I’m really excited to bring you today’s Friday’s Featured Flip on Market St. because it’s pretty damn cool. I also happen to know a couple who has put in an offer on this house so it’s extra special too. I hope really hope they get it so I can visit
this house them a lot.
After last week’s FFF snooze-fest, I’m thrilled to be bringing you a flip that is cool, well-done and full of original character. The transformation of this house is pretty dramatic and this flipper kept a lot of the original detailing, which you all know how angry I get when flippers don’t do that.
Details: Market St.
My friend who bid on this house says that the “guy” who redid this house lived in the in-law unit as he redid it. This explains the 8 year gap between buying and listing it. He also may have waited a few extra years because this neighborhood was rough up until very recently. And by “recently” I mean within the last 2 years. It’s still pretty rough but more and more young professionals are moving in, which is who I think the buyers are going to be (*fingers crossed for my friends*).
Putting aside my obvious bias, I do think a young, child-less couple are the most likely buyers because it’s a 2 bedroom house on an incredibly busy street in a sketchy neighborhood with terrible schools. Just one of these factors is enough to scare most families away. The fact that there’s a trifecta of bad here (street, neighborhood, schools) means 99% of buyers with a family aren’t going to be interested in this house. With that said, my friend said that the open house was mobbed. So maybe I’m way off the mark and a family of 6 are the winning bidders…
Living room: before
Living room: after
A Redfin realtor who toured the house said that this room feels like walking into an HGTV episode. This is a testament to the power of paint, Folks. Some historical-home purist might be upset by the fact that he painted the wood paneling but not me. I think it was the right call here. That and getting rid of the top of the fireplace, which looked like something that was added on in the 60s.
Dining room: before
Dining room: after
Don’t worry, you’ll be seeing more of the dining room…
The craziest thing to me is that the kitchen is 100% transformed and yet the layout stayed the same. #bossmove There are a few other choices he made in here that are not my jam, namely the island and cabinet colors. Am I right? Or way off?
This is the last of the before pictures but as you’ll see he really transformed the basement and also created an in-law unit. If the before picture of the garage is a sign of what the in-law area looked like before than this guy is a true visionary. I’m not sure I would have seen the potential.
Garage & In-Law: after
Master bedroom & bath: after
Bedroom #2: after
Bathroom #2: after
This is my least favorite room both in terms of design and staging. And I think it’s because it’s so different from the rest of the house. I know black trim is supposed to be the rage right now but I’m having a hard time getting onto that band wagon. Nevertheless, given the colors and materials in the rest of the house, this room feels off and uncomfortable. If he wanted to do black trim, I think he should have made the walls and ceiling darker and just gone all in with the dark colors. And/or maybe the staggers could have added some black accents in the accessories.
There you go. Another great FFF.