La Quinta | $ 425,000
A three bedroom, three bathroom condominium built in 2007 on a 44 acre complex
This condo is part of Legacy Villas, a 44 acre complex connected to the La Quinta Resort and Club, a popular golf destination. The resort golf course and several others are within a five minute drive.
The complex's facilities include 12 pools, 11 hot tubs, splash guards for children, hiking trails and bike paths. Many residents are year round while others use their units as holiday homes or rental properties. A nearby mall, about a 10-minute drive away, has several grocery stores including a Trader Joe & # 39; s as well as a Target and a number of casual restaurants.
Size: 1,706 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 249
Inside: This is an upper level unit with outside stairs leading from the sidewalk to the front door.
The foyer opens to a carpeted living room with a fireplace and built-in bookshelves. (Furniture is included.) The ceiling is clad with dark wood beams that lead into the dining area, where French doors open to a balcony with mountain views.
The dining area is separated from the kitchen by a breakfast bar with a granite top. The kitchen has cherry wood cabinets and a window over the sink with views of the mountains.
Next to the living room is a hallway that connects the three bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. The first bedroom is big enough for a double bed. The second has a fireplace, bathtub in the bathroom, linen closet, and wet bar.
At the end of the hall is the master bedroom with a fireplace, private balcony and a bathroom with a separate bathtub and walk-in shower.
Outside space: Both balconies are shaded by overhangs, with Spanish brick floors and space for a table and chairs. Two of the complex's swimming pools are within a three-minute walk. The clubhouse with a fitness center and an on-site restaurant are less than half a mile away. This unit has two assigned outdoor parking spaces.
Taxes: $ 5,440 estimated plus a monthly homeowners association fee of $ 741
Contact: Sheri Dettman, Keller Williams, 760-668-2838; yourresorthome.com
San Rafael | $ 430,000
A unit in a 1963 condominium complex with one bedroom and one bathroom
San Rafael, the county seat and largest city in Marin County, is about 40 minutes north of San Francisco and has a population of around 58,000. Much of the area is open: there are 19 city parks in San Rafael, and China Camp State Park on the shores of San Pablo Bay is about a 15-minute drive from this property.
The pink stucco Marin County Civic Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed after his death, is also about 15 minutes away. It has been featured in a number of films, and George Lucas attributed it as the inspiration for structure in the "Star Wars" films.
Size: 804 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 535
Inside: This unit is at the end of a four-person row with only one wall in common with the neighbor.
Immediately to the right of the front door is a galley style kitchen to which the owner added an induction range. The other end of the kitchen is open to a dining area that connects to the main living area.
The living room, like the rest of the apartment, has wooden floors installed by the owner. The windows, which overlook the rolling Marin County countryside, have custom-made blinds and a built-in bench. There's also a built-in desk that creates a home office corner and sliding glass doors that lead to a balcony.
On one side of the living room there is a bedroom with access to the balcony and a bathroom with a combination of bathtub and shower.
Outside space: A private outdoor area with space for a coffee table and chairs is connected to the living room and bedroom. The complex is near several hiking trails and has swimming pools, a tennis court, and a clubhouse that residents can use for social events. The attached garage has space for one car.
Taxes: $ 6,536 estimated plus a monthly homeowners association fee of $ 461
Contact: Deirdre Evershed, Golden Gate Sotheby & # 39; s International Realty, 415-461-7200; sothebysrealty.com
Grass Valley | $ 425,000
A converted two bedroom, two bath ranch home built in 1956 on 1 acre lot
Grass Valley, a town of about 13,000 people, lies at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. During the California gold rush, the Empire Mine and North Star Mine – both 10 minutes from the city's quaint downtown area – were among the best-producing mines in the state. Today they are open to the public.
Lake Tahoe is about a 90 minute drive east. Sacramento is about an hour and 10 minutes southwest. This home is a five minute drive from the amenities of Grass Valley, including restaurants, several B & Bs and an Art Moderne movie theater.
Size: 1,102 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 386
Inside: This house is on over half an acre, back from the road, with several mature trees in the front yard.
The light red door with a decorative window opens to the living room. Like the rest of the house, the space was renovated during a renovation in early 2020. There is a painted brick fireplace in the center, and large windows face the front and side courtyards.
The living room leads into the dining area with a white painted brick wall. Hardwood floors continue into the kitchen, where the stainless steel appliances sit beneath quartz countertops and a backsplash of white tile. A sliding glass door leads from the kitchen to the deck.
A corridor connects the kitchen with a linen cupboard and a bathroom with a walk-in shower and a frosted glass door.
To the right of the front door is a bedroom with new carpeting and a closet hidden behind a barn door. Next door is a second bedroom, about the same size, with a window to the back yard. At the end of the corridor that connects the bedrooms is a bathroom with a black and white patterned linoleum floor. The washbasin, which is also new, has a marble top.
Outside space: Next to the kitchen is a wooden deck with space for outdoor dining. Steps lead to a guest house with a full bathroom. A second deck with more space to relax connects the house to a garden shed. The detached garage has space for two cars.
Taxes: $ 5,015 (estimated)
Contact: Betsy Hamilton, Re / Max Gold, 530-263-9044; remax.com
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