Montecito | $ 2.95 million
A 1922 Spanish style four bedroom, four bath home on 0.6 acre lot
This house was designed by architect Wallace Neff for John Willis Baer, president of the Occidental College from 1906 to 1916, and incorporates Spanish and Mediterranean elements. The original tiles throughout the house remain intact, as does a raised platform in the living room designed to be occupied by musicians at large parties.
The ocean and a number of upscale resorts are within blocks of the property, as are shops including organic markets and bakeries.
Cut: 3684 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 801
Inside: Behind a door is a driveway which leads to the front of the house, where there are two entrances: an entrance door which opens into a bright hall and a second door, an external staircase, which leads directly to the scene in the formal living room.
The living room is to the right of the entrance hall, with high ceilings and a fireplace topped with blue and white tiles. Next to the living room is a veranda with floor-to-ceiling windows and patio doors that open onto the courtyard.
To the left of the front door is a dining room with more glass doors opening onto the back yard. A hallway connects this space to the kitchen, which has original Saltillo tile floors, inlaid with blue and white tiles that resemble those produced by famous Malibu pottery in the 1920s. Appliances are made of stainless steel and l he central island is covered with green marble.
A hallway connects the breakfast room to an office large enough to be used as a guest bedroom, with exposed beams and an original wooden door. On this side of the house is also a bedroom with Saltillo tiled floors. The study and the bedroom have their own bathrooms.
From the foyer, a staircase lined with decorative tiles leads to the second level. To the left of the landing is the master suite, which has a stucco fireplace in one corner and a balcony overlooking the park. The private bathroom has sky blue tiles surrounding the tub, shower and mirrors.
To the right of the upstairs landing are two guest rooms, one with a balcony; they share a white tiled bathroom with a combined tub and shower.
Outdoor space: From the back of the house, a brick path crosses the courtyard to a terrace large enough to contain a dining table. The estate includes a grove with trees bearing plum, persimmon, peach and apricots. A former owner, a bird lover, has added an aviary to the property, lit at night by 18 iron lamps. The attached garage contains two cars.
Taxes: $ 34,224 (estimated)
Contact: Jenny Easter, The Easter Team, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 805-570-0403; easterteamrealtors.com
Palo Alto | $ 2,999 million
A mid-century modern house built in 1956, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, on 0.1 acre lot
This house, one of more than 2,700 in Palo Alto built by famous developer Joseph Eichler, has been modernized in an effort to maintain its mid-century aesthetic. The sellers, who bought it in 2009, added a new roof, solar panels, and new heating and air conditioning systems.
It is within walking distance of the Eichler Swimming and Tennis Club, also built by Mr. Eichler, and a public elementary school. Stanford University’s main campus is about a 10-minute drive, as is the historic Old Palo Alto district.
Cut: 1867 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 1,606
Inside: A door at the front of the house opens onto a paved path that crosses an enclosed courtyard, a common feature in Eichler homes. At the end of the courtyard is the front door; beyond is a hallway connecting the kitchen, living room and bedrooms.
To the right of the front door is an updated galley style kitchen with sliding glass doors that give access to a side yard. Across from the kitchen is a dining area with a built-in desk and a glass wall overlooking the front yard.
The entrance hall and kitchen are connected to a living room with hardwood floors, a fireplace and a floor-to-ceiling glass wall facing the back yard.
To the left of the front door is a hallway that leads to the bedrooms. A hallway from this hall connects a guest bedroom to a sunny master suite which has access to the back yard; the private bathroom has a bath and a shower, separated from a dressing table and a cupboard by a door.
Another bedroom, with windows facing the courtyard, is connected to a room currently used as a den; this space could also be a bedroom, and has a private entrance from the courtyard. Also off the hallway is a second full bathroom, utility room and built-in linen closet.
Outdoor space: The living room and master bedroom have access to a paved patio bordered by succulents; it is large enough to hold a dining table and lounge chairs. The backyard is flat, with plenty of room to hold play equipment. Mature citrus trees near the perimeter provide shade, privacy, and fresh lemons on request.
Taxes: $ 35,988 (estimated)
Contact: Dulcy Freeman, Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, 650-804-8884; sothebysrealty.com
Huntington Beach | $ 2,999 million
A Mediterranean semi-detached house built in 2005 and recently renovated, with four bedrooms and four bathrooms, in a gated community of 138 units
This home is in the Waterfront, a community located behind several beach resorts along the Huntington Beach coast. The beach is about a 10 minute walk and community amenities include a swimming pool, landscaped green areas, and private security. The vendors have spent the past year renovating the home, adding a new kitchen, new bathrooms, Lutron lighting, and a smart thermostat.
Huntington Beach Pier and the town’s downtown area are approximately 1 mile away. Newport Beach is about five miles to the south, along the Pacific Coast Highway; Los Angeles is about an hour’s drive north.
Cut: 2961 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 1,013
Inside: This house faces one of the community lawns. The entrance is through an exterior colonnade which runs along the private courtyard of the house.
The front door, next to the colonnade, opens directly into an upscale entrance hall. To the right is a small living room with a large arched window overlooking the front patio. To the left, an open living room with oak floors, a marble-clad fireplace and built-in drawers framed by plaster moldings.
Oak floors extend into a dining room with glass doors leading out to the courtyard and a wet bar that includes a built-in Miele espresso machine. The dining room is connected to a kitchen with a central island topped with marble and a La Cornue range; like the other areas of the main living room, the kitchen faces the private courtyard.
Also on this level, just off the entrance, is a guest bedroom with an adjoining office and en suite bathroom.
Three other bedrooms are on the second floor. The master bedroom has a fitted wardrobe and walk-in closet with a dressing table, as well as an en-suite bathroom with a separate tub and shower and a double vanity unit with black marble and gold colored hardware.
Next door is a bedroom with a dark floral accent wall; another guest bedroom, with a Juliet balcony, follows. Both bedrooms have a private bathroom with a walk-in shower. Upstairs is also an office with a built-in desk and space for training equipment.
Outdoor space: A small patio at the front of the house has space for a coffee table and chairs. The interior courtyard – the heart of the house – is accessible from the main entrance and through doors that run along the side of the house. It has a built-in barbecue, fireplace, fountain, tiled floor and arches adorned with lights and vines. The garage at the back of the house has two parking spaces.
Taxes: $ 35,688 (estimated), plus a monthly owner association fee of $ 473
Contact: Gio Helou, the Oppenheim group, 310-866-9410; ogroup.com
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