$2 Million Homes in California


Berkeley | $1.98 MillionA 1926 Tudor Revival house with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot

This house, which has been owned by the same family for 50 years, retains many of its original architectural details, including hardwood floors, built-ins and molding. It is on a tree-lined street where many houses date to the 1920s, in the Claremont district, a few blocks from Claremont Club & Spa, a hotel that opened in 1915.

John Muir Elementary School is half a mile away. Driving to the campus of the University of California, Berkeley takes about 10 minutes. Downtown Oakland is 15 minutes away. San Francisco is about a half-hour drive, depending on traffic.

Size: 2,847 square feet

Price per square foot: $695

Indoors: From the sidewalk, a stone path leads across a lawn to the front entrance.

The arched wood front door opens into a foyer with hardwood floors and a staircase with its original wrought-iron railing. To the left is a living room with a bay of tall windows overlooking the front yard and a fireplace flanked by more windows.

To the right of the foyer is a dining room with wrought-iron light fixtures, more tall windows and a door to the butler’s pantry. Beyond the pantry is a kitchen with white cabinetry, a white-enamel range, and access to a sunny breakfast room and a powder room.

All three bedrooms are on the second floor. The primary bedroom, which overlooks the street, has a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a combined tub and shower that is shared with the second bedroom. The third bedroom, at the back of this level, has an en suite bathroom with a stall shower. Both guest rooms have access to a room that could be used as an office or playroom.

A laundry room, a space used as a home gym and a full bathroom are in the partially finished basement.

Outdoor space: Behind the house is a terraced brick patio with raised garden boxes and ample room for entertaining. The attached garage holds two cars.

Taxes: $24,796 (estimated)

Contact: Mavis Delacroix, Compass, 510-541-4020; mavisdelacroix.com

Los Angeles | $1,999,999A recently renovated condominium with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, in a 1981 building

This condominium is on the top floor of a building south of Beverly Boulevard, less than a mile from the center of West Hollywood. During a renovation completed in the summer of 2023, new flooring and appliances were installed, and a custom-built bar was added to the loft next to the private roof deck.

The apartment is about a 10-minute walk from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and about 15 minutes from the upscale Beverly Center shopping mall. It is also within walking distance of Bristol Farms and Ralphs grocery stores, a dog park and a tennis club. Driving to Century City takes about 15 minutes. Santa Monica is about 30 minutes away.

Size: 2,419 square feet

Price per square foot: $827

Indoors: The apartment’s front door opens into a living room with high ceilings, white oak floors, a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and a wall of windows. On one side of this space, doors open to a balcony; on the other, a staircase leads up to a loft that functions as a second living room, with a built-in bar that includes a refrigerator and doors that open to a private roof deck.

The dining area, around the corner from the living room, connects to a kitchen with white oak cabinets and floors, marble counters, stainless steel appliances and a breakfast nook with glass doors that open to a Juliet balcony.

Both bedrooms are on the main level, off a hallway extending from the entryway. The primary suite, at the far end, includes a bedroom large enough to comfortably hold a king-size bed; a walk-in closet with a custom-built storage system; and a bathroom with a long, marble-topped vanity, a walk-in shower and a deep soaking tub. The guest room next door has the use of a bathroom off the hallway with a shower that has a glass door. A stacked Miele washer and dryer are in a nook off the hallway.

Outdoor space: The roof deck is enclosed by walls with lattice insets and functions as an outdoor living room, with enough space for lounge furniture and a grill. The balcony off the main level, which offers views of the Hollywood Hills, has room for a cafe table and chairs. This apartment comes with two parking spots in a secure garage.

Taxes: $24,996 (estimated) and an $895 monthly homeowner association fee

Contact: Nick Collins, The Agency, 310-433-4946; theagencyre.com

Murrieta | $1.95 MillionA 2010 house with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, on a 10-acre lot

This house is near the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, a 9,000-acre expanse of open space, and Cleveland National Forest, attracting hikers, campers and those looking for scenic drives. It is about a 20-minute drive from supermarkets and big-box stores, as well as public elementary, middle and high schools.

Driving to Riverside or Irvine takes about an hour. San Diego is 90 minutes away.

Size: 3,014 square feet

Price per square foot: $647

Indoors: A long driveway leads to the attached three-car garage next to the main entrance.

The front door opens into a bright foyer. Straight ahead is a living room with a fireplace, sliding-glass doors that open to a patio and access to a home office with a wall of built-in bookshelves.

The living room is open to an updated kitchen with an oversized center island, stainless steel appliances, including a wine refrigerator, and access to a breakfast room with more sliding-glass doors that open to the patio.

The primary suite, off the living room, has a sliding-glass doors in the bedroom that open to the patio; the bathroom has a walk-in shower and a separate soaking tub.

The other three bedrooms are off a hallway extending from the living room. All are big enough to hold queen-size beds; one has sliding-glass doors that offer outdoor access and a view of mountains in the distance. Two full bathrooms are off the hall. A laundry room with a side-by-side washer and dryer is also in this part of the house.

Outdoor space: The patio behind the house is partially shaded, with plenty of room for outdoor dining. The property includes an in-ground pool and spa with unobstructed mountain views. From there, a path leads to a patio with a fire pit.

Taxes: $24,372 (estimated) and a $143 monthly homeowner association fee

Contact: Sean Caddell, Sean Caddell & Associates, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, 858-472-1074; sothebysrealty.com

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