|Facing the front door|
Before you gasp too loudly at the price, a property on that same street recently sold a few months ago for $1.75M. Of course it was in pristine condition, had a pool and an extra bathroom and was about 2,100 square feet. But, honestly, one story homes are in demand (aging baby boomers) and this one is a deal. It could be purchased quickly, and with a cash infusion, could be potentially flipped for a nice profit.
According to the Realtor's listing: "Single Story 3 bedroom/2 bath on a corner lot. Back yard features an outdoor fireplace. Interior features include Stainless Steel kitchen with 6 burner Thermador stove, wine cooler, and marble counter tops. Living room is wired for surround sound to enhance your entertainment experience. Walk to restaurants, shops, markets, movie theaters, parks, and Balboa Island. Fabulous location with very low HOA ($500/annually). Great Fixer Opportunity to live or invest in this coveted Corona Del Mar Community."
The Realtor admits that the house has been beat up a bit. But underneath the grime, its former glory shows with marble bathrooms, kitchen counters and flooring (frankly, lots and lots of marble ). It had been remodeled a few years back in a very modern style (marble), fairly in harmony with its mid-century modern roots. It is obvious that this home hasn't been maintained, which makes the low price possible. I went over and took some pictures with the Realtor's permission.
|It is on a corner with this huge tree at the edge of the lot.|
|Tree is original and probably 50 years old.|
|Front of the home, off Bonnie Doone Drive|
|Circular driveway takes up a lot of space and could be shut down easily.|
This is the Santana Drive side. All the streets in Irvine Terrace are named
after famous yachts. The Santana belonged to Humphrey Bogart.
|House from the street corner|
|Inside the circular driveway|
|Side yard next to the neighbors|
|Side of house from the next door neighbors.|
|Big backyard with planters, walkway, fountain and outdoor fireplace. Nice use|
of rock pavers.
|View of back of the house. Landscape needs a lot of work to bring it|
back to basics.
|Closer to main patio. The hardscape is nice, but needs to be|
repainted and tidied up.
|Main patio with outdoor fireplace, tree well and fountain|
|Lovely new windows off the living room. Patio is beautiful.|
|Patio door for some very nice indoor outdoor living.|
The temperature rarely varies from around 70 degrees in this area.
|Side of house with relatively new windows|
|Side of house, can see a soft water device.|
|Stainless steel kitchen, Thermador oven at the end.|
Really very nice. Marble backsplash :)
|Another view of the kitchen. Marble countertops. I think this could be|
cleaned up and saved.
|Other end of the kitchen, laundry, fridge, pantry on right.|
Door to outside.
|Dining area with large skylight in kitchen.|
|Dining area and bar area, the floor is marble. Did I mention there is a lot of marble in this house?|
|Other end of dining area has beautiful built ins.|
|Master bedroom with built in desk on right.|
The odd thing about this master is it was built off the front
of the house next to the garage. Not typical, but the corner lot
probably constrained the architect & builder.
|Master bedroom, cool porthole windows.|
And recessed lighting.
|Master bath, in good shape and beautifully done.|
|Master bath counter top, is floating. Very mid-century.|
|View of shower (um...marble).|
|Another view of desk.|
|Walk in closet.|
|Fairly spacious living room, very attractive fireplace at end and vaulted ceiling.|
|Another view of living room.|
|Closer to fireplace (dark marble hearth).|
|Projector built into the top of the wall, there is a retractable screen|
that comes down on the other side, before the days of flat screen TVs.
|Guest bathroom with tub.|
|Guest bathroom with tub. And marble.|
|Guest Bedroom at back of the house.|
|Hall with marble tile.|
|Final bedroom which is off the interior courtyard and has French|
doors and the porthole windows.