Pasadena, Calif. | $2.189 Million
A midcentury-modern house built in 1956, with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, two half bathrooms and a swimming pool, on a 0.92-acre lot
John F. Galbraith, an architect who built in and around Pasadena, designed this house for a pharmacist and his family. The property is in North Kinneloa Ranch, a gated community named for the developer Abbot Kinney that was subdivided in the 1940s and has 41 houses. It is in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, six miles northeast of the center of downtown Pasadena, with views of the Los Angeles Basin, and two miles northwest of shopping areas in the Hastings Ranch neighborhood. The owners have occupied the home since 1963.
Size: 3,567 square feet
Price per square foot: $614
Indoors: An aqua door set in a redwood-and-glass entrance opens into a foyer with stone floors. Beyond the foyer, past a powder room to the right, are carpeted living and dining rooms divided by a double-faced, ceiling-high Bouquet Canyon stone fireplace with a sculptural concrete hood on either side. The entire south side of the house is glass, and both rooms have sliding-glass doors with access to the pool and large patio.
The living room includes a wet bar with bar-top seating. The dining has built-in cabinetry. The open central kitchen includes redwood cabinets with contrasting white knobs and U-shaped white Formica countertops. One counter serves as a breakfast bar.
A partial wall with built-in storage divides the dining room from a glass-walled study that has an adjacent half bathroom with a door leading out to the pool area. The master bedroom is on the other side, with 23 feet of closets, a fireplace, a built-in desk and direct access through sliding-glass doors to the pool area. The en suite master bathroom includes double sinks in a floating vanity and a walk-in shower faced in pink-and-white tile.
The two additional bedrooms have a remarkable amount of storage and share an aqua bathroom with twin sinks, a walk-in shower and a combined shower and tub. There is also a laundry room.
Outdoor space: A grassy backyard has borders of flowering plants and shrubs. Up a short path is an orchard planted with citrus and avocado trees, with mountain, valley (and occasionally ocean) views. The original garage was enlarged, and a workshop and office were added on one side.
Taxes: $27,363 (estimated)
Contact: Jane Workman or Ann Nader, Deasy Penner Podley, 818-406-0483; deasypennerpodley.com
Washington | $2.2 Million
A four-story 1885 brick rowhouse with five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.04-acre lot
This Victorian, on a tree-lined street in Dupont Circle, has original, unpainted woodwork and recently upgraded HVAC, wiring and lighting. The owners turned an English basement into a one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom apartment with a full kitchen and laundry room. Green spaces, shops and restaurants abound. Red Line and Yellow Line Metro stations are within 10 and 15 minutes on foot. K Street is less than 20 minutes south.
Size: 3,355 square feet
Price per square foot: $656
Indoors: The parlor floor has high ceilings, molding and refinished heart-pine floors. The living room to the right of the entrance includes a south-facing bow window shaped by the house’s tower, and one of several (nonworking) fireplaces. The dining room that follows has two sets of French doors that open to the rear courtyard. Next to it is a galley kitchen with painted cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and sunlight from two exposures.
The second-floor master suite incorporates a bedroom with new oak floors, a bow window and a walk-in closet with mirrored doors ornamented with etched glass. An attached library is fitted out with floor-to-ceiling cabinets on most of its six walls. The en suite master bathroom includes a glass-enclosed shower.
Three additional bedrooms with new oak floors are on the third floor; the larger one in front has the tower’s bow window. The bedrooms share a hall bathroom with a marble-topped vanity and glass-enclosed shower.
In the basement apartment, a banquette is built into the curve of the tower for dining. The open kitchen has stainless steel appliances, including an induction range, and storage behind the backsplash wall. The separate bedroom opens to an exterior staircase that rises to the courtyard. The en suite bathroom has marble surfaces and a shower. The apartment includes a private street entrance as well as access from the main unit.
Outdoor space: The balcony outside the dining room walks down to the enclosed brick courtyard. A door in the rear wall of the courtyard opens to a two-car garage.
Contact: Jennifer Smira, Compass, 202-340-7675; compass.com
Brooklyn, N.Y. | $2.2 Million
A three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom triplex in a 1906 barrel-front limestone co-op building
The owners combined two units in this north Park Slope building to create a three- or four-bedroom apartment on three floors. It is on Sterling Place, between Seventh Avenue and Flatbush Avenue, two blocks from Prospect Park and very convenient to the Seventh Avenue B and Q trains, as well as the Grand Army Plaza 2 and 3 trains. The private Berkeley Carroll School, with enrollment from preschool through high school, is less than five minutes on foot. The block association has won awards for its beautification efforts, including the flowering planters and tree wells.
Size: 1,856 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,185
Indoors: The entrance is on the parlor floor, through a foyer that leads into a new kitchen. The kitchen has a heated ceramic-tile floor, maple cabinets with quartz countertops and a wall of exposed brick that runs the length of the interior.
Turning left takes you into a combined living-and-dining room that terminates in a trio of street-facing bay windows. To the right is a new bathroom with penny-round-tile flooring and a combined tub and shower. Beyond are two guest rooms with wide-plank hardwood floors: The smaller is 11 feet 10 inches by 9 feet 4 inches; the larger is 15 feet by 9 feet 4 inches.
A spiral staircase in the northwest corner of the living room ascends to a master-bedroom suite that includes hardwood floors, a windowed dressing room that served the owners as a home office and a new bathroom faced in a variety of tile. The bathroom has a stand-alone tub and a large walk-in shower.
At the rear of the main level, a staircase descends to a 213-square-foot family room or guest room with an adjacent laundry room and half bathroom.
Outdoor space: Sliding-glass doors in the lower-level family room open to a paved, south-facing rear patio that is about 230 square feet, and a 150-square-foot side yard. A rooftop deck shared by the building’s 11 units has furnished seating and dining areas and 180-degree views of New York Harbor and Manhattan. Photovoltaic panels mounted on the large roof offset the building’s energy costs. The shared basement has a dedicated storage area and additional laundry facilities.
Monthly maintenance (including taxes): $1,742
Contact: Andrea Yarrington or Bill Yarrington, Corcoran, 718-832-4192; corcoran.com
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