In the mountain foothills of Colorado there are homes built right up
next to a narrow road. It is like driving thru their back yard ! I
haven't seen any that were "bridged" over the road like the picture,
but I would not be surprised if there are some out there.
There must be a door in the concrete foundation to the right of the
driveway. Otherwise, one might have to carry groceries a long way up
the external steps in the rain.
The window under the peak at the right looks narrow and well above the
deck. In the wilderness one might not want windows that were easy to
climb through. The section over the drive provides a carport and gives
the owner a picture window that's not accessible from outside. It could
be that the best view from the house is along the driveway. If it's an
east window, it could mean a warm, cheerful place for breakfast.
In addition, the owner gets the concrete storage space to the left,
probably protected by a steel door.
I think there's a lake to the left and he has his boat and boat
supplies in that part.
I"m not sure this is a driveway. It may be the road and there is a
driveway out of sight that goes to a higher floor and to a garage
Somebody paid to pave the road but not to make it wide enough for an
oncoming vehicle to pass. That led me to believe the road serves only
The deck appears to be 20 feet higher than the road. It would take a
long, steep loop for the road to climb that far. If the house was built
for vehicle access at that level, I assumed the road would have come in
at a higher level.
I wonder if the road leads to parking behind the house. That sounds
great for security. The burglar can't see if any cars are there without
driving under the picture window, where residents or cameras could make
a record of his vehicle and registration plate; a burglar could be
especially self-conscious if he has passed a NO TRESPASSING sign.
Without seeing the parking area, a burglar can't tell if the place looks
empty, can't study the patterns of residents, and can't see if there's a
vehicle he might want to break into. If the accessible windows are very
narrow and he can't get a vehicle up to the deck, that could make a
possible burglary look like too much danger and trouble.
Don't forget the hatch in the bridge part, where the homeowners can pour
boiling oil on the intruders, or rain arrows down on them.
Neat looking house, but I wouldn't wanna move furniture in and out of it.
My uncle didn't spend many hours away from his farm. In the 1950s
somebody backed in with a truck and crates and took hundreds of chickens
from a barn a hundred feet from his house, then phoned to ask if he
wanted to buy chickens.
His parking area was in plain view of the road, and his house was
visible on three sides. A chicken thief could be confident that nobody
was home to phone the police or come out with a shotgun.
By contrast, a few years ago there was a mobile home a couple of miles
away that reminded me of a fortress. I didn't know if it was abandoned.
The side facing the road had a stoop, a door, and two high, small
windows. After dark, the absence of visible lighted windows wouldn't
have meant nobody was home.
I couldn't see what was behind it. Foliage kept me from seeing past one
end, and underpinning kept me from seeing under it. A narrow dirt
driveway lay between the other end and more foliage. There seemed to be
a parking area behind, but I couldn't see much of it. For all I knew,
the driveway led to a colony of mobile homes.
If I'd been a chicken thief, I would have looked for a joint that was
easier to case.
I don't think detailed aerial photos were available before it was
removed in 2001.
In 1998, whisper-quiet ultralights began coming over my house at treetop
level. Something in my neighborhood seemed to interest them because
they would turn around nearby and come back over my house. Pilots would
wave to me. When I asked a local ultralight pilot who they were, he
seemed to know but seemed suspicious that I asked.
Friends recognized one of the treetop ultralights. They said it was
"that gang across the street." Across the street from them was a hay
field 300 yards deep. At the back of the field was the back of the lot
with the mobile home.
More than once a month, we used to hear large-caliber rapid firing
during the morning. A neighbor said it sounded like a 50-caliber
machine gun. It was about 250 rounds per minute. I didn't know if a 50
would fire that slowly.
The people who had identified the ultralight said the shooting came from
the gang across the street. They didn't identify the address, but I was
curious because the local phone book showed three sequential phone
numbers for three people at that mobile home. They were cell phones.
In those days I think it was exceptional for cell phones to be in the
book. They continued to be listed at that address during the years that
the lot was vacant.
The county provided an aerial photo in 2005. The mobile home had been
replaced with another one 75 feet long. Trees and bushes that had
blocked the view from the road had been removed. The small house next
door was 15 feet away. The area behind both houses, about 30 x 50
yards, looked like a parking lot that had formerly been screened from
the road. When the photo was taken, 15 cars were present.
A hundred yards away, in a corner of the hayfield out of sight from any
road, was a dwelling with 4 cars. They must not have driven there
often, for there was no driveway or beaten path. There were probably
other dwellings in the vicinity which, without signs of vehicular
access, could not be identified from the air. In the 1990s, apparently
the mobile home and the foliage were used to hide the parking lot for
residents of the stealthy dwellings.
I'd almost buy this theory. I've seen plenty of lakes with one-lane
roads around them, and some split lots with houses on the uphill side
away from the water. Most started out as private roads, but some were
taken over by the counties involved when the initial developer and/or
HOA went belly up, and somebody with clout decided they didn't wanna
drive out to the big road to get their mail, or have to walk out when it
The image quality is very poor but those trees look to be eucalyptus.
Given that, the location might be Southern California but more likely
It appears to be a public road going under the house, not a driveway,
because there is not even a parking pad at the bottom of the stairs.
All the newer rest stops on the Ohio Turnpike have an entire lounge for
truck drivers. The include a living room with couches and TV, several
shower rooms, a laundry, and I think a mini kitchen.
They are located towards the back of each building past the vending
machines. Check them out next time, they are pretty nice. You can look
in the glass windows. The building floor diagram is posted near them,
which shows all the room layouts.
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