What $three.5 Million Buys You in California

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What $3.5 Million Buys You in California

This house, a few blocks south of Mulholland Drive in Laurel Canyon, was designed by Paul R. Williams, the first African-American member of the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Williams designed residences in Los Angeles for Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, and other celebrities, as well as one of the first government-funded public housing complexes in Washington, D.C.

Studio City is about 10 minutes away by car. The Sunset Strip is about the same distance.

Size: 3.741 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 934

Inside: Brick steps lead from the street to the front door, which leads into a foyer that connects the living rooms on the main level. To the right is a formal living room with a large window overlooking Laurel Canyon and French doors to a terrace. To the left is a formal dining room with original leaded glass windows. A swing door connects this room with a kitchen with buttery yellow cabinets and a white enamel area.

A staircase leads from the kitchen to a guest suite on the upper floor with vaulted ceilings and original crystal door handles. The bathroom with a combination of bathtub and shower is decorated with yellow paint and white tiles and a chandelier.

The main staircase in the foyer leads to three bedrooms. At the top of the stairs is the master bedroom, which is large enough for a king-size bed, with a seating area and a private balcony. The private bathroom has an original built-in vanity. Next door is a guest room with a private bathroom. A short flight of stairs down is a smaller guest room with an attached bathroom with an aqua tub and matching tiles.

The stairs in the foyer lead down to a family room on the lower level with double doors that lead to the main terrace and pool area. An original wood-paneled bar is hidden in one corner. A smaller room on this level, which could be used as a home office, has access to half a bathroom.

Outside space: Like many houses in Canyons, this house is split over two levels and several levels with outdoor areas. Next to the formal living room is a terrace overlooking the pool and space for patio furniture. From this area, steps lead to a pool deck with a built-in outdoor kitchen and a small lawn. The property line leads up the slope, with a short path leading upwards. The detached garage has space for two cars.

Taxes: $ 44,388 (estimated)

Contact: Marcy Roth, Douglass Elliman, Eklund Gomes Team, 310-595-3888; elliman.com

Known as the Gala House, this home has been family owned since it was built. The vendors underwent renovations a few years ago, keeping the mid-century modernist lines but adding Hollywood Regency-inspired decor, including marble floors and colorful accent walls.

Located in the historic Palm Springs Tennis Club, named after the 1930s activity center, it is home to many of the area's upscale hotels. Indian Canyon Drive, with its mid-century restaurants and shops, is just blocks away.

Size: 4,825 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 724

Inside: A white hedge screen wall separates this house from the street, and bright orange doors swing open to reveal a swimming pool in the front courtyard.

On the other side of the courtyard, a second set of brightly colored doors – this one in blue – opens to the foyer. To the right of the foyer is a living room with tile floors, an original stone fireplace, a wood-paneled wall, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the pool. The tile floors lead into a dining room with more windows to the pool and a mirrored wall.

The living and dining rooms are open to the kitchen, which has a Bertazzoni row, shiny orange and white cabinets and an island with seating. A short hallway connects this part of the house with a guest room and full bathroom as well as a pantry and laundry room.

To the left of the foyer is a long hallway that leads to a media room and four bedrooms. Like the living and dining room, the media room is designed around floor-to-ceiling windows and offers space for a sectional sofa. At the other end of the hall is the main suite with a raised seating area and a wall that is papered with a dark damask print. The master bathroom has high gloss gray tiled floors and walls, a glass walled shower and a basin style bathtub.

Two guest rooms, each large enough to accommodate a queen-size bed, share a bathroom with a blue vanity and a walk-in shower. A fourth guest room has its own bathroom.

Outside space: The pool in the forecourt is round and framed in concrete. A fire table is built into a low wall on one side, and there is plenty of space around it to relax in the shade or in the sun. The attached garage has space for two cars.

Taxes: $ 44,736 (estimated)

Contact: John Nelson and Cat Moe, Nelson-Moe Group, Compass, 760-774-8587; kompass.com

San Clemente, a town in Orange County of about 65,000 residents, was known in the 1970s as the home of La Casa Pacifica, a property that the Nixon family vacationed so often that it was dubbed the Western White House. This property is about 10 minutes north of La Casa Pacifica, nestled in the hills, overlooking the Pacific from its expansive deck. During a major renovation two years ago, the sellers added an entrance patio and new windows throughout the house.

The San Clemente Pier and the beach are about a five-minute drive away. Los Angeles and San Diego are an hour's drive away.

Size: 4,945 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 707

Inside: From the entrance deck, a frosted glass door opens to a foyer with stairs to the second level. The living room is behind the stairs and has hardwood floors and double-height floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding hills. Sliding glass doors open to a deck, and a double-sided fireplace is built into one wall. To the right of the living room are a cave and a half bathroom.

The wooden floors merge into an opening dining area, which is illuminated by a custom-made glass lamp. A marble-topped breakfast bar separates the dining area from a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a white subway tile backsplash. The kitchen has a dining area and a butler pantry with laundry facilities. Connected to the pantry and kitchen is a home office with access to the front deck.

At the top of the stairs is an open space that the vendors use as a gym. It is connected to a hallway that is open to the lower level. At the end of the hall is the master suite with its own balcony and fireplace. The private bathroom is connected to a large walk-in closet and features marble floors and a black bathtub.

Another staircase right next to the dining area leads to the lowest level of the house with three guest rooms and a family room with a fireplace and a specially made walnut bar. One guest room on one side of the family room has an en suite bathroom. On the other side of the family room is a hallway that connects two other guest rooms and a bathroom with a bathtub and shower combination.

Outside space: The house was designed to draw attention to its decks and balconies with views of the hills and ocean. Off the living room is outside space with space for a dining table; Next to the gym on the upper level is a smaller room with space to sit. In addition to the family room on the lower level, there is another outdoor area with steps that lead to a private bowling green. The attached garage holds three cars.

Taxes: $ 41,592 (estimated)

Contact: Christian Wach, Pacific Sotheby & # 39; s International Realty, 949-370-3917; sothebysrealty.com

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