Altadena, Calif. | $860,000
A 1937 Spanish-style house with two bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house is within a five-minute walk of two trailheads in Hahamongna Watershed Park, a 1,300-acre space with popular hiking trails, a disc golf course and a nursery specializing in native plants. A public elementary school and a public library are a few blocks away. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, one of the area’s biggest employers, is a five-minute drive.
Driving to Pasadena takes about 10 minutes. Downtown Los Angeles is a half-hour drive, as are the San Gabriel Valley cities of Monrovia, Azusa and Glendora.
Size: 896 square feet
Price per square foot: $960
Indoors: A brick path leads through a yard landscaped with drought-tolerant plants to the front door.
Inside is a living room with original hardwood floors, a brick fireplace, recessed shelving and custom-made, wood-frame casement windows. Behind the living room is a kitchen with cherry-wood cabinetry, a mosaic-tile backsplash, Caesarstone countertops, a white O’Keefe and Merritt range, and enough space for a small dining table. A sunroom with wood-paneled walls and windows on three sides is accessible from the kitchen.
The primary bedroom, off the kitchen, also has access to the sunroom, through sliding-glass doors. It is connected to the second bedroom by a bathroom with a vintage aqua tub and shower surrounded by blue and green tile.
Outdoor space: Off the sunroom is a patio surrounded by mature landscaping, including trees that bear kumquats, pomegranates and plums. The detached garage has two parking spots.
Taxes: $10,752 (estimated)
Contact: Jenny Stanley, DPP Real Estate, 626-437-4454; dppre.com
St. Louis | $860,000
A two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom townhouse built in 2022
This home is in a six-unit development in the Central West End neighborhood, about 10 minutes from the Gateway Arch and the riverfront. The Contemporary Art Museum is about a mile away; Forest Park, home to the Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Zoo and fields for picnicking and play, is also nearby. Washington University in St. Louis is about 10 minutes away by car.
Driving to St. Louis Lambert International Airport takes about 20 minutes. Kansas City is three and a half hours away, on the other side of the state. Driving to Indianapolis or Memphis takes about four hours.
Size: 2,337 square feet
Price per square foot: $368
Indoors: This townhouse is at one end of the complex, with an entrance off a short flight of stairs leading up from the sidewalk.
The glass front door opens into a foyer with vinyl-plank floors and a staircase to the main living space on the second level. The sitting area has a sleek fireplace and a wall of folding glass doors that opens to a private deck. There is space for a dining table between the sitting area and the kitchen, which has custom-made cabinetry with goldtone hardware and stainless steel appliances, including a range and built-in microwave. A powder room is also on this level, near the staircase.
The third floor is one large primary suite: The carpeted bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows, a walk-in closet and space for a king-size bed; the bathroom has a porcelain soaking tub and a glass-walled shower.
A guest room and a full bathroom are on the entry level, along with a home office that could be used as a third bedroom.
Outdoor space: The wood deck off the living room is surrounded by a metal railing and has enough space for dining furniture and a barbecue. There is also a private roof deck with views of the domed Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. The unit comes with a below-ground two-car garage and storage space.
Taxes: $11,100 (estimated) and a $208 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Robin Halterman and Traci Stix, Halterman Stix Group, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314-456-6733 or 314-477-9092; sothebysrealty.com
Oaks Bluff, Mass. | $850,000
A Carpenter Gothic cottage built in 1870, with two bedrooms and one bathroom, in a historic community
This home, known as the Pink House, is one of the most photographed buildings on Martha’s Vineyard. It is in Oaks Bluff Campground, a neighborhood of colorful gingerbread houses popular with generations of Black vacationers. The area, a National Historic Landmark that includes a gift shop and a small museum, continues to be maintained by the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, the religious group that founded the community in the 19th century.
The house was winterized by the seller, who also added air-conditioning, making it viable for year-round living. It is about a half-mile from Oaks Bluff Town Beach and a five-minute drive from the ferry terminal, where boats regularly depart for Hyannis, Woods Hole and Nantucket. Martha’s Vineyard Airport is 15 minutes away.
Size: 697 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,220
Indoors: This classic Carpenter Gothic-style house is painted a bright pink, with darker pink and white paint accenting the gingerbread trim surrounding the windows and along the roof and the front porch.
Arched double doors open from the porch directly into the living room, which has white-painted wood ceilings and walls, wide-plank wood floors, large windows and a ceiling fan. Through a wide doorway adorned with white-painted trim is a dining area with more porch-facing doors. (The home’s furnishings, including the dining table and chairs, are included in the sale.) The kitchen, at the back of the house, has a white-painted wood ceiling and open shelving, white cabinetry and white appliances, including a washing machine.
Stairs behind the dining area lead up to the two bedrooms on the second floor. The larger has wood floors painted blue and arched glass doors that open to a balcony. The other one, which currently holds a twin bed, has a stained-glass window with a floral motif and pink trim. They share a full bathroom, also on this level.
Outdoor space: In addition to the covered porch that wraps around the side of the house, the property includes a brick patio with space for entertaining, accessible from the house and the street, through a wooden gate framed with vines. Parking is available to lease in a nearby lot.
Taxes: $3.095 (estimated) and a $126 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Kyle Neyer, Tea Lane Associates, 917-670-7583; tealaneassociates.com
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