What you buy in California for $2.2 million

This apartment is located at the back of a four unit complex, isolated from the hustle and bustle of the street. It’s in a relatively quiet part of downtown Santa Barbara with upscale dining and shopping. The public library, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and Alameda Park with a playground and small botanical garden are just a few blocks away.

The University of California, Santa Barbara is about 15 minutes’ drive away; The drive to Montecito takes about 10 minutes.

Size: 1,859 square feet

Price per square meter: $1,157

Inside: There are two entrances to this unit: the front door which opens into a foyer and a private elevator from the secure parking garage which leads to the first floor hallway and second floor master suite.

To the right of the front door is an open plan living room with hardwood floors, a fireplace with a curved hearth and double doors opening to a balcony, one of two in the unit.

The living room faces the kitchen, with space for a dining table between the two rooms. The kitchen features dark wood cabinets, a center island painted lime green, and stainless steel appliances including a Viking range, dishwasher, and two-door refrigerator.

A one bedroom suite is located on this level next to the kitchen. The bedroom is sunny, with a wrought iron light fixture; The bathroom has a walk-in shower and a vanity lit by two sconces.

The entire second level acts as the primary suite. The bedroom has another sweeping fireplace, an office nook, a walk-in closet with built-in shelves, and a private balcony. The bathroom has a double vanity and a shower with a glass door.

Outside: The balcony off the living room, on the first level of the unit, has a view of palm trees and has seating for two chairs and a coffee table. The master suite’s balcony is slightly larger, with views of the surrounding rooftops and mountains in the distance, and space for a fire table and chairs. Two parking spaces belong to the unit; additional storage space is also available.

Steer: $26,880 (estimated) and a $525 monthly homeowners association fee

Contact: Joe Parker, The Santa Barbara Group, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 805-886-5735; thesantabarbaragroup.com

Miraloma Park, a quiet neighborhood about 15 minutes from downtown San Francisco, has many homes from the 1920s and 1930s. This home is unique in that it was custom built for the original owners while most of its neighbors were built by the area developers.

Portola Drive, the main drag, is a few blocks away with a family owned CVS drugstore, Starbucks and organic market. This home is also close to Glen Canyon Park, a 70-acre park featuring a deep gorge criss-crossed by hiking trails, and Mount Davidson, where hiking trails lead to the city’s highest peak.

Size: 2,015 square meters

Price per square meter: $1,092

Inside: A short path leads from the sidewalk to the front door and cuts through a garden landscaped with succulents and rose bushes.

To the right of the entrance is a living room with a white brick fireplace and corner windows facing the street. Beyond is a dining room with parquet floors and tall windows that fill the space with natural light. Adjacent to the dining room is a renovated kitchen with white cabinets, gray counters, stainless steel appliances, and a breakfast nook with a built-in bench.

A staircase to the left of the foyer leads to the second level. At the top of the stairs is the master suite, which has a bedroom with a large street-facing window and a recently renovated bathroom with marble tiled walls, floors and the combined bath and shower. Next door is a guest bedroom large enough for a queen bed; It is connected to another guest bedroom by a quatrefoil tiled bathroom.

Further stairs lead to the third floor attic which could be used as a fourth bedroom or family room. This room has windows overlooking the neighboring rooftops and space for a TV built into the wall.

Outside: From the front garden, a path leads to an outdoor dining terrace sheltered by mature greenery. A small lawn area, a patio and a gravel patio are at the rear of the house. The four car garage is large enough to be converted into additional living space or a guest house.

Steer: $27,504 (estimated)

Contact: Deborah Lopez, Compass, 415-533-5502; kompass.com


San Juan Capistrano in southern Orange County is popular for its easy access to well-known Southern California scenery: the coast at Dana Point is about 20 minutes west and Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, a sprawling wildlife sanctuary with camping and hiking trails, is about the same distance east.

This home is about 10 minutes’ drive from downtown San Juan Capistrano and the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano. An Amtrak station connects the city to San Diego and Los Angeles by rail; Driving to both cities takes about 90 minutes.

Size: 3,000 square meters

Price per square meter: $717

Inside: This home is on a cul-de-sac in a gated community. A white picket fence surrounds a garden near the front entrance, and the double front doors open into a foyer with a sweeping staircase.

To the right is a living room with high ceilings and a bay window overlooking the front yard. Beyond is a dining room with a crystal chandelier and glass doors leading onto a terrace.

Adjacent to the dining room is a bright kitchen with stainless steel appliances including a Wolf range, a breakfast bar with marble countertops and a central cooking island. There is space for a breakfast table in front of a bay window overlooking the backyard.

The primary suite is on the second floor. The bedroom has a fireplace and enough space for a king size bed; The ensuite bathroom features a steam shower, separate bathtub and crystal chandelier. Two other bedrooms on this level share a full bathroom.

Another guest suite is located on the first level, off a hallway that extends from the foyer. The bedroom, large enough to comfortably accommodate a queen-size bed, is connected to a full bathroom.

Also on the first floor is a laundry room with an octagonal window and lime green cabinets.

Outside: A pergola-covered patio off the kitchen is lit by hanging wickerwork. Around the corner, through a wooden arch, is a garden with a stone fountain. A path leads from the rear patio to a second outdoor dining area with a built in bar and BBQ. The attached garage holds three cars.

Steer: $26,880 (estimated) and a $210 monthly homeowners association fee

Contact: Paul Brutoco and Bryan Gerlach, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, 949-929-6670; sothebysrealty.com

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