This week I’m bringing you a grand beauty: Calmar. The Calmar flippers are a league above anything I’ve ever seen. You will be stunned by the end result. Calmar was bought in July 2015 for $1,000,000…
Are you stunned? You read that right. One-million dollars for this house.
That $1,000,000 bought them a 3,060 square foot 5 bedroom 2.5 bathroom neglected mess.
What I find stunning is that despite the high-design and top quality finishes these flippers put into Calmar, they can’t seem to sell it. Most houses in this neighbor sell on average within 14 days of being listed and for well over the asking price.
In April 2016 this house was listed for sale. Then it went pending in May. Something happened (obviously) because it went back onto the market in June. In July they delisted it. They waited a month and then resisted it on August 27 for $2,495,000.
Now it’s a 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom 5,258 square feet stunner. Without further ado, here is Calmar now…
Hands down the most impressive thing these flippers did was change the view…
You thought I was kidding, didn’t you? I can’t figure out how these flippers managed to find that view. They must have super powers or something.
Now begins the tour of the inside. Full disclosure: the before pictures leave a lot to
be desired the imagination. Because of that it’s really hard to figure out the full extent of the rehab. Thankfully the after is so so good.
Okay, I think I’ve made it clear I really admire these flippers, right? So please understand that what I’m about to say I say with
love admiration: some of the choices they made perplex me and the staging kinda’ sucks. It took me a while to figure out why the staging wasn’t working. Then I got it.
It’s a piss-poor take on the currently trendy “Fixer Upper” style. If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably seen at least one episode of the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” staring Joanna and Chip Gaines. The Gaines are the reason people (1) know what “shiplap” is; and (2) have gone mad over said “shiplap.” If you’ve been living under a design/Pinterest rock, you can check out the “Fixer Upper” style HERE.
Anyways, I digress. They say kitchens sell homes. This kitchen is falling down on the job.
After: kitchen. I appreciate it but I don’t like it. Does that make sense? I’ve tried to figure out why and the best I can come up with is the cabinet style and color. I think they put an antique wash on the cabinets which enhances the paneling, which I’m not a fan of. So basically they enhanced what I don’t like. I do love the backsplash though. It’s so f**king cool. Can you believe this is the only picture they put of the kitchen?
Next up, bathroom-palooza. There are 5 bathrooms in this house now. They are all pretty stunning and I love how different they all are from each other. Most flippers pick the same cabinets, counters, flooring and tiling for all the bathrooms in their flips. Not these geniuses. So here are four of the after bathrooms:
Here is the masterful master bathroom. There is a lot to love here: cabinet color, tub, tub faucet, picture window, floor to ceiling tiling and marble counter tops. Buuut then the mirror, shower, sink faucets and lonely brown staging towel on the rack next to the shower are so wrong. Plus, are those antlers on the sink counter?
This next picture is the master bedroom, I think. It’s a good size but again with the staging?! And the wall color is baffling too. Why such a dark, warm-toned beige when the whole house including the adjoining bathroom are painted in cool colors?
Now I’m bringing you up to the attic. I don’t think they did much up here but it looks like they installed shiplap. Proving my point that they too have drunk the Gaines’ Kool-Aid.
Next stop: basement. So these before pictures won’t give you any idea of how the space was transformed but it makes you wonder what the rest of the room looked like if these were the pictures the realtor ended up using to list the property. #scarythought.
Finally, the backyard. I love the outdoor kitchen, deck and grassy area. Initially I thought they’d put in artificial grass and I was so excited. But alas it’s real.
Well there you have it. So what do you think: did these flippers blow your mind or blow a $1,000,000?