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Blue Paint Job Sparks Controversy

Monday, October 26, 2015

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The fate of a bright blue-painted Victorian home in Atascocita, TX, is uncertain following posts on social media.

The homeowners, Keely Kish Dubrova and her husband, Peter, have sparked controversy over their paint color selection, according to KHOU 11 News.

A Realtor, who chose to stay anonymous, reportedly posted a photo of the Dubrova residence on social media seeking opinions on property value and aesthetic appeal.

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The fate of a bright blue paint job in a Texas neighborhood could be determined at a HOA meeting today.

The post sparked hundreds of comments, the report said.

“Everything from white trash Californians, what are they doing here to we want to hang them,” Keely told KHOU.

The colorful paint job was part of a remodeling effort to turn the old home into a “sanctuary” for the couple.

Letter from HOA

The television station reported that while the couple previously received approval for the bright teal hue from the HOA: Atascocita Community Improvement Association, following the backlash on social media they recently received a letter stating that the house needed to be repainted.

The real estate agent who made the social media post said that she was “sure” that the homeowners failed to follow HOA guidelines.

“This was a way to start up another conversation about what is the HOA doing,” the Realtor told KHOU.

For now, the homeowners are confused about whether they need to repaint and if so, what color, the report noted.

They hope for resolution on the ultimate fate of the blue house at the next HOA meeting, set for today (Oct. 26).

   

Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Color; Design; Government; Historic Structures

Comment from Guus van Wijk, (10/26/2015, 3:58 AM)

One Word : p..t..c. I think the house looks nice and friendly and inviting. If it doesnot go with the rest of the neighbourhood, have a look at the houses you will see when you google image to : colourful houses in brazil. Besides as the HOA has approved it, they cannot go back on their decision. If they do, I would let HOA pay for the cost of repainting. And the realtor should be very ashamed of herself. She stirs up things but doesn't want to tell her name. I think she is not somuch afraid that the house prices in this neighbourhood will go down (which I doubt) but that with lower prices her provision will be less. If she thinks that the Dubrova's did not check with HOA, she should get in contact with HOA before starting to scream (from a dark place). To the Dubrova's : I take of my hat. Good job.


Comment from Brian Chalmers, (10/26/2015, 7:52 AM)

Colors are utilized in many functional ways as an expression of oneself, and if it was approved by the HOA I would leave it be.


Comment from Sarah Geary, (10/26/2015, 8:19 AM)

I don't see any reason why this house should need to be repainted. It's not vulgar or profane and it was painted tastefully. It is bright, but it also gives off a warm, fairy tale-esque vibe. I don't see how this is at all offensive, but then again, I don't live my life to judge other people.


Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (10/26/2015, 8:39 AM)

It's a nice paint job. Unfortunate that so many people want to have mud-colored houses and apparently get upset if their neighbors aren't all painting mud color as well. Just look at the 2014 tax records for Harris County to get the address, and use Google Streetview. Brown, tan, off-white: mud.


Comment from Chuck Pease, (10/29/2015, 5:59 PM)

If I were the home owners I would tell the HOA to pound sand. If they have proof of an approval that's even better. I have always taken exception to HOA's as I am a believer in that if I am making a home purchase and I am tied to a 15-30 year mortagage and work my life to pay it off, I should be able to paint it any friggn color I want. This is still America the land of the free last time I checked.


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