$ 1.1 million home in California


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Highland Park, in northeast Los Angeles, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. In the last decade, it has seen an influx of people attracted to the area for its pedestrian streets and well-kept houses in a craft style. The main artery is York Boulevard, about half a mile from the house, where there are cafes, musical instrument stores, traditional Mexican bakeries and unpredictable outlets such as Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater, which features theatrical performances for children from childhood. 1960.

This house is less than a five minute drive from the Occidental College campus; downtown Los Angeles is about 20 minutes away.

Size: 1600 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 684

Inside: The path leads to the entrance to the house through the front yard, treated with succulents and other drought-resistant plants.

The front wood and glass doors open onto a formal living room with sage green walls, warm hardwood floors and a tiled fireplace. Behind the wide arch is a large dining room with windows facing the side of the property. From this space, the door leads to the kitchen with counters of butcher’s blocks and backsplashes of subway tiles. Behind the kitchen is a family room with built-in storage space and access to the garden.

The corridor outside the dining room connects three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The first bedroom is currently used as a second family room; adjoins a wood-paneled bathroom with a foot bath. The second bedroom is large enough to accommodate a full-size bed and a desk. At the end of the hall is the second bathroom, which also has a foot bath. Next door is the master bedroom, which has exposed ceiling beams and double doors that open onto the courtyard.

Behind the door in the hallway are tucked winding stairs that lead to an open, glazed area on the second level, which could serve as a games room, exercise area or home office.

Behind the main building, a cobbled path leads to the studio cottage, which could serve as guest accommodation.

Outdoor space: The front porch is framed by a low stone wall and shaded by a roof overlap with space for rocking chairs. The backyard is grassy, ​​with mature trees along the boundaries of the plot and space for outdoor dining and game equipment. There is space for two cars on the driveway.

Taxes: 13,909 USD (estimation)

Contact: Deirdre Salomone and Terry Saltzman, Group L34, Keller Williams Los Feliz, 323-788-1674; l34group.com

This house is one of 340 built in Orange by mid-century developer Joseph Eichler; it was designed by architect Claude Oakland, an architect who often collaborated with Mr. Eichler. Like many of Eichler’s houses, it was designed to maximize natural light, with virtually every room lit by the sun, including the atrium. In 2018, Eichler’s three city tracts were designated as historic districts with design standards for exterior design and finishing.

Old Towne, Orange’s main district in historic houses, built in the early 20th century, is about 10 minutes away, as is the Chapman University campus.

Size: 1660 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 663

Inside: Round cobblestones set in the front yard make their way from the sidewalk to the bright orange front door that opens into the atrium, the signature of many of Eichler’s houses. There is space for a dining table and a succulent garden.

Sliding glass doors lead to the main living space in an open style. The top is a fireplace framed by windows facing the courtyard. Opposite the fireplace, the wall of the windows faced the atrium.

Between the living area and the kitchen is a dining area, which the vendors updated in 2017 and added new appliances and countertops. The ceiling has wood paneling painted white and the skylight brings sunlight into the space.

On the other side of the dining room, a short corridor connects the three bedrooms. The two are large enough to accommodate a queen-size bed and have an entire bathroom outside the hallway. On the other side of the house, behind the living room, is the primary bedroom, which has a private bathroom and a sliding glass door to the back patio.

Outdoor space: At the back of the house is a terrace with several shady places for dining and lounging and fruit trees at one end. The backyard is landscaped and has space to add a swimming pool or spa. In one corner, the tall shade of the pine provides another shade and is strong enough to hold the swing. There are two cars in the attached garage.

Taxes: $ 13,090 (estimation)

Contact: Jeffrey Crussell, First Team Real Estate, 310-808-7342; jeffreycrussell.firstteam.com


This house is a few blocks from downtown Napa. Its neighbors are similarly large Victorians, and the streets are often covered in candlelight tours and Halloween parades organized by the Napa County Historical Society and other local groups.

Downtown Napa is home to luxury restaurants, wine tasting rooms featuring local vineyards and small inns, many of which are housed in Victorian-era buildings. Fuller Park, a green area with facilities for a children’s playground and hiking trails, is 800 meters away, as is the Napa River.

Size: 1321 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 814

Inside: Wooden stairs lead from the driveway to a wide covered porch. The front door opens into a foyer with paneled walls. To the left of the door is the front living room with three windows facing the porch and a decorative crown molding that continues into the family room.

The original pocket doors separate the family room from the formal dining room. Like the foyer, the dining room has wood paneling, but is covered with blue floral wallpaper. On the other side of the room is a fireplace framed by a built-in closet with a leaded glass door.

Behind the dining room is a kitchen that the owners have updated with a farmhouse-style sink and a white tile backsplash; refrigerated drawers and a dishwasher were added to the adjacent chamber of the valet.

One of the bedrooms is outside the dining room with a window facing the side courtyard. The second bedroom at the back of the house has two windows and space for a bed and a desk. Adjacent to this room is a bathroom with a marble countertop and a porcelain tub with claws.

From the kitchen, stairs lead down to the basement, which is at street level and has access to the courtyard.

Outdoor space: From the back door is a wooden deck with space for barbecue. The garden is landscaped in gravel, with space for social entertainment and a stone path leading to a built-in fireplace. Planting boxes line the perimeter and mature trees provide shade and privacy. There is space for two cars in the attached garage.

Taxes: $ 14,298 (estimation)

Contact: Deborah Russell Broman, Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley, 707-337-4976; deborahrussellbroman.com

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