We have many older neighborhoods all over our city that have some really neat architecture dating back to early 1900's and some even earlier. Our neighborhood was built in 1947 and most of the surrounding areas are about the same or a little older.
This area has always been rather neutral when it comes to house colors. The homes that are not brick or stone tend to be white, beige, pale yellow or blue or gray. Boy is that changing.
I am not sure how I feel about it either.
I do like the older homes that have a great accent color on the trim or an accented front door. We also have a lot of homes with fret work (gingerbread as we call it) on the corners and porches. I love those older, kind of Victorian looks.
The home across the street was purchased last fall and they painted a very dark gray with black trim. Not bad - totally different from rest of neighborhood. I looked out 2 days ago and they added shutters and painted the door.
If any of you have ever seen the HGTV show Good Bones, that is filmed about 10 minutes from our house. The gals have been renovating and flipping homes for a few years in that area. Their business name is 2 Chicks and a Hammer - it's a Mom/daughter duo.
THEY seem to be responsible for the huge change in landscape. Once they started doing their reno's - more bright colors and modern architecture took over the those older neighborhoods. I do not like the modern architecture at all - they totally change the beauty of the areas.
They don't 'rehabilitate back to original' - they renovate totally different. Just seems wrong to me. Call me old fashioned!
Good part is the housing market is starting to rise some - bad part is taxes are starting to rise as well.
Here are a few of the of homes the Good Bones show renovated within 10 - 15 minute drive of us.
Not of fan of the stripes
Siding going in 2 different direction - this one is really a shade of chartreuse in real life. I do like the door!
Cute for a play house - just can't get my head around purple
This has definitely become the trend in the Fountain Square & Bates Hendricks areas (which are minutes from us). I guess they are going for a young/hip buyer - not us older folks.
Now it is starting to trickle into our neighborhood. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens.
Surprisingly some of the choices are growing on me!
Funny, I was checking out real estate available in these areas, and "normal" generic colored homes sell for almost nothing and these brightly colored ones are selling for 3X - 4X more, some even higher. CRAZY!!
I have decided (actually decided a while back) that I want my doors a different accent color. House is white, shutters are hunter green - so I am currently looking for a different color I can 'live' with. They are now white.
So what say you? Do you like? Is this happening in other areas?
I am curious.