Eastside Property: Beige replaces birds on Highland Park house

Photo from Redfin

Colorful scenes once covered the house. Photo by Martha Benedict

The Highland Park bungalow that was once covered with colorful images of birds and volcanoes as part of an international art project is now up for sale, according to Redfin*. But the investors who purchased the Marmion Way home from the bank earlier this year for about $175,000 opted not to repeat the colorful scenery, which was covered with a shade of gold paint after the bank put the property  up for sale.  Instead, the flippers decided to play it safe by painting the home’s exterior a shade of beige and with white trim. The only thing thing that is now  bold about this house across the street from Gold Line tracks is the asking price: $439,900.

The vivid murals   – inspired by the Nicaraguan homeland of the former occupants – were painted on the exterior of the 101-year-old home  early last year as part of a $10,000 U.S.-Mexico art and community project.  But,  the house soon fell into foreclosure and was left vacant and covered with graffiti. The house was put up for sale last November by the bank.

The furnishings in the renovated  home are included in the asking price, according to one person who visited the property over the weekend.  With the exception of some black-and-white striped bed sheets, the interior decor is about as muted as the exterior. “Looks like the flippers are not part of the local NELA flip scene and didn’t use high gloss grey and white,” said  Keller Williams agent Adam Bray-Ali.

* The current listing says the house is located at 5425 Marmion Way. But the previous sales listing and county assessor information show an address of 1527 Marmion.


  1. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    $439,900 !!?!??!
    To live there!?!??!
    What a fucking joke.
    Only a true idiot would pay that to live there.

  2. It cost more than than the Garvanza Victorian that recently went for sale? Phew!

  3. They will be lucky to get half that. Let’s see if some sucker bites.

  4. Wow, that listing is hard to swallow. The realtor needs to find a buyer with cash, no clue about of the area or history of the home and who loves train noise.

  5. Trust me, somebody will bite in the high 3s I think..

  6. They did a nice job cleaning it up, but yeah, anyone who pays over 400k these days is nuts. And if another flipper/realtor calls laying down sod “professionally landscaped”, I’m gonna lose it.

  7. “Looks like the flippers are not part of the local NELA flip scene and didn’t use high gloss grey and white.” = a nice way of saying the seller hasn’t got a clue.

  8. Nobody upset about disappearing mural?

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