Palo Alto | $ 2.7 million
A four bedroom, two bath home built in 1935 on 0.1 acre lot
This home was built in a picture book style popular in California in the 1930s and was expanded in the 1970s. However, it does contain a number of original details, including a small wrought iron squirrel attached to a roof chimney, an arched front door with iron bands and exposed ceiling joists.
The house is located in the Barron Park area, within walking distance of a park and 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
Inside: A brick footpath lined with succulents leads from the sidewalk to the front door that leads to the main living room. This room has high vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and a green ceramic tile fireplace. Two windows look out onto a small terrace.
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 with decorative ceramic tiles. The kitchen is across from a dining room with another arched wooden door that leads to the back yard.
The three bedrooms on this level are on the right side of the house. The first is facing the street and has a bay window with a built-in window seat. Adjacent to this bedroom is a bathroom with a combined bath and shower with a glass wall. Behind the bathroom is a second guest room large enough to accommodate a queen bed. In addition to the dining room, a short hallway connects a laundry room, stairs to the second level and a third guest room overlooking the backyard.
The primary suite occupies the entire second floor. The bedroom with multiple side windows is large enough for a king-size bed. Across the hall is a living room that can also serve as a home office or children's room. The master bathroom near the stairs has Spanish tile floors and a double vanity.
Outside space: Older trees are planted in the front and back of the property. A side courtyard paved with concrete with space for garden furniture connects to a garden with a winding stone path. This area, planted with succulents and flowering bushes, opens into a room with a wooden pavilion. The detached garage has space for one car and additional parking spaces 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 modern, mid-century, four bedroom, four bath home on 0.25 acre lot
This 1963 home is located in Los Feliz Estates, a neighborhood that was designed in the early 1960s with a mix of modern homes and ranch-style homes. The wide streets are laid out in such a way that the houses do not collide to ensure additional privacy.
Located north of Los Feliz Boulevard, a few blocks from the base of Griffith Park, the largest park in Los Angeles, this property is home to the Griffith Park Observatory and the Greek Theater, a popular concert venue. The shops and restaurants at the north end of Hillhurst Avenue are 1 mile away. Hollywood is approximately 10 minutes' drive away and downtown Los Angeles is a 20-minute drive.
Size: 2,808 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 944
Inside: A paved path leads from the sidewalk to a series of wrought iron gates that enclose an outdoor courtyard. Behind the gates are the house's double front doors that lead to a formal living room. The house is open plan with most of the rooms connected to this central seating area.
On the opposite wall there is an original rock-framed fireplace topped with a mirror with gold veins. In the back of the living room, sliding glass doors open to the pool area.
The adjoining dining area has its own access to the pool. There is also an updated kitchen with wood cabinets and Caesarstone countertops. The devices, including an Italian range, are made of stainless steel.
A second living room with a view of the pool is connected to the kitchen. From this room a hallway leads to the master bedroom wing. At the other end of the hall is the master suite, which has access to a private side courtyard. The bedroom has a gray carpet with a subtle geometric pattern and the en-suite bathroom has a double vanity with marble top and a sunken bathtub.
Next to the hall are two more bedrooms of about the same size, which share a bathroom with a glass-walled shower. From the formal living room a hallway leads to a private guest suite with an en-suite bathroom.
Outside space: Most of the main rooms in the house have access to the back yard and the pool, which was designed for lap swimming and has an attached spa. A cabana at one end offers space to relax in the shade. Part of the attached garage, which has space for two cars, has been converted into a projection room and could be used as a home office or recording studio.
Taxes: $ 33,661 estimated plus a monthly homeowners association fee of $ 262
Contact: Mark Meyer, Meyer and Marquart Group, Compass, 310-365-8565; kompass.com
Santa Barbara | $ 2.695 million
An 1895 Mission Revival style home with five bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms set on 3 acres
This home is on Crocker Row, a collection of five homes built by William Henry Crocker, a San Francisco banker who viewed the area as a potential vacation spot for wealthy Northern California families. The stucco house designed by A. Page Brown architects, with its quatrefoil windows, decorative casements and pillars, and low shingle roof, is one of the best examples of the Mission Revival style in California, the city of Santa Barbara, according to a 2018 report.
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
Inside: The entrance door with a four-pass window reminiscent of the facade opens to a foyer with a view of the main staircase.
To the left of the foyer is a formal living room with a white wood fireplace and windows with decorative sashes, a motif that is repeated throughout the house. To the right is a formal dining room with a black tile fireplace. Double doors on the other side of the room open to one of the house's two conservatories.
A breakfast room with wooden floors leads through the dining room; You walk past a swing door into a modernized kitchen with granite countertops and a central island. Next to the kitchen is a laundry room and two butler pantries.
At the top of the stairs 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 paneling and white subway tile framing a bathtub and shower combination.
There are four more bedrooms upstairs: At the other end of the landing there is a second master suite. Three other bedrooms, large enough to accommodate queen beds, share a bathroom with a bathtub and shower combination. One of the bedrooms, which is currently used as a home office, has access to the winter garden on the upper floor.
Outside space: The front yard and parts of the back yard are laid out with native plants. Off the kitchen is a paved terrace with space for an outdoor table. Further in the back yard, on a path framed by grass and flowering plants, there is a gravel seating area and an original fountain surrounded by fruit trees. A second tiled fountain stands in front of the entrance. The detached garage has space for two cars.
Taxes: $ 31,262 (estimated, but the home is subject to reduced property taxes under the Mills Act)
Contact: Marcy Bazzani, Village Properties, 805-969-8900; marcybazzani.com
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