Homes worth $5 million in California
Caramel | $4.975 million
Four-bedroom, four-bathroom cottage built in 1934 on 0.1 acre
This home is located just a few blocks from Carmel Beach and within walking distance of the Carmel Beach Boardwalk, a hiking trail with sweeping ocean views. It is close to the Clinton Walker House, a Frank Lloyd Wright home that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
Carmel Plaza, the city’s shopping and dining hub, is just over a mile away. Mission Trail Park, a 33-acre preserve with hiking trails, is 10 minutes’ drive away. Pebble Beach Golf Courses are less than 15 minutes away. Cannery Row in Monterey is a 20-minute drive away. Big Sur is less than an hour south. San Francisco is just over two hours north.
measuring: 2,271 square feet
Price per square foot: $2,191
Inside: A brick path leads from the driveway to the bright red Dutch front door. It opens into a foyer with a staircase leading to the second floor.
Beyond is a dining area with whitewashed panels and gleaming brick floors that extends into the kitchen with stainless steel appliances. There is also a laundry room, full bathroom, and bedroom with its own outside entrance in this part of the house.
The main living area is located on the second floor and features high ceilings and casement windows overlooking the property. The seating area is anchored by a wood-burning fireplace and brick surround. There is space for a dining table on the other side of the room.
Three bedrooms off the hallway extending from the living area. The master bedroom has a brick surround fireplace and an en-suite bathroom. The adjoining bedroom also has an attached bathroom. The third bedroom, closest to the living area, has a full bathroom across the hall next to the sitting room.
External space: The property has a brick patio used for dining and entertaining, as well as stone paths that wrap around the patio and small lawn. The attached garage has one parking space. There is space for another car in the driveway.
Taxes: $62,184 (est.)
communication: Nicholas Canning or Michael Canning, Canning Properties Group, Sotheby’s International Realty, Carmel Brokerage, 831-241-4458; sothebysrealty.com
Los Angeles | $4.995 million
A 1928 Spanish Colonial-style home has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, on one acre.
Known as the John Show Ranch Estate, this home was built nearly a century ago on more than 350 acres of citrus and walnut groves. A recently completed multi-year renovation included recreating some of the original fixtures and restoring the original wood and plasterwork.
The home is located just minutes from the stretch of Ventura Boulevard that runs through Woodland Hills, and a five-minute drive from the Bristol Farms grocery store and the Commons at Calabasas shopping and dining center. The beaches in Malibu are less than half an hour away.
measuring: 5,980 square feet
Price per square foot: $835
Inside: A long corridor leads from the street to a garden with a stone fountain in the middle. Brick steps ascend to a spacious covered porch, and the front door opens to a foyer with original tile floors and a grand staircase leading to the second floor.
To the right is a sunken living room with hardwood floors and an ornate fireplace accented by citrus moldings, a nod to the property’s origins. Behind this space is a den with a large wood-paneled bar and access to a patio. Off the den is a library with a stone fireplace, built-in shelving and walls painted a vibrant green. There is also a cloakroom in this part of the house.
To the left of the foyer is a dining room with an original plaster ceiling. The adjoining kitchen has original tile work, white cabinetry, a large center island and a sunny breakfast area. There is a spacious pantry, laundry room, and half bath off the kitchen.
The upper floor offers a view of the atrium and a stained glass window through a row of arches supported by Corinthian columns. On the right is the master suite, which includes a large bedroom, dressing room, sleeping porch, and bathroom with original tiles.
There are three more bedrooms in the guest wing at the other end of the hall. One has a sleeping balcony and an en-suite bathroom with more original tiles. The other two share the bathroom, which also has its original tiles.
External space: The spacious patio off the den has wrought-iron railings and a fire pit. This space and the balconies are paved with period-appropriate Arto Brick tiles. Other outdoor facilities include a bar, built-in grill and swimming pool, with a surrounding area rebuilt in 2017. The terraced courtyards have been used for weddings and other events, and the plot can accommodate additional buildings such as a garage, guest house or studio.
Taxes: $62,436 (est.)
communication: Benjamin Calley, Compass, 310-779-4578; historiquerealestatela.com
Calistoga | $4.95 million
1998 two-bedroom, three-bath house and one-bedroom, one-bath guest house, on 1.3 acres
This house located near the St. Helena border was built by architect Sandy Walker as his personal residence. It is a 10-minute drive from the mineral spas of Calistoga and a 15-minute drive from dozens of vineyards, as well as the campgrounds, hiking and biking trails of Bothe-Napa Valley State Park.
Driving to San Francisco or Sacramento takes less than two hours.
measuring: 3,359 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,474
Inside: A gated driveway separates this property from the street. The entrance to the house is through high glass doors.
The living and dining area beyond features polished concrete floors. Wood-burning fireplace with built-in space for firewood storage; Large hanging fixtures above the dining space; Access to the loggia is through glass doors. (The loggia is separated from the pool area behind it with folding doors.)
The bright kitchen, off the entryway, has blonde wood cabinets, a small center island, and Bosch and Sub-Zero stainless steel appliances.
Behind the kitchen is a room with built-in bookshelves, a custom-designed entertainment center and access to a bathroom with a walk-in shower.
The spiral staircase in the center of the house leads to the two bedrooms on the second floor. The master suite has a fireplace, balcony, interior window overlooking the room below, and a bathroom with a walk-in shower and deep, windowed bathtub. The bedroom at the other end of the hall has an en-suite bathroom with a deep bathtub. Nearby is a small office with another balcony.
The staircase continues up to the third floor balcony with a view of the neighboring vineyards.
The guest house, across from the pool, has a living room, a kitchenette, a bedroom and a full bathroom.
External space: The pool and spa between the two homes is surrounded by a paved area with space for deck chairs. One path from the guest house leads to a tennis court and the other to a patio with a built-in bar and barbecue. The detached garage has two parking spaces.
Taxes: $61,872 (est.)
communication: Josh Dempsey, Vanguard Properties, and Sid Greer, Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley, 707-637-6123; vanguardproperties.com
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