This Quirky, Vintage Spanish-Style Home in Glendale Is an Awesome Retreat

Your home should be as quirky and elegant as you are. This 1920s Spanish Revival masterpiece in Glendale, CA, provides the best of both worlds (quirky period details against an elegant, minimalist backdrop) for less than $700,000

At 1,123 square feet, the one-bedroom home is too big to be in the running for tiny home of the year, yet it's small enough to feel cozy and comfortable. But it's never, ever cramped -- thanks partly to its grand, sunlit entrance hall, with an arched opening dividing the living and dining spaces and dark wood-beamed ceilings that complement the whitewashed walls.

"You don't expect to find this much quality crammed into a small space," says listing agent Henry Plascencia of Henry & Eugene. "It's just a beautiful statement with unique architecture. The house is all about that entry and its initial statement."

But there's plenty more that's impressive inside, especially for fans of Prohibition-era architecture. Take the painted corbels that Plascencia says are "similar to if not duplicates of" the style found in downtown Los Angeles' Union Station. Or poke your head inside the chic green-and-white bathroom with vintage details.

Sure, the space needs a "little bit of refurbishing," he says, but a buyer should be willing to invest a bit of sweat equity when there's original tiling to preserve!

"The funny thing about quality old architecture is that people are really forgiving," Plascencia says. "It's unique and has survived 90 years, and that's a huge selling point."

Here's one more irresistible plus for the home: Set down from the street and tucked into a grove of oak trees, the property feels like a private paradise.

"There's incredible serenity and privacy," Plascencia says. "It feels like you're looking onto a large forest with green trees. You don't see houses or structures."

The small lot offers multiple seating areas amid the beautiful view, including a large patio tucked under an enormous oak tree ideal for Pinterest-esque dinners (just add a rustic table and globe lights). Afterward, retreat to the upper courtyard for s'mores and cocktails around the fire pit.