San Francisco | $3.695 Million
An Edwardian house with five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.06-acre lot
Built in 1906, this home reflects the architectural trends of early 20th-century San Francisco. Its facade resembles those of the Victorian-era, Queen Anne-style homes in the city, but with less ornamentation, much like the Arts & Crafts homes that became popular in California a few years later.
It is in the mostly residential Jordan Park neighborhood, within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of Laurel Heights and the Presidio, a national park with views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Size: 3,909 square feet
Price per square foot: $945
Indoors: Stairs lead from the sidewalk to the enclosed front porch, which has an original stained-glass window painted in shades of pink and green.
Beyond the front door is a foyer with a central staircase to the upper floors. To the left of the entry is a formal living room with a bay of street-facing windows. During a 2008 renovation, special care was taken to preserve many of the decorative details, including the moldings and plasterwork on the main level.
To the right of the front door is a formal dining room with a built-in sideboard and a bench seat set underneath the stained glass-window facing the porch. Also on this side of the house is a kitchen with a Viking range and granite countertops. Both the dining room and the kitchen have access to the rear deck.
There are three bedrooms on the second level. At the front of the house, facing the street, is the primary bedroom, large enough to hold a king-size bed and a sitting area. The en suite bathroom has a marble shower with a bench, and access to a Juliet balcony.
The rear half of the second floor has two guest rooms roughly equal in size, connected by a bathroom with two porcelain pedestal sinks and a combination tub and shower.
A small set of stairs leads up to a third level, where an open family room has vaulted ceilings and a balcony with views of the city. Another guest room is off this space.
The garden level, reached from stairs off the kitchen, has a large, open room as well as a guest bedroom. The bathroom on this level has a walk-in shower and an attached laundry room.
Outdoor space: Off the main level is a deck overlooking the backyard, with space for a table and chairs. An outdoor staircase connects the deck to the upstairs balcony and to the grassy backyard. The lower-level den also has backyard access. The garage, which includes a wine cellar, holds two cars.
Taxes: $45,080 (estimated)
Contact: Mary Lou Castellanos, Sotheby’s International Realty, 415-901-1769; sothebysrealty.com
Malibu | $3.695 Million
A renovated beach house built in 1960, with two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.04-acre lot
The Malibu section of the Pacific Coast Highway, which runs from Orange County to Mendocino, is a popular spot for buyers looking for beachfront property with easy access to Santa Monica and the west side of Los Angeles.
This house was renovated by the seller, who bought it in 2012. It has access to a rocky beach and is within walking distance of a sandy beach. Moonshadows, a popular neighborhood restaurant, is five minutes away on foot, while the Malibu Country Mart, an outdoor shopping and dining center, is a 10-minute drive.
Size: 2,006 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,842
Indoors: From the street, a gate opens to the outdoor entryway, which includes the front door to the house and stairs leading down to the beach.
The main living area is laid out in open-plan style, to bring ocean views into almost every part of the house. Near the front door is a kitchen with Miele appliances and a Gaggenau wine refrigerator. The dark-wood cabinets are custom-made, and the countertops are Caesarstone.
Hardwood floors flow into the dining and living areas, where a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows faces the ocean. Sleek decorative lighting hangs over the dining space, and a fireplace is built into one of the living room walls. Just off the front door is a powder room.
Through a door on the right side of the living room is a staircase to the second level, where there is a large, open space that could be used as a home office, an exercise or play area, or as guest quarters. To the left of this area is the primary suite, designed by the owner to resemble a hotel room. Just inside the space is a walk-in closet, followed by a glass-walled bathroom that could be frosted for privacy or left clear to bring sea views into the shower. The double vanity has a Caesarstone counter and two square basin sinks. The bedroom has a built-in fireplace and access to a private balcony.
To the right of the stairs is a guest suite that could hold two full-size beds, with an attached bathroom that has a walk-in shower.
Outdoor space: Off the main living area is an oceanfront deck, large enough to hold a dining table and lounge chairs, surrounded by a low glass wall. Part of the space is shaded by a roof overhang, and outdoor heat lamps are built in. The deck and upstairs balcony offer views of Palos Verdes, Santa Monica and Catalina Island. The attached garage holds two cars.
Taxes: $46,935 (estimated)
Contact: Preston Gazowsky, Branden Williams and Rayni Romito Williams, Williams & Williams Estates Group, Hilton & Hyland, 310-691-5935; 20532pch.com
La Jolla | $3.695 Million
A 1945 house with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
This house was once occupied by members of the Kellogg family, a name that frequently appears in histories of La Jolla. It is less than five minutes on foot from the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, founded in 1927 and sold in 1935 to Frederick William Kellogg, who owned a chain of newspapers in California.
The center of La Jolla is about a five-minute drive. A number of beaches, including Children’s Pool Beach, which has a concrete breakwater designed to create a safe wading pool, are 10 minutes away by car. San Diego International Airport and downtown San Diego are about 20 minutes south.
Size: 2,380 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,553
Indoors: A white picket fence surrounds the front yard, and a brick footpath leads to the main entrance.
Behind the front door is the living room, which has walnut plank floors, original crown moldings and a fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves.
To the left of the living room are two guest rooms with custom built-ins; they share a hallway bathroom.
To the right of the living room are a dining area with a built-in window seat and an open kitchen. Remodeled in 2013, the kitchen has Sub-Zero appliances and a center island topped with Carrara marble.
A butler’s pantry connects the kitchen to a spacious home office with built-in desks and storage. Off this room is a guest bedroom with an attached bathroom that has a walk-in shower and marble floors. A short hallway leads to stairs that ascend to the primary suite.
Like the spaces on the main level, the primary suite has walnut plank floors and custom built-in cabinets and bookshelves, as well as a dedicated sitting area. The bathroom, updated during the 2013 renovation, has a marble vanity and a glass-walled shower.
Outdoor space: A door in the living room opens to a flagstone patio with space for barbecuing and outdoor dining. The outdoor area is trimmed with English garden-inspired hedges and flowering plants, and tucked into a corner is a hot tub. There is a small firepit on the front lawn. The attached garage holds two cars.
Taxes: $38,798 (estimated, but the home is eligible for reduced property taxes under the Mills Act)
Contact: Eric Chodorow and Peggy Chodorow, Team Chodorow, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 858-456-6850, and Michelle Dykstra, Compass, 858-344-7653; teamchodorow.com