$3.7 Million Homes in California

This 1963 house is in the bustling Old Las Palmas neighborhood, a few blocks from Palm Canyon, with easy access to shopping and dining on Palm Canyon Drive. It is a 10-minute walk from a coffee shop, a gastro pub and an ice cream shop, and a 15-minute walk from Billy Reed’s, a restaurant and bakery that has been in business since 1975.

An Albertsons grocery store, a Walgreens pharmacy and Palm Springs Art Museum are five minutes away by car. The golf courses of La Quinta are 45 minutes away. Los Angeles is a two-hour drive.

Size: 3,125 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,182

Indoors: A gate and tall hedges shelter this property from the street, creating a private front yard landscaped with succulents.

The double doors at the entrance open into a bright foyer with terrazzo-tile floors that continue into a sunken living room with floor-to-ceiling windows facing the patio and swimming pool. A three-sided stone fireplace separates the living room from a dining room with more floor-to-ceiling windows. Behind this space is an updated kitchen with a large center island and stainless steel Viking appliances, including a double wall oven.

The primary suite is on the other side of the house, off a hallway extending from the foyer. The bedroom has more terrazzo-tile floors and expansive windows, as well as sliding-glass doors that open to the pool area. The bathroom has terrazzo-tile floors, a shower lined with blue tile and sliding-glass doors that open to a private patio with an outdoor shower.

Two more bedrooms are off the hallway. One is currently used as a den and media room; the other has an en suite bathroom and a private patio.

Another bedroom suite, with outdoor access and a walk-in shower, is off the kitchen.

Outdoor space: The pool behind the house is surrounded by tall hedges and a concrete deck that has ample space for lounge chairs, with views of tall palm trees and the San Jacinto Mountains in the distance. The attached garage holds two cars; there is room to park two more in the driveway.

Taxes: $46,188 (estimated)

Contact: Jeff Kohl, The Agency, 310-625-9035; theagencyre.com


This house is in Lower Mission Canyon, on a quiet, tree-lined street about 10 minutes by car from downtown. It is less than two miles from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and about five minutes from Old Mission Santa Barbara and Stevens Park, which has a playground and popular hiking trails. Driving to Thousand Steps Beach or the U.C. Santa Barbara campus takes about 20 minutes.

The wineries of Ojai and Vandenberg Space Force Base are about an hour away. Driving to Los Angeles takes two hours.

Size: 2,864 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,290

Indoors: A paved path leads from the driveway to the front door, which opens into a foyer with wide-plank hardwood floors and access to a powder room. The hardwood flooring continues straight ahead, into a living room with a fireplace and backyard-facing windows.

Nearby is a dining room with built-in cabinets and French doors that open to a covered patio. Off the dining room is a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a large island topped with butcher block. On the other side of the kitchen is a family room with enough space for a sofa and an entertainment center.

Two bedrooms with beamed ceilings and built-in window seats are off a hallway extending from the foyer. They share the full bathroom that sits between them.

The second floor is configured as one large primary suite, reached from stairs in the foyer. The bedroom has a window seat, a fireplace and a private balcony. It is connected to the bathroom, which has a walk-in shower and separate soaking tub, by a dressing area.

Outdoor space: The covered patio off the dining room currently holds a swinging bench. It steps down to the backyard, which is landscaped with grass and mature trees, and includes open spaces for grilling, eating and lounging. The attached garage holds two cars.

Taxes: $38,797 (estimated)

Contact: Dusty Baker, Caitlin Racich and Greg Moss, Dusty Baker Group, Sotheby’s International Realty, Montecito Brokerage, 805-570-0102; sothebysrealty.com


This house is on Belvedere Island, linked by a spit of land to Tiburon. It is half a mile from the San Francisco Yacht Club and Belvedere Park, which has a playground and basketball courts. A grocery store, a movie theater and a public library are about five minutes away by car, in Tiburon, along with a ferry terminal.

Mount Tamalpais State Park, which has hiking trails and camping spots with views of the ocean and of Muir Woods, is 20 minutes away. Driving across the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco takes about 35 minutes.

Size: 2,344 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,578

Indoors: The property is gated, with a path leading from the detached garage to the main entrance off a wide deck.

The foyer has hardwood floors and access to a full bathroom. The hardwood flooring continues into a living room with beamed ceilings, a fireplace with a simple white mantle and glass doors that open to the deck.

The living room and foyer both have access to the kitchen, which has white cabinetry, a center island, stainless steel appliances and a windowed dining area. Off the dining area is a sunroom with built-in cabinetry and seating, large windows and French doors that open to another deck.

The primary suite, off the foyer, has enough space for a king-size bed and a bathroom with a deep soaking tub and a shower with two entrances.

Three more bedrooms, one with a fireplace and another with an en suite bathroom, are on the lower level, reached from stairs in the kitchen. A den with its own exterior entrance is also on this level.

Outdoor space: In addition to the front and back decks, there is an expansive stone patio at the front of the house, with a fire pit and a built-in kitchen that includes a grill and a pizza oven. A lawn framed by mature hedges and trees is at the back of the house, off the den. The detached garage holds one car.

Taxes: $46,248 (estimated)

Contact: Adam Gavzer, Compass, 415-505-0714; compass.com

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