Los Angeles | $895,000
A loft-style condominium with one bathroom in a renovated 1928 building
This loft is near the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, in the heart of Hollywood. The building, which was once a department store and later held office space, is a contributing structure to the National Register-listed Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment District. It was redesigned in the late 2000s by Kelly Wearstler, an interior designer.
The neighborhood is walkable, with numerous bars and coffee shops nearby. The Hollywood Pantages Theatre is across the street. Amoeba Music, a record store, is a block away. A Metro stop is at Hollywood and Vine; the trip to downtown takes about 20 minutes.
Size: 1,570 square feet
Price per square foot: $570
Indoors: The apartment’s front door opens into a small foyer with hardwood floors that continue into an open living area with exposed ductwork and wide windows offering views of palm trees and landmarks like the Capitol Records Building.
The kitchen, on the right side of this space, has an electric cooktop and a Sub-Zero refrigerator hidden behind the sleek white cabinetry. The dining area, next to the kitchen, is illuminated by ornate pendant lights, and the sitting area, on the left side of the space, has a drop-down projection screen.
The sleeping nook is adjacent to the sitting area, with another drop-down projection screen and white-painted, exposed-brick walls. A windowed walk-in closet with a custom storage system is off the kitchen.
The bathroom, off the sleeping area, has a double vanity and a deep soaking tub with a shower overhead, framed by black-and-white tile, as well as a stacked washer and dryer behind frosted-glass doors with 1920s-style crystal doorknobs.
Outdoor space: The communal rooftop has a swimming pool and lounge area offering views of the Hollywood skyline and the structure’s original signage. The building also has a gym and a lobby with black-and-white marble tile floors, attended 24 hours a day. This apartment comes with one parking space in a garage with valet parking.
Taxes: $11,184 (estimated, but the home is eligible for reduced property taxes under the Mills Act) and a $1783 monthly homeowner association fee.
Contact: Austin Muller, Skylight Real Estate Advisors, 310-909-6008; guests.themls.com
Palm Springs | $899,000
A 2021 house with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house is in a planned community with a number of amenities, including a swimming pool, event spaces and a clubhouse with a bar. It is close to a small market, and about a 10-minute drive from downtown Palm Springs and a shopping center with an Albertson’s grocery store.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which makes the trip to the top of Chino Canyon, offering views of the desert below, is about 15 minutes away. Driving to Palm Desert or La Quinta takes about 45 minutes. Los Angeles is a little more than two hours away, depending on traffic.
Size: 2,084 square feet
Price per square foot: $431
Indoors: From the street, a paved path leads across a yard landscaped with gravel and native plants to the yellow front door.
Beyond the foyer is an open living space: a sunny sitting area with sliding-glass doors that open to the back patio; an adjacent dining area; and a kitchen with sleek, white cabinetry, a long center island, stainless steel appliances and sliding-glass doors that open to the pool area. A powder room is also in this part of the house.
A hallway off the far side of the living space leads to the primary suite, which has sliding-glass doors that open to the pool area. The bedroom is big enough to hold a king-size bed, and the attached bathroom has a sleek double vanity and a walk-in shower.
Two more en suite bedrooms are on the opposite side of the house; one is currently used as a home office.
Outdoor space: The back patio is enclosed by a block-style wall and has space for distinct sitting and dining areas. The pool off the kitchen is framed by concrete decking. The attached garage has two parking spots.
Taxes: $11,232 (estimated) and a $315 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Marco Galvez and Jazzlyn Dixon, Desert Sotheby’s International Realty, 951-333-5274; sothebysrealty.com
Oakland | $898,000
A 1912 bungalow with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house is in a bustling neighborhood near the city of Emeryville, close to Anna Yates Elementary School and Emery High School. It is a five-minute walk from a public library, a cocktail bar and several restaurants, and less than a mile from the Emeryville Amtrak station, a Trader Joe’s, a movie theater and an Ikea. Pixar Animation Studios is half a mile away.
Downtown Oakland is a 15-minute trip by public transit; San Francisco is a half-hour away. Driving to Berkeley takes about 10 minutes. San Jose is about an hour’s drive.
Size: 1,300 square feet
Price per square foot: $691
Indoors: Stairs lead from the street up to the covered porch. The front door opens into a living room with hardwood floors, high ceilings and a large, street-facing window.
Through a wide doorway is a windowed dining area open to an updated kitchen with a breakfast bar, white cabinetry, a white tile backsplash, new stainless steel appliances and a glass door that opens to an elevated deck.
A hallway off the dining area leads to both bedrooms. The primary bedroom has an attached bathroom with a porcelain pedestal sink and a walk-in shower with a glass wall and an inset shelf. The other bedroom has the use of the bathroom next door, which has a combined shower and tub.
The detached structure behind the house is currently used as a home gym.
Outdoor space: The wood deck off the kitchen is big enough to hold chairs and a small table. From there, a short staircase leads down to a patio with a built-in barbecue. The detached structure across the yard has a covered patio with a built-in fireplace. The detached garage has one parking spot.
Taxes: $11,220 (estimated)
Contact: Nash Mittelman, Compass, 415-622-5303; nashmittelman.com
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