$1.3 Million Houses in California

This home is a 10-minute drive from El Moro Elfin Forest, a 90-acre conservation area popular with hikers and bird watchers. It is also close to the Morro Bay shoreline and Baywood Park Beach.

San Simeon, home of Hearst Castle, is 40 minutes’ drive away. Driving inland to Paso Robles takes about 45 minutes. Santa Barbara is a two hour drive away. Carmel and Monterey are three hours away.

Size: 1,093 square meters

Price per square meter: $1,189

Inside: The long driveway leads to a wooden fence with a gate leading to a large courtyard with a gas fire pit and tall bamboo plants.

The main house is at the front of the property. The front door leads into a living room with hardwood floors and a stone fireplace. This space is open to an updated kitchen with new Viking appliances and quartz countertops.

The bedroom off the living room has high ceilings, a skylight, built-in storage and a modern ensuite bathroom, also accessible from the kitchen, with a walk-in shower and double vanity, both with colorful Spanish-style accents. style tile.

The guest house is separated from the main house by the backyard and patio. It has an open plan kitchen big enough to accommodate a table and chairs. A bedroom; a full bathroom; and a private deck with outdoor shower.

Outside: The patio behind the main house is surrounded by sequoia walls and mature hedges. A whirlpool is built into one corner; In the opposite corner is a covered bar. Other buildings on the property include a detached laundry room and a shed that could be converted into an office or exercise room. A fenced area near the guest house could house a garden.

Steer: $16,248 (estimated)

Contact: Brittany Hensley, Navigators Real Estate, 805-712-7049;

Occupying the back half of a lot in the Laurel Heights neighborhood, this home predates the 1906 earthquake, making it one of the older buildings in this part of town. It is just blocks from the University of San Francisco campus and a variety of shopping including a Trader Joe’s, a Target and a wine shop. Laurel Hill Playground, a small neighborhood park, is also nearby.

Golden Gate Park and the Presidio are about 1 mile away. The Civic Center district can be reached in 25 minutes via public transportation. The drive to San Francisco International Airport takes about half an hour.

Size: 1,548 square meters

Price per square meter: $837

Inside: A gate on the sidewalk opens onto a path that leads to a second gate that gives access to a brick courtyard framed by tall hedges. The house is at the back of the courtyard and the entrance is accessed via a short flight of stairs.

The door leads into an entrance hall with hardwood floors and original moldings. To the left is a sitting room with intricate paneling and a fireplace framed by decorative tiles. Behind this room is a dining room that leads to a kitchen with a skylight. A full bathroom with double vanity and walk-in shower is attached to the kitchen.

There are two bedrooms on this level, both with walk-in closets. The master bedroom at the front of the house has tall windows overlooking the front courtyard.

A wrought iron spiral staircase leads from the kitchen to the lower level, which has a separate outside entrance. On this level there are two more bedrooms and a study that could be used as a study. Another full bathroom and laundry room with a side-by-side washer and dryer are off the study.

Outside: The front yard and back patio are large enough for al fresco dining. An additional room off the rear terrace could be used as additional storage or as a studio.

Steer: $16,188 (estimated)

Contact: Paul Barbagelata, BarbCo Real Estate Group, 415-279-3834;

This quiet retreat is just outside of town but only a 10 minute drive to Lake Arrowhead Village, the area’s main shopping and dining precinct. A five-minute drive or 10-minute bike ride brings you to a small market and several restaurants, including an old-fashioned hamburger and malt shop.

Snow Valley Mountain Resort, a popular skiing and snowboarding spot, is half an hour away. Big Bear Lake is a 45 minute drive away. San Bernardino and Riverside are less than an hour away. The drive to Los Angeles takes about two hours.

Size: 1,480 square meters

Price per square meter: $861

Inside: A low rock wall runs along the front of the property and cobbled steps lead up to the front terrace and main entrance.

Beyond the front door is an open plan living room with high beamed ceilings, a stone surround fireplace and stairs leading to an attic.

Leading through the living room is a kitchen with hardwood floors, dark cabinets, butcher counters, a window over the sink overlooking the front patio and a door with access to the patio. Around the corner is a dining room with knotty pine walls and large windows overlooking the surrounding trees.

All three bedrooms are on this level, next to the living room. The master suite features a large bedroom with high beamed ceilings and a bathroom with nautical wallpaper. The other two bedrooms share a full bathroom.

Another full bathroom is in the attic upstairs which could be used as a study or additional guest quarters.

Outside: In addition to the front patio used by the vendors for dining and entertaining, there is a small rear patio. The large back yard offers plenty of flat space and mature trees for shade. The property also includes a private single berth dock which is a short walk from the house.

Steer: $15,936 (estimated)

Contact: Dani Rosenthal, Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Realty, 818-419-5212;

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