Oakland | $1.095 Million
A two-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow built in 1912, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house is in the Rockridge neighborhood, across from Colby Park, a small green space with a playground that is popular with local families. Telegraph Avenue, one of the area’s main thoroughfares, is a few blocks away. Peralta Elementary School, a well-ranked public school, is a five-minute walk. The University of California, Berkeley is 10 minutes away by car.
The Rockridge BART Plaza transit stop is less than a mile away; from there, trains make the trip to San Francisco in about half an hour and to downtown Oakland in about 20 minutes. Oakland International Airport is a 20-minute drive.
Size: 1,242 square feet
Price per square foot: $882
Indoors: This house has a lush front yard, and the red leaves of a Japanese maple tree shade the front porch.
The front door opens into a foyer. To the left is a small home office overlooking the front yard. To the right is a living room with original woodwork, a bay window facing the street and a fireplace with a tile surround.
Straight ahead from the foyer is a dining room with more original woodwork and a period-appropriate glass-and-iron pendant light. This space connects to a kitchen with patterned-tile flooring and updated stainless steel appliances. The laundry room, off the kitchen, has a side-by-side washer and dryer and access to the rear deck.
Both bedrooms are off the dining room. The primary bedroom, on the left, has more original woodwork and glass doors that open to the backyard. This bedroom and the guest room across the hall both have closets with original crystal doorknobs. They share a bathroom with a combined tub and shower and a porcelain pedestal sink.
Outdoor space: The covered deck behind the house is used by the owners as an outdoor living room and playroom. The deck steps down to a brick patio surrounded by grass and landscaping. The detached shed behind the patio is currently used as a writing studio. There is room to park two cars in the driveway.
Taxes: $13,692 (estimated)
Contact: Maxi Lilley, Red Oak Realty, 510-919-8997; redoakrealty.com
Palm Springs | $1.099 Million
A midcentury-modern-inspired house built in 2011, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, on a 0.2-acre lot
This house is in a small gated community of 25 homes about 10 minutes from downtown Palm Springs. It has been used as a vacation home and as a furnished short-term rental; the furnishings are included in the sale.
The property is about a half-hour drive from several date farms and the Cabazon Outlets. It is just 10 minutes from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, a popular tourist attraction, and from Palm Springs International Airport. Driving to Los Angeles takes about two hours, depending on traffic.
Size: 1,906 square feet
Price per square foot: $577
Indoors: The house has a midcentury-modern style butterfly roof and a front yard landscaped with gravel and native plants.
The front door, painted a bright coral, opens directly into a foyer with polished concrete floors. To the left is an open living-and-dining area with access to a private front patio and the backyard pool area. An eating area is set up near the front patio; a sitting area, anchored by a sleek fireplace, is in front of sliding-glass doors that face the pool.
Between the sitting and dining areas is an open, galley-style kitchen with aqua-colored cabinets and goldtone starburst pendant lights hanging above the long center island.
The bedroom wing is to the right of the entry. The primary bedroom has glass walls facing the front patio and direct patio access; the en suite bathroom has a deep bathtub. Next door is a guest room that also has patio access. This room is connected to the third bedroom by a full bathroom with a walk-in shower and a double vanity. Another full bathroom is off the hallway.
Outdoor space: The kidney-shaped pool and in-ground spa in the backyard are surrounded by a paved area with room for lounge chairs and a small dining table. The attached garage has two parking spots.
Taxes: $14,292 (estimated) and a $110 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Brandi Pratt, The Pratt Group, FIV Realty, 760-960-0381; brandiprattrealestate.com
Oxnard | $1.099 Million
A 1918 Craftsman house with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a guesthouse with a full bathroom, on a 0.3-acre lot
This house is in the Henry T. Oxnard Historic District, a collection of 139 buildings constructed during the early 20th century, many of them in Spanish Revival or Craftsman styles. It is less than half a mile from Plaza Park, where there is a weekly farmers’ market. Heritage Square, a small group of well-preserved late-19th century buildings used for public and private events, is less than a mile away.
The Oxnard Amtrak station is five minutes away by car. Driving to Oxnard State Beach Park takes about 10 minutes. Santa Barbara is 45 minutes away, and Los Angeles is a little more than an hour’s drive.
Size: 2,382 square feet
Price per square foot: $462
Indoors: A paved path winds across the front lawn, stepping up to a wide covered porch with doors to several of the home’s main spaces.
The primary entrance is into a dining room with hardwood floors and original woodwork. To the right is a living room with large, street-facing windows and a fireplace flanked by smaller windows.
The kitchen, on the other side of the dining room, has gray and white cabinetry, a vintage O’Keefe & Merritt stove in white enamel, a breakfast area with a built-in bench seat and access to a laundry room.
The primary bedroom is off the dining room, with space for a king-size bed and two windows that face the side yard. A full bathroom is next door. A guest room on the other side of the bathroom has a built-in clothes-storage system.
Two more bedrooms are at the back of the house. One has an en suite bathroom and access to a screened porch; it is used by the owners as a family room.
The guesthouse, across the backyard, is laid out like a studio apartment, with a full bathroom.
Outdoor space: The backyard is landscaped with grass and includes a covered patio big enough for outdoor dining. The detached garage holds three cars.
Taxes: $13,752 (estimated)
Contact: Grace Lindgren, Sotheby’s International Realty, Westlake Village Brokerage, 805-794-3243; sothebysrealty.com
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