$4.7 million homes in California ~ California

The architect of this home, Hugh W. Comstock, worked extensively in the area during the 1920s and 1930s, designing a number of quaint cottages in nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea. This home has undergone several modernizations since it was built, although many original features – including the adobe-style roof tiles – remain intact.

The property is close to several of Pebble Beach’s golf courses: The Links at Spanish Bay is a five-minute drive; Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach Golf Links, widely regarded as one of the top public golf courses in the country, are about 10 minutes away. Driving to Monterey takes 15 minutes and San Jose is about an hour and a half away.

Size: 3,510 square meters

Price per square meter: $1,325

Inside: The entrance to the home is at the side of the driveway and the front door opens into a foyer with hardwood floors.

Immediately to the right is a spacious living and dining room with an original stone fireplace and a large window overlooking the backyard. Also off the foyer, behind a set of wrought iron doors, is a stone floored family room with large skylights and access to the rear terrace.

An arched door leads into the kitchen with Spanish tile floors, a Thermador range and a dining area with built in shelving. A laundry room and half bathroom are nearby.

There are two bedroom suites on the main level: one, off the kitchen, has fitted wardrobes and a black and white tiled bathroom; The other serves as the master suite with dressing area, bathroom with deep soaking tub and walk in shower and access to the rear terrace.

The other three bedrooms are on the second floor, accessible via a staircase in the foyer. The largest, to the left of the landing, has an ensuite bathroom, as does the bedroom next door. The third bedroom is at the end of the hallway.

The guest apartment can be reached via a hallway (with a lockable door) leading off the kitchen and has its own outside entrance. It is furnished as a studio apartment and has a kitchen and a full bathroom.

Outside: The backyard includes a stone patio that runs alongside the house; a fire pit with space for chairs around it; and a putting green.

Steer: $58,128 (estimated)

Contact: Dana Bambace and Mark Peterson, Bambace Peterson Compass, 831-200-3178; bambacepeterson.com

This home is nestled in the hills between the San Fernando Valley and Sunset Boulevard, about 10 minutes from Beverly Hills on one side and Sherman Oaks on the other. The neighborhood is quiet and private, with easy access to lookouts on Mulholland Drive and hiking trails in Franklin Canyon.

The studio complexes in Burbank, Studio City and Hollywood are all within a half hour drive. The Getty Center museum complex and the Skirball Cultural Center are 15 minutes away, as is the main campus of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Size: 3,200 square meters

Price per square meter: $1,453

Inside: A white gate opens from the street to a wide driveway with a carport on one side.

The entrance to the house is a glass door at the end of a cobbled path which opens into a foyer with polished concrete floors and an adjacent powder room.

This room opens into a combined living and dining area with an original stone fireplace with a raised hearth; high beamed ceilings; big windows; and glass doors that open to the pool. There is space for a dining table between the seating area and the kitchen, which features a center island that seats four and access to the backyard.

Also in this part of the house is a window alcove that could be a playroom or study. Nearby is a family room with sloping ceilings and wide hardwood floors.

From the living room a short flight of stairs leads up into a hallway which leads to the bedrooms. The primary suite is at the far end, with a walk-in closet; windows overlooking the rolling countryside; French doors leading to a private terrace with hot tub; and a tranquil bathroom with bath, separate glass shower and another glass door to the terrace.

Next door is a sunny guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Two other bedrooms nearby share a full bathroom with a glass shower.

Outside: An outdoor dining area between the house and the pool is shaded by a roof overhang and a nearby seating area is shaded by a mature tree. One side of the pool is paved with red brick; the other is a wooden deck with space for sun loungers. The carport has room for two cars and there is room for more in the driveway.

Steer: $58,128 (estimated)

Contact: Andrea Korchek, The Agency, 818-371-0933; theagencyre.com

This home is close enough to El Niguel Country Club to have a view of the golf course there. It is 10 minutes from Laguna Beach, an Orange County town known for its restaurants and art galleries, and even closer to the beaches of Dana Point. Hiking and biking trails in the Salt Corridor Regional Park are five minutes’ drive away.

Newport Beach and Irvine are half an hour away. Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base is about an hour’s drive south, and downtown San Diego is just over an hour away.

Size: 4,341 square feet

Price per square meter: $1,082

Inside: A paved path leads from the driveway around the front door. It opens into a double height foyer with a black and white checkerboard stone floor ending in a sweeping staircase.

The living room, through the glass doors on the right, has a fireplace surrounded by gleaming gray and white striped stone that stretches from floor to ceiling. More glass doors open to the rear terrace.

The living room merges into the kitchen, which can also be reached from the foyer. It features stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry with gold hardware, and a backsplash of Zellige tile imported from Morocco.

On the other side of the kitchen is an open family room with a fireplace and hardwood floors laid in a chevron pattern. A powder room is off this room, as is a dining room with another fireplace, also accessible from the foyer.

Three bedrooms are on the second floor. The primary suite to the right of the landing includes a walk-in closet with custom cabinetry and shelving; a separate living room; and an oversized bathroom with a glass-walled shower, deep soaking tub, and wood-lined sauna.

To the left of the master suite is a cave with a private balcony. At the other end of the hall are two more bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms.

A fourth bedroom suite is on the first floor, off a corridor that extends from the foyer.

Outside: The rear terrace that wraps around the house has built in bench seating and an outdoor kitchen with built in BBQ. The dining terrace off the living room is sheltered by a wooden pergola, and an inground swimming pool and attached spa are just steps away. The attached garage has space for three cars.

Steer: $58,692 (estimated) and a $650 monthly homeowners association fee

Contact: Bryan Gerlach and Paul Brutoco, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, 949-241-9059; sothebysrealty.com

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