The potential of a home in Huntington Beach, CA, was readily apparent to buyers.
And if they blinked, it was easy to miss the fact that this four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home was actually on the market at all.
One huge reason behind the speedy sale? The place was renovated by Jasmine Roth on Season 2 of her popular HGTV series "Hidden Potential."
In less than a week, the home, which was purchased for $825,000 in 2017, had an accepted, contingent offer above the asking price of $1.1 million. Thanks, Jasmine!
Of course, it helps that the 2,223-square-foot residence is located in a great neighborhood. It's within walking distance of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, and a 2-mile drive (or skateboard ride) to the Pacific Ocean and legendary Huntington Beach itself, as well as to shopping, restaurants, a golf course, and highly rated schools.
Combined with the location, Roth's riveting redo made this home a hot commodity. Built in 1969, the home had undergone some renovation over the years, but nothing nearly as dramatic as Roth's effort a couple of years ago on a $90,000 budget.
"I wanted to update the entire home to represent this fun, vibrant family’s love of the beach. They are a quintessential California couple, raising their family in a beach town, teaching their children a love of the ocean and community," Roth said on her website.
So the HGTV star took what was previously drab and beige and converted it into a welcoming abode with a "super beachy" vibe, with splashes of aqua, coral, and gleaming white, both inside and out.
As Roth put it on her blog, "The front of their home needed to be opened up to showcase the welcoming, friendly nature of this family. Inside, the floor plan needed rethinking. By removing one of two redundant family rooms, and redesigning each space in the home with a designated purpose in mind, I helped breathe new life into each individual space."
The home's biggest highlight may be the bright and open gourmet kitchen, which features stainless-steel Viking appliances and quartz countertops, with a stylish tile backsplash. There's also a large dining island with a dedicated beverage refrigerator.
Roth also added not one, but two work spaces right next to the kitchen—an addition that now makes perfect sense for a work-from-home lifestyle.
One workspace is for adults, the other is for kids, with the intention that a family can get work done "while in the good company the kitchen always provides."
Other interesting "hidden" features include a secret bookshelf door under the stairs that leads to a children's play fort, and a clever Biersafe outside—an in-ground cooler that costs nothing to operate, since it uses the ground’s thermodynamics to keep beverages chilled, and can be hidden underneath a flower pot.
The house has two bedrooms and one bathroom upstairs, two full en suite bedrooms downstairs, and a powder room for guests. This can put much desired distance between the adults and the kids. When the episode aired in 2019, the owners had three of their four children, Grandma, and two dogs living with them.
With new landscaping, cement, fences, paint, and other finishes both in the front and in the back, the home's renovation was complete, ready to be snatched up in no time after it went on the market.
When the work was done, Roth said she felt the home had a "purposeful update that it deserves." It looks as if buyers agree.