Oakland | $899,000
A two-bedroom, one-bath bungalow built in 1927, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house is on the north side of the city, about 10 minutes from downtown Oakland and from the center of Berkeley. It is a five-minute walk from the baseball fields and indoor basketball courts at Charles Porter Golden Gate Recreation Center and within walking distance of a record store and a bakery on nearby Alcatraz Avenue. A brewery, a coffee shop and a sushi restaurant are on San Pablo Avenue, a few blocks away.
Big-box retailers are less than 10 minutes away by car, in Emeryville. Commuting to San Francisco on public transit takes about 40 minutes. San Jose is an hour and a half away.
Size: 1,212 square feet
Price per square foot: $742
Indoors: Two short flights of steps lead up to a small covered porch.
The front door opens into a foyer with hardwood floors that continue to the right, into a living room with large windows overlooking the street and a fireplace with an original black-tile surround flanked by built-in cabinets with glass doors. Through a set of glass doors is a dining room with a wrought-iron chandelier and more large windows.
The updated kitchen, behind the dining room, has ample cabinet space, a celadon-tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. The breakfast area at the back of the kitchen is currently set up as a home office.
The bedrooms are off a short hallway extending from the dining room. The primary bedroom, facing the street, has a walk-in closet and enough space for a queen-size bed. The other bedroom overlooks the backyard and is also big enough to hold a queen-size bed. The bathroom is between the two bedrooms.
A washer and dryer are in the basement.
Outdoor space: A patio is behind the house. From there, paving stones lead across the backyard, which has raised garden boxes at the back and plenty of space for a larger garden or a dining setup. The detached garage holds one car; there is room to park another in the brick driveway.
Taxes: $11,232 (estimated)
Contact: Tracy Zhou, Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, 415-503-7363; sothebysrealty.com
Los Angeles | $899,000
A two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath condominium in a 2009 building
This 15-unit building, designed by Predock Frane Architects, is half a block from the intersection of Fountain and North La Brea Avenues, with easy access to shopping: A Ralphs supermarket and a Target are less than 10 minutes away on foot. The Sunset Strip, in the heart of West Hollywood, is a 10-minute drive. Hollywood Forever Cemetery and Paramount Studios are also about 10 minutes away.
Downtown is a little more than half an hour away by car or public transit, which stops at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue, less than a mile from this building. Driving to Century City or Culver City takes about half an hour.
Size: 1,180 square feet
Price per square foot: $762
Indoors: The entrance to this apartment is on the ground floor. The entry area has hardwood floors that continue into the open living space beyond.
The kitchen, near the entrance, has stainless steel appliances, including a gas cooktop, an oven and a dishwasher; wood cabinetry stained a deep brown; and access to a powder room with a wall-mounted white porcelain sink. Space for a dining table is between the kitchen and the sitting area, which has sliding-glass doors that open to a patio.
Both bedrooms are on the second level, reached by stairs off the sitting area. The primary bedroom, at the top of the stairs, has plush gray carpeting and an en suite bathroom. The other bedroom, at the opposite end of the hall, has its own bathroom as well. Both rooms have ample closet space; more storage space is available under the staircase.
Outdoor space: The patio, enclosed by concrete walls, has enough room for lounge furniture or a small dining set and a grill. This unit comes with two side-by-side parking spots in a secure garage, as well as additional secure storage space.
Taxes: $11,232 (estimated) and a $453 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Scott Segall, Douglas Elliman, 310-480-4823; elliman.com
Agoura Hills | $895,000
A 2021 mobile home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms
This home is in Seminole Springs, a close-knit mobile home community about 15 minutes from the beach in Malibu. Hangouts popular with residents include Old Place, a restaurant in an old general store, and Rock Store, a weekend breakfast spot.
Calamigos Ranch, a 250-acre resort, is 10 minutes away. Grocery stores and other retailers are less than 15 minutes away, in Agoura Hills and in neighboring Westlake Village. Calabasas is a 20-minute drive.
Size: 1,800 square feet
Price per square foot: $497
Indoors: This mobile home sits on a corner lot, with the front door behind a slatted fence.
The entry is directly into an open living space, which includes a sitting area anchored by a sleek fireplace flanked by built-in shelves and cabinetry; an adjacent dining area next to sliding-glass doors that open to the rear patio; and a kitchen with a limited-edition Viking range, green-painted cabinetry, a long center island that seats four and more sliding-glass doors that open to the patio.
The primary bedroom is at the far end of a hallway extending from the center of the house; it has an attached bathroom with a walk-in shower and a white porcelain soaking tub. The other two bedrooms are also off the hall. They share a bathroom with a curbless shower and a vanity in the home’s signature shade of green, which also appears in the laundry room, off the main hallway.
Outdoor space: The rear patio has a fire pit and a wood sauna, and offers views of the Santa Monica Mountains. The property has drought-tolerant landscaping, with an emphasis on succulents, and it includes a carport with two parking spots. Community amenities, most within easy walking distance, include a pool, a fitness center, a playground and natural hot springs. The monthly homeowner association fee covers property taxes on the land, as well as water, sewer and trash services.
Taxes: $11,184 (estimated) and a $686 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Bracken Carter, Compass, 310-980-1627; compass.com
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