It’s one thing to like a movie enough to cosplay one of its characters for a convention. It takes another level of commitment to redecorate the entire outside of your house to reflect a fictional home, as Hosam Haggog and Fatima Rahman of Santa Clara did.
The couple spent over two years renovating their Victorian home to resemble Pixar’s Up house. And why not? Comfortable, cozy, and unapologetically beautiful, it’s one of the prettiest things in a film that also includes a rainbow-colored bird and the world’s biggest balloon bouquet.
But the family’s neighbors aren’t so thrilled with the home makeover. They prefer a more “historical” (i.e., boring) look, and are annoyed that the newly painted house sticks out. Hit the jump for video footage of the house and more.
NBC Bay Area reported on the home. According to Haggog, the couple’s goal was simply to make their daughters happy. “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,” he explained.
However, the local grown-ups aren’t such big fans. “I don’t think it fits in,” complained Lou Faria of the Old Quad Residents Association. “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.”
The house particularly stands out in an area where residents take great pains to preserve their Victorian homes, some of which are over a century old. But the renovations were approved by the city with no problems, so there’s not much the neighbors can do. “It’s his home and I feel that sometime down the line it’s going to be repainted again anyway,” said neighbor Chuck Petersen.
The obvious solution, in my mind, would be to simply repaint all the other homes after Pixar themes as well. The kids would love it, and it’d solve Faria’s issues about the Up house not fitting in. But somehow, I suspect that’s not what they had in mind.
Rahman, for her part, says they never wanted to rile up the neighbors. “We’re not trying to create controversy,” she said. “We’re trying to build a home for our daughters and our family. And that’s what our intention was.”
Here’s the video from NBC that shows the house. It’s not quite as dead-on as the one in Utah, but that one was built from scratch whereas the Santa Clara family was working with an already existing structure.