Pasadena | $ 2.598 million
A French Normandy-style house from 1927 with five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms and a guest house with one bedroom and one bathroom on 0.5 hectares
This house, attributed to Sylvanus Marston, was built in 1927 in the style of French Normandy and has undergone relatively few changes over the course of its life. Mr. Marston’s, Marston, Van Pelt & Maybury’s architecture firm worked regularly in Pasadena and was responsible for a number of structures in the region, including the former Vista del Arroyo Hotel, now a building of the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Pasadena City Auditorium College and the USC Pacific Asia Museum.
The house is five minutes’ drive from two Pasadena facilities: the California Institute of Technology main campus and Huntington Library, art collections and botanical gardens.
Size: 5,310 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 489
Inside: The exterior of the house features elements of classic French Normandy style that were popular in Southern California in the 1920s, including a rounded central tower with a conical roof flanked by two wings.
A stone footpath leads to the front door, which matches the green shutters on several windows. The circular foyer has a curved staircase with a wrought iron railing that leads to the second level.
To the right of the foyer is the formal living room with low ceilings and wooden beams. A fireplace with a marble frame and white wooden cladding anchors the room. This room is connected to the family room, which has two fireplaces, original built-in bookshelves and moldings. The living and family rooms open to a closed terrace.
To the left of the foyer is a formal dining room with built-in mirrors. A butler’s pantry connects the dining room to the kitchen and a breakfast room with Spanish tile floors. Behind the breakfast room is a guest room with a private bathroom with a combination of shower and bath.
On the second level there are four bedrooms, including two guest rooms, large enough to accommodate queen-size beds connected by a pink tile bathroom. A third bedroom has access to a rear-facing balcony and a bathroom, which is also accessible from the hallway. The master suite has a separate dressing area with built-in vanity and a bathroom with a combination of a bath and shower.
Outdoor space: In addition to the closed, stone-paved terrace with an original brick fountain, there is a smaller terrace with a view of the pool. A guest house on the other side of the pool has a full bathroom. The detached garage has space for four cars.
Taxes: $ 33,000 (estimated)
Contact: Michael B. Bell, Sotheby’s International Realty, 626-796-4100; sanpasqualestate.com
El Segundo | $ 2.6 million
A 2018 country style home with five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms on 0.1 acres
El Segundo is a small beach town in South Bay in Los Angeles County, south of Los Angeles International Airport. The region is an important hub for the aerospace industry. This property is 15 minutes’ drive from Los Angeles Air Force Base and the Space and Missile Systems Center, as well as the offices of Boeing, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.
The house is in a family-oriented neighborhood, just a few blocks from two popular parks. Dockweiler State Beach, a state park with more than five kilometers of coastline, is five minutes’ drive away, while downtown Los Angeles is about 30 minutes away.
Size: 3,029 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 858
Inside: A white picket fence separates the grassy front yard of this house from the street, and a paved path leads to the porch and Dutch door.
To the right of the front door, barn doors open to a guest room with access to the veranda and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower. On the left side of the hall is a room that is currently used as a home office. This level of the house also has half a bathroom.
A short staircase leads down to the main living area, which is open plan and has oak floors that continue throughout the house. On the right side of the room there is a fireplace, built-in bookshelves and glass doors that lead to the terrace.
To the left is a kitchen island with a single Carrara marble top and space for seating. The kitchen has Thermador stainless steel appliances and a white tiled backsplash. A glass-wood door leads to a spacious pantry.
An open staircase, which is attached to a wall with a ship’s lock, leads from the front hallway to the second floor. On the top of the stairs there is a guest room with an attached bathroom, which has a vanity with marble top and a combined bath and shower.
The master suite is next door. The bedroom has a large walk-in closet and a private balcony. The bathroom has a walk-in shower and a separate bathtub.
Up the second, shorter flight of stairs are two more bedrooms large enough to accommodate queen beds and a Jack and Jill style bathroom. This level also has a laundry room.
Outdoor space: The house has several places for outdoor entertainment, starting with the porch, which is large enough to hold a table and a swing. The terrace next to the main living area has an outdoor fireplace and a built-in grill, as well as a bar-style seating area. The floor is made of gray brick and the ceiling overhang contains two built-in heaters. The back yard is laid out with grass and offers a paved space for play equipment. The detached garage has space for two cars.
Taxes: 33.025 USD (estimated)
Contact: Amie Schneider, Compass, 310-343-1461; amieschneider.com
Port Costa | $ 2.595 million
An urban building from 1910 that was converted to a family home in the 1970s, with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms on a 0.2 hectare property
Designed by Julia MorganThis home was approved in California in 1910 as the first woman to be an architect and was built as the headquarters of the Port Costa Water Company. Ms. Morgan also designed a number of buildings for William Randolph Hearst, including Hearst Castle in San Simeon and the downtown Los Angeles Examiner building. In the 1970s it was converted into a family home.
Port Costa is located in the northern part of the East Bay with about 200 inhabitants. San Francisco is approximately 45 minutes away by car.
Size: 5,345 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 486
Inside: A paved path leads from the sidewalk to the double front doors that lead into a foyer with 14-foot ceilings. On the right is an office with a wood-burning fireplace and built-in shelves.
The main living area is on the left side of the house. A formal living room with walnut floors and a wood-burning fireplace connects to a family room with exposed brick walls and a skylight, and a formal dining room with high ceilings and original moldings.
The dining room opens into the kitchen, which was renovated by the owners in 2016. The central island is equipped with marble, new Viking appliances and a gas fireplace. The kitchen is connected to a butler’s pantry, half a bathroom and a breakfast room with windows overlooking the garden and a door to the pool area.
In the middle of the first level there is an upstairs living room that connects the west and east wings. Behind the living room there is a second study and a guest room, a private bathroom and access to the pool area.
An open staircase with a wooden railing leads from the living room to the second level. On the top of the stairs is another seating area that connects to the master suite and guest rooms.
The master suite has a gas fireplace and a marble tiled bathroom with walk-in shower and tub. Next to the master suite is a guest room with sloping ceilings. A bathroom with a walk-in shower is located between this bedroom and a second guest room with its own balcony. Another staircase leads from the main staircase to a third guest room with a fireplace.
Outdoor space: The breakfast room opens to an outdoor dining area with a built-in grill and a gray brick gas fireplace. The 40-foot pool has an attached hot tub. At the other end of the back yard is a paved lounge area and garden. There are two attached garages, one for one car and one for two cars.
Taxes: 33.735 USD (estimated)
Contact: Mike Stack, Vanguard Properties, 415-321-7020; portcostaestate.com