Perhaps it’s a heady claim, but I think this one might be the nicest. This home is a flip. And it’s a well-down proper reimagining of a property that was purchased about a year ago for about $1.5M. And in a lot of ways, I love what they’ve done. Not everything is my style, but there’s definitely a sense of quality that far exceeds what this home was originally built with. The exterior has some style and definition. And they’ve taken what is normally the ugliest element of the front facade, the garage, and turned it into something beautiful.
To be honest, I’m a little less enamored with the inside. It’s not that there’s any glaring defects — well, unless you count the broad ceiling pock-marked by a billion, recessed, (and glaring) lights. But there’s something that’s not quite doing it for me. And I’ve gone back and looked through the photos — it’s not the quality. The floors are beautiful. There are even some lovely bespoke touches like the barndoor pantry, chandelier in the shower, etc. And then it dawned on me…
If you watch enough HGTV (or DIY or just about anything else) you’ll hear the term “open concept” uttered more than other. But when is it maybe too much. Here. I’ve been in industrial lofts with more intimacy in the living spaces than this home. And there’s just something cold about one giant room with little delineation in spaces. Sight lines are great — and we love them. But I can help but the think the very best homes I’ve been in have a unique balance offering spaces that feel open and expansive, as well as public spaces that feel intimate and special. And there are a lot of cool ways to do this without necessary adding a bunch of walls. But with this particular home, I can’t shake the feeling that the main living area is just a very nicely appointed warehouse with windows. The white on white on white doesn’t help. And I wonder, long-term, just how comfortable this home will feel after 6 months.
Would you like to get the unabridged version of our insight on this one? Contact us for a private showing.
We're sorry, but we couldn't find MLS # OC17167780 in our database. This property may be a new listing or possibly taken off the market. Please check back again.
Latest posts by Stephen Meade (see all)
- Quick Take: Dark Houses Are In - August 2, 2017
- Complete Package Mid-Century Modern in Dana Knolls - August 2, 2017
- The Nicest Garage Door in Newport (and too much open concept) - July 26, 2017