Grab your pink shoes, pink dress, and hop in a pink Corvette so you can drive on over to this Barbie Dreamhouse! While it might not actually be Barbie's Malibu beach house or her regular pink palace, this pink Victorian mansion is perfect for anyone who loves the color pink. You really need to like pink though if you're giving to live in this pink and white house.
In the Austin neighborhood of Chicago sits a famous pink and white Victorian mansion. The 2,6687 square-foot house was built in 1894. The five bedroom, two bathroom house was recently put on the market for $290,000.
The Zillow listing for the pink Victorian mansion reads:
Yes, finally, it is the Pink and White House — Beautiful Victorian 2 story single family Colonial, 5 bdrm residence on oversize corner lot. This pink and white house needs a new roof as well as some rehab but please don't overlook its open wrap around porch, french original finishes, rosette moldings, 2 interior stairways and southern charm. The beautiful grandeur exterior expresses magnificent style and curb appeal. Note: INVESTORS, prop was intended to be a bed and breakfast before it was purchased in 1986 by the family. This R4 General Residence District would make an excellent AirB&B or bed and breakfast — A real money maker or your own personal palace. See this beauty by appt only.
The exterior isn't the only part of this home that is pink. Inside, the house also has pink paint, pink carpet, pink furniture, and more. Seriously, Barbie would be in a dreamland if she lived in this house. All it is missing is her pink Corvette!
While speaking with the Chicago Tribune, the current homeowner said:
"The color was meant to show unity, strength and softness, like a rose. The color, often called Pepto-Bismol, is "rose pink" as pink is the color of love. I know there has been a lot of speculation about the color of the house, some funny, some cute, and some negative and hateful. The color of the house was to display the unique ability of how houses in the South reflected and complimented the beauty of the landscaping around it. It is not at all unusual to see a purple and white house, a yellow and white house, or even a multicolored Victorian in the South. It was representative of a day long gone by."
Whoever buys this home should be aware that it needs a bit of TLC. According to the listing agent, Jeanne Keating, she thinks the inside of the home would need a gut rehab. The roof needs repairs after it was damaged during a fire in 2005. For a home that is well over 100 years old, it isn't surprising that this Victorian mansion needs some work done. Whoever buys this home, hopefully, they're able to restore it and keep up the legacy that's been built up over the years.