Two parents' attempt at making a fun house for their kids is not going over well with their neighbors.
Hosam Haggog and Fatima Rahman moved into a 125-year-old Victorian home in Santa Clara, California in 2011. Given the home’s age, you're probably not surpised to hear the house needed a bit of renovation. When it came to painting the house, Haggog and Rahman decided they would do something fun for their young daughters. They painted their house to resemble the colorful house from Disney’s “Up.”
"They love the movie 'Up,’” Haggog said, “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.”
Sure enough, their house is decked out in the same pastel yellow, pink, green, and blue colors seen on old Carl Frederickson’s house in “Up.” But while the neighborhood kids love the uniquely colored house, many of the neighborhood’s adult residents aren’t so thrilled.
“I don’t think it fits in,” neighbor Lou Faria said. “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.”
Haggog said at a recent town meeting that his family has even received threats of violence over their house’s color scheme.
“All we’ve been shows are vitriol, attacks, harassment, and yes, even threats of violence,” he said.
His wife says the family wants nothing to do with the controversy.
"We're not trying to create controversy," Rahman said. "We're trying to build a home for our daughters and our family. And that's what our intention was."
The good news is the family has at least one important fan on their side: the town mayor. Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews says he plans to throw a block party for the family once their renovations are complete.