Property Features and Before Tour

It wasn't exactly "love at first sight" with this 1970's fixer.  The neighborhood is excellent and we liked the exterior enough to take a look at the interior. Whew! The inside was less than desirable, but did have loads of potential. The California architectural style of the time period it was built totally sold us on it. I just loved the idea of the potential. 

We wouldn't be able to make all of the improvements at once and agreed as a family that we would be okay with the upcoming mess and inconvenience during the remodel process. We decided to go for it and make an offer! It had sat empty on the market for a year  -- unheard of for the area -- and we were able to negotiate a terrific sales price. 

  We have no immediate plans for the outside but will eventually brighten it up with paint and landscaping.  

We have no immediate plans for the outside but will eventually brighten it up with paint and landscaping.  

Before Tour

 View of the formal living room as you walk in through the front doors. The angled ceilings and windows give the architecture a bit of the California modern flair we were wanting.  It's hard to see from the pic, but there is "popcorn" acoustic ceiling throughout most of the home.  

View of the formal living room as you walk in through the front doors. The angled ceilings and windows give the architecture a bit of the California modern flair we were wanting.  It's hard to see from the pic, but there is "popcorn" acoustic ceiling throughout most of the home.  

 Dining room -- this house has Spanish pavers almost everywhere! We love the look of Spanish pavers but it doesn't mesh with the architecture. 

Dining room -- this house has Spanish pavers almost everywhere! We love the look of Spanish pavers but it doesn't mesh with the architecture. 

 Kitchen view looking toward the dining room/family room area. This will be the most costly part of our remodel and will have to be finished in phases. 

Kitchen view looking toward the dining room/family room area. This will be the most costly part of our remodel and will have to be finished in phases. 

 The redesign will create an open flow between kitchen and living areas.  The ceiling will be raised to be flush throughout the kitchen.

The redesign will create an open flow between kitchen and living areas.  The ceiling will be raised to be flush throughout the kitchen.

 This area is looking from the sunroom to the nook area in the kitchen. The nook space will be integrated into the kitchen design. If you look straight ahead to the left of the pantry, you can see straight into the powder bath. We are considering closing off that doorway. 

This area is looking from the sunroom to the nook area in the kitchen. The nook space will be integrated into the kitchen design. If you look straight ahead to the left of the pantry, you can see straight into the powder bath. We are considering closing off that doorway. 

 A view of the downstairs sunroom. Opening this space back up to a patio would give us an outdoor dining space but would mean we would lose valuable permitted square footage ... to be determined. 

A view of the downstairs sunroom. Opening this space back up to a patio would give us an outdoor dining space but would mean we would lose valuable permitted square footage ... to be determined. 

 Rear of House aka the most undesirable feature of the house. It actually looks like a storefront with all of the windows (14 in total!) This part of the house will get a makeover down the road. Fixing this will be costly and require engineering so will need to table this for now. 

Rear of House aka the most undesirable feature of the house. It actually looks like a storefront with all of the windows (14 in total!) This part of the house will get a makeover down the road. Fixing this will be costly and require engineering so will need to table this for now. 

  The pool is a definite plus in the California heat! You can tell the previous owners really loved these Spanish pavers because they are EVERYWHERE!  They look okay in the backyard but are rough and sharp on the edges around the pool. It's on my wish list to change them out.

The pool is a definite plus in the California heat! You can tell the previous owners really loved these Spanish pavers because they are EVERYWHERE!  They look okay in the backyard but are rough and sharp on the edges around the pool. It's on my wish list to change them out.

 Back inside, this is the family room. We are going to add new flooring and re-paint all of the surfaces, Replacing the fireplace mantel/surround isn't in the budget so fingers-crossed that painting it will look good. 

Back inside, this is the family room. We are going to add new flooring and re-paint all of the surfaces, Replacing the fireplace mantel/surround isn't in the budget so fingers-crossed that painting it will look good. 

 View of the main hallway downstairs. This hallway leads to the powder bath, laundry area and office. 

View of the main hallway downstairs. This hallway leads to the powder bath, laundry area and office. 

 Laundry room. Nice-sized and includes a sink. 

Laundry room. Nice-sized and includes a sink. 

 Powder Bathroom ... the carpeted floor will be the first to go! Let's face it, this house isn't vintage and does't have many cool features, but I do love this rectangular window with its cool obscure glass. 

Powder Bathroom ... the carpeted floor will be the first to go! Let's face it, this house isn't vintage and does't have many cool features, but I do love this rectangular window with its cool obscure glass. 

 Hall Bath has two vanity sinks and a separate shower area. 

Hall Bath has two vanity sinks and a separate shower area. 

 This is the shower area of the hall bath. It's so cramped and I'm hoping we can open it up a bit. 

This is the shower area of the hall bath. It's so cramped and I'm hoping we can open it up a bit. 

 Yes, those are VERTICAL WINDOW BLINDS and they are being used as a closet door! Who knew!  Apparently this is a cheap alternative to actual close doors. 

Yes, those are VERTICAL WINDOW BLINDS and they are being used as a closet door! Who knew!  Apparently this is a cheap alternative to actual close doors. 

 Staircase to the second floor leading to the master bedroom suite. 

Staircase to the second floor leading to the master bedroom suite. 

 Spacious master bedroom. Game plan to be determined. 

Spacious master bedroom. Game plan to be determined. 

 Master Vanity with a view to the teeny-tiny closet. 

Master Vanity with a view to the teeny-tiny closet. 

 Master Bath: Commode lovingly sits right in between the shower and the tub

Master Bath: Commode lovingly sits right in between the shower and the tub

 Upstairs sunroom #2, directly off the master bedroom looking over the pool and backyard. 

Upstairs sunroom #2, directly off the master bedroom looking over the pool and backyard.