What $1.5 Million Buys You in California

What $1.5 Million Buys You in California

This home is located in the Carmel Valley, which was primarily agricultural until the late 1970s. Since then, development has moved rapidly thanks to the area's proximity to the University of California at San Diego and the University City business district. The Del Mar Fairgrounds, a 1936 complex with a popular horse racing track, is about 10 minutes' drive away. The beaches of La Jolla are half an hour away and downtown San Diego is roughly equidistant.

Size: 2,056 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 727

Inside: The front yard is designed with succulents that surround a low stucco wall with a wooden gate that leads to an entrance courtyard with a stone fountain.

Behind the front door is a foyer with Spanish tile floors that extend into the open kitchen and living area. The kitchen has recently been fitted with marble counters and a Wolf hob. Across from a butcher's block island is a dining area with sliding glass doors that lead to the driveway. On the other side of the kitchen is a living room with a fireplace, windows overlooking the garden and a glass door to the garden.

To the right of the front door is a guest room with built-in shelves. On the other side of the hall is a guest toilet with Moroccan-inspired tiles.

A staircase with a wrought iron railing and tiled risers leads to the three bedrooms on the second floor. At the other end of the hall is a primary suite with a balcony overlooking the courtyard and driveway. The private bathroom has a deep soaking tub and a separate walk-in shower with more Moroccan tiles. Across the hall is a guest room with wooden floors and a mirrored wardrobe. A bathroom with blue tiles and a white sink connects this bedroom with the third bedroom, which has space for a double bed and a desk.

Outside space: Behind the house is a tiled terrace that is framed by grass. At the edge of the yard, trees are planted along the fence. The attached garage has two parking spaces; There is additional parking space in the driveway. The home is in a community with an array of amenities including a swimming pool, fitness center, and play area. Use of these facilities is covered by the homeowners association monthly fee.

Taxes: $ 15,696 estimated plus a monthly homeowners association fee of $ 84

Contact: Jana Farella, Pacific Sotheby & # 39; s International Realty, 858-926-3060; sothebysrealty.com

Capitola is a quiet beach town five miles from Santa Cruz and popular with weekend travelers from the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley. Many of the houses are second homes or part time vacation homes. This property is on a corner lot near downtown, within walking distance of Capitola State Beach, which has a pier surrounded by family-friendly restaurants.

San Francisco is about an hour and 20 minutes away; Fresno and Sacramento are about a two and a half hour drive away.

Size: 1,513 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 991

Inside: A picket fence separates the front yard from the street, and a brick path leads to the blue front door. Behind the threshold is a sunny living room with French doors that open to the front terrace and a light blue mantelpiece that extends to the high ceiling.

Behind the fireplace is a dining area with a glass door that leads to a deck. It is across from a cheerful yellow kitchen with a backsplash of white tiles and a tiled breakfast bar that seats two.

To the left of the front door is a room with built-in shelves and a window seat. It is currently used as a den, although it could serve as a bedroom as it has an attached bathroom with a shower.

On the second level there are two bedrooms and a loft office with built-in storage space and a view of the living area below.

The carpeted guest room off the landing has sloped ceilings and a window facing the street. Next door is a full bathroom with a white vanity and a walk-in shower. A short hallway extends from the landing to an also carpeted master bedroom with wooden ceilings and glass doors that open to a small deck.

Outside space: Protected by the mature trees in the front garden, there is a terrace that is large enough to accommodate a table and chairs. There is more outdoor entertainment space on the deck off the dining room, which has a wooden railing and is surrounded by landscaping for privacy. There is one car in the attached garage, and there is space for another in the driveway.

Taxes: $ 17,256

Contact: Erick Fernandez, Keller Williams Realty, 831-247-0477; realtor.com

The Ocean Front Walk, which stretches along the beach in Venice and includes the famous Muscle Beach as well as basketball and beach volleyball courts, has long been a destination for people who like to people watch and dine on the beach. This condominium is less than a mile from the beach and Abbot Kinney, which is home to fine dining and shopping. Santa Monica is approximately 10 minutes away by car. Malibu is half an hour away.

Size: 1,848 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 790

Inside: The entrance courtyard of the building is behind a wooden fence. Behind a glass door there are stairs to this second floor unit.

The main living and dining area is open plan, with hardwood floors, a wall with brick accents, and large windows. The ceilings are high and create an airy effect when the windows are open.

The spacious kitchen, which is open to the main living room, was equipped by the sellers with stainless steel appliances and a matching sink. The backsplash is a white subway tile with white cabinets above and slate gray cabinets below.

A barn door in the living area opens to the main suite with two windows and built-in shelves. The private bathroom was fitted with bronze-colored fittings and a white porcelain bathtub.

Two more bedrooms are located off a hallway that runs off the kitchen. Both have en-suite bathrooms, one with a bath and shower combo and the other with a walk-in shower and Keith Haring-inspired wallpaper.

Outside space: This unit is assigned two parking spaces covered by a carport, which can be reached via a back alley. Maintenance of the building and courtyard is covered by the homeowners association monthly fee.

Taxes: $ 18,528 plus a monthly homeowners association fee of $ 500

Contact: Malyn Dahlin and Alice Cannington, The Agency, 310-773-1107, 310-804-5229; theagencyre.com

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