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30 Strong-Willed Homeowners Who Refused To Sell Their Properties To Big Corporations

Remember that grumpy old guy from the ‘Up’ movie? Apparently, he has real-life counterparts!

Mark Andrew





Remember the movie ‘Up’? If you’ve seen that, then you know that the touching 2009 animated feature centers on Carl Fredricksen, a grumpy old man who set out to achieve a lifelong dream he shared with his departed spouse. At the earlier part of the film, we see how Mr. Fredricksen bravely refused to sell his house even when the rest of his neighbors already did so.

Apparently, we actually have a lot of Carl Fredricksens in real life in that regard. The homeowners you will see below refused against the idea of selling their properties to big corporations and governments. As the pictures below show us, however, they also experienced unexpected consequences as a result of their individual decisions.

Go scroll down below and see for yourself.


Speaking of Up, Edith Macefield was actually the inspiration behind the movie. She refused to sell her house even when she was offered $1 million for it.


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Mary Cook refused to sell her house even when neighboring houses were demolished. Now her home is sandwich between two towering structures.



Vera Coking refused to sell her house twice – first to Bob Guccione (who wanted to turn it into a casino) and then to Donald Trump.


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Another stubborn homeowner spotted in Melbourne, Australia.


This duplex in Toronto had to be cut in half as one resident refused to sell.


This gothic-inspired townhouse stuck in between two apartment buildings.


The Chinese government built a highway around these properties.


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Meanwhile in Guangzhou, a ring road had to be built after three families decided against selling their homes.


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Randal Acker’s small house with the Portland State University Residence Hall in the background.


Austin Spriggs’ Washington DC house – which he refused to sell at $3 million. However, he later agreed at $4 million.


A small coffee shop, the last remaining structure in the neighborhood of Roubaix, Northern France.


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A house under the bridge.


This Queen Anne House is now a church instead of an apartment.


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Developers had no choice but to build holdouts instead.


Taken in 2013, this lone homeowner refuses to sell to luxury villa developers.


Victoria Hotel couldn’t buy these small houses which later turned into souvenir shops.


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Farmer’s house stuck between three highways.


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Mrs Wu Ping was the last person in the neighborhood as she stayed her ground for 3 years. Eventually, she decided to sell it as well.


Another “nail house” in Shanghai.


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Wickhams Department Store just couldn’t buy this house from the Spiegelhalter family.


The contractors had to dig a ditch to force this last family out in Kunming, China.


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Apartment developers had to make adjustments after this saloon refused to sell the property.


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Rockefeller Plaza Complex had to be moved after these two building owners declined to sell.


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A “nail house” in the middle of a road in Nanning, China.


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Nail neighborhood in Guangfuli, Shanghai. They’re now surrounded by big condominium buildings.


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A farm near the Narita International Airport in Japan.


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Homeowners refused to leave their 900-year-old village. Developers decided to divert a river to encircle them instead.


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A small house in front of a shopping center in Hunan Province, China.


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Water and electricity supplies were cut but Zheng Meiju still decided to stay in her house located in Rui’an, Zhejiang Province.


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The ‘Million Dollar Corner’.

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