Okay, this isn’t the best flip but guess what? This Friday’s Featured Flip is on Best St. Isn’t that awesome? …hello…anyone?…anyone still here? Phew you stuck around. To reward you (and because I won’t be able to resist using “best” a million times), let me suggest you turn this post into a drinking game*. Every time I use the word “best”, you drink. #yourewelcome
The Best flip is actually not in the best neighborhood. Maxwell Park is a relatively safe neighborhood, almost suburban, but because it’s so suburban you have to drive everywhere. And unlike a lot of suburbs, the schools aren’t the best.
During the last housing bubble, this neighborhood didn’t see the same sizzle that other sexier, better known neighborhoods saw. I think this suits most people who live there just fine but I think as housing prices get crazier in the Bay Area more and more people are looking in this neighborhood.
The people who buy in Maxwell Park have a lot in common with Subaru buyers (and I don’t mean outdoorsy hippies with too much body hair). Subaru buyers value function over form, are financially responsible and don’t care that it’s not a sexy car. And that describes most of the buyers in Maxwell Park.
As you saw in the “Details“, this house got jumbo-sized, taking it from a 3 bedroom to 4 and adding almost 700 sq. ft. With 4 bedrooms this is a family home for sure. It may even be big enough for a multi-generational family though I doubt that’s who’ll buy this house.
New section here. I’m going to give each flip an overall score on two, possibly three, areas: overall design, execution and staging. A lot of times I’m not in the best position to judge execution since those finer details can’t be seen in the listing photos. But from time to time I’ll gander a grade on “execution.” What this means is that you may not always see a grade for “execution.”
Below is a table of the scoring system.
This is how Best fared.
For me the reason the design and overall score were so low is because they made this an open concept house. You all know how I feel about that. (But just in case you don’t know, read this post.) The only reason the score even graded as high as it did is because they added a huge element, which is where I think they got the extra 700 sq. ft. They really bested themselves by doing that. (I think any form of “best” counts. Drink.)
True confession time: I just spent an hour playing with all the filters on “Snapchat,” so this post is going to be a little light on commentary. In my defense, this is the first time I’ve ever used Snapchat and those filters are designed to suck you in. So really I’m the victim here. Helpful suggestion: resist the vomiting rainbow filter.
Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen & Family Room/Laundry/Office: before
Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen & Family Room/Laundry/Office: after
I’ve raged against open concept enough in the past so I’ll spare you another rant. I will share my other thoughts about these spaces though. First, the two straight rows of recessed lights makes the ceiling look like a flight path for planes to land and take off from. If they’d added a chandelier over the dining table, it would lessened the runway feel and also added a little something-something to the dining room.
Second, the spaces feel much smaller now and because there aren’t any walls, it looks like it’s going to be tough to arrange furniture. And finally, the huge addition they added was a staircase. A staircase! That seems like a major undertaking. I’m sure the addition of the staircase is why the spaces feel so much smaller. My best guess is that it was the only place they could put it. Though I wonder if they couldn’t have put the stairs in the weird family room/office/laundry room just off of the kitchen?
I hate when people but a solid door when the door lead to the backyard (see above). It always looks odd, and it cuts the backyard off from the house. People like imagining that indoor-outdoor living lifestyle and they can’t do that with a solid door. If they wanted to save a little cash, they could have made this solid door into a “dutch door.”
Bathroom #1: after
Master Bedroom: before
Master Bedroom & Bathroom: after
Bedrooms #2 & #3: before
Bedrooms #2 and #3: after
For some reason they really love what they did to the backyard because they have a million pictures of it in the listing. The backyard looks fine but not something that needs a lot of highlighting. Would it have killed them to plant a few flowers, scrubs and trees back there? And what do you think of how they flipped the direction of the staircase? I appreciate the creative thinking but it takes up more of the yard.
Well there you go folks. What’d you think? Was it the best flip or not?
*Please drink responsibly.