Location: Vermont Square, Los Angeles
Built in 1916, this slate-colored bungalow at 1825 West 42nd Place sits squarely in Vermont Square on a block lined with mostly Craftsman-style homes. It’s a five-minute drive west to Leimert Park’s Village Plaza, once called “the Black Greenwich Village” by late filmmaker John Singleton, and a ten-minute drive northeast to Exposition Park and USC. Just as close is the Stocker Corridor Trail, a short, dog-friendly route that ends at the 400-acre Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, which has more trails, plus a Japanese garden and a pond for fishing.
Specs: 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,176 square feet, 0.13 acres
Up for sale for only the second time in six decades, the century-old bungalow is teeming with original features like a river-rock porch, oak floors, a brick fireplace, wood-framed windows, stained glass, and tons of Douglas-fir moldings, paneling, and built-ins. While the open living room and dining area are heavy on woodwork, the rest of the home opts for a lighter color scheme. The updated kitchen has marble countertops, a white range hood and farmhouse sink, forest-green custom cabinets, and a bright eat-in area. Meanwhile, white cabinets, closets, and tile are used in the two bedrooms and windowed bathrooms. Out back, there’s a converted garage studio, vintage trailer that sleeps two (and is included in the sale), a gas firepit, and irrigated vegetable, fruit, and flower gardens.