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Many of the houses in this neighborhood, known as Merriewood, are cottages built in the 1920s as vacation homes for city residents. The owner of this house, who bought it in 2012, updated the kitchen and bathrooms and added a shed, used as a home office, to the upstairs deck.

Several state and city parks with hiking trails are less than 10 minutes away by car; downtown Oakland and the main campus of the University of California, Berkeley are a 20-minute drive. A public elementary school is five minutes away on foot.

Size: 1,586 square feet

Price per square foot: $629

Indoors: Stairs wind up the hillside to the front door, which opens to a small foyer with a built-in storage bench. Down several steps is an open living space with hardwood floors, a wood-burning stove and two sets of double doors that open to a deck.

The adjacent dining area flows into a recently updated kitchen with white marble countertops. Off the kitchen is a mudroom that serves as an alternate entrance to the house.

To the left of the front door is the primary bedroom, which has a wall of built-in cabinets and an en suite bathroom with heated marble floors and a shower lined with subway tile.

Off the hallway that connects the foyer directly to the kitchen is a powder room with navy-blue walls.

Carpeted stairs from the living room lead to the lower level, which has two guest rooms and a full bathroom with a combination tub and shower and a pedestal sink.

Outdoor space: The recently refinished deck off the living room looks out over the neighborhood and has space for lounging and dining. A larger deck, reached through the mudroom, has additional space for dining and entertaining, as well as a small shed used as a home office. Off the lower level of the house is a brick patio, and facing the front entrance is a side yard with enough level space for chairs and play equipment. A parking pad has room for two cars.

Taxes: $11,676 (estimated)

Contact: Alexandria Babington, the Grubb Company, 510-339-0400; grubbco.com


The owner of this house, who is also one of the listing agents, learned after buying it earlier this year that it was built by Joseph Eichler, a developer known for bringing modern architecture to California suburbs. After researching Mr. Eichler’s work, the owner decided to restore this home in the Balboa Highlands tract to its former glory, consulting original drawings and using period-appropriate materials and finishes.

The house is in Granada Hills, in the northwestern San Fernando Valley, a five-minute drive from the I-5 and 118 freeways. O’Melveny Park, the second-largest park in the City of Los Angeles, is about a mile north.

Size: 2,259 square feet

Price per square foot: $443

Indoors: Concrete steps lead from the sidewalk to a bright yellow front door. It opens to a foyer with concrete floors coated in epoxy, which continue throughout the house.

To the left of the entry is a dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows facing a central courtyard. One set of sliding-glass doors opens to the courtyard, while another opens to the side yard.

A hallway illuminated by courtyard-facing windows leads to the living room, which has original wood ceiling paneling, a concrete-block fireplace and windows facing the courtyard and the backyard. Off this space is an office with access to the side yard.

Connected to the living and dining rooms is a galley-style kitchen with new stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops.

This property is in the Laguna Canyon section of Laguna Beach, in a neighborhood where many of the houses, built in the 1930s, retain their original rustic character. While the beach is less than 10 minutes away by car, this area is quieter than other sections of the city that hug the coast.

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, a 7,000-acre nature preserve popular with hikers and campers, is within walking distance. Los Angeles is about 50 miles northwest; San Diego is about 80 miles southeast.

Size: 840 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,190

Indoors: A white fence trimmed with ivy shields the house from the street. The gate in front opens to a brick patio and a shaded porch.

From the front porch, a door opens into a kitchen with high, open-beamed ceilings; butcher-block and white-tile counters; and three windows, one with diamond panes, that look out over a side patio.

A breakfast bar divides the kitchen from the dining room, which has hardwood floors and original built-in shelving. Up two steps and through a door is the living room, which has windows facing the side patios and backyard, as well as a ceiling fan and a storage closet.

On the other side of the dining room are the bedroom, which has access to the rear patio, and the bathroom, which has a white-tiled shower and whitewood wainscoting.

Outdoor space: Most rooms in the house have access to one of three brick patios that offer plenty of space for indoor-outdoor living. The patio in back is the most private, as it faces a landscaped backyard planted with mature flowering trees. The detached garage, currently used as office space, could be converted into an additional housing unit with permission from the city.

Taxes: $11,900

Contact: Danielle Purcell, RE/MAX Coastal Luxury, 949-874-1187; teamlaguna.com

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