What $2 Million Buys You in California

What $2 Million Buys You in California

This townhouse is in a new four-unit complex called The Sheds, designed by Horst Architects. Located between the Laguna College of Art and Design locations (about a five-minute walk from each campus), the units are designed to match the artists' live-work style with multiple balconies and open floor plans that allow flexible use. Remember lofts. Located at the base of Laguna Canyon near hiking trails, the property is a five-minute drive to the Pacific Ocean and lagoon beaches, as well as the fine dining and shopping of downtown Laguna Beach.

Size: 1,277 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 939

Inside: A private entrance leads from the carport inside this unit where stairs lead from the floor to the main living area. The ceilings are high and double high windows bring in sunlight and views of the canyon.

The sitting area faces a series of sliding glass doors that lead to a balcony. The wooden floors are wide and lead into a galley-style kitchen separated from the seating area by an island with seating. The appliances are made of stainless steel and the countertops are made of quartz. The cabinets are white and have brushed metal parts.

Right next to the kitchen is a bedroom with built-in wardrobes. Across the kitchen is a full bathroom with more built-in wardrobes and a bath and shower combination with windows and slate-colored tiles.

Stairs with brushed metal handrails lead to the second floor where an open space overlooks the lower level. A narrow space at the front of the unit is currently used as a second seating area and has access to a balcony. Further back there is a larger room for a dining table and chairs.

A second bedroom, about the size of the one on the first floor, is at the rear of this level, as is a second bathroom.

Outside space: The unit has two balconies, one each from the two living areas. The lower balcony offers space for a table and chairs as well as a small outdoor sofa and is shaded by the roof overhang and the balcony above. The upper balcony is smaller, but still offers space to sit and has a little more sun than the one on the ground floor. This unit has two separate parking spaces in the covered carport.

Taxes: $ 14,268 estimated plus a monthly homeowners association fee of $ 260

Contact: Ann E. Metzger, the Agency, 949-698-2082; theagencyre.com

This clapboard building is on a corner lot in a quiet area between Castro and Noe Valley. The unit is located on the ground floor and retains many of the original details, including moldings in the living room and bedrooms. A Whole Foods Market is a 10-minute walk away, as is Noe Valley Courts Park, which has a lawn, basketball court, and tennis courts. Golden Gate Park is a 10-minute drive away. The financial district is 20 minutes away.

Size: 1,103 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 1,043

Inside: The front door with a rear window opens to a long hallway that leads to the kitchen at the rear of the unit.

Immediately to the left is a living room with finished oak floors and high ceilings. The lights are new and the crown strips are original. Large windows face the street.

Pocket doors separate the living room – probably once used as a drawing room – from the master bedroom, which is also connected to the main hallway via a door. A closet with an original crystal doorknob is built into one wall and the space is large enough to hold a king-size bed. Another door leads from this bedroom to a guest room, which is also accessible from the main hall and has a built-in wardrobe and free-standing cupboards.

In the hall, across from the living room, there is a corner that the salespeople use as an office space, with space for a desk and chair. A few steps further there is a shared bathroom: In one room there is a washbasin with a porcelain base and a combination of bathtub and shower. The one next door holds a toilet and a second sink.

The kitchen at the end of the hall was updated a little over a decade ago; Previous owners tore out a linen closet to expand the space. The appliances are made of stainless steel and there is enough space for a dining table and chairs. A small linen closet with a new washing machine and dryer is in one corner.

Outside space: Many corner buildings use the size of the lot to expand as much as possible and not have any outdoor space, as is the case here. There is plenty of street parking in the neighborhood, and a convenient bus route – the fleet is electric, which minimizes noise – stops right across the street.

Taxes: $ 14,028 estimated plus a monthly homeowners association fee of $ 300

Contact: Steve Gallagher, Coldwell Banker, 415-437-4524; Coldwellbankerhomes.com

A few stone houses from the early 20th century are scattered around Burbank. This hotel in the Burbank Hills neighborhood is a mix of old and new, with original rock wall fragments in several rooms and an updated master bedroom suite in an annex on the second level.

The trailhead of Wildwood Canyon, a popular hiking area, is about a five-minute drive from the property. Central Burbank, home to several Disney television and animation departments, as well as a Warner Bros. studio complex, is about 15 minutes' drive away.

Size: 1,882 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 624

Inside: A gate opens from the street to a winding path that separates the main house from the garage. It leads to the front door which leads into a small foyer with a staircase leading to the second level.

To the right of the stairs is a kitchen with earth-colored floor tiles, dark wood cabinets with carved details, stainless steel appliances, and a center island.

The foyer extends into a dining room with built-in bookshelves that can also be used as a living room or home office. The walls are made of rock and could have been part of the original exterior facade. On one side of the room, doors open to an outside terrace; on another in a garden.

A few steps from the dining room is a room that is currently used as a living room. It has a floor-to-ceiling rock fireplace and hardwood floors that lead into the cave that can be used as a guest room. This room is connected to another guest room and can accommodate a large bed and desk. The bedrooms on the ground floor share a bathroom with a bath and shower combination. A laundry room is next door.

The primary suite occupies the entire second level. The ceilings are high, with exposed beams, a ceiling fan, and windows with views of the surrounding hills. The private bathroom has patterned tile floors and a walk-in shower with glass walls.

Outside space: From one side of the dining room, double doors open to a covered terrace with space for a table and chairs. On the other side, more double doors open to a garden that is planted with aloe, cacti and other succulents. The free-standing garage has space for two cars as well as a bonus room that can be used as a classroom or art studio and to which half a bathroom is connected.

Taxes: $ 14,928 (estimated)

Contact: George Ghiz, Compass, 310-283-8877; kompass.com

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