Let’s just get it out of the way: I live in this area of Casa View Haven, and I have seen this house just about every day for the past 11 years. No joke, the only change the sellers made to this house in the time I have lived in the Eastwood Park area of CVH was when they installed a wheelchair ramp.
Spoiler alert: The ramp was one of the first things to go when Jeanna and Patrick McIntyre of New Creation Group got their hands on it. Even with that gone, the home was far from eye candy.
“While we were blessed with large, arching, 50-plus-year-old trees and a good lot, the front elevation of the home itself was seriously lacking,” said Jeanna.
Not anymore. Not only did Jeanna and Patrick completely transform the outside of this 1950s post-war ranch in Casa View Haven, they did a full-on remodel of this ugly duckling from top to bottom inside.
“Typical of many 1950s homes, there was a brick planter attached to the brick, but this one just further emphasized the horizontal lines of the home and did not add any character or much-needed depth or textural diversity,” Jeanna added. “We completely covered the planter with wood so it could be used for container gardening. The large lush ferns, colored ceramic pots and other seasonal plants and flowers we used will allow the new owners lots of options and give them a much better chance in their gardening efforts.”
The biggest change to 10230 Eastwood Drive is the painted brick, which is getting quite a critique from Casa View residents online. I’m biased, because I painted my house before the ones around me, but I really like it. And after years of neglect and shifting soils, this house got some attention to its foundation and masonry, which would have left the brick looking less than awesome anyway. Besides, this exterior renovation also included the removal of one of two front doors, which you can see in the “before” pictures. That, combined with the new windows and paint, give this listing new life.
Inside, though, there are more surprises.
As you can see, Jeanna and Patrick did a full-on gut job of the kitchen, blowing it out to include the washer and dryer area (beyond those bi-fold doors, complete with a window) and opening it up to the living room with an eat-in peninsula. The range is in the same place, though now it’s flanked by more cabinetry and gorgeous flecked quartz counters. I love the rich blue accents in this kitchen, which keep the house from feeling all washed out. Notice that the hardwood floors have been extended into the kitchen area, adding some warmth to the space.
“We were able to create the ever-popular, eat-in counter space in the living room opening to the kitchen,” Jeanna added. “Custom cabinetry is always designed with storage in mind, with plenty of new upper and base cabinets with all adjustable shelves. We also built a stand-alone, furniture-style pantry that could also be used as a hutch creating even more storage.”
Isn’t it great to see homes staged? I’ll be honest — though they were priced within $5,000 of one another, this dramatic flip at 10230 Eastwood Drive looks a lot more expensive than its next-door neighbor, 10226 Eastwood Drive. Yes, Ebby Halliday Realtor Tamra Torres of the Shelley Seltzer Group has listed 10230 Eastwood Drive for a record-setting $315,000.
“Of course, the photos show the stunning finishes and updates, but the added value comes from [Jeanna and Patrick’s] attention to all the big-ticket items that don’t necessarily add any glamour — foundation, roof, A/C and duct work, electrical panel, etc.” Torres said. “I’ve had many buyers tell me that their homes stand out from the rest in terms of quality and comprehensive renovation.”
Originally a three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom home, Patrick did some out-of-the-box thinking to bring a second bath in without sacrificing storage space.
“Patrick is a master at space planning,” said Jeanna. “This home originally had one full bath in the hall and a half bath in the master bedroom. Fortunately, there were lots of small closets in the hall and bedrooms. We simply used one of the small master closets and created the expanded master bath/shower for a full en suite. We expanded the remaining closet to create a customized walk-in master closet.”
“Patrick is always involved in design as well, but he gets all the credit for maximizing the layout not only cosmetically, but functionally,” Jeanna said. “He is proud of this custom master closet with built-in cubbies, shelves, and rod space that provides top functionality. The large window in the closet is very unique and the way it shines through the French closet doors makes the space look even larger.”
The 1,464-square-foot home also has two more bedrooms and a hall bath, which also got some attention.
Of course, with a transformation this profound, It’s hard to pick a favorite aspect. But Jeanna and Patrick have been behind a few Casa View flips recently, including one on Pinecrest, one on San Marcos, and one on Estacado.
“I have to say the front exterior is what I’m most proud of because it truly is the most transformed,” Jeanna said. “It took a while for the final design to come together, but the end result on this one is the most rewarding.”
It was a total ugly duckling to swan story. Congrats to Jeanna and Patrick on a job well done.