Los Angeles | $3.495 Million
A 1931 Mediterranean-style house with six bedrooms, four bathrooms and a two-bedroom, two-bathroom guest apartment, on a 0.2-acre lot
This house is in Los Feliz, less than 10 minutes from the Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theatre, and close to the hiking trails that wind through Griffith Park. The Dresden, a restaurant and lounge that has been open since 1954, and other dining and shopping options are a 15-minute walk away, on Hillhurst and Vermont Avenues. Two Frank Lloyd Wright houses are also nearby: The Ennis House, a private residence, is a few blocks away, and the Aline Barnsdall Hollyhock House, open to the public, is a five-minute drive.
Hollywood is 10 minutes away; Burbank is a 15-minute drive; and downtown Los Angeles is 25 minutes away.
Size: 4,560 square feet
Price per square foot: $766
Indoors: A low wall topped by wrought-iron railing runs along the street front, with a wrought-iron gate in the center that opens to an entry courtyard. The front door is in the center of the home’s facade, under a rounded arch.
It opens into a foyer with Spanish tile floors and a grand staircase with a wrought-iron banister. To the left is a living room with original peg-and-groove oak floors, white-painted ceiling beams and a fireplace with an ornate mantel. Through a wide doorway is a family room with access to a breakfast room and to a covered terrace.
To the right of the foyer is a dining room with a crystal chandelier. It connects to a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and black stone counters. A laundry room and the breakfast room are off this space.
At the back of this level is a guest room with an en suite bathroom.
Five bedrooms are on the second floor. The primary suite is just off the stair landing, with street-facing windows and a bathroom with a tub and a separate glass-walled shower. On the same side of the house is a guest room big enough to hold a queen-size bed; a full bathroom is next door.
The other three bedrooms face the back of the property. One, currently used as an office, has a covered balcony. They share a full bathroom with a double vanity.
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom guest apartment is above the garage.
Outdoor space: The terrace behind the house is big enough to hold chairs and a small table. It steps down to a swimming pool surrounded by concrete paving and mature trees. The gated driveway at the front of the house leads to a two-car garage.
Taxes: $43,629 (estimated)
Contact: Victoria Massengale and Michael Maguire, Compass, 323-640-2924; compass.com
San Francisco | $3.495 Million
A 1927 house converted into a three-family building with two one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments and one studio apartment with one bathroom, on a 0.4-acre lot
This building is on a quiet street in the Nob Hill neighborhood, with sweeping views of San Francisco Bay from its two one-bedroom units and garden views from the studio apartment. It is a few blocks from several grocery stores, including a Trader Joe’s, and a number of wine and cocktail bars. The San Francisco Cable Car Museum, devoted to the city’s transit history, is also nearby, as are the SF Masonic Auditorium, a popular live music venue, and the Pacific-Union Club, one of the state’s oldest social clubs.
Driving to the East Bay takes about half an hour, depending on traffic, as does driving to San Francisco International Airport.
Size: 2,410 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,450
Indoors: The staircase to the top and second-floor units is in a covered courtyard.
The door to the top-floor apartment opens into an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, including an electric range and dishwasher. To the left is a living room with hardwood floors, a fireplace and wide windows facing San Francisco Bay, with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz in the distance. The bedroom, to the right of the entry, has a window looking out into the treetops. The bathroom, straight ahead, has a walk-in shower with a glass door framed in black.
The second-floor unit has a similar layout, with a street-facing bedroom, a living room with a large window facing the bay, and an updated kitchen and bathroom. This unit and the one above have their own private laundry facilities.
The studio unit is on the ground level, facing the back garden. There is space for a bed and a small sofa in the main space, which is brightened by a large window; the kitchen has stainless steel appliances.
Outdoor space: The roof deck, reached by the staircase connecting the top- and second-floor apartments, is framed by low garden boxes, with plenty of room for a table and chairs. Plantings in the garden include fruit-bearing trees.
Taxes: $43,692 (estimated)
Contact: Michael Harrington, Sotheby’s International Realty, San Francisco Brokerage, 415-987-4220; sothebysrealty.com
Alamo | $3.5 Million
A renovated 1960 house with five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms and a guesthouse, on a 0.5-acre lot
This house is within a short drive of several parks with hiking, biking and camping areas, including Mount Diablo State Park, where trails wind up to the top of the mountain, offering expansive views of the area. Las Trampas Wilderness Regional Preserve is also nearby, with a house that once belonged to the playwright Eugene O’Neill.
The shops and restaurants of Danville are about a 10-minute drive. Walnut Creek, which has several large hospital complexes, is a little farther away. Driving to San Jose takes about 50 minutes; Sacramento is a little less than a two-hour drive.
Size: 4,400 square feet
Price per square foot: $795
Indoors: A long path leads from the street-facing garage to the home’s entrance, sheltered by a covered porch.
The front door opens into a foyer with high ceilings and hardwood floors. This space flows into the main living space, which has two sitting areas, a dining area and glass doors that open to the backyard.
Off a short hallway is a kitchen with a center island and stainless steel appliances, including a Wolf range and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. Nearby is a family room with a stone fireplace, large windows and doors that open to the backyard.
Another hallway off the living space leads to three bedrooms. The one at the far end has an en suite bathroom; the other two share a hallway bathroom with a combined tub and shower. A powder room and a laundry room are also in this part of the house.
An open staircase to the left of the entry leads to two more bedrooms on the second floor: an en suite guest room and the primary suite, which includes a walk-in closet with built-in storage and a bathroom with a shower and a separate soaking tub. Just off the stair landing is an office with glass doors.
The guesthouse has one bedroom and a full bathroom.
Outdoor space: In addition to an in-ground pool and spa, the backyard has a covered patio with a fireplace and an outdoor kitchen with a built-in barbecue and bar. Nearby is a lawn and a basketball court. The attached garage holds three cars, with room for more in the driveway.
Taxes: $43,752 (estimated)
Contact: Andrea Scott, The Agency, 925-788-9374; theagencyre.com
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