“We’ve got the best of both worlds here,” listing agent Tami Fuller says. “It’s not the hustle-bustle of Mission Beach with the college kids. We call [Ocean Beach] the last frontier. It’s the old beach place.”
It’s also where you’ll find old-school beach houses. And while this bungalow built in 1937 doesn’t come with an official historic designation, it fits right in with other historic homes in the area. Owner Carrie Warren, a 42-year-old glassworks artist, spotted the home in 1998.
Listed then for $ 164,000, “it was the cheapest one on the market,” the Ocean Beach native recalls. There was a reason: It had been a rental for 20 years and required serious improvements.
Over the years, she redid the wiring and plumbing, put up a new roof, upgraded the kitchen and bathrooms, and built a new deck.
A few of the property’s original features are still visible. Fuller points out the hardwood floors and the half-hexagon-shaped doorways are still intact.
But there are a handful of new touches to the old beach house. Warren, who runs a glassworks business with her mom, added stained-glass windows throughout the house.
“Most people have built on and enlarged the homes. This home’s really unique because it’s kept all the character,” Fuller says.
Warren’s personal touches to the cottage likely caught the eye of the producers of “Tiny Houses.” The DIY network show will feature the listing in an upcoming episode.
Warren is now married with pets. She’s leaving the state and selling the house. “We grew out of it,” she says.
At just 632 square feet, the two-bedroom home seems small, especially for the asking price. But take a second look. Fuller says the 4,000-square-foot lot has room for another building and is zoned for an additional unit.
The home’s outdoor space is also a big perk in sunny Southern California.
“My favorite part was the deck,” Warren says. “It really brought the outside in, and it opened up our eating area. The weather’s so beautiful here. It totally expanded the house.”
The neighborhood is as noteworthy as the home. Professional types mix with a bohemian crowd. In the 1960s, the funky area was dubbed the “Haight-Ashbury of San Diego.”
Some residents have been resistant to change. In 2001, hundreds of local activists rallied against Starbucks’ plan to open a store in town.
However, if you’d like to move in, the opportunity is here. Our advice? Stick with the tiny bungalow and veto any ideas of building your own Ocean Beach McMansion.