Palo Alto | $2.7 Million
A 1935 house with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
Built in the storybook style popular in California in the 1930s, this house was expanded in the 1970s. but retains a number of original details, including a small wrought-iron squirrel attached to a chimney support on the roof, an arched front door with iron strapping and exposed ceiling beams.
The house is in the Barron Park neighborhood, within walking distance of a park and an elementary school. Palo Alto is home to a number of technology companies, including HP Inc. (formerly Hewlett-Packard) and Tesla, as well as Stanford University, which is a 10-minute drive from this property.
Size: 2,241 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,205
Indoors: A brick footpath lined with succulents leads from the sidewalk to the front door, which opens into the main living room. This space has high, vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and a green ceramic-tile fireplace. Two windows face a small patio.
Off the living room is a hallway that leads to the bedrooms on this level; behind the living room is an open kitchen with Spanish-tile floors and a center island topped with decorative ceramic tile. The kitchen faces a dining room with another arched wood door that opens to the backyard.
The three bedrooms on this level are along the right side of the house. The first faces the street and has a bay of windows with a built-in window seat. Adjacent to this bedroom is a bathroom with a combination tub and shower with a glass brick wall. Beyond the bathroom is a second guest room, large enough to hold a queen-size bed. Off the dining room, a short hallway connects a laundry room, stairs leading to the second level and a third guest room that faces the backyard.
The primary suite occupies the entire second floor. The bedroom, which has several side-facing windows, is large enough to hold a king-size bed; across the hall is a sitting room that could also serve as a home office or a nursery. The primary bathroom, near the top of the stairs, has Spanish-tile floors and a double vanity.
Outdoor space: Mature trees are planted in the front and back of the lot. A side yard, paved in concrete, with space for outdoor furniture, connects to a garden with a winding flagstone path. This area, planted with succulents and flowering bushes, flows into a space with a wooden gazebo. The detached garage has room for one car, with additional parking in the driveway.
Taxes: $32,400 (estimated)
Contact: Mark Richardson, MGM Real Estate, 408-368-8320; listings.aerialcanvas.com
Los Angeles | $2.65 Million
A midcentury-modern house with four bedrooms and four bathrooms, on a 0.25-acre lot
This 1963 house is in Los Feliz Estates, a neighborhood designed in the early 1960s with a mix of contemporary and ranch-style homes; the wide streets are laid out so houses don’t abut one another, to afford extra privacy.
This property is just north of Los Feliz Boulevard, several blocks from the base of Griffith Park, the largest park in Los Angeles and home to the Griffith Park Observatory and the Greek Theatre, a popular concert venue. The shops and restaurants on the north end of Hillhurst Avenue are about a mile away. Hollywood is about 10 minutes away by car, and downtown Los Angeles is a 20-minute drive.
Size: 2,808 square feet
Price per square foot: $944
Indoors: A paved path leads from the sidewalk to a set of wrought-iron gates enclosing an outdoor courtyard. Beyond the gates are the home’s double front doors, which open to a formal living room. The house is laid out in open-plan style, with most spaces connecting to this central seating area.
Along the far wall is an original rock-framed fireplace, topped with a gold-veined mirror. At the back of the living room, sliding-glass doors open to the pool area.
The adjacent dining area has its own pool access. Beyond is an updated kitchen with wood cabinets topped with Caesarstone counters. The appliances, including an Italian range, are stainless steel.
A second living room with a pool view connects to the kitchen. From this room, a hallway leads to the main bedroom wing. At the far end of the hall is the master suite, which has access to a private side yard. The bedroom has gray carpet with a subtle geometric pattern, and the en suite bathroom has a marble-topped double vanity and a sunken tub.
Off the hallway are two additional bedrooms, roughly equal in size, that share a bathroom with a glass-walled shower. From the formal living room, a hallway leads to a private guest suite with its own bathroom.
Outdoor space: Most of the main spaces in the house have access to the backyard and the pool, which was designed for lap swimming and has an attached spa. A cabana at one end has space for lounging in the shade. Part of the attached garage, which has space for two cars, has been converted into a screening room and could serve as a home office or recording studio.
Taxes: $33,661 (estimated), plus a $262 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Mark Meyer, Meyer and Marquart Group, Compass, 310-365-8565; compass.com
Santa Barbara | $2.695 Million
An 1895 Mission Revival-style house with five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.3-acre lot
This house is on Crocker Row, a collection of five homes built by William Henry Crocker, a San Francisco banker who saw the area as a potential vacation destination for wealthy families from Northern California. Designed by the architecture firm of A. Page Brown, the stucco house — with its quatrefoil windows, decorative window sashes and columns, and low, shingled roof — is one of California’s best examples of the Mission Revival style, according to a 2018 report from the city of Santa Barbara.
The property is a five-minute walk from Mission Santa Barbara and a five-minute drive from downtown Santa Barbara; the beach is 10 minutes away by car.
Size: 3,866 square feet
Price per square foot: $697
Indoors: The front door, inset with a quatrefoil window that echoes a larger one on the front facade, opens to a foyer facing the main staircase.
To the left of the foyer is a formal living room with a fireplace trimmed in white wood and windows accented with decorative sashes, a motif that recurs throughout the house. To the right is a formal dining room with a fireplace framed in black tile. Double doors on the far side of the space open to one of the home’s two sunrooms.
Through the dining room is a breakfast room with hardwood floors; they continue past a swinging door into an updated kitchen with granite counters and a center island. Off the kitchen are a laundry room and two butler’s pantries.
At the top of the staircase is a wide landing with several built-in storage cabinets. To the left of the landing, at the front of the house, is a master bedroom with a fireplace and an en suite bathroom with white wainscoting and white subway tiles framing a combination tub and shower.
Four additional bedrooms are upstairs: At the far end of the landing is a second master suite; three other bedrooms large enough to hold queen-size beds share a bathroom with a combination tub and shower. One of the bedrooms, currently used as a home office, has access to the upstairs sunroom.
Outdoor space: The front yard and parts of the backyard are landscaped with native plants. Off the kitchen is a paved patio with space for an outdoor table. Farther into the backyard, down a path framed by grass and flowering plants, is a gravel seating area and an original fountain surrounded by fruit trees; a second tiled fountain faces the front entrance. The detached garage has space for two cars.
Taxes: $31,262 (estimated, but the home is eligible for reduced property taxes under the Mills Act)
Contact: Marcy Bazzani, Village Properties, 805-969-8900; marcybazzani.com
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