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9 Times Stubborn Homeowners Refused To Move, And Faced Unexpected Consequences

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Edith Macefield


Edith Macefield, aged 84, garnered local admiration when she compelled developers to construct their mall around her residence, rejecting a million-dollar offer for her farmhouse.

Lucrative offer


Acquiring the house for $3,750 in 1952, she resided there with her mother while working as a store manager. Despite the lucrative offer, Edith staunchly refused to allow her house to be demolished, leading the builders to incorporate her home into the complex. Today, her house stands tall amidst the bustling mall.

Tragic death


Following the tragic death of her husband and her children leaving the nest, Mary Cook remained the sole occupant of her home. As developers swarmed the neighborhood, convincing Cook’s neighbors to sell, the widow steadfastly resisted any attempts to displace her.



Eventually, the charming original building was partially demolished to make room for two towering apartment blocks, a testament to Cook’s unwavering resolve.

Refused to sell


Vera Coking acquired a property for $20,000 and a decade later, she received a million-dollar offer from renowned publisher Bob Guccione, who aimed to construct a casino and hotel on her land. Despite the tempting proposition, Vera steadfastly refused to sell.

Financial difficulties


Construction commenced but was halted due to financial difficulties, even though Vera remained resolute in her decision. Donald Trump later purchased adjacent lots to develop a limousine parking lot and also approached Vera with an offer. After residing in her house for 32 years, she remained unwavering in her refusal to sell. Eventually, the city invoked eminent domain, providing her with a mere $251,000, a fraction of Guccione’s offer made a decade earlier.

Macy’s expansion


Macy’s ambitious plans to become the world’s largest department store led to the necessity of building around a substantial structure in Manhattan’s Herald Square. In a bid to thwart Macy’s expansion, rival retailer Siegel-Cooper strategically acquired a plot at the corner of Broadway and 34th Street, constructing a five-floor building on the site to impede Macy’s progress.

St. Joseph College


Joske’s of Texas purchased St. Joseph College, located a couple of lots away from Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church. Subsequently, Joske’s made a generous offer of up to $200,000 to acquire the church property. The parish history book documents this attempted acquisition, showcasing the church’s steadfastness in retaining its property despite the lucrative proposal.



The church’s resolute rejection of the deal remains a source of pride for the parish, leading to the enduring nickname of St. Joske’s as a symbol of their unwavering stance.



An apartment block in Guangzhou stands surrounded by an overpass, creating a peculiar sight in the city. Despite attempts by local authorities to remove three families residing in the buildings before the highway’s construction in 2008, these families resisted and remained in their homes, defying the government’s efforts to displace them.



Luo Baogen, a diligent duck farmer, invested nearly $77,000 to build his home in Wenling, China. When the local government offered him $28,000 to acquire his property for a highway construction project, Luo vehemently opposed the idea. Despite his refusal to vacate, the government proceeded to construct the road around his home, showcasing Luo’s unwavering determination to hold onto his property.

3 million


Austin Spriggs and his wife, Gladys, purchased a two-story house in Washington, D.C., for $135,000, intending to use it as an office for their architecture firm. Developers approached them with a lucrative $3 million offer to build large apartment buildings on the site, which Spriggs initially declined. However, he eventually sold the property for $4 million, navigating a complex real estate decision.

High prices


Unable to afford the high prices of certain houses, the founders of a hotel opted to construct the hotel around these properties. This unique approach resulted in a blend of old and new, with the two houses integrated into the hotel as souvenir shops, creating an intriguing mix of architecture and history.

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