Today’s Friday’s Featured Flip is on Fairview — FFFF. That’s a whole-lotta F’s. And since you all know I love a good F-word and F-bombs and give zero F’s about it, I’m pretty stoked. But enough about my potty mouth, let’s talk about this house for a bit. I love most of this house. Unfortunately the before picture action leaves a lot to be desired but the after job more than makes up for it. Apparently, all this F-talk has made my mind go to dirty, naughty places…To my under 18 followers, please don’t click “read more”. The rest of you *wink wink* I’ll see you on the other side.
Before you get too excited, that intro was the best my innuendos are going to get. Sorry to be an F-tease…Ha!
As you can see Fairview lost a bedroom but gained two bathrooms and almost 400 sq. ft. I’m not really sure how they did this. But if I were a betting woman, I’d say the extra square footage came from finishing off the attic, which is huge, but since the access is challenging, they didn’t count it as a bedroom though maybe the previous owners did. Another theory is that the extra square footage was added by finishing off the garage/studio, and it’s also where I think they put the 3rd bathroom.
This house is in an amazing neighborhood — well, some people may find it amazing. If you’re looking for a quiet, suburban, homogenous neighborhood, keep it moving. Nothing to see here. But those who want the quasi-urban lifestyle — where you can bike and walk to everything and be surrounded by a variety of people from different walks of life — this is the house for you. Ironically, the price of this house marks the beginning of the end of diversity in this neighborhood. (I’ve been on a 20 year quest to distinguish true, Shakespearean, biblical irony from fake-Alanis-Morrisette-10,000-spoons-when-all-you-need-is-a-knife irony. Is gentrification true, Shakespearean irony. Discuss.)
How’d they do?
Again, my math is weird — 1 “heart eyes” + 2 smiley faces = heart eyes? I can’t explain how this works out but I think it has to do with how this house feels. Despite the fact that there are some staging and execution issues (I’m looking at you kitchen), I really like the feel of this house, which I think has to do with the high ceilings. The space feels so airy and bright. Real estate can be like that I guess. When people talk about buying their homes, they often talk about how the house made them feel rather than any one specific, tangible thing, and it’s usually that “feeling” that let’s them overlook the imperfections. And there are always imperfections.
The change is pretty dramatic. But from what I can tell they didn’t make a whole lot of major changes out here: some paint and new landscaping is all.
The orignal double-doors were removed. I love double-door entries so it makes me a little sad that they replaced it with a single door. The replacement is great and given how small the side panel is, the double-doors were probably pretty small. (You thought I was going to make a back-door joke, admit it…dirty birds.)
From here on out there are no more before pictures. Sorry, guys. MLS is conspiring against us.
The windows in this area are breathtaking. Except I wonder where you put a coat even?
Living Room: after
I think this room does a pretty good job of showing how the staging is just a little off. At first blush the staging looks fine, great even, but when you look at the details it starts to fall apart.
Now let’s look at the room again but this time I’ll point out the elements that seem off to me.
And from this angle…
I think the problem with the staging is that in an effort to fill the space they ended up using pieces that weren’t quite right. Though I don’t like the end result, I appreciate that they probably saved a ton of money and in the end the staging is fine and would appeal to most people.
Dining Room: after
Okay, guys, I think it’s about to get controversial up in here: I don’t like the kitchen. I appreciate that the cabinets aren’t your garden-variety flipper white or dark brown cabinets; I appreciate that a lot of effort and thought went into this space; and I appreciate that the modernity of the space dedicated a modern kitchen. But…I don’t like the color of the cabinets at all and modern really isn’t my thing. There are few individual things I do like: waterfall edged island and the pendant lights over said island.
Master Bedroom: after
The bedroom is directly off of the kitchen and the staging here hurts my feelings. So basically, there are two strikes against it. But still, it feels nice.
Bedroom #2: after
Bedroom #3: after
This bedroom is pretty small.
Bathroom #2: after
Not the sexiest space but it has so much potential. You know how they say “It’s not the size of your attic that matters, it’s how you use it…” — well that’s a lie because size always matters. Case in point:
IMHO, this is the best staged room in Fairview but it’s still not perfect.
Alright, there you go. What’d you think of the Quadruple F?
P.S. Thanks to everyone who reached out to offer support after last week’s post. Things are still touch and go with the Boy, but tonight two different moms shared heart-warming observations about him, giving me hope that he’s not a lost cause.