Los Angeles | $899,000
A two-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow built in 1914, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house is on a short street in the Highland Park neighborhood, near commercial areas on Figueroa Street and York Boulevard with bars, restaurants and small grocery stores. It is about a 10-minute drive from Occidental College, in Eagle Rock, and 20 minutes from the Americana at Brand shopping and dining complex in Glendale.
Downtown Los Angeles is about a 20-minute drive. Dodger Stadium is 15 minutes away.
Size: 916 square feet
Price per square foot: $981
Indoors: Tall hedges surround the front of the house, offering privacy from the street and sheltering a small yard with fruit-bearing citrus trees.
The front door opens into a foyer with original hardwood floors, a space the owners have converted into a home office. The hardwood floors continue into a living-and-dining area with white walls and trim and front- and side-facing windows that fill the room with natural light.
The kitchen, reached through a door at the back of this space, has walls covered in white subway tile, stainless steel appliances and a stainless steel sink under a deep window overlooking the side yard. A small laundry room with a stacked washer and dryer is at the far end of the kitchen.
The primary bedroom is off the living room, with enough space for a king-size bed and a closet that has a custom-built storage system. The bathroom, which has penny-tile floors and a combined tub and shower, is accessible from the primary bedroom and from the back hallway. The guest room, also off the hallway, has direct access to the backyard.
The original one-car garage has been converted into a flexible space currently used as a home office and music studio, with wood-paneled walls and concrete floors.
Outdoor space: The yard is landscaped with grass, and big enough to accommodate a small dining table and chairs.
Taxes: $11,232 (estimated)
Contact: Jennifer Cahill and Kurt Wisner, The Local Real Estate Group, Compass, 323-667-0700; localregroup.com
San Francisco | $900,000
A loft-style unit with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, in a 1998 condominium building
This building is in the South of Market neighborhood, also known as SoMa. It is just a 10-minute walk from City Hall and from the University of California College of the Law. It is even closer to a stretch of Market Street with a Whole Foods grocery store and a BART station. The Asian Art Museum is less than half a mile away.
Driving across the Bay Bridge into Oakland takes 20 minutes; crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County takes about half an hour.
Size: 1,296 square feet
Price per square foot: $694
Indoors: This unit’s front door opens into the main living area. Hardwood floors run from the entry through the living space at the back of this level, which has a fireplace, double-height ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the street and glass doors that open to a balcony.
The open kitchen, closer to the entry, has stainless steel appliances, light wood cabinetry and a deep-red subway-tile backsplash, as well as space for a small dining table. On the wall facing the kitchen is a built-in desk with cabinetry and tile work matching that of the kitchen. A powder room and a laundry room are also in this part of the unit.
A spiral staircase between the living and dining areas leads up to the primary suite, which overlooks the floor below. The bedroom area is large enough to hold a king-size bed; the attached bathroom has a glass-walled walk-in shower.
Stairs to the right of the living area lead down to the unit’s lowest level, where there are two guest rooms, each big enough to hold a double bed and a small desk. One of the bedrooms has an en suite bathroom with a stall shower.
Outdoor space: In addition to the private balcony off the living room, residents have access to a spacious communal roof deck. This unit is allotted one spot in the secure parking garage.
Taxes: $11,256 (estimated) and a $761 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Scott Orich, Flyhomes, 408-214-9609; flyhomes.com
Long Beach | $900,000
A 1941 cottage with two bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house is a few blocks from some of Long Beach’s largest outdoor recreational facilities, including the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, a public 18-hole golf course designed in 1910 and Colorado Lagoon, a wetlands area with a beach and a playground. It is not far from Woodrow Wilson High School and Bruin Stadium, the baseball field used by the team at California State University Long Beach, whose campus is less than 10 minutes away by car.
Retro Row, a stretch of Fourth Street lined with vintage furniture and clothing shops, is five minutes away. Downtown Long Beach and the waterfront are about a 15-minute drive.
Size: 1,290 square feet
Price per square foot: $698
Indoors: From the street, paved stairs flanked by neat hedges lead to the front door. It opens directly into a living room with wood floors and a fireplace with a brick surround and a black-painted mantel.
Behind the living room is a sunny dining room with an original built-in cabinet and windows overlooking the side yard. This space connects to the kitchen, which has white cabinetry and appliances, a yellow-tile backsplash and access to a cozy, wood-paneled sunroom that the sellers use as a combination den and home office. Both the kitchen and sunroom have backyard access.
A hallway off the dining room leads to the two bedrooms. The primary bedroom has a window overlooking the street, ample built-in closet space and room for a queen-size bed. The guest room, at the back of the house, has a sliding-glass door that opens to the sunroom. The bathroom, which sits between the two bedrooms, has a stall shower and a separate tub.
Outdoor space: The backyard feels private, thanks to mature trees surrounding the lawn and the large patio. The detached garage has one parking spot; there is room for another car in the driveway.
Taxes: $11,256 (estimated)
Contact: Lissa Lebel, Sotheby’s International Realty, Los Feliz Brokerage, 323-842-0003; sothebysrealty.com
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