Today’s flip on Harbor View is a wee bit of a snoozefest. The before pictures are limited but it’s clear that dramatic changes were made. And there are a few design choices that stole my heart and confirmed a trend I’ve been noticing, which is always nice, but overall it’s just meh…With that titillating intro, I’m sure you’re jumping to click “Read More”, right? [Man, I’d make the worst salesperson.]
If I were a betting lady, I would say that the flippers elected to play it safe here largely because of where the house is located and that this neighborhood is not known for the $1m+ sales prices. But I’m jumping the gun. First things first.
Details: the numbers
Based on these numbers, it’s safe to say that Harbor View was super-sized. They doubled every things about this house: bedrooms, bath and square footage. This must have been a tremendous undertaking, which may explain the 2 years it took to get it back on the market. I’m really surprised at how low the sale price is.
This house is pretty close to a previous Friday’s Featured Flip but that house was listed for a little over $1 million and sold for almost $1.3m. Other houses on this block have sold for around $800-$900k, so there might be something weird about this particular street.
Details: neighborhood & buyers
Generally, this neighborhood is on the right side of the 580 freeway, has a great elementary school, is close to nice parks and is generally very charming with a good combination of different demographics. The one downside of this neighborhood is that you have to drive everywhere. But since you’re still in Oakland, you get the upside of an urban city but the quiet and neighborhood feel of the suburbs — like “urban-suburban” or “suburban-urban” [these are “they call her flipper” originals, patent pending so don’t even think of using these brilliant new terms].
The buyers will probably be a young couple or family, but it may also be an older couple looking to downsize (though the 2nd story may be a turn off). Any of these groups would have appreciated (aka spent more money for) more “pizzazz.” Had they added more designer-y finishes, however, that would have attracted deeper pocketed prospective buyers and, if all you care about is profit, then I guess that was a mistake. But if the goal was to keep the house affordable, then I have the highest respect for these flippers.
I’ve seen houses try to add wood details like this before (trying to mimic the Fixer Upper folks) but it’s always looked cheap or like they were trying too hard to me. But here, I think it was really well done. It breaks up the white and add a lot of warmth.
In the picture below, you get a closer look of the wood detailing, recessed lighting and the tile on the porch. I like the wood and lighting but hate the tile.
Living Room: after
Dining Room: after
Surprise! Open concept…okay, for real though, if you expected walls, then you’ve probably been living under a rock for the last 10 years. Given these folks built this house from the ground up, it’s not surprising they went with the
overrated very popular open concept.
Here’s where you start seeing how
boring safe everything is. I see white…
If you agree that these spaces are a little too bland, they can be easily fixed with a little paint, some interesting art and edgier light fixtures.
The kitchen is fine. It’s not going to offend anyone, but for me it’s a little too white. The back splash would have been an easy place to add a little interest for not a lot of money. Like going with a darker grout color for example.
These two pictures show one of my pet peeves in listing photos: showing the underside of upper cabinets when they’re not the same color as the cabinets.
Upstairs Landing: after
I believe the next two pictures are pictures of opposite ends of the upstairs hallway.
The next picture is my favorite shot of this house and shows my favorite part of this house: the glass half wall around the stairs.
There are four bedrooms and I believe one of them is downstairs.
The next two bedrooms are off of the 2nd floor porch and connect via the porch. The porch swing is so sweet. My kids would love these rooms.
It took me forever to figure out the difference between Bathroom #1 & #2. If you were a fan of Highlights (the kid’s magazine) and liked the game where you tried to find the differences between two seemingly identical pictures, then you’ll enjoy trying to figure out the differences. (I found 5. How about you?)
That finishes up our tour of Harbor View. What’d you think? Is this a winner chicken dinner? How much do you think this house will sell for?
Next week the fam and I are heading out-of-town, so your regularly scheduled programs will be interrupted. Follow me on Instagram (@avzambrana) to see what shenanigans we get up to.