Los Angeles | $ 2.495 million
A modern 2020 three bedroom, three and a half bathroom home on 0.1 acre lot
The Silver Lake section of Los Angeles was developed around the Silver Lake Reservoir, an artificial lake about a mile from this home, in the early 20th century. The reservoir remains a center of neighborhood life, surrounded by hiking trails, a dog park, and a recreation center.
This home is about a block and a half from the artisanal cafes, vintage boutiques, and restaurants of Sunset Boulevard. Downtown Los Angeles is about a 15-minute drive from the 101 freeway. The center of Hollywood is roughly equidistant.
Size: 2837 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 879
Inside: A long staircase from the sidewalk leads to two glass doors to the foyer. From there further stairs lead to the main living area and down to the garage.
The living area is open plan with wooden floors, a fireplace and glass pocket doors that open onto a street-facing terrace, giving the room a feeling of inside and outside. The kitchen faces the seating and dining area with Bertazzoni appliances and a central island with integrated storage space.
Behind the kitchen there is a guest toilet and a laundry room with washer and dryer. A hallway leads from the kitchen to the rear of the house, where two guest rooms (one of which is currently used as a home office) have access to the back yard. Two bathrooms are also located off the hall, one with a combined bath and shower and the other with a walk-in shower.
An open staircase in the main living area leads to the top level of the house which is used as the primary suite. The master bedroom has its own balcony overlooking the street. The bathroom has a glass-walled shower and a bathtub under a window.
Outside space: A landscaped terrace with separate rooms for dining and relaxing is accessible through the hallway and bedrooms on the main level. An adjacent lawn offers more space to relax and a teak fence provides privacy. The attached garage has space for two cars.
Taxes: $ 31,692 (estimated)
Contact: Alyssa Valentine and Kurt Wisner, Courtney and Kurt Wisner's real estate team at Compass, 323-667-0700; courtneyandkurt.com
Inverness | $ 2.495 million
A 2010 clapboard style home with two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and a one bedroom, one bathroom guest house on 1.35 acres
This home is located near Inverness, an unincorporated parish in Marin County, nestled between Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve to the east and Point Reyes National Seashore to the west, which has hiking trails that are suitable for a variety of skill levels. The area has long been a destination for vacationers in the Bay Area, with cozy farm-to-table bed and breakfasts and restaurants in the heart of Point Reyes Station, about two miles from this property. Limantour Beach and Drakes Beach are half an hour away. San Francisco is about an hour and a 15-minute drive away.
Size: 2,798 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 892
Inside: A wooden fence with a gate separates this house from the street, with a stone footpath that leads through a side garden to the front door.
To the left of the foyer is a bathroom with a shower. next to it is a guest room with French doors to the garden.
To the right of the foyer is the main living area. The room, which is open to the kitchen, has a Rumford-style brick fireplace, vaulted ceilings with shutters and French doors that open onto the deck. The kitchen, separated from an open dining area by a breakfast bar, features quartzite countertops and stainless steel appliances, including a Viking range. Just off the kitchen is a pantry with custom shelves.
At the end of the main hall is the master suite with large windows overlooking the hills, glass doors to the deck and vaulted ceilings. The private bathroom has a bathtub and a walk-in shower with glass walls.
Stairs lead from the main living area to a lower level with a wine cellar and an open space that can be used as a gym or play room. Also on this level is a half bathroom, a dirt trap and access to the garage.
On the other side of the driveway from the main house is a guest house with a fully equipped kitchen and living room as well as a private terrace.
Outside space: On the main level there is a wide wooden deck with space for al fresco dining and entertainment. There is a lavender and succulent garden to one side of the property. Outside stairs lead from the side courtyard to a flat area that can be used as a play area. The garage, which is attached to the main house, has space for two cars.
Taxes: $ 37,920 (estimated)
Contact: James Whitney and Ryan Rodoni, Coastal Marin Real Estate, 415-663-1104; real-estate.coastalmarin.com
Santa Barbara | $ 2.45 million
A 2011 Mediterranean home with four bedrooms, four bathrooms on a 1 acre lot
Known as the Riviera, this neighborhood is mostly made up of single-family homes designed to enjoy views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The property is about half a mile from Parma Park, the largest park in Santa Barbara, with hiking trails especially popular in spring when wildflowers bloom on the slopes. The Santa Barbara Bowl, an outdoor music venue, and the city's public middle and high schools are 10 minutes away. The beach is about 15 minutes away by car; Downtown shops and restaurants are roughly equidistant.
Size: 3817 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 642
Inside: A long, private driveway leads from the street to a carved wooden door. In the sunny foyer, a wrought-iron lamp hangs over the stairs to the lower level. Behind it is a dining area in front of sliding glass doors overlooking a deck.
To the right of the foyer is a cave overlooking a sunken living room. Stairs made of imported Spanish tiles lead down to the living room, which has hardwood floors (like most rooms), a fireplace with carved stone paneling flanked by arched windows, and additional sliding glass doors that open onto the deck. On this side of the house there is also a bathroom with green Spanish-style tiles.
To the left of the entrance is the kitchen and breakfast area. The kitchen has custom-made wooden cabinets and imported Spanish tiles that are used here as a backsplash behind a Wolf series. There's a farmer's sink under a window overlooking the deck, and there's a wine fridge in one corner.
A staircase with a wrought iron railing leads from the kitchen to the lower level where there are four bedrooms, including the primary suite with a fireplace and access to a second deck area. The master bathroom is spacious with a porcelain bathtub. Next to the main suite is a carpeted guest room that is currently used as a home office. At the other end of the hall there are two more guest rooms, each with its own bathroom. A tiled laundry area on this level is hidden by a series of wooden doors.
Outside space: The outdoor areas are designed to take advantage of the surrounding area. Mountains are visible from the upper and lower deck, both of which have travertine tile floors. A private terrace is accessible from the main bathroom. A hot tub is surrounded by native plants. The attached garage has space for two cars.
Taxes: $ 28,416 (estimated)
Contact: Cristal Clarke, BHHS California Properties, 805-886-9378; montecito-estate.com
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