Los Angeles | $ 1.095 million
A 1925 craftsman's home with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a studio cottage on 0.1 acre lot
Highland Park in northeast Los Angeles is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. Over the past decade there has been an influx of residents drawn to the area for its walkable streets and well-kept artisan-style houses. The main thoroughfare is York Boulevard, approximately half a mile from this house. You'll find cafes, musical instrument stores, traditional Mexican bakeries, and quirky mainstays like the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, which has been hosting theater productions for children since the 1960s.
This home is less than a five minute drive from the Occidental College campus. Downtown Los Angeles is about 20 minutes away.
Size: 1,600 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 684
Inside: A path leads through the front garden, which is planted with succulents and other drought-tolerant plants, to the entrance of the house.
The wood and glass front door opens to a formal living room with sage-green walls, warm hardwood floors, and a tile-framed fireplace. Behind it, through a wide arch, is a large dining room with windows to the side of the property. A door leads from this room to a kitchen with butcher's block counters and subway tile backsplashes. Behind the kitchen is a family room with built-in storage space and access to the back yard.
A hallway off the dining room connects the three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The first bedroom is currently used as a second family room; It is adjacent to a bathroom with wood paneling and a claw-foot tub. The second bedroom is big enough for a double bed and a desk. At the end of the hall there is a second bathroom that also has a claw-foot tub. Next door is the master bedroom with exposed beams and double doors that lead to the back yard.
Hidden behind a door in the hallway are winding steps that lead to an open window area on the second level that can serve as a playroom, exercise room or home office.
Behind the main house, a paved path leads to a studio cottage that can serve as a guest room.
Outside space: The veranda is framed by a low stone wall and shaded by the roof overhang, which has space for rocking chairs. The back yard is grassy, with mature trees lining the property line and space for outdoor dining and play equipment. The driveway has space for two cars.
Taxes: $ 13,909 (estimated)
Contact: Deirdre Salomone and Terry Saltzman, L34 Group, Keller Williams Los Feliz, 323-788-1674; l34group.com
Orange | $ 1.1 million
A 1962 four bedroom, three bath home on 0.2 acre lot
This house is one of 340 that developer Joseph Eichler built in orange in the middle of the century. It was designed by Claude Oakland, an architect who often worked with Mr. Eichler. Like many Eichler houses, it was designed to maximize natural light. Almost every room is lit by the sun, including an atrium. In 2018, the city's three Eichler areas were designated as historic districts, with design standards for exterior updates and changes.
Old Towne, Orange's core historic home district, built in the early 20th century, is about 10 minutes away, as is the Chapman University campus.
Size: 1,660 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 663
Inside: Round paving stones in the front garden form a path from the sidewalk to the bright orange entrance door that leads to an atrium that is typical of many Eichler houses. This has space for a dining table and includes a garden with succulents.
Sliding glass doors lead into the main open plan living area. The centerpiece is a fireplace framed by windows overlooking the garden. Opposite the fireplace, a wall of windows faces the atrium.
Between the living area and the kitchen is a dining area that the sellers updated in 2017 which adds new appliances and countertops. The ceiling has wood paneling painted white and a skylight brings sunshine into the room.
On the other side of the dining area, a short hallway connects three bedrooms. Two are large enough to hold a queen bed and have full bathrooms off the hallway. On the other side of the house, behind the living room, is the master bedroom with its own bathroom and sliding glass doors to the rear terrace.
Outside space: At the rear of the house there is a terrace with several shady places to eat and relax and fruit trees at one end. The back yard is landscaped with grass and has space for a pool or spa. In one corner, a tall pine tree provides additional shade and is strong enough to hold a swing. The attached garage has space for two cars.
Taxes: $ 13,090 Estimated
Contact: Jeffrey Crussell, First Team Real Estate, 310-808-7342; jeffreycrussell.firstteam.com
Napa | $ 1.075 million
A Victorian 1890's two bedroom, one bathroom set on 0.1 acre lot
This home is located several blocks from downtown Napa. Neighbors are similarly sized Victorians, and the street is often included in candlelight tours and Halloween parades run by the Napa County Historical Society and other local groups.
Downtown Napa is home to fine dining restaurants, wine tasting rooms that represent local vineyards, and small inns, many of which are housed in Victorian-era buildings. Fuller Park, a green space with playgrounds and hiking trails, is half a mile away, as is the Napa River.
Size: 1,321 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 814
Inside: Wooden steps lead from the driveway to a wide covered porch. The front door opens to a foyer with paneled walls. To the left of the door is the front living room with three windows opening onto the veranda and a decorative molding that continues into the family room.
An original pocket door separates the family room from the formal dining room. Like the foyer, the dining room also has wood paneling, but here it is crowned with blue floral wallpaper. On the other side of the room is a fireplace framed by built-in wardrobes with leaded glass doors.
Behind the dining room is the kitchen, which has been fitted out by the owners with a country-style washbasin and a white tile backsplash. Refrigerator drawers and a dishwasher were placed in the butler's adjacent pantry.
One of the bedrooms is next to the dining room and has a window overlooking the side courtyard. The second bedroom at the back of the house has two windows and space for a bed and a desk. The bathroom is next to this room and has a marble-topped vanity unit and a claw-foot porcelain tub.
A staircase leads down from the kitchen to the basement, which is at street level and has access to the back yard.
Outside space: In front of the back door there is a wooden terrace with space for a grill. The back yard is laid out with gravel and offers space for socially distant entertainment as well as a stone path that leads to a built-in fireplace. Planters line the perimeter, and old trees provide shade and privacy. The attached garage has space for two cars.
Taxes: $ 14,298 (estimated)
Contact: Deborah Russell Broman, Coldwell Banker Broker of the Valley, 707-337-4976; deborahrussellbroman.com
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