Los Angeles | $1.9 Million
A 1934 Spanish Colonial revival house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms
This one-story stucco house is one of 147 Spanish Revival homes — each one unique — constructed in West Los Angeles by Spiros G. Ponty, a prolific local builder. It sits in the historically protected South Carthay neighborhood, halfway between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica (about eight driving miles in each direction).
Size: 2,238 square feet
Price per square foot: $849
Indoors: An original paneled front door with a speakeasy-type peephole opens to a foyer. To the right is the living room, with plaster walls and painted decorative plaster beams. The wood-burning fireplace in this room has a hand-carved wood mantel and a street-facing stained-glass window that has been restored. An arched doorway opposite the fireplace opens to a Juliet balcony overlooking the brick-paved courtyard.
Left of the entrance is a formal dining room with hardwood floors and decorative molding. It connects to a breakfast room with two windowed walls and built-in cabinets, and also to a large kitchen with a tiered tile ceiling, a vintage stove and an adjacent laundry room. Across from the entrance is a study with paneled walls trimmed with ornamental molding.
The three bedrooms are off a corridor lined with built-in drawers and cabinets and illuminated by a round stained-glass skylight. The master bedroom is connected to a dressing room with a built-in vanity and, beyond, to a large tiled bathroom with a bathtub, a stall shower and a water-closet alcove. A second bedroom has an en suite bathroom. Both bathrooms are also accessible from other rooms.
Outdoor space: At the heart of the 0.16-acre property is a brick courtyard in the front, with a fountain. A loggia paved with Saltillo tiles leads to the front door. A pergola off the back of the house is draped in wisteria, and miniature roses grow on the grounds. There is also an outdoor brick barbecue with a smoker oven and a two-car detached garage.
Taxes: $22,000 (estimated)
Contact: Maria Abolfathi or Susan Valenta, Golden Group Realty, 949-282-8128; 1159alvira.com
Anchorage | $1.875 Million
A 2008 custom-built house with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms
This home sits on more than three acres, about half an hour south of downtown Anchorage, at the edge of Chugach State Park. It overlooks the Turnagain Arm and Cook Inlet, and has 180-degree mountain views reaching all the way north to Denali.
Size: 4,361 square feet
Price per square foot: $430
Indoors: Partially encircled by a channel with spring-fed water, like a moat, the house is approached by way of a bridge.
It has glass walls with aluminum frames and recessed shades, as well as a geothermal heat pump and radiant-heated floors of polished concrete, stained an earth tone. Much of the furniture is built in, and the wood used throughout the house is predominantly cherry.
The open-plan main floor has double-height ceilings; a steel fireplace wall with a sliding flat-screen TV; a soapstone wood-burning stove; a library with reclaimed-wood bookshelves; a dining area; a kitchen with double Thermador ovens and a butler’s pantry that can be closed off to hide dirty dishes.
A floating staircase with reclaimed-wood treads takes you to a master-bedroom suite that is lofted over the main space. The en suite master bathroom has a trough sink with double faucets, a walk-in shower, a sunken tub with ocean views and a washer and dryer.
A second bedroom on this level has a Murphy bed and an en suite bathroom with a concrete vanity, a vessel sink and a shower lined in glass subway tile. Both bedrooms have windows overlooking rooftop plantings of wildflowers.
Below the main floor is a pair of rooms with a folding partition that allows them to be combined into one large bedroom. There is also a bathroom with a walk-in shower. The attached garage opens into this level.
Outdoor space: The lower level walks out to a grassy fenced patio area. The main level opens to a large deck that can also be reached from below. The property includes an outdoor gas fireplace with a lean-to that holds firewood. It also has a storage shed finished in the same materials as the house, a tree house and trails that can be used for cross-country skiing.
Contact: Bethany Weiser or Bonnie Mehner, Mehner Weiser Real Estate, 907-261-7632; mehner.com
New Orleans | $1.899 Million
A fully furnished house with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms
This gutted and redesigned 19th-century house is in the Touro-Bouligny district in Uptown New Orleans, an area that escaped flooding by Hurricane Katrina. It is two blocks east of Napoleon Avenue and the Mardi Gras parade route. The boutiques and restaurants of Magazine Street are two blocks south.
Originally a one-story shotgun building, the house received a partial second floor, or camelback, in the 1990s, reached by an elevator and an exterior circular staircase. The current owners increased the second-floor area, added a roof gable, opened up the main floor to create a continuous living-and-dining area and built an interior staircase. The two-year renovation was completed last year.
All of the furnishings and decorative accessories come with the property.
Size: 3,020 square feet
Price per square foot: $629
Indoors: The original front porch has working gas lanterns and custom Spanish cedar shutters that close and latch. Inside, the open-plan space features 12-foot ceilings, exposed brick, original heart-pine flooring (found throughout the home) and three nonworking fireplaces.
The kitchen has Thermador appliances, including a stove with a warming drawer and conventional and steam ovens. The 11.5-foot island and counters are topped with book-matched Calacatta marble slabs.
A wet bar in the dining area has a solid marble backsplash, a wine refrigerator and a Hoshizaki ice maker (the Waterford crystal decanters and liquor go with it).
The elevator, with freshly custom-painted walls, and a powder room are off to the side. The new staircase has a custom wrought-iron railing. The main floor also has a guest suite that includes a bedroom with a 19th-century Prudent Mallard half-tester bed and a marble-and-ceramic-tile bathroom that was renovated in 2010 with two sinks, a shower and a soaking tub.
The second-floor landing has a bonus space with built-in bookshelves that could be used as a study. A door leads to a front-facing balcony. The three bedrooms off the hallway include a master suite with a pair of French doors opening to a closet with numerous built-in cubbies and another pair leading to a Carrara marble-clad bathroom with a built-in vanity and brushed-bronze Kohler hardware.
Outdoor space: The 0.08-acre property includes a concrete driveway for highly prized off-street parking. The owners renovated the rear brick patio as well as a backyard carpentry shed, which has been insulated and paneled with cypress barn wood and could be used as a climate-controlled hobby room or place of retreat. An elevated rack next to the shed holds three air-conditioning units and a generator that can support the house’s full power needs.
Taxes: $32,663 (estimate)
Contact: Darren Zuppardo, Keller Williams, 504-222-2880; kw.com