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$2 Million Houses in California

This house is located about half a mile from the center of Carmel, a quaint town with cozy restaurants, quirky boutiques and tasting rooms serving wines from the region’s vineyards. Forest Hills Park, a green space with a playground and several hiking trails, is also nearby.

The city is popular with weekenders from the Bay Area, as it takes just over two hours to drive from San Francisco. Pebble Beach’s golf courses, rated among the best in the country, are 10 minutes’ drive away, and Monterey attractions, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, are a 15-minute drive.

Size: 1,656 square feet

Price per square meter: $1,205

Inside: The property is separated from the street by a private gate and tall hedges surrounding the entrance and front patio.

Beyond the front door is a living room with a low beamed ceiling, a stone faced fireplace and French doors leading onto the rear terrace and garden.

This part of the home also features an open plan dining area and kitchen, updated with stainless steel appliances and open shelving during a 2017 renovation. Glass doors near the dining area open onto the terrace.

A staircase between the living room and the kitchen leads to two bedrooms on the second floor. They share a bathroom with a combined bath and shower. A small arched door in the bathroom leads to a walk-in closet.

The third bedroom is on the first floor next to the kitchen. The bathroom next door has a walk-in shower with a glass door.

Outside: The terraced patio adjacent to the living and dining area acts as an extension of the interior space. A private area at the top of the property is large enough to hold a bench or several chairs; The area closer to the house has a fire pit.

Steer: $24,936 (estimated)

Contact: Laurel Jacques, Sotheby’s International Realty, Carmel Brokerage, 831-915-1185;

Originally a one bedroom cottage, this house was extended in the 1930’s and refurbished again in the early 2000’s. It is located on a quiet street in the Corona Heights neighborhood, half a mile from Corona Heights Park and the Randall Museum, a children’s science and nature museum.

Some of San Francisco’s liveliest neighborhoods are just minutes away by car: the Castro District is about a mile away and the Mission District is about two miles away; Both offer numerous restaurants and nightclubs. San Francisco International Airport is about 25 minutes’ drive away.

Size: 2,195 square meters

Price per square meter: $909

Inside: The house is above the street, with steps leading from a gate on the sidewalk to the front entrance. Beyond the entrance, further steps lead from the lower level to the ground floor.

The living room at the top of the stairs is bright with hardwood floors, multiple windows and a fireplace with a white mantel. A wide door on one side of this room gives access to a windowed conservatory used by the vendors as a home office.

Behind is an open plan dining and kitchen area with access to a private terrace. The kitchen features gloss white cabinets, stone counters, and updated appliances.

One bedroom is on this level, next to the living room, with high ceilings and a Murphy bed. Next door is a bathroom with a clawfoot tub.

The lower level of the home functions as a large master suite with a bedroom large enough to accommodate a king bed. a walk-in closet; and a full bathroom with a long double vanity. A linen closet with a stacked washer and dryer is also on this level.

Outside: The spacious wooden deck offers an expansive view of the neighborhood. The property also has a split level terrace with more space for outdoor entertaining.

Steer: $24,936 (estimated)

Contact: Todd Wiley, Compass, 415-317-5888;

This home is located at the top of a winding street in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of south Los Angeles. A recent renovation focused on restoring the home’s original character while introducing contemporary features and installing a new HVAC system, copper plumbing, a water heater and solar panels.

The property is near two major green spaces: Jim Gilliam Park, featuring an indoor recreation center and athletic facilities, and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, featuring hiking trails, a disc golf course and a hummingbird garden. Culver City is 15 minutes away by car; Downtown Los Angeles is half an hour away.

Size: 2,289 square meters

Price per square meter: $872

Inside: Steps lead up from the street to the front porch which is surrounded by a lush garden.

Mid-century light blue double doors with knobs open into a living area with original hardwood floors reclaimed during the recent renovation and large windows with views of Century City and the Hollywood Hills.

This space is open to a kitchen with a Bertazzoni range, Thermador dishwasher and colorful pendant lights hanging over an island. A small laundry room is around the corner.

The family room off the kitchen has a fireplace with a raised hearth set into a rock wall. Large windows next to the fireplace offer views of downtown Los Angeles.

All three bedrooms lead off a central hallway that extends from the living room. The master bedroom at the far end has sliding glass doors that open to the backyard; The ensuite bathroom has a double shower and deep soaking tub. The other two bedrooms are each large enough for a double bed and a desk; They share a bathroom with a combined tub and shower.

Outside: The backyard was updated during the renovation with new drainage systems, drought tolerant landscaping and a gravel and stone patio. The garage holds two cars.

Steer: $24,936 (estimated)

Contact: Benjamin Kahle, DPP Real Estate, 310-779-4578;

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