Los Angeles | $ 2,699,500
A 2008 Cape Cod style home with five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms on 0.1 acre lot
Studio City, a neighborhood north of the Hollywood Hills, is named after a studio lot built in the 1920s that is now the CBS Studio Center. This home is one mile from the studio complex and a few blocks north of the Ventura Boulevard thoroughfare in the San Fernando Valley. The section of the boulevard that runs through this part of Studio City is known for its upscale sushi restaurants. Nearby Tujunga Avenue has several cafes, an independent bookstore, and an Italian restaurant, which has been a neighborhood institution since the mid-1960s.
Size: 3,673 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 735
Inside: The front yard and porch of this home are relatively private thanks to a series of hedges and the slope of the property.
Immediately to the left of the entrance is a living room with moldings and a fireplace. There is a formal dining room to the right. A butler pantry connects the dining room to a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a marble-covered center island. The kitchen is open to a family room with a fireplace, more moldings and built-in lights.
Behind the central staircase in the foyer is a guest room with its own bathroom. The other four bedrooms are upstairs and are connected by a hallway that is partially open to the lower level.
The master bedroom has a fireplace, space for a sitting area and a balcony overlooking the back yard. The private bathroom has a deep bathtub and plenty of counter space.
Next to the master suite is a bedroom with space for a queen bed. A Jack and Jill bathroom connects it to another guest room. Across the hall is a guest bedroom with its own bathroom.
Outside space: French doors in the family room open to a back patio with a canopy for shade and space for a table and chairs. At the other end of the terrace is an outdoor kitchen with a grill and pizza oven. The back yard has a hot tub and there is space to install a pool (permits have already been secured). The attached garage has space for two cars.
Taxes: $ 34,284 (estimated)
Contact: Danielle Peretz, The Agency, 424-230-3710; theagencyre.com
Sonoma | $ 2.65 million
A 2003 four bedroom, two and a half bathroom home on 0.2 acre lot
Sonoma is a center of California's wine country. This home is 10 minutes from three wineries. The town center, with its restaurants and tasting rooms, is about 1 mile away, as is Sonoma State Historic Park, where visitors can tour a mission founded in the 1820s. The Montini Open Space Preserve with hiking trails for hikers of various levels of difficulty is also nearby. Napa is a 20-minute drive away. San Francisco is about an hour and 15 minutes away.
Size: 3100 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 855
Inside: The bright red front door in a rocking chair veranda leads into a foyer with high ceilings. To the left is a living room with hardwood floors and new paint (like the rest of the house) and a marble-framed fireplace. On the other side of the hall is a dining room with white painted paneling.
Behind the foyer is a kitchen open to the family room with a Viking stove, a double oven and a center island with a sink. The family room has a fireplace and glass door that lead to the back yard.
A hallway with special space for wine storage connects the kitchen area with a primary suite with access to the terrace. The private bathroom has a walk-in shower and separate bathtub. On this side of the house there is also a guest toilet and an office that can be used as a guest room.
There is a landing on the second floor wide enough to serve as a seating area. A hallway next to this room connects two bedrooms, one big enough for a king-size bed and the other more cozy with sloping ceilings. Between the bedrooms there is a bathroom with a double vanity and a combination of bathtub and shower.
Outside space: A covered terrace outside the family room has a heated retractable roof. Nearby is a room that can be used as an outdoor dining area or a more private terrace for the residents of the master suite. There is a plunge pool behind the terrace. The detached garage has space for two cars and has space for two more in the driveway.
Taxes: $ 33,132 (estimated)
Contact: Daniel Casabonne, Sotheby & # 39; s International Realty, Weinland-First Street Brokerage, 707-939-2222; sothebysrealty.com
Santa Barbara | $ 2.695 million
A modern artisan townhouse built in 2004 with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms
This townhouse is part of a small settlement in Montecito, about 15 minutes outside of downtown Santa Barbara. An upscale grocery store, coffee shop, and several independent boutiques are just blocks from the home. The Casa del Herrero, a historic house museum with 11 acres of gardens listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is less than half a mile away. Butterfly Beach, popular with local families, is about five minutes away by car. Even closer are Manning Park, an open green space with picnic tables and tennis courts, and the Montecito Family YMCA.
Size: 2,355 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 1,114
Inside: This unit, which shares a wall with a neighbor, is entered from the side with a wooden gate at the end of the driveway that reveals a brick porch surrounded by lavender and other plants.
The front door in the center of the porch opens to an entrance with double height ceilings and a staircase that leads to the second level.
On the right side there is a sunny room with its own bathroom that can be used as a guest suite or playroom. To the left is an open plan living area with a fireplace and glass doors that lead to the back patio and back yard. A breakfast bar separates the dining area from the kitchen with warm wooden cabinets and a Viking stove.
On the upper floor, two suites are connected by a landing that is open to the floor. The primary suite features a stone-framed corner fireplace, a walk-in closet, a balcony overlooking the backyard, and a bathroom with a bathtub. The bedroom at the opposite end of the hall has an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub and a balcony overlooking the hills.
Outside space: The brick terrace at the back has space for a table and chairs. The roof overhang provides shade. The back yard is landscaped with grass, succulents, and a line of trees along the back fence. This unit has an attached garage with space for two cars.
Taxes: $ 31,260 estimated plus a monthly homeowners association fee of $ 537
Contact: Dan Crawford, Real Estate Partner of Calcagno & Hamilton, Berkshire Hathaway, 805-886-5764; Homesinsantabarbara.com
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