Pasadena | $2.598 Million
A French Normandy-style house built in 1927, with five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, plus a one-bedroom, one-bathroom guesthouse, on a 0.5-acre lot
This house, attributed to Sylvanus Marston, was built in 1927 in the French Normandy style and has had relatively few alterations over its life span. Mr. Marston’s architecture firm, Marston, Van Pelt & Maybury, worked regularly in Pasadena and was responsible for a number of structures in the area, including the former Vista del Arroyo Hotel, now a U.S. Court of Appeals building, the auditorium of Pasadena City College and the USC Pacific Asia Museum.
The house is a five-minute drive from two Pasadena institutions: the main campus of the California Institute of Technology and the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.
Size: 5,310 square feet
Price per square foot: $489
Indoors: The exterior of the house has elements of classic French Normandy style, popular in Southern California during 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 curving staircase with a wrought-iron banister leading to the second level.
To the right of the foyer is the formal living room, which has low ceilings with exposed beams. A fireplace with a marble frame and white wooden mantel anchors the room. This space connects to the family room, which has two fireplaces, original built-in bookshelves and crown moldings. The living and family rooms open to an enclosed patio.
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. Beyond the breakfast room is a guest bedroom with an en suite bathroom that has a combination shower and tub.
There are four bedrooms on the second level, including two guest rooms large enough to hold queen-size beds, connected by a pink-tiled bathroom. A third bedroom has access to a rear-facing balcony and a full bathroom that can also be reached from the hallway. The master suite has a separate dressing area with a built-in vanity, as well as a bathroom with a combination tub and shower.
Outdoor space: In addition to the enclosed brick-paved patio, which has an original brick fountain, there is a smaller patio that faces the pool. A guesthouse 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 farmhouse-style home with five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot
El Segundo is a small beachside city in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County, just south of Los Angeles International Airport. The region is a major hub for the aerospace industry, and this property is within a 15-minute drive of the 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, a few blocks from two popular parks. Dockweiler State Beach, a state park with more than three miles of shoreline, is a five-minute drive, while downtown Los Angeles is about 30 minutes away.
Size: 3,029 square feet
Price per square foot: $858
Indoors: A white picket fence separates this home’s grassy front yard from the street, and a paved path leads to the porch and Dutch door.
To the right of the front door, barn-style doors open to a guest room with access to the porch and an en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. On the left side of the hallway is a room currently used as a home office. This level of the house also has a half bathroom.
A short set of stairs leads down to the main living area, laid out in open-style plan, with oak hardwood floors, which continue throughout the house. The right side of the space has a fireplace, built-in bookshelves and glass doors that open to the patio.
To the left is a kitchen island, topped with a single slab of Carrara marble, with space for seating. The kitchen has stainless steel Thermador appliances and a white-tiled backsplash. Through a glass-and-wood door is a spacious pantry.
From the front hallway, an open staircase set against a shiplap-trimmed wall leads to the second floor. At the top of the stairs is a guest room with an attached bathroom that has a marble-topped vanity and combination tub and shower.
Next door is the master suite. The bedroom has a large walk-in closet and a private balcony, while the bathroom has a walk-in shower and a separate soaking tub.
Up a second, shorter set of stairs are two more bedrooms large enough to hold queen-size beds, with a Jack-and-Jill-style bathroom. This level also has a laundry room.
Outdoor space: The house has several spots for outdoor entertaining, starting with the front porch, which is large enough to hold a table and a porch swing. The patio off the main living area has an outdoor fireplace and a built-in barbecue, as well as a bar-style seating area. The flooring is gray brick, and the ceiling overhang includes two built-in heaters. The backyard is landscaped with grass and has a paved space for play equipment. The detached garage holds two cars.
Taxes: $33,025 (estimated)
Contact: Amie Schneider, Compass, 310-343-1461; amieschneider.com
Port Costa | $2.595 Million
A 1910 municipal building converted into a single-family home in the 1970s, with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, on a 0.2-acre lot
Designed by Julia Morgan, the first woman to be licensed as an architect in the state of California, this house was constructed in 1910 as the Port Costa Water Company headquarters. Ms. Morgan also designed a number of buildings for the publisher William Randolph Hearst, including Hearst Castle in San Simeon and the Los Angeles Examiner building downtown. In the 1970s, it was converted into a single-family residence.
Port Costa is in the northern part of the East Bay, with a population of about 200. San Francisco is about 45 minutes away by car.
Size: 5,345 square feet
Price per square foot: $486
Indoors: A paved path runs from the sidewalk to the double front doors, which open into a foyer with 14-foot ceilings. To the immediate right is an office with a wood-burning fireplace and built-in shelving.
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 to a formal dining room with high ceilings and original crown moldings.
The dining room flows into the kitchen, renovated by the owners in 2016, with a center island topped in marble, new appliances from Viking and a gas-burning fireplace. The kitchen is connected to a butler’s pantry, a half bathroom and a breakfast room with windows overlooking the garden and a door to the pool area.
At the center of the first level is a sitting room, open to the upstairs, that connects the west and east wings. Beyond the sitting room is a second study and a guest bedroom an en suite bathroom and access to the pool area.
An open staircase with a wooden banister leads from the sitting room to the second level. At the top of the stairs is another sitting area connected to the master suite and the guest rooms.
The master suite has a gas-burning fireplace and a marble-tiled bathroom with a walk-in shower and a soaking tub. Next to the master suite is a guest room with sloped ceilings. A bathroom with a walk-in shower sits between this bedroom and a second guest room with its own balcony. From the main staircase, another set of stairs leads to a third guest room with a fireplace.
Outdoor space: The breakfast room opens to an outdoor dining area with a built-in barbecue and gas fireplace set in gray brick. The 40-foot pool has an attached Jacuzzi. At the far end of the backyard is a paved lounge area and garden. There are two attached garages, one that holds a single car and another that holds two cars.
Taxes: $33,735 (estimated)
Contact: Mike Stack, Vanguard Properties, 415-321-7020; portcostaestate.com