$800,000 Homes in California

A Sonoma County home with a private vineyard, a live-work loft in a former warehouse in South Pasadena and a circa-1950 redwood cottage in Monterey.

What You Get for $800,000 in California

$800,000 Homes in California

Micah Stoufer

This hillside cabin has dozens of customized features built by the owner, an artisan who worked in a detached studio on the property. The house is about six miles southeast of the center of Cloverdale and 20 minutes from the municipal airport. It escaped damage from the recent Sonoma County fires in large part because of its position outside a wind belt that conducted flames in a southwesterly direction.

Size: 1,492 square feet

Price per square foot: $529

Indoors: A whimsical red gate set into a plaster wall encloses the oak-studded entry area. A curving stair-stepped path lined with boulders rises to a front deck with handmade planters and sweeping western views. All of this (and much more inside) is the work of the owner.

The living room includes a desk with a triangular top and legs that was designed for a particular corner and will remain there. (There is also a built-in media cabinet on the other side of the room.) The dining room includes a custom wood buffet table fitted for a niche. The kitchen has customized Ikea cabinetry topped with various woods, and a windowed study area. (Although the oven is electric, the stove has a propane burner, convenient in blackouts.)

The guest bedroom’s Murphy bed lifts up to become a desk. The guest bathroom has a homemade soaking tub surround and counters.

Upstairs, under the roof gable, the master bedroom has a wall of closets and a private balcony; the master bathroom has a combined tub and shower and is built-in drawers.

Outdoor space: The workshop building includes an unfinished upstairs bonus space and a rocking-chair front porch. The hobby vineyard offers about 400 cabernet sauvignon vines. There is also a potting area and a handcrafted birdhouse — or, rather, a bird condominium complex.

Taxes: $9,863 (estimated), plus a quarterly $198 homeowner’s fee

Contact: Laura Larrecou, W Real Estate, 707-591-0570;

$800,000 Homes in California

Credit…Alex Zarour/Virtually Here Studios

This condominium is on the second floor of Mission District Lofts, a 1925 warehouse building that was converted in 2003 and has 17 units. It is in the heart of South Pasadena, blocks from schools and a wide variety of restaurants, and a five-minute walk to the Gold Line metro station on Mission Street. (The trip to Union Station in Los Angeles is about 20 minutes.)

Size: 1,256 square feet

Price per square foot: $612

Indoors: The unit has a typical open floor plan with concrete columns and ceilings and exposed plumbing and ductwork. The original double-paned, commercial-grade casement windows remain, and the laminate floors have been covered in cork.

To the right of the entrance is a 10-by-17-foot foyer with built-in cabinets at the end. Immediately to the left is a metal staircase that rises to the bedroom and en suite bathroom.

Beyond the staircase, the 14-by-16-square-foot living area, which has shelving wrapped around one corner, flows into an equally large dining area and open kitchen. The kitchen has white cabinets with concrete countertops and stainless steel appliances.

The main-level bathroom is across from the entrance and next to a laundry room. Both bathrooms in the unit have vintage linoleum flooring and a combined tub and shower.

Outdoor space: The unit comes with two covered parking spaces in an adjacent garage. Garfield Park is about a five-minute walk east.

Taxes: $9,613 (estimated), plus a $400 monthly homeowner’s fee

Contact: Steve Clark, Compass, 818-519-9363;

Built as a rudimentary redwood cottage in an artists’ colony in the Huckleberry Hill neighborhood, this house was recently redesigned by Samuel Pitnick, a local architect, with insulated double walls, new electrical and plumbing systems, new dual-glazed windows with hardwood trim and a new PVC roofing system with R-30 insulation. Much of the original redwood, and the board-and-batten construction, still exist, along with the charm. Plans and permits are available for a second bathroom with a walk-in closet, and a detached garage.

The property is about a mile (uphill) from Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Size: 790 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,011

Indoors: The cottage is anchored by a combined living-and-dining area with an engineered oak floor and a wood-burning stove. A peninsula created from pine planks topped in granite separates this area from a corner kitchen with maple cabinetry and stainless steel appliances.

A short hallway leads to the guest bedroom, which has a skylight in its heart-redwood-beamed ceiling and a glass door opening directly to one of two outdoor patios.

The master bedroom is directly off the kitchen and has two walls of windows and direct access to the other patio. The bathroom includes a granite-topped vanity and a glass-walled shower. It is next to a walk-in closet with a stacked washer and dryer.

Outdoor space: The property is fenced and has a security gate. It is landscaped with tiered gardens and stone paths, and includes a small shed and parking space for two cars.

Taxes: $8,789 (estimated)

Contact: William Smith, the William Smith Luxury Group, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 831-402-5302;

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