Uni Hts Restoration

Uni Hts Restoration

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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Mission Cliff Gardens

Mission Cliff Gardens

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!

 

Rancho PQ Remodel is Live!

Rancho PQ Remodel is Live!

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. 

Hi Tom, 
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.

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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.

Almost Done in PQ

Almost Done in PQ

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!

PQ Progress

PQ Progress

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.

Rancho Penasquitos Remodel Time

Rancho Penasquitos Remodel Time

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!

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El Cajon Remodel done!

El Cajon Remodel done!

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.

Fun Materials!

Fun Materials!

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.

New Project in El Cajon

New Project in El Cajon

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.

Mission Heights Sold!

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!

Mount Hukee Resold!

Mount Hukee Resold!

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.

Mission Heights Is Done!

Mission Heights Is Done!

We finished the project and it is now on the market for sale. What a unique blend of new materials and the trendy current blue/grey color scheme. I couldn’t be happier with the way everything came together and I am sure its going to make someone very happy as their new home! The aluminum half-round gutters tied in perfectly to the mailbox and goose neck porch light. These professional realtor pics are shot in HDR, see my cel phone pics below on previous posts for the real cabinet blue color. The neighbors are also so happy:)

11th Hour Mission Heights

11th Hour Mission Heights

Trying to bring this house to the finish line. It has been a very smooth project. We ran 12 of the best sub-contractors in town through this house, each specializing in their respective trades. The tile jobs are coming out great, we stayed with the blue/grey theme but were careful not to overplay it. The kitchen cabinet color is incredible and looks fantastic next to the pure white quartz counter tops. I love the contrast we got from the Matte Black cabinet hardware too. Floors look great a little darker than I usually go. 

Landscaping, tile jobs, exterior paint and all sorts of small details are coming together. I decided on low maintenance out front but gave the new homeowner a big area of sod on irrigation out back for kids to play. 

 

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New San Marcos Purchase

New San Marcos Purchase

We just opened escrow on this San Marcos fixer upper. I originally saw this property back in October when the seller called me on a referral from another house we bought. His contractor ran off and left him with an unfinished remodel. When he found out how much it would cost to finish the job correctly and then pay a real estate agent to sell it. he opted to just sell it as-is to me. I paid cash and covered all his closing costs and the best part was this is a For Sale By Owner so there were no Realtors for him to pay.   

There were permits pulled with the city and most of the inspections completed but the contractor tried to extort more money before finishing it and everything ended up in dispute. My plan is to clean up the yard, build a fence, paint it in and out and call for Final Inspection. It already has a new kitchen and bathrooms so we will just wrap up whats already been started and not try to reinvent the wheel on this one. 

Big Progress Mission Heights

Big Progress Mission Heights

We got a great start on the project, the new driveway and retaining wall are done, brand new 30- year roof in the color Estate Grey and we redid the board and batten siding so it will look sharp when we paint the exterior.

It was really tough picking the exterior colors this time. I have been wanting to do a Navy Blue or Blue/Grey exterior since its popular now. Blue/Grey is the trend color for 2020. There was a house 1 block over that another investor painted blue, he really missed the mark and we even had neighbors telling us how much they hated it. I ended up putting 10 samples up and finally decided on a James Hardie Siding color called Evening Blue JH70-30. We got it in Behr at Home Depot, its in their computer.

The Navy Blue and Blue/Grey home design trend is really hot this year. We changed cabinet vendors to a custom supplier and they are actually made right here in San Diego and not China! I love spending money locally given the chance, additionally we got to pick the cabinet colors. I went with Benjamin Moore’s Mozart Blue BM 1665 for the lower cabinets in this kitchen to continue with the blue/grey theme.