I’ve always admired the Villa Constance condominiums from afar. They have a retro look, with deco design details such as a circular pattern on their railings, and metal awnings jutting over balconies and porches. Their low-slung profile hugs State Street between Constance and Alamar avenues and extends the entire block over to Chapala Street. This puts Villa Constance in close proximity to the newly hip De la Vina corridor, where eateries like Los Agaves, Yellow Belly, and Handlebar Coffee Roasters now draw crowds of customers from all over town.
This enviable location plus its distinctive exterior were enough to make me jump at the opportunity to visit an open house and see inside. The home at 2631 State Street, Unit 1, was a treasure from the get-go. I entered through an arched wrought-iron front gate and found myself on a cozy flagstone patio, surrounded by a tall hedge.
This private patio automatically extends the living space of this one-bedroom, one-bath home, creating the perfect spot for coffee or an al fresco reading nook. Huge sliding doors lead into the living room, where hardwood floors and clean lines showcase a larger-than-expected main room, with space for a desk or multiple seating areas. A foyer leads to a central dining room, which could alternatively be used as a den. I walked through into the kitchen, which I realized immediately would likely be my favorite room in this cute house.
The kitchen has been remodeled in a contemporary style that still feels comfortable. Variegated horizontal brown tile on the backsplash is set off by clean, white cabinetry and sleek, neutral quartz countertops. Bright and shiny stainless-steel appliances gleam, including a retro oven reminiscent of the building’s exterior.