This week I had so many flips to choose from I really struggled to narrow it down to just one. There were amazing flips and horrific flips and everything in between. In the end, I decided that you guys deserved seeing an exquisite, nearly flawless flip. I’m such a fan of these flippers’ work I’ve decided to share the address with you — 4378 Arcadia St., Oakland, CA 94602.
I decided to share the address because I have so much love for these flippers I want to help them sell this beauty and this is literally the least I can do to thank them for sharing their genius with us.
This post will be different from past posts in another way and again it’s because the Arcadia flippers did such a great job. The before and after pictures do a pretty good job detailing what was done and the rehab and staging are superb. This means there’s little I can say that will add so I’m basically going to step aside and let the pictures do
all most of the talking. Plus, I couldn’t bring myself to write over any of the after pictures. It felt like I was defiling the Mona Lisa.
I was so excited about this flip I’ve already gone down to the County Assessor’s Office and looked up the owners. I’ve already started stalking them. These poor folks may soon find a wanna’ be flipper knocking on their doors begging to learn from them…(I’m that stalker in case you’re wondering.)
I used to live in this neighborhood so I’m pretty familiar with it. It’s one of the nicer but lesser known neighborhoods in Oakland (which I’m not sure if you’ve heard is becoming the new Brooklyn). The neighborhood is pretty hilly and isn’t within walking distance to annnnythhhinngg. And once you get up as high as this house is you don’t even get sidewalks. BUT…because of those hills you get lovely views of the Bay Area. It doesn’t look like this house has a view of the Bay Bridge but you do get views of the Mormon Temple which when it’s all lit up at night is pretty gorgeous. You’ll see what I mean in just a bit.
The buyers of this home are going to be professionals who aren’t worried about public schools because they either won’t have kids or will be sending them to the nearby elite private school. Don’t get me wrong: the local public elementary and middle schools these folks are zoned for are pretty good but they’re so far away you don’t really get the neighborhood school/community feel so it may not be worth dealing with the schools’ shortcomings.
As you see my Arcadia flippers added a bedroom and 1.5 bathrooms plus 800 sq. ft. (which is the size of a decent apartment in the City). I think both the master and the extra 800 sq. feet come from the basement in-law apartment.
Okay…get ready…get set…you’re about to see the best flip I’ve seen in a long time.
Before: Mystery Rooms
There were 3 rooms that I could not figure out how they’d been transformed. I think Mystery Room #1 was turned into a room off of the kitchen but there aren’t any pictures of that room. I guess it’s also possible Mystery Room #1 was turned into a deck off the kitchen. The last theory is pretty crazy but it’s the best I got. I’ll show you those rooms now so you can go through the house and see if you can figure it out.
Before: Living Room
After: Living Room
Before: Dining Room
After: Dining Room
Before: Basement In-Law
After: Master Bedroom
Before & After: Bedroom#2
Before: Other Bedrooms
No idea how these were transformed. I’m sure it was fabulous but I am curious what they did to the bedroom with the green carpeting. The view looks amazing and was clearly the original master. But you can see a chimney outside the window so I’m pretty sure this wasn’t where they put the new master shown above.
Alas, I don’t have any before pictures of the bathrooms. I’ve always been able to bring you at least one gross before picture in every one of my Friday’s Featured Flip series. I feel like I’ve failed you. Hopefully the after pictures will make up for that. (I’ve officially run out of synonyms for gorgeous and stunning so to avoid repeating myself I’m going to let the pictures do the talking.)
Well there you go folks. What do you think of this flip?
UPDATE: The weekend after I posted this my friend and I went to the open house. For the first few minutes we were completely smitten with the house and it was everything I thought it was going to be. But we quickly became disenchanted with it when we started paying attention to the details. Specifically, there were a lot of areas where the flippers had done a piss poor job finishing something off. I’m sorry to report that I didn’t take any pictures during the tour. My bad. Here is a partial list of the things I spotted that were wrong with the house:
- Kitchen counter: because the counters are so long, they had to have a seam in the counter and in the backsplash (made of the same) — but they didn’t line up the seams. Instead seams were off by 6-8″ from each other.
- The stairs leading upstairs off the entrance are so, so steep it felt like I was going to fall when coming down, which was made worse by the fact that there wasn’t a hand rail.
- The baseboards throughout the house were poorly finished because either they were cut improperly, or not caulked or filled in all the way.
- The master bathroom tile was laid and grouted terribly. Plus they didn’t finish the edges off where they had two tiles meet at the top of the half-wall separating the shower from the rest of the bathroom.
- The bedroom layout was awkward. The only thing upstairs was a bedroom with an on-suite, there was a bedroom off of the kitchen and then three bedrooms (including the master) downstairs. The problem with the downstairs bedrooms is that two are minuscule and so incredibly dark they felt claustrophobic.
- Finally, throughout the entire house there were so many odd little areas of dead space. Usually just in the bedroom and bathrooms but it was so common it really made it seem as if the flippers didn’t give a lot of those to the flow and uses of spaces.
- None of the closets had any hardware inside — like a rod to hang hangers from or even a hook. I get that buyers dream of designing custom closets but they usually only have those dreams for their master closets and not all of the closets in the house; plus they may not want to do that immediately. Until the buyers install any closet system, they’ll have to keep their clothes in piles on the floor. I think flippers owe it to buyers to put an inexpensive rod in the master bedroom closet. Buyers shouldn’t have to live like slovenly college students in their million dollar home.
- One of the closets in the downstairs bedrooms was too shallow to fit a hanger, but had they made it any deeper than the room wouldn’t have been functional.