$5 Million Homes in California

This house is behind the gates of Parc Andreas, a small community about 10 minutes from the center of Palm Springs. It was designed with locally sourced materials and comes equipped with 28 solar panels to offset energy costs.

Several popular trailheads begin within a five-minute drive of the property. Indian Canyons Golf Resort is 10 minutes away. Driving to Palm Springs International Airport takes about 15 minutes. Los Angeles is two and a half hours away.

Size: 4,185 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,194

Indoors: A wall divides the property from the street, sheltering a yard landscaped with succulents and other drought-tolerant plants.

The front door opens into a living-and-dining room with concrete floors, clay walls finished in Farrow & Ball paint, a fireplace with a custom-fluted limestone surround and floor-to-ceiling Fleetwood glass doors that slide open to the central courtyard and pool area, for easy indoor-outdoor living. The adjacent kitchen has custom-made cabinets, quartzite counters and Miele appliances.

A hallway off the entry leads to two bedrooms. The primary suite is at the end of the hall, behind a breezeway with glass walls; it includes a bedroom with a built-in walnut bed, glass doors that open to the central courtyard and a bathroom with an oversized shower and a long double vanity. The other bedroom has sliding-glass doors that open to the front patio; it has the use of a full bathroom across the hall.

Another hallway, off the living area, leads to the other three bedrooms. Two have en suite bathrooms; the third has the use of a bathroom across the hall.

Outdoor space: The courtyard off the living area and primary bedroom includes a Garapa wood deck partially covered by a cantilevered pergola; a kitchen with a grill, a refrigerator and a sink; a saltwater pool with plenty of space around it for sunbathing and entertaining; and views of the surrounding landscape, including the San Jacinto Mountains. The attached garage has two parking spaces.

Taxes: $62,436 (estimated) and a $221 monthly homeowner association fee

Contact: Scott Ehrens, Compass, 760-880-1492; scottehrens.com

This house is in the hills of Malibu, with mountain views from nearly every room. It is less than a 15-minute drive from the beach and from Pepperdine University. Nearby Pacific Coast Highway is lined with oceanfront restaurants, including an outpost of the upscale sushi chain Nobu. Malibu Country Mart, an outdoor shopping center and local gathering spot, is also about 15 minutes away, as are Ralphs and Whole Foods grocery stores.

Driving to Calabasas or Agoura Hills takes about 20 minutes. Santa Monica is 40 minutes away. Downtown Los Angeles is about an hour’s drive. Santa Barbara is 90 minutes away.

Size: 6,406 square feet

Price per square foot: $773

Indoors: The house is set back from the road, with a long driveway leading to the entry court, where double glass doors open into a foyer with stairs and an elevator.

The living room, dining room and kitchen are on the top floor. The living space, at the top of the stairs, has engineered oak floors, windows overlooking the landscape and access to a powder room.

Around the corner is a family room with a sleek fireplace, wide windows and glass doors that open to a deck, offering panoramic views of the hills. This space is open to a dining area and a large kitchen with a center island, a breakfast bar and Wolf appliances.

Off the kitchen is a den that the sellers use as a home theater. A guest room with a balcony, currently used as a home office, and a full bathroom with a walk-in shower are also on this level.

The primary suite is on the floor below, with a walk-in closet, a dressing room and a bathroom with a deep soaking tub that sits in front of floor-to-ceiling windows. Two more bedrooms with en suite bathrooms are also on this level, along with an at-home spa room that has an attached bathroom.

Another bedroom and a full bathroom are on the entry level, along with a home gym and a laundry room.

Outdoor space: The main deck, off the living area, functions as an outdoor living and dining space, with room for chairs, tables and lounge furniture. An infinity swimming pool and in-ground spa are off the entry level. The attached garage has four parking spots.

Taxes: $61,872 (estimated)

Contact: Sandro Dazzan, The Agency, 424-249-7040; theagencyre.com

This house is about 10 minutes from Sonoma Plaza, the historic square at the center of the city, with easy access to wine-tasting rooms, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and Sonoma Overlook Trail, a three-mile hiking trail that offers views of the valley from the summit. Napa and Santa Rosa are less than 45 minutes away.

Driving to the beaches of Sonoma Coast State Park or Healdsburg, on the Russian River, takes about an hour. San Francisco is about an hour and 15 minutes away. Sacramento is a 90-minute drive.

Size: 3,925 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,274


A long driveway connects this property to the street. The front door, in the center of the facade, opens into a great room with tile floors, high ceilings, a fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves and French doors that open to a patio. A powder room is also in this part of the house.

The tile floors continue into a kitchen with green-tile counters and a center island adorned with Spanish tile. On the other side of the kitchen is a family room with another fireplace. A short hall off this space leads to a laundry room and another powder room.

All four bedrooms are off a hallway extending from the living room. The primary suite, at the far end, has a bedroom with high ceilings, a fireplace with a raised hearth, French doors that open to a small patio and the backyard beyond, and a bathroom with a windowed soaking tub and a separate shower.

Two bedrooms off the hall are connected by a shared bathroom with a walk-in shower lined with colorful tile. The fourth bedroom has an en suite bathroom with a combined tub and shower.

Outdoor space: A short path leads from the main house to the pool area, where mature trees offer shade and a pergola-covered patio has enough space for a dining table. On the other side of the pool is a detached studio with both a full bathroom and a powder room. The grounds are planted with fruit-bearing trees, and the property also includes a fire pit at the center of a stone patio. The attached garage holds three cars, with room for more in the driveway.

Taxes: $62,496 (estimated)

Contact: Marie Bradley and Daniel Casabonne, Sotheby’s International Realty, 707-494-3130; sothebysrealty.com

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