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What $1.7 Million Buys You in California

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This house is in Bernal Heights, a mostly residential area south of the San Francisco Mission District. The neighborhood’s main drag, Cortland Avenue, is home to small grocers, bakeries and restaurants, including a French bistro and a Nepalese cafe. A block north of the house is Bernal Heights Park, one of the largest green spaces in the city, with views of San Francisco Bay and the skyline. Noe Valley is about 10 minutes away by car; the financial district is a 15-minute drive.

Size: 1,525 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,082

Indoors: From the sidewalk, steps lead up to the front door, set beneath a stained-glass transom window.

Hardwood floors extend from the small foyer into a large sitting-and-dining area with French doors facing a deck behind the house. A breakfast bar separates the dining space from the kitchen, which was updated by the sellers with stainless steel appliances and quartz counters.

There are two bedrooms on this level, off the entryway. The first has a bay of windows facing the street and a wall of built-in storage. The second has room for a full-size bed. Across the hall is a bathroom with a combination tub and shower.

From the foyer, stairs lead down to the lower level. Turning right at the base of the staircase leads to a guest room with glass-brick detailing and a window facing the side of the property. There is a second full bathroom on this level, as well as a laundry room with plenty of storage and a family room with direct access to the garage and to a small outdoor area.

Outdoor space: Off the kitchen is a wooden deck with space for a table and chairs. A few steps down from the deck is a patio framed by a wooden fence, with room for garden boxes around the perimeter. Another set of steps leads to the street-level garage, which holds one car.

Taxes: $20,136 (estimated)

Contact: Jessica Branson, Compass, 415-341-7177; jessicabranson.com


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This house is in the Point Loma neighborhood around the harbor, facing Coronado Island. Several beach and boat clubs are within walking distance, as are a number of seafood restaurants and coffee shops. Naval Base Point Loma is about three miles south, and downtown San Diego is about six miles away. San Diego International Airport is a five-minute drive.

Size: 2,629 square feet

Price per square foot: $637

Indoors: This home was built in the 1940s and remodeled by the sellers, who preserved some of the original Spanish-style exterior charm, adding new stucco and a new roof.

To the left of the foyer is an open living-and-dining area with street-facing windows and a large side-facing window. This area flows into a remodeled kitchen with new Thermador appliances, quartz counters and an interior window facing the living-and-dining space.

To the right of the foyer is the primary bedroom, which has shiplap walls and an en suite bathroom with a glass-walled walk-in shower and Kohler fixtures. Next to it is a second bedroom currently used as a home office.

A staircase in the foyer winds down to three more bedrooms and a family room on the lower level. The family room, at the base of the staircase, has a built-in storage bench and access to the backyard. Two of the bedrooms have en suite bathrooms; a third bathroom, with a combination tub and shower, is off the hallway.

Outdoor space: On the upper level, a door leads from the kitchen to the rear deck, which is elevated from the backyard. Made from ipe wood, the deck has a built-in bar, space for outdoor furniture and stairs down to a lawn with plenty of room for a garden or an outdoor play area. The detached garage holds two cars.

Taxes: $17,592 (estimated)

Contact: Drew Lyon, Harcourts Prime Properties, 858-952-2216; search.lyonrealestategroup.com

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This condominium complex is about a mile from the entrance to Zuma Beach, a county beach known for its surfing and wide stretches of sand. Less developed than the nearby Malibu and Santa Monica beaches, Zuma is popular with locals. Several public schools, including Point Dume Elementary and Malibu High School, are a five-minute drive, as is Kanan-Dume Road, which connects this part of Malibu to the western San Fernando Valley.

Size: 1,584 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,057

Indoors: The unit’s front door opens into a large living area with sliding-glass doors out to a balcony that offers partial views of the Pacific Ocean. This space has hardwood floors, white wainscoting and a tiled fireplace set into a corner. Opposite the fireplace is an open staircase that leads to the second floor.

To the right of the living room, facing the back of the unit, is a wide doorway to the kitchen, which also has hardwood floors. The sellers, who bought the home in 2015, added new cream-colored wood cabinets. Off the kitchen is an enclosed patio; once additional outdoor space, the room is now used for dining.

Upstairs, there are three bedrooms. The primary suite, at the top of the stairs, has two large windows with an ocean view, a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a combination tub and shower. One of the two guest rooms is currently used as a home office. Both rooms have treetop views; they share a bathroom with an orange-tiled shower and a white vanity.

Outdoor space: From the living room, double-paned sliding-glass doors open to a balcony that overlooks other buildings in the complex. The balcony is wide enough to hold several chairs and a small table. Building amenities include a saltwater swimming pool, tennis facilities and a clubhouse that can be rented for events. A garage attached to this unit holds two cars.

Taxes: $21,276 (estimated), plus a $1,079 monthly homeowner association fee

Contact: Kristina Theard, 310-245-9262, the Agency; theagencyre.com

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