Google+ House Revivals: Tudor Revival Revisited

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tudor Revival Revisited

During our house hunting campaign, I posted about this Magnolia neighborhood house.

Although we loved the house, we ultimately bought this house.

The Magnolia Tudor sold pretty quickly (it was in a prime location), and I didn't really give it much thought after we decided it was not right for us.

Just for fun, I was poking around the CBBAIN real estate website the other day.  The Magnolia Tudor is back on the market.  It looks like this, now.
 The house has been painted, and the awning has been 
removed, and the landscape has been tidied up a bit.

The formerly 10,000 square foot lot has been divided into two lots, and the the Tudor has undergone some major cleaning, and some minor renovating.
 The the view of the expansive side yard has now 
been replaced by a fence. Much needed southern 
light will now be lost, in addition to the lost view.

The Tudor is now listed for about the same price as before.  It's kind of sad that the wonderful lot has been cut in half.

Especially since the best views of the Sound were from the other half of the lot -- but I'm sure the flipper will make a tidy little profit for their efforts.
 The big yard made it a perfect place for families and pets and gardens.  
It's just so sad to see another nice neighborhood getting hacked up
-- the condos and developers and investors have pretty much 
eaten their way across Queen Anne Hill, and are beginning to work 
their way across Magnolia -- they're like Stephen King's Langoliers....

I'm really not opposed to flippers and investors coming and in a fixing up a house to make a profit.  That's just capitalism, and capitalism is what makes the world go 'round.  It just makes me sad that great family neighborhoods are getting being hacked up and sacrificed in the process.  I guess I should just be grateful that the little Tudor wasn't scraped....

On a brighter note, the little Tudor cleaned up really nicely inside. Remember these pictures of the postage-stamp sized  kitchen?

Well, it's still postage-stamp sized, but new appliances, back splash, counter tops, and a wide angle lens have gone a long way toward making it look (if not function) much, much better.

The living room just needed to be cleaned up and painted.

The vanity and tub were replaced in the main level bathroom, and tile was added half-way up the wall. New sconces were also added.

I'm always amazed by the square feet a wide angle 
lens adds to a space! I've really got to get 
one -- it's much less expensive than adding on.
I'm glad the flippers left the cool medicine cabinets in place.  
I'm not crazy about the pedestal sink -- it's very attractive, but 
doesn't offer much storage for the house's only main level 
bathroom.  Pedestal sinks are great for powder rooms, or when 
there is an alternative landing area and alternative storage, 
but the eventual buyers of this home will find that 
their pretty new sink doesn't function very well when 
they're trying to get ready for work in the morning (or trying 
to put away some clean towels). Pedestal sinks are a favorite 
of builders and flippers, because they pack a lot of 
visual punch, but typically cost less than buying a separate 
sink, vanity, and counter top. It's not about creating the best 
space for beauty and function when you're flipping a house.  It's 
about creating the least expensive space that still looks great.

Over all, I think the flippers did a great job on both the interior and the exterior of the home.  They left most of the really cool original details in place.  I might have painted out the exterior window frames in a darker color, for better curb appeal, and wouldn't have done the pedestal sink in the bathroom, but over all they gave the house just what it needed -- a good scrubbing and a coat of paint.  The kitchen is still only marginally functional, but it's better than it was. I'm sad that they split the lot, but at least they didn't build a high rise on it!

You can see the original post about this Tudor Revival house here.


  1. It's so sad to see neighbourhoods cut up and views lost - I don't know what the solution is. On one hand, greater density is more efficient and justifies better public transit etc. On the other hand, one just knows that the extra lot and the house yet-to-be-built will probably not be affordable for a family with children. I think that, at least in Canada, that is the saddest thing - that young families can no longer afford to buy/build in children-friendly neighbourhoods.

  2. They did do a good job (OK, I'm drooling over the Wolfe stove) but it is sad. Sometimes things should just be left alone!


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