Hello again! I’m here twice in a week. You probably think I’ve lost my mind…or job. Happy to report that the latter has not happened. And I don’t think I’ve lost my mind but…would I really be the best person to judge that? Okay…folks, today’s Friday’s Featured Flip is on Santa Ray. She’s huge; she’s been modernized in a way that keeps a lot of the character and…she has an elevator!
But before we get too deep into this post I want to warn you about something. More accurately, it’s true-confession time. I’m B.U.I*…(translation: Blogging Under the Influence). I attended an event tonight for the mom’s in my 2nd grader’s class and we met at a Tiki Bar. #enoughsaid I knew I had to come home to write this post but I couldn’t say “no” to all the delicious blended drinks that transport you to a much needed beach vacation. So…in advance: I’m sorry. Truly. This post will undoubtedly be a hot mess.
I happen to live relatively close to this neighborhood so I’m probably a little biased when I say this house is in one of the best neighborhoods in Oakland. It’s walking distance to a cute shopping area, Trader’s Joe and a few parks. That plus the excellent elementary school, makes this neighborhood very desirable.
No great mystery here: the buyers will undoubtedly be a family. Really the only thing I’m unsure about is how old they’re kids are going to be and whether they’re going to send them to the local public school. Typically in this neighborhood, folks will send their elementary aged kids to the great elementary school but then put then in private school for middle-school. I know a family who lives in this neighborhood who, with a group of other families, have committed to changing this pattern. I wish them the best of luck and also feel a little ashamed that I didn’t have the resolve to do the same.
I’m sick of hearing myself blather on…let’s get this tour started!
Living room: before
Living room: after
Dining room: before
Dining room: after
Laundry room: before
Laundry room: after
I love it when we can compare views before and after. It’s magical how house flippers can make skies bluer and the neighbor’s houses prettier…
How cool would it be to own a home with an elevator? Unless you get stuck in it and you’re home alone and then have to spend hours in it. Or worse yet, what if you live alone and no one finds you until it’s too late…
So if you buy this house, keep snacks and water in it so you can survive until someone rescues you.
Master bedroom: before
Master bedroom: after
Okay both the before and afters are soooooo boring. I’m only showing them to you out of a sense of obligation. Please do not feel obligated to spend too much looking at them. Really this holds true for the rest of the post…unless you want to learn how to pronounce B.U.I. If you do, then you’ll have to stay tuned until the end…
Bedroom #2: after
I have no idea what they did back here other than take out the retaining walls (maybe not the best idea) and dump a mound of mulch. Why include this picture?
Okay that’s all for the house. What’d you think about how they opened up the kitchen? I’m impressed with how seamless it was done. This house is fine but I feel like there’s something missing. Maybe it’s the staging and paint colors? What do you think?
Now on to B.U.I. — this is a common acronym used to describe those who are charged with Boat Under the Influence (yes, that’s a thing you can be prosecuted for #publicserviceannouncement #yourewelcome). When I was a young deputy public defender I represented my fair share of people charged with BUIs and we’d always refer to those cases as “buoys”…you know, like the thing you put on a fishing line that bobs and floats at the water’s surface. Ha!