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New South Park Project

Great news this week, we are going New Construction in South Park and building a killer brand new Craftsman Bungalow for ourselves on a canyon lot. I dug this deal up straight ninja style, no MLS listing, no For Sale sign in the yard, just some driving for dollars, looking up the owner on the tax rolls, a cash offer and we closed 5 days later. A build-able vacant lot, with utilities, in popular South Park is virtually unheard of. You’ve seen us do some Major bungalow transformations such as The Hat Trick House, The Neighbors House and The Target House but stay tuned and see what we’ll build given the opportunity to start from scratch and build one for ourselves! Plans are in the works, I’ll show you guys soon our design ideas. Stay tuned, 2012 is off to a great start!

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  1. 9 Comment(s)

  2. By Billy on Jan 7, 2012 | Reply

    Can’t wait to the project updates! Interested to see how the new construction numbers compare with fix n’ flip.

  3. By Tom on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply

    Me too Billy, this house will definitely set a new high bar for us. I’m looking forward to also sharing the process. I saw a new home builder using everything Made In USA. That, together with sustainable and/or recycled building materials really appealed to me. We’ll see I guess, I’m thinking of not going full period but adding a modern feel to it

  4. By Bilgefisher on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply


    I’m always impressed with your rehabs, but what really impresses me is your eagerness to tackle a new challenge. Most folks like to stay in their comfort zone. You simply expand your comfort zone on every new project. I look forward to seeing a ground up project.


  5. By Tom on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply

    I always enjoy a good challenge. I know I can do it and I’m eager to keep learning, that’s what pushes me. The hard part is getting everything done good but cheap. This will be fun.

  6. By halbert on Jan 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hi, Tom.
    Nice canyon setting! Hope there will be a family space that opens onto it. We once rented a place with a lovely backyard, but the main access was through the master which was—- well, weird, when it came to entertaining. Looking forward to my next “fix” on your MCM. Hope you’ll be posting soon!

  7. By Tom on Jan 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Halbert, Good point. The obvious feature would be master suite access but I’m thinking somehow off the rear of the kitchen/dining area too. We are just getting ready to start mocking up floor plans. There is one single tree on the edge of the canyon where I want to do a cantilevered deck around.

  8. By Brian Daly on Jan 11, 2012 | Reply

    Tom – I have been following your site for a while silently, and when I saw this I couldn’t help but share my thoughts. Your passion and enthusiasm for what you do is contagious, your workmanship is second to none, and your blog is downright amazing. I, like everyone else here, am excited to see this project play out. Thank you!

  9. By Jeff Sleight on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    That’s awesome the utility sources are there, that’s a huge headache if they aren’t.

  10. By Tom on Jan 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Jeff, Yea definitely. When I saw the water meter and gas line stub out sticking up on the vacant lot that’s what caught my eye. As it turns out all new construction in San Diego now has to have fire sprinklers! It doesn’t matter even if you are right on the ocean. Water service is usually 3/4 inch but with the volume of the sprinklers (if they go off) you need a main line tap of 1″. I’m talking about the City side, meter to the main. I’ll still need to pay to have that done. Thanks for following!

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