What $2.2 Million Buys You in California

A Spanish-style house in Altadena, a two-bedroom loft in San Francisco and a contemporary home in Fairfax.


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Altadena | $2.195 Million

A Spanish style house built in 1999, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms, on a 0.4-acre lot

This house is in La Vina Estates, a gated community at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Most of the homes there were built in the late 1990s and early 2000s, in Spanish Revival style; many, including this one, have been updated within the last five years.

The mountains are a draw for locals and tourists alike, with hiking and biking trails of varying difficulty. The Angeles National Forest, a popular destination for overnight camping trips, is less than 20 minutes away by car. The heart of Altadena is a 10-minute drive from this property; Pasadena and Burbank are about 15 minutes away.

Size: 3,881 square feet

Price per square foot: $566

Indoors: A footpath framed by manicured hedges leads from the sidewalk to the covered front porch, which has Saltillo-tile flooring and room for a swing.

A chandelier hangs in the double-height foyer. To the left is a living room with clerestory windows, windows facing the porch and a fireplace framed in colorful tile.

The front hallway extends to a dining area with doors that open to two patios. Through an arched doorway is a family room facing an open kitchen with navy-blue cabinets, a marble-topped center island and a windowed breakfast nook next to a door to the backyard.

From this part of the house, a hallway leads to a laundry room and a guest room with an en suite bathroom and backyard access. Also on this level, just off the entry, are an office and a second full bathroom.

Wood stairs lead from the main hallway to the second floor, with a built-in window seat halfway up the climb.

To the right of the landing are three bedrooms: two guest rooms connected by a bathroom and, across the hall, the primary suite. The primary bedroom has a fireplace with a pressed-metal surround and a sunny sitting area with a door to a balcony facing the mountains; the bathroom was updated by the sellers, with hexagonal tile, two vanities, a soaking tub and a marble-tiled shower.

To the left of the landing is a small balcony overlooking the foyer and another guest room with a separate bathroom.

Outdoor space: Off the dining room are two patios: one has a small stone fountain and room for a table; the other, slightly larger, has a tiled fountain and an outdoor kitchen. A third patio is built into the grassy backyard, which has mountain views and several palm trees. The attached garage holds two cars.

Taxes: $27,876 (estimated), plus a $350 monthly homeowner association fee

Contact: Dhari Thein, Deasy Penner Podley, 626-791-1000; deasypennerpodley.com


Credit…Lunghi Media Group for Sotheby’s International Realty

San Francisco | $2.195 Million

A two-bedroom, two-bathroom loft in a 1917 building converted into condominiums

After the 1906 earthquake, this neighborhood — now known as South of Market, or SoMa — was rebuilt with wider streets to accommodate the industrial buildings that would come to dominate the area. Many of those buildings, including this one, have since been converted into residential lofts. Originally home to a printing house, the building now has 44 condominium units, as well as parking and storage areas.

Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, is about half a mile away, and is a starting point for walking or biking along the Embarcadero, a waterfront pathway that links some of the city’s historic piers.

Size: 2,203 square feet

Price per square foot: $996

Indoors: This unit’s front door opens into a long foyer that leads to an open living area, where floor-to-ceiling windows face a private terrace and flood the space with natural light. The right side of the room is currently used as a sitting area, with light wood floors that continue into the dining area opposite. Both areas are open to a kitchen with custom wood cabinets, Sub-Zero and Miele appliances (including a built-in coffee system and convection oven), marble-topped counters and a breakfast bar that seats three.

One of the bedrooms is off the foyer, concealed by frosted sliding doors. The room is brightened by recessed lighting, and the en suite bathroom has marble floors and a soaking tub.

Floating stairs lead from the foyer to the loft, where a small den overlooks the main floor. Around the corner is a second sleeping area, large enough to hold a king-size bed. The bathroom on this floor has a long double vanity, marble floors and an oversized walk-in shower. Also on this level are a laundry closet and ample custom-built storage.

Outdoor space: A private terrace with an exposed-brick wall stretches the length of the lower level, with room for dining, cooking and entertaining al fresco. The building has a communal roof deck, and parking is available for an additional monthly fee.

Taxes: $26,784 (estimated), plus an $830 monthly homeowner association fee

Contact: Lisa Miller, Sotheby’s International Realty, San Francisco Brokerage, 415-901-1700; sothebysrealty.com


Credit…Circle Visions

Fairfax | $2.195 Million

A contemporary house built in 1976, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a one-acre lot

This house is about a 10-minute drive from the center of Fairfax, a Marin County town surrounded by protected open space. Much of that space can be reached by hiking trails that start within walking distance of this property. Also within walking distance (or a short drive or bicycle ride) is Meadow Club, a golf and social club established in the 1920s.

Fairfax is quaint and quirky, with attractions like the Marin Museum of Bicycling, and casual restaurants and coffee shops lining its main streets. Depending on traffic, San Francisco is about an hour away; the East Bay is a 45-minute drive.

Size: 2,500 square feet

Price per square foot: $878

Indoors: A long driveway leads from the street to this home’s garage and motor court, with a footpath winding around to the front door.

The foyer is bright, with floor-to-ceiling windows and polished concrete floors, which continue throughout the house. To the immediate left is the kitchen, updated by the sellers with stainless-steel appliances and white cabinets; it has space for a table and chairs in front of a large window. The dining room, on the other side of the kitchen, has wood-paneled ceilings and a window overlooking the terrace.

The kitchen and dining room are partially open to a living room with exposed ceiling beams, a sleek fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to the deck and the hills beyond.

A short hallway leads from the living room to two bedrooms: The first, to the left, is a guest room large enough to hold a queen-size bed. Across the hall is the primary suite, which has sliding-glass doors that open to a private section of the deck with a hillside-facing hot tub; the en suite bathroom has a porcelain soaking tub and an open, walk-in shower.

Off the foyer are two more guest rooms, one currently used as a home office. They share an updated bathroom with a combination tub and shower.

Outdoor space: The property includes a great deal of flat, usable space, with lawn surrounding the house and a path leading to a bocce court. A succulent garden, planting boxes and a chicken coop all have dedicated areas. A pergola-covered terrace off the kitchen offers a place for outdoor dining, but the best views are from the deck that wraps around the living room and primary suite. The attached garage holds two cars, and the motor court has room for a few more.

Taxes: $33,360 (estimated)

Contact: Victoria George, Marin Home Team, Compass, 415-747-6948; compass.com

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