Undercover luxury homes are all the rage

Homeowners still love high-design interiors, but opt for low-key and tradition on the outside

1950s ranch style house (credit: WikimediaCommons)
1950s ranch style house (credit: WikimediaCommons)

Undercover luxury homes – properties with run-of-the-mill exteriors that belie showiness inside – are all the rage now.

“It’s the end of the statement house,” Tineke Triggs, an interior designer in San Francisco, told the Wall Street Journal.

As the real estate market recovered n recent years, homeowners in gentrifying urban areas, historic districts and traditional suburbs have been opting for a less-is-more take to exteriors, according to the Journal.

Architect Dan Brunn kept the everyday white siding and burnt-orange shutters on his Los Angeles house when he spent $500,000 on a yearlong renovation to the property. But inside, the house has a two-story living room with bleached wood floors and white walls decorated with contemporary artwork.

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“I thought, ‘Why mess with something if it’s OK?’” he said.

Real estate professionals, though, warn that modest-looking lacking curb appeal could be more difficult to sell.

“When you pull up it looks like you’re going to visit your grandma,” said Kimberly Rino, an agent with Core Real Estate Group in Los Angeles. “That can be a tough sell.” [WSJ]Rich Bockmann