Hello—er, Goodbye, Yellow?

Did you know the sale price of a house that's painted yellow can be impacted by as much as a few thousand dollars? According to this article published on boston.com, yellow houses sell for $3,408 less than expected. This information comes from Zillow, which recently conducted its 2018 Paint Color Analysis. 

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Another interesting tidbit from the study is the finding that houses with front doors painted black or gray (they specifically say "charcoal gray") sold for over $6,000 more than expected. I was slightly amused by that revelation. One of the first things I did when I moved into my current house was paint my front door a bright, sunshine yellow...and then I repainted it medium gray the following year, proudly telling my husband that I figured I just upped the value of our house by doing so. It wasn't the right color for me—but I do think it looks amazing on a lot of other house styles.

Despite Zillow's report (and perhaps my own experience), yellow houses and doors continue to be popular. Country Living recently published a selection of yellow houses for sale around the country. Last fall, Boston Magazine rounded up five adorable yellow houses in the 'burbs that were for sale at the time. When John and Sherry painted their front door yellow, they received hundreds of comments from people telling them how much they loved the new color. And searching Google or Houzz for yellow front doors turns up thousands of results.

 One of the houses featured in Boston Magazine's article showcasing yellow houses for sale in the fall of 2017. Records on Zillow show the house sold for its asking price.

One of the houses featured in Boston Magazine's article showcasing yellow houses for sale in the fall of 2017. Records on Zillow show the house sold for its asking price.

So if yellow houses are so charming and easily marketable, what gives? The article didn't go into specifics, but it did say: "The analysis looked at more than 135,000 photos from homes sold via Zillow, from January to May, to see how paint colors may have affected sale prices on average, when compared to the company’s Zestimate. The analysis compared these homes with similar ones with white walls, according to a press release, and it controlled for other wall colors within each room type, square footage, home age, and ZIP code."

If factors such as outdated interiors and a lack of square footage can't be blamed, then the message is simply that yellow is a less desirable house color. 

In certain circumstances, yellow probably is less desirable. Let's look at the stock photo used in the article (in which the house has yellow siding and red-orange shutters). It's extremely dated. Just looking at it makes me wonder how old the kitchen is and whether the bathrooms have been updated. The shutter color is influencing my opinion more than the yellow siding, although the overuse of yellow is problematic. Imagine if the shutters were black, and imagine if all the trim around the windows, doors, and roof was white instead of yellow. It would go from drab to dreamy pretty quickly.

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In many other circumstances, as shown in the photos throughout this post, yellow houses exude a sense of beauty and romance that other colors can't quite accomplish. Context has a lot to do with it. Accent colors have a lot to do with it. The exact shade of yellow has a lot to do with it. The architecture matters, too.

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I can't say every yellow house is perfect—let's face it, the house equivalents of Dwight Schrute's mustard-colored button downs do exist. I'd love to see the photos of the yellow houses from Zillow's research that led them to this conclusion, wouldn't you? 

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The Fetching Fox Hill Farm in Westwood, MA

The real estate listings in Westwood show that some beautiful historic properties are on the market right now. Here's another gem from the early 1700s known as Fox Hill Farm.


Fox Hill Street in Westwood has some gorgeous homes on it, and this one is no exception. As charming as the house is, it's the land that I find myself taken with. It is summer, after all, so my mind is in outdoor entertainment mode. Every stone patio looks like the perfect place to set up a grill and sip a cold beverage, and every lawn looks like the perfect place to run around with the dog, play frisbee, and enjoy the sunshine. This property has room to do all of that and more!


This view certainly illustrates the romantic locale. The gravel path leads to an 8-stall horse barn situated behind the house.


I love the weathered shingles on the barn's exterior and the brick wall that continues along the terrace. Can you imagine hosting a Kentucky Derby party here? I'm already planning it in my head.


The moss between the flagstones makes me feel like this place should be in the English countryside!


This arched gateway appears to be formed by old trees, perfectly framing the view of the apple orchard.


These photos were obviously taken during different seasons, but look how lush the orchard is in the warmer months.  


The inside of the house is expansive. The early American-style fireplace in the dining room has an extra-deep hearth.


There are many other instances of exposed brick throughout the house, along with several fireplaces. The fireplace in the room below is tiny, but the brick surround and angled door make up for in character what the fireplace lacks in size.


This house looks like a fabulous place to throw a summer soirée or two. Just add a few sets of string lights around the terrace, scatter around some potted flowers, stock the bar, and send out the invites. I doubt many people would decline the chance to relax in this idyllic setting!

To see more photos of the home and to learn more about the property, visit the listing. All photos shown here are from the listing.

A Renovated 1720 Home in Westwood, MA

While driving home over the weekend, I noticed that one of my favorite houses in the area has a for sale sign in its front yard.

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I've been curious about this house for a while because, as mentioned in the listing, it had been undergoing renovations for a long time (the listing says two years, which means construction would have started around summer 2016—that feels like forever ago).

A quick look at Google Maps shows that the previous exterior was nothing special, so as the new exterior started to take form and the black and white color scheme debuted, this property grabbed my attention.

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The black-framed windows are a striking detail on the historic-looking facade. I love the dark frames, as well as the black trim, and the impact of these design elements on this home's curb appeal is significant. It's bold, but had white frames and trim been used, the exterior would have blended in a little too much. Framing everything in black makes this home look special and sets it apart from its surroundings.

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The grounds of this property are just as picturesque as the house. The private backyard has some great spaces for entertaining. I could easily eat dinner out here every night, and then I'd roast s'mores over that firepit! Wouldn't you feel like you're on vacation every day if you lived here?

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The interior of the house has some lovely details, such as the wainscoting on the kitchen ceiling.

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The family room has an unusual treatment on the walls. From the photo, it looks like wood with a light gray wash. I'd love to get a better look at it in person. I appreciate the rustic touch, and with the gray wash, it adds some coastal charm to the space.

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I'm so glad to finally have had a chance to see how the inside of this house looks! After months and months of admiring the exterior as I drive by, my curiosity about the interior has been satisfied.

You can view more photos of the home and learn more about the property by visiting the listing. All photos shown here are from the listing.