What $1.four Million Buys You in California

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What $1.4 Million Buys You in California

This property, complete with horse stables and a riding school, is just a few miles from Old Santa Susana Stage Road, used by travelers from Southern California to San Francisco in the 19th century. The road is now part of a state park at the foot of the Santa Susana Mountains and popular with hikers and horse riders.

The house, with a recording studio built by the seller, a songwriter and record producer who worked with Madonna and Leonard Cohen, is about 45 minutes from the west side of Los Angeles and about the same distance from the beaches of Malibu.

Size: 3,169 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 441

Inside: From the street a driveway leads up the hill to a clearing that is inhabited by the main house.

The front door is in the middle of the wide, covered porch. It opens to a cave with Spanish tile floors and, like most of the main living rooms, log cabin-style wooden walls. A door on the left side of the room leads to the recording studio. To the right of the room is the main living area, which includes an open seating area with a wood burning stove, a dining area, and a kitchen with wood cabinets and open shelving. The kitchen is separated from the dining area by a granite breakfast bar. Right next to the kitchen there is a guest toilet with deep red walls.

On the second floor there is an open space with vaulted ceilings and a window seat. On the right side is the master bedroom with a separate living room and an en suite bathroom with a bathtub, a blue and white tiled shower and a double vanity. On the left there are two guest rooms that are connected by a short hallway. They share a bathroom with a combination of bath and shower.

Outside space: The front and rear decks extend the entire length of the main house and offer sufficient covered space for dining and entertaining. From the back deck a path leads to a larger deck with a hot tub, swimming pool and sauna. In addition to the horse stables and riding arena, the property has areas where ax throwing and archery are possible. The attached garage has space for two cars.

Taxes: $ 14,832 (estimated)

Contact: Leah Regan and Alison MacCracken, Sotheby & # 39; s International Realty, Beverly Hills Brokerage, 310-595-0859; sothebysrealty.com

This building is located on Mint Plaza next to the historic San Francisco Mint. Once a warehouse for the Hale Brothers department store, it was converted into condominiums in 2005. The area is still a popular place for shopping. The Westfield San Francisco Center mall is across the street and smaller boutiques can be found on Market Street and Mission Street, two of the city's major thoroughfares. The property is just blocks from Yerba Buena Gardens, a two-block section of parkland with an arts center and outdoor art installations.

Size: 1,559 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 866

Inside: All six units in this building are continuous and the elevator opens directly into the foyers.

The foyer in this unit is lined with built-in wardrobes and offers space for a home office setup. On one side of the room there are doors to the two bedrooms; On the other side there is a full bathroom with a stainless steel sink and vanity as well as a walk-in shower.

The main living room is open, with a wall of windows facing the square. The floors are made of polished concrete; The ceiling and some of the walls have exposed pipes and details of the concrete structure. A wrought-iron chandelier hangs in the dining area, and Edison-style lightbulbs illuminate the kitchen with wooden cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

The master bedroom has a walk-in closet, decorative gray accent wall, and exposed plumbing on the ceiling. The private bathroom has a stainless steel bathtub and a stainless steel vanity with cabinets that match those in the kitchen.

A sliding door separates the master bedroom from the guest room, which can be used as a study or office.

Outside space: This building is surrounded by several other buildings developed by the same company. Residents have access to the common areas of one of these buildings, including a rooftop terrace with expansive city views and a gym with various exercise machines.

Taxes: $ 16,476 estimated plus a monthly homeowners association fee of $ 1,571

Contact: Alan Morcos, Alan Morcos Real Estate / Compass, 415-505-7779; alanmorcos.com

New buildings are relatively rare in Guerneville due to the sewer system and limited space available on the riverbank. This Russian River home was completed earlier this year and has two south facing decks that overlook the river. It is approximately a mile from the center of Guerneville, which can be reached by car, on foot, or by kayak. San Francisco is about a 90-minute drive away and the Santa Rosa wineries are about half an hour away. Sonoma Coast State Park and Goat Rock Beach, a popular seal-spotting destination, are about 20 minutes away.

Size: 1,925 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 725

Inside: The front door is at street level and faces the street connecting the property to the city center. Just beyond the door, stairs lead to the living quarters on the second level, which are arranged to maximize river views and provide access to the upstairs deck.

The open living and dining area has high ceilings, hardwood floors, a cast iron stove and sliding glass doors to the deck. A marble-topped breakfast bar sets free the kitchen, which has a Viking row and a rustic stainless steel sink.

A hallway from the kitchen leads to the bedroom wing. The master suite faces the river and has vaulted ceilings and a barn-style sliding door that leads to a bathroom with a walk-in shower with glass walls and a double marble and wood vanity. One guest room is currently used as a home office and has its own bathroom with a porcelain bathtub. The other, facing the street, also has its own bathroom.

On the lower level there is a bonus area that is currently used as a playroom that can be converted into another bedroom.

Outside space: The living room, hallway and master suite are all located on the upstairs terrace overlooking the river and offer space for relaxing and dining. The concrete deck is connected to the river by a footpath. The attached garage holds two cars; There is space for two more in the driveway.

Taxes: $ 17,436 Estimate

Contact: Connie Schlabach, Vanguard Properties, 707-869-9800; vanguardproperties.com

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