Residents of a Texas community are up in arms over graffiti that has been spray-painted across the front of a neighbor's home. Only the home's owner isn't too concerned -- after all, he did it himself.
Daryl McClain scrawled the message "To the motherf_____ that stole my truck. U R a dead man" across the front of the home's garage after his truck was stolen from his home on March 10.
Though McClain (pictured below) says that he only wrote the message to get his truck back (beneath the message, he wrote "2K NQA" meaning he is offering $2,000 for information), his neighbors say that it's an unnecessary and offensive eyesore that's been attracting unwanted attention to otherwise peaceful Clearwood Street in San Antonio.
"It's like a parade route. Everybody comes by," neighbor Roy Patty told local television station KENS-5. "Children shouldn't be able to read something like that."
But McClain defends that he has every right to do so ("Code Compliance says I'm not doing a thing wrong," he told the station), and that he is simply exercising his freedom of speech.
And he's not the only one. McClain's "freedom of speech" defense against his angry neighbors is reminiscent of an infamously ornery resident of Brighton, Colo., who also painted a confrontational notice on his residence, which abutted a property for sale in the rural town.
The sign, which read "WARNING / 3 Rottweilers / Loud Parties / Loud Music / Loud Cars / Anti-Horse / Fireworks / Call for more info" was painted by neighbor Titus Terranova as a message to potential buyers of his next-door neighbors' home. (That property has since been pulled off the market.)
But cases like these are challenging to take to court since, as the San Antonio Police Department says, these residents are not necessarily breaking the law. In McClain's case in particular, the city is not allowed to regulate what citizens paint on their homes (one California family has even gone so far as to turn their home into an advertising billboard in return for mortgage payments). Also, as McClain didn't actually spell the expletive out, he technically did not use profanity.
For some towns, price recoveries have been in the works for some time. Florida, in particular, lays claim to quite a few markets that appear to be firing on all cylinders, and posting the price gains to show for it.
With the help of our friends at Realtor.com, AOL Real Estate brings you homes from the metro areas that posted the greatest year-over-year median price increases in February, as measured by Realtor.com listings. If a national price recovery is happening, these are some of the towns leading the charge.
Location: Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.
Median Price Increase: 14.47 percent
Home Price: $5.479 million
Sq. Ft.: 5,286
This home, apparently recognized as a local architectural achievement, uses the material terrazzo, a combination of granite or marble and concrete, for its indoor and outdoor flooring.
Location: Naples, Fla.
Median Price Increase: 15.67 percent
Home Price: $11.95 million
Sq. Ft.: 7,890
She's not hard to look at, is she? One of the many things this mouth-watering residence has going for it is its gigantic, resort-style pool. The home also has 127 feet of waterfront, and its many columns, inside and out, give the place regal flair.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Median Price Increase: 18.45 percent
Home Price: $7.495 million
Sq. Ft.: 9,710
Throw down for this stately manse and you'll win the right to call Joe Biden neighbor. Vicey himself lives in the neighborhood. The Tudor-style home has 17-inch stone walls that are stitched with timber and brick.
Location: West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Fla.
Median Price Increase: 18.48 percent
Home Price: $3.4 million
Sq. Ft.: 7,043
This lavish mansion boasts membership in Harbour Isles, a ritzy, secluded community. In fact, ever single home has a dock, according to the listing. The 7,000-square-foot home has over 90 feet of waterfront for itself.
Location: Punta Gorda, Fla.
Median Price Increase: 19.35 percent
Home Price: $1.15 million
Sq. Ft.: 3,950
Overlooking a stretch of creek, this luxury property spans four verdant acres. Of all the interior highlights, the great room really caught our eye, thanks to some creative copy on the part of the property's listing description. Inside the cavernous room, the "Built in Wood/Gas Fireplace is perfect for snuggling on [the] occasional cool Florida evening," the description says.
Location: Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz.
Median Price Increase: 20.62 percent
Home Price: $4 million
Sq. Ft.: 9,309
Located in the city that posted the second-highest year-over-year increase in home prices for February, according to Realtor.com, this $4 million mansion features marble and oak floors, beveled glass windows and custom cabinetry. Oh, and also close to 10,000 square feet of space.