Carmel by the Sea | $2.695 million
A 1931 cottage with three bedrooms and three bathrooms on a .1 acre lot
This home was designed by MJ Murphy, a builder known for his charming cottages in Carmel, where some 300 examples of his work survive. This is about a half-mile from the Carmel Plaza shopping mall, so popular restaurants and galleries are within walking or biking distance. Pebble Beach golf courses and the beach are about a 10 minute drive away.
The property is approximately 15 minutes from the luxury hotels, boutiques and restaurants along Cannery Row in the heart of Monterey. Driving inland to the Carmel Valley wineries takes about half an hour.
Size: 1,523 square meters
Price per square meter: $1,770
Inside: The front yard is fenced, with a cobbled path leading to a carved Dutch door that opens into the foyer.
To the right, through an arched door, is a living room with hardwood floors, front-facing casement windows, a stone fireplace, and stairs to the second floor. The hardwood floors continue through another arched opening into a dining room with a wrought iron chandelier. The kitchen off the dining room has stainless steel appliances and a door to the back patio.
Two bedrooms are on the main level. The master bedroom, accessed from the kitchen and a short hallway off the living room, has French doors that open to the backyard; The en-suite bathroom features a walk-in shower opposite a long vanity with an ornate mirror. The second bedroom, off the foyer, also has an ensuite bathroom. A laundry room is next door.
The second floor, which serves as a third bedroom or family room, has peaked beam ceilings and a diamond-paned window overlooking the neighborhood. The attached bathroom features a glass-walled shower.
Outside: The back patio is large enough for a dining table and feels private thanks to the tall hedges and wooden fence surrounding it. The detached garage across from the patio has space for two cars.
Steer: $33,684 (estimated)
Contact: Tim Allen, Tim Allen Properties, Coldwell Banker Housing Agency, 831-214-1990; timallenproperties.com
Santa Rosa | $2,645 million
A 2023 three bedroom, two and a half bathroom home on a 10 acre lot
This one story glass walled home is located in a gated community approximately 20 minutes from downtown Santa Rosa. It’s about half an hour from Old Faithful Geyser in Calistoga and the wineries and tasting rooms around Healdsburg.
This part of Santa Rosa is just 20 minutes’ drive from popular outdoor recreation spots, including the Petrified Forest, where a hiking trail winds around giant sequoia trees. Clear Lake is about 90 minutes away. The drive to San Francisco or Sacramento takes about two hours.
Size: 2,625 square feet
Price per square meter: $1,008
Inside: A driveway leads from the street to the front of the house where a door opens into an expansive great room with concrete floors, beamed ceilings and glass walls overlooking a covered patio at the back. A fireplace sits in the center of the room, with the kitchen to the right and seating and dining areas to the left.
The kitchen features built-in German beech cabinets and Fisher & Paykel appliances. A guest toilet leads off the kitchen, as does a hallway leading to two guest bedrooms with outdoor access and a full bathroom with walk-in shower.
The primary suite is on the living side of the room. The bedroom has a walk-in closet and access to the terrace; The bathroom has a deep soaking tub and separate shower tiled in slate.
Outside: The covered patio with expansive views of the surrounding mountains features a fully equipped kitchen, outdoor fireplace and plenty of seating. The property also includes a smaller uncovered patio with a fire pit and space for a few chairs. Parking is available in the long driveway.
Steer: $33,060 (estimated) and a $167 monthly homeowners association fee
Contact: Jacqueline Etchell, Sotheby’s International Realty, St Helena Brokerage, 707-490-5119; sothebysrealty.com
Mountain view | $2.699 million
A 1953 three bedroom, two bathroom ranch home on a .1 acre lot
This home is located on a quiet street in Saint Francis Acres, a neighborhood about a five minute drive from the heart of Mountain View. It is just blocks from McKelvey Park, which has open green space and a baseball diamond. Almond Elementary School is half a mile away; Los Altos High School is less than five minutes’ drive away.
The property is 10 minutes from Google’s Mountain View headquarters and less than 20 minutes from the offices of Facebook and Apple. Downtown San Jose is 20 minutes away. Driving to the beaches of Santa Cruz takes about 45 minutes.
Size: 1,323 square meters
Price per square meter: $2,040
Inside: The front garden is landscaped with native plants and the entrance is through a wooden gate.
Double doors open into a sunny living room with high ceilings, large windows and a fireplace surrounded by floor to ceiling white painted brick. The adjoining dining area is located between the open kitchen and the glass doors to the backyard. The kitchen features wood cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances including a stovetop electric cooktop.
All three bedrooms lead off a hallway that extends from the front of the house. The master bedroom at the far end has white wood-beamed ceilings; The private bathroom has a bath and shower combination. Next door is a guest bedroom large enough to accommodate a queen bed. The third bedroom has tall windows overlooking a patio on the side of the house. These two bedrooms share a bathroom off the hallway with a windowed shower.
Outside: Two stone patios in the backyard provide space for dining and entertaining. The back yard is surrounded by mature fruit trees bearing oranges and apples. The carport in front of the house has two parking spaces.
Steer: $33,732 (estimated)
Contact: Elizabeth Thompson, The Agency, 650-823-8904; theagencyre.com
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