(Realestate) – Seeing a house get the royal makeover – then selling for a packet – is always a fascinating watch, but add a mother and daughter design duo into the mix and let’s just say you won’t want to miss this…How to find that ugly home to flip
Carla Barton is the daughter, Noela Coffey is the mum, and together the two bought a house in Leichhardt for $1.2 million with the intention of fixing it up. Over the next five weeks, we’ll find out how they transformed the property into a beautiful home.
Location, budget and potential for growth were the top three things the duo looked at when choosing a home to flip, says Barton. The fact the house, built in the early 1910s, had character was something they weren’t looking for specifically, but was a bonus.
Barton and Coffey bought this Leichhardt property to flip for $1.2 million. Picture: Caroline McCreddie
“I think the detail that was put into homes before we were both born is a lot more than what they put in today,” she says. “Intrim Mouldings were able to help us replicate all the original mouldings and details for us so that we could continue the original character already present in the property.”
Feeling inspired? Here are five deliciously ugly homes under $600K – that’s half the cost of Barton and Coffey’s property – you, too, can buy as a fixer-upper.
1. A ’70s throwback an hour from Sydney, $499,000 – $539,000
The three-bedroom home at 8 Truscott Place in Bidwill, an hour from Sydney’s CBD but just 30 minutes from Parramatta, Sydney’s up-and-coming second CBD, could do with some fresh decor.
2. A questionably-decorated four-bedder near Perth, $469,000
This four-bedder at 16 Pentecost Avenue in Beechboro, 25 minutes from Perth CBD, can be yours for just $469,000. Just mind the questionable colour schemes.
3. Oh-so basic three-bedder in the Melbourne ‘burbs, $600,000
It’s hard to argue with ‘location, location location’, so we’ll forgive this three-bedroom, two-bathroom abode at 102 Halsey Road in Airport West for being a bit basic.
4. Classic Grandma crib, just out of Brisbane, over $599,000
Proving Brisbane and its outskirts really is one of the best places to buy in the country, this three-bed, one-bath property at 11 Arunta Street, Tarragindi is just a 20-minute drive from Brisbane and will only set you back $599,000.
Just try to have enough imagination to see past the floral dining set.
5. Brick veneer delight in Adelaide, $460,000 to $480,000
It’s an eyeful of brick veneer, but just a 30-minute drive from the Adelaide CBD is 26 Burrington Street in Hallett Cove, a four-bed, two-bath home going for $460,000 to $480,000.