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.