$3.5 Million Homes in California

This house was renovated by the sellers, who bought it in 2022 and restored the original walnut paneling and terrazzo floors; updated the plumbing and electrical systems; and installed new double-glazed windows and skylights.

The property is in Ladera Heights, about 10 minutes from downtown Culver City and 15 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport and the beaches of Playa del Rey. Driving to Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach or Long Beach takes about half an hour.

Size: 3,338 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,047

Indoors: A paved path runs parallel to the driveway, through a yard landscaped with drought-tolerant plants and into a gated entry courtyard.

The front door opens into a foyer with terrazzo-tile floors and access to a full bathroom with a walk-in shower.

To the right is a sunken living room with new hardwood floors, a free-standing brick fireplace and folding glass doors that open to the courtyard. On the other side of the fireplace is a dining room with brass pendant light fixtures and more glass doors facing the courtyard.

This space connects to a kitchen with custom-built cabinetry, quartzite slab countertops and white enamel appliances with goldtone hardware. An island with a waterfall counter separates the kitchen from a family room with walnut paneling, another fireplace and glass doors that open to the pool area behind the house.

One bedroom, currently used as a home office, is off the family room. It has more walnut paneling and glass doors facing the pool, as well as access to a powder room.

The other three bedrooms are on the opposite side of the house. The primary suite has a walk-in closet, a bathroom with a sleek oval soaking tub and a separate shower, and sliding-glass doors that open to a private courtyard enclosed by a white-brick wall. The other two bedrooms are linked by a full bathroom.

Outdoor space: The central courtyard functions as an extension of the living space, with a wood platform that offers space for lounging. Behind the house is a partially covered patio next to the swimming pool and spa. The attached garage holds three cars.

Taxes: $43,692 (estimated)

Contact: Susan Perryman, Carolwood Estates, 310-261-1960; carolwoodre.com


This apartment, which occupies half a floor in a 21-story building in Russian Hill, has views of Coit Tower and San Francisco Bay in the distance. It is less than half a mile from Lombard Street, a popular city landmark, and also close to Fisherman’s Wharf and George Sterling Park, where the sports fields and tennis courts have views of the Golden Gate Bridge. A wine shop, an ice-cream parlor and a Spanish restaurant are about five minutes away on foot.

Walking to City Lights, a bookstore associated with the Beat poetry scene, takes about 15 minutes. San Francisco International Airport is a half-hour drive.

Size: 2,017 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,486

Indoors: The apartment’s front door opens into a foyer with wide-plank hardwood floors and access to a powder room.

Beyond is an open living space. A sitting area big enough to hold a sectional sofa and several chairs is to the left; a dining area with built-in shelving is to the right. Floor-to-ceiling windows run along the back wall, offering expansive city views, and a door in the dining area offers access to a balcony.

The kitchen, which can be reached from the dining area or the foyer, has sleek white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, including a refrigerator with a windowed door, an electric cooktop and double ovens. A side-by-side washer and dryer sit under an extension of the kitchen counter.

All three bedrooms are off a hallway extending from the foyer. The primary suite, at the far end, has a walk-in closet, a private balcony with water views and a bathroom with a combined shower and deep tub.

The bedroom next door is currently used as a den. The third bedroom has a built-in desk and space for a queen-size bed. These two bedrooms share a full bathroom.

Outdoor space: The balcony off the dining area is covered and has room for chairs and a small table. The building has an attended lobby. This apartment comes with one assigned parking spot.

Taxes: $43,128 (estimated) and a $3,278 monthly homeowner association fee

Contact: Alice Alioto, Sotheby’s International Realty, San Francisco Brokerage, 415-640-5260; sothebysrealty.com


This house is in the Fairhills neighborhood, less than a 10-minute drive from shopping and dining in the city center and from Boyd Memorial Park, where the walking trails are surrounded by mature redwoods. It is also close to well-ranked public schools, including Sun Valley Elementary School.

Driving to San Anselmo takes about 10 minutes. McNears Beach Park is about 20 minutes away, on San Pablo Bay. Oakland and Santa Rosa are about a 45-minute drive. San Jose is about 90 minutes away.

Size: 4,067 square feet

Price per square foot: $859

Indoors: A long driveway leads from the street to an entrance court with a swimming pool. Glass double doors sheltered by a roof overhang open into a foyer with hardwood floors.

The hardwood flooring continues into a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, sliding-glass doors that open to a large balcony and expansive windows offering views of the mountains in the distance. To the right is a dining room with more sliding-glass doors to the balcony. The dining room is open to a kitchen with new wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, an eating area and a door to the garage.

Three bedrooms are on this level, off a hallway extending from the foyer. The primary suite, at the far end, has access to the balcony and is big enough to hold a king-size bed and a separate sitting area; the attached bathroom has a deep soaking tub and separate shower. The other two bedrooms, across the hall, are each big enough to hold a queen-size bed; they share a full bathroom.

Two more bedrooms and a full bathroom are on the lower level, reached from stairs in the foyer. A home theater, a powder room and a family room with access to a deck are also on this level.

Outdoor space: The lower-level deck is spacious, with mountain views and room for separate dining and entertaining areas. A saltwater swimming pool is in the front courtyard, off the main entrance. The attached garage has two parking spots.

Taxes: $43,712 (estimated) and a $3 monthly homeowners association fee

Contact: Paul O’Neil, Corcoran Icon Properties, 415-309-8751; corcoran.com

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