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$1.3 Million Homes in California

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Lake Arrowhead | $1.25 Million

A three-bedroom, two-bathroom house built in 1986 and recently renovated, on a 0.2-acre lot

Boating is one of the area’s most popular activities in the summer, and this house, which is less than 15 minutes from the lake, comes with lake rights, so the homeowner is entitled to buy or rent a dock for launching a boat. The property is even closer to a number of hiking trails that wind through the San Bernardino Mountains, offering sweeping views of the landscape.

San Bernardino is about a 40-minute drive; the ski resorts of Big Bear are about 45 minutes away. Los Angeles is a 90-minute drive, making the area a convenient weekend destination for those who live in the city.

Size: 2,244 square feet

Price per square foot: $557

Indoors: The driveway and front entrance are at street level. Down a short flight of covered outdoor stairs are double entry doors that open into a foyer.

Inside, more stairs lead down to an open living space with engineered hardwood floors and a fireplace. The sitting and dining areas have large windows offering views of the mountains and sliding-glass doors that open to a wide deck. A few steps away is a kitchen with a Calacatta marble waterfall island, stainless steel appliances and Restoration Hardware pendant lights.

From the foyer, stairs lead up to the primary suite, which takes up the entire top floor. The bedroom is large enough to comfortably hold a king-size bed; the bathroom has a walk-in shower and a soaking tub opposite a long double vanity.

On the lower level, also reached from stairs in the foyer, is a den with a wet bar. Two more bedrooms that share a bathroom with a soaking tub are on this level, as well.

Outdoor space: The expansive deck off the living area has plenty of space for a dining table and a grill. The lower-level deck can be reached from the den and from outdoor stairs. The attached garage has two parking spots.

Taxes: $15,624 (estimated)

Contact: Samara Sims, Real Estate Collective, 310-770-7770;

Credit…Philippe Newman for Sotheby’s International Realty

San Francisco | $1.25 Million

A two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit in a 1906 building converted into condominiums in 2007

This apartment is in a former tobacco warehouse a few blocks from Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, and South Beach Park, a green space with a playground on the waterfront. South Park, another city park with a playground, is just 500 feet away. The area is lively, with a coffee shop and a brewery across the street, as well as a number of converted lofts and warehouses that hold a mix of retail and office space.

The Powell Street BART station is about a mile away. Driving across San Francisco Bay to Oakland takes less than 20 minutes.

Size: 972 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,286

Indoors: The apartment’s front door opens into a living-and-dining room with high ceilings, hardwood floors, an original arched window that stretches from floor to ceiling, and enough space for a sofa and a small dining table.

To the left of the entry is a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and a breakfast bar that seats two.

Both bedrooms are off the living room. The primary bedroom, on the left side, is carpeted, with another floor-to-ceiling arched window and an en suite bathroom that has two sinks and a walk-in shower. The other bedroom, on the opposite side, has access to a bathroom with a combined tub and shower that can also be reached from the living room.

Outdoor space: Building amenities include a secure package room, storage space for bicycles and a parking garage (this unit comes with one parking space).

Taxes: $15,624 (estimated) and a $771 monthly homeowner association fee

Contact: Lisa Miller and Steven Houd, Sotheby’s International Realty, San Francisco Brokerage, 415-710-0268;

Credit…Geoffrey Kagy Photography

Long Beach | $1,299,900

A 1927 Tudor Revival cottage with two bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 0.1-acre lot

This recently renovated house is a few blocks from the water, in Belmont Shore, a vibrant neighborhood on Alamitos Bay, where many residents use golf carts to get around. It is less than a mile from Bayshore Beach and Mother’s Beach, popular with those who have young children. Second Street, the area’s main drag, is a few blocks away, with a number of businesses, including a cheese shop, a wine bar and a sushi restaurant.

Downtown Long Beach is a 15-minute drive. Newport Beach is half an hour away, and Los Angeles is a 45-minute drive.

Size: 964 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,348

Indoors: A low white fence and a neatly manicured lawn separate this house from the street.

The front door, framed by a small covered porch, opens into a foyer. To the right is a living room with recently refinished original hardwood floors, a new fireplace flanked by built-in shelving and cabinetry, and street-facing windows.

A few steps beyond the front door is a dining area that is open to an updated kitchen with new quartz counters, appliances and cabinets.

Both bedrooms are on this level, off a hallway that extends from the kitchen. The primary bedroom has enough space for a queen-size bed and a set of night stands. Next door is a guest room that holds two twin beds. Across the hall is an updated bathroom with a walk-in shower and a full-size washer and dryer.

A staircase in the foyer leads to a second-floor loft that could be used as a home office or den.

Outdoor space: The small front porch is big enough to hold a few chairs and a cafe table. The parking area behind the house has been expanded to accommodate two cars, with landscaping on either side.

Taxes: $16,248 (estimated)

Contact: Noelle Longmeyer, Nest SoCal Group, Keller Williams Pacific Estates Realty, 714-514-5643;

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