$3.5 Million Homes in California

This house was designed by Bernard Ralph Maybeck, an architect known for his early-20th-century Arts-and-Crafts homes, as well as the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, built for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915.

The property is about a 10-minute walk from coffee shops, restaurants and Creek Park, a one-acre green space in the center of town. Grocery stores and big-box retailers are a 10-minute drive away, in San Rafael. Driving to San Francisco or Berkeley takes about 40 minutes.

Size: 3,927 square feet

Price per square foot: $890

Indoors: Steps lead up from the street to the main entrance. Inside, more stairs continue up to the kitchen and the living and dining rooms on the second floor.

The living room, at the top of the stairs, has original wood paneling, a high, beamed ceiling and a fireplace with an elaborate mantel. Off one side of this space is a sunroom that looks out into the surrounding trees.

The adjacent dining room has French doors that open to a terrace. On the other side of the room is a doorway to the expansive kitchen, which has stainless steel appliances, two large islands, space for another dining table and access to a powder room.

The primary suite, on the top level of the house, includes a bedroom with high ceilings, casement windows and enough space for a king-size bed; a full bathroom; and another sunroom.

The other two bedrooms are on the entry level. One has an en suite bathroom; the other has access to a private covered porch and the use of a full bathroom nearby.

Another bedroom, full bathroom and a living-and-dining area are on the lowest level of the house, which has its own exterior entrance.

Outdoor space: The terrace off the dining room is big enough to hold a table and chairs. The entry-level porch is used as an outdoor sitting room. The detached garage has two parking spots.

Taxes: $43,692 (estimated)

Contact: Colm Glass, Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, 415-845-2965; sothebysrealty.com


This house in the village of La Jolla was designed by Edgar Ullrich, an architect responsible for more than 20 structures in the neighborhood, many in the Tudor Revival style. It is within walking distance of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the recreation center and tennis club at La Jolla Park, as well as shops, restaurants and beaches.

La Jolla Cove, popular with surfers and sunbathers, is less than a 15-minute walk. Wipeout Beach is about a five-minute drive. Driving to the University of California San Diego takes about 10 minutes. Downtown San Diego is 20 minutes away.

Size: 1,723 square feet

Price per square foot: $2,031

Indoors: A stone path leads through a gated courtyard to the front door.

To the right of the foyer, through an arched doorway, is a living room with hardwood floors, a fireplace flanked by built-in shelves and a set of doors that open to the back patio.

Across the foyer is a dining room with a brass-and-crystal chandelier and leaded-glass windows facing the street. Off one side of the dining room is a home office with a built-in desk and glass doors that open to the yard. Off another is a spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances, including a Viking range; enough room for a breakfast table; and access to a laundry room with a sink and a stacked washer and dryer.

Both bedrooms are off a hallway extending from the kitchen. One has leaded-glass windows and an en suite bathroom with a long double vanity and a walk-in shower. The other, at the back of the house, could be used as the primary bedroom. It has two closets, a windowed nook that could hold a comfortable reading chair and an en suite bathroom with a combined tub and shower.

Outdoor space: Behind the house is a large yard enclosed by a wood fence. At the far end are a covered patio and an outdoor kitchen, complete with a built-in sink and grill. The detached garage has epoxy floors and two parking spots.

Taxes: $43,740 (estimated)

Contact: Tracie Kersten, Compass, 619-886-5294; compass.com


This house is about a five-minute drive from the center of the community. It sits on a lot equipped with equestrian facilities, including a five-stall barn, several irrigated pastures and an arena for working on horse-show preparations. The property is not far from wine-tasting rooms, restaurants and Chumash Casino Resort, which has a spa and a popular events space.

Solvang and Los Olivos are about a 10-minute drive. Santa Barbara is 45 minutes away. Driving to Los Angeles takes about two and a half hours.

Size: 2,361 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,482

Indoors: A long driveway leads from the street to the house, and a path cuts across the lawn to the front door, sheltered by a roof overhang.

To the left of the foyer is an expansive living space with hardwood floors, high ceilings, a fireplace and a view of the loft above. This space flows into a dining area with large windows overlooking a patio and swimming pool. The adjacent kitchen has white cabinetry, granite counters, a glossy white-tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and access to the patio.

An open staircase at the center of the living space leads up to a den on the loft level. From there, a short hallway extends to the primary suite, which includes a bedroom with a closet that has a custom shelving system and a bathroom with a walk-in shower. At the other end of this level is a bedroom used by the sellers as an oversized closet; the bathroom next door has a combined tub and shower.

Two more bedrooms are on the ground floor. One has access to the garage. The other is off the living area, along with a full bathroom that has a combined tub and shower.

Outdoor space: The long patio off the kitchen is just steps from the in-ground swimming pool and a second patio, partially covered by a pergola. Elsewhere on the property are mature fruit trees and gardens. The barn includes not only space for horses, but also an office area. The detached garage holds two cars.

Taxes: $43,752 (estimated)

Contact: Laura Drammer, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, 805-448-7500; lauradrammer.com

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