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San Marcos Remodel

Another awesome remodel hitting the market this weekend in San Marcos, North County neighborhood of San Diego. We buy houses and bought this property direct from an out-of-area landlord who wanted a hassle-free, as-is sale. We closed in less than a week with the long-term tenant in place and worked with them while they found other arrangements. It’s never pleasant to have to tell a tenant we are the new owners and give them Notice but at least they didn’t have to suffer through a long Realtor listing with a bunch of strangers through their home, open houses, showings, and inspections. This is a great 4 bedroom, 2 bath single level home on a culdesac and we expect it to sell fast after the fantastic job we did. I Love the industrial fixtures and kitchen design on this project!

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South Oceanside Modern Farmhouse Project

Modern Farmhouse project coming to South Oceanside this Spring! This design style embraces an eclectic mix of periods and aesthetics, combining traditional farmhouse from decades ago with modern trends of today and its very hot in North County.  We hope to get started soon on this fun project. This is a big house at over 2200 s.f. and in an extremely hot area of Oceanside which is West of I-5, less than a mile from the beach, and otherwise known by the locals as “South O”. I plan to incorporate some modern features, industrial inspired lighting, Gold plumbing fixtures, board and batten areas or possibly a ship lap accent wall inside with white cabinets and some warm rustic wood flooring. The exterior will be clean white with the exposed brick accent wall and black grid windows as you can see below on my rendering. Black and white patterned bathroom floor tile would be nice and a real butcher block island if we can fit it. Stay tuned for all the fun!

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Mid Century / Modern Remodel Imperial Beach

Another Green Button Homes redesigned and updated house hitting the market today. I couldn’t be more pleased with our design and how true we stayed to the original concept. This great house in the popular Seaside Point neighborhood in Imperial beach is now For Sale at $659,000-$679,000. The clean white stucco, looming dark grey overhangs, and low pitch roof are classic MCM. Warm horizontal wood accents on the exterior adds texture and with the awning style bathroom windows and accent color frosted glass front door it really completes such a crispy yet dramatic look. Inside we reversed the normal color palette and went white on the walls and grey on trims.

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Exterior colors: Body is Behr Nano White HDC-MD-06. Trim is Behr Cordite Grey HDC-MD-28. Front door is Behr Mermaid Net 480F-4. Horizontal wood is clear Redwood with Cabot Gold Moonlit Mahogany satin stain.

Interior colors:  Walls are Behr Nano White HDC-MD-06, Trims are Behr Euro Grey PPU25-17.

 

Imperial Beach Progress

The Imperial Beach remodel is almost done as we near the 4-week mark, we are shooting for staging and pictures next Friday so we can get it on the market for sale. Spring selling season has officially begun in San Diego, once we get past the Super Bowl there are usually buyers out in full force so our timing is great with this one.

IMG_20180207_122128871I am playing off the Mid Century Modern theme here a little while still keeping the inside somewhat safe. You can see the awning style windows for the bathrooms and all my horizontal redwood fence and accents which have yet to be stained darker Mahogany. I went with White on the exterior paint color with dark grey for the big overhangs. We still will bring in an accent color for the frosted glass front door and new sod in a few days to complete the curb appeal. Everyone has been stopping and giving us compliments on the horizontal wood.

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I flipped my normal inside colors this time. All the walls are White and trims (doors, casings, baseboards) are Grey including cabinetry. Black hardware completes the slick look. The appliances are even Black Stainless Steel. It’s going to look very cool and different. I went with the off white quartz countertops leaving a 12″ overhang and a zero radius under mount single bowl stainless sink. Yet to be installed is the big 4X16 White Ceramic Subway Backsplash with grey grout and the 2 Modern Pendants lights.

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The bathroom tile jobs are underway. All New Hall bath features reclaimed porcelain wood-look back wall and crispy 4″ X 10″ White Ceramic Subway sides. In the master bathroom we changed the tub to a shower and keeping it clean with 12 X 24 Carrera look tiles on the back wall and floors, with huge 6″ X 18″ White Ceramic Subway sides. I didn’t spring for real Carrera Marble because its expensive and requires a lot of upkeep, plus its very slippery for the floor. Like most new style of tile now this is also porcelain. Stay tuned to see this completed project next weekend and let me know if there is a house in your neighborhood we can flip!

South Bay Double Whammy

We have 2 great projects this Winter in the South Bay area of San Diego. These 2 projects in Chula Vista and Imperial Beach are within 7 miles of each other, so we should be able to stagger the subcontractors and do them both back-to-back. While the architecture is completely different on each, I’ve come up with some designs that I think will be a hit.

House #1 will start within a few weeks in Chula Vista which is currently a 5 bedroom, 2 bath 1,600 s.f. We’ll combine the smaller existing 2 bedrooms over the garage to create a large private master suite upstairs. Downstairs are the other 3 bedrooms, hall bath and a giant open concept living/dining room and kitchen area with a set of 10 foot sliders out to the back yard. This house sits on a bluff and catches the westerly ocean breezes and has peek ocean and bay views. The street is great with all nice pride of ownership homes around.

Chula Vista House Flip After

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We bought this property directly from the original owners and its probably the last house on this block that hasn’t received a big remodel so I’m really looking forward to the transformation. Here is a before and after of my Coastal Craftsman Design. Its amazing that with just a few very small changes like the shutters, pergola above the garage door, 4 knee braces at the eaves, and the new colors we see such a dramatic change. The grey body and bright white trim I think look good and do not conflict with any of the neighboring houses. The white garage door will complete the new-house look.

House #2 is a great Mid Century 3/2  1,265 s.f. with a 2 Car Garage in the very popular “Seaside Point” Neighborhood of Imperial Beach. It is only 1 block to the Estuary and Imperial Beach is seeing a tremendous amount of redevelopment lately. It’s come a long way from the funky beach town we knew in the 80’s. There are mega shopping centers, a coastal rezoning plan, and tons of infill new construction going on along with the new Bikeway Village Project. This property has a great floorplan already with vaulted ceilings, low sloping roofline, and an open concept kitchen. The master bathroom is already ensuite so this project will just get a heavy cosmetic/redesign makeover. It was an obvious decision to take this project into more of a modern direction. Check out this before and after of the house flip below.

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The house next door to this property already has a grey color scheme, so as not to compete with it I am going all white and clean with some warm horizontal wood accents on the fence and garage face. The bathroom windows will get changed to Awning style windows and I am using my favorite Teal color for an accent pop on the front door. There is already a lot of modern stuff in Imperial Beach so this will work well. This project is very similar in design to the Clairemont Flip we did this summer. I am very excited at both of these upcoming projects and to be able to roll into 2018 with some momentum. Stay tuned for some updates as we get started in a few weeks on the first house!

Encinitas Project Sold

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Our Encinitas project closed today. I had it sold twice but the first buyer backed out due to a family emergency. Congrats to the new buyer, we hope you enjoy the home and make some great memories here. This is a great little house we made good as new, and a great value to get in this zip code with a remodeled house in the 700’s. We buy houses in San Diego and surrounding areas, if you have and referrals for us please send them my way! I always buy them as-is and the seller saves thousands from not paying real estate agent commissions. Happy Holidays!

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It’s Over! What a fun project. Great house in an even better Encinitas, CA neighborhood with a simple, but complete, cosmetic makeover. It’s now on the market for sale and ready for a new family to call home. The sense of accomplishment is what really keeps me going on these things. I have an awesome crew and couldn’t do this without everyone who had a part in it. Taking on a whole house remodel in 6 weeks is not for the faint of heart, but the reward is always worth it. Take a look how cool the master shower came out. The contrast between the warm reclaimed back wall and the crisp white ceramic subway sides is very dramatic. I hope this wood doesn’t get wet 😉

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Final Stretch on the Encinitas House Flip

According to Zillow, the Median Home Value in Encinitas is $918,200 and the Median Listing Price right now is over $1,397,000 with a real lack of entry level inventory! There is only 1 other Active SFR choice right now in the $700’s, 1 in the high $800’s, then 2 over $1.2m in my area. We are not exactly in the best selling season but the market is on fire this year. Flipped houses sell at a premium because rarely does a buyer get to move in to a new home with every surface brand new and free from other peoples germs. Every surface usually has been changed or painted if a rehabber does a thorough job. Moving into a house that has been rehabbed or flipped you can expect to get no pet stains, no smells, no kids piss around toilets, not even someone’s years of old food in the garbage disposal. It’s a big luxury to know that nobody even used the toilet. Our project is All New and Germ-Free and will hit the market this Friday, stay tuned!

This was a very straight-forward remodel. We didn’t open any walls or change the floorplan around. I think I did a good job with spending the money in the right places. House flippers have a budget to work with, you don’t automatically get paid for everything you do to a project because there is a cap on the sales price.  Making sure you get the best bang for your buck, and passing along a solid product for a homeowner to build on is always our goal.

Pacific Beach project is done and on the market

3 blocks to the water! Our new project is now done and on the market for sale. This cute little original beach cottage is totally made over with new roof, windows, stucco, designer kitchen, bath, and refinished original hardwood floors. I really love the white ceramic diagonal herringbone pattern backsplash. You cant beat the location and can walk to everything Pacific beach has to offer. This would make a great vacation rental Air BnB but I am sure the neighbors wouldn’t agree. The home has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and is just under 900 square feet with a 1 car attached garage. We buy houses in San Diego! We purchased this house directly from an out of the area owner who lived in Riverside, he was actually a Century 21 agent but didn’t want to pay Realtor commissions and wanted to sell it As-Is and hassle-free.

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Clairemont Project going Live!

We wrapped up the Clairemont house at 4164 Mount Hukee SD CA 92117 last week and its On the Market For Sale. MLS# 170026209. Here are some After pics so you can see the final product. I’m really happy with the way this one came out and glad we went the extra mile with design, material choices and landscaping.

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Indoor/Outdoor Living in Clairemont

We are deep into this project and really just now starting to put it back together. The front yard demo was massive, we hauled out 4 dumpsters of demo and then 2 days with the Bobcat to break out the multiple layers of old concrete patios and finally hauled it off in a dump truck. The front yard is finally back to a clean slate to work with.

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The master bathroom changes are all done and we are ready to patch the drywall back up. The shower is 7 feet wide with his and hers shower heads. It’s going to be really cool, just wait to see what tile we have picked out. You will notice that we have a Hot Mop Tar shower pan. None of the house flippers do this but I would never settle for anything less.


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I wanted to take advantage of the expansive canyon views so we sprung for a Folding Patio Door. There are several manufacturers of these such as La Cantina and Nanawall, but we opted for a local company right here in Oceanside called Panoramic Doors. It’s a 10 foot wide opening consisting of 3 movable panels that completely open up and lay to the side, providing a seamless indoor/outdoor transition for the awesome San Diego climate. The obvious choice would have been regular French doors that swing out, this is a just way nicer so I think it was a good investment into the house. The backyard is going to get a new patio, some Xeriscape and a gas fire pit. This will be a really good house for entertaining. Stay tuned, we should start patching it all back up soon and moving towards paint, kitchen and tile jobs next.


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It’s a Family Tradition ~ Green Button Homes

The Tarrant boys like to build. 77 years later and here I am following in my grandfathers footsteps, developing real estate and building spec houses. Here’s a fun picture of my Grandfather R.W. “Poppy” Tarrant’s custom home that he built for his family in the late 1930’s.  The house was on Overbrook Lane in the upscale area of Houston, Texas known today as River Oaks. This house was torn down in the early 2000’s.

After selling the first house to a local attorney, he then drew up his own plans and specs and built this home in the 3600 block of Wickersham Lane in River Oaks. In 1943 this house only cost $15,000 to build. In today’s inflation adjusted dollars that equals $202, 460.00.

Here is Poppy, my dad Tom Tarrant Sr. and uncle Bobby Tarrant outside the Wickersham house

Flipping San Diego

It looks like A&E finally green lighted the announcement of a new Flip This House team for 2013. It’s our friend Chief Denney here in San Diego with a new show called Flipping San Diego. Chief does really nice work, has a lot of integrity when it comes to renovating houses and furthermore is a graduate of New School of Architecture here in San Diego.  What you guys are in store for this upcoming season on Flip This House from the San Diego team will be unlike any other season in the past so its a must see for house flipping fans. Sorry but there wont be any painting over rotten wood, shoddy lipstick rehabs, faked arguments with contractors or staged open house sales. I’m looking forward to the spotlight on the hot San Diego house flipping scene, and happy to see that it will involve someone ethical with good design sense and doing quality rehabs to show the nation how California does it! Tune into the new Flip This House season debuting July 20th on A&E.

Over the years we’ve been approached by 3 different production companies to do realty shows but never found the right “fit”, you might remember this old post http://tomtarrant.com/another-real-estate-reality-show-offer/

New Carlsbad Lagoon Lot

I picked up this 1.3 acre parcel in Old Carlsbad on Aqua Hedionda Lagoon last week and am getting started on plans for a 3500+ s.f. contemporary custom home. You can see its very close to Carlsbad Lagoon where there are fun summer activities like wakeboarding, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding although the beach is still only 1 mile away. I’ve got about 30 hours of due diligence in with The City already and feel pretty good about the parcel although its never had a house on it after a sub division lot split in 1980. There are a lot of challenges with this lot but neighboring parcels have all been developed or received approval. This lot is also in the Coastal Commission area which requires Coastal Development Approval before any grading, public improvement or building plans can be approved.

Home values in this area of Carlsbad are very strong with values in the $1M range. It’s going to be a long permitting process this summer though before we can break ground, I’ve already hired a civil engineer to do a new Topography Survey from which we can do a Preliminary Site Plan with elevations, drainage and grading. Additionally, we are required to submit a Geo Report for the soils and a Bio Report that documents endangered plant and wildlife on the lot, namely Coastal Scrub Brush and the infamous Gnat Catcher bird. Once we can get all this in to the City we’ll be considered for a Coastal Development Permit after a 30-day wait, and then we can start actually working on the house plans. This whole process could easily take 6 months from what I’m told so don’t expect to see me start grading next weekend. This is going to be a really fun project, we are really excited to also be doing something in North County and leaning more modern with this home design.  I’ll share some of the prelim info as we get into this and start playing with conceptual designs and eventually work towards another 3D model of the house and site.

Modern Garage Door and Countertops – South Park

We are winding things up in South Park on our Modern Bungalow. The modern garage door got installed this week, its an Amarr full view door in dark bronze with obscure glass. I didn’t want the glass to look white-ish like my last project so I didn’t get the frosted, the obscure lets more light in and overall was a way better choice for this project. The dark bronze aluminum ties in with the Milgard aluminum window color perfectly. The door looks massive because its 8 feet high so the glass panels are larger, way cooler than the 7 foot Amarr door we installed earlier this year on a house we flipped.

In the master bath wet room I finally dropped in the jacuzzi tub. You can see that the heavy glass frame-less doors are also installed, I tried something new this time and did saloon doors. You can leave them open when taking a bath and they lay on the walls out of the way. The opening is 4’0″ so each door is around 24″ Hey Honey, if I don’t come home from work one night you know where to find me.

Carpet got installed in the 2 secondary bedrooms. I went with a designer textured close loop Stainmaster with upgraded pad because we like carpet in kids rooms. The grey ties in well with interior finishes.

The big milestone we passed this week was the counter tops. The kitchen and both bathrooms are all Ceasarstone Arctic White with a square profile and eased edge. Ceasarstone is quartz so its a little trickier to work with when fabricating the edge detail. Not only is the pure white unforgiving but quartz in general has to be miter cut so you wont see the lamination on the bullnose. This is the first time I’ve gone this white, its so fresh, clean and looks very modern, contrasting my dark greyish blue base cabinet color well. The huge sink is a single bowl zero radius stainless steel. I ended up going with white 3×6 ceramic tile for the back splash (not shown) and installed it in a running bond pattern to keep it looking more contemporary and matching the upstairs bathroom.

The 3’x7′ kitchen island has a waterfall on one side. this is a new technique usually reserved for high end modern homes where the counter top actually wraps down the island and touches the floor. You can also see in this pic how the seams are miter cut. One neat feature (also not shown) is the microwave drawer in the island, more pics to come after I get appliances in.  We Buy Houses in San Diego, if you know anyone looking to sell please contact us as we are always searching for our next renovation project.