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Tracy Tutor Opens Up About Her New $8.2M House: "It’s a Major Shift in How We Live"
The Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles agent opened up about putting $1 million to $2 million worth of renovations into her dream house.
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As Tracy Tutor searched for a new house to buy on the November 4 episode of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, she quickly became "obsessed" with one of Josh Flagg's gorgeous listings. However, she explained, "If I was to purchase this tomorrow, I have 6 months of work to do, minimum."
While Josh, who gave up his commission to help Tracy get the $8.2 million home, estimated the renovations would cost approximately $600,000, he never imagined the transformation Tracy had in mind for the 1920s Spanish-style home.
"He was like, 'You said you were gonna remodel it, but Jesus, Tracy, it’s a shell,'" Tracy recalled to Bravo Insider in October. "Once you start tearing stuff out and you have a design direction and a goal in mind of how you wanna live, you’re like, 'Oh, I’ll leave the kitchen intact,' but the kitchen is still sort of east coast traditional. I was like, 'Tear it out.' I donated everything to Habitat for Humanity and started from scratch."
The December 2 episode of MDLLA revealed that the renovations could cost $1 million to $2 million. "I have not moved any walls, but I will tell you this: I have gutted the entire house top to bottom. There is not a single surface intact," she told Bravo Insider. "So, from the floors to the walls, the electrical to the plumbing, the entire kitchen has been torn out, all of the bathrooms, everything. Not a single surface was left."
Once she had a vision for her dream home, Tracy teamed up with a very familiar face to get the job done. "My ex-husband's one of the best builders in L.A.," she declared in an episode interview explaining her choice to hire Jason Maltas. "So I'm thinking, why not?"
As they got to work, optimizing every inch of space was "really important" to Tracy. "It’s a, give or take, 5,000-square-foot house on a 10,500-square-foot lot," she explained. "So, coming from where I came from, which was 12,000-square-feet on almost an acre, it’s a major shift in how we live."
Tracy had a few other key priorities for the redesign of the home, including a great closet, bathroom, and, of course, outdoor space. "With my landscape architect, I created a bunch of different areas to hang out," she said. "You can go sit by the fire pit and then by the pool, and there’s a whole barbecue area."
"I really wanted to feel like how I feel when I walk into a really cool place or a villa when I’m on vacation, where you just sit outside and you have coffee outside in the morning instead of standing over your kitchen counter and racing out the door," she said. "I want those elements. I wanna feel like when I come home from work, I’m on vacation."
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