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Article By | Angela Serratore
Los Angeles | $1.799 Million
A 1934 Spanish-style house with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house, owned by the seller for three decades, is a well-preserved example of the 1920s and 1930s Spanish-style homes for which Los Angeles is known. The original colorful tiles in the bathrooms and kitchen have been carefully maintained, and original built-ins with decorative flourishes abound.
The property is in the South Carthay Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, within easy commuting distance of the office-heavy Mid-Wilshire area and Beverly Hills. Less than a mile away is a stretch of South Fairfax Avenue known for its Ethiopian restaurants and bakeries. Downtown Los Angeles is about 20 minutes away by car.
Size: 2,259 square feet
Price per square foot: $796
Indoors: A wrought-iron gate separates the house from the street, with the front door on the far side of a covered porch.
Beyond the original wood door is a foyer, and turning right leads to a sunken living room. The coved ceilings are accented with white-painted beams, and a stained-glass window with a ship detail faces the front yard. The delicate metal sconces are original, as is the fireplace.
To the left of the entry is a formal dining room with intricate crown moldings. Off one side is a small, sunny breakfast room with built-in storage and access to the kitchen.
The walls and the tiered ceiling of the kitchen are covered in original yellow tiles with aqua trim. Painted tiles line the sink area, with original cabinets above and below.
The kitchen is connected to the main hallway, which has more crown molding and an old-fashioned telephone desk. At the far end of the hall is a primary bedroom with built-in closets and windows facing the back and side yards. A dressing area with more built-ins leads to the primary bathroom, lined in burgundy and yellow tile. The bathtub and shower are separate, each tucked into its own alcove.
Next to the primary bedroom is a guest room big enough to hold a queen-size bed; it has access to a green-and-yellow-tiled bathroom that connects to the kitchen. Two more guest rooms are off the main hall.
Outdoor space: The backyard is landscaped with a mix of manicured rosebushes and wildflowers. A stone patio has space for a small table, and fruit trees dot the property. The detached garage holds two cars.
Taxes: $22,848 (estimated)
Contact: Stephanie Younger, The Stephanie Younger Group, Compass, 310-499-2020; compass.com
Lake Arrowhead | $1,799,900
An A-frame house built in 1979, with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.2-acre lot
Lake Arrowhead is a popular tourist destination — the area welcomes nearly 4 million visitors annually — but it also draws year-round residents looking to enjoy the small-town atmosphere and natural beauty 90 minutes from Los Angeles (and less than an hour from Redlands and San Bernardino). This house is directly across the street from the lake, which is open only to area residents and guests staying in local hotels or rentals. Lake Arrowhead Village, with its restaurants, inns and outlet shopping, is a mile away.
Size: 3,058 square feet
Price per square foot: $589
Indoors: Entrance to the house is from two levels: the garage, on the lowest level, and the front door, off the driveway.
The entry foyer is open to the living room, which has a stone fireplace and high ceilings the sellers refreshed with walnut blasting. Large windows face the deck, with views of the lake beyond the trees.
To the right of the living room is a dining area, next to sliding-glass doors that lead to the deck. It faces an open kitchen renovated by the sellers, with a Viking range and a center island with a built-in wine refrigerator.
From the foyer, a staircase leads an open walkway overlooking the living area that connects two spacious bedrooms with vaulted ceilings; one has a stone fireplace resembling that in the living room. They share a bathroom with a glass-walled shower.
Stairs from the foyer also lead to the lower level, which has a game room, as well as a guest suite and an office space with private entrances.
Outdoor space: The living room, primary bedroom and dining area all have access to the deck, which faces Lake Arrowhead through the trees. The deck is large enough to hold a barbecue and a dining table. The attached garage holds two cars, with parking for more in the driveway.
Taxes: $22,860 (estimated)
Contact: Christine Williams, Keller Williams Arrowhead, 310-923-8952; kw.com
San Diego | $1.795 Million
A 1936 house with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house sits at the end of a street abutting a canyon near Balboa Park, the largest park in San Diego, with a golf course, two museums and a Japanese garden. A public elementary school and a Catholic high school are within a mile of the property; downtown San Diego is a 10-minute drive.
Size: 3,249 square feet
Price per square foot: $552
Indoors: Steps run along the driveway and around the garage up to the front porch, which has views of Balboa Park and, on clear days, the Pacific Ocean.
From the foyer, there are two options: Turning left leads to a sunken living room with an original fireplace, decorative wall moldings and windows overlooking the treetops; turning right leads to a formal dining room with wide windows and glass doors that open to a private deck. From the dining room, a swinging door opens to a kitchen with granite countertops and a breakfast nook.
At the end of the main hallway are three doors. One leads to a guest room; another to a bathroom with a stand-up shower; and a third to a downstairs guest suite, with a living room that has an original brick fireplace, a kitchen, a bedroom with an interior stained-glass window, and a private entrance.
On the second level, there are two bedrooms and a bathroom. The primary bedroom has hardwood floors and French doors that open to a covered balcony with views of the downtown skyline; next door is a full bathroom with original blue-and-white tiling and a double vanity. At the opposite end of the hall is a large guest room currently used as a home office and workout room, with windows facing the backyard and Balboa Park.
Outdoor space: From the kitchen, a door opens to a rear patio with space for a table and chairs; a hot tub is at one end. Steps lead down to the backyard, where a second paved patio offers additional entertaining space. The downstairs suite has its own covered deck area. The detached garage has two parking spots.