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Wednesday, June 16, 2021


Looking west from North Park, a historic neighborhood in San Diego. Herman Street (lowest street) is where the 3 bungalows are located. The street to the far right is Upas Street. Upas is the northern boundary of iconic Balboa Park in the distance. Downtown San Diego and the Coronado Bay Bridge are in the upper left-hand corner of the image. 
The early 20th century was an era of business expansion and progressive reform in the United States. San Diego, for example, rode a population boom, which led to a spike in creating houses for the working class, especially in mid-city neighborhoods like North Park, Golden Hill, University, and Normal Heights. 

This blog shows a fine example of Progressive Era housing geared toward the middle class. Here is a project that has recently come up for sale--three units on one lot in San Diego’s North Park. The asking price for all three: $1,425,000. These multi-unit bungalow courts are popular as owner-occupied and rental investments.  Bungalow courts are everywhere in North Park as this neighborhood had its biggest Progressive Era housing boom from 1900-1930. 

Bungalow 1 is a 1 BD/1 BA with a front porch, wood floors, in-unit laundry & private rear tiled patio with storage shed. This unit is vacant and move-in ready. 

Bungalow 2 is a 1 BD/1 BA with a front porch, wood floors, in-unit laundry & private fenced garden. This unit is also vacant and move-in ready. 

Bungalow 3 is a 1 BD + Den/1 BA with a front porch, wood floors & in-unit laundry. This unit is tenant-occupied at a rate of $2,000 per month, on month-to-month lease terms. Alley access at the rear with 4 private off-street parking spaces. 

Large open shared lawns & gardens could be fenced to create private garden spaces for each unit. Excellent opportunity for an owner-occupant to live in one unit and rent the others for cash flow income. 

Showings available by calling the realtor to schedule a private appointment with Sally Schoeffel at 619-884-0701 or 

Three bungalows circa 1920s were part of a popular movement to create multiple units on one lot. Need for housing 100 years ago made then relatively vacate North Park a target for these middle-class one-bedroom units. 

Street view. 

Spacious yard offers the opportunity for new owners to keep as is or build a fourth unit. 

 The footprints of the three units are similar. Shown here are images of the one unit that is occupied. Current rent for that unit is $2,000 per month. Other units are unoccupied. 

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