Hey folks, you’re probably surprised to find me here today after flaking out last week. Sorry about that. Last week I didn’t post because I couldn’t find a flip with decent before pictures. I know that doesn’t excuse the radio-silence but I hope you’ll forgive me. This week’s flip, Coolidge, will give you a lot of good before and after, which if we’re being honest, is the best part of FFF posts, right?! Coolidge is a solid flip but it’s not without some shortcomings.
As you can see Coolidge added 119 sq. ft. I could not figure out where that space was added. Clearly they added a bathroom. Could that be the 119 sq. ft.? Maybe. In addition to the 119 sq. ft., Coolidge really reimagined the space. As you’ll see they tore down tons of walls. So many in fact, that it was a real challenge to match the before and after pictures.
But before we get to the pictures, let’s talk a little about the neighborhood. A few years ago, the neighborhood was a run-down, working class neighborhood within walking distance to a low-grade shopping area. The city has been putting a lot of redevelopment money into this area recently and now this neighborhood is fast becoming desirable. The shopping area still isn’t a huge attraction but that’s changing. So more and more people are taking a look here.
With that said, there are two huge draw backs about the immediate neighborhood. First, the street is incredibly busy. It’s one of the main thoroughfares for everyone coming off of the freeway to get home.
Second, it’s across the street from a huge middle school. Schools tend to be loud during the day and there’s usually a lot of traffic around at drop-off and pick-up times. These things usually aren’t a problem for people who work outside of their home or things people who have dreams of having their kid walk to school are willing to put up with. But a middle school would be a major deal breaker for me. I hated my own middle school experience, and that negative experience was only compounded by the years I spent substitute teaching between college and law school. Assignments at middle schools were the worst. At that age, a middle schooler’s maturity and bodies are so out of whack they are unruly, bizarre creatures. Middle-school teachers are truly unsung heroes.
But I digress…The buyers of this house will either be first time buyers who don’t work in high-paying tech jobs or a family looking to move out of their smaller started home. I don’t think hipsters or techie-millionaire will look in this neighborhood so I don’t think this house will go over $800,000, making this house a bargain. #ridiculous
Now without further ado, here’s the house…
Living room: before
This is going to be confusing. Just stick with me, okay?
Living room: after
The space is huge. Maybe too big. I mean, it’s going to be hard to furnish this room and imagine how to lay it out. I do, however, love the white they used here. It’s not too cool or too warm.
Kitchen & Dining Room: before
Kitchen & Dining Room: after
This kitchen feels big and looks big but if you look carefully there is very little storage. I mean, like none. I’m a minimalist but even I would find the lack of storage here difficult to cope with. Apart from the need for more storage, I think this space itself is screaming for an island, right? Wait, maybe the wasted space in the living room is where you’re supposed to store your kitchen stuff?
Master bedroom & bathroom: before
Master bedroom & bathroom: after
Because Coolidge moved so many walls around, it’s impossible to figure out whether this bathroom is the master en suite but I’m going to go with it because of the window. The bedroom, on the other hand, is a complete, random guess. Let’s just go with it, shall we?
Bedrooms 2: before
Bedroom 2: after
Bedroom 3: after
Bathroom 2: after
Side yard: before
The bench along the side of the house must be 20 ft long. Imagine that bench cerused like the one I did . It would be amazing!
Side yard: after
I’m pretty sure this next picture is of the “studio” you see in the background of the picture above.
Well I hope you enjoyed this flip. Before you leave, I thought I’d share with you what I learned about the street’s namesake, Calvin Coolidge. Coolidge was our 30th President and he came into office after the elected president died (Harding). Known as “Silent Cal”, Coolidge was a “quiet and somber man whose sour expression masked a dry wit.” Source here When he ran for re-election, his slogan was “Keep Cool With Coolidge.” I think that should be the slogan for this neighborhood!