$1.2 Million Homes in California

A condominium in a converted toy warehouse in Los Angeles, a Spanish hacienda-style home in San Diego and a hillside house in Lafayette.

What You Get for $1.2 Million in California

$1.2 Million Homes in California

Jeremy Spann

This unit is on a tree-lined street in the city’s Arts District, about a mile east of downtown and easily reached by bike, bus or light rail service. The walkable neighborhood is known for galleries, artists’ studios, restaurants and shops that have moved into restored industrial buildings. A Soho House hotel and club recently opened in the area.

Size: 1,778 square feet

Price per square foot: $731

Indoors: The condominium has a large open-plan living and dining area with exposed-brick walls and original wood beams and columns. Dark-stained, wide-plank hardwood floors and hanging black ceiling pipes are found throughout. The updated chef’s kitchen has concrete countertops, a white-porcelain Japanese tile backsplash and a GE Monogram hood. An all-steel high bar is attached to a cooking island so diners can watch as meals are prepared.

A hallway off the main living area takes you to the master bedroom and a smaller second bedroom. Each room is enclosed by a sliding barn door and has ample closet space. The en suite master bathroom has a double vanity with composite marble counters, a walk-in shower with natural limestone tiles and glass doors. A second smaller bathroom has a single vanity and similar décor, including matte-black-coated brass hardware.

Outdoor space: The interior portion of the building is open air, and many residents set up patio tables by the entrances to their units. Grand Park, near City Hall, is just over a mile away. This condominium comes with two parking spaces in a subterranean garage and is designated as a live-work unit.

Taxes: $16,238 (estimated)

Contact: Matthew Chavez, Hilton & Hyland, 310-936-9020;

$1.2 Million Homes in California

Credit…Elizabeth Ireland Lanz

The house has a distinctive pink facade and floor-to-ceiling arched windows facing the street. It is in the Mission Hills neighborhood, an area known for bungalows, Prairie School and Spanish Revival homes clustered in two historic districts. Downtown and the airport are less than 10 minutes away by car. A commercial area with restaurants and shops, along Washington and India Streets, is within walking distance.

Size: 2,099 square feet

Price per square foot: $572

Indoors: The owner has lived in the house for 18 years and made improvements, including a new roof, electrical systems and foundation repairs. Many original details remain, including Arts and Craft Batchelder tiles dating to the 1920s.

The living room has an oversized tile fireplace and a barrel-vaulted ceiling. The adjacent kitchen has granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a cooking island and burnished cherry-wood cabinets. The dining room includes a wrought-iron chandelier.

The first-floor bathroom was remodeled five years ago with a hand-painted wall mural with a floral motif, a walk-in shower and a vanity with a sculpted basin. A guest bedroom is next to the bathroom, down a short hall from the kitchen.

The two upstairs bedrooms include a master that overlooks the backyard and has wrought-iron wall sconces and a dark-wood sleigh bed. (All furnishings are for sale.) A second bedroom is used as an office. The upstairs bathroom has vintage pink-and-black-trimmed wall tiles and a pink tile-topped vanity, along with an original white pedestal sink and a combined tub and shower.

Outdoor space: There are towering palm trees in front of the house and a small lawn that extends to the sidewalk. A sitting area in the backyard has Saltillo tiles and a shaded, vine-covered gazebo surrounded by palm trees. Parking is in a detached two-car garage.

Taxes: $15,000 (estimated)

Contact: Jackie Metcalf, Coldwell Banker West, 619-987-8511;

The house is stacked on a hillside, an unusual design in an area known for ranches. It is between the cities of Lafayette and Walnut Creek, about 22 miles east of San Francisco, just past the Berkeley Hills. The neighborhood has highly rated schools and abundant open spaces, including the nearby Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area. Shopping in Lafayette and Walnut Creek is 10 minutes away by car. The BART Lafayette station is about three miles away, past the freeway to San Francisco; driving to San Francisco takes between 30 minutes and an hour, depending on traffic.

Size: 2,201 square feet

Price per square foot: $588

Indoors: A wooden walkway from the street-level carport leads to the front door and an entryway with a stained-glass window. The main floor has a cedar-paneled living and dining area with a wood-burning fireplace and new wide-plank, engineered white oak floors. The kitchen was recently refurbished with Ikea cabinets, an induction oven, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. An adjacent bedroom has an updated full bathroom.

The lower level includes a carpeted master bedroom with built-in closets behind frosted glass doors, and an en suite bathroom with a double vanity and a walk-in glassed-walled shower. There are two additional bedrooms on this level (one with a small balcony with arbor views) and a new bathroom.

Up one level from the main floor is a carpeted landing and hallway overlooking the living room. This space has room for a sofa or could be turned into a children’s play area. There is also a room now used as an office.

Outdoor space: Sliding-glass doors off the living room on the main floor open to a deck that was recently extended to 400 square feet, with sweeping views of valleys and hills. The current owners leveled a slope on one side of the house and added a retaining wall to create a space for a jungle gym and swings, reached from a side door.

Taxes: $16,188 (estimated)

Contact: Amy Rose Smith, Village Associates Real Estate, 925-212-3897;

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