Corona del Mar, California
This California bungalow, 7 1/2 blocks from the water, was built in 1948, says Brad Hinman, founding partner and Realtor with HOM Sotheby's International Realty of Newport Beach.
Behind the flower-laden trellis and white picket fence sits a two-bedroom, one-bath, 1,000-square-foot cottage with "a big patio courtyard," he says.
"It's been remodeled inside and out," Hinman says. The bungalow has hardwood floors and an open kitchen with butcher-block counters and tile floors.
The whimsical bathroom has a claw-foot tub, a walk-in glass shower with rain head, black-and-white octagonal tile and a glass chandelier.
A little about Corona del Mar
With "stunning beaches," great shopping and streets named for flowers, "it really does have a good Southern California vibe," says van der Meer.
Originally, Corona del Mar "was a little beach community, so the lots aren't that big," Hinman says. "Still, there are a lot of single-family homes."
The average home sale in the town is $1,462,500, according to Realtor.com.