What were the owners thinking?????

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc 10307

Spring is here. Every year I drive around looking for the cherry trees, flowering crab apples, and pink dogwoods.  Some people seek out Christmas lights, I seek out spring--in flowers, green grass, and pollen on the ponds.

This year as I traveled m. route looking for the flowering cherries and crab apples I came across "the house".  This used to be a B&B, all white, the big porch was white with a blue ceiling and green on the porch boards, classic.  The house was one with a gold star by it on our route.  We always loved to see what bloomed first.

Today we were distracted by "the house".  They have 2 big cherries that bloom first in our town, but today we did not see them we only saw "the house".  I am very disturbed by what they have done. The classic house is gone.  At first, I thought there had been a fire but as I drove around it I realized they had chosen this.  The color is black.  Not Navy or charcoal gray it is black.

When you see black inside a home you know that it is going to suck all the light out of the room.  I don't like black counters, walls, or ceilings--but I see it every day in the houses I sell.  I also see black exteriors, but it is usually toned down with some copper accents, stonework, or solid wood doors.  This house still has the features from the era it was built--some shakes, original wavy and lead glass in the windows, and the huge oaks in the rear of the house--but the exterior color soaks up all the light so you do not see the details.

Paint is usually a 10-year deal. I hope when I return next spring it is back to being a colonial blue, bright white, or even pink...anything but black.

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Gwen Fowler-Brown

Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc
317 South Highway 11
West Union SC 29696
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Comments (14)

Greg Mona
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Professional Real Estate Representation for YOU!

Yikes! Why in the heck would you paint a house black?! It does look like it was badly burned on the outside. I wonder what color the interior is painted?! No bueno!

Mar 20, 2022 05:03 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home

Greg, I hope the black does not continue inside.  This house was a land mark on walking trails but it will not be when they are redone.

Mar 20, 2022 05:41 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Does look depressing. Some weeding and trees would help also. In Arizona that home color would absorb a lot of heat in the Summer 😎

Mar 20, 2022 05:27 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home

Same here, we do get temps in the 90's and this house is going to absorbe lots of heat.

Mar 20, 2022 05:41 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Gwen,  black, yes what were they thinking, I guess itv would stick out in snow but black. ugh

Mar 20, 2022 06:31 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home

Stand out yes.  White houses are the norm on that block, so this one does stand out.

Mar 21, 2022 05:31 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Gwen- what a shame!!! And yes all of the black paint hides the architectural feature of the house. 

Mar 20, 2022 07:24 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home

This house was one of my favorites to drive by.  

Mar 21, 2022 05:33 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I haven’t encountered a black house in my practice to this point; now I am prepared Gwen, thank you for sharing 🙂

Mar 20, 2022 10:05 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home

Black is becoming the new color for the outside, but I wouldn't say I like it.

Mar 21, 2022 05:52 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I can't remember ever seeing a black house!

Mar 21, 2022 05:08 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home

New construction here has gone to dark browns, blues, and black.  BUT they are trimmed out in copper gutters, wooden shutters, or stone.  This house lost all appeal when they did this.

Mar 21, 2022 05:49 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Gwen... that is a question I've often asked myself. Wish I had an answer. I long ago realized there's just no accounting for people's tastes. This looks like a house that should be on a Halloween scary house tour.

Mar 21, 2022 05:09 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home

My grandmother used to say, " You can't buy taste,"  which is my answer.


Mar 21, 2022 05:49 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Gwen - the choice of paint color is very personal.  And it can certainly open all sorts of discussion.  Sometimes that may be the desired objective but I am not sure some topics are always neighborly but I guess "it depends".  Truly.  

Mar 21, 2022 05:10 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home

In this case, it is making a statement.  I don't want to tell someone what color to paint.  I was just shocked at the difference between what it is and what it was.

Mar 21, 2022 05:50 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gwen, that is very strange, who chooses a black exterior color.  Definitely not attractive! 

Mar 21, 2022 06:43 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

My opinion too.  Thanks for the comment!

Mar 21, 2022 06:54 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning Gwen,

What a bad choice in paint colors!  Wishing you a great week.  A

Mar 21, 2022 07:46 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your observations. 

A poor color selection by the home owner.

Mar 22, 2022 09:26 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home - What a story! It's hard for me to imagine this house was once a fine established B&B. How sad it looks today. Before reading your text, I was disturbed by the first floor window with the rocking horse in the window. My first thought was, there's something odd about what's going on inside the house. Painted black, now makes this a perfect story for someone like Steven Spielberg. I'm not a fan of his books or movies but I know many people are a fan of creepy horror stories. That's the sense I got from your story and the photo. 

I do hope you find the Cherry blossoms and other positive signs of spring. 

Mar 25, 2022 06:48 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home

A week later, yes we found spring.  Thanks for the comment.

Mar 27, 2022 08:45 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

Tucson has a lot of historic homes and there was one downtown that was a miriad of colors and textures.  Now...it is all white.  All white, without any pop of color at all.  I felt personally let down - I used to bring my visitors down to see the home.  I envy you the Cherry trees...

Mar 25, 2022 08:46 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home

Tucson is on my list of places to visit.  I have never been to Arizona so I now have something to look forward to.

Mar 27, 2022 08:46 AM