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This home sits on a large corner lot in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood just south of Magnolia Boulevard, the San Fernando Valley thoroughfare that runs east to Burbank. It is in a quiet residential neighborhood less than a five-minute drive from Louis Armstrong Middle School, a public school for students in grades six through eight. Westfield Fashion Square, a popular mall, is also about five minutes away, and the shops and restaurants of Ventura Boulevard are just over a mile away.

Hollywood is a 20-minute drive via Route 101; downtown Los Angeles is 30 minutes away.

Cut: 3,505 square feet

Price per square foot: $826

On the inside: A large privacy hedge protects this house from the street. The front door opens into a hall with high ceilings and a staircase leading to the second level.

To the right is a living room with wide plank floors and a marble fireplace set into a wall with herringbone paneling. Wood floors continue into an open dining room with a wooden ceiling and a sleek pendant light. Beyond is a casual family room with a built-in entertainment center and glass doors that open to the aft deck.

Facing the family room is a kitchen with dark green cabinetry, stone countertops, a center island, and stainless steel appliances that include a six-burner Viking range. A pantry and a powder room are next to the kitchen. A bedroom with an adjoining bathroom is located on this level, near the entrance.

The master suite, at the top of the second-floor steps, features a walk-in closet with custom shelving, a private balcony, and a bathroom with a porcelain tub, glass-enclosed walk-in shower, and two vanities .

Adjacent is a small bedroom currently used as a home office, upholstered in a graphic print. Two other bedrooms on this level are large enough to hold queen-size beds. All bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom.

Outdoor space: The family room’s covered patio has a ceiling fan and a fireplace. A few steps up is a pool with a resort-inspired Baja shelf, surrounded by a wooden deck with ample space for sunbathing. A built-in barbecue with an attached mini-fridge sits in one corner of the yard. The attached garage holds two cars.

Taxes: $36,192 (estimated)

Contact: Michael Grady, The Agency, 424-354-2929; theagencyre.com


This house was among many structures highlighted at the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, also known as the San Francisco World’s Fair, for combining traditional building materials with modern construction technology. It looks like a traditional Spanish-style adobe house but is actually reinforced with steel and other durable materials.

The property is within a 10-minute drive of Kensington Hilltop Elementary School, Kensington Community Center, and Blake Garden, a public garden and educational facility associated with the University of California, Berkeley.

Driving to Berkeley takes about 10 minutes; downtown Oakland is about 20 minutes away.

Cut: 2,874 square feet

Price per square foot: $994

On the inside: This home sits at the end of a cul-de-sac, with brick steps leading from the driveway to the front entrance.

The wooden door opens into a long hallway that leads to the main living area, which has a fireplace set into a white painted brick wall, wooden beamed ceilings and French doors that open to a cage interior stairwell.

Three bedrooms are on this level. The master suite, which has multiple windows and skylights, is to the right of the front door; the adjoining bathroom has a walk-in shower. Two guest bedrooms and the bathroom they share are in the hallway connecting the entrance hall to the living room.

From the hall, steps lead to the lower level, through an entrance leading to a private patio with a hot tub. At the bottom of the stairs is a combined utility room and pantry, as well as a wine cupboard.

A recently updated kitchen with Viking and Miele appliances is also on this level, alongside a hallway paved with Saltillo tiles. At the end of the hall is a family room with a fireplace and glass doors that open onto a terrace. Through an arched doorway is a dining room with another fireplace. A fourth bedroom is on this level, connected by a small hallway to a bathroom with shower cubicle.

Outdoor space: The house sits on a slope and the large terrace off the family room offers views of the yard below and the hills beyond. Wide steps lead down to the backyard, which is landscaped with succulents and other drought-tolerant plants and includes a koi pond with a bubbling fountain. An attached two-car garage is at street level.

Taxes: $35,724 (estimated)

Contact: Ruth Frassetto, Compass, 510-697-8606; compass.com


The sellers purchased this home in 2021 and completely remodeled it, overhauling the plumbing and HVAC systems and installing a new metal roof. It’s less than two miles from downtown Palm Springs, which puts it a short drive or bike ride from popular attractions like the Walk of Stars and the Museum’s Architecture and Design Center. of art in Palm Springs, as well as many restaurants and antique shops along South Palm Canyon. Conduct.

Tahquitz Canyon waterfalls and hiking trails are less than a mile away. Joshua Tree National Park is an hour’s drive away and Los Angeles two and a half hours.

Cut: 2,486 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,146

On the inside: A paved path passes in front of a low concrete wall separating this property from the sidewalk. A large glass door opens into the main living area, which has a white painted brick fireplace and a wall of glass overlooking the succulents in the front yard.

Behind the seating area is a dining area large enough for a long table, with a built-in bar accented by brown and gold wallpaper along one wall.

At the back of the house is a family room with a view of the pool and enough room for a sectional sofa. This space opens into the kitchen, which features an oversized center island and sleek custom-designed cabinetry.

A hallway off the living room, framed by golden privacy screens, leads to two bedrooms. Down the hall is the master bedroom, which has direct access to the swimming pool; the adjoining bathroom has a glass shower, deep soaking tub and double vanity. Closer to the living room is a guest bedroom with another en-suite bathroom.

A hallway on the other side of the living room leads to a third bedroom with access to the backyard and an en-suite bathroom. A bathroom and a laundry room are in the same hallway.

A fourth bedroom, currently used as a boudoir and home office, sits just off the entry hall, with windows overlooking the front yard and an en-suite bathroom.

Outdoor space: The large backyard has a built-in BBQ and bar, a fire pit with surrounding chair space, and a bocce court, all added during the recent renovation. The swimming pool, which has a view of the palm trees and the mountain, has also been redone and framed by a concrete terrace. The attached garage at the front of the house has two parking spaces.

Taxes: $35,628 (estimated)

Contact: Sandra Quinn, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties, 760-861-5150; my.flexmls.com

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