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Friday, October 31, 2014

What to get mom for Mother’s Day? How about a house?

The New York Times recently told the story of an 84-year-old grandmother who purchased a $700,000 midcentury Silver Lake home with her daughter and son-in-law, who live down the street.  It’s nice to have mom nearby but what if $700,000 is way out of your price range?  The Eastsider checked the listings and found some options in Elysian Heights, Glassell Park and Lincoln Heights that would allow you and mom to live side-by-side but still have separate spaces to call home.

Elysian Heights bungalow with cottage: $595,000
What mom would not like this  1910 Elysian Heignts bungalow complete with an English garden, fountains and hillside setting. The Cerro Gordo Street home is small but the grounds also include a guest cottage in the back  with a “Eurostyle shower,”  according to the Redfin listing.  The cottage is billed as an art studio or office but it might make a nice home for mom – if you don’t mind her using your kitchen.
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Glassell Park duplex: $299,000
Mom can  take the downstairs, one-bedroom with a large patio while you can live in the two-bedroom, upstairs apartment in this Loma Lada Drive property.  The place has hardwood floors and views but is being sold “as-is,”  said Redfin listing. 
Two On A Lot in Lincoln Heights: $199,000
Prepare to get to work before you and mom settle into a pair of one-bedroom homes on Lincoln Park Avenue in a part of Lincoln Heights known as Happy Valley. Each house is only about 600-square feet each and the property is sold “as-is” but there is, judging by the photos, room for mom’s pick-up truck in the side yard.
Photos from Redfin


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