What $820,000 Buys You in California

What $820,000 Buys You in California

This home has had only two owners since it was built, and much of its original fairytale charm – including the low ceilings, stained glass windows, and vine-covered exterior – has been retained. The property is in a small community of a few hundred residents, most of whom make the six mile journey to central Mendocino for shopping and services. There are several notable hotels in the area, including the Heritage House Resort and Spa, which is directly across from the beachfront house.

Size: 1,150 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 713

Inside: The stairs that wind to the front door are, like the rest of the house, made of redwood on the outside.

The front door leads into a cozy living room with low ceilings, leaded glass windows and a wood fireplace. The walls and ceiling are covered with a white ship cover that continues into the dining area.

The open kitchen looks out onto the living and dining areas with custom-made copper countertops and a skylight that brings natural light into the room.

Down a short hallway are the two bedrooms. The master bedroom has a skylight, a sliding glass door that opens to the deck, more lead glass in another window, and a desk built into a corner.

Next door is a guest room that also has access to the deck. The two bedrooms share a bathroom with a combined bathtub and shower and a washstand made of lacquered wood. A linen closet with washer and dryer is at the end of the hall.

Outside space: Most rooms have access to the deck and the side terrace. Both offer ample seating and views of the Pacific. In one corner of the deck is an ivy-wrapped gazebo.

Taxes: $ 8,200 (estimated)

Contact: Sarah Schoeneman, Mendo Sotheby & # 39; s International Realty, 707-937-5822; sothebysrealty.com

Located in the Midtown neighborhood, this property is half a mile from Fort State Historic Park by Sutter, which houses an adobe structure from the 1840s and the California State Indian Museum. James Marshall Park, which includes a senior center and exercise equipment, is even closer. Public elementary and middle schools are half a mile away, as is a private Catholic elementary school.

The area is within walking distance, with shopping and dining along J Street a few blocks away. Downtown Sacramento and the US Capitol are approximately a 10-minute drive away.

Size: 1,887 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 432

Inside: Steps lead from the street to a wide covered porch with space for a swing. A door with colored glass accents opens to the living room with windows facing the street and wooden floors.

A wide door leads into a formal dining room with original moldings and an original built-in wardrobe. Behind this room is the kitchen, to which the sellers have added a new range of stainless steel and a refrigerator. A diner-style stand is built into the wall on the other side of the room, next to a window overlooking the terrace.

There is a game room and full bathroom in a hallway along the left side of the house. A staircase leads from the hall to the second floor where there are four bedrooms. The master bedroom has sloping ceilings and windows with views of the surrounding trees. A guest room next door, which is currently used as a home office, has original built-in storage space, as does another guest room at the end of the hallway. The fourth bedroom has a walk-in closet accessed through a half-sized door. In the middle of the hallway upstairs is a full bathroom with a walk-in shower with glass walls and a double vanity.

The basement was converted into living space in the 1970s and is used by the sellers as a music room and cave.

Outside space: To the side of the house is a covered terrace with space for outdoor lounge furniture. The detached garage has a parking space.

Taxes: $ 9,456 (estimated)

Contact: Michael Glascock, Guide Real Estate, 916-600-9689; glascockrealestate.com

Rancho Mirage has long been popular with retirees and golfers – this home is just minutes from six golf courses – but in recent years it has also become a home away from home for younger families from the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Downtown Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge are both about 20 minutes away by car.

Size: 1,632 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 500

Inside: The front garden is designed with stones and succulents, alluding to the desert climate.

The coral front door is framed by a stucco arch; It opens to a living room with a white brick fireplace, windows facing the street, and laminate floors that continue into the dining area.

In the dining area, sliding glass doors look out over the pool. A three-seat breakfast bar separates this area from the kitchen, which has a gray backsplash of subway tile, granite countertops, and new stainless steel appliances installed by the sellers who bought the house last year.

The three bedrooms and two bathrooms (also updated by the sellers) are in a hallway off the living room. The master suite is across the hall and includes a bedroom with a floral print accent wall and a bathroom with a white tiled shower. One guest room has space for a double bed and the other has a seating area with access to the back yard. They share a bathroom with a new vanity and a combination of bathtub and shower.

Outside space: This property is great for the neighborhood, and the back yard is spacious, with a kidney-shaped pool and covered deck that has a bar and is cooled by ceiling fans. To the right of the swimming pool are citrus trees. The attached garage has two parking spaces.

Taxes: $ 10,440 (estimated)

Contact: Jared Dineen-Shanstrom, Keller Williams, 206-751-8507; pages.kw.com

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