Homeowners are often advised to consider the ability to resell their house when making renovations. After all, if you make permanent changes that are too fine-tuned to your particular tastes, you might have trouble finding just the right buyer when it comes time to pass the property along to the next person.
It’s sound advice if you know you’ll want to move sooner rather than later, or if you’re perfectly content with colors, designs, and decor that’s fairly mainstream. But not everyone wants to live that way. Some creative people just have to express themselves through their living environments, property value be damned.
And who knows? Maybe there is someone else out there who’s looking for exactly what you’re selling. One homeowner in Hood River, Oregon decided to take that risk, putting an unusually rainbow-hued home on the market for $1.45 million. Known locally as the “rainbow house,” the six-bedroom, four-bath home offers views of nearby Mt. Hood and the Columbia River valley.
Architecturally, it’s pretty standard for the area. Before its colorful paint job, the 1917 home probably blended in with all of its neighbors on the hillside. But the current owner eschewed shades of gray and beige, opting instead for a vivid blue roof that’s actually pretty on trend (looking a lot like Pantone’s “Classic Blue” Color of the Year). Almost everything else in the house, from the stairs leading up to the terrace to the panels on the garage doors, has gotten a similarly cheerful paint job.
Inside, you’ll find cobalt floors and neon furniture set against white walls to keep the bold color palette from getting too overwhelming. All 5,340 square feet of the house display the same happy-go-lucky vibe, but it’s easy to see how an interior transformation to something more neutral would be fairly easy to pull off.
Still, it’s fun to get a peek at the belongings of the type of person who’d paint a house like this in the first place. Just check out all the blown glass light fixtures, sculptures, paintings, faux flowers, and accents that complement the color scheme and give the home a charmingly kooky personality. But above all else, the best part of the house might just be the double-height glass solarium complete with a classic chandelier.
Here’s some information from realtor Michael Frost P.C. of Windermere Real Estate:
“The most iconic home in downtown Hood River. Perfectly situated on a half acre with amazing Columbia River views, plus [those of] Mt. Adams & White Salmon river. Incredible landscaping, terraced walks, and patios, oversized four-car garage with rooftop deck and gazebo plus sleeping area with full bath. A true classic!”
Some might find the overall effect of “Rainbow House” a little garish, but it probably still brings smiles to their faces as they pass by. With any luck, it’ll find a new owner that sees it for the unique place it is and chooses to keep it that way.
Looking for some more colorful and creative home inspiration? Check out a Piet Mondrian-inspired tiny house, some wild custom exterior paint jobs, and an incredible sculptural home shaped like a spiraling shell.