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1920s Craftsman Duplex With Detached Studio in L.A.’s Highland Park Asks $1.25M

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Unexpected pops of color put pep in the century-old bungalow’s step.

Designer tile enlivens the home’s covered front porch.
Photos by Neue Focus, courtesy of Sally Forster Jones and Joshua Smith/Compass
Price: $1,249,000
Location: Highland Park, Los Angeles

Sandwiched between Highland Park’s twin main drags of York Boulevard and Figueroa Street, 713 North Avenue 53 has an abundance of restaurants, coffee shops, galleries, bodegas, vegan bakeries, and panaderías within walking distance. There’s a farmers’ market held every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. across the street from the Highland Park Gold Line light-rail station and an even more extensive farmers’ market at the (one stop further) South Pasadena station on Thursdays between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Specs: 3 beds, 3 baths, 1,770 square feet, 0.12 acres

The Craftsman-style residence was built in 1921 as a two-story two-bedroom, two-bath bungalow and was expanded a decade later, with a one-bedroom apartment (a potential rental unit) built onto its rear façade. Along with period elements such as hardwood floors, built-ins, casement wood windows, crown moldings, and wood-burning fireplaces, both units feature modernized bathrooms and kitchens, copper plumbing, and tankless water heaters. Exterior spaces include front and rear gardens and a sizable covered porch with colorful designer tile. A detached garage with barn doors has been converted into an office and studio. For a virtual tour, go here.

The larger unit’s living room is lined with built-in seating and wood-framed casement windows.
The formal dining room features crown molding and a built-in hutch.
The main unit’s kitchen was updated with custom wood cabinetry.
The upper level’s peachy bath.
The attached one-bedroom apartment has a wood-burning fireplace, wood ceilings, and glass sliders that open to the rear garden.
The second unit’s kitchen is compact but functional and cheery.
The garage has been converted into a studio-office.