When Nook Sales Experts match a buyer with their dream home, the only thing as important as architectural style is the neighborhood. That’s why we’re bringing you the #NookNeighborhoods series, where every Wednesday you’ll find cool history and culture to make sure you don’t overlook an area that could have the best nook for you.
Every year, new neighborhoods come into their own and change their style, especially in California. The best way to stay on top of trendy places and styles that match your lifestyle is to contact one of our Nook Real Estate Experts, but here’s a little peek into some of our favorites:
Dogpatch, San Francisco
Change is hard for some neighborhoods. We know from a lifetime of experience that it is only when communities work together and believe in the improvements together that an up and coming neighborhood will thrive. Dogpatch is one of those unique areas. Artists and artisans have occupied the studios and renovated warehouse spaces for decades, and with the 22nd Street CalTrans Station, a commuter experience opened up for residents to work in San Francisco. If you haven’t seen Dogtown ina few years, it may come as a surprise to see it on this list. However, the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association works closely with developers and neighbors to ensure improvements work for all involved.
Candlestick Point, San Francisco
When San Francisco officials and associations agreed to a 775-acre mixed-use project on the site of the former Candlestick Park, clearly changes were afoot for this little nook. Additionally, The Candlestick Point and Shipyard projects are building residences that are part of the ongoing transformation of the waterfront. With nightlife venues, restaurants and performing arts spaces planned, Candlestick Point may not be ready for action in 2018, but could very well be a key find for the keen real estate mind in 2019.
Mount Washington, Los Angeles
Mount Washington is a great place to experience both a cozy home and life within the very active city of Los Angeles. Many residents have views ranging from Dodger Stadium fireworks to the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory and Elyria Canyon. The Gold Line makes commuting super easy, along with your choice of freeways nearby. Here’s where you’ll know your neighbors, and the zen atmosphere cannot be denied.
Nearby Glassell Park holds much of the same charm as Mount Washington but is still a bit of a well-kept secret. Northeast Los Angeles holds a variety of neighborhoods in various states of growth, and if you want to be that friend who moved into a place before it got too cool and the prices got too high, invest in Glassell Park now. The bungalows abound there and look exactly like how you picture a perfect California home.
Torrey Highlands, San Diego
When it was originally planned, Torrey Highlands designated that 50% be residential to 30% parks and recreation, and 15% schools. The remaining land was divided between commercial and employment centers. It is that focus on the quality of life and high school scores that keep this San Diego nook on our watch list.
Santa Ana, Orange County
It’s no secret how much we love Santa Ana. It has everything: history, pet-friendly areas, local businesses and community growth. Its arts scene overflows with talent and its Pride Festival rivals larger festivities. Santa Ana is ripe for turning single story homes into your perfect nook or taking advantage of the latest in mixed-use buildings. With so much culture ingrained in the neighborhood and residents looking out for each other, this nook holds a very special place in our hearts.
Seal Beach, Orange County
Even though part of why it won Forbes’s 4th Friendliest City was due to the stability of Seal Beach’s high homeownership rate, it still feels like this seaside town is a treasure that will get discovered soon. You should get to know Seal Beach before the secret’s out, though, or all these adorable, affordable houses will get taken.
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