Part 2: A Flipped House-Before & After Photos

About a week ago, I wrote about a house located across the road from Brick House 319.

The house was built in 1925. It sold for a mere $260,300 in December 2015. During the summer, the house was renovated. It was initially listed on October 21, 2016 for $729,000.

Seventeen days later, the price was reduced to $699,000. And today, the price was reduced by $24,000 to $675,000.

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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New roof, new windows, shutters added, new gutters, year round porch on left was torn down and replaced with addition with vinyl siding. A basic cement stoop replaced the old and a new front walkway was added as well.

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The Garage – Before:

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AFTER:

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Side Entrance – BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Back of House – BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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BEFORE – Behind House

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AFTER – Deck Added

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Deck entrance to new addition…

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BEFORE – The original enclosed year round porch

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AFTER – The new addition taken from front–deck in back…

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What do you think?

28 thoughts on “Part 2: A Flipped House-Before & After Photos

  1. I looked at the listing online. They spent an awful lot of money on the appliances & fixtures! I think they are going to have trouble getting a good return. And the listing is a little misleading because it has the old tax information. It is going to get re-assessed and the taxes are going to go way up.

  2. Clearly , a tremendous amount of work went into this but, vinyl siding ! Perhaps this is the siding of choice for homes of this price in Philadelphia; however, I really dislike it. Am a fan of Hardy board and brick and stone.

    Didn’t quite understand the purpose of some of the rooms but , it’s quite lovely. Kitchen too isolated for me. And what is oil heating? Here in Texas we have central air and heat. Oh, now I’m remembering, my grandmother in Missouri had a big oil stove thing for heating. Must be an east coast/central thing. Frig seemed a bit oddly placed and I would rather have tile that does not emulate wood butting up against the wood floor in the kitchen/dining.
    Interesting, thanks for sharing.

    1. It’s a shame vinyl siding was used on the addition. Since the addition is small, it would not have been much of an expense to use Hardie siding since it would be a relatively small amount of material. Very few homes (if any) on this road have vinyl siding. Almost all the homes are brick, stucco, stone or clapboard. Perhaps, using vinyl siding is a sign of a flipper!? At least it wasn’t torn down. Many homes in this part of the country are heated with oil so that is not at all unusual.

  3. Overall the exterior renovations are okay but certainly nothing special. It needs more landscaping and curb appeal. I wish they had kept the enclosed porch as it was with lots of windows and without that awful vinyl siding.

    1. The vinyl siding is so unnecessary. Home Depot’s pricing on Hardie siding is the best, far less than a building supply company. They place the order directly with Hardie and it’s shipped to your door.

  4. Ruined. They took away the essential historic character and made it boring. The garage especially exemplifies this unfortunate flipping renovation. Sad. Fake, unnecessary shutters. Vinyl siding. Too bad. That’s what flippers do rather than loving owners.

  5. The garage and the side entrance make me sad. They’ve lost all of their character. The year round porch is a total disappointment.

    Sorry, but I consider this a house bastardized by a flipper only seeing profit.

  6. I am delighted to see that your other commenters agree with me!
    We live in a dreadful period of new house building and these flippers have taken away everything that had character or charm and turned this house into another sad example of suburban blah.
    Too bad! But I hope it brings you nice neighbors.

  7. Sad, really sad. The curb appeal is zilch compared to the former charm. Should have added a substantial masonry (brick or stone) porch and replicated all the gorgeous windows on the addition-that small window in the updated addition is hideous. I even like the original color better. If they were going to add shutters they should have made them look like working shutters with those curly-q things that hold them back. Vinyl siding is SO passe and tacky looking. It thoughly lost it’s charm bu as you say they didn’t tear it down-and they kept that sweet window in the vestibule-the only charm remaining. They need to put a beautiful wood fence up butting up to the house that hides that hideous window and do some decent landscaping, 2 puny dwarf Alberta pines is a joke.

    1. I hope whoever buys the home is friendly. I’d like to show them what the house originally looked like. Maybe they’ll have a budget to take off the horrid vinyl siding on the small addition and replace it with Hardie and also install the proper windows.

      Additionally, at the back of the house, at the corner (to the right of the side entrance), that was a very sunny and cozy breakfast nook. The original windows were large, and since the back of the house faces south, the previous owner had a small table in the nook where she obviously sat with sunlight flooding in–so much so that she had plants in the nook basking in the sun too. She was a knitter, so I can imagine seeing her in there clicking her needles away with a cup of tea. Now the nook has vinyl siding (eyesore) and unattractive and inexpensive windows installed at the top of the nook. Now if the new owner sits at a table, the windows limit the sunlight and their view is blocked–they can’t sit and look out the window toward the garage or driveway where cars pull in. People were unaware that this house was for sale. So for all those people out there that would have lovingly restored it using the proper materials, they didn’t know it was on the market.

      1. I did notice that what I assumed to be a cozy, sun-lit breakfast nook was also trashed. It’s all sad. The sunporch was the worst offense of an entire list of offenses. Looks like you are in agreement. It would make me sad every day to look at it. I hope you get good neighbors that will love it.

  8. I agree with everyone, though key is having a good looking home in one’s neighborhood and with the clean, though less than historical look today, it might drive up the value of your home.

    I got a new neighbor recently, a tiny little woman and while her house is but one story, she painted it herself and did the very thing I hate, standing on a tall ladder and it looks wonder and a great improvement.

  9. The worst part, after the vinyl siding, are those idiotic shutters on the front. They just add to the tackiness. Glad to see you are at he painting stage. Interior trim and flooring are good winter jobs once the furnace is on.

  10. The renovation is such a disappointment. I was so excited to see the after pictures, and then my heart sank further and further with each new photo. Even in its disheveled state, this was a beautiful home. In its renovated state this once interesting home has no character. On a different note, yay to the progress in the kitchen!

  11. Relieved to see that I’m not alone in my sentiments. Around the corner from us two amazing, historic, but run-down houses got terrible renovations. The renovations added features that people in developments desire. It took a while to find buyers for each of these unfortunate renovations. In the end though, the people that moved in are wonderful. My little son got a new best friend so I am delighted. I hate to admit it but these “ruined” houses are a bit more livable than my quirky house.

  12. Well, it looks drastically better than it used to, but I agree with some of the other commenters that it looks a bit bland. Maybe it needs some good landscaping to help.

    Maybe they need a Sue Fogwell design consult? 🙂

  13. I just keep thinking that it could have been maintained for the lady who lived there once it got beyond her. While the new owners didn’t use interesting materials, they did get it repaired and cleaned up, so the new owners will not need to undo much to improve. It looks like the additions were just for the $$$. Hope it sells soon.

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