Los Angeles | $2.195 Million
A 1931 Spanish-style house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house is in Rancho Park, in the Westside neighborhood of Los Angeles. The area takes its name from the park a block from this property, where the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center offers a basketball court and areas dedicated to archery and the French lawn game pétanque.
A nearby stretch of West Pico Boulevard is home to a Landmark movie theater and a number of restaurants, including the Apple Pan, known for its burgers and pies. The main campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, is about 10 minutes away by car, as is Culver City.
Size: 1,637 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,341
Indoors: A low fence topped by privacy hedges separates this property from the sidewalk. A wooden gate in the center opens to a courtyard shaded by mature trees, framing the entry to the home.
Past the threshold is a small foyer with hardwood floors that continue into a living room that includes a wood-burning fireplace, built-in bookshelves and windows facing the courtyard. The living room flows into a small dining room with a wrought-iron chandelier and French doors that open to a guest room recently used as a nursery.
The kitchen, just beyond, has a cheerful black-and-white checkerboard floor, stainless steel appliances, including a Wolf range, and French doors that offer access to the courtyard in back.
The primary suite and another bedroom are on the other side of the house. The primary bedroom has a bay window, a built-in entertainment center, a walk-in closet and doors that open to the courtyard; the en suite bathroom has a marble-lined shower, tub and double vanity. The guest room next door has double closets and an en suite bathroom.
A detached studio on the property currently functions as a den, with a wine refrigerator and more French doors.
Outdoor space: The rear courtyard, framed by flowering bougainvillea and citrus trees, has room for a table between two sets of steps. There is a small lawn next to the house.
Taxes: $27,432 (estimated)
Contact: Michael Grady, The Agency, 424-354-2929; theagencyre.com
San Francisco | $2.15 Million
A three-bedroom, two-bathroom condominium, in a 1913 house with two units
The houses in this neighborhood, many built in the decade after the 1906 earthquake, are a mix of single-family homes and buildings converted into two- or three-unit condominiums, like this one. This part of the city has ample access to green space: Laurel Hill Playground is less than a 10-minute walk, and a section of the Presidio, with a public golf course and a trail featuring sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, is about a mile away.
This property is a short walk from a stretch of California Street with a hardware store, two grocery stores and several coffee shops. The Laurel Heights campus of the University of California, San Francisco, is less than half a mile away.
Size: 1,925 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,117
Indoors: This unit’s main spaces are on the building’s second level. An interior staircase leads to the foyer. To the right is a living room with hardwood floors, high ceilings and windows overlooking the neighborhood. To the left is a dining room with a fireplace, a bay of windows, a built-in bar and cabinets with leaded-glass doors.
The kitchen is also on this side of the unit, with a white subway-tile backsplash and lots of storage, including a center island with a white stone top. A laundry room off the kitchen has access to the building’s shared stairwell.
All three bedrooms are off a hallway that extends from the foyer. The primary suite, at the far end of the hall, has a row of closets built into one wall and an attached bathroom with a double vanity and a separate tub and shower. One guest room is next door, with enough space for a queen-size bed; the other is big enough to hold a full-size bed and a desk. They share a bathroom off the hallway with a stall shower and a porcelain pedestal sink.
This unit also includes a den on a lower level of the building, which is reached from a separate entrance off the shared roof deck; it has built-in shelving, two large closets and enough space for a home-office setup.
Outdoor space: A deck in the back, shared between the two units, has a sofa and a coffee table. One parking spot, in a detached garage, comes with the unit.
Taxes: $26,880 (estimated), plus a $395 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Josh Burns, Sotheby’s International Realty San Francisco Brokerage, 415-307-2463; sothebysrealty.com
Kentfield | $2.195 Million
A ranch-style house built in 1956, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
Kentfield attracts home buyers not just because of its proximity to San Francisco — the city is about 40 minutes away — but because it is close to the hiking and biking trails for which Marin County is known. The public schools are another draw: The elementary and middle schools that serve this neighborhood are ranked among the best in the state.
This property is a block and a half from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, the winding street that serves as the area’s main drag. The College of Marin, a community college with a highly regarded theater program, is less than half a mile away.
Size: 2,441 square feet
Price per square foot: $899
Indoors: The house sits at the top of the steep driveway, with a white picket fence and a gate that opens onto a path to the front door.
The refinished hardwood floors in the foyer continue into the main living area, which has glass doors that open to the front yard and a double-sided rock fireplace that separates the space from the dining area. Both spaces are open to a bright kitchen with blue-and-white tile counters, blue, flower-shaped cabinet pulls and a built-in desk with a blue-and-white tile surface.
A hallway off the living room leads to three guest rooms. The one at the far end is the largest, comfortably holding a queen-size bed; each of the other two has enough space for a double bed. The bedrooms share two bathrooms off the hall, one with a sink and a combined tub and shower in matching shades of pink and the other with a blue sink and a stall shower.
The primary suite and a den are on the second floor, and are reached from stairs in the foyer. The den has high, sloped ceilings, a fireplace, a wide picture window and a balcony surrounded by trees. The primary suite has new carpet, a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a combined tub and shower.
Outdoor space: The front yard has new landscaping, a stone patio and a feeling of privacy, thanks to the mature trees. The property also has a wood deck off the driveway that offers views of the quiet neighborhood and a patio next to the hillside at the side of the house. The attached garage has room for two cars; it also includes a laundry room and a space that could be turned into an office or home gym.
Taxes: $27,432 (estimated)
Contact: Jennifer Harris-Marks, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 415-464-2424; coldwellbanker.com
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