Real Estate

$3.5 Million Homes in California

Palomar Mountain | $3.45 Million

A 2020 house with three bedrooms and two and a half bedrooms, on a 21-acre lot

This home is in San Diego County, about a 10-minute drive from the Palomar Observatory, home to the Hale Telescope. The house, which can be bought fully furnished, runs entirely on solar power and has a backup generator. It is not far from a general store at the base of Palomar Mountain.

Escondido is less than an hour away. Driving to downtown San Diego or the beaches of La Jolla takes about an hour and a half. Palm Springs is a two-and-a-half-hour drive.

Size: 3,100 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,113

Indoors: A long driveway leads to a sheltered parking pad under the second story of the house. Exterior stairs ascend to the main entrance, a tall glass door that opens into a combined living room, dining area and kitchen with glass walls and hardwood floors.

A cast-iron fireplace sits at one end, in front of a grooved wood wall. Another sitting area is at the other end of the space, with a dining area in between.

The sleek kitchen, which occupies the back half of this space, has a large, marble-topped island with globe-style pendant lights hanging overhead.

A short hallway off the kitchen leads to the primary suite, which has more floor-to-ceiling glass walls and an en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower that has a floor-to-ceiling glass wall offering a view of the property.

Two more bedrooms are on this level; they share a full bathroom.

A home gym with an attached powder room and direct outdoor access is on the lower level.

Outdoor space: The house is about 5,000 feet above sea level, and the spacious deck off the living area offers mountain and ocean views on clear days. The property includes hiking trails, campsites and at least one flat area that could hold a swimming pool or an accessory dwelling unit.

Taxes: $43,128 (estimated)

Contact: Richard Spiering, Compass, 619-540-3483;

Sonoma | $3.5 Million

A three-bedroom, three-bathroom modern-farmhouse-style home built in 1962, on a 0.5-acre lot

This house is a five-minute drive from Sonoma Plaza, the historic center of Sonoma, which has become a dining and wine-tasting destination. It is about a mile from Sonoma Valley High School, as well as public elementary and middle schools. Several city parks and Sonoma TrainTown Railroad, an amusement park with a petting zoo, are also nearby.

Petaluma is a half-hour drive. Santa Rosa is about 45 minutes away. Driving to San Francisco, Oakland or Berkeley takes about an hour and 15 minutes.

Size: 2,902 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,206

Indoors: The house is set back from the street, behind a wide lawn and shaded by mature trees. Paving stones set in gravel lead to the front door, which opens into a foyer with hardwood floors.

This space flows into an open living, eating and cooking area with high ceilings, a fireplace with a slate-gray surround and large sliding-glass doors that open to the back patio and the pool beyond. The updated kitchen has white cabinetry, a large center island, stainless steel appliances and access to a mudroom with a sink and side-by-side washer and dryer.

A family room with another fireplace is off the kitchen. It connects to a bedroom and a bathroom with a walk-in shower.

The primary bedroom, at the back of the house, has more expansive sliding-glass doors that open to the backyard, as well as an en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower, access to a walk-in closet and a door to the pool area.

The third bedroom is off the foyer. It has the use of a bathroom across the hall with a combined tub and shower.

The property includes two detached buildings: One is used as a home gym, the other as a home office.

Outdoor space: The swimming pool is framed with brick and surrounded by mature trees and hedges, offering shade and privacy. The property also has a fenced garden with raised planters. The driveway has space to park three cars.

Taxes: $43,742 (estimated)

Contact: Daniel Casabonne, Sotheby’s International Realty, Wine Country Sonoma Brokerage, 707-494-3130;

Santa Monica | $3.495 Million

A two-bedroom, two-bathroom house built in 1947, on a 0.3-acre lot

This house is on a hilly street in a quiet part of Santa Monica, near Pacific Palisades and about a mile from Ginger Rogers Beach. It is a few blocks from a public elementary school and from the Ocean Avenue Stairs, a staircase that offers a free workout to area residents. The Annenberg Community Beach House is five minutes away, as is a popular stretch of Montana Avenue with a bookstore, a wine shop and a number of casual restaurants.

Downtown Santa Monica is about 10 minutes away by car. Driving to Century City, Westwood or Los Angeles International Airport takes about half an hour.

Size: 1,633 square feet

Price per square foot: $2,140

Indoors: A gate in the wood privacy fence next to the driveway opens to the front yard, where stairs ascend to the main entrance.

Inside is a sunny living room with blonde wood floors, a sleek concrete fireplace and glass doors that fold open to a large deck, offering an indoor-outdoor living experience. This space flows into a den and an adjacent Boffi kitchen with glossy white cabinetry; a large center island with an integrated sink and cooktop; colored-glass pendant lights; and a built-in banquette surrounded by windows.

Both bedrooms are off the home’s central hallway. The primary bedroom has an en suite bathroom with a deep soaking tub that has a shower overhead and a large window facing the backyard. The bedroom next door has the use of a bathroom with an oversized walk-in shower.

Outdoor space: The expansive deck functions as an outdoor living room. The front and rear yards are planted with mature fruit trees, and the property has enough space to build a second structure. The attached garage holds two cars.

Taxes: $43,692 (estimated)

Contact: Frank Langen, DPP Real Estate, 310-963-3891;

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