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Tucked into a cul-de-sac in the lower Hollywood Hills, this property is within walking distance of the Hollywood Bowl, an amenity the sellers often took advantage of. It is also just off North Highland Avenue, a major artery that takes commuters south to West Hollywood and north to Studio City. Also within walking distance (or a five-minute drive) is the Hollywood and Highland complex, which includes a Metro stop on the downtown-bound Red Line.

Size: 1,092 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,003

Indoors: The house is set at an angle to the street, with a brick patio and a succulent garden along the front. The front door, inset with stained glass, opens into a living room with white oak floors, a brick fireplace and maple-trimmed windows that look out onto the street.

Through a wide doorway is a dining room with glass doors that open to a deck. A breakfast bar with a butcher-block counter separates the dining area from the kitchen, which has stainless steel appliances and a subway-tile backsplash. Cabinet space is ample, and a window set over the sink looks out at the side of the property.

Steps lead from the kitchen and the living room to a hallway connecting the bedrooms and bathroom. Nearest the kitchen is the bathroom, rendered almost entirely in white tile, with a porcelain pedestal sink next to a combination tub and shower with a window. Next to the bathroom is a bedroom with space for a queen-size bed and desk, as well as a closet and a door to the garage. Across the hall is a second, slightly larger bedroom.

While many of the home’s original details remain intact, the sellers have done a number of structural upgrades, including bolting the foundation in 2008 and replacing the sewer line in 2019.

Outdoor space: Off the dining area is a wooden deck with space for a small table and chairs. Stairs lead down to a backyard patio with an area paved in flagstone, big enough to hold a dining table and chairs. To the right is a brick patio with room for more seating. Succulents line the perimeter of the yard, and mature trees offer shade and privacy. The attached garage holds one car and could be used as an art studio or a workshop; there is another parking spot in the driveway and one on the street.

Taxes: $13,908 (estimated)

Contact: Brock Harris and Lori Harris, Keller Williams Los Feliz, 213-842-7625; brockandlori.com

Credit…Open Homes Photography for Sotheby’s International Realty

This house is in Temescal, a neighborhood where Craftsman bungalows abound. The main thoroughfare, Telegraph Avenue, is within walking distance and offers a number of popular restaurants and coffee shops. The Temescal Farmers’ Market operates on Sundays year-round, and nearby Frog Park has a playground for small children and green space for picnics and games. The MacArthur BART stop, about a mile away, carries passengers to nearby Berkeley and across the bay into San Francisco.

Size: 1,230 square feet

Price per square foot: $890

Indoors: Brick steps lead up to the front door, which opens into a sunny living room with three street-facing windows and hardwood floors. On one side of the space is a door to a home office with a built-in workstation and plenty of natural light.

The hardwood floors continue beyond the living space into a dining room with several original built-ins, including a buffet in one corner and a display case in another.

The dining room leads into a spacious kitchen with glossy black cabinets and a built-in desk and breakfast bar. Beyond the kitchen is a laundry room with tile floors, plus a bathroom with a stall shower.

A bedroom and a bathroom are off a short corridor between the kitchen and dining room. The bedroom has dark hardwood floors and custom closets, and the bathroom has a combination tub and shower.

Another bedroom is off the far side of the kitchen, with more built-in storage and windows overlooking the backyard.

Like many properties in the Bay Area, this home has an accessory dwelling unit in the backyard. This one has a kitchen, a living room and a bedroom with direct access to the patio.

Outdoor space: Outdoor steps off the laundry room descend to the backyard, where garden boxes line a path to a paved patio with a wood-fired pizza oven and rotisserie. The garage holds one car, with parking for another in the driveway.

Taxes: $12,816 (estimated)

Contact: Robin Dustan, Sotheby’s International Realty San Francisco Brokerage, 415-929-1500; sothebysrealty.com


Credit…Peter Dendrinos/Infinite Views

Most of the homes in this part of Santa Clara — including this one — were built in the 1920s, along quiet, tree-lined streets. This house is half a mile from Santa Clara University, a private Jesuit school that has about 9,000 students and includes the buildings and grounds of Mission Santa Clara. The Municipal Rose Garden in San Jose is about a mile away, and downtown San Jose is a 10-minute drive. The Apple, Google and Facebook campuses are all within a half-hour drive.

Size: 1,001 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,099

Indoors: A brick pathway that cuts through the front yard leads to a green glass-paneled door. It opens directly into a living room with windows facing the front and side yards and an original brick fireplace with white cast-iron vents.

To the right of the living room is a dining room with original hardwood floors and a period light fixture. Through the dining room is a kitchen with herringbone floors, stainless steel appliances, including a wine refrigerator, and a door to a patio outside.

A hallway off the living room and the kitchen connects an updated bathroom, with a glass-walled shower and a pedestal sink, to two bedrooms, the larger of which has double doors that open to the rear patio.

Outdoor space: A low, curved wall at the front of the house encloses a small brick patio, with room for a cafe table and chairs. From the kitchen, a path winds around to the backyard, which has multiple spaces for seating, including one with a pergola that provides shade. The detached garage, built more recently than the house, has space for two cars, plus an electric charging station and a half bathroom.

Taxes: $13,200 (estimated)

Contact: Heather Lange, Heather Lange Homes, Intero Real Estate, 408-207-3130; intero.com

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