This is What $three.three Million Buys You in California

Here's What $3.3 Million Buys You in California

The Palos Verdes Peninsula in southwest Los Angeles County is known for its breathtaking ocean views and quiet, family-friendly neighborhoods. This home is located in Palos Verdes Estates, a town whose master plan was drawn up by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. in the early 1920s. A few blocks away is the Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve, a cliff top park with hiking trails and views of Santa Monica Bay and the coast. Also within walking distance is Palos Verdes High School, a prestigious public school.

Los Angeles International Airport is about half an hour away by car; The drive to downtown Long Beach takes about the same amount of time.

Size: 2,871 square feet

Price per square meter: $ 1,149

Inside: From the street a path leads through the front yard to a flagged porch big enough for a few chairs.

The wooden door opens into a foyer. Turning right leads to a sunken living room with new hardwood floors and windows and a stone-framed fireplace. Right next to this room is a small bonus area with another fireplace framed in brick.

On the left side of the foyer there is a spacious dining area which, like most of the main living rooms, has new parquet floors. Behind it is a breakfast nook, which is located in a window bay; a few steps further is a modernized kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, a sink in the farmhouse, a central island with marble and glass doors onto a terrace.

From the kitchen a hallway leads to the master suite where a barn-style door opens to a bathroom with a bathtub and glass-enclosed shower. Closer to the kitchen, down the hall, is a laundry room with tile floors.

A second hallway along the stairs in the foyer is lined with built-in wardrobes. It leads to a guest room with windows to the side of the property; Next door is a full bathroom with a porcelain sink.

On the second level there are two more bedrooms and a full bathroom. One of the bedrooms has a fireplace and both have windows with sea views.

Outside space: From the back deck, from the kitchen, steps lead down to a lush back yard with a garden and mature trees. A private putting green is on one side of the yard. The freestanding two-car garage includes a second level with an open space and full bathroom that is suitable as guest accommodation or as a home office.

Taxes: $ 41,916 (estimated)

Contact: Gary Kooba, Vista Sotheby’s International Realty, 310-722-2007;

The towns on the Orange County's coastline appreciate being close to the beach, and that's where this Laguna Beach home shines: it's less than half a mile from Shaw & # 39; s Cove and Fisherman & # 39; s Cove, where the calm water attracts a mix of families and avid swimmers. Located just blocks north of the Pacific Coast Highway, the main thoroughfare of Laguna Beach, the property is also within walking distance of art galleries and casual restaurants.

The neighboring cities of Newport Beach and Huntington Beach are less than half an hour away. The main campus of the University of California, Irvine, is approximately a 15-minute drive away.

Size: 2,524 square feet

Price per square meter: $ 1,305

Inside: This home has a low front gate framed by palm trees that separates the walkway from the lawn. The covered veranda has space for a bench.

Behind the front door is a foyer with high ceilings. To the left is a formal living room with a fireplace; to the right is a formal dining area.

A butler's pantry connects the dining area with the kitchen, which was updated in 2020 with new Thermador appliances and stone counters. The kitchen is open to a family room with sliding glass doors that lead to a side terrace.

Behind the family room is a bedroom currently used as a study and a bathroom with a tiled shower. On the other side of the hall is a laundry room with parquet floors.

From the living room a carpeted staircase with a wooden railing leads to the second floor, also carpeted. Immediately to the right is the master bedroom with vaulted ceilings and a large private balcony facing the street. The en-suite bathroom has a double marble vanity, walk-in closet and built-in storage bench under a window.

On the other side of the hall there are two bedrooms of about the same size; each has a mirrored cabinet and a private bathroom (one with a shower and the other with a bath and shower combination). You share access to a balcony that extends over the whole house.

Outside space: From the family room, floor-to-ceiling glass doors transform the side terrace into an extension of the living space. The terrace has wooden floors and is big enough for a dining table. Both the balcony of the master suite and the balcony of the two guest rooms on the upper floor offer space for sun loungers; The second balcony is big enough to accommodate additional furniture. The attached garage has two parking spaces.

Taxes: $ 39,216 (estimated)

Contact: Amy Calvert and Tim Smith, Smith Group, Coldwell Banker Realty, 949-981-9047;

This house had only one owner, a family doctor, who worked on the design with an architect after falling in love with Mill Valley in the 1970s. The intention was to highlight the natural surroundings, which is reflected in many windows with a direct view of the trees and the use of materials such as sequoia, oak and Douglas fir. There are three owner-made fireplaces with antique mantels and moldings.

The heart of Mill Valley is just over a mile away – a five-minute walk or 30-minute drive. The hiking trails of Muir Woods National Monument are nearby and San Francisco is approximately 45 minutes' drive away.

Size: 3,875 square feet

Price per square meter: $ 839

Inside: This home is at the end of a street and its long driveway winds past the garage, with brick steps and a patio that leads to the front door.

Straight ahead, past the foyer, is a living room with vaulted wooden ceilings, floor-to-ceiling redwood beams, and a fireplace framed by an 18th-century marble cornice imported from France.

Next to the living room is a dining room overlooking the deck. On the other side of the dining area is a kitchen with a standard stove and a breakfast area in an alcove with windows facing the forest.

On the other side of this floor, next to the front door, there is an office and a guest toilet. Further back is the master suite: the bedroom has a fireplace framed by antique tiles and a carved wooden ledge; The bathroom has a double vanity and plenty of storage space.

Two flights of stairs connect this floor with the other levels: Above the main living area there is a loft seating area with an interior balcony that looks down into the main suite; On the lower level there are three guest rooms (one with a fireplace) that share a bathroom with shower and a bonus room.

Attached to the main house, but with a separate entrance, there is a guest suite with a complete bathroom and kitchenette.

Outside space: The main deck adjacent to the dining room and kitchen is large enough for separate dining and lounge areas and is connected to a brick terrace that provides additional space for entertainment. A path from the patio leads to the driveway and the three-car garage.

Taxes: $ 49,404 (estimated)

Contact: Jonathan Marks, Compass, 415-307-0505;

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