Kids Choose To Paint Their House Like The Up House, Nosy Neighbors Are Dicks About It
A couple in Santa Clara, California has annoyed their neighbors by painting their Victorian home to resemble the home in the children’s movie Up. I’m torn on this one. Â On the one hand, I don’t think neighbors should have a say in the color palette of your house. On the other hand, I don’t think your young children should either – especially if they want it to look like their favorite cartoon.
Hosam Haggog and Fatima Rahman spent more than two years on the renovations of their home in the highly sought-after Old Quad neighborhood.
“They love the movie ‘Up’ and we just thought we’d give them something fun to be proud of and actually all the kids in the neighborhood really love the colors,” Haggog said of his daughters.
Of course they “love the colors.” What little girl doesn’t want to live in a multicolor pastel house? My opinion does not matter, because I didn’t buy the house, but I’m going to give it to you anyway; hideous. This house looks hideous. I’m not averse to brightly-colored homes, I lived in San Francisco for most of my twenties and absolutely loved driving into the city and seeing the amazing, bright palette of all the houses. But the color combo on this house – yellow, green, pink and purple – is ugly.
I’m not surprised that neighbors are up-in-arms, the price of real estate in Silicon Valley has once again gone through the roof. I’m sure this is probably a million dollar home – at least. I can imagine all the neighbors whispering behind their backs, like they would in my historic neighborhood of Fort Greene, Brooklyn whenever renovations were taking place. But frankly, as long as they are keeping up their home, not letting garbage pile up in front of it or turning it into a frat house, I think the neighbors just need to mind their business. It’s not your house, it’s not your property – and although I think parents allowing their young kids to design their home after a cartoon is ridiculous – it’s there home to design.
“It really, in my opinion, is atrocious that this Victorian is a gracious old lady and it’s being painted up to look like a clown,” one of the neighbors told NBC News. That’s a little extreme.