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Real estate flippers tend to get a bad rap. Those who purchase properties, update them cheaply, and then resell for a significant profit might actually deserve their dishonorable reputations. But others, like–based agency , invest in distressed homes and perform assiduous renovations before putting them back on the market. They shouldn’t be lumped in with the rest.
The proof? Modus cofounders Tim Cheng and Edgar Bové Guerra recently transformed a small 1921 Highland Park house into a Scandifornia-style oasis. They gutted the century-old abode, which had already been stripped of any original details by previous owners, and added 1,000 square feet of living space with a new primary suite, an expansive roof deck, and a fully-functional.
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Before the duo could focus on the fun parts though, they had to address structural issues like a sinking corner and rotting wood. They retrofitted the foundation to bring it up to code and replaced all the decayed timber. “We ended up having to rebuild a large portion of the house, as a result,” Edgar reveals.
The Modus men then re-stuccoed the cracked, moisture-damaged exterior with a smoother finish and removed the roof overhang for a cleaner, more contemporary façade. “It actually cuts out natural light and creates a shadow,” Tim says. “So, to modernize a project, we try to take out the awning.”
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Inside, the team prioritized natural materials with Italian marble surfaces and an abundance of European white oak. From the engineered hardwood flooring and slatted walls to custom cabinets, shelves, and doors, the wood species is everywhere. “The white oak was the right thing to do,” Edgar says. “We wanted very warm and bright tones, which is why we went with a very light-colored stone.”
To add a sense of airiness, Tim and Edgar vaulted the once-low ceilings and opened up the layout in the kitchen and living areas. They then softened the interior by creating arched entryways throughout and incorporated a bevy of skylights to let the sun illuminate nearly every room from above.
Once the overhaul was complete, designercame in to stage the home. As a local, she knew how to customize the decor for prospective buyers. “Living on the east side, I understand the demographic really well,” she says. “It’s a very creative place. The house is ideal for somebody in the entertainment industry, or an artist, who believes in natural elements and appreciates unique architecture, without playing that bohemian card too hard.”
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Francesca catered to this profile with an earthy palette, playful shapes, and must-feel textures. Many of the artworks, like the woman-underwater photograph in the terra-cotta tile foyer, are sourced from. “It’s an awesome company,” Francesca says. “They carry really beautiful art and nothing is manufactured. They’re original, which is really, really great.”
In the living room, a sculptural custom swoop chair is paired with aand a that nods to the battens in the kitchen. “I wanted it to be super interesting and stand out, but also help form that imagination for the new homeowner, that they could actually use the space and live in it and be comfortable,” Francesca says.
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The, which intentionally fits six Pierre Jeanneret–inspired chairs for entertaining or accommodating a family, was a risky choice. “I was actually terrified to use a darker wood at first,” Francesca admits. “I tried to balance it out with accessories, and I thought that it would be nice to have that live edge.”
Francesca curated three distinct bedrooms, each with its own story. The primary suite is a neutral retreat designed for relaxation, while the guest chamber packs an eclectic punch with an Art Deco iron bed frame and a chartreuse velvet quilt. Whimsical, cloud-shaped headboards define the twin room, which welcomes children to the home.
The cool ADU is a departure from the warm main building. Its concrete floors and matte black hardware are complemented by funky pieces like a custom blue sofa, a, and . “I didn’t want to mimic what we did with the front in the back,” Francesca says. “It felt more youthful and industrial, so bringing in more pops of color and an edgier selection of furniture was really key.”
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Natural attractions and otherworldly landscapes make Utah one of the most unique states to explore.Soaring sandstone arches and towering hoodoos make Arches National Park in eastern Utah one of the most striking places in the state. Plus, the snow-capped La Sal Mountains in the distance only add to this area's beauty. If you only have a few hours to explore, drive the 18-mile scenic road (Arches Scenic Drive) to enjoy a brief, but thorough tour of the park. You'll pass Balanced Rock as well as the Windows area, which is home to a large concentration of arches. Luckily, there are plenty of spots to pull over and admire the views.
A trio of outdoor zones complete the compelling listing, from a patio dining setup that promises al fresco meals to a dreamy rooftop with mountain views and bean bag chairs. The yard boasts a galvanized steel dipping pool, a fire pit, and pink-and-white striped loungers that evoke The Beverly Hills Hotel’s iconic Golden Age glamor. Of course, offers poured right in.
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