The Hipster Flip
|April 23, 2012||Posted by Matt under Contemporary, Craftsman, Eagle Rock, Flip, Real Estate|
Sounds like a dance doesn’t it? It’s the Hiiiipster Flip… it’ll be a graveyard smaaash. No? Come on, you know it. Yeah, there it is lol
So today we’re doing something a little different. Let me explain.
I knew a girl, Michelle, in high school. She was kind of awkward, nerdy, and had some health and personal issues but was a sweetheart by all accounts – and she wasn’t awkward and nerdy in the way that hipsters who would otherwise by gawddamn Abercrombie models and Foster the People groupies feign to be awkward and nerdy by slapping on a pair of Buddy Holly thick-rimmed glasses and a tattered sweater from their local Goodwill store.
No, she was the quintessential She’s All That Rachel Leigh Cook chick. You know what I’m talking about 90′s kids. She had lots of potential, she just didn’t know it. Until I stumbled upon her on the “I will never escape high school no matter how geographically far I run” social highway that is Facebook. Two words: ba-damn. Girl cleaned up and got her act STRAIGHT; like an arrow from Katniss Everdeen. Know what I’m saying?
Funny thing is, she didn’t do it by slapping on tons of make-up, slutting it up, or implanting anything. A touch here, a touch there. A bit of toning, a cute and affordable little wardrobe ensemble, and some confidence. That’s the beautiful thing about beauty. You can see it through grime and all it takes is a little cultivation to let it shine.
Awkwardly seamless transition into real estate. Exhibit A:
Michelle during Sophomore year.
Rachel Leigh Cook in an oversized paint-covered smock in her uncle’s basement/art studio.
You’ve got a million examples, I’m sure. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1600 square feet, nice sized yard, good location, nice views but just so incredibly meh. Right?
But alas, there’s hope – if there’s an Exhibit A, there must be an Exhibit B:
Aaaaaand… boom goes the dynamite. Behold Rachel after Freddie Prinze Jr.’s transformation.
Elliot Reid after she grew a little confidence in 2006.
The Michelle I saw a couple months ago on teh Facebookz.
That’s all it takes folks. Some imagination, carerra marble counters, George Nelson bubble chandelier, Toto toilet, Milgard low e windows. A tweak here and there. And so you have the beauty within revealed on this quaint little Craftsman without the pomp of McMansion pillars. Tawny Fletcher of the L.A. Weekly wrote an article about it and calls it “The Hipster Flip.”
Ahh the lessons you learn here at the ol’ L.A. Junction.
As always, enjoy folks.
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