Sierra Madre | $ 2.6 million
A modern, mid-century, three bedroom, three and a half bathroom home on 0.7 acres
Sierra Madre, a small town at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, is known for its annual Wistaria Festival and its proximity to the Angeles National Forest. This home was designed in 1965 by Harlan H. Pedersen, a local architect, using rustic colors and materials that reflect the surroundings.
The property is a 10-minute drive from Mount Wilson Trail, which is popular with hikers. Pasadena and Monrovia are about 15 minutes away.
Size: 3,152 square feet
Price per square meter: $ 825
Inside: A long driveway leads from the street to the base of the house, where stone steps lead to the glass front door.
The foyer is bright with a skylight built into the wood-paneled ceiling. On the left there is a dining room with parquet floor; on one side there is a small room that is used as a painting room. Through the dining room is a galley style kitchen with quartz countertops and custom cabinetry.
Steps lead down from the kitchen and dining room, past a half bathroom, to a sunken great room with floor-to-ceiling windows that bring in the mountain views. The mid-century hanging lamps are original, as is the fireplace, which is set into a brick wall. Glass doors open to a balcony that extends the length of the room.
Off the living room is a den with a wood-paneled ceiling; It also has access to the balcony.
Stairs from the center of the house lead to the second level where there are two bedrooms from an interior balcony that looks down into the great room. Turning left at the top of the stairs takes you to the master bedroom, which has a private balcony and en-suite bathroom with a deep soaking tub and separate steam shower. At the other end of the hall is a guest bedroom with a sloping ceiling and an en-suite bathroom that recently added a walk-in shower.
The lower level of the house is set up as a guest suite with a living room, bedroom and full bathroom as well as a wine cellar and laundry room.
Outside space: The two balconies offer plenty of space to admire the landscape with seating. Next to the driveway is a basketball and pickleball court, and behind the house is a swimming pool with a waterfall and attached spa and a paved area for lounge chairs. The attached garage has a parking space; there is room for more cars in the driveway.
Taxes: $ 33,024 (estimated)
Contact: Travis Bayles and Steven Moran, The Agency, 626-230-4759 or 973-464-4455; theagencyre.com
Burlingame | $ 2,598 million
A 1936 three bedroom, one and a half bathroom Tudor Revival home on 0.1 acre lot
This home is in the Easton Addition neighborhood of Burlingame, across from a private Catholic elementary school and less than one block from a branch of the public library. Burlingame is nestled on the coast of San Francisco Bay, and parks and play areas overlooking the bay are a five-minute drive away.
The pedestrian-friendly city center with its independent boutiques and restaurants is about five minutes away. A CalTrain station about a mile from this house carries passengers to San Francisco and San Jose. San Francisco International Airport is a 10-minute drive away.
Size: 1,980 square meters
Price per square meter: $ 1,312
Inside: The picture-perfect facade of this house is well preserved, with green shutters, a matching window box on the second floor and a vaulted stone entrance.
The entrance door opens into a foyer with a parquet floor. To the right is a formal living room with vaulted ceilings, white painted beams, and a fireplace with a simple white mantelpiece.
Through this space is a formal dining room with an adjoining sunroom that could serve as a bright den or playroom. The dining room adjoins the kitchen, which has been updated with stainless steel appliances, including a Wolf range with a copper hood and white subway tile backing. A wide door leads to a breakfast room with its original 1930s fixtures and windows overlooking the back yard. There is also a mudroom with an attached toilet on this side of the house.
A staircase leads from the foyer to the second level, where there are three bedrooms and a bathroom. Immediately to the left of the stairs is a room large enough for a queen bed. Next door is a full bathroom with lavender tiles and an alcove bathtub. Across the bathroom is the master bedroom, the largest of the three, and across the hall is a smaller bedroom with access to a private terrace.
Outside space: A brick terrace with space for a dining table and a grill is located behind the house, overlooking a grassy garden with hydrangeas and rose bushes as well as hedges and mature trees that offer privacy to the neighboring houses. The attached garage has space for one car.
Taxes: $ 34,032 (estimated)
Contact: Lisa Karson, Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, 650-759-4644; sothebysrealty.com
Coronado | $ 2,569,900
A renovated three bedroom, three bath Victorian cottage built in 1889 on 0.1 acre lot
The seller who bought this house in 2015 has completely remodeled it over the past six years, adding a small swimming pool and rebuilding the garage. Other upgrades include new plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems, and converting the second level into a bedroom and living room suite.
The property is in a quiet neighborhood of Coronado, away from the busier routes that take commuters and day-trippers to downtown San Diego. The beach is just over half a mile away, with lifeguard stands, fire pits, and a section designated as a dog park.
Size: 2,228 square feet
Price per square meter: $ 1,153
Inside: A path from the sidewalk to the entrance of the house leads past a fire table made of bricks that were part of the original foundation.
The front door opens into a living room with a brick fireplace, two ceiling fans, and black and white floors that continue into an alcove currently used as a home office. A barn-style door in the corner opens to reveal a guest room large enough to hold a large bed. Another guest room is right next to the living room and has windows facing the street.
Behind the office there is an open kitchen and dining area. On the kitchen side of the room, subway tiles form a backsplash and extend from the floor to the ceiling of a wall. The stainless steel appliances include a new series with six burners. Wooden floors extend across the room, from the kitchen to the dining area, where glass doors open to the stern deck.
Between the kitchen and the office corner there is a full bathroom with additional subway tiles that line the walk-in shower.
A staircase leads from the kitchen to the carpeted second level, where an open space at the landing is set up as a cave. Around the corner is the master bedroom with its own bathroom and access to a large room that could be converted into a closet. Another bathroom with a deep soaking tub and a wall of patterned tile is also on this level.
Outside space: Behind the house is a wooden deck large enough to accommodate a couple of lounge chairs and a small table. There is a plunge pool between the house and the garage. The garage offers storage space and two parking spaces.
Taxes: $ 26,988 (estimated)
Contact: Lisa Padilla, Compass, 858-717-9350; kompass.com
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