Some homeowners prefer a subdued white modern look, and others go for wood, stone or other rustic materials. But some brave souls who prefer to live the rainbow dress up their homes in bold shades.
Many of these brightly hued abodes are in seaside areas that are already long on color with the abundance of flowers and the gem-toned oceans. Do vibrant homes occur more in such places? If this collection is any indication, then yes. We do feature one home in the U.K., but it’s nearly the same color as an overcast sky.
Presented in approximate “ROY G. BIV” order (how they would appear on the spectrum), are nine colorful homes (with a few pastels) from Luxury Portfolio International.
By Colleen Kane
Posted 23 May, 2012
Price: $ 16.5 million
Bathrooms: 6 full, 2 partial
Square footage: 9,500
This flaming-red-orange island home is situated on a picturesque hilltop on 13 acres, with 270 degree sea views. The property has flowering bushes and more than 100 trees, including coconut, royal palm and fruit trees.
Thehouse was designed by Mexican architect Marco Aldaco and built in 2006. It has 3,500 square feet of outdoor deck space and two infinity pools. The open-air living room has a thatched palapa roof with a 33-foot-high pinnacle; other ceiling heights are 22 feet in the dining room and 15 feet in the master bedroom.
Square footage: N/A
This modern home in Portugal wears the very "now" hue of coral. It has multiple levels of decks with pool views of the marina and the Bay of Cascais.
The structure has lots of unique touches, like the kitchen cupboards reminiscent of doors on antique refrigerator units, the shelving situated in front of the picture window, and the designed-in headboards in the bedrooms. The bath-side window in the master bath looks through a tree trunk headboard to the master bedroom and to the water view beyond.
Price: $ 2.9 million
Square footage: approx. 11,000
Villa Las Puertas in Mexico’s Puerto Vallarta has a creamy yellow adobe exterior with coral and lavender interiors, plus a seafoam and creamy yellow kitchen.
With its arched doorways, tile floors and tropical gardens, it looks and feels like a traditional Mexican home but with modern and unique features including a 16-person ocean-side spa and a courtyard swimming pool.
This Edwardian condominium in Jordan Park is buttercup yellow outside and in – in the living room, formal dining room and breakfast nook.
Features include an entry foyer, a window seat in the living room, a grand fireplace, coffered ceilings, hardwood floors and skylights to keep the brightness up in the non-yellow rooms.
Price: $2.2 million
Square footage: 6,417
This partially furnished two–story Nassau house in a minty seafoam green overlooks the mile-long white sands of Cable Beach.
Features include a brick patio with pool, a mahogany staircase in the high-ceilinged foyer, breakfast nook, walk-in closets, study and ceramic tiled floors. The house has a gated entrance and there is parking for four cars.
Bathrooms: 4 full, 1 partial
Square footage: 4,637
This vibrant aquamarine arts-and-crafts-style home was built by architect Richard Sundeleaf, known for his work with Streamline Moderne buildings. The original owners built it as a guest house which would become their primary home in retirement.
This private and gated home has decks and balconies and a hot tub. And for buyers with a green thumb, it has raised garden beds, a shed and greenhouse.
Square footage: 6,351
This home is painted a powder blue that sometimes matches the sky, and it offers views of two other natural elements: the sea and the mountains.
Features of the 2-year-old house include a separate small apartment and a patio entertainment area with a swimming pool and a powered “braai” (South African term for grilling area).
Price: $ 2,009,000
Square footage: 3,973
The Lake District villa called Borwick Lodge was originally a 17th-century “gentleman’s residence,” and what a gentlemanly color—although it’s also just a 1.5 mile walk from the Drunken Duck Inn.
In previous lives, the building was a small hotel and a rental. The property includes gardens and lawns rich with rhododendrons and azaleas, adding even more color in the spring.
Square footage: 7,652
Dominating the exterior of this modern beachfront home are the purple, green and yellow-orange cubes. If that’s not enough color, there’s a blue pool and the ocean, plus the golden lights at night. Inside, there’s more color-play using violet lights, a wall of backlit glass cubes, bright furniture and a lengthy built-in aquarium.
The house, which was built in 2000, is in the gated Sanderling Club on Siesta Key and has a beach-side outdoor entertainment area with a Jacuzzi and fire pit.