This home has been in Kris' family for generations, it's where Kris spent his childhood and over the years this has become a highly sought-after neighborhood to raise a family. After Kris and Melanie had twin girls, Kris's 90 year-old grandmother decided to leave the house to him and his family. They never could have afforded to move back into this neighborhood without this gift and they are thrilled to now call this their home, but after years of neglect, it's going to take a lot to bring this home back to it's original beauty. The place is definitely the eye-sore of the block. The paint is bland beige, window trim is peeling, the yard is half juniper, half litter box - it's no place for kids to run and play. They are here to stay and for their family and their neighbors, they are hoping the Curb Appeal team can help them turn this into a proud place to call home.
Angelica Mendoza is an Oakland native who takes pride in protecting her community as a member of the Oakland police department. She is a homicide detective, a job that is both emotionally and physically draining, leaving her no time or energy to tackle all that needs to be done to the front of her house. For all the time and energy she spends on her community, Angelica feels it's a shame she can't do one favor for the rest of her block by making her home look as nice as the rest. She was drawn to this neighborhood because it is quiet and beautiful. Neighbors maintain their landscaping and keep up with their curb appeal; she would like to do the same, if not for her, but for her neighbors' sake. She did some work on the inside when she first moved in, but when she really looked at the front of her house - ideas escaped her. The one thing she has managed to keep alive is a tree her mother planted years ago. She would like to hang on to it, but even that is looking worse for wear these days. She needs the help of the Curb Appeal team to do their magic and help her to keep up with her block.
The Villoria family knew they wanted to move into this Oakland neighborhood for the schools and the family-friendly community. They purchased the only house they could afford, bought it as-is, and it needed a lot of work. The inside is now livable, but they haven't had the funds to fix up the front. They are tied closely to their community, and wish they could better represent their block. Their house is the only one with a chain-link fence, a non-existent lawn, and absolutely no color or character. Kimo works as an on-call IT technician, (working all hours of the day with no consistent schedule) while Michelle is an art teacher, and they have 2 kids in school. Their lives are very busy which adds to the reason their front of their house basically looks abandoned. They would love to change that and turn their home into a destination on the block, but they need the Curb Appeal team to give them the jump-start!
When Rachel and Kristy Kinnon decided to start growing their family, they made the choice to move from the hustle and bustle of the city to the suburb of Oakland. They found the perfect charming neighborhood, but the house they could afford wasn't exactly picket fences and all-american charm that they had dreamed. The green-on-green-on-green paint scheme is the reason they've named it their leprechaun home. The previous owners covered the lawn in mulch to prevent weeds from popping up - yet they still have to weed the mulch every few months. The concrete steps look like an after-thought, the house has no particular style, the list of problems goes on and on. They've become fast friends with their entire block and they spend most of their life outside mingling with neighbors and watching their son play with neighborhood kids, but rarely do people hang out in the Kinnons front yard. They need Curb Appeal's help to turn this into a place people want to come and transform it from the eye-sore to the eye-catcher of the block!
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