$1.9 Million Homes in California

This 1957 house, recently used as a vacation rental, was designed by Palmer & Krisel, an architecture firm responsible for numerous midcentury tract homes in the area. It is a few blocks from popular resorts on East Palm Canyon Drive, one of the city’s main thoroughfares, and less than a 10-minute drive from downtown. Joshua Tree National Park is about an hour away. Driving to Los Angeles takes two hours.

Size: 1,600 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,187

Indoors: The house sits behind a yard landscaped with drought-tolerant plants, gravel and palm trees.

The lemon-yellow front door opens into a foyer. Straight ahead is a living-and-dining room with midcentury-style furniture (the house is being sold fully furnished), terrazzo floors, a mirrored wall and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the backyard. This space is open to a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, vintage-style cabinetry, clerestory windows and a glass door that opens to a patio enclosed by a breeze-block wall.

All three bedrooms are off a hallway extending from the living area. The primary bedroom, at the far end, is big enough to hold a king-size bed; the en suite bathroom has a walk-in shower lined with gray tile. The other two bedrooms share a full bathroom off the main hallway with a combined tub and shower.

The restored Shasta travel trailer has a kitchenette and a built-in dining table.

Outdoor space: The property has several distinct outdoor spaces. The in-ground swimming pool off the living area is surrounded by a paved deck with plenty of space for lounge chairs. A hot tub and a firepit are around the corner, next to the trailer. The detached garage holds two cars.

Taxes: $23,736 (estimated)

Contact: Brett Kester, Sotheby’s International Realty, Beverly Hills Brokerage, 213-706-0694; sothebysrealty.com

This house is part of a four-home development two blocks from a busy stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, putting it within walking distance of Plummer Park, which has open green space and tennis courts. A Trader Joe’s and a number of restaurants, including the Formosa Café, popular for its association with old Hollywood nightlife, are also nearby.

Driving to the Television City studio complex, the Original Farmers Market, open since 1934, or the center of Hollywood takes less than 10 minutes. Downtown Los Angeles is about half an hour away. Los Angeles International Airport is a 40-minute drive.

Size: 1,341 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,380

Indoors: Wide stairs lead up from the street to the front door. It opens into the main living area, which has wide-plank oak floors, glass doors out to a balcony and a staircase that leads up to the bedrooms and down to the street-level garage.

The kitchen, which is part of this space, has stainless steel appliances, custom-made cabinetry and a center island with room for cooking and eating. Tall windows fill the adjacent dining area with natural light.

The primary suite is on the level above. The bedroom has a wall of built-in storage and a walk-in closet; the bathroom has floors paved with Italian marble tile and a deep soaking tub inside a walk-in shower with a glass door.

The guest suite, on the top level, has a bedroom with a built-in entertainment center and a large closet; the bathroom has a floating vanity and a walk-in shower. A lofted space that could be used as a home office or den is also on this level.

Outdoor space: In addition to the balcony off the living area, there is a private terrace off the primary suite with views of the neighborhood’s palm trees. A laundry room and additional storage space are in the garage.

Taxes: $23,124 (estimated)

Contact: Kevin Stewart, The Agency, 424-230-7807; theagencyre.com

This house is in Golden Hill, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, where many of the houses date to the first half of the 20th century. The sellers spent years restoring and updating it; the electrical and HVAC systems are new, and original details like the Douglas fir built-ins and antique light fixtures have been refurbished.

The property is less than half a mile from a public elementary school, and a five-minute drive from Balboa Park and several large museums. San Diego International Airport is 15 minutes away. Driving to La Jolla takes about half an hour.

Size: 3,021 square feet

Price per square foot: $621

Indoors: Paved steps lead up from the street to an enclosed porch. Beyond is a foyer with hardwood floors and a staircase to the second floor.

To the right is a living room with street- and side-yard-facing windows and a fireplace with a tile surround. Through a wide doorway at the back of this space is a dining room with a wood-detailed ceiling and access to a den and the kitchen. A full bathroom is off the den; another full bathroom is off the mudroom, which is also linked to the den and the kitchen.

The kitchen has white cabinetry, white appliances, a handmade-tile backsplash and French doors that open to the backyard.

All four bedrooms are on the second floor. The primary bedroom, at the back of the house, has a balcony overlooking the backyard. Next door is a full bathroom with a combined tub and shower, and access to the balcony. Across the hall is a guest room. Two more guest rooms are off the stair landing; one, with built-in bookshelves and cabinetry, is currently used as a home office.

Outdoor space: In addition to the front porch, the house also has a covered porch off the kitchen. The yard beyond has a patio at the center and is shaded by mature trees. The property also includes a detached structure used as an art studio and two off-street parking spots.

Taxes: $23,436 (estimated)

Contact: Lisa Bohlken, Keller Williams San Diego Metro, 619-890-3945; kw.com

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