Allied Gardens is Live!

Allied Gardens is Live!


Our newly completed Allied Gardens bungalow is so cute! We are certainly loving the transformation on this house flipping project. This unique property with great elevation is located on a very private and quiet Allied Gardens street with surrounding views. The inviting front porch just makes you want to take a seat and relax after work while seeing your neighbors out and about walking their dogs. The vertical large house numbers and the horizontal porch rail design gives it a beachy coastal vibe. Just listed for $899,900 and now on the market. MLS# 220011058

House for sale
House for sale
front porch on house

The front door color is SW 7701 Cavern Clay. This is a play on a traditional red front door but modernized to fit our palette. Leaning more terra cotta, it has brown undertones and really went well with the existing brown roof. Keep in mind these real estate photos are shot in HDR. In person this color is not so orange.

My accent siding choice is SW 7046 Anonymous. It also is a greyish-brown to tie into the brown roof.  This is my first time using this Sherwin Williams color on a house we bought to flip, I wanted something bold for this siding panel and it makes a great statement. Picking exterior house colors to go with a brown roof can be tricky, I am very happy with what we pulled off here.

We really made this floorplan work by opening up the wall and rearranging the kitchen layout with a small island, walking into this home you would never feel it is only just over 1000 square feet. The original kitchen had the sink in the corner under the window, this definitely wasn’t going to work so we moved it to the island along with the dishwasher as our only choice.

Tons of light comes in and makes this space feel very welcoming. I went lighter than we normally do also on the waterproof flooring material to make the space feel larger. Using a LVP material or waterproof flooring allows us to seamlessly run the flooring through the wet area being the kitchen. We even managed to squeeze in a pantry with the new configuration as well as leave a generous allowance of space for a dining room table.

remodeled kitchen photo
Once again I kept the bathroom tile choice very clean and timeless, not getting too trendy. White subway tile in large format is combined with wood-look porcelain floor tile and matching niche. It truly is the perfect little bungalow for a family starting out or a young professional from nearby Mission Valley or Kaiser Hospital. I just love the Allied Gardens vibe, it’s very sophisticated but hip.  
Stay tuned and we will see how the market reacts. Even though we went live on Mothers Day weekend we are getting showings and the feedback has been great. Selling a home at this time of the year is no prooblem in San Diego, the market is still holding up and with the San Diego Median Home Price now $1,000,000 this is right in line for being completely redone. 
Otay Mesa is SOLD!

Otay Mesa is SOLD!

Hooray, after multiple offers we opened escrow with a military family and the house is now sold! Congrats to the new owners who were VA Loan buyers. A lot of investors here in San Diego and house flippers hesitate to accept a VA financed offer. The real estate agent representing this VA Buyer did a good job so we went with them and crossed our fingers.

 VA appraisals can be strict sometimes but I wanted to sell to this buyer because we had other military families all living right around the property from what I observed. They offered $802k and I knew it would likely not appraise as the highest comps were around $770,000.

Home values in San Diego have been increasing around $10k a month but this appraiser did not give me a penny over the last sale of $770k. Any time a VA appraisal comes in short it gets sent to an online portal called Tidewater. Here, you have an opportunity to rebut the low appraisal and try and get it bumped up. It all worked out, the buyer chipped in an extra $10,000 out of their pocket and we ate $22,000 so the final sales price was $780,000. 

Still an awesome deal and I am happy to make a dream come true for a military family. On to the next house! 

Otay Mesa is Done!

Otay Mesa is Done!

We just wrapped up a really nice remodel here in San Diego down South near Mexico in Otay Mesa. This is a great entry level neighborhood and a good choice for military or anyone wanting to be close to the border or Imperial Beach without spending a million bucks. We listed at $769,900.

I am so happy with how it came out, we did everything new from the windows to the flooring. It’s a 3 bedroom, 2 bath and the best part besides the awesome military neighbors is the direct access to the 7-acre Montgomery-Waller Community Park and Rec Center in the back yard. I kept the home design and colors very easy and safe.

The exterior stucco color is Sherwin Williams SW 6149 Relaxed Khaki. I love using this neutral color when we have an existing brown roof to work with. The trim outside is SW 7005 Pure White and the front door pop color is my favorite Behr 480F-4 Mermaid Net.

For the interior walls I have been using Sherwin Williams Drift Of Mist SW 9166. This is a great color but it can be tricky and show grey undertones depending on what kind of light you are getting in the rooms. If you have a sunny location it’s almost off-white with a hint of green. This property is a true winner, hurry before it is gone!

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Vista Flip Sold!

Vista Flip Sold!

No sooner did this hit the market than we got multiple offers and it is now SOLD to the new owner. We got $860,000 which was way more than anticipated in the sellers market we are experiencing in San Diego. This was a massive project that took 2 months to remodel. We hauled off 9 dumpsters of debris from the property during the job. This was one of the best lots at the end of a private culdesac and coming in at nearly 1/3 of an acre.

The house was a 3 bedroom, 2 bath with a huge master suite that included attached indoor laundryroom and a fireplace. This area of Vista in San Diego is a little more commercial than most areas we work in but it was a nice location just a block from a Elementary school. We did everything possible to this house from a new roof down to fixing a crack in the slab foundation. 

 We opened up this kitchen to make the most of our space. Clean white Shaker cabinets and quartz counterops were used per our normal package. I love the open shelving area next to the fridge and the abundance of white subway tile gives a real timeless look that wont go out of style. Home design trends for 2022 have leaned a little more modern, but I hesitate to follow so as to appeal to most homebuyers. We buy a lot of houses FSBO, For Sale By Owner to remodel and resell. 

We bought this property directly from an out-of-state landlord who was tired of the tenants and lack of timely rent payments. We paid cash and took it “as-is” and it took almost a year to get things turned around.

We left the backyard a huge blank canvas for the future homeowner to create the space of their dreams however I did add a gravel driveway guessing that someone would have big trucks who would want to live in this location. You never know who will end up buying the property, my landscaper fell in love with it but the buyer ended up not even having the need for it.

The colors for this project were:

Exterior Siding: James Hardi Evening Blue

*special note. The pics are shot in HDR and do not accurately reflect this true color which is way darker and more of a grey/blue.

Exterior Trim: SW Pure White

Interior Walls: SW Drift of Mist

Interior Trim: SW Snowbound

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.