New York Times: $700,000 Homes in California

ACME’s listing at 5133 Grenada is featured in the New York Times feature What You Get.


All that is visible of this house from its quiet Highland Park cul-de-sac is a carport and a set of stairs leading to the top of a small hill, where the structure sits perched over its neighbors. The seller, who bought the home in 2012, revamped the landscaping, adding avocado trees and succulents and tending to fruit trees that had become overgrown.

The house is a few blocks from Figueroa Street, one of the neighborhood’s main drags. Within walking distance are coffee shops and several independent grocery stores; the restaurants of Eagle Rock are a five-minute drive. Dodger Stadium is about 10 minutes away by car, and downtown Los Angeles is a 15-minute drive.

Size: 752 square feet

Price per square foot: $930

Indoors: Outdoor steps in the carport lead to the front door, which opens into the sunny living room.

The floors are refinished hardwood, and two windows face the front porch. To the right is a space currently used as a dining area, with more windows and room for a table and chairs or a home-office setup. A few steps beyond is an open kitchen with white quartz counters, white-painted cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

A short hallway off the kitchen leads to a bedroom with room for a queen-size bed. Next door is a recently updated bathroom with a combination tub and shower finished with subway tile.

A second bedroom, also large enough to hold a queen-size bed, is off the dining area.

Stairs at the back of the house lead to a small shed used as a home office.

Outdoor space: The backyard is planted with drought-tolerant plants and fruit-bearing trees, including pomegranate, tangerine and nectarine. The seller replaced the yard’s retaining walls to make caring for the vegetation easier, and added cactuses and agave plants, plus a vegetable garden. A flat, paved area near the home-office shed offers views out over the city. The carport at the front of the house has space for one car.

Taxes: $8,880 (estimated)

Contact: Courtney Poulos, ACME Real Estate, 323-596-0006;

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