Guys! Today’s Friday’s Featured Flip is on Bates Rd. For today’s discussion, I’m going to depart from my usual practice of using the street name as the flipper’s name and instead today’s flippers will be referred to as Norman…of course…have no idea what I’m talking about head over here. And you’re in luck, later on in this post, I make another super dated reference…Now, let’s get on with it. Right?!
Details: Bates Rd.
I think poor Norman took on a huge project and did a lot of great things but also made some questionable choices. Unfortunately, there is only one before picture and its of the exterior. You’ll see, the outside was in pretty rough shape so I imagine the inside was too. I suspect that at some point Norman was probably hemorrhaging money and he felt he needed to dial it back at the end. This is most obvious in the exterior areas of the house, the bathrooms and staging. Nonetheless, given the neighborhood and I were a betting gal (which I’m not), I’d put money on this house selling for over $1.4 million.
This house is pretty close to mine so I’m very familiar with the neighborhood. In fact, we almost bought a house on this block 4 years ago. The neighborhood is really desirable and is within a few blocks of one of the most desirable areas in Oakland. Plus, it’s within walking distance to two very cute shopping areas and easy access to a freeway — while also being pretty quiet.
The buyers of this house are going to be fine spending a lot of money for a relatively small house. I think it’s going to be a married couple in their 30s. They may be in tech but I could also see two lawyers or doctors buying this house who have a clear, 5 year plan for having kids. Another potential buyer is a retired couple who currently live nearby and are looking to downsize – though the stairs leading up may not be ideal for them.
Without further ado, here’s the house…
So I’m going to show you the after in all her glory without my snarky comments because I feel I owe Norman that much.
Okay, now for some snark…
Living room: after
Right when you walk through the front door, you’re hit by the terrible, horrible no good staging. The staging is so bad here, even I had a hard time looking beyond it to see the bones of the house. For example, the front windows and crown moulding are gorgeous but it’s so hard to appreciate with such bad furniture and accessories. In the second picture, you’ll see I lost my mind over the staging. I’m curious what you think of the floors. They’re that engineered, made-to-look hand scraped “wood” flooring that comes pre-finished. I think I like the color but I’m not digging the “scraped” look. Though I acknowledge it may look better in person.
Dining Room: after
From the living room, we next head into the dining room. Again, the biggest problem with this space is the staging but I also think it’s too small. As you’ll see it opens to the kitchen and then the kitchen opens to an eating area and family room. My guess, given the house is 90+years old, Norman tore some walls down. In the kitchen and dining area, I think Norman should have pushed the kitchen back, eliminated the eat-in area on the other side of the kitchen and had a single dining room. Most people would appreciate one larger dining room over 2 smaller ones that are only 10 feet apart.
Kitchen, Eat-in Area & Family Room: after
The kitchen is fine. They definitely tried adding a lot of elements that are supposed to be in style right now — like the farmhouse stainless steel sink, black faucet, marble subway tile backsplash — and every thing else is neutral — cabinets, counters and cabinet hardware — but for some reason it seems like a Pinterest-Fail.
I think, once again, the staging is to blame. If you get rid of the terrible tchotchikes, the rug in front of the sink and replace the pendants with something like this, this kitchen might be alright. Maybe. I’m still not sure. I’m starting to suspect the floors are the problem, or maybe it’s the the wall color…it’s killing me that I can’t figure it out. Can anyone help? Please?
One of these is the new bathroom. I want to say it’s the master bathroom because houses of this era didn’t have on-suite bathrooms. Plus, it’s on the ground level. Again, not something builders did back in the 1920’s.
Well there you go. What do you think of Norman’s work? Do you believe this house will go for over $1.4 million? And in case you’re curious who Crocker and/or Tubbs are…only the coolest cats in the 80’s.