532 Orizaba Ave., Long Beach
The fragrance of French lavender greets you as you brush by it and step into the edible garden of this quintessential beach cottage. Imagine picking berries and other fruit for breakfast with baby lettuce and herbs for your lunch later, all while enjoying the symphony of colors and scents that frame this charming home offered at $690,000. Situated in the heart of Long Beach’s Rose Park South Historic District, this beautifully designed, freshly painted 2 bedroom, 2 bath home has a highly functional floorplan that has been thoughtfully engineered to maximize space while maintaining the integrity of a classic California bungalow. The living room flows into a light-filled formal dining room with custom French doors leading to a private side patio. The dining room features an original built-in china cabinet and pull-out iron bed. Throughout the home, you’ll find custom casement windows and wood screens. The master bedroom has a built-in dresser with cedar lined drawers, an upgraded ensuite bath, and an oversized walk-in closet. The second bedroom also has a custom walk-in closet and an ensuite bath. The impeccable attention to detail in this bathroom is evident in its vintage sliding door and period style tile. Its redesign was featured on Apartment Therapy’s website. The updated galley kitchen has tile counters, plenty of prep space and built-in wine storage. It flows into a spacious, airy laundry room. The maximized space and tranquil beach cottage vibe continues to the outdoor living area, where you are greeted by basketweave bricks, weathered wood, handmade sculptures, and clay pots filled with a variety of succulents and other plants. The detached garage could be used as an artist’s workshop and offers extensive built-in shelves,. A long driveway provides off-street parking for two cars. Bonus features include a security system and sprinklers in the front yard. The location of this home is ideal: one block from restaurants, shops, and wine bars along Fourth Street’s Retro Row and just a little further to the beach, the farmers market at Bixby Park, bike paths, and yoga on the bluff.