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Bernal Home Is Twice as Nice With Adorable Bonus Cottage

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From the outside, the house at 271 Prospect Avenue looks like any other Bernal Heights home built around the turn of the 20th century. Inside, it is a bright and airy two-bedroom with skylights and views out to the surrounding hills. But it's out back where the property really stands out. Across a charmingly landscaped back patio sits a two-level, modern cottage with its own living space, kitchen, and lofted upstairs room. The loft even boasts its own fireplace. The two structures are part of a package deal with a $1.85 million price tag, which seems affordable by current Bernal standards.

The main house is undeniably lovely, with its own fireplace, moldings, and a modern kitchen. Its two big bedrooms used to be three, and one has a small study area connected to it. But there's something so appealing about the big windows and exposed beams of the backyard cottage that we can't imagine not wanting to move in. It could undoubtedly provide a fair chunk of rental income, but perhaps the new owners should take over the bonus space and rent out the main house instead.

· 271 Prospect Avenue [Redfin]