Hello Party People! *wink.wink* Do you know what today is? That’s right it’s Friday and I’m about to bring you a flip! TGIFFF*…
Can you believe this is the same house?! In May 2016, this house sold for $500,000. When they listed in it on March 9, 2016 it was listed as a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house with 2133 square feet.
On August 3, 2016, this house was listed again as a 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom house and they are now asking $799,000 for it.
In three short months this home was completely transformed.
The house is in a really rough neighborhood. Many neighborhoods in this city are in transition. This neighborhood isn’t one of them. In fact, this neighborhood isn’t even adjacent to a neighborhood in transition. I’m really surprised someone would flip this house.
I think the buyers of this home will either be a group of young professionals looking for a live-in investment property, hoping this neighborhood gentrifies soon, or a large multi-generational family.
If I’m right, then I think it would be hard to design this house to appeal to both groups. A group of young professionals would likely appreciate more hip touches — like Edison bulb fixtures, refinished original floors and subway tile with gray grout. #hipsterdecor
In contrast, a multi-generational family would likely want “safer” more traditional finishes — laminate floors, wall-to-wall carpeting, and travertine. And the real conundrum is that each group would likely be turned off by the finishes aimed to attract the other group. Hmmm…what’s a flipper to do?
These flippers seemed to have chosen “safe” for the permanent, harder to change finishes (e.g. flooring, kitchen, bathroom, etc.) but threw in more modern touches on the easier to change items (e.g. accent walls painted in “hip” colors, light fixtures, faucets, etc.).
There are quite a few choices these flippers made I struggle to understand. Like the accent wall colors. The staging leaves a lot to be desired. (Which is better: bad staging or no staging?) And the listing photos seem really low end. I guess time (and the sales price) will determine if these flippers made the right choices.
First stop is the living room. It appears they laid down new flooring and I think its laminate. How do you feel about laminate? From the pictures it looks like there were hardwood floor in the space before. Would you have tried to keep the hardwood floors or laid down new flooring?
The living room then opens up to the dinning room. I wonder if they took down a wall to connect the spaces because there was a door and now there isn’t. They also took out the molding around the room and the built-in cabinet, and maybe even lowered the ceiling. I wonder why?
On the other side of the dining room wall is the kitchen.
The ceilings in this house are 12 ft tall! And you can really appreciate that in the after pictures of the kitchen. I mean of course this kitchen is 100 times better than before buuuut…the white on white on white with the orange wall hurts me. I would have chosen a colored grout for the backsplash or gray countertops (the latter may have been tough with the floors they chose but then I wouldn’t have chosen those floors…) And I feel like an island would have been a better use of the space.
From this kitchen you can either go to a bedroom or upstairs to the attic.
Before we head upstairs, let’s first check out the bedroom off the kitchen. You’ll like this transformation.
And now for the biggest transformation: the attic! Here is where this attic started before…
The after is so lovely. I would love to have a whole floor to myself…oh! Sorry…for me and Mr. Man. I don’t know if everyone would appreciate all the different angled walls but I think it makes the space feel cozy. Maybe it’s because I’m so short and have never had to worry about bumping my head on anything…#lyingifisayim5’3
Based on my years of stalking flips on the internet, a gross bathroom is a perquisite to any successful flip.
So those are all the before pictures I have to show you but I wanted to leave you with some pictures of the backyard.
*TGIFFF – Thank Goodness It’s Friday’s Featured Flip
***UPDATE: As of noon on 8/26/16, the did a price drop. The house is now listed for $788,000.***