Unlike in the new Pixar movie Up! real home owners who refuse to sell up to developers don’t just float away. These amazing images of the world’s ‘nail houses’ show the determination of those who simply refuse to be steamrolled.

Edith Macefield moved into her Seattle home (pictured above) in 1966 turned down increasing sums from developers who wanted to build on her land. In the end, the developers built around her leaving her home boxed in on three sides.

Google Sightseeing Blog charts this and other nail houses with satellite images and links to Google Maps.

Pictured below: Pizza shop in Austin Spriggs, Washington DC; A famous nail house in Chongqing, China; Tokyo Narita's second runway, dissected due to a defiant landowner.