What you buy in California for $3.2 million

This home is located on Benedict Canyon Drive, a winding road that leads from the heart of Beverly Hills to Mulholland Drive, considered by most to be the dividing line between Beverly Hills and the San Fernando Valley. Benedict Canyon and adjacent roads are popular with shoppers seeking privacy and proximity to hiking areas like Franklin Canyon Park and Stone Canyon Reservoir.

This property is less than 2 miles from Mulholland, so approximately 10 minutes’ drive from Sherman Oaks in the Valley. It’s about the same driving time in the other direction to the Beverly Hills Hotel and the shops and restaurants of Sunset Boulevard.

Size: 2,283 square meters

Price per square meter: $1,399

Inside: Behind the gate in the center of the street-facing fence of this home is a large lawned area with a paved path leading to the front door.

The vendors fitted the foyer with Wallshoppe wall coverings. There is a guest toilet right next to this room. Newly laid oak hardwood floors continue from the foyer into an airy living and dining room with fireplace, oak built-ins and glass doors opening to the backyard and pool.

Around the corner is a kitchen with soapstone worktops, a rustic sink, a built-in bench seat with lime green fabric upholstery and glass doors that open to a terrace with alfresco dining.

To the right of the foyer is the master suite, which has an accent wall wallpapered in a grey-toned tropical scene; an area for a desk in front of diamond-paned windows overlooking the front yard; and an en-suite bathroom with a glass-walled shower and deep soaking tub.

Across the foyer are two more bedrooms; They share a full bathroom with a walk-in shower. The attached garage has been converted into a guest bedroom with one bedroom and full bathroom.

Outside: The backyard, accessed from the kitchen and living area, has a swimming pool with tiles to match those in the kitchen. The area around the pool is paved with stone and offers plenty of space for sunbathing. The outdoor dining area next to the kitchen is covered by a pergola. The driveway has space to park two cars.

Steer: $39,936 (estimated)

Contact: Michael LaMontagna, Alexis LaMontagna, and Jade Mills, Hilton & Hyland and Coldwell Banker Realty, 310-280-8080; hiltonhyland.com

This home was one of the city’s ringers during the bicentennial celebration in 1976 and was awarded a decorative bell to inspire conservation efforts. It is located in the Almond Grove neighborhood, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Gatos, known for its proximity to shopping and restaurants. Santa Cruz Avenue, a major thoroughfare, is just one block away with a juice shop, brewhouse, wine bar and restaurants serving a variety of ethnic dishes. San Jose and Cupertino are a 15-minute drive away; Mountain View is about 20 minutes away.

Size: 2,255 square meters

Price per square meter: $1,418

Inside: A white picket fence with blooming jasmine separates the front yard from the street, and steps lead to a covered porch large enough to hold a swing set.

Beyond the front door is a living room with high ceilings, recessed lighting, a black marble fireplace and a built-in entertainment center. To the left of the front door is a dining area with a patio door.

The dining and living areas flow into a bright kitchen with windows, skylights, soapstone counters, a wall unit, and two ovens built into a center island.

A long hallway between the living room and kitchen leads to a sunny guest bedroom connected to the master suite by sliding doors, making it a convenient children’s room. The master bedroom has high ceilings and French doors leading onto a terrace; The ensuite bathroom has a separate bath and shower. Across the hall is another guest bedroom; Next door is a bathroom with a bath and shower combination.

A separate guest house functions as a one bedroom apartment, with a living room, kitchen and full bathroom with shower.

Outside: A small terrace behind the main house offers space for sun loungers or a dining table. The gravel area nearby has two planting beds for gardening. Parking is available on the street in front of the house.

Steer: $39,972 (estimated)

Contact: Greg Simpson, Keller Williams Bay Area Estates, 408-832-2323; gregsimpsonestates.com

This home is located in Carmel Highlands, a neighborhood known for its quiet streets and expansive ocean views. It’s less than five minutes from Malpaso Creek Beach, which is adjacent to a large piece of land that actor and former city mayor Clint Eastwood sold to the county. Carmel Beach is 15 minutes away, as is downtown, where restaurants and galleries attract a mix of year-round Bay Area residents and weekenders. Monterey is 20 minutes away; San Francisco is about a two-hour drive away.

Size: 2,398 square meters

Price per square meter: $1,332

Inside: A long driveway leads from the street to the garage. Behind a nearby patio is the front door, which opens into a kitchen with wooden cabinets and a stainless steel Thermador range. Off the kitchen is an office with skylights and a wall of windows; A laundry room is at the end of a hallway extending from the kitchen.

Behind the kitchen is a dining room with hardwood floors and glass doors opening onto a paved patio. Leading through the dining room is the main living area with a stone fireplace, window seat and French doors opening onto another terrace with views of the sea beyond.

Two en-suite bedrooms are on this level. One off the dining room has a private deck with a hot tub; the other, between the dining and living room, has a wood-burning fireplace.

Stairs lead from the kitchen hallway to the second level configured as a large master suite. The bedroom has a balcony on one side and a large terrace with sea views on the other side; The ensuite bathroom has a shower/tub combination.

Outside: Outdoor relaxation spots include several patios, one with a fire pit. There is also a wooden deck built for yoga near a grove of mature trees. The attached garage has space for two cars.

Steer: $39,936 (estimated)

Contact: Vilia Kakis Gilles, Sotheby’s International Realty, Carmel Rancho Brokerage, 831-624-1566; sothebysrealty.com

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