Six frightening Sonoma County fixer-uppers at eerily good prices
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404 Cortez Drive, Petaluma - $485,000
3 beds, 1 bath, 1,148 square feet. Year built: 1952.
Bring your tool-belt: An entry-level home in a good location, this West Petaluma fixer-upper just needs a little T.L.C. (Photo courtesy of BAREIS MLS. Property listed by Tony Parrish, Pacific Union Real Estate)
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Blue lagoon: Brighten up this sad blue bedroom with a fresh coat of paint and a new carpet.
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Living room: There is plenty to love and plenty to loathe about this in this spacious family gathering space. I love the exposed beam ceiling and loath the ugly brown carpet.
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Kitchen: Hmm, I'm not a fan of a kitchen washing machine, but at least it's indoors.
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Indoor/outdoor design: A covered back patio just off the kitchen adds a bit of square footage.
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26018 Highland Ranch Road, Cloverdale - $599,900
2 beds 2 baths 1,229 square feet. Year built: 1973
Rural retreat on 24 acres: It may need a coat of paint but the location makes up for it. (Photo courtesy of BAREIS MLS. Property listed by Jane and Ron Pavelka, Pacific Union International)
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Great layout: This easy open-concept living space needs a few cosmetic fixes but other than that it's good to go.
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Good bones: A rustic lodge-like bedroom that needs a new coat of paint and flooring.
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Vintage appeal? A retro 1980s bathroom that could be renovated or brought into the 21st century.
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Location, location, location: 24 picturesque rural acres surround 26018 Highland Ranch Road.
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1003 Crest Drive, Santa Rosa - $400,000
2 beds, 1 bath, 1,293 square feet. Year built: 1951.
Mystery house: So scary, they aren't showing the inside, this East Santa Rosa residence needs a complete remodel, but neighboring properties are going for 25% more on average. (Photos courtesy of BAREIS MLS. Property listed by Bill Katsaros, Montgomery Realty, 707-799-3519)
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3731 Deauville Place, Santa Rosa - $215,000
3 beds, 2.5 baths, 2,768 square feet. Year built: 1991. Year destroyed: 2018.
Consider a lot: Fire cleared lots in the affluent Fountaingrove neighborhood are going for around $200,000, purchase one and build your dream house. (Photos courtesy of NRT Northern California. Property listed by Ron Larson, Coldwell Banker)
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85 Washington St., Camp Meeker - $279,000
3 beds, 1 bath, 1,210 square feet. Year built: 1930. Lot size: 6,534 square feet.
Dated log cabin: This country retreat needs updating, but the trade-offs are beautiful hilltop views and access to trails for hiking and biking. (Photos courtesy of BAREIS MLS. Property listed by Jeffrey Lester, Real Estate eBrokers Inc, 760-722-3222)
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Interior: A wood-burning stove warms the open-concept great room at 85 Washington Street.
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14708 Eagles Nest Road, Guerneville - $149,000
1 bed, 1 bath, 958 square feet. Year built: 1950. Lot size: 3,484 square feet.
Russian River getaway: Major renovations are needed but ooh what a price!
(Photos courtesy of BAREIS MLS. Property listed by Shannan Luft, Coldwell Banker)
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Opportunity knocks: Above the flood line, this Guerneville cabin needs some T.L.C., but it will be a great retreat once renovations are completed.
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Interior: Mold abatement is needed, but you can't beat that riverfront location.
Do you have the muscle, mental fortitude and money to tackle a major renovation? These six Sonoma County fixer-uppers are a great value but they may require some elbow grease to turn into your dream home.
Home renovation shows make the process look easy, but before you purchase a fixer-upper you may want to consider the following:
Location – Is the home in a good neighborhood, close to work, good schools and supermarkets? A simple rule offered by TLC’s renovation guru’s Chip and Joanna Gaines is to look for “worst house in the best location,” to ensure that a remodel is worth the investment.
In Sonoma County, also consider natural disasters. Is the home near a flood plane, fault line or fire zone.
Layout- Do you have enough bathrooms to accommodate the whole family? Is the home small and cramped or does it have an open floor plan? Can you knock down walls? Does the home work on a functional level?
Good bones – What is the home’s condition? Are we dealing with easy fixes like paint, carpet and tile or more expensive updates like roofing, HVAC systems, foundations or electrical?
How much will it cost? Have a home inspector (or two) evaluate all of the home’s potential issues. Hire a contractor to estimate the entire cost of the renovation, then add 10 to 12 percent for unexpected issues. Think about how you will finance it all? Can you take out a home-improvement loan to cover the updates?
Know when to call in the big guns – Will this project require a contractor or can you tackle the renovation on your own? Know your limitations and when it is time to call in a professional.
Click through our gallery above to check out some of the fixer-uppers currently on the market in Sonoma County.