Los Angeles | $899,000
A two-bedroom, two-bathroom 1928 house with a one-bathroom studio guest apartment, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house is in Mount Washington, a neighborhood in the northeastern part of the city known for its hilly streets and sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles. It is not far from the hiking trails and picnic areas at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park and Audubon Center at Debs Park. It is also close to Heritage Square Museum, a collection of Victorian-era buildings focused on life in 19th-century Los Angeles.
The University of Southern California Health Sciences Campus is two miles away. Downtown Los Angeles is about a 10-minute drive; Glendale and Pasadena are 15 minutes away.
Size: 927 square feet
Price per square foot: $970
Indoors: From the street, brick steps lead up to the covered front porch, which offers views of the hillside and the city beyond.
The front door opens into a living room with hardwood floors laid in a herringbone pattern and a fireplace with an ornate mantel painted black.
Beyond the living room is a kitchen with black cabinetry, stone counters, updated appliances and a farmhouse-style porcelain sink set in the center island. At the back of this space is a sitting area with a built-in bench and doors that open to the rear patio.
The primary bedroom, off the living room, has a built-in window seat and enough space for a queen-size bed. The en suite bathroom has black-and-white tile floors and a combined tub and shower.
The second bedroom is also off the living room. The second full bathroom, off the kitchen, has a walk-in shower lined with marble tile.
The guest apartment is on the lower level, with its own exterior entrance, a kitchen, a sleeping and living area, and a full bathroom with a claw-foot soaking tub.
Outdoor space: The covered deck behind the house is separated from the patio beyond by a low brick wall. The patio, which currently holds chairs and a fire pit, is surrounded by mature trees offering shade and privacy.
Taxes: $11,232 (estimated)
Contact: Guy Miracle, Sotheby’s International Realty, Beverly Hills Brokerage, 323-646-6216; sothebysrealty.com
Stockton | $899,000
A 1931 Colonial Revival house with five bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, on a 0.3-acre lot
This home is in Stockton, a midsize city on the San Joaquin River, in the Central Valley of California. The property, which is near the downtown waterfront, is about five minutes from Stockton Early College Academy, a public high school, and 10 minutes from Fremont/Lopez Elementary School. University of the Pacific, a private school with about 3,300 undergraduate students, is less than a mile away. Oak Park, which has tennis courts and an ice rink, is about five minutes away by car.
Modesto is half an hour away. Sacramento is about an hour’s drive, and Yosemite National Park is three hours away.
Size: 4,147 square feet
Price per square foot: $217
Indoors: A path flanked by neatly manicured hedges leads across a lawn to the front door, which opens into a foyer with a mirrored wall panel, high ceilings and a sweeping staircase.
The living room, off the foyer, has 1920s-style sconces, a fireplace and windows that face a swimming pool. A den with a brick floor is off one side of this space.
The bright kitchen, which is also off the foyer, has white cabinetry, stone counters and Thermador appliances, including a range and two dishwashers. It connects to a breakfast room with built-in cabinets; a dining room with picture molding and a crystal chandelier; and a powder room.
A guest room off the foyer is used by the sellers as a home office. It has original woodwork, a fireplace and an attached powder room.
The other four bedrooms are on the second floor. The primary suite is to the left of a wide stair landing with a Palladian window; it includes a walk-in closet and an attached bathroom. Three bedrooms are at the opposite end of the hall. One has its own bathroom; the other two are connected by a full bathroom.
One side of the finished basement is set up as a screening room, with space for a sectional sofa; the other side is used as a game room.
Outdoor space: The swimming pool behind the house is framed with brick paving and a stone wall lined with mature trees. The backyard also has a covered patio with a full kitchen, including a fireplace and a brick pizza oven. The detached garage has two parking spots.
Taxes: $11,244 (estimated)
Contact: Liorah Rose Cochran, Re/Max Grupe Gold, 209-620-3042; liorah-cochran.remax.com
Oakland | $899,000
A 1922 Craftsman bungalow with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house, which the seller bought in 2020 and renovated, is in Gaskill, a neighborhood near the southern part of Berkeley and about a mile from waterfront shopping and dining in Emeryville. It is about a 10-minute walk from a public library and 15 minutes from a public swimming pool.
The closest Amtrak station is about a mile away, in Emeryville. Downtown Oakland is about half an hour away on public transit. Driving across the bay, into San Francisco, takes about half an hour. San Jose is about an hour away.
Size: 1,276 square feet
Price per square foot: $705
Indoors: A concrete path cuts across the front yard, which is landscaped with drought-tolerant plants, stepping up to a covered porch.
The bright yellow front door opens into a simple foyer with white wainscoting and hardwood floors. The living room, to the right, has large, street-facing windows and a decorative fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves.
This space connects to a dining area with built-in storage and white wainscoting. The adjacent open kitchen has white cabinetry, quartz counters, new stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar with globe pendant lights hanging over it.
A hallway off the dining area leads to the bedrooms, one at either end of the house. The primary bedroom, at the back of the house, has an en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. The other bedroom has a fireplace and the use of a bathroom with a free-standing tub.
Outdoor space: Behind the house is an elevated deck large enough to hold a dining table. The yard beyond is enclosed by a wood fence, and big enough for another sitting area or a garden. The detached garage holds one car; there is room to park another in the driveway.
Taxes: $11,232 (estimated)
Contact: Nash Mittelman, Compass, 415-622-5303; compass.com
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