$2.7 Million Homes in California


This house was designed by M.J. Murphy, a builder known for his charming cottages in Carmel, where some 300 examples of his work remain. This one is about half a mile from the Carmel Plaza shopping center, putting it within walking or biking distance of popular restaurants and galleries. The golf courses of Pebble Beach and the beach are about a 10-minute drive.

The property is about 15 minutes from the luxury hotels, boutiques and restaurants along Cannery Row, in the heart of Monterey. Driving inland, to the wineries of Carmel Valley, takes about half an hour.

Size: 1,523 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,770

Indoors: The front yard is gated, with a paved path leading to a carved Dutch door that swings open into the foyer.

To the right, through an arched doorway, is a living room with hardwood floors, front-facing casement windows, a stone fireplace and a staircase to the second floor. The hardwood floors continue through another arched opening, into a dining room with a wrought-iron chandelier. The kitchen, off the dining room, has stainless steel appliances and a door to the back patio.

Two bedrooms are on the main level. The primary bedroom, which is accessible from the kitchen and from a short hall off the living room, has French doors that open to the backyard; the en suite bathroom has a walk-in shower opposite a long vanity topped by an ornate mirror. The second bedroom, off the foyer, also has an en suite bathroom. A laundry room is next door.

The second floor, which functions as a third bedroom or family room, has peaked, beamed ceilings and a diamond-paned window overlooking the neighborhood. The attached bathroom has a glass-walled shower.

Outdoor space: The back patio is big enough to hold a dining table and feels private, thanks to the tall hedges and wood fence that surround it. The detached garage, across the patio, holds two cars.

Taxes: $33,684 (estimated)

Contact: Tim Allen, Tim Allen Properties, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 831-214-1990; timallenproperties.com

This glass-walled, one-story house is in a development about 20 minutes from downtown Santa Rosa. It is about half an hour from the Old Faithful geyser in Calistoga and the wineries and tasting rooms around Healdsburg.

This part of Santa Rosa is within a 20-minute drive of popular outdoor recreation spots, including the Petrified Forest, where a walking trail winds around giant redwoods. Clear Lake is about 90 minutes away. Driving to San Francisco or Sacramento takes about two hours.

Size: 2,625 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,008

Indoors: A driveway leads from the street to the front of the house, where a door opens into an expansive great room with concrete floors, beamed ceilings and walls of glass overlooking a covered terrace in back. A fireplace is at the center of the space, with the kitchen on the right and sitting and dining areas to the left.

The kitchen has cabinetry made from German beechwood and appliances from Fisher & Paykel. A powder room is off the kitchen, as is a hallway that leads to two guest rooms with outdoor access and a full bathroom with a walk-in shower.

The primary suite is off the living side of the space. The bedroom has a walk-in closet and access to the terrace; the bathroom has a deep soaking tub and a separate shower tiled in slate.

Outdoor space: The covered terrace, which offers sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, has a full kitchen, an outdoor fireplace and plenty of space for seating. The property also includes a smaller, uncovered patio with a fire pit and room for a few chairs. Parking is available in the long driveway.

Taxes: $33,060 (estimated) and a $167 monthly homeowner association fee

Contact: Jacqueline Etchell, Sotheby’s International Realty, St. Helena Brokerage, 707-490-5119; sothebysrealty.com


This house is on a quiet street in Saint Francis Acres, a neighborhood that is about a five-minute drive from the heart of Mountain View. It is a few blocks from McKelvey Park, which has open green space and a baseball diamond. Almond Elementary School is half a mile away; Los Altos High School is less than a five-minute drive.

The property is 10 minutes from Google’s Mountain View headquarters and less than 20 minutes from the Facebook and Apple offices. Downtown San Jose is 20 minutes away. Driving to the beaches of Santa Cruz takes about 45 minutes.

Size: 1,323 square feet

Price per square foot: $2,040

Indoors: The front yard is landscaped with native plants, and the entrance is behind a wood gate.

The double front doors open into a sunny living room with high ceilings, large windows and a fireplace surrounded by floor-to-ceiling, white-painted brick. The adjacent dining area sits between the open kitchen and glass doors to the backyard. The kitchen has wood cabinetry, granite counters and stainless steel appliances, including a range with an electric cooktop.

All three bedrooms are off a hallway extending from the front of the house. The primary bedroom, at the far end, has white wood-beamed ceilings; the en suite bathroom has a combined tub and shower. Next door is a guest room big enough to hold a queen-size bed. The third bedroom has tall windows overlooking a patio on the side of the house. These two bedrooms share a bathroom off the hallway with a windowed shower.

Outdoor space: Two stone patios in the backyard offer space for dining and entertaining. The backyard is surrounded by mature fruit trees that bear oranges and apples. The carport at the front of the house has two parking spots.

Taxes: $33,732 (estimated)

Contact: Elizabeth Thompson, The Agency, 650-823-8904; theagencyre.com

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