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$950,000 Homes in California

Los Angeles | $949,000

A four-bedroom, two-bathroom Craftsman-style house built in 1910, on a 0.2-acre lot

This home is in Montecito Heights, a neighborhood in northeastern Los Angeles known for its large stock of early 20th-century houses and easy access to open space: Ernest E. Debs Regional Park and Hermon Park are both nearby, with hiking trails that offer sweeping views of the city skyline. The shops and restaurants of Highland Park are a five-minute drive, and Dodger Stadium is less than 10 minutes away.

Union Station, the historic train station in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, is a 10-minute drive. Pasadena and Glendale are about 15 minutes away.

Size: 1,804 square feet

Price per square foot: $526

Indoors: The front door, set in a raised, covered porch, opens into a living room with a brick fireplace and original hardwood floors and built-ins. This space flows into the dining room, which has original cabinetry with leaded-glass doors.

Behind the dining room is a bright kitchen with plenty of cabinet space and room for a small table. Off the kitchen is a space used as a combined home office and laundry room, with a door to the back patio and yard.

The primary bedroom is in this part of the house; the en suite bathroom has a combined tub and shower. A guest bedroom is next door.

A third bedroom is off the living room, and a fourth is off the dining room; these bedrooms are connected by an updated bathroom with a walk-in shower.

Outdoor space: The backyard includes a patio, a wood deck and a hot tub. The detached garage holds two cars.

Taxes: $11,868 (estimated)

Contact: Caroline Pinky Luat Young, Sotheby’s International Realty, Los Feliz Brokerage, 213-304-2974;

San Francisco | $950,000

A three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom unit in a 1924 building

This apartment is on the ground floor of an eight-unit tenancy-in-common building, where buyers own part of the whole property rather than a specific unit (as in a condominium) or a share of a corporation (as in a co-op). The neighborhood, Russian Hill, is filled with restaurants and parks, including George Sterling Park, which has public tennis courts, and Joe DiMaggio Playground, which has children’s play equipment and a swimming pool.

Fisherman’s Wharf is less than a mile away, as is Chinatown. Other nearby attractions include the City Lights Booksellers & Publishers store and Lombard Street, the famously steep and twisty street featured in countless films and TV shows. Driving across the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin takes about 20 minutes; driving into the East Bay takes about half an hour.

Size: 1,174 square feet

Price per square foot: $809

Indoors: This unit’s front door opens into a windowed foyer that has a large closet with built-in shelves on one side and an open living area on the other. The living area has original hardwood floors, high-set, street-facing windows and a built-in entertainment center with white cabinets and shelves, and space for a TV.

The hardwood floors continue into an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, including a Viking range, and a movable island that seats two. Off the far end of the kitchen is a combined powder room and laundry room with a stacked washer and dryer.

Two bedrooms of roughly equal size and a smaller room that could be a third bedroom or home office are on the other side of the apartment, off a hallway extending from the foyer, as is the main bathroom, which has a frosted-glass window and a combined tub and shower lined with white subway tile.

Outdoor space: The building has a common roof deck with views of San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz. This apartment comes with a secure storage unit on the lowest level of the building.

Taxes: $11,880 (estimated) and a $537 monthly homeowner association fee

Contact: Naomi Lempert Lopez, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, 415-264-4093;

Novato | $950,000

A 1964 ranch house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.3-acre lot

Novato, about 45 minutes from San Francisco, was popular in the early and mid-20th century because of its mild climate. This house is less than two miles from the center of the city and the public library, and within a mile of several parks, including Pioneer Park.

Several Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit stations connect the city to Marin and Sonoma. Santa Rosa is about a half-hour drive; the beaches along the Pacific Ocean are about 40 minutes away.

Size: 1,531 square feet

Price per square foot: $621

Indoors: The house is set back from the street, behind a driveway and a small patio. The front door opens into a foyer with sliding-glass doors facing the side yard.

Beyond is a living space with new carpeting, a white-painted brick fireplace with a raised hearth and more sliding-glass doors that open to the backyard. Behind the sitting area is space for a dining table. The adjacent kitchen has a breakfast bar and a stainless-steel range.

A hallway off the kitchen extends to the bedrooms at the back of the house. The primary bedroom, at the far end, has a cedar-lined walk-in closet and an en suite bathroom with a white porcelain pedestal sink and a shower lined with black-and-white tile. Two guest rooms off the hallway share a bathroom with a combined tub and shower. A side-by-side washer and dryer are housed in an alcove off the hall.

Outdoor space: The backyard is shaded by mature oak trees and has a large, flat area that could be used to hold a pool, play equipment or outdoor furniture. The attached garage has one parking spot; there is room to park another car in the driveway.

Taxes: $11,880 (estimated)

Contact: Stephen Ussery, Marin’s Finest Real Estate, 415-328-4175;

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