Real Estate Envy: The 8 Best Bungalows in the US

Real estate expert Alex Brunkhorst shows us the best bungalows in the country — including one insanely cool Venice pad.

Across the world, the term bungalow has different meanings. In South Africa, it refers to a small holiday house; in India, to any single-family unit. But in the States, the word predominantly depicts small, low-rise one- or two-story home with a veranda -- the architectural materials, such as brick or wood, varying depending on location. California v. Chicago bungalow, etc. Despite subtle variations, one thing is true of these American bungalows: the art incredibly cute. And they are really all a small family needs -- we would be totally content, thrilled actually, living in one of these adorable homes. So here to give us the scoop on the eight best bungalows on the market around the country is Alex Brunkorst, LA-based real estate agent and founder of Bungalux. Take a tour of our favorite, a cool Venice home, above, and get to know the seven other all-stars below.
_1 1. Palm Beach Chic Location: Palm Beach, Florida Price: $1,595,000 Listing Type: Single Family Beds/Baths: 4/3.1 Year Built: NA Bragging Rights: Private beach access. Professional Opinion: This seriously may be the best bungalow ever. It's so Great Expectations - and I mean that in the nicest possible way.
_2 2. English Cottage Location: Los Feliz, California Price: $859,000 Listing Type: Single Family Beds/Baths: 2/1.0 Year Built: 1922 Bragging Rights: Hip location in the heart of Los Feliz, Los Angeles. Professional Opinion: This house looks like a little version of what I want when I grow up.
_3 3. Venice Spanish Bungalow Location: Venice, California Price: $1,295,000 Listing Type: Single Family Beds/Baths: 2/1.0 Year Built: 1928 Bragging Rights: One of the hottest locations in the world. Professional Opinion: I plucked a few Venice bungalows out for this "favorite bungalow" list, because they're just so darn perfect.
_4 4. Venice Cool Location: Venice, California Price: $1,595,000 Listing Type: Single Family Beds/Baths: 2/1.0 Year Built: 1910 Bragging Rights: Those loft spaces will grab everyone's attention. Professional Opinion: It's not a typo, folks. Under 900 square feet for $1,595,000. Silicon Beach is another word for "expensive."
_5 5. East Hampton Pool Bungalow Location: East Hampton, NY Price: $1,150,000 Listing Type: Single Family Beds/Baths: 1/1.0 Year Built: NA Bragging Rights: The Hamptons. Professional Opinion: A house with a pool a stone's throw from Nick & Toni's? Where do I sign?
_6 6. Ivy-Covered Pasadena Bungalow Location: Pasadena, California Price: $1,299,000 Listing Type: Single Family Beds/Baths: 2/2.0 Year Built: NA Bragging Rights: Doesn't everyone want a hidden pool? Professional Opinion: This was such a fun article to write -- I fell in love with all of them. This may be one of my favorites though. Maybe it's time to move east? Los Angeles, that is.
_7 7. Martha's Vineyard With a View Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts Price: $967,000 Listing Type: Single Family Beds/Baths: 3/3.1 Year Built: NA Bragging Rights: Those views. Professional Opinion: Who needs a whole compound with vineyard views when you can have this cute little thing? With a bit of paint and good taste, this one could be fabulous.
_8 8. Victorian in Aspen Location: Aspen, Colorado Price: $1,050,000 Listing Type: Single Family Beds/Baths: 2/1.0 Year Built: NA Bragging Rights: Close to Aspen Highlands, and its famous bowl skiing (which you can only hike to). Professional Opinion: I always drive by this little purple jewel box on my way to the Highlands. Sure, it's not the Little Nell, but who's to say you can't host your own après-ski?
Want to see more wonderful homes for sale around the country? Check out some of Brunkhorst's other favorites. Photographs: Courtesy of Pardee Properties
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