Pride of ownership! Meticulously maintained Colonial. Beautiful flooring on first floor, solid wood kitchen cabinets, GRANITE countertops and MARBLE backsplash.
But there’s no mention of what truly sets this three-bedroom residence apart from the others—namely, the huge sculptures of a dinosaur, a mastodon, and a giraffe dominating the front yard.
“The owner is from Africa and does a lot of carvings and sculptures. The sculptures in the front were all done by the owner. He’s been working on them for about the past five years,” explains listing agent Nicholas Reyes, with BHHS Stouffer Realty.
“I decided to kind of stay neutral and let buyers make their own decisions as far as the artwork. I just tried to really focus on the house,” says Reyes on his decision to not mention the sculptures in the listing.
The strategy worked: An offer is pending for the art-filled home.
“People were blown away. We had an open house, and there were a lot of people coming in, a lot of people to see the house and a lot of people to see the artwork,” he says. “There was definitely a lot of positive feedback.”
Reyes says the front yard display took him by surprise.
“When [the owner] called me to come look at the home the first time, he didn’t give me any kind of warning or anything. I pulled up and was, like, ‘Wow, this is pretty cool,’” Reyes says. “Once I walked inside, I was blown away because it’s like walking into a museum.”
The homeowner is contemporary artist Harry Larweh, who is moving back to his native Ghana. A number of sculptures also grace the interior of the home and the backyard.
“The sculptures outside are staying with the house, but most of the artwork inside he is taking away,” Reyes says. “He did the big dinosaur during COVID. I guess he was getting bored. He bought a toy dinosaur and said once he got the toy, he knew exactly how to make it.”
The home, which was built in 1924, has been updated, Reyes says.
“The rooms upstairs are really nice-sized with nice oak hardwood floors, and the fireplaces have been refinished,” he adds.
Some of the sculptures were carved from wood, others were shaped in cement. Whatever the medium, the large beasts attract attention.
“There are always people who stop by and take photos, bring their kids,” Reyes says. “The neighborhood definitely loves it.”
Reyes says he’s surprised by all the attention the listing has received.
“When I first got the listing, I knew it was going to go one of two ways. Either people were going to love it or hate it,” he says. “Harry is definitely happy to hear how many people appreciate his artwork and all of the hours he has put into everything he has done.”
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