Santa Ana | $ 985,000
A 1926 Tudor Revival four bedroom, two bath home on 0.1 acre lot
In the Floral Park neighborhood, known for its 1920s storybook-style houses, this home is on the city's historical register as a contributor to the area's character. The owner who bought it in 2017 updated the plumbing and HVAC systems.
Santa Ana is the county seat of Orange County and about 20 minutes' drive from John Wayne Airport. Disneyland is about 15 minutes away; Downtown Los Angeles is 40 minutes northwest along the I-5.
Size: 2,225 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 443
Inside: A stone path leads through the lavender front garden to the arched entrance.
The front door leads into a living room with ceilings and an original stucco fireplace with brick cladding. Built-in shelves, original for the house, are set into a wall. A door to the left of the entrance leads to the dining room, a deep shade of blue, with a vaulted picture window overlooking the street.
A hallway extends from the right side of the living room to two guest bedrooms and a bathroom. One of the bedrooms has a built-in window seat and access to the back yard; The bathroom has original fitted wardrobes and updated Spanish style tiles.
A swinging door in the dining room leads to the kitchen, which has been updated from a previous owner, but like the rest of the house still retains much of its original mill. It also has quartz countertops and a country-style sink.
Directly in front of the kitchen, next to the hallway leading to the bedrooms on the ground floor, there are stairs to the second level. At the top of the stairs, a bedroom with high ceilings and an arched window can be used as a home office or a children's room. Next to it is the main suite with a Juliet balcony with a view of the trees and the koi pond in the backyard. The private bathroom has a shower cubicle and a walk-in closet with a vanity.
When the owners bought the property, the upstairs rooms were carpeted and oak floors were installed to match those on the first floor as part of their renovation.
Outside space: At the rear of the house there is a terrace shaded by awnings with space for a barbecue and outdoor dining furniture. A previous owner landscaped the garden with hedges and lavender to reflect the English Tudor style of architecture, and added a koi pond accessed via a stone path from the deck. In one corner of the courtyard there is a brick fireplace and a ripe orange tree. The garage is detached and has space for two cars and an attic.
Taxes: $ 11,722 (estimated but the home is eligible for reduced property taxes under the Mills Act)
Contact: Heather Garcia or Taylor Kincaid, Garcia Kincaid Group / Real Estate EBroker Inc., 951-255-2691 or 714-418-4104; zillow.com
Solvang | $ 985,000
A 1975 Spanish style home with three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms on a 1.1 acre lot
Solvang, a town in the Santa Ynez Valley, was founded by Danish immigrants in the early 20th century. Many buildings resemble those of the Copenhagen century. There is even a replica of the Little Mermaid sculpture.
This property is located approximately five minutes from the city center. A number of wine tasting rooms are within a mile or two, and the local high school is within walking distance. Santa Barbara is approximately 40 minutes away by car. Los Angeles is just over two hours away.
Size: 2220 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 444
Inside: The owner, who bought the house in 2014, carried out a renovation inspired by the architecture of Cliff May and Sunset Magazine issues from the 1970s.
A rock path leads through the oak-covered front garden to an orange front door that is flanked by windows. It opens into a foyer that, like the rest of the house, has a concrete floor. To the right is a living room with a stone-framed fireplace.
Behind it is a family room with beamed ceilings and a sliding glass door that leads to a terrace and pool area. The family room is open to the kitchen with ceramic tiles and slate blue cabinets. Off the kitchen is a dining room with more sliding glass doors.
The bedrooms are connected by a hallway that runs along the left side of the house. The first two, each large enough to accommodate a queen bed, share an updated bathroom with a bathtub and shower combo. Both bedrooms have closets and windows to the side of the property.
The primary suite is at the rear of the house and has access to the pool area. The bedroom is partially open to the bathroom, which has two vanities and a window to the terrace.
Outside space: Behind the house is a concrete terrace with a slatted pergola and a swimming pool with attached whirlpool. The property is planted with several oak trees – one of which is equipped with a tree house – and offers space for an additional structure such as a pool house. The attached garage has space for three cars.
Taxes: $ 11,426 (estimated)
Contact: Laura Drammer, Berkshire Hathaway, 805-448-7500; lauradrammer.idxbroker.com
Danville | $ 988,000
A 1979 three bedroom, two bath townhouse on the edge of a golf course
Danville is located in Northern California's San Ramon Valley, about 40 minutes from San Francisco and Silicon Valley. There are several golf courses in the area. This townhouse overlooks the 15th and 16th holes of the course at Crow Canyon Country Club and is a 10-minute drive from four other courses. The center of Danville, with a hospital, library and local high school, is about a 10-minute drive away. Grocery stores and other major stores are about five minutes away.
Size: 1,618 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 611
Inside: This corner unit was purchased in 2012 and renovated by the current owners. The entrance door made of dark wood with a glass insert opens to an airy foyer that leads to the living and dining area. A tiled fireplace is set into one wall and sliding glass doors lead to a small enclosed courtyard on one side of the room and a terrace overlooking the golf course on the other. The dining area is in a window corner next to the living room.
A door on the other side of the living room leads to the kitchen, which can also be reached directly from the foyer. The appliances are made of stainless steel, placed under granite countertops, and the floors are made of hardwood. Sliding glass doors in the breakfast area open to the deck.
To the right of the foyer is a hall that connects the bedrooms and bathrooms. Across the hall, across from the first bedroom, currently used as a home office, is a bathroom that is shared with the second bedroom at the end of the hall.
In between is the master bedroom with a view of the golf course. The private bathroom has a separate shower and bathtub as well as a double vanity with quartz. Also off the hall is a laundry room with access to the garage.
Outside space: The kitchen and living room have access to the main terrace, where a wooden terrace under a shady overhang offers enough space for a dining table and chairs. From the living room there is a smaller terrace with stairs that lead to the terrace. A garden area and a low fence separate the terrace from the golf course. The attached garage has space for two cars. Communal facilities include a heated pool, clubhouse that can be rented for events, and 13 tennis courts.
Taxes: $ 12,844 estimated plus a monthly homeowners association fee of $ 453
Contact: Pat Burgess, Compass, 925-683-3509; kompass.com
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