Would YOU live ‘inside’ a mural? South London ex-council house given a ‘Picasso-style’ paint job by Italian hip-hop artist goes on the market for £750,000

Would YOU live ‘inside’ a mural? South London ex-council house given a ‘Picasso-style’ paint job by Italian hip-hop artist goes on the market for £750,000

A quirky home for sale in London has divided potential buyers with its Picasso-style mural.

Located in Brockley, south London, the three-bed one bathroom property is on sale for £750,000.

But the house’s unique selling point is its colourful frontage, painted by Italian street artist Renato Hunto. 

The property is brightly decorated with block colouring and abstract facial features including eyes, noses and lips.

Hunto has been painting walls in his home of Brindsi in south Italy since he was 16, citing the hip-hop movement as well as 20th century Spanish painter Picasso as his biggest influence.

Located in Brockley, south London, the three-bed one bathroom property is on sale for £750,000 

The ex-council house before it was painted in Hunto's distinct style The property after it was painted with block colouring and abstract facial features

The property before (left) and after (right) it was painted in Hunto’s distinct style with block colouring and abstract facial features

Originally a graffiti artist, Hunto has developed his own style which uses bold block colouring and fluid cubist creations depicting sex, intimacy and love.

An artist biography on Graffitistreet describes Hunto’s pieces as ‘an ongoing exploration of the intertwined themes of eroticism and human relationships.’

One spraypainted canvas by Hunto sells for around £2,000. 

Another sketch by the street artist on an A4 piece of paper, depicting a man fondling a woman’s breast as she smokes a cigarette, went for £175.

Hunto’s distinct work can be found across London in Shoreditch, Brick Lane and on the rooftop of the Blenheim Centre.

The street artist’s extravagant mural design on the south London property has previously been part of the Brockley Arts Festival.

Winners of the London wide competition were some of the city’s best artists who were brought to paint spots all over the area, including Hunto who painted this Arica Road home.

Even the garden gate, designed by master blacksmith Kevin Boys, fits with the house’s quirky exterior.

Boys is known for his beast-like sculptures at Hampton Court Palace, his angel at Angel tube station in Islington and his six archers and crossbowmen looming down from the battlements at The Tower of London.

Further highlights of the quirky home include underfloor heating, a large loft room, a garden studio room and solar panels incorporated onto the replaced roof in 2014. 

The house was painted by Italian artist Renato Hunto (pictured) who developed his own style using bold block colouring and fluid cubist creations

The house was painted by Italian artist Renato Hunto (pictured) who developed his own style using bold block colouring and fluid cubist creations

The three bedroom property includes a covered deck area and a garden studio room

The three bedroom property includes a covered deck area and a garden studio room

The living room is spacious and decorated with a large grey sofa and a piano

The living room is spacious and decorated with a large grey sofa and a piano

The kitchen cabinets match the oak doors and floorboards

The kitchen cabinets match the oak doors and floorboards

Some social media users pointed out the strange configuration of the kitchen as the cooking utilities are squeezed into one corner

Some social media users pointed out the strange configuration of the kitchen as the cooking utilities are squeezed into one corner

A countertop lines one wall of the kitchen. A door can be seen leading out to the covered deck area

A countertop lines one wall of the kitchen. A door can be seen leading out to the covered deck area

Conran Estates, who hold the listing, commented on the property.

The listing reads: ‘An amazing opportunity to purchase this unique stand out home in Brockley with a Westerly aspect garden.

‘On the ground floor is the lounge to the front and kitchen diner to the rear with lovely stripped and polished floorboards, a theme that carries on up to the first floor where there are three bedrooms, the bathroom and then steps up to a bonus loft room.

‘To the rear is a covered decked area that leads onto a nice lawn with a great size ‘garden studio room.

‘Brockley Overground is found nearby as are a choice of Outstanding schools, according to Ofsted.’

A bedroom in the house decorated with pink curtains and a single bed

A bedroom in the house decorated with pink curtains and a single bed

An upstairs bedroom in the house with 'stripped and polished floorboards'

An upstairs bedroom in the house with ‘stripped and polished floorboards’

Property hunters spotted the unique property which offers 1,277 square feet of living space and posted it to social media platform Reddit.

One said: ‘I don’t mind the mural, it’s kind of quirky.’

Another added: ‘At least it would be easy to give directions. “Look for the house with the paint job… can’t miss it… you’ll know it when you see it.”‘

Other Reddit users were astounded by the price of the ex-council house while others pointed to the plain interior which had not been given the same Picasso-style makeover.

A commenter said: ‘Party in the front and all business in the back.’

Another said: ‘Colour me disappointed. I had such high hopes for the interior.’

A third said: ‘I bet they drive a Citroen Picasso’

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