Saturday Jan 28, 2023

What $1 Million Buys You in California – The New York Times


This house is less than two miles from downtown Fullerton, a charming commercial district where Spanish-style buildings house restaurants, bars and boutiques. It is a 10-minute drive from the campus of California State University, Fullerton, which has the largest student enrollment of any school in the Cal State system.

Fullerton is at the northern edge of Orange County, within commuting distance of various Southern California destinations: Downtown Los Angeles is about 40 minutes away by car or Metrolink; Irvine is a half-hour drive; and Riverside is about 50 minutes away.

Size: 1,600 square feet

Price per square foot: $611

Indoors: A brick path leads from the sloped street to a wooden front door with iron strapping. Past the threshold is an open living area with Spanish-tile floors, a fireplace and built-in shelving.

The dining area sits between the living area and the kitchen, with a bay window that faces the street and two built-in benches. The kitchen has blue-and-white-tile counters with open shelving above and cabinets below.

Off the kitchen is a laundry room with access to a full bathroom that has two stained-glass windows, one in the walk-in shower and the other opposite the vanity.

All three bedrooms are on the second level. At the top of the stairs is another stained-glass window. To the right is a good-sized bedroom with a cast-iron stove and access to a deck. The primary bedroom is at the other end of the hall, with an alcove that could hold a desk or dressing table and a glass door that opens to the patio. A third bedroom currently used as a home office is off the hall, as is a full bathroom with a skylight and combined tub and shower.

Outdoor space: The main outdoor space is the patio off the primary bedroom that includes a partially covered area and a larger space that receives direct sunlight. Around the corner is a deck, and mature trees line the fence around the yard. The attached garage holds one car, with parking for two more in the driveway.

Taxes: $12,228 (estimated)

Contact: Jennifer Harris, The Shire Real Estate Group, 714-350-3977;

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