For charming bungalow living, look no further than this sweet Mediterranean in Albany, California, a small city in Alameda County. Built in 1937, the 1,466-square-foot home has three bedrooms and two baths arranged over a congenial open floor plan accommodating a spacious living room with sloping ceiling, a fireplace, and picture window; a sun-filled dining room; and an adorable kitchen that feels both retro and contemporary.
Here, the custom spalted maple cabinetry is trimmed in a lively green paint, which is complemented by the darker forest-green tiles of the backsplash. This, in turn, is accented by a ribbon of black and white squares. The countertops are Vetrazzo (also green), with a separate cutting-board surface opposite the Viking stove.
There’s even an adjoining breakfast room—currently being used as a small office—overlooking an organic garden that includes apple, lemon, fig, and Japanese maple trees. The bedrooms also feature sloping ceilings, and the master sports built-in shelving. A small stone patio provides outdoor respite next to a rustic wood-and-glass-framed greenhouse—which would also make an awesome playhouse for kids.
Located at 504 San Carlos Avenue, it’s yours for $1,100,000—which feels hefty for such a little, albeit lovely, thing. But hey, it’s Northern California. Have a look.