$1.4 Million Homes in California

In 1932, the Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles and the athletes were housed in small, purpose-built houses in the View Park neighborhood. The unfurnished structures later sold for $140 each. This was moved to Eagle Rock, where it served as a clubhouse for scouting troops. The sellers, who bought it in 2021, did a complete renovation, installing a new kitchen and bathrooms, copper plumbing, a Nest thermostat and a tankless water heater.

The house is just over a half mile from a commercial corridor on Colorado Boulevard with Trader Joe’s. Downtown Los Angeles is half an hour’s drive away.

Size: 1,500 square feet

Price per square foot: $930

Indoors: The hand carved mahogany front door opens directly into a family room with casement windows and engineered wood floors. This space flows into a kitchen with quartz countertops, a built-in bench, a center island that seats four, and new appliances, including a signature wine cooler. Also in this part of the house is a powder room with brightly colored wallpaper and a custom-made concrete sink.

A hallway from the kitchen leads to the bedrooms. The master suite, at the other end, has a wood-paneled accent wall, plus engineered wood flooring, and a bathroom with double vanities and walk-in shower. The two guest bedrooms are off the main hall; They share a hall bathroom with a combined tub and shower.

Outdoor space: A cement patio in the front yard is large enough to accommodate a dining table and separate living room. A copper tub stands by the fence, near fruit trees and a row of flower boxes. The finished garage could be converted into an accessory dwelling unit.

Taxes: $17,436 (estimated)

Contact: Silke Fernald, ACME Real Estate, 213-910-9018; acme-re.com


This home is in the Rockridge neighborhood, approximately half a block from College Avenue and less than a half mile from the Rockridge BART station, allowing for a half hour drive to San Francisco or a 15 minute drive to downtown Oakland. Several restaurants are within a 10-minute walk; a Safeway grocery store, gourmet food market, and several coffee shops are also nearby.

The house is zoned for Chabot Elementary School, about a half mile away. It’s about a 10-minute drive to downtown Berkeley and the University of California, Berkeley.

Size: 1,364 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,008

Indoors: The front yard, brick paved and landscaped with ground floor plants, steps up to a brick porch and the front door opens into a foyer with hardwood floors and windows facing the street. This space is used by vendors as a home office.

Beyond is a sitting room with an original stone fireplace flanked by original stained glass windows. Through a wide doorway there is access to a dining room with a built-in bar and cupboards with leaded glass doors. Across from the dining room is an updated kitchen with new stainless steel appliances and room for a small table near glass doors that open to a deck.

The master bedroom is off the living room, with room for a king-size bed; the en-suite bathroom has a combined tub and shower.

The other two bedrooms are in a corridor that begins in the dining room. They share a bathroom with a stained glass window and a glass door shower.

Outdoor space: The back deck steps down to a stone paved back patio. Flower beds and several small landscaped areas have native plants. A playhouse in a corner of the courtyard resembles the main house.

Taxes: $17,184 (estimated)

Contact: Daniel Stea, Stea Realty Group, 510-843-6400; stearaltygroup.com


Redondo Beach, the southernmost of the three South Bay coastal cities, offers an easy commute to Los Angeles’ business districts: Downtown Los Angeles is 45 minutes away; Culver City is half an hour away; and Century City is a 40-minute drive away. But thanks to the nearby beach, the atmosphere is relaxed.

This home is less than a mile from the water and restaurants near the Redondo Beach Pier. Redondo Union High School and Beryl Heights Elementary School are a five-minute drive away.

Size: 841 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,611

Indoors: Steps lead from the sidewalk to a partially enclosed, covered front porch, large enough to accommodate chairs and a small table.

The Dutch front door opens into a living room and dining room with honey-colored hardwood floors, white-paneled walls, casement windows, and a fireplace with a simple white mantel. This space is open to an updated kitchen with white cabinets, white tile backsplash and a farmhouse style sink. A stacked washer and dryer are in an alcove by the back door.

The master bedroom and guest bedroom are off the living and dining area; both have en-suite bathrooms.

Outdoor space: A mature tree stands in one corner of the backyard, offering shade to a lawn large enough to house a barbecue and dining set. A long gated driveway leads to a one car detached garage at the rear of the lot.

Taxes: $16,932 (estimated)

Contact: Liz Bird, Vista Sotheby’s International Real Estate, 310-975-4760; sothebysrealty.com

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