When local news outlets, including the Austin American-Statesman, reported Sunday that a house was stuck in the middle of a South Austin street, neighbors were annoyed, others were amused, and everyone thought the problem would be resolved quickly.
Austin Home Movers were attempting to move the house from Live Oak Street to (of course) Lockhart—everyone’s new favorite suburb—when it proved to wide for the street, where they abandoned it Saturday night. The house is still there, to the consternation of neighbors and to the amusement of everyone else. One wiseacre set up signs advertising it as a haunted house (it’s not), social and other media chimed in, and, inevitably, it now has its own Twitter account (@stuckhouseATX). Oh, internet.
In Austin, there's a house, stuck. In the middle of the street. Yes, just like the song. @MichaelPerchick reports on #HouseGate. pic.twitter.com/vLsNOrzQnc— Cori Coffin (@CoriC_KVUE) October 3, 2016
House Stuck In the Street....is now a "Haunted House" #KeepAustinWeird @KVUE pic.twitter.com/Wkj48DZpjQ— Mike Perchick (@MichaelPerchick) October 4, 2016
How you just going to leave a whole house in the middle of the road SMH lmaoPosted by Jr Almaguer on Sunday, October 2, 2016
Like Austin traffic but hate having to drive to it? You too can live right in the middle of an authentic Austin traffic jam!Posted by James Munson on Monday, October 3, 2016
This house was being removed when the City stopped it, due to a lack of license.— Evil MoPac (@EvilMopacATX) October 4, 2016
Tnx, City of Austin, for making this so easy for me. #ATX pic.twitter.com/tNeBbbaXAO
Shut it, or I'll have my movers drop me off at 45th at rush hour. https://t.co/FVuqAlPZ8y— Austin Stuck House (@StuckHouseATX) October 4, 2016
Say what you wanna say: This is STILL easier than getting a permit for a new house in Austin.— Austin Stuck House (@StuckHouseATX) October 4, 2016