The Eastsider reported last month about the 110-year-old Highland Park bungalow that fell into foreclosure a few months after a team of artists painted brightly colored scenes across the Marmion Way home as part of an international art project. Today, those scenes of birds and volcanoes – images insipired by the Nicaraguan homeland of the former occupants – have been marred by taggers and trash. But neither the trash, tagging and broken windows have scared off buyers, with the $189,000 home already having received several offers – none of which have so far been accepted by the bank, said real estate agent Misael Vasquez Jr. What is going to happen to the mural? Vasquez said he knows of no reason why any new owner would be obligated to repair or keep them. They will probably be painted over in neutral colors by the bank or the new owners.
“It’s a call the bank will have to make,” Vasquez said. “It’s not a nice looking place at the present time.”