Published On: Tue, Apr 29th, 2014

California homeowners upset neighbors with ‘Up’ inspired renovation

A two-year renovation of an old Victorian inspired by Pixar’s Up has created an uproar on a highly-coveted California street lined with historic homes. 

NBC brought the work of Hosam Haggog and Fatima Rahman to the Internet as the couple has spent the past two years renovating their house in the fancy Old Quad neighborhood of Santa Clara to resemble the cheerful, multi-colored residence of Up‘s lovable curmudgeon Carl Fredricksen.

“We just thought we’d give them something fun to be proud of,” Haggog said, adding that neighbourhood children also “really love the colors…We’re not trying to create controversy. We’re trying to build a home for our daughters and our family. And that’s what our intention was.”
Some of the residents don’t find it amusing and are speaking out against their decision. “I don’t think it fits in,” Lou Faria, a member of the area residents’ association, told NBC Bay Area, adding that the homeowners should have stuck to the historic theme of the area.
“It really, in my opinion, is atrocious that this Victorian is a gracious old lady and it’s been painted up to look like a clown,” he said.
Neighbour Chuck Petersen told NBC Bay Area that while he prefers “historical houses to be historical,” he recognizes that “this is [their] house and I feel that some time down the line it’s going to be repainted again anyway.”
Once the renovations are complete, Santa Clara’s mayor has promised a block party to celebrate, so expect a couple of balloons to show up in Mr. Faria’s yard.
Here’s their house and Carl’s side by side.
Up house California house brightly colored
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