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Location: San Diego, California
This is it. This is the perfect starter home—provided your starting budget is $1 million-plus. Alas, for someone somewhere (ideally in San Diego), it is.
And with that kind of money you get the cutest little bungalow on the block. Built in 1938, the single-story in the Loma Portal neighborhood features just under 2,000 square feet of space, offering four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and spacious living areas, too.
A flowing floorplan lit with plenty of windows make this charming home a picture of efficiency and warmth. Hardwood floors, arches, and trey ceilings keep it traditional, while contemporary updates lend a freshness. An inner courtyard provides indoor-outdoor living opportunities by way of French doors in both the enormous living area with fireplace and the formal dining room that open directly onto it.
A cozy kitchen with Shaker-style cabinets and a breakfast nook follow, then the master suite (which also opens onto the deck) and another bedroom. One of the bedrooms is currently being used as a large office, but, of course it can be transformed into a guest suite or something else entirely.
Although the bathrooms feature what appear to be original tiling—purple in one and pink in another—they’re still hopelessly adorable (though you may be inclined to redo them). Rounding out the property are a private backyard, two-car garage with workshop, and a sizable driveway.
The residence at 3345 Elliott Street is even close to everything: downtown, San Diego Bay, and the beaches. What more could you want? It’s yours for $1,049,000.