What million dollars would you buy in California

This home is located less than two miles from downtown Fullerton, a charming commercial district where Spanish-style buildings house restaurants, bars, and shops. It is a 10-minute drive from the campus of California State University, Fullerton, which has the largest student enrollment of any school in the California state system.

Fullerton is located on the northern edge of Orange County, within walking distance of various destinations in Southern California: downtown Los Angeles is about a 40-minute drive or metrolink; Irvine is half an hour’s drive away. Riverside is about 50 minutes away.

measuring: 1600 square feet

square foot price: $611

Inside: A brick corridor leads from the steep street to a wooden front door with railings. Beyond the threshold is an open plan living area with Spanish tile floors, a fireplace, and built-in shelving.

The dining area is located between the living area and the kitchen, with a large window facing the street and two built-in benches. The kitchen has blue and white tiled counters with open shelves on top and cabinets below.

Outside the kitchen is a laundry room with access to a full bathroom with two stained-glass windows, one in the walk-in shower and one opposite the vanity.

All three bedrooms are on the second floor. At the top of the stairs is another stained-glass window. To the right is a good sized bedroom with cast iron fireplace and deck access. The basic bedroom is at the other end of the hall, with an opening that can contain a desk or dressing table and a glass door that opens onto the patio. There is a third bedroom currently used as a home office outside the hall, as well as the bathroom complete with skylight and built-in bathtub and shower.

outdoor space: The main outdoor space is the patio off the main bedroom which includes a partially covered area and a larger area that receives direct sunlight. Around the corner is a deck, and mature trees line the fence around the yard. The attached garage has one car, with parking for two more people in the driveway.

Taxes: 12,228 dollars (estimated)

Contact: Jennifer Harris, The Shire Estate Group, 714-350-3977; theshirerealestate.com

As the railroads made it easier for those living in San Francisco and Sacramento to travel to rural areas, Calistoga, founded in the late 1860s, became a popular destination thanks to its hot springs. The area still attracts weekend getaways, with a number of spas on Lincoln Street, less than a mile from this property, and wineries and tasting rooms in Napa and Santa Rosa less than an hour away.

Located two blocks from Calistoga Junior-Senior High School, this home serves students in grades seven through twelve. San Francisco is just under two hours away, and so is Sacramento.

measuring: 1496 square feet

square foot price: $652

Inside: A paved footpath runs through the front yard, which is designed to resemble a meadow. The front covered porch, framed by a white wood railing, is large enough for a set of chairs.

The living room is located just behind the front door, with wide hardwood floors, a large window facing the street and a black painted fireplace contrasting with the white walls.

Wood floors continue into the windowed dining area and the updated kitchen beyond, which has new stainless steel appliances and white stone countertops, plus a glass door gives access to the backyard and guest house.

Off the dining area there is a doorway that leads to the two bedrooms, each large enough to accommodate a queen bed, and to a bathroom with a combined bathtub and shower.

The guest house is configured as a one-bedroom apartment, with a wall-mounted kitchen in the living area, a bedroom that can comfortably have a king-size bed and an en suite bathroom with a stall shower.

outdoor space: The back porch is a mirror image of the front facade, with steps that lead onto a patio large enough to accommodate a dining table and grill while leaving room for another seating area or play equipment. Raised garden beds sitting next to the guest house beyond. Next to the house runs a driveway large enough for several cars.

Taxes: $12192 (estimated)

Contact: Ron Hartmann, Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country Brokerage, 707-200-2488; sothebysrealty.com


This well-maintained property is a block from West Pico Boulevard with some of the best kosher restaurants in town. Less than half a mile away, where the street intersects with South Robertson Street, are two kosher grocery stores and Walgreens.

Several western destinations, including the Miracle Mile, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills, are within 10 to 15 minutes. Culver City is 15 minutes’ drive away. It takes about half an hour to get to downtown Los Angeles, depending on traffic.

measuring: 1401 square feet

square foot price: $696

Inside: This complex is gated with underground parking. The entrance to the unit is on the ground floor, and the front door opens directly onto the living room, a bright space with gray wood floors and a fireplace with a simple black surround.

Behind the living room is a dining area illuminated by a large window and pendant lighting with glass globes. A breakfast bar separates this area from an updated kitchen with spacious counters and tiled backsplashes.

One of the three bedrooms in the house is located on this floor, off the living room, with access to a private patio and an en suite bathroom with built-in bathtub and shower.

Stairs in the living room lead to the second floor, where there are two additional bedroom suites. The master bedroom, at the far end of the hall, has sliding glass doors that open onto Juliet’s balcony; The attached bathroom was recently updated, with a window that brings sunlight to a combined bathtub and shower. The other bedroom also has an en suite bathroom with a combined bathtub and shower.

outdoor space: In addition to the private patio off the bedroom on the first floor, there is a larger patio accessed through sliding glass doors in the living room. Canopied and surrounded by high walls, the patio is relatively private and large enough to serve as an outdoor dining room. This unit includes two parking spaces in an underground garage.

Taxes: $12192 (estimated) and $425 per month for homeowners association fees

Contact: Nikki Bascon, Bascon Real Estate Group, Keller Williams, Beverly Hills, 310-461-4100; nikkibascon.com

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