Cozying Up to Cottages: Greenbelt Setting

Two-story home in Old Town Seal Beach is listed at $1.4 million

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.”

Built in 1984, this two-story cottage sits on Electric Avenue in Old Town Seal Beach. The 2,000-square-foot home has three bedrooms and three baths, along with hardwood floors in the kitchen and vaulted wood-beam ceilings in the master bedroom. The property includes a two-car garage. Caroline Brock, 949-375-1649


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