$4 Million Homes in California
February 21, 2022
A Mediterranean-style house in San Francisco, a midcentury home in Los Angeles and a Southwestern retreat in Sonoma.
Angela Serratore | NYTIMES.COM
San Francisco | $3.995 Million
A Mediterranean-style house built in 1937, with five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
Lone Mountain, a neighborhood a few blocks from the University of San Francisco, is considered a hidden gem by many home buyers: The wide streets are quiet and tree-lined, and many of the houses (including this one) are within walking distance of at least one park. This home is across the street from Rossi Park, which has a public swimming pool and a baseball diamond, and a few blocks from a section of Golden Gate Park with grassy meadows and a Victorian-era greenhouse. Driving to Marin County via the Golden Gate Bridge takes about 20 minutes; Fisherman’s Wharf is 15 minutes away.
Size: 3,590 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,113
Indoors: Steps lead from the street level up to the main-floor entry, and the front door opens into a sunny foyer. To the right is a living room with hardwood floors, an original fireplace and large windows overlooking the street.
The hardwood floors continue into an open kitchen and dining area with a center island topped in marble and illuminated by skylight; the appliances were updated during a 2015 renovation. Behind the kitchen is a wide family room with two sets of sliding-glass doors that open to the rear terrace. A powder room is off this space.
Four bedrooms are on the second floor. The primary suite is at one end of the hallway, facing the back of the property; the en suite bathroom has a soaking tub inside a glass-walled shower and a sleek vanity with two sinks. The primary bedroom shares a terrace with the guest room next door.
The other two bedrooms, at the opposite end of the hall, have access to a covered balcony with wrought-iron railings and Mediterranean-inspired arches. Both have walk-in closets, and they share a bathroom with a walk-in shower.
On the lowest level of the house, reached by stairs in the dining area, is an en suite bedroom big enough for a queen-size bed. Another family room is also on this level, along with a mudroom, a laundry room and a temperature-controlled wine room.
Outdoor space: The terrace extends the width of the house, continuing to the end of the lot. A hot tub is on one side, and a firepit on the other; there is ample space for an outdoor dining setup. Trees, including one that bears lemons, are planted along the wood fence. The attached garage is at street level, and has two parking spots.
Taxes: $49,932 (estimated)
Contact: Frank Nolan and Andrew Warren, Vanguard Properties, 415-321-7011.
Los Angeles | $3.95 Million
A 1950 house with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a detached studio with a half bathroom, on a 0.2-acre lot
This house was recently redesigned by Allie Boesch and featured in Architectural Digest. It is in Pacific Palisades, an upscale neighborhood in the hills above a stretch of coastline from Santa Monica to Malibu. In the 1930s, the area was home to a number of artists and intellectuals, including Theodor Adorno and Thomas Mann, whose house was a few miles from this property; it is now a cultural institution operated by the German government, sponsoring conferences, seminars and arts programming.
Downtown Santa Monica and the heart of Malibu are about 20 minutes away by car. Westwood and Beverly Hills are about a half-hour drive.
Size: 2,815 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,403
Indoors: From the street, stone stairs wind up the front yard, and a stone path leads to the main entrance.
The first floor is open, with a sitting area centered around a white-brick fireplace in front of windows facing the front porch and the yard. The floors, which are hardwood, continue through a dining area and into a cozy family room with a fireplace and a built-in entertainment center.
The family room is opposite the kitchen, which has an island and a built-in banquette painted a soft gray-blue. A full bathroom is also on this level, around the corner from the staircase, as is a guest room that the sellers use as a playroom.
From the center of the house, stairs lead to the second floor, with three bedrooms off the main hallway. The primary suite, at one end of the hall, has sloped ceilings with exposed beams, a fireplace framed in jade-green tile, and glass doors that open to a street-facing balcony. The attached bathroom has marble-tile floors and a fireplace built into the wall above the bathtub.
Nearby are two guest rooms, one with an accent wall covered in textured pink wallpaper from Schumacher and more glass doors that open to the balcony. These two bedrooms have the use of a full bathroom with a combination tub and shower off the main hallway.
The detached studio in the backyard, designed to look like a miniature version of the main house, has a half bathroom and could be used as a gym or office space.
Outdoor space: The stone patio off the family room is partially covered by a pergola, and has a wet bar with a built-in barbecue. Mature trees frame the flat lawn in back. The attached garage has room for two cars.
Taxes: $49,380 (estimated)
Contact: Cody Garcia, The Agency, 310-579-1384.
Sonoma | $3.98 Million
A three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom house built in 1999, with a one-bedroom, one-bathroom guesthouse, on a nine-acre lot
The sellers are antiques collectors who once had a home furnishings store in Sonoma, and they designed this house as a showcase for some of their pieces, including hand-carved wood doors from Mexico and Spain. The house is built of rammed earth, a wood-like material made from compacted soil that is fire-resistant and keeps interiors cool in the hot summer months.
The property is in George Ranch, a gated community developed in the early 1980s. Sonoma Plaza, at the center of the city, is 15 minutes away. Napa is about a half-hour drive; Santa Rosa is 45 minutes away.
Size: 3,475 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,145
Indoors: A private driveway leads to a covered carport at the front of the house. The wood front doors in the center of the facade open to a tiled foyer with halls extending on either side toward the bedroom wings.
An expansive sunken living room is just off the foyer. It has Spanish-tile floors, plaster walls, beamed ceilings and glass doors that open to the pool area on either side of a fireplace with a rough-hewed wood mantel. A powder room is across from the living room, also off the foyer.
The living area flows into a dining area that also has access to the pool. The tile floors continue into a kitchen with high ceilings, stainless-steel appliances, a long stainless-steel counter and a wooden center island.
On the other side of the living room is a sitting room with built-in bookshelves and a ceiling fan. Beyond it is the primary suite, which has a separate sitting room currently used as a home office. The bedroom has doors that open to the patio, and the bathroom has a cobalt-blue-tiled bathtub and shower.
The two guest rooms are on the opposite end of the main house. Both are big enough to hold a king-size bed; they share a bathroom off the hallway.
The guesthouse, which is currently being used as a home gym, has a spalike full bathroom.
Outdoor space: The covered patio in back can be reached from almost every room in the house, and has space for several sitting and dining configurations. At its center is an outdoor fireplace that faces the swimming pool, which is framed by Spanish tile.
Taxes: $49,752 (estimated), plus a $225 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Andy Ardila and David Costello, Compass, 415-608-1003.