Not Feelin’ the Purple House on the Corner?

Notice the purple house on the corner? Neighbors might like the creativity but really hate it because it brings down the value of the neighborhood.
There’s a battle brewing across American neighborhoods. Homeowners who “toe the line” and maintain a consistent home color amongst themselves vs. those who prefer a bolder palette when it comes to their abode. HOA’s limit this form of self-expression but many older neighborhoods, which often contain historical buildings, aren’t bound by these restrictions.

Part of living in a vibrant community is allowing neighbors to express themselves. If we all wanted cookie cutter homes then we would choose HOA’s which many of us do but older neighborhoods have charm that can be both good and bad.
Painting the town red, tangerine and cobalt [LA Times]

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
  • MellyG

    That block is drop-dead gorgeous!

    • Charles & Hudson

      I took that photo on a trip through Chicago last fall. I believe we were in the Oak Park area.

  • DionM

    Good information – there are a few other small shops on Irving Park which are iffy as to when they are actually open. I have gone as far as Millwaukee to find some esoteric furniture fittings. But all in all a good list to have in one place. As for the Pix – that is on Forest Ave just north of Lake in Oak Park. If you look carefully at the gray building in the background, that’s one of FLLW’s Oak Park masterpieces. Oddly – the attractive photograph is the more ‘slummy’ areas in the neighborhood.

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