Tired of Cookie Cutter? A 2-Bedroom at 646 W. Bittersweet in Buena Park

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This 2-bedroom at 646 W. Bittersweet Place in the Buena Park neighborhood in Uptown came on the market in March 2015.

The listing calls it a “cottage by the lake” because it has some unique features including exposed brick walls, parquet flooring and skylights.

The eat-in kitchen has honey oak cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances along with a wet bar.

The bathrooms have been recently renovated with the master bathroom sporting a cherry vanity.

There is a private walled in patio for the building.

It looks like the unit is in the back of building with north and west exposures.

It has the features buyers look for including washer/dryer in the unit and central air.

It appears that it has a parking spot on the concrete driveway but I can’t tell for sure from the listing. The 2011 and 2007 listings both had the parking spot, however.

Listed in March 2015 for $275,000, it has been reduced $10,000 to $265,000.

Is this a deal for this neighborhood?

Jayne Alofs at Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #4: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, no square footage listed

  • Sold in May 1988 for $40,000
  • Sold in July 1991 for $120,000
  • Sold in September 1995 for $115,000
  • Sold in April 1999 for $190,000
  • Sold in April 2003 for $283,000
  • Sold in July 2007 for $275,500
  • Sold in June 2011 for $260,000
  • Originally listed in March 2015 for $275,000
  • Reduced
  • Currently listed at $265,000
  • Assessments of $299 a month (includes heat, water)
  • Taxes of $4402
  • Central Air
  • Washer/dryer in the unit
  • I think there’s parking on a concrete driveway
  • Bedroom #1: 17×14
  • Bedroom #2: 15×11

11 Responses to “Tired of Cookie Cutter? A 2-Bedroom at 646 W. Bittersweet in Buena Park”

  1. I nearly had a panic attack just from the photos. Everything looks like the walls and ceiling are closing in on you. Its a first floor unit right? Because it feels like a basement unit.

    With really low ceilings.

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  2. The terrace is nice, but it’s a “garden” unit. I don’t know whether I like this block with it’s mix of big buildings with small units and small buildings with big units. Plus this building backs right onto a school (assuming you are home during the day it could get noisy). I’m wondering if the price isn’t on the high side for the unit.

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  3. Looks like a nice basement renovation and a good rental unit, but a garden unit in Uptown is a hard-sell anyways, and exposed brick walls are a significant detriment to sales-appeal.

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  4. “Looks like a nice basement renovation and a good rental unit, but a garden unit in Uptown is a hard-sell anyways, and exposed brick walls are a significant detriment to sales-appeal.”

    Is it a garden unit? It has skylights. And it’s Unit #4. Normally they go #1 to #5 going upwards. I couldn’t tell, though, from the pictures. It looks like there is greenery outside one of the windows- could be a tree or a bush.

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  5. No, no skylights and the windows are all high above the floor, the ceilings relatively low and lots of soffits. It’s probably 4 because there were originally three upper units perhaps (or the entire building broken into smaller units at some point)? The listing also says “floor 1.”

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  6. The heading should say “tired of drywall?”. That red brick is hideous.

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  7. “No, no skylights and the windows are all high above the floor, the ceilings relatively low and lots of soffits.”

    Yes- it has skylights. You can see it in the pictures and in the listing. But perhaps it is on the first floor behind the main building? That’s a possibility.

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  8. I walked around the side of the building and it’s definitely a garden unit. Those glass bottles in the kitchen window are visible at the ground level on the west side of the building. And most of the unit faces north — with windows directly on the garden that is shown.

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  9. “Sold in April 2003 for $283,000
    Sold in July 2007 for $275,500”

    Distressed sale?

    Otherwise, that’s 100% of what you need to know about the place.

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  10. I walked behind here the other day – the back wall is basically a foot or two off the lot line which is a retaining wall for the depressed driveway at Walt Disney School. Just for informations sake.

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  11. closed at $250k.

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