Berkeley | $2.095 Million
A Queen Anne house built in 1896, with five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, plus a two-bedroom, two-bathroom guesthouse, on a 0.13-acre lot
This house was built about a block south of its current address and moved in the early 1900s. The first owner, George C. Pape, was also the proprietor of the Berkeley Planing Mill, an association the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association credits for the intricacy of the home’s exterior ornamentation. A previous owner began the restoration process continued by the sellers; in addition to updating the kitchen, bathrooms and HVAC systems, many of the original decorative details were restored or replicated.
The house is in the heart of downtown Berkeley, with the shops and restaurants of University Avenue a block away. The Downtown Berkeley BART station is a 10-minute walk, and the main campus of the University of California is about a mile away.
Size: 3,460 square feet
Price per square foot: $605
Indoors: A brick footpath leads to a covered porch with decorative wood carvings. The front door is inset with stained-glass window panes in various primary colors, a motif repeated throughout the house.
To the left of a paneled foyer with a carved staircase is an open living-and-dining area with original wood moldings and more colored stained-glass panes. The front half of the room is accented with wainscoting that matches the paneling in the foyer. At the back of the space, tall wooden doors inset with stained glass open to a room that could be used as an additional bedroom or a second dining area. Off this room, which can also be reached through the foyer, is a powder room.
Beyond the dining room is an updated kitchen with hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. The counters and a center island are topped with Carrara marble, and a breakfast nook faces the rear deck.
The second level has four bedrooms, including the primary suite. At the top of the stairs, two bedrooms — one large enough to hold a queen-size bed and the other slightly smaller — face the street. A third bedroom is off the hallway across from the primary suite. These three bedrooms share a bathroom with a combination tub and shower.
The primary bedroom has original hardwood floors, a large walk-in closet and a balcony facing the backyard. The en suite bathroom has a glass-walled shower.
On the third level are two finished spaces with skylights, as well as an unfinished space that could become an extra bedroom. The bathroom on this floor has a Japanese-style soaking tub.
Outdoor space: Off the kitchen is a wide, wood-planked deck with a carved railing and steps leading down to a backyard with a paved brick patio between two citrus trees. Grass separates the main house from a contemporary guesthouse built in 2017, with a deck, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a full kitchen. Beyond the gate at front of the house is a motor court with space for two cars.
Taxes: $24,510 (estimated)
Contact: Anthony Cassel, Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, 415-310-0066; sothebysrealty.com
Calabasas | $2.095 Million
A rustic ranch compound built in 1964, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, on a 0.5-acre lot
This property, which includes a main house, several cottages and horse facilities, is in Monte Nido, a small unincorporated community in a canyon connecting Calabasas and Malibu. The seller, who bought it in 2001, did an extensive remodel of the original 1960s house, using reclaimed materials.
The compound is near an entrance to the lower section of the Backbone Trail, a popular hiking and horseback-riding trail that is one of the longest in the Santa Monica Mountains. Calabasas’s shopping centers and the Malibu Surfrider Beach are about 20 minutes away by car.
Size: 2,734 square feet
Price per square foot: $766
Indoors: A winding trail leads from the home’s pedestrian entrance to a wide, covered deck that extends across the front of the house.
Inside the front door is a foyer that connects the bedroom wing and the living spaces. To the left is a formal living room with a rock fireplace, wood-paneled ceilings and double doors that open to the deck. The hardwood floors have a light-and-dark diamond pattern, painted by a friend of the owner.
Beyond the living room is an open kitchen with butcher-block counters and a large island with a farmhouse-style sink. The kitchen is open to a dining room with a wall of windows and French doors that open to the backyard. A full bathroom is tucked behind the kitchen.
A two-sided fireplace connects the dining room to the family room, formerly the garage. This space has exposed beams, a plaster-and-log wall treatment and access to the covered deck and the backyard.
To the right of the foyer is a hallway that connects two guest rooms and the primary suite. At the front of the house is a bedroom large enough to hold a queen-size bed, with doors that open to the deck. Next to this room is a bedroom with a built-in loft that could be used as a bunk bed or a play area. These bedrooms share a bathroom off the hallway, with 1930s-inspired honeycomb tiles and a black claw-foot tub.
At the end of the hallway is a spacious primary suite, updated recently by the seller. The bedroom has sloped ceilings paneled in dark wood and a wide doorway set into a rock wall that leads to the bathroom, where a custom-made wooden soaking tub overlooks the backyard.
Outdoor space: The covered deck attached to the main house has several built-in benches and a rope-swing bed, ideal for outdoor naps. Elsewhere on the property, a small cottage doubles as an art studio and storage space for horse equipment. The horse facilities have space for up to four animals, and include stalls, a barn and a large turnout. Behind the main house, there is an aboveground hot tub. The grounds are planted with several varieties of pear, apple and persimmon trees.
Taxes: $26,611 (estimated)
Contact: Patricia Cali, Compass, 818-919-4071; compass.com
Newport Beach | $2.1 Million
A four-bedroom, three-bathroom semidetached house built in 2000
This house is several blocks from the Pacific Ocean and about a mile from the center of Newport Beach, a coastal city with some 90,000 year-round residents. Within walking distance are a middle school and a high school, as well as two parks. Castaways Park, which has bicycle paths and views of Newport Back Bay and Newport Harbor, is half a mile away.
Fashion Island, an upscale shopping mall, is about a 10-minute drive, as is the Hoag Hospital complex. Los Angeles is about 45 miles north, while John Wayne Airport, a popular hub for regional business travelers, is 15 minutes away.
Size: 2,624 square feet
Price per square foot: $800
Indoors: This house is on the left side of the lot and shares a wall with its neighbor. A stone path runs alongside the driveway, through an arched gate, creating a private front entry.
Beyond the front door is a small foyer opening to a windowed living area with high ceilings, an open staircase rising to the second level and the same wide-plank French oak floors that run throughout the house. Across from the staircase is a formal dining room with white wainscoting and a wrought-iron light fixture.
The main hallway continues to the back of the house, where a family room with a Dutch door to the backyard faces an open kitchen with slate-tile floors. The kitchen’s center island has space for dining, and a breakfast nook is tucked into the far corner. Appliances, including a built-in range and double oven, are stainless steel.
Also on this floor, off the main hallway, is a guest room large enough to hold a queen-size bed, and a bathroom with a glass-walled shower and a black-and-gray vanity.
Upstairs, there are three bedrooms off a wide landing with built-in bookcases. At the top of the stairs is the primary suite; the bedroom has a fireplace with a marble surround and the bathroom has a marble-topped double vanity, a dressing area, a glass-walled walk-in shower and a soaking tub set under a window.
A short hallway with a built-in desk and more bookshelves connects to two guest rooms, roughly equal in size, and another full bathroom. Also on this level is a laundry room with storage space.
Outdoor space: The backyard is landscaped in grass, with a paved patio on one side and hedges that offer privacy from the neighboring homes. The attached garage has space for two cars, with parking for two more in the driveway.
Taxes: $24,990 (estimated)
Contact: Ariana Gaffoglio, the EklundGomes Team Orange County, Douglass Elliman, 949-456-8270; elliman.com