A Sacramento home, which hit the market Wednesday for $825,000, appears on the outside to be your typical Tudor-style home, but every room inside is a display of brightly colored artwork inspired by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi.
The whimsical interior was the passion of the home’s owner, local psychiatrist Louis W. Kraft, who died in April. Kraft created the rich space using caulking compound, polystyrene, wood and paint.
Judging by the overwhelming response to the home’s bold interior on social media, it might as well have been designed by the famous Gaudi himself.
A Tik Tok video posted on zillowtastrophes garnered 19,000 likes and 273 comments in one day. Popular Facebook account Zillow Gone Wild also featured the house.
Kraft had a big mind and a big heart, according to home listing agent Janet Carlson of Lyon Real Estate.
“He was a distinguished and well-respected psychiatrist in town, well-regarded by his peers, those who worked with him, for his ability to handle the most difficult clients,” said Carlson, a friend and neighbor of Kraft.
“He was also very well loved in the park,” she added. “He had made many, many friends walking his dog. And that way he really got to know the neighbors. Otherwise, he was really in his spare time working on his art.
Kraft used striking mosaic tiles to decorate the fireplace, incorporated the classic elements of earth, water, fire and air into the living areas, and added star signs leading to a staircase.
“The upstairs bedroom was a ‘fire’ designed to look like a volcano,” Carlson explained. “And so the red tones on the ground, it’s the ‘volcano’. And then the walls go up with gray lava having dried on the way out.
The vibe of the house could be described as Lord of the Rings, European architecture and Disneyland mixed together. Kraft was a fan of Gaudi, who is best known for his work on the incredible Sagrada Família church in Barcelona, Carlson said.
“This house is a work of art, and it’s truly one of a kind, but from a real estate perspective, it’s out of the ordinary,” said Ryan Lundquist, a Sacramento appraiser and market analyst. “I would expect polarized opinions in the comments on social media as some people will love it while others will hate it. To me, it feels like that place where classic architecture and Disneyland meet. It really is an intriguing home and an amazing conversation starter, and now we’ll see how buyers react.
The Curtis Park residence at 2150 Coleman Way is 2,320 square feet with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The living room has a bay window, leaded glass, fireplace and built-in seating. Refinished hardwood floors run through most of the house, and there’s a hidden storage room in the basement “that could be perfect for storing wine.” In the courtyard there is a large swimming pool.
The whimsical interior, however, is the main attraction. Each room in the house has its own unique design and there are even mathematical equations incorporated into the design to solve, according to a woman, apparently her niece, who calls Kraft “Uncle Lou” on her Tik Tok aylajkraft account.
She says in a video on the site that the family was leaving with Kraft’s massive standalone art collection through an estate sale.
She could not immediately be reached for comment.
It remains to be seen whether the immense interest in the house will result in a sale.
“It could be an absolute dream for someone who wants to have something no one else has, but it could also be a situation where a contractor does a major rehabilitation to bring that house back to its classic shape,” said said Lundquist. “Only time will tell what happens.”
“There could be two possible buyers for this property: One is someone who falls in love with art and the fantasy world and wants to live in this house, or modify it slightly. And the other is a buyer who will come and see the raw space of this property, and maybe choose to keep some of the artwork, but create their dream home and even price where it is .
This isn’t the first Curtis Park home to come out with a uniquely artistic design. The so-called Dragon House which sits on a corner lot comes to mind.
“Interestingly, the Curtis Park neighborhood also has another unique house called Dragon House,” Lundquist said. “This house is named after an extensive tiling work of a dragon all over one side of the house. You might not expect these types of houses to exist in such an expensive area, but it just shows that owners are expressing themselves in many interesting ways at all price points.
Located in a quaint part of Sacramento, Curtis Park is a sought-after, family-friendly neighborhood where Craftsman bungalows and Tudor Revival homes exist near hiking trails, popular restaurants, and craft breweries. The neighborhood is home to the 24th Street Theater, built in 1929, which hosts plays, concerts, and comedies.
This house is larger than others in Curtis Park. Lundquist said similarly sized homes typically sell for between $800,000 and $1.3 million.
“It’s a wide range of course, but that’s what Curtis Park looks like, as the homes are going to vary greatly depending on location and amenities,” he added.
One thing is certain, there are no others like it.
“This property is really an outlier and it’s going to be difficult to assess because there really isn’t a perfect comparison,” Lundquist said. “Truly, for something like this, we can get some ideas of what it might be worth, and then we’ll see how the market actually reacts.”
Carlson offered some insight into Kraft’s creativity.
“He was interested in theater and musical sets, costumes,” she said. “So as a Music Circus donor, he would get private tours of their costume department and things like that. He was very interested in how they did the sets and the design. And part of the house is really a set design for this fantasy world.
In addition to being an artist, Kraft was a pianist who composed music, a poet and an avid collector of rocks, films and pottery, according to his obituary published in the Sacramento Bee.
This story was originally published September 29, 2022 2:55 p.m.