Hubba Bubba…And the case of the Curb UN-Appeal.

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pink houseWhen I first passed this neighbour’s house, I nearly went off the road. My first thought was “Yikes, what are they thinking?”. Then thinking better of the situation, I realized that no one would choose to paint their home this colour – would they?

Recalling when I once painted a room a deep wine colour, the recommended primer was a Pepto Bismol pink. I couldn’t get the real colour up fast enough.

It must be just that, a tinted primer for a rich red (mmm…maybe…Benjamin Moore’s Lyons Red CC-68) or burgundy (the Radicchio CC-32 would work well) these would look sharp against the cool grey brick. That must be it.

So, I waited to see what their final colour would be…but as the days passed I began to think that my initial impression was bang on.

I give credit to the homeowner - at least they painted. Many people live in a house for years with never a thought about painting or caring for the exterior of their home.

In new homes, the paint used tends to be the lowest grade that they could get their hands on and the same colour is replicated throughout the surrounding homes, creating “cookie-cutter” houses.

However, I think this homeowner yielded a little too much creativity but at least they stand out on the street!

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Tricia Jumonville
Bradfield Properties - Georgetown, TX
Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense

In our town, a homeowner once painted their house (a beautiful older house in the "old town" area) purple - lovely shades of purple for house and trim. This house became famous.  It was on the Garden Tour every year; everyone loved it.  Turned out to be quite the draw for clients of the couple who lived in it - everyone knew "the purple house".

My thought, the first time I saw it, before I knew all this, was, "I'll bet someone lives in that house that always wanted a purple house, and now they have one.  Good for them!" Evidently the community - or most of it, anyway - agreed. 

After all, it's paint.  If the next owner doesn't like purple, they can always paint it (though I suspect the community will be bereft if they do). 

 

Nov 13, 2006 01:24 PM #1
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Rich Jacobson
Keller Williams West Sound Realty - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Lucie - you get the award for looking the most like Geena Davis. But I'm sure you get that all the time.

YIKES! Pepto-Bismol is right! What were they thinking? I would agree, a little too much creative flow. You want your house to stand out from the rest of the cookie cutter clutter, but not make people have acid reflux!

Nov 13, 2006 01:34 PM #2
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!

Rich, you're right - Gena Davis twin!!   ;-)

Back to the pink - it certainly does stand out, and I bet it makes it easy for them to let people know which house is theirs on that street.  I wonder if that color pink actually grows on you, to the point where you don't even notice it anymore....?

Ann Cummings

Nov 13, 2006 01:38 PM #3
Rainmaker
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David Spencer
Keller Williams Team Realty - Bloomingdale, IL
Chicago Area Commercial-Residential R.E.
This house will definitely attract the Pink Buyers, but what happens if they don't like it?
Nov 13, 2006 06:07 PM #4
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Tricia Jumonville
Bradfield Properties - Georgetown, TX
Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense

Well, question is, when and if they decide to sell, will they repaint the doors something bland?  That's always a possibility, and while they're living in it, they can enjoy it! 

I once saw a brilliant agent advertising a house with colorful interior walls.  She advertised it as "already has designer colors".  Given that people were buying new houses based on the colorful walls in the models, but buying them with white walls, a lot of agents were thinking that resales had to have the same white walls as the new houses they were in competition with.  Being new to real estate, and still in the "Why?" (think four year old voice) stage, I asked a few more questions (because why would the new home models have colorful walls if people wanted neutrals), and discovered that the buyers of new homes were buying new houses with white walls and then painting them the same colors as the models afterwards, because while they could buy them with the colorful walls, they'd pay a hefty premium.  So they did it themselves, and saved a pretty penny. 

Thus leading to the impresison that what buyers wanted was neutrals when that wasn't the case at all. 

 

Nov 13, 2006 06:46 PM #5
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
Whether you like or dislike the colors, the house does make an impression and is definitely memorable. Then again, if they did this on the outside, I wonder what the inside is like!
Nov 14, 2006 01:15 AM #6
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Val Allocco
Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island - Northport, NY
HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island

I don't get it Lucie....is there something wrong with the house?

Just kidding!  To each his own, as they say, however because it impacts the houses on either side and across the street, other houses in the neighborhood, the community and the town, it really isn't "his own" is it?

I have seen some horrendous paint colors on houses - one in particular was a bright purple with aqua trim...I kid you not!  And when you drive by a house like that, you wonder many things...what were they thinking?  What does the house look like inside?  Did they look at a paint chip in the store and think that it would be an entirely different color?  And if that is the case, you wonder if once they started the first few strokes, did they flip out?  Did they think it would dry a different color?

Sometimes you just have to wonder.....

Staging It Forward,

Val

Nov 14, 2006 01:28 PM #7
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Craig Schiller
Baird & Warner - St. Charles, IL

wow wow wow...

This is the kind of house that I call a "Honey I got an idea..."'

Which translates to " I don't have a clue what to do... but I want to make the house look better>"

Nov 15, 2006 07:36 PM #8
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Kerri Brencsons
Lift Interiors LLC - Scotch Plains, NJ
You gotta love those kind of homeowners. We have a house in town that is just know as " the yellow house" its pretty much the color of a neon highlighter. Just aweful.  No one on the block will speak to them and the neighbors have even petitioned to make them tone it down but thus far its still there glowing! This home looks good compared to the one I mentioned though.
Nov 18, 2006 10:51 PM #9
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Judy Kincaid
Tampa, FL
I can sympathize with the neighbors who live across the street and have to look at that house.....my neighbor painted her house rust with black trim....we call it the "pumpkin house". 
Nov 19, 2006 11:02 PM #10
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Randy Prothero
Island Style Realty Inc. - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

We have a solution for that type of paint choice.  It is called a planned community. 

Our entire town of Mililani and several others on Oahu have design committees and a list of approved colors.

They would get a ticket in my town.

Nov 22, 2006 05:48 AM #11
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Tricia Jumonville
Bradfield Properties - Georgetown, TX
Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense

I remember many years ago (about 30) going to New Mexico.  We flew into Albuquerque and drove up to Santa Fe.  Santa Fe had a very strict code - your buildings (even McDonald's and Xerox) had to be adobe, or at least appear to be, and had to be one of five approved shades, if I'm remembering correctly.  I remember thinking, after a while (and we were only there for a couple of days), that I was going to die of boredom if I didn't see something different. Albuquerque, on the other hand, had neighborhoods that were made up of houses that were the same adobe - but they were painted in beautiful colors, deep pastels, adobe pink, blues, greens, yellows.  It was wonderfully refreshing. 

I'm sure there are peple that love your town with its restrictions , Randy.  I'd be absolutely miserable - I like more variety and eclecticism in my life.  Good thing I live in Austin, where the motto is "Keep Austin weird" (a librarian came up with that one, by the way, though he rarely gets the credit now that the phrase has been commercialized).  I absolutely could not live with the "taste police".

Nov 22, 2006 07:43 AM #12
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Gina Dougherty
Fusion Design Consulting - Redondo Beach, CA
Home Staging Redondo Beach, CA- FusionDesignConsulting.com

My initial reaction is that it is awful, it looks like a flamingo. But I like flamingos and so then it starts to grow on me. 

Paint would be my first recommendation if I had to stage it though!

Nov 29, 2006 01:58 AM #13
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Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV
I've seen much worse.  Like Gina, I think it could grow on me.  At least the shade of pink goes well with the brick ... ;)
Jan 21, 2007 12:27 PM #14
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Cindy Lin
Staged4more Home Staging & Redesigns // EcoJoe - South San Francisco, CA

well, out of town visitors definitely won't get lost! all they need to do is ask "where is that pink garage house?"

actually locally in palo alto here, one of my berkeley professors was known to have the ugliest pink house in the neighborhood. her neighbors were so angry (because it's in the midst of expensive homes) they protested because her house was pulling down the property values for everyone else. it actually got on the local news. and they interviewed all these angry neighbors. haha it was pretty funny.

miss ya!

;P

cheers,

cindy@staged4more 

Jan 31, 2007 02:02 PM #15
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Pat Ebrahimi
I think by now you have to believe your first take on the paint job was on target because why else would someone paint the door and it looks like a mailbox or something the same...unusual....color?  It goes to show we people with some modicum of taste are needed out there.  Go stagers, go stagers.  Go have a talk with these owners.  They make the case for HOAs!
Feb 02, 2007 09:17 AM #16
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Lou Anne Fleury

I love this house.  Congratulations to the  owners for following their own likes.  Thank
God we live in a country where we have freedom of choice.  I live in a small "resort" town in the Catskills in upatate New York.  Our home is an old victorian/farmhouse and when we pruchased it, it had been empty for awhile and needed some love.  We chose to paint the house light grey, with pink & blue trim.  We have a white picket fence and at holidays, we decorate with pink & white icecicle lights. ( I change the bulbs to add the pink  to every 3rd bulb).  We have people stop by all the time to photograph our home and it's known as the "doll" house.  During the summer, we have "pink" wicker furniture and hanging baskets of pink flowers on the wrap around porch.  I an very thankful that I live in America nad have the freedom of choice and do not have to succumb to the "taste" of others.  If you enjoy living in a boring house, great., but I love living in my pink & blue trimmed home.  Personally, I think  tan & green painted homes are in poor taste, but that's only my opinion.  This is America, Enjoy your freedom to make comments about others, but be ready for others to criticize your taste in things.

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