What $four Million Buys You in California

What $4 Million Buys You in California

This home is in West Clay Park, a neighborhood that was developed in the 1910s and is known for its mansions and quiet tree-lined streets. It has been owned by the same family for 60 years and has been well looked after both inside and out. The original moldings and paneling have been preserved in many of the rooms, and the magnificent facade still has its original stucco garlands and a niche with an original statue.

Two parks are within walking distance: the Presidio, with its walking trails, 19th century fort and dramatic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, is less than half a mile away; Lincoln Park, with an 18-hole golf course, is less than a mile away.

Size: 3,870 square meters

Price per square meter: $ 1,163

Inside: Steps lead from the street to the front door, which opens into a foyer with parquet flooring and a window sill. To the right is the formal living room with original hardwood floors, a fireplace and glass doors to the front yard and street. To the left is the formal dining room with more original hardwood floors, another fireplace, and doors that open to the deck.

A short hall connects the living room with the kitchen, which is large enough for a table. Down the hall is a den that could be used as a study, and off the kitchen is a full bathroom with windows overlooking the deck.

A staircase leads from the foyer to the second floor. At the end of the upstairs hallway is the master suite with a circular living room next to the bedroom and a full bathroom with marble tiles. At the other end of the hall are two guest bedrooms, each large enough for a queen bed. One has a bay window with a built-in bench; the other has access to a winter garden with windows. A third guest room is in the middle of the hall, as is a bathroom with a bathtub and shower combination.

On the lowest level of the house there is an open room used as a family room with white paneled walls and a fireplace. This level also has a half bathroom that doubles as a laundry room, as well as a wine cabinet with built in storage space.

Outside space: The terrace in front of the dining room is raised and offers a partial view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The attached garage, accessible from the back alley, offers space for one car.

Steer: $ 56,256 (estimated)

Contact: Ted Bartlett and Tina Bartlett Hinckley, Compass, 415-254-0711; bartlettre.com

This home was designed by a local architect as the primary residence with an emphasis on blending the indoor and outdoor spaces to maximize the views of Mill Valley's sequoias. A 2010 remodel updated the kitchen and HVAC systems.

The property is in a part of Marin County known for its Mount Tamalpais hiking trails, many of which are less than a mile away. Downtown Mill Valley is also nearby: the public library is 1 mile away and restaurants and cafes are 1 mile away. Santa Rosa and San Francisco are less than an hour away.

Size: 5,448 square feet

Price per square meter: $ 817

Inside: From the street, a driveway leads past the garage and stops near the house entrance.

Behind the front door there is a foyer that leads into a sunken living room. The standout feature of this room is a fireplace with a rock surround that extends nearly 20 feet to the ceiling.

To the left of the living room is a kitchen with two ovens, two dishwashers and a stove that is integrated into an oversized center island. The kitchen looks out onto a dining room that is open to the lower-lying living room; Both the dining room and the kitchen have access to a terrace. On this level there is also a guest room with its own balcony and bathroom.

The master suite and another guest room are on the level above. The master bedroom has a high ceiling, a fireplace, two walk-in closets, an adjoining living room and a private balcony with access to the roof terrace; The en-suite bathroom has skylights, a double vanity and a shower with a glass door. The guest room next to the master suite also has a high ceiling, a private balcony and a full bathroom.

The ground floor below the main level contains an additional guest room and a full bathroom and is connected by an open hallway to an office with another balcony. A wine storage room and laundry room are also located on this floor.

The family room on the lowest level has another fireplace, an adjoining guest toilet and access to a covered terrace.

The two-story guest house, which is connected to the main house by a footpath, has a bedroom, a full bathroom and a balcony.

Outside space: The main deck of the family room extends over the hill between the surrounding trees. A wooden bench is built in on one side of the deck and there is space for lounge furniture on the other side. The covered terrace in front of the family room is a similar size, and each of the private balconies is large enough to hold at least two chairs. The roof terrace with views of Mount Tamalpais has a wooden railing and tile floors. The detached garage has two parking spaces and an additional space that could be an art studio or a gym.

Steer: $ 55,620 Estimated

Contact: Pattie Lawton, Sotheby’s International Realty, San Francisco Brokerage, 415-901-1700; sothebysrealty.com

The Eastern Columbia Building has been a popular part of the downtown Los Angeles skyline for nearly a century, known for its distinctive turquoise terracotta tiles and the four-story clock tower adorned with neon lights. It was originally the seat of a department store, but was converted into condominiums in 2004, a project that has won numerous historical monuments.

The neighborhood offers a mix of retail and nightlife. The Orpheum Theater, a popular concert hall, is across the street, as is a historic cinema that now houses an Apple Store. Less than a mile away is the Staples Center, the home arena of two N.B.A. Teams, a W.N.B.A. Team and an N.H.L. Team.

Size: 3,320 square meters

Price per square meter: $ 1,355

Inside: This penthouse is the largest unit of the building and one of the largest lofts in downtown Los Angeles.

The front door opens to a large room with hardwood floors, high ceilings, concrete walls, exposed ducts, and large windows with custom-made electronic window coverings.

To the left is an open plan kitchen with stainless steel cabinets and appliances including a Viking range and refrigerator. Most of the rest of the space is a living area with a balcony accessed through a glass door at the other end. Between the kitchen and living area there is a bathroom with a black tiled walk-in shower.

In the middle of the room there is a metal and wooden staircase that leads to the second floor, which could be used as a bedroom, second living room or study. In a niche there is a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a marble bathtub and a chrome-plated vanity.

The stairs lead on to the third level, where an interior balcony offers a view of the floors below and glass doors lead to an outside terrace. In one corner of this floor there is a bar with a marble counter and a wine fridge.

At the top of the stairs is the fourth floor configured as a large master suite. A wide window offers a city view and a skylight above the bed provides more light. The en suite bathroom is similar to the bathroom on the floor below, with a marble tub and a floor tiled in black, white and gray.

The seller has commissioned a plan for a private elevator; it was approved by the building and could be installed by the new owner.

Outside space: This unit has two decks, both of which have expansive city views: the first, on the lowest level, is large enough for a row of chairs and a cafe table; the second, on the third floor, is slightly larger and connects to the building's rooftop pool. The complex also has a gym, garden and outdoor fireplace. This unit has a storage area and two parking spaces in a closed structure.

Steer: $ 56,256 (estimated, but the home is eligible for reduced property taxes under the Mills Act, which provides economic incentives for homeowners to obtain historic real estate) plus a monthly community fee of $ 1,478

Contact: Bill Cooper, Coldwell Banker Realty, 310-721-2455; Coldwellbanker.com

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