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For $629K, a cheery Highland Park Craftsman

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Box-beam ceilings, built-ins, and a yard full of fruit trees

Photos by Jo David, courtesy of Ellen Philips

One complaint you sometimes hear people make about Craftsman homes is that they’re “dark” or “gloomy.” No one could ever say that about this 1907 bungalow in Highland Park—it’s a little package of sunshine.

Located high atop an arroyo-stone-bordered stairway, the cottage does offer some shade on its deep front porch. But inside, the copious leaded-glass windows let plenty of light in, offsetting the oak floors, box beam ceilings, paneled walls, and built-in cabinetry.

Along with its open-plan living/dining room, the 1,239-square-foot bungalow has three bedrooms, one bath, and a bright galley-style kitchen. Per the listing, there’s also a basement space for laundry and storage. As for the home’s exterior, in its sizable backyard, you’ll find an art studio/workshop as well as a variety of fruit-bearing trees, including plum, nectarine, pomegranate, and avocado.

Last sold in 2002 for $195,000, it’s now asking $629,000. Open house is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.