Keely and Peter Dubrova just recently decided to paint their house in Harris County, Texas. And the couple says they have received death threats after a picture of their house, which they painted bright teal, was posted online.
They say the color was approved by their homeowner’s association (HOA) and now are in tears because of the threats.
The two wanted to paint the house teal while remodeling, in order to make their home feel more like their own.
“I wanted to know this was my sanctuary,” Keely said.
After an anonymous realtor posted a picture of the Dubrova couple’s home on social media asking for opinions on property value and aesthetic appeal, hundreds of people responded with some very harsh comments.
“Everything from ‘white trash Californians, what are they doing here’ to ‘we want to hang them,’” said Keely.
Only a week and a half after the HOA initially approved the color of their house, the couple got a letter asking them to re-paint the house.
The realtor who originally posted the picture of the home didn’t want to reveal her identity but said she did not intend to cause such a backlash by the post.
“That [was] absolutely not my intention and I apologize that other people got out of hand with it and they shouldn’t have,” the realtor told KHOU. “I hope they’re ashamed of themselves.”
The Dubrovas are unsure of what their next step should be. They said they have reached out to their HOA via email and in person to clarify what colors are approved and what they need to change.
“So we are a little confused,” Peter said. “Are we in compliance or not?”
The home has become a popular topic of discussion in the town.
“I think it’s cute,” neighbor Amanda Dennard said. “It does look cute like a doll house, but it doesn’t fit in the neighborhood.”
“I’m not too fond of the color of the house, but didn’t think they should be punished like that,” Theresa Nichols, another resident of the community, said.
The Dubrovas said they have always been more than happy to comply with the HOA’s rules, but they want to know what they are to avoid any further trouble.
“This is our life,” Keely said. “We live it for each other. We’ve worked hard to afford something like this and I feel like people are squashing our dream.”
The neighborhood and the couple are hoping to get answers at the next HOA meeting.