by Tom | Aug 15, 2021 | House Flipping, Landscaping, San Diego Real Estate Market
After the demo we got started rebuilding the house with the most important part, retexturing. Having uneven or mismatched texture wont fly with me so we got everythis looking good. After the new roof went on we did dual pane windows and added new central air conditioning with all new ductwork.
Out front I decided to incorporate a private front yard by building a low horizontal wood fence and gate to add some privacy from the street. So the mailman won’t have to walk to your front door, I moved the mailbox to the front of the garage. I think we will xeriscape this front courtyard to make this little oasis maintenance free.
The old board and batten siding on this 70 year old home had seen it’s better days. We replaced the entire front and rear with James Hardi 7″ reveal horizontal siding. This will make the paint job come out perfect in leiu of spending hours sanding and filing the old wood siding.
The old cobble rock retaining wall near the sidewalk is replaced with a modern CMU block wall left raw intentionally. Tile jobs are getting started. I am staying with a sophisticated whire ceramic lareg format tile for the bathrooms. To keep the lines extra crisp i opted to run the pattern stcked, AKA “running bond” instead of a subway pattern. For this house I am going for an all white look, super mature, with no crazy pattern tiles or typical flipper greys.
You are not going to want to miss this total transformation! Stay tuned for the remodeling updates and thanks for following along. We are the most experienced and trusted San Diego house flipper and cash home buyer. We buy houses in all San Diego neighborhoods as-is and take them in any condition. What you see here is how they turn out when they go from old rental condition to something a new family will cherish for another 70 years. When selling a San Diego house to us you can expect a hassle-free transaction and remove all the uncertainty and expense of dealing with realtors.
by Tom | Aug 1, 2021 | San Diego Real Estate Market
We are happy to be in a little higher priced market working this summer with our new project. Serra Mesa is on the hill right above the old Qualcomm Stadium location and for those in the know it’s home of a billion dollar SDSU satellite campus location now with Aztek Stadium, something the Chargers seemed to never be able to pull off. We have remodeled a bunch of homes in this neighborhood and Serra Mesa is seeing some big time gentrification and is a solid bet for future growth in home prices. Serra Mesa home prices range from $850,000 to the high $900’s for little 3/2’s! We get to step up the design and materials on this one so its going to be a killer transformation.
You can see here the home is mostly original, we purchased this property from a tired landlord that simply wanted to cash out and retire. Even though the house was rented out, there was deferred maintenance issues but we bought it as-is. The seller benefited from an easy and fair sale without having a bunch of people through the home disturbing the tenants and didnt have to pay any realtor commissions or closing costs. Stay tuned for the complete remodel, we will make this house the shining star of the block and make all the nieghbors very happy!
by Tom | Jul 22, 2021 | House Design, House Flipping, San Diego Real Estate Market
We just wrapped up this 2021 house flip in the great San Diego neighborhood called Emerald Hills. This is one of the still semi-affordable neighborhoods left with prices in the mid 600’s. I had purchased this house directly from the homeowner who wanted to sell it without making ay repairs or paying realtor commissions. The remodel came out great as you can see. After listing for $650,000, this home went under contract and is now in escrow to a new owner. It’s a very rewarding to improve the neighborhoods and make a difference in the community we love and call home.
The design styles we picked for this project are meant to appeal to a large number of buyers. I did not want to get too specific or trendy and turn anyone away. When working within a budget it is critical to spend the money in the right places and not cut corners. Most house flippers in San Diego use flooring that costs close to $1.00 per square foot. We use water resistent wide plank and spend over $3.00 per square foor. All the interior doors and base boards are changed as well using a higher end single panel design instead of the less-expensive 6-panel door others use. I like the second driveway this house has and ability provided for boat or RV parking off street. You can even pull all the way back into the back yard if you want. We did new kitchen, bathrooms, flooring and paint to make this great home ready for a new family.
The design styles we picked for this project are meant to appeal to a large number of buyers. I did not want to get too specific or trendy and turn anyone away. I like the second driveway this house has and ability provided for boat or RV parking off street. You can even pull all the way back into the back yard if you want. We did new kitchen, bathrooms, flooring and paint to make this great home ready for a new family.
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by Tom | May 25, 2021 | House Flipping, San Diego Real Estate Market
We buy houses in San Diego direct from homeowners like this one featured here. When selling a house as-is to us, there are no realtor fees or closing costs taken out of your home sale proceeds. In April we purchased this house direct from the homeowner and gave her time to find a new place, eventually even helping her with the move since she didn’t have any local help. This fixer upper house is located in the San Diego neighborhood of Encanto.
We will be doing a complete remodel on this property and bring it back to the market for a new family this summer. My plan is new kitchen, flooring, paint, bathrooms, landscaping and remove this security fence around the front yard. If you know of a fixer upper or house that needs some work please contact us. We buy houses in all San Diego neighborhoods and always looking for more projects. Stay tuned to see this remodel come to life!
by Tom | Feb 11, 2021 | Exterior Paint, House Design, House Flipping, Mission Cliff Gardens, San Diego Real Estate Market, University Heights
I am so proud of what we have done with this project that just wrapped up today and is hitting the market for sale for $899.000. While this home is built in 1947, it’s not technically “historic” per se, but the neighborhood of Mission Cliff Gardens is second to none as far as history goes for San Diego Metro neighborhoods. Located in University Heights near Trolley Barn Park, this is one truly special pocket of homes, some of which overlook expansive Mission Valley.
The mid-century architecture on this home was all left intact so as not to alter the character. Casement windows, bold horizontal lines, big overhangs and horizontal wood siding all give this the Palm Springs vibe but in a million-dollar San Diego view location very close to downtown.
The exterior house colors are Sherwin Williams HGSW3282 Woodland Lichen for the body and Sherwin William HGSW3174 Lennox Hill Tan for the trim. These Sherwin Willams colors are from a new collection they did in partnership with HGTV and you can find the at Home Depot. The front door accent color is SW6606. The green body is very bold and makes a huge masculine statement in person. The satin sheen was perfect on our 70-year-old wood siding.
We kept the inside of this home mostly period correct and didnt even take out the original kitchen cabinets. Interior wall colors are SW9166 Drift of Mist which is our current favorite, trims are SW7004 Snowbound. The flooring we picked is light and beachy from Floor and Decor and is waterproof to allow it running straignt into the Retro kitchen.
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by Tom | Jan 27, 2021 | Uncategorized
Mission Cliff Gardens in University Heights is one of San Diego’s hidden treasures with a lot of history. Situated on the steep hill above Mission Valley, it was Founded in 1890 by the San Diego Cable Car Company. This was the destination for San Diegans to come to at the end of the trolley line and walk around to see the lush gardens, Ostrich Farm, Aviary and was a real botancial wonder for its time.
The neighborhood is now home to tons of walkers and joggers with its close proximity to Adams Avenue, Trolley Barn Park and the main drag of the University Heights shops and cafes. In 1904 Spreckels expanded the park and gave people view points to enjoy the overlook of what is now Mission Valley. The cobble rock original wall built by John Davidson and entrance is still here and in fact the organ in Balboa Park was donated by the Spreckels and originally planned to be in Mission Cliff Gardens. The park and nature area was closed in 1929 to make way for a 1942 subdivision for single family homes along the canyon.
We bought this small 2 bedroom, 1 bath house in 2021 from a Trustee after the owner had passed away from natural causes. The house is an incredible find, sitting right on the cliff with a million dollar view over Mission Valley. The home itself is very unique in that its only 1000 sf and has a 1 car garage. The previous owner was a bachelor so he reallocated one of the bedrooms to puiblic space used as an office off the living room. It totally makes sense so we decided to leave it knowing who our buyer will likely be.
After some serious consideration I opted to only do a quick flip with flooring and paint instead of getting into a huge reconfiguration and total remodel. Selling it now versus spending $100k and 2 – 3 months here will end up netting us the same with a tune up and fast sale at a lower price. My plan is to list this house on the market in the high 800’s. There was a non-flip sales comp one block down in the mid 900s with no view.
The demographic for this neighborhood suggests a single person or couple, no kids, and urban professional lifestyle. Having not much yard is perfect for someone busy but wanting to enjoy everything University Heights has to offer. This is going to sell really fast even with the time period kitchen we decided to leave as-is. Nothing ever comes available on this side of the street, much less in Mission Cliff Gardens so get ready for a bidding war.
Stay tuned, we are going very bold and masculine with the colors to have some fun!
by Tom | Jan 18, 2021 | House Design, House Flipping, San Diego Real Estate Market
We did it! My Rancho Penasquitos project is complete and now live on the market. I am so proud how this came out, we really went above and beyond and took the time to make things right as always. It hit the San Diego MLS on Thursday just before the long 3 day holiday weekend. There has been 40 showings and we have multiple overs over asking. It is really a great house and best wishes to the lucky buyer who will make this their new home.
I sent these photos to the lady who sold us the house in December, she was so happy to see what we have done.
The house looks absolutely amazing! I love the lowered entryway, everything you did with the kitchen, the bathrooms, they all have great finishes. The outside looks soo much better.
Thanks so much for sharing!
Here are the final pictures that were shot by Rancho Photos.
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen. We continue to look for more outdated properties to buy, please keep an eye out and reach out to us if you think we might be interested.
by Tom | Jan 10, 2021 | House Design, House Flipping, San Diego Real Estate Market
This remodel in Rancho Penasquitos is really moving along smoothly like a well oiled machine. Everyone worked over the Christmas and New Year holiday and on weekends to stay on track. I got the kitchen in and we went with white shaker cabinets which have been the most popular and best choice for todays buyers. Quartz countertops are also the go-to on trend design that we usually do. Quartz provides and easy to care for surface that is also antimicrobial and helps in spreading norovirus germs like granite would. If you are looking for the best countertop to prevent COVID germs quartz might be your option. I did a nice waterfall on the peninsula island which is where the counter top returns straight down to the floor by using a mitre 45 degree seam. It’s a really nice feature to consider on your new kitchen design.
The bathroom tile jobs both came out really fun but we kept them classy. Pattern tiles can sometimes be too strong and a homeowner possibly might get sick of it after a few years. The light grey pattern I picked out is really soft and I think provides a timeless option that is easy on the eyes. I did the floors and back accent walls in this selection but kept the side walls in both bathrooms clean white large subway. Our complete bathroom remodels always get a brand new tub set, shower valves replaced inside the wall with raised shower head as well as hot mop shower pan.
At the project, out back we got all new concrete flatwork done this week. Indoor/outdoor living spaces are very important in San Diego. What was here previously just wasnt nice enough for this price range so we pulled the trigger on new flatwork and also ran a sidewalk up the garage side that leads to the driveway that wasnt there before. The exterior color is SW 7019 Gauntlet Gray body with SW 7005 Pure White trim. Gauntlet Gray is very dark and bold but really stands out on this block of all brown tone homes. Alot of sunlight hits this house so it works. It’s the finish line, all new landscape is going in complete with irrigation, rocks and new sod front and back. Stay tuned to Green Button Homes, we are almost done here in Rancho Penasquitos!
by Tom | Dec 24, 2020 | House Flipping
We had a great start to the PQ remodel. After really seeing what we have here, it is evident that the home was really taken good care of but just never updated over the years. A very big shout out to the sub-contractors that worked on this house over the holidays. We had guys onsite Christmas and New Years Day. It is a real testiment to our team and management to pull off a job this big in 5 weeks. 14 different subs will come though, all in a certain order, and materials need be fed to the jobsite to be ready. We love what we do, here are some pics of the process.
We removed a Hall and Coat closet at the entryway to create a more open space. The galley kitchen was also opened up for a new layout featuring a huge island peninsula. The master bathroom had a fir down soffit that we removed. The plan is to do a sliding Barn Door and take out the wall between the vanity and toilet/shower to open it up. The whole house was retextured after removing the popcorn ceilings and patching the damaged bedroom walls the old wood paneling glue left. These 3 minor floorplan changes will drastically improve the functionality of these spaces and bring it up to todays living standards.
by Tom | Dec 14, 2020 | House Flipping, San Diego Real Estate Market
We are pleased to announce a new project to start off 2021 in the San Diego neighborhood called Rancho Penasquitos. Locals call it “PQ” for short. This is a great 1970’s track home neighborhood known for its good school district and proximity to nearby upscale Carmel Valley and easy access to the popular SR 56 bike trail. I’ve heard it called Poor Man’s Carmel Valley by some realtors in fact. This is a great neighborhood though and what we do here will make it even better. Currently the home has lots of dark paneling, popcorn ceilings, dirty carpet and old paint. We are going to have fun bringing everything here up to date.
We purchased this house from an out of area Trustee who inherited the house. Selling to us saves you all the normal expense, uncertainty and hassle of making it presentable and listing it with a Realtor. This house is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath built in 1973. Stay tuned for the transformation into one of the nicest homes on the block!
by Tom | Oct 9, 2020 | House Design, House Flipping, San Diego Real Estate Market
Our new remodel just hit the market today in El Cajon. This is a great culdesac location in the foothills of Mount Helix. It was a complete renovation from top to bottom. We purchased this property during the height of COVID direct from the homeowner saving them the hassle, uncertainty and expense of using an agent. Really happy with how it came out, soon there will be a new family on the street instead of a run down rental property. 699 Deland Ct El Cajon, CA 92020 $639,000.
by Tom | Sep 9, 2020 | House Design, House Flipping
We are having fun picking out tile and flooring for our new El Cajon flip. This Aqua pattern tile in the hall bathroom is really nice, we designed a very unique pattern that I think is totally on trend right now.
The kitchen came out great. We went with white Shaker cabinets but did a very cool 10″ Hex backsplash tile. The space is not that large but we were able to make a 6-foot island work. I love the open concept. What a great house this will be.
Outside I decided to do the same colors as another house we did this summer. The blue/grey accent is really hot and reported to be the Home Design color of the year for 2020.
Stay tuned, we have about 2 more weeks until this property is for sale. it is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath and will be listed just over $600,000.
by Tom | Sep 3, 2020 | House Flipping
We just bought this property located in the City of El Cajon on a great culdesac. It is tenant occupied and hasnt been touched in years. It needs a complete remodel, roof, and plumbing. I have some great plans for it and we will probably use the blue/grey theme like the Linda Vista project earlier this year. The seller graciously gave the tenants 90 days to move however they played the COVID card. There is an Eviction Moratorium until Feb 1, 2021 so its very risky to buy an occupied property right now as an investor. Luckily I got them to leave after we closed on the sale.
by Tom | Aug 8, 2020 | House Flipping, San Diego Real Estate Market
Our recent remodel near Mission Valley just sold for $750,000. The market is really hot right now even in the face of a National Pandemic. I only had projected a sales price of $650,000 when I purchased it. After multiple offers and overbidding, somehow it appraised at this sales price and is now the new high sales comparable in 92111 by far at $608.00/s.f. Enjoy the video of the remodel!
by Tom | Aug 8, 2020 | House Flipping, San Diego Real Estate Market
Our 2017 remodel on 4164 Mount Hukee in Clairemont just resold. I cant believe the home prices in San Diego now. The low interest rates and lack of inventory due to COVID-19 has really created a buyer frenzy this year. After the remodel in 2017 we sold this house for $780,000 which was high at the time. It just resold 3 years later for $950,000!
I am still pretty bullish on the market. I don’t see interest rates increasing in the next few years. Inventory has to come from somewhere but it seems nobody wants to move and millennials are finally buying now so that’s a contributing factor. There is certainly net negative migration in California, especially now with higher taxes. Consumer confidence is still good but we will see what happens after the election. Affordability will slow the run for sure, we have already started to see appraisals come in low from flips that are getting overbid. It’s a good thing that the appraisers are holding the prices back a bit for the market as a whole.