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$2.6 Million Homes in California

The sellers, who bought this house in 2017, meticulously restored it to its original state and incorporated sustainable upgrades, including landscaping the property with native plants and installing a low-waste irrigation system.

The house is about a five-minute drive from a busy stretch of Ventura Boulevard, a Ralphs grocery store, several restaurants and Taft Charter High School. The beaches of Malibu are about half an hour away; Studio City is a 20-minute drive.

Size: 3,308 square feet

Price per square foot: $784

Indoors: A driveway leads from the street to the front entrance, where double doors open into a living area with glass walls that fill the space with natural light and a long balcony overlooking the hillside. One bedroom is on this level, off the living area; it also has access to the balcony.

To the left of the entrance is a dining area; a full bathroom and a closet are around the corner. The kitchen, behind the dining room, has stainless steel appliances, including a dedicated beverage refrigerator; an island with space for three bar stools; and sliding-glass doors that open to the pool area.

From the center of the house, stairs lead down to the lower level, where there is a den with access to a deck. The primary suite is also on this level, off a hallway from the den; it includes a sitting area with a fireplace, a bathroom with a walk-in shower and access to a private patio. Another guest room is off the hallway, along with an office and a full bathroom.

Outdoor space: The home has several outdoor spaces, including a deck surrounding the pool, a patio with an outdoor kitchen and a private sitting area at the top of the property, with sweeping views of the landscape.

Taxes: $32,952 (estimated)

Contact: Benjamin Kahle, DPP Real Estate, 310-779-4578; dppre.com


Rockridge is one of Oakland’s oldest neighborhoods, with tree-lined streets and well-preserved homes dating to the early 20th century. This home is within a half-mile of a boba tea cafe, a vegan restaurant and a gastro pub near the intersection of Chabot Road and College Avenue. A Trader Joe’s and a Safeway supermarket are also nearby, as is the public Chabot Elementary School.

The property is a few blocks from the Rockridge BART station, putting it within a half-hour of downtown Oakland and downtown San Francisco via public transportation.

Size: 3,234 square feet

Price per square foot: $802

Indoors: A stone path leads from the sidewalk to the entrance. The front door opens into a wallpapered foyer with hardwood floors.

To the right is a living room with a fireplace and original pocket doors that open to a sunroom with windows on three sides.

The dining room is also off the living room; it connects to a sunny kitchen with a Heath-tile backsplash, a center island and space for a table near doors that open to the backyard. A powder room is between the kitchen and stairs that lead to the basement level.

On the second level, near the stair landing, is a family room with a street-facing Juliet balcony and room for a small sofa. A guest room is off this space. The primary bedroom, at the end of the upstairs hall, has a built-in window seat flanked by bookshelves and an en suite bathroom tiled in shades of light green. Another guest room is next door; it has the use of a full bathroom with bright blue tile off the hall.

From the family room, stairs lead to the third floor, which could serve as a fourth bedroom or a playroom.

In the basement, there is another flexible space currently used as a den. A laundry room and a storage closet are also on this level.

The garage has been converted into a home office with a built-in desk and custom shelving.

Outdoor space: A wood deck at the back of the house has enough room to hold a dining table and chairs. The patio behind is shaded by mature trees and has a firepit at the center.

Taxes: $32,436 (estimated)

Contact: Maxi Lilley, Red Oak Realty, 510-919-8997; maxililley.com


Laguna Niguel is in the San Joaquin Hills, and many of the homes there, including this one, have sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. This house is about a 10-minute drive from the shops and dining at Dana Point and a five-minute drive from Salt Corridor Regional Park and Niguel Botanical Preserve. The city of Irvine is about 20 minutes away.

Size: 2,628 square feet

Price per square foot: $985

Indoors: During a recent renovation, this house received new floors, lighting and appliances, as well as a new furnace and epoxy floors in the garage.

The double front doors, around the corner from the garage, open into a living area with wide-plank Canadian spruce floors and a fireplace flanked by floating shelves. There is space for a dining table near a large window overlooking the yard. A few steps beyond is an open kitchen with a center island, stainless steel appliances and a door to the garage.

Around the corner from the living area is an open space that could be a den, a family room or a home office; it has sliding-glass doors that lead to the backyard.

The primary suite is on the other side of the house, with a large window facing a mature tree. The bedroom has a walk-in closet with custom shelving; the bathroom has a marble-tile-lined shower with glass walls and a separate soaking tub.

Next door is a guest room with an en suite bathroom. Two more bedrooms are nearby; they share a bathroom with a glass-walled shower.

Outdoor space: A deck off the family room has space for a dining table. The yard beyond is landscaped with grass and mature trees. The attached garage holds two cars.

Taxes: $32,352 (estimated)

Contact: JoJo Romeo and Madison Beckley, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, 949-350-9363; sothebysrealty.com

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