Oakland | $629,000
A 1939 cottage with two bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house, at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in the Fruitvale neighborhood, is within walking distance of a pocket park and an athletic field, as well as a public elementary school. Less than a mile away is Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, a complex that includes the footprints of two adobe homes built in the early 19th century and an 1870 farmhouse where there are exhibits on local history and culture. The nearest BART station is about a 10-minute drive, and downtown Oakland is about 15 minutes away by car.
Size: 774 square feet
Price per square foot: $813
Indoors: A wooden fence divides the front yard from the sidewalk. The front door, painted robin’s-egg blue, opens into the living room, which has two front-facing windows and refinished hardwood floors.
This space flows through a wide doorway into the dining room, where a door opens to the rear deck. To the right of the dining area is the kitchen, which has warm wood cabinets, recently updated appliances and hanging racks for pots and pans, to maximize storage space. Behind the kitchen is a laundry room with access to the backyard.
From the front door, a hallway extends across the left side of the house, connecting both bedrooms and the bathroom. Nearest to the front of the house is a guest room large enough to hold a queen-size bed, currently used as an extra sitting area. At the end of the hallway is the master bedroom, which has rear-facing windows and a ceiling fan. Between the two rooms is a pastel-tiled bathroom with a combination tub and shower and a side-facing garden window.
Outdoor space: Off the dining room is a wooden deck with space for a table and chairs. Steps lead down to a paved patio and the backyard, framed by mature trees and landscaped in grass, with several raised boxes for planting. The attached garage has space for one car.
Taxes: $7,359 (estimated)
Contact: Parisa Samimi, Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, 510-410-4050; sothebysrealty.com
Sacramento | $625,000
A 1940 house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house is in East Sacramento, a neighborhood known for its wide streets and large lots. Several blocks south of Folsom Boulevard, the area’s main thoroughfare, the house is within walking distance of bars and restaurants, as well as a Trader Joe’s supermarket. East Lawn Memorial Park, a cemetery dating to the early 1900s, is three blocks away. The main campus of Sacramento State is a five-minute drive, while Paradise Beach, a public beach on the American River, is 10 minutes away by car.
Size: 1,413 square feet
Price per square foot: $442
Indoors: This house is set far back on its lot, and a low wooden fence separates the driveway and front yard from the street. The owner, who bought the house in 2012, upgraded the HVAC and electrical systems and repainted the exterior.
A brick stoop leads to the yellow front door. Behind it is an open-plan living space with hardwood floors, where the owner knocked down several walls to combine sitting and dining areas.
A breakfast bar separates the dining area from the kitchen, which was also remodeled, with floating shelves made from reclaimed wood and stainless steel appliances. On the right side of the kitchen is a breakfast nook and, behind a barn-style sliding door, a walk-in pantry.
To the immediate right of the front door is a short hallway leading to a guest room with a built-in window seat overlooking the front yard and several windows, including one with a stained-glass panel. Across the hall is a full bathroom with a combination tub and shower.
Stairs from the hallway lead up to the second level, occupied entirely by the master suite, which has new carpeting, a wall of closets and a bathroom with twin vanities and gray wood flooring.
Outdoor space: The front yard, surrounded by a wood-and-wire fence, is paved in gravel, with ample space for outdoor lounging. A brick patio wraps around the side and rear of the property, with a nook for seating tucked under a roof overhang for shade. The garage holds one car, with additional parking space in the driveway. The basement has a dedicated laundry area.
Taxes: $7,249 (estimated)
Contact: Alice Tompkins, Miller Real Estate, 916-813-2595; tours.tourfactory.com
Culver City | $625,000
A condominium in a 263-unit complex built in 1973, with two bedrooms and one bathroom
Situated about seven miles north of Los Angeles International Airport, Culver City was once home to the Hughes Aircraft Company and to film studios like Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Sony Pictures still maintains a presence in the city, and in recent years the area has become a hub for technology companies.
The city has a population of about 40,000 and is known for its walkable downtown and high concentration of art galleries and small theaters. This complex is about five minutes from downtown Culver City and about 20 minutes from the beaches of Venice.
Size: 980 square feet
Price per square foot: $638
Indoors: The front door opens into a small foyer with a staircase on the left and the kitchen on the right. Beyond the staircase is a dining nook with a mirrored wall that reflects sunlight from a window on the adjacent wall. The kitchen has granite countertops and a breakfast bar with seating.
Beyond the dining area and the kitchen is the living room, which has a fireplace trimmed in white marble, wood-paneled, vaulted ceilings and large windows overlooking the complex’s pool area. A door leads from the far side of the space to a private balcony.
Between the living room and kitchen is a short hallway connecting the bathroom and one of the unit’s two bedrooms. The bathroom has a combination tub and shower with a glass door, while the bedroom has a walk-in closet and floor-to-ceiling windows facing the balcony.
Upstairs is a lofted bedroom that could be used a home office or an additional sitting area. This space also has a high wood-paneled ceiling, as well as two windows facing the surrounding trees.
Outdoor space: A private balcony that overlooks the community swimming pool has space for a cafe table and chairs. In addition to the pool, the complex includes two tennis courts, a community room, several outdoor barbecues and a sauna. Two parking spaces in the garage are included with this unit.
Taxes: $7,939 (estimated), plus a $513 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Brooke Bryant, RE/MAX Estate Properties, 323-646-7780; brooke-bryant.remax.com
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