$1.4 Million Homes in California

This house is in the Palisades neighborhood, near Cedar Glen Malt Shop, a popular spot for hamburgers and milkshakes, and the Cedar Glen Inn, a casual restaurant. It is less than a 10-minute drive from breweries, restaurants and shopping in Lake Arrowhead Village, and within a 15-minute drive of hiking trails offering views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

San Bernardino is about 45 minutes away. Driving to Palm Springs takes 90 minutes. Los Angeles is about two hours away.

Size: 1,500 square feet

Price per square foot: $930

Indoors: The front yard is enclosed by a picket fence and landscaped with rose bushes and apple trees. The teal front door opens into a living-and-dining area with mahogany paneling, recently restored Douglas fir floors and a fireplace with a simple white brick surround.

The kitchen, off the dining area, has slate floors, white tile counters and a vintage white enamel range. A full bathroom with a walk-in shower and a porcelain pedestal sink is off the kitchen.

All three bedrooms are on the second floor, reached from stairs in the living room. The primary bedroom has wood-paneled walls and a window looking out into the branches of a mature tree. The bedroom next door, currently used as a den, has paneled walls painted white. The third bedroom has forest green wainscoting. A bathroom with slate floors and a shower with a glass door is also on this level.

Outdoor space: The deck, reached through a door near the dining area, functions as an outdoor living and dining room in the warmer months, offering views of trees and neighboring rooftops. The property includes a private dock on the lake, as well as a dock house big enough to hold a small table and chairs. The driveway has space to park several cars.

Taxes: $17,436 (estimated)

Contact: Danielle Rosenthal, Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Realty, 818-419-5212; sothebysrealty.com


This house is on a quiet, tree-lined street in Leimert Park, about a five-minute drive from a shopping center with a movie theater and a grocery store, and a 15-minute walk from Earle’s on Crenshaw, a popular spot for hot dogs. It is less than a mile from the Expo/Crenshaw K Line metro station, which offers public transit access to downtown and Santa Monica, and about a 10-minute drive from the University of Southern California campus.

Culver City is 15 minutes away. Driving to Century City or Los Angeles International Airport takes about half an hour along surface streets.

Size: 1,473 square feet

Price per square foot: $947

Indoors: A yard landscaped with drought-tolerant plants separates this house from the street, and a stucco wall with a wood gate shelters the patio in front of the main entrance.

The front door opens into a foyer. To the right is a living room with high ceilings, oak floors and large windows facing the patio and the side yard. Across the foyer is a dining room with original molding and access to the breakfast room and kitchen.

The breakfast room has original built-in corner cabinets; the kitchen has light gray cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. A laundry room with a door to the rear patio is off the kitchen.

All three bedrooms are off a hallway extending from the dining room. The primary suite has French doors that open to the backyard and a bathroom with a walk-in shower finished with glossy green tile and goldtone hardware. The other two bedrooms are across the hall; they share an updated bathroom with a combined shower and deep bathtub. A built-in linen cabinet is at the end of the hall.

The detached garage is used by the sellers as a gym and home office.

Outdoor space: The backyard is enclosed by a fence draped with bougainvillea and has a fruit-bearing citrus tree. Between the garage and the house is a pergola-covered patio big enough to hold a dining table and a grill. There is room to park two cars in the driveway.

Taxes: $17,410 (estimated)

Contact: Ali Jack, Compass, 213-507-3959; compass.com


This house once belonged to the photorealist painter Robert Bechtle, who added the backyard studio in the 1970s. It is less than a five-minute walk from Indian Rock Park, which has rock-climbing areas for those of varying skill levels, and from a stretch of Solano Avenue with a grocery store, a bakery and a number of restaurants. More restaurants, including Chez Panisse, are on Shattuck Avenue, less than five minutes away by car. The Berkeley Rose Garden is about a mile away.

Driving to the University of California, Berkeley takes about 10 minutes. Downtown Oakland is 20 minutes away. San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport is about a 40-minute drive.

Size: 2,432 square feet

Price per square foot: $574

Indoors: A paved path leads from the sidewalk to the main entrance, sheltered by a small covered porch.

Inside is a foyer with original wood molding and an original staircase. The living room, to the left, has more original woodwork, a fireplace and windows offering views of the surrounding hills and San Francisco Bay in the distance.

Through a wide doorway is a dining room with original built-in cabinetry along one wall and glass doors that open to a balcony. This space connects to a kitchen with white cabinetry, a yellow tile backsplash and two large windows over the sink. A breakfast room with more built-in cabinetry and a powder room are off the kitchen.

The bedrooms are on the second floor, reached from the staircase in the foyer. The primary bedroom, at the back of this level, has large windows and an attached bathroom with a stall shower. Next door is a bedroom with a sink. At the other end of the hall are two more bedrooms that share a full bathroom with a deep tub and separate shower.

Outdoor space: The balcony off the dining room offers views of the neighboring treetops. A brick patio with a garden growing alongside it links the main house to the detached studio, which has a wall of glass, filling the space with natural light. There is one off-street parking spot behind the house.

Taxes: $17,304 (estimated)

Contact: Alissa Custer and Jessica Waggoner, District Homes, 510-604-4009; district-homes.com

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