A 1916 bungalow in Oakland, a penthouse loft in a converted theater in Long Beach and a ranch house in Pasadena.
Oakland | $879,000
A 1916 bungalow with three bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house sits between the Santa Fe neighborhood in Oakland and the city of Emeryville, about two miles from Bay Street Emeryville, a large mixed-use development with shopping and restaurants. A park with a recreation center and baseball field is a few blocks away, and the headquarters of Pixar Animation Studios is a five-minute drive.
Size: 1,005 square feet
Price per square foot: $875
Indoors: A walkway cuts a path from the street to a front stoop large enough to hold a chair or bench.
The front door opens into a living room with vaulted, exposed-wood ceilings and hardwood floors that continue into a windowed dining room. On one side of the dining room is a door to a guest room, currently used as a home office. Behind the dining room is a recently renovated gray-and-white kitchen with a tiled backsplash, recessed lighting and stone countertops.
Off the kitchen is a room with built-in storage. It connects to recently remodeled bathroom, with a combination tub and shower, and to the other two bedrooms. The primary bedroom has white wood-paneled walls, original doorknobs and a window that looks out at the backyard; the guest room is connected to the primary bedroom, making it an ideal nursery.
Outdoor space: Sliding-glass doors in the room off the kitchen open to a rear deck with plenty of space for dining. The backyard is landscaped with grass, a few mature trees and a garden box. The detached one-car garage could be converted into an accessory dwelling unit, a popular move in the Bay Area. The driveway is large enough to hold one car, and street parking is relatively easy to find in the neighborhood.
Taxes: $10,284 (estimated)
Contact: Tia Hunnicutt, Coldwell Banker Realty, 510-499-9249; coldwellbanker.com
Long Beach | $878,000
A penthouse loft with one and a half bathrooms, in a 1924 Spanish-style theater converted into condominiums
With its Churrigueresque facade and Spanish Revival interior, the Ebell Theatre is a locally beloved architectural gem. In the early 21st century, the 50,000-square-foot building was converted into 11 loft-style condominiums, plus an event space that is rented for weddings and photo shoots.
The property is less than a mile from a stretch of waterfront that includes several public beaches and the Shoreline Yacht Club. The Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center is a five-minute drive, and Los Angeles International Airport is about half an hour away.
Size: 1,840 square feet
Price per square foot: $477
Indoors: The front door of this corner penthouse unit opens into a foyer that, like the rest of the main level, has 15-foot ceilings and polished-concrete floors. Beyond a spiral staircase leading to the second floor is an open living area with exposed ductwork and large windows.
The cabinets in the open kitchen were custom-made for this unit and finished in powder blue, with quartz-slab countertops. The appliances are stainless steel, and a window bench adds additional seating to an adjacent dining area. A sliding-glass door faces the balcony; around the corner is a sleeping alcove. Also on this level is a full bathroom with a long double vanity and geometric tiles on the floor and walls.
Upstairs is an open space that could be used as a second sleeping area or a home office. The floors are hardwood, and a bright yellow barn-style door slides open to reveal a powder room.
Outdoor space: Sliding-glass doors in the main living area open to a balcony with space for a cafe table and chairs. Upstairs, another set of doors opens to a private roof deck with views of high-rises and palm trees. This unit comes with two dedicated parking spaces, and the building has a small gym.
Taxes: $11,148 (estimated), plus a $619 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Nate Cole, Suprstructur, 562-673-3550; uniquecaliforniaproperty.com
Pasadena | $879,000
A 1948 ranch house with three bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house is in Muir Heights, a neighborhood of midcentury single-family homes that is about a mile from Upper Arroyo Park and about two miles from the Rose Bowl. John Muir High School, is within walking distance. The foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains are 10 minutes away; Altadena and La Cañada Flintridge are within easy commuting distance.
Size: 1,211 square feet
Price per square foot: $726
Indoors: The front yard is landscaped with grass and succulents, with a path leading from the driveway to a small porch and a bright-red front door with midcentury-inspired windows. It opens into a foyer with a diamond-shaped window that looks out onto the landscaping.
The living room has a large window facing the front yard, a wood-framed fireplace and hardwood floors that continue into a dining alcove with an original built-in china cabinet.
Through the dining room is a kitchen with room for a breakfast table; it was recently updated with a new stainless steel range and white countertops. A laundry room off the far side of the kitchen offers access to the backyard.
Down a short hallway from the living room are the bedrooms. The first bedroom, which faces the street, has room for a queen-size bed. Next to it is the bathroom, which has a new double vanity with brushed-steel hardware. On the other side of the bathroom is a bedroom roughly the same size as the first; it connects through a door to a third, smaller bedroom. This room, also accessible through French doors in the living room, could serve as a home office or a nursery.
Outdoor space: The backyard is relatively flat — making it ideal for outdoor cooking, dining and play — with a tall palm tree planted close to the house. A Japanese garden attached to the Pasadena Buddhist Temple can be seen through a fence on the far side of the lot. The detached garage holds two cars.
Taxes: $11,160 (estimated)
Contact: Tara Del Bosco, Sotheby’s International Realty, Pasadena Brokerage, 626-229-0909; sothebysrealty.com