Cozying Up to Cottages: On the Corner

$1 million property in Costa Mesa comes with courtyard, pergola

Before the Mediterranean craze and the fondness for modern architecture, Orange County’s coastal landscape was dotted with beach cottages, mostly small, modest, one-story dwellings.

Today, these homes seem downright snug. The average new home in America contains nearly 2,600 square feet, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, while a cottage in Orange County can have less than 1,000. And that, says local Redfin agent Keith Thomas, can be part of the attraction for buyers who want to downsize.

Just don’t let the small size fool you—the price tag is often anything but. Redfin agent Minni MacFarlane says that local beach cottages typically start around $2 million and make attractive vacation rentals that “can fetch about $5,000 a week.”

This single-level cottage in Costa Mesa has three bedrooms and two baths in 1,668 square feet. The 1965 home on East Bay Street sits on a corner lot and includes a kitchen with granite countertops and a double oven, as well as a two-car garage. Outdoor amenities include a courtyard off the family and living rooms, and a backyard wooden pergola. Tony Bartos, 949-478-4047

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