Happy TGIFFF! Today you are going to get some good before and after action. To be clear when I say “good” I don’t mean to suggest that this flip was entirely successful. As you will see Atlas made some questionable choices, plus I’m pretty sure it’s haunted. So there’s that. Anyways, let’s get started.
Details for Atlas…
As you can see, Atlas added almost 500 square feet to this house. I can’t be certain but I think all that square footage was added in the basement, where they created a master en suite situation. This would also explain the extra bedroom they added. I can’t, however, figure out where the half-bath was added.
Which brings us to where I think Atlas got it wrong: staging and listing photos. The staging in this house is tragic. I mean it’s some of the worst staging I’ve seen in a long while. I say this when you consider the price she’s listing the house at. I mean, I know the Bay Area market is crazy but buyers at this price point (even in the Bay Area) should feel like they’re buying a luxury home — because a million dollars is still a lot of money. Most of Atlas’ design choices and finishes are decent, which makes the fact that she staged it so terribly, even more confusing.
Atlas then doubled-down on the bad staging by using the worst pictures for the listing. The pictures look like they were taken by someone who was bet $10 that he couldn’t take more than 20 pictures in under 30 seconds. It’s not clear who the loser of that wager was.
Anyway, again, this is a million dollar home and this is the first impression people are going to have of the home. It’s clear this a flip. The bad staging and pictures make me think Atlas choked got sloppy approaching the finish line, which makes me think she cut corners in finishing the house. If this house doesn’t sell in a week, it’s because of these two errors. For. Sure.
Not much to say. It’s in a quiet, little-known residential neighborhood a few exits on the freeway beyond the more highly desirable areas. If you’re looking for quiet and quasi-suburbia with not a lot of crime and a half-way decent elementary school, then this is your neighborhood. I don’t think this is a million dollar listing neighborhood. As I’ve mentioned before, houses here sell way over asking (e.g. $100-$200k) but I don’t see this house or neighborhood bringing in $1.3mil.
Enough jabbering. Let’s see some pictures, right?!
Dining Room & Kitchen: before
Dining Room & Kitchen: after
Here’s where you’ll catch your first glimpse of the ghost…Also, as I hinted at a wall is taken down. This opened up the dining and kitchen to each other but there’s a huge staircase in the middle. They did a good job making the railings attractive but I’m not sure I would have done that but I think Atlas made the right flip-call. What do you think? Would you have taken the wall down?
Back Decks: before
There is an upper deck and a lower one. There aren’t any pictures of the lower deck, which is off the master bedroom and there are million pictures of the room and even the door leading to the back. #eyeroll
Back deck: after
Here’s the second place you’ll catch a glimpse of the ghost.
Master bedroom: after
Pretty sure a lot of the hardscape was here before because I have never seen any flipper put this amount of $$$ into a backyard. Ever (except Tarek and Christina on their summer time special version of their show). I think it’s lovely.
Alright. There you go folks. Atlas, had the world at her fingertips and created this…what do you think? (Of the house, not my pun…)