A charming Hyde Park 6-flat on in the midst of coop-to-condo conversion is home to this 1,800 square-foot 3-bed unit. The space is nice enough, utilitarian and clean with hardwood floors, a large dining room, and a wee cathedral-cut stained glass window materializing in one of the two bathrooms. The unit has its own laundry room and a private second-floor porch overlooking a shared backyard. The ask: $295K with monthly dues of $700.
·Listing: 5715 S Blackstone Ave. #2 [Ultimate Realty Group]
Situated on the "best block in Buena Park surrounded by multimillion dollar homes", this 2/1.5 condo is either an enormous disappointment or a voyeur's dream. Once again, there's nothing earth shattering about the finishes or decor but the layout is pretty spiffy. At first it feels like a railroad, but the living & dining combo really spreads the floorplan. A compact kitchen exists within a triangular enclosure with an open counter. The master bedroom is lovely and the secondary one has a bright coat of paint and direct deck access— a deck large enough for entertaining. New to market, the $265K ask is $51K less than the 2008 sales price. Assessments are a measly $175/month.
·Listing: 4323 N Hazel St. #2N [Dream Town]
This Uptown 2/2 is the clear favorite for those who value finishes and views over outdoor space, and don't mind co-op assessments ($1,412/month, all inclusive). It's also the cheapest, by far. On the 12th floor of the historic Aquitania Building, the 1,600 square-footer has newly refinished hardwood floors, fresh coats of paint, vintage built-ins, high ceilings, and crown moldings. Its bay windows w/ seating offer unobstructed lake views. The kitchen feels quite retro, but has perfectly adequate appliances and good cabinet capacity. When you add building amenities like 24-hour door staff, Art Moderne lobby, and a shared courtyard, the $140K ask becomes extra tasty.
·Listing: 5000 N Marine Dr. #12F [Koenig & Strey]