It might be a power transformer or a water main access or something that just looks like a house.

Or maybe it's owned by vampires?

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u/Almostasleeprightnow Dec 06 '21

Ugg, suburban vampires tho.

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u/pedrotheterror Dec 06 '21

There is a utility pump station by my MiL’s house just like this.

This house is more 80s style, same as in OP’s post.

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u/the_Lonley_Bananna Dec 06 '21

What the fuck are they vampires

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u/Moln0014 Dec 06 '21

Probably a house that was build to put cell phone utility stuff in. To make it look like the neighborhood instead of ugly utility boxes. I saw a link once but I can't find it

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u/ThrowmeawayAKisCold Dec 06 '21

That or another utility like a power substation. There are several around here.

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u/rosegamm Dec 06 '21

That's what we joke. I've never seen them

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u/MiscellaneousShrub Dec 06 '21

Do you know that someone actually lives there? Sometimes utilities are put inside of fake houses in the nicer neighborhoods. If that's the case, congrats on living in a nice neighborhood that does this.

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u/zer0w0rries Dec 07 '21

If that’s not the case, congrats on having vampire neighbors.

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u/bowers12 Dec 07 '21

Those doors do look like doors you'd use for utility rooms, and the chimney does seem to be in an odd place.

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u/MiscellaneousShrub Dec 07 '21

Agree on both counts, doors look very utilitarian. And if the chimney is there you are greeted immediately by a fireplace upon entering.

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u/bruss88 Dec 06 '21

Maybe not vampires but a Dexter type may live there

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u/Shaneblaster Dec 06 '21

Kill rooms on every floor!

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u/FIContractor Dec 06 '21

From your other replies, they come out at night to get the mail and decorate the windows next to the door for Halloween. Definitely vampires.

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u/kuriboshoe Dec 06 '21

It would be even funnier if it was a municipal property that they go to the lengths of decorating and retrieving mail to escalate the realism

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u/GandalfsHairyTaint Dec 06 '21

It could be a municipal building and the one dude that works out of there just lives there to save on rent and max out his retirement contributions. I used to have a remote satellite office, literally the only person that used it was me... I had thought multiple times about just getting rid of my apartment and living there.

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u/inJohnVoightscar Dec 06 '21

So why didn't you?

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u/GandalfsHairyTaint Dec 07 '21

If I wanted to party, have company, or really do anything like that it would have been kind of pathetic looking on my part, squatting in my work office. Also, it wasn't like I couldn't afford my own place, I was reasonably paid. I would have saved like 16k a year but would have lived in shame and anxiety the entire time.

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u/croninsiglos Dec 06 '21

Except for the two by the door right?

It’d be cool to see photos of the interior on Zillow or something. I wonder if there are huge windows in the back.

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u/rosegamm Dec 06 '21

Those door panels have something behind them. During holidays, those blinds are lofted and they have signs in the windows for Halloween, etc. Like, they even blocked those windows. There's no windows in the back. My friend lives next door. It's all brick back there (despite facing a creek).

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u/altbekannt Dec 06 '21

Ring the bell

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u/SkeetDavidson Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 06 '21 Helpful Lurking

Cover story: Tell them you're a door to door window sales man.

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u/Rdubya44 Dec 07 '21 Helpful

I’m here to give you a window replacement estimate. That’ll be….uh zero.

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u/DarthCruise Dec 07 '21

Or a window to window door salesman.

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u/literal-hitler Dec 06 '21

So obviously you have to get a picture when they put up Christmas decorations and update reddit now.

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u/MisterBlisteredlips Dec 06 '21

There's a fire place coming out of the roof right behind those doors.

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u/[deleted] Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 20 '21

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u/theghostofme Dec 07 '21

That's the way my childhood home was built in the 70s. It was just offset from the front door. You'd walk in to the living room on the left with the fireplace separating it and the dining room.

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u/Doggo_Creature Dec 06 '21

What the heck? I thought that looked off and maybe it's a central one that the chimney must sort of curve over to be right above the doorway...

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u/runrgrl17 Dec 06 '21

Damn. What's Melissa Etheridge going to sing about now??

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u/dumbasses_r_us Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 06 '21

Welcome to my chimney

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u/MisterCallegari Dec 06 '21 Heartwarming

Must be Linux users.

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u/Amadai Dec 06 '21

Maybe one of those people that is allergic to the sun lives there?

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u/LookingReallyQuantum Dec 06 '21

Xeroderma pigmentosum. That’s what I wondered too

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u/beefinbed Dec 06 '21 Silver Wholesome Shocked

Said that out loud and my phone started levitating.

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u/jodobrowo Dec 07 '21

It's pigmentosum not pigmentosum

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u/kuriboshoe Dec 06 '21

This is the best probably not the case but makes sense answer

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u/cjmar41 Dec 06 '21 Gold

In your state (sorry i creeped the posts on your profile) there is a housing code that requires every room in a house to have a window for “emergency purposes” and something that can be used to rescue people as well as broken for fire ventilation.

This is most definitely one big room or some other sort of specialty house (like a “hidden” datacenter).

The law reads (and I won’t post the statute to give away your state/location):

every sleeping room shall have not less than one operable emergency escape and rescue opening. Where basements contain one or more sleeping rooms, an emergency escape and rescue opening shall be required in each sleeping room. Emergency escape and rescue openings shall open directly into a public way, or to a yard or court that opens to a public way.

There are exceptions for “shelters” and houses used to keep “mechanical” equipment (probably includes things like servers).

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u/k20350 Dec 06 '21

Almost certainly this is a data center or phone switching building.

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u/LeeLooTheWoofus Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 06 '21

Fake house I bet. Inside is likely a pump station. Here is an example of another one:

https://gizmodo.com/this-normal-looking-house-is-fake-and-actually-hides-a-1505479080

They do this so you dont have a big ugly pump station or industrial looking building in the middle of the neighborhood.

Easy way to find out. Walk up to the "garage doors" and put your ear up to them. If you hear the rumbling of machinery or the hum of electricity you have your answer.

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u/ManyRelevant Dec 06 '21

That looks super weird. And is the fireplace directly inside the front door? It looks like you’d step into the chimney directly inside the doors?

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u/wkomorow Dec 06 '21

Or that could be a light well shaped like a chimney, constructed so you get no direct sunlight but only filtered light.

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u/Sofarbeyondfucked Dec 06 '21

NSA server hub

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u/Gilgie Dec 06 '21

Above ground sex dungeon.

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u/TaylorSwiftsClitoris Dec 06 '21

Ugh what’s even the point of a sex dungeon if it’s not below ground?

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u/EnderBrineYT Dec 06 '21

Sex fortress

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u/jocky300 Dec 06 '21

Fornication fortification.

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u/PM_WORST_FART_STORY Dec 06 '21

After visiting one in Prague, I have grown to see the benefits of sex towers.

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u/Roguecop Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 23 '21

This is not a real house. I watched something on this, it has to do with utility infrastructure. Can't remember what exactly, but certain areas of the the country these are spread all over. If you found your way in there would be nothing but machinery and likely some kind of access hatch down.

Seems there are quite a few reasons for a fake house.

Seems the most common reason is: "This is going to be ugly, the neighbors won't like it, lets put it in a fake house."

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u/Blueberry_Mancakes Dec 06 '21

This isn't a house, it's a facade. It's likely concealing utility equipment, but made to fit with the neighborhood esthetic.

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u/IAmSoWinning Dec 06 '21

It's either a substation or telecommunications node for whatever provider is in your area. There are a lot of companies that will hide their equipment in neighborhoods by putting them in fake houses.

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u/smalls714 Dec 06 '21

What about behind those 2 walls?

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u/Sexpacitos Dec 06 '21

Why is the chimney directly in front of the entrance?

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u/lw5555 Dec 06 '21

We've got lots of houses like this in Toronto. They're hydro system substations for the surrounding neighbourhood. They hide the large step-down transformers.

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u/CeeArthur Dec 06 '21

For some reason all the Jehovah's Witnesses churches where I'm from are all like this. Brick buildings, no windows

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u/[deleted] Dec 06 '21

Same here, but they have spaces where windows could go if they have to sell the building later.

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u/foco_del_fuego Dec 06 '21

Pull up the address on zillow or trulia and see the details and pictures of the house.

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