Serra Mesa Remodel Video

Serra Mesa Remodel Video

It’s always fun to see the whole process after such a killer transformation. Here is a house flipping video I put together that shows what kind of love and care we put into this home over the 6-week remodel. The property is located in Serra Mesa, a San Diego centrally located neighborhood. We bought the house directly from a retiring landlord who simply wanted to cash out.

The house needed extensive repairs so we bought it “as-is” and he didn’t even have to pay realtor commissions.  It is so rewarding to truly make such an impact on improving neighborhoods in the city we love. The white exterior color palette and the light wood accents are really on trend right now and our design came out just as imagined. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for future projects. Hope you enjoy!

Another Serra Mesa Remodel Complete!

Another Serra Mesa Remodel Complete!

We wrapped up what turned out to be my favorite house flipping project in Serra Mesa. I’ve bought and remodeled probably 5-6 in this neighborhood, but this one came out to perfection! No faster did the home  hit the market for sale over the Labor Day weekend than we got multiple offers and it is now in escrow sold to a new buyer. Thanks to everyone who helped and made this transformation come to life! Keep us in mind for any fixer-upper “as-is” homes, we are always looking for a house to buy and transform into something special!

Exterior Paint Color: SW 7008 Alabaster

Interior Paint Color: SW 9166 Drift of Mist

Front Door Color: HDC-CL-18 Cellini Gold

Bamboo Woven Kitchen Pendant Lights: Urban Outfitters


Making Progress in Serra Mesa

Making Progress in Serra Mesa

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.  

Emerald Hills Project Done!

Emerald Hills Project Done!

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.

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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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Green Button Homes is the original We Buy Houses company in San Diego. We have bought hundreds of houses directly from San Diegans and provided solutions to real estate problems and alternative home selling options for almost 20 years. If you have an unwanted rental house, inherited property or just want an easy hassle-free sale please contact us here on the website. 

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!