Sponsored Post: bettershelter presents its newest Highland Park home

Real estate agent Courtney Poulos invites you to preview a bettershelter home that is not yet listed on Thursday, April 7, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

This  modern Highland Park cottage features 1,400 square feet of glamorous living re-envisioned by bettershelter. The property at 5049 San Rafael Ave. will be listed at $479,000. Dramatic 14 foot vaulted ceilings grace the wide open and renovated living, dining and kitchen space on the first floor, which also features a large master bedroom with bath ensuite, large second bedroom and hall bath. A charming deck off the first floor is the perfect space to sip your morning coffee.

Enjoy mountain views from the bright and open third bedroom and bath upstairs, which lead to a freshly landscaped private rear terrace with great space to BBQ, play and plant your urban vegetable garden.

Features include drought resistant landscaping, low-flow dual flush toilets, stained glass windows, vintage fixtures and energy star appliances. Plus, you’re so close to Cafe de Leche, Fresh & Easy, Trader Joe’s, Auntie Em’s and all the best of NELA!

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  1. While I always LOVE the interiors of Better Shelter flips, I find that they tend to “band aid” the exteriors- this house is case in point. A paint job over 1970’s shoddy stucco does not a nice home make. Nor does merely adding some horizontal slat fencing. Take the extra step/ (risk?) of removing the stucco to see if there’s any original clap board siding under there! And for chrissakes, TRIM OUT THOSE POOR WINDOWS!

  2. Ugg…have to agree. The interior work is very nice….but that stucco is such a blight. I know, it can be expensive to undo. Still, the first money should have gone into that.

  3. Question: I notice that in a lot of these flips the false ceilings are taken out, and the house is then described as having vaulted ceilings. How does this affect the house’s ability to stay cool in our long hot summers? I would not want to have to endure the feeling of living in a large gardening shack. Also, I have noticed that a lot of the objects in the photos appear severely distorted. Is this because the photos were taken with a wide angle lens and then tweaked in photoshop to make the lines look parallel?

  4. Ditto on the contrasting exterior/interior work. That stucco has gotta go.

  5. Wow, this home has been through a few different banks hands recently. While they did a great job on the refurb, compared to what it was like in Sept., I’m not sure they put $200k to $250k worth of work into it. Sure anyone is entitled to some profits for flipping a place, but it’s not a home that is worth $425k, based on the location it in. But hey good luck finding a sucker in this housing climate.

  6. Have to agree I am a fan of Better Shelter but the exterior is getting a little stale and predictable it also cheapens the over all look of the place the interiors are always great and don’t seem to be in keeping with the cheep exterior facade.

  7. my wife just pointed out that they attached that nice fencing right over the top of the crappy metal gate; you can see it in the 3rd or 4th picture.

  8. I am generally a voyeuristic fan of their flips but this one seems a bit slapdash. The horizontal fencing hung over the terrible metal gate? I’d be bummed to look upon that each day…

  9. I have to agree with most of the comments, I live in the same street and it is way overpriced, 379k maybe, 479k I don’t think so…what they did to that fence is really on the cheap side.

  10. Are the interior ceiling framing modifications permitted?

  11. @Kevin

    See, that’s what I’m wondering. Apart from the environmental considerations, I wonder if the interior ceiling framing doesn’t have a structural compononent. They do it with most of their flips, so it must be permitted. Odd. What do I know? They seem to do a good job though overall. Win win for everyone.

  12. I just looked at the permits online and I don’t think that they pull them to vault the ceiling? I don’t know about you but I’d like to have some sort of architect or structural engineer to look at this. Hopefully none of these ceilings come crashing down in a heavy wind. Can you say lawsuit?

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