This condominium sits between the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica and the Rose Avenue section of Venice, two areas that have recently seen strong growth, in part thanks to the burgeoning tech district anchored by Google’s offices in Southern California, less than five minutes away. by car.

Ocean View Park, which has a beachfront lawn and tennis courts, is about 1 mile away, as is the beach. A stretch of Lincoln Boulevard with a Whole Foods grocery store and a CVS is about a 10-minute walk; Culver City and Los Angeles International Airport are approximately 20 minutes away by car.

Cut: 1,906 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 1,204

Inside: A door separates this complex from the sidewalk, with the door to this unit off the main driveway.

The living room has wide plank oak floors and floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto a patio. The living room and dining room are separated by a kitchen with Miele appliances, bespoke walnut cabinetry and a walk-in pantry. A laundry room and a bathroom are opposite the kitchen. And at the end of the living room, near the glass doors that open onto a patio, is space for a dining table.

From the living room, a short staircase leads to the bedrooms on this level: one is large enough to contain a queen-size bed; across the hall is a smaller room that can accommodate a double bed or serve as a desk. Nearby is a full bathroom with a combined tub and shower and a stylish quartz vanity.

A second staircase leads from the living room to the master suite on the second level. The bedroom has a private balcony; the bathroom has a walk-in closet with built-in shelving, a vanity unit with two sinks, and a deep soaking tub alongside a walk-in shower with window.

Outdoor space: The main level patio opens directly into the dining room, making it easy to hold indoor-outdoor events in the space. There’s also a rooftop patio with views of Santa Monica’s low-rise apartment buildings. The unit comes with two parking spaces in the basement.

Taxes: $ 28,692 (estimate), plus a monthly homeowner’s association fee of $ 600

Contact: Patrice Meepos, Boussole, 310-849-5443;

Built in 1896 for Albert H. Beach, a local businessman, this home was purchased in the late 1990s by Harry G. Parashis, an art gallery owner who has restored a number of historic homes in California. Mr Parashis worked with the wallpaper company Bradbury & Bradbury to add period wall coverings to many rooms in this home.

Escondido, one of the oldest towns in San Diego County, has a population of over 150,000. This home is about five minutes from Grand Avenue, a main thoroughfare lined with restaurants, pubs, and cafes. Downtown San Diego is a 30- to 40-minute drive, depending on traffic.

Cut: 2,690 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 836

Inside: From the street, a large wrought iron gate flanked by two stone lions opens onto a path leading to the front porch, set in a façade adorned with richly carved fish scale facing, a common feature of the architecture Queen Anne.

Behind the front door is a hall carpeted in red and blue, with a grand staircase leading to the second level. To the right is a living room with a fireplace surrounded by Minton tiles; luminaires recovered from areas of the same period; and a ceiling covered with wallpaper inspired by the work of textile designer William Morris.

Off the main hallway, just behind the living room, is a dining area with patterned wallpaper and original hardwood floors. Beyond is the kitchen, which features green and cream painted cabinetry, a stainless steel dishwasher, and a white porcelain farmhouse-style sink.

There are two other rooms on this side of the house: an informal family room, large enough to accommodate a sofa and a television; and a veranda that opens onto one of the many porches. Also on the first floor, next to the main hallway, is a powder room with a pedestal sink.

The bedroom at the top of the stairs has floral carpeting and a slightly rounded shape; next door is a glamorous bathroom with pink wallpaper and an ornate tub.

A second bedroom, further down the hall, has a closet hidden behind mahogany doors. There are also two other bedrooms, large enough to contain queen-size beds; they share a bathroom down the hall with a claw-foot tub.

Outdoor space: The covered porch off the veranda has colorful tiled floors and blue painted columns; it has a view of the back yard, landscaped with low hedges and well-kept flower beds, some surrounding a stone fountain. Around the corner, a patio sheltered by a trellis is an ideal size for a dining table. There is also a gazebo built to look like a miniature version of the main house. The detached garage can hold two cars and there is room to park a few more in the driveway.

Taxes: $ 21,128 (estimated, although the home qualifies for reduced property taxes under the Mills Act, which provides homeowners with an economic incentive to preserve historic properties)

Contact: Eric Iantorno and Marvin Gomez, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, 858-334-3577;

This home is in a neighborhood on the edge of the Las Trampas Regional Natural Park, where hiking and horseback riding trails crisscross an area of ​​nearly 6,000 acres. On this side of the park, about a 10-minute drive from the house, is the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, a Spanish colonial house that was occupied by the playwright in the 1930s and 1940s.

The town center, about five minutes away, has a well-classified public high school and library. Oakland is about a half-hour drive; San Francisco and San José are 45 minutes away.

Cut: 2,941 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 782

Inside: A long driveway leads from the street to the entrance, where the front door opens to a long foyer with hardwood floors.

At the end of the hall is the main living room, which has a large A-style window that overlooks the surrounding trees. Wooden shelves and a fireplace with a simple outline of black tiles are built into one wall.

Behind the living room is an open concept dining room and kitchen with granite counters. On the other side of the kitchen is another dining area, in front of glass doors that open onto the back patio.

From the foyer, a hallway extends to the right side of the house, where there are three bedrooms. At the end of the corridor is the master suite, which has a large dressing room and a bathroom with access to external stairs leading to the swimming pool. Two other bedrooms, of roughly equal size, are also located off the main hallway; one has paneled walls and is currently used as a home office. They share a bathroom with a combined bath and shower.

A staircase in the hall leads to the lower level, where there is a spacious living room with sliding glass doors that open onto the swimming pool, as well as another bedroom and a full bathroom.

Outdoor space: A long wooden terrace extends over the living room, offering views of the neighborhood. The pool is surrounded by concrete, with enough space for barbecuing and eating. At the front of the house is an attached garage which can hold two cars.

Taxes: $ 28,740 (estimate), plus $ 86 monthly homeowners association fee

Contact: Taso Tsakos and Erin Carrigg, The Agency, 925-360-4420;

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