for sale: Sacramento Bungalow $399,999
This cozy and very well-maintained bungalow is a few blocks from my own house, and right around the corner from one of the nicest parks in the city. Sacramento is organized around its parks - each is a sort of focal point for the old residential neighborhoods - and McKinley Park, my favorite, contains many acres of playground, tennis courts, an always-busy duck and goose pond, soccer and baseball fields, a garden center, the local library (which has a great collection of books on Craftsman and related A&C architecture) and swimming pool, and a gorgeous rose garden. Living across the street from it in one of the two or three nicest residential neighborhoods in the city is certainly worth the asking price of this house - although, to be fair, you get an awfully cute and almost completely restored house for the price, too.
The current owner put in a great built-in that I didn't even imagine was contemporary until the realtor, Jennifer Hayes (916.552.7281) told me. The kitchen makes excellent use of a tight space with nice butcher block countertops, a glass mosaic tile backsplash, and wonderful period-style stained glass fixtures, which appear elsewhere in the house as well. We have several more photographs on Flickr.