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Inside California’s ‘Butterfly House’ listed for $998K

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If Lisa Frank spewed a color wheel all over the house, 309 Ninth Street Butterfly House is located in Pacific Grove, California, so this striking property, called PG, is highly visible and has its own private entrance. Atlas Obscura.

And now it’s for sale. Asking price for a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,334-square-foot home decorated with hundreds of butterflies: $998,000.

Considering Zillow’s “Zestimate” is $1.02 million, this is a steal. Or this property is a scam, considering he bought it for $37,500 in 1977. It is currently around $191,000.

Indeed, the house was just an ugly little caterpillar at that point. did. A retired school counselor, tired of living in a crumbling residence, took a hammer home and lowered it onto the stud so he could rebuild it himself.

Multiple butterflies adorn the bright exterior of the house.
Paul Black, Black Sky Photography, Pacific Grove, CA
Even the garage is decorated with butterfly patterns and bright colors.
Even the garage is decorated with butterfly patterns and bright colors.
Paul Black, Black Sky Photography, Pacific Grove, CA
The foyer leads inside.
The foyer leads inside.
Paul Black, Black Sky Photography, Pacific Grove, CA

It took nearly 20 years to transform it into the cozy cottage it is today. J began decorating his home in his 1990s, when Sonya, a secretary at the Monterey County Center for the Blind, began suffering from a degenerative eye disease. Despite the fact that she had lost her eyesight, they discovered that she could still see bright colors, and J immediately went outside to paint with the brightest paint they could find. bought.

Thanks to the loving efforts of Sherwin Williams and her husband, Sonya was never completely left in the dark.

Of course, we can’t miss the butterfly theme. why butterflies? J wanted to pay tribute to the monarch butterfly, the unofficial mascot of Pacific His Grove. Plus, just 4 blocks from the beach, this property is just 1 mile (1.6 km) from the monarch butterfly sanctuary. Many of the butterflies in the house are handmade by J in his on-site workshop. He spent an average of six hours a day making them.

Even this bathroom has a bold blue color scheme.
Even this bathroom has a bold blue color scheme.
Paul Black, Black Sky Photography, Pacific Grove, CA
More colors spread inside.
More colors spread inside.
Paul Black, Black Sky Photography, Pacific Grove, CA
A bedroom with a view of the private bathroom.
A bedroom with a view of the private bathroom.
Paul Black, Black Sky Photography, Pacific Grove, CA
kitchen.
kitchen.
Paul Black, Black Sky Photography, Pacific Grove, CA

Most of the fluttering can be seen on the outside of the house, with a sign reading “PG Butterfly House” above the two-car garage. But bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and basically every living space also have butterflies. If you walk around the house and have a drink every time you see a butterfly, you won’t be able to walk straight.

“I love eclectic artwork,” said the listing agent Arlene Hardenstein Sotheby’s International Realty’s Pacific Grove Brokerage. “The whimsical section drifts into the other section. It’s so sparkly, fun, and pretty.” According to Hardenstein, J died a few years ago and Sonja moved home as her needs changed. are selling.

It goes without saying that anyone considering buying would have to be colorblind or a fan of bright colors to live here.

“Buyers have to love this home and be willing to live in a little ‘fishbowl,'” said Hardenstein, who took decor into account when pricing the home. It is well-known in society and a constant stream of curious visitors wanting to see it.”

A bathroom that doesn't care about color.
A bathroom that doesn’t care about color.
Paul Black, Black Sky Photography, Pacific Grove, CA
Bright outdoor hangout.
Bright outdoor hangout.
Paul Black, Black Sky Photography, Pacific Grove, CA
Another angle of the exterior.
Another angle of the exterior.
Paul Black, Black Sky Photography, Pacific Grove, CA

Naturally, neighbors haven’t always liked having attractions on their streets. “I think it looks like a circus,” neighbor Wendy Davis told the Monterey Herald in 2015.

According to J, one such spectator who came all the way south of the border took pictures of the house for display in his butterfly shop in Mexico City.

“It’s amazing how many people drive by, stop, get out of their cars to see the property and of course take pictures.” [and] Hardenstein says there are many eclectic homes on the Monterey Peninsula, but none are as unique and colorful as this one. Fortunately for Hardenstein, it has great bones.

“The house looks to be in good shape and the interior is very comfortable,” she said.

So far, she’s received “so much interest” from all types of prospects who either love the home, love the story behind it, or both. Negative Nancy, who is obsessed with neutrals, or neutrals, will hate you. After all, colorful cocoons aren’t for everyone. But if you’re looking for Lisa Frank personified, good luck finding a more perfect property.

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