YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE: Santa Fe Style Homes Vacant and Vandalized
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CREATED Jun. 18, 2013
THOUSAND PALMS - Just north of Interstate 10 and Varner Road are five unfinished houses. These Santa Fe style homes sit in the middle of a dirt lot, vacant and vandalized. Visible are open garages with cabinets on the ground, graffitti on the windows, holes on the walls.
"They're beautiful homes, they just need whoever owns them to complete them," said Bob Miller who lives in Indio. He has done his round of visits to these houses, and he thinks they might not be empty.
"When I was walking through them, you could see homeless people have been living in them because there's blankets and cigarette buds and stuff all over," said Miller.
According to officials at Riverside County, the houses have gone into foreclosure in the last few months, and the ownership of the properties has changed. They say the damage to the houses began under the new owners; they are trying to locate them to start repairs soon.
Property records show each house was originally valued at about $500,000.
Miller fell in love with the architecture of the houses, but he said it's a shame they've been neglected.
"I just want someone to buy them up and sell them," added Miller, "I'd like to buy one."