Los Angeles | $3.395 Million
A 1964 midcentury-modern house with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, on a 0.3-acre lot
This house is in the Doñas, an area in the Studio City neighborhood populated with midcentury homes. It is close to Laurel Canyon, less than five minutes from Laurel Canyon Dog Park and about 10 minutes from Hollywood. The Fryman Canyon trailhead, popular with hikers and dog walkers because of its views of the Hollywood Hills, is also nearby.
Driving to the Hollywood Bowl or Universal City, home to the Universal Studios theme park and the CityWalk outdoor shopping and dining center, takes about 10 minutes. Downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills are about half an hour away.
Size: 3,186 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,066
Indoors: A path steps up from the sidewalk, leading to double front doors framed by a covered entryway.
Past the threshold is a small entry area that flows into a living room with wide-plank floors, high ceilings, skylights and a fireplace with a raised hearth. This space is open to the dining area beyond, which has floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that offer access to the backyard and pool area.
On the other side of the dining area is a kitchen with a large center island, white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and space for a breakfast table.
The primary bedroom, off the living room, has a walk-in closet, an en suite bathroom with a sleek porcelain soaking tub and a glass-walled shower, and sliding-glass doors that open to a small deck overlooking the pool.
The bedroom next door has street-facing windows and an attached bathroom with a separate tub and shower. The third bedroom, off the foyer, also has an en suite bathroom.
Outdoor space: At the center of the backyard is a swimming pool and in-ground spa surrounded by concrete and artificial grass, with room for lounge chairs on a raised platform. There is also a patio with a barbecue, used for outdoor dining. The attached garage has two parking spots.
Taxes: $42,432 (estimated)
Contact: David Parnes, The Agency, and Christina Collins, Carolwood Estates, 949-872-6865; theagencyre.com
Healdsburg | $3.5 Million
A 175-acre ranch with a three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom farmhouse built in 1920 and a two-bedroom, one-bathroom guesthouse
This property is about 15 minutes from the center of Healdsburg, a city with farm-to-table restaurants, wine-tasting rooms and a beach on the Russian River with lifeguards and a picnic area.
Geyserville, another popular Russian River community, is half an hour away. Driving to Bodega Bay, on the coast, takes about an hour. San Francisco and Sacramento are about two hours away.
Size: 2,400 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,458
Indoors: A long driveway leads from the road to the front of the main house, which has a wide covered porch with plenty of room for a bench or swing.
The front door opens into a living room with Douglas fir floors, a wood-burning fireplace with a white-brick surround, large windows overlooking the porch and French doors that open to a sunny bedroom currently used as a home office.
Through a wide doorway is a dining room with tall, white-painted wainscoting and a delicate glass chandelier with a floral motif. This room connects to a spacious kitchen with white cabinetry, a white subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, room for a dining table and outdoor access. A half bathroom is off the kitchen.
The primary bedroom is near the dining room, with large windows looking out on mature trees. A small room attached to the bedroom, with glass doors that offer outdoor access, could be used as a den or a nursery.
The other bedroom is off the living room, with a large closet and space for a queen-size bed. The full bathroom is also in this part of the house, with a double vanity and a walk-in shower lined with white subway tile.
The guesthouse is within walking distance of the main house. It has an open living room and kitchen, as well as two bedrooms and a full bathroom.
Outdoor space: The property has several structures in addition to the main house and guesthouse, including a cabana near the swimming pool, a detached building the sellers use as a workout studio and a four-car garage. There are also wide swaths of land that could be turned into vineyards or used for equestrian facilities. Walking or horseback riding around the property offers views of meadows, mature trees and sections of Wallace Creek.
Taxes: $43,752 (estimated)
Contact: Craig Sikes and Hunter Sikes, Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, 707-322-7300; sothebysrealty.com
Palm Springs | $3.45 Million
A four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom Spanish-style house built in 1999, on a 0.5-acre lot
This house is in the Movie Colony section of Palm Springs, near a large estate that once belonged to Cary Grant. It is close to some of the city’s most popular restaurants and resorts, and across the street from Ruth Hardy Park, which has tennis courts, a basketball court and lawns for lounging and picnicking.
Palm Springs International Airport is less than 10 minutes away. Driving to La Quinta or Palm Desert takes about 35 minutes. Joshua Tree National Park is an hour away. Los Angeles is a two-hour drive.
Size: 3,533 square feet
Price per square foot: $977
Indoors: The house is set back from the street, behind a wall covered in flowering foliage. A path crosses an lawn, past a stone fountain, to double front doors.
Past the threshold is an entry area with hardwood floors and access to a den that has a bay of front-yard-facing windows. The hardwood floors in the foyer continue into the main living space, which has a colorful tiled fireplace in one corner and sliding-glass doors with shutters that open to a patio and the pool area beyond.
Through a wide doorway is a dining room with a red accent wall and a built-in bar that has a beverage refrigerator. This space connects to a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, including a Wolf range; dark wood cabinetry; a breakfast bar; and another dining area. The adjacent family room overlooks the pool area. A powder room and a laundry room are also in this part of the house.
Three of the bedroom suites are off a hallway extending from the foyer. The primary suite, at the far end, has a fireplace, sliding-glass doors that open to the back patio and a bathroom with an oversized walk-in shower and two vanities. The other two bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with walk-in showers and front-yard-facing windows.
The fourth bedroom is off the den and has an en suite bathroom with a glass-walled shower.
Outdoor space: The covered patio behind the house has a shaded area for grilling and outdoor dining. The pool and in-ground spa have views of palm trees and mountains in the distance, and the surrounding yard is landscaped with artificial grass. The attached garage has three parking spots.
Taxes: $43,128 (estimated)
Contact: Rod Douglas, Compass, 310-809-9679; compass.com
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