15 Neighborhoods With Exuberant House Colors Around the World

These neighborhoods' colorful charm will brighten your day.

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

Spot these brightly-colored buildings from afar in Bo-Kaap, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Cape Town that's known for its large Muslim Community, according to CNN.

Balat, Istanbul, Turkey

Situated on the shores of the Golden Horn (a major urban waterway in Istanbul), Balat is a historically Jewish neighborhood. The colorful area is also now becoming a hub for artists and other creatives, reports The Guardian.

Burano, Italy

Each part of Burano has a set of pre-approved colors, meaning before owners can paint their house, they must send an official request to the municipality, reports the Daily Mail. The governing body will approve or disapprove of the suggested color based on the location of the house on the island.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This already rainbow-like city became even more of an outdoor gallery when Rio de Janeiro legalized street art on many types of city property, according to The Huffington Post.

Guanajuato City, Mexico

Guanajuato is the birthplace of the iconic muralist Diego Rivera, whose childhood home has now been turned into a museum.

Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco

This colorful neighborhood was named after the street intersection of Haight and Ashbury, a district in San Francisco once known as the epicenter for hippies.

Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna, Austria

Austrian artist Friedrich Stowasser, best known as Friedensreich Hundertwasser, wasn't satisfied with average house designs, reports The New York Times. So, naturally, he created these homes with irregular forms and bright colors.

Ilulissat, Greenland

These vibrant homes stand out in their natural habitat of Ilulissat, a town in Western Greenland, where residents keep busy by fishing and dog sledding, according to Greenland's official website.

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Vivid colors surround visitors and locals walking along the Caminito, a street in the La Boca neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The alley is also a museum created by artist Benito Quinquela Martín, who started work on the strip when it was just an abandoned street.


Notting Hill, London

Before Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant walked the streets of Notting Hill, it was home to screenwriter and television producer Richard Curtis (who, yes, wrote the famous film "Notting Hill"), according to Daily Mail. The neighborhood is now known as an affluent district in West London.

Reitdiephaven, Groningen, Netherlands

These vibrant homes are surrounded by water, which is no surprise considering the Netherlands is flat and more than a quarter of the country is below sea level.

Tirana, Albania

Wander through Tirana, the capital of Albania, where the rainbow-colored homes are anything but dull. Many locals invite tourists for a cup of coffee or a sip of plum brandy called rakija, reports Rough Guides. Cheers to that local custom!

Tubingen, Germany

This radiant city in southern Germany is known for its slightly sour wine named Apfelmost. It's also a university town, where one in every ten residents is a student.

Vernazza, Cinque, Italy

Relax in this multicolored town located in Northern Italy, one of five towns in the Cinque Terre region, where fishing, drinking wine and growing olive trees are still traditions.

Whitehead, County Antrim, Ireland

Catch a glimpse of these perfectly-aligned, alluring homes in Northern Ireland. The town of Whitehead is located in County Antrim, where many scenes of the popular television show "Game of Thrones" have been filmed.

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