Obnoxious Or Delightful?: Couple Paints Victorian Home Like The House From ‘Up’

The first thing I think of when hearing that a family painted its home to look just like the colorful house in the animated movie Up is, “Aww/I wonder if it’d float if you attached balloons to it?” But for some of the neighbors of a California family who outfitted their Victorian house in Up colors, the whole thing is downright obnoxious.

On the one hand, a homeowner should be able to paint a house whatever hue of the rainbow he or she fancies. On the other, say residents of a historic stretch of homes in Santa Clara, it’s a disgrace to paint an old lady up in such garish colors.

The homeowners spent two years renovating their home, reports NBC Bay Area (warning: link has video that autoplays), in the city’s Old Quad neighborhood, and felt like doing something a bit different with the Victorian house for their kids.

“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,” the husband said of their daughters.

But others on the oldest street in the city say it’s a shame.

“I don’t think it fits in,” one neighbor said. “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.”

Not everyone sees it as an eyesore, or at least, not a permanent one.

“I like historical houses to be historical,” another neighbor said. “On the other hand, it’s his home and I feel that sometime down the line it’s going to be repainted again anyway.”

To the poll cave!

Old Victorian in Santa Clara Remodeled to Resemble Home in Movie “Up” Sparks Controversy [NBC Bay Area]

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  1. Raekwon says:

    Those colors (assuming the image is of the house) aren’t too bad. I’ve got blue spray painted house in my neighborhood and I remember in my hometown growing up there was the house that painted its bricks a reflective, metallic silver.

  2. C0Y0TY says:

    The critics are ignorant. The colors aren’t historically inaccurate. Because they don’t show up in black and white photographs doesn’t mean they weren’t used.