What $900,000 Buys You in California

A Craftsman house in Sacramento, a brand-new home in Oakland and a two-bedroom condominium in Santa Monica.


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In Sacramento, a Craftsman house built around 1911, with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, is on the market for $875,000.Credit…Pineapple Labs
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In Sacramento, a Craftsman house built around 1911, with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, is on the market for $875,000.Credit…Pineapple Labs
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Details like the leaded-glass window in the foyer have been preserved for more than a century.
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Fixtures like the hand-forged pendant light in the living room were chosen to harmonize with the original details.Credit…Pineapple Labs
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The wood paneling in many Craftsman homes is dark, but a previous owner painted the paneling in the dining room and throughout the house white.
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In the kitchen, the lower cabinets and the countertops were installed during a recent update; the upper cabinets are original.Credit…Pineapple Labs
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The primary bedroom has treetop views.Credit…Pineapple Labs
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In keeping with the early-20th-century aesthetic, the sellers chose Arts-and-Crafts-inspired tiles for the primary bathroom.Credit…Pineapple Labs
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In the era before air-conditioning, it was common for Sacramento bedrooms to include open-air sleeping porches. Enclosed by an earlier owner, this one now functions as a sitting room.
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Some of the home’s ceilings are coffered, while this one, in a downstairs guest room, is finished with decorative beams.Credit…Pineapple Labs
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A side porch with a street entrance offers an ideal mix of sun and shade.
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A brand-new house in Oakland, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, is on the market for $875,000.Credit…Peter Lyons for Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty
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This sleek, modern rowhouse is one of four on the block.Credit…Peter Lyons for Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty
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Polished-concrete floors line the open first level, which includes a sitting area and a kitchen.
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A large window and sliding-glass doors face the patio, filling the space with natural light.Credit…Peter Lyons for Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty
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The custom-made cabinets in the kitchen are oak, with a soft-touch close feature.
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Drought-tolerant landscaping frames the private patio.
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The loft-like primary bedroom occupies the entire third floor.
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In the en suite bathroom, each vanity has its own mirror.
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In Santa Monica, a two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom condominium in a 1964 building is on the market for $869,000.Credit…Todd Young
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The living room has a beach-inspired aesthetic, with tile floors and a light wood staircase.
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In the white galley kitchen, the countertops and sink were recently replaced.
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Upstairs, both bedrooms (including the primary bedroom, shown here) have parquet floors and ceiling fans.
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The blue-and-white color scheme in the bathroom includes navy tiles and a lighter blue vanity.
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This unit, on a pedestrian-only street, has private outdoor space.Credit…Todd Young

Sacramento | $875,000

A circa-1911 Craftsman house, with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.6-acre lot

This house is a block away from Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, where costumed interpreters working on the grounds and in the main adobe structure demonstrate aspects of life in 1840s Sacramento. Today, the area is mostly residential, apart from Sutter General Hospital and the shops and restaurants clustered along the main avenues.

Size: 2,715 square feet

Price per square foot: $322

Indoors: From the street, steps lead up to a covered porch, where the original red door opens into an airy foyer with a bench set under one of the many leaded-glass windows in the home. Here, and throughout, the dark wood paneling typical of Craftsman houses has been painted white, to create a sense of brightness.

To the right is a living room that has light hardwood floors with an inlaid pattern in a contrasting shade and hand-forged light fixtures chosen to complement the style of the house.

Opposite the front door is a dining room with a white-painted coffered ceiling, wainscoting and built-in cabinetry with more leaded glass.

Through the dining room is a kitchen with a mix of old and new: The upper cabinets are original, while the lower cabinets were installed during a renovation. Also new are a retro-looking stove and a stainless-steel sink.

Off the kitchen, a windowed hallway leads to a guest room; across the hall is a full bathroom with a black-and-white-tile floor and walls with muted green paneling.

A wide wood staircase leads from the foyer to the second floor, where there are three more bedrooms. The pale-blue primary suite has street-facing windows and an en suite bathroom, also accessible from the hallway, with marble countertops and a shower trimmed in Arts-and-Crafts-inspired tile. Next door are two large guest rooms, one of which has an attached half bathroom. All three bedrooms have sitting rooms that were originally outdoor sleeping porches, but were enclosed by a previous owner.

Outdoor space: A patio that runs alongside the front porch is paved in brick, with space for an outdoor lounge area. The wood fence that encloses it is high and framed by mature trees that offer shade and privacy.

Taxes: $10,932 (estimated)

Contact: Ann Vuletich, Coldwell Banker Realty, 916-972-0212; coldwellbankerhomes.com


Credit…Peter Lyons for Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty

Oakland | $875,000

A 2021 house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.02-acre lot

This house and its three neighbors were built this year by a local architect whose goal was to put a modern twist on the traditional rowhouse. The house was designed to be energy-efficient, with a tankless water heater, a high-efficiency furnace and LED lighting throughout. The interior paint is low VOC, meaning it emits less gas than standard paint does. A skylight in the primary suite is motorized with solar power.

The property is on the border of the MacArthur and Temescal neighborhoods, within walking distance of the MacArthur BART station, an advantage for commuters.

Size: 1,457 square feet

Price per square foot: $601

Indoors: A paved path leads from the sidewalk to the home’s frosted-glass front door; beyond is an open living area with polished-concrete floors. A sitting area to the right has a gray accent wall and oversized sliding-glass doors that open to an enclosed patio.

The adjoining kitchen has a breakfast bar topped with butcher block; oak cabinets; stainless-steel appliances; and a walk-in pantry underneath the staircase.

On the second level, there are two guest rooms, each large enough to hold a queen-size bed, and a full bathroom with a frameless mirror. Both bedrooms have oak floors and closets hidden behind sliding doors.

At the end of the second-floor hallway, behind a door, is another set of stairs leading to the third level, configured as one large primary suite. The stairs open directly to the bedroom, giving the space a lofted feeling amplified by a skylight directly over the bed area. Through one door is a walk-in closet; through another is the primary bathroom, which has two vanities and a walk-in shower with a window.

Outdoor space: The patio off the living room is enclosed by a wood fence lined with drought-tolerant plants. It is paved with a mix of concrete and gravel, and has plenty of space for a dining table and a barbecue.

Taxes: $10,932 (estimated)

Contact: Claudia Mills, Sotheby’s International Realty, 510-350-6419; sothebysrealty.com


Credit…Todd Young

Santa Monica | $869,000

A two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom condominium built in 1964, in a five-unit complex

This condominium is in a small complex on a pedestrian-only street, part of a network of narrow pathways running through Santa Monica and Venice. A few blocks away is Lincoln Boulevard, one of the city’s main thoroughfares.

The primary amenity in this part of Santa Monica is the beach, about 20 minutes away from this home on foot or 10 minutes by car. Also within walking distance are two parks, an elementary school and a strip of Main Street dotted with casual dining and surf-oriented retail. The Venice headquarters of Google is about five minutes away by car, and Los Angeles International Airport is a 20-minute drive.

Size: 914 square feet

Price per square foot: $951

Indoors: The entrance to this unit is behind a gate, about halfway down the front walkway. It opens into a tiled living room with recessed lights and a window facing the outdoor walkway. A fireplace built into one corner is framed in the same blue-and-white Spanish tile that adorns the staircase.

Behind the living room is a dining area facing a windowed galley kitchen with new countertops. A half bathroom is tucked between the kitchen and the living room.

Upstairs is a full bathroom with new blue-and-white tilework, a vanity and a wall cabinet. Next door is a guest room with parquet floors and space for a full-size bed. Down a short corridor lined with built-in cabinets is the primary bedroom, which has a view of several mature trees.

Outdoor space: An enclosed patio off the dining area is paved with Saltillo tile, and has room for a cafe table and chairs. One parking spot in a covered carport is included with this unit.

Taxes: $10,860 (estimated), plus a monthly $350 homeowner association fee

Contact: Brian Maser, Maser Condo Sales, 310-795-8010; masercondosales.com

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