What You Get for $750,000 in California
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Los Angeles | $749,000
A 1929 Spanish-style house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
Development has been booming in South Los Angeles in recent years, with the opening of the SoFi Stadium complex and the construction of the Automated People Mover electric train system, connecting Los Angeles International Airport to the surrounding areas. This house is less than three miles from the stadium and about a 15-minute drive from the airport. The main campus of the University of Southern California, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Exposition Park neighborhood are also about 15 minutes away.
Size: 1,269 square feet
Price per square foot: $590
Indoors: The sellers added a fence around the perimeter of the property, turning the front yard into a private outdoor lounge area landscaped with drought-tolerant plants.
The front door opens into a living room with a fireplace, an arched picture window overlooking the front yard and a barrel-vault ceiling. Through an arched doorway is a dining room with a starburst-style chandelier. This space is open to a kitchen with new cabinets and countertops. At the end of the kitchen is a smaller version of the window in the living room, with enough space for a small breakfast table next to it.
A hallway off the dining area leads to the three bedrooms. The primary bedroom, at the front of the house, has an en suite bathroom with a black-and-white-tile shower. At the other end of the hall is a guest room with access to the rear courtyard. Off the center of the hall are guest room currently used as a home office and a bathroom with a combined tub and shower.
Outdoor space: A courtyard between the house and the garage is shaded by a canopy. Around the corner is a patch of grass where children and dogs could play. The garage has space for one car or could be used as a home gym.
Taxes: $9,360 (estimated)
Contact: Dominique Madden, ACME Real Estate, 323-383-8503; acme-re.com
Credit…Sea Timber Media for Sotheby’s International Realty
Sonoma | $749,000
A two-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch house built in 1987, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house is a few blocks from Sonoma Golf Club, in a development with two swimming pools, a tennis court and a lake. It is within two miles of Ernie Smith Community Park, which has basketball courts and a fenced dog run, and Maxwell Farms Regional Park, which includes two and a half miles of trails for pedestrians and cyclists.
Sonoma State Historic Park is 10 minutes away by car, as are many of the area’s restaurants and wine-tasting rooms. Santa Rosa and Napa are about half an hour away; driving to San Francisco takes just over an hour.
Size: 1,512 square feet
Price per square foot: $495
Indoors: The entrance is in a private front courtyard enclosed by a wood fence painted the same soft blue as the rest of the house.
The front door opens into a tiled foyer. Beyond is an open living-and-dining area with hardwood floors, freshly painted white walls, a fireplace with a tile surround and French doors that open to a courtyard in back. A nook off the sitting area is set up as a home office.
The dining area sits between the French doors and the kitchen, which has tiled countertops and access to the attached garage.
Both bedrooms are off a corridor extending from the center of the living room. The primary bedroom has a sizable walk-in closet, an en suite bathroom and access to the rear courtyard. The guest room, across the hall, has access to the front courtyard, as well as the use of a full bathroom with a tub and shower.
Outdoor space: Both courtyards are private and big enough to hold a mix of tables, chairs and benches. The rear courtyard, off the living-and-dining area, is used as an extension of those spaces. The attached garage holds two cars. The homeowner association fee covers the use of the development’s pools and tennis court.
Taxes: $9,372 (estimated) and a $642 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Holly Bennett, Sotheby’s International Realty, Wine Country-Sonoma Brokerage, 707-484-4747; sothebysrealty.com
Joshua Tree | $745,000
A fully furnished house built in 1991, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.5-acre lot
This house is close enough to Joshua Tree National Park that several of the park’s hiking trails are within walking distance, including Friendly Hills Hike, an area popular with hikers of varying skill levels. The Joshua Tree Visitor Center is five minutes away, and several entry points to the park within a 10-minute drive.
The center of town is also nearby: Driving to a stretch of Twentynine Palms Highway with coffee shops, an Old West-themed saloon and several small hotels takes about five minutes. Palm Springs is about 45 minutes away, and Los Angeles is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive.
Size: 1,923 square feet
Price per square foot: $387
Indoors: The house is set back from the street, with a paved path leading to the garage entrance and another path leading to the front door, which opens into the living room.
This part of the house is bright, with a bay window overlooking the front of the property and sliding-glass doors facing the backyard. The seller has used the house as a vacation spot and as a short-term rental, and the furnishings are included with the sale.
Behind the sitting area is a dining area separated from the kitchen by a breakfast bar. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and a neutral-toned tile backsplash. On the other side of the dining area is a den with a stone fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves.
From the living room, a hallway leads to the three bedrooms. The primary bedroom holds a king-size bed; the en suite bathroom has a combined tub and shower and a double vanity. Both guest rooms are furnished with double beds and have backyard-facing windows; they share a bathroom off the hallway.
Outdoor space: A patio behind the house is covered by a roof overhang, making it an ideal spot for enjoying the desert landscape in the shade. The property also includes a hot tub, a fire pit and a small pool made from a metal container. The garage has parking for two cars.
Taxes: $9,312 (estimated)
Contact: Beale Dabbs, TNG Real Estate Consultants, 714-514-5858; tngrealestate.com
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