Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Family's 'Up'-inspired house angers neighbors: What do you think?

A couple in Santa Clara, Calif. made their kids’ dreams come true when they painted their house to look like the colorful Victorian house in the Pixar movie Up—the one that gets lifted up by balloons and takes 78-year-old Carl on a grand adventure.

“[Our kids] love the movie Up 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,” owner Hosam Haggog told NBC.

However, not all the adults in the neighborhood agree.

“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,” one neighbor, Lou Faria, told NBC.

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“I like historical houses to be historical,” neighbor Chuck Petersen added. “On the other hand, it’s his home and I feel that sometime down the line it’s going to be repainted again anyway.”

Haggog and his wife, Fatima Rahman, insisted they weren’t trying to cause trouble by painting their house in whimsical pastel colors.

“We’re not trying to create controversy,” Rahman said. “We’re trying to build a home for our daughters and our family.”

Lindsay Lowe
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