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Kelly Haegglund, a local architect popular for her modern translations of classical styles, designed this house as her primary residence in 2010, using many of the elements she is known for. Ms. Haegglund also designed the front and back yards using drought resistant materials.

The property is in the Sycamore Park neighborhood, approximately one mile from the downtown core, with easy access to a public elementary school and a public college. The town of Mill Valley is adjacent to a state and a national park. San Francisco is an hour’s drive away; Muir beach is 20 minutes away.

Cut: 2555 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 1,563

Inside: A cedar wood fence separates the front yard from the street; a path leads to the front porch and the wood and glass front door.

The sunny fireplace opens to an even sunnier living room with white paneling, hardwood floors and a corner fireplace with a Venetian plaster border. Hardwood floors continue into a breakfast room with a built-in window seat and the kitchen beyond, which has a center island with a Silestone countertop, open shelving, and white wood cabinetry. An adjacent dining room has windows to the backyard and a door to the back porch.

The four bedrooms are on the second level. The master suite has a direct view of Mount Tamalpais and an en-suite bathroom with a double sink and a walk-in shower with a glass door. Next to the master suite is another full bathroom, followed by a bedroom with sloping ceilings. Two further bedrooms, one with a mezzanine that could be used for storage or for playing, are across the hall.

A comfortable family room with built-in shelving is located below the main level.

Outdoor space: In front of the house is a classic rocking porch; at the rear, another covered porch is large enough to contain a dining table. The back yard has space for a hammock at one end and mature trees and shrubs lining the back fence. The adjoining garage has a parking space; there is room for two more cars in the driveway.

Taxes: $ 60,720 (estimated)

Contact: Radhi Ahern and Scott Kalmbach, outpost, 415-879-8311; 63hilarita.com


In the early 20th century, developer Abbot Kinney sought to recreate aspects of the Italian city of Venice in Los Angeles, including a miniature version of the canals. This house, on a strip of land in Marina del Rey known as the Silver Strand, faces the Mr. Kinney Grand Canal. Two blocks wide and 10 blocks long, the Strand has its own private security (covered by the owners association fee).

The property is a five-minute walk to the beach and a five-minute drive to the Abbot Kinney shopping district and restaurants in Venice. Marina del Rey, popular with frequent business travelers, is a 15-minute drive from Los Angeles International Airport.

Cut: 4067 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 983

Inside: While the front of the house faces the street, the entrance is tucked away in a corner.

The main living room is on two levels: past the front door is a living room with a floor to ceiling fireplace and windows to the front patio. The kitchen and the dining room are on a small staircase.

The dining room is bright, with windows overlooking the canal and waxed concrete floors that extend into the open kitchen. Updated by the vendors, the kitchen is stocked with Miele and Wolf appliances and a glossy white 24 foot island, as are the cabinets.

A staircase with glass and steel balustrades leads from the center of the main level to the bedrooms on the second floor. At the end of the hallway, open to the lower level, is the master suite, which has high ceilings with built-in lighting, a private balcony, and a bathroom with a porcelain tub on a platform surrounded by windows. Two further bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, can be found in the upstairs hallway, as is a staircase leading to the roof terrace.

A fourth bedroom with en-suite bathroom is located on the lower part of the main level.

A home automation system added by vendors allows remote control of lighting, heating, cooling and security systems.

Outdoor space: One of the main draws of this home is a spacious rooftop terrace with an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and views of Venice and Marina del Rey. Another living room terrace is also large enough to entertain, with a fireplace and a view of the canals. There is a grassy area behind the house. The attached garage can accommodate two cars.

Taxes: $ 50,796, plus a monthly homeowner’s association fee of $ 166

Contact: Nicole Young, The Oppenheim Group, 310-699-3575; ogroup.com


The two chalets that make up this house were built after the 1906 earthquake and combined by a previous owner. The property is in the South Market district, or SoMa, which is home to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and many shops. A BART station is half a mile away, as is the entrance to Interstate 80. Union Square is 20 minutes by public transit, and Oakland is about a half-hour drive.

Cut: 2915 square feet

Price per square foot: $ 1,372

Inside: The facade facing the street is clad in cedar, with a black front door that opens into a hall with recessed lighting.

The main level is open, with a seating area directly to the right of the entrance. Beyond that is a kitchen with a butcher island, wood cabinetry, fitted shelving, and new stainless steel appliances including a wine fridge.

Opposite the island is a mirrored dining room. It flows into a living room with high ceilings, a garage-style door that opens to the backyard and windows overlooking the backyard and the terrace.

A floating wooden and steel staircase leads from this part of the house to the second level, where there are three bedrooms. Directly off the landing is the master bedroom, which has glass doors that open onto a private balcony and an en-suite bathroom with heated floors, a tub and a separate steam shower.

At the end of a hallway are two bedrooms large enough to accommodate queen-size beds. One, currently used as a home office, has a floor-to-ceiling fireplace. Between these bedrooms is a bathroom with a bath and a shower.

A second staircase leads from the living room to a partially finished lower level with a den and playroom and a bathroom with a walk-in shower.

Outdoor space: The aft deck, accessible from the living room and the garage, can accommodate a dining table and a barbecue. From there, steps lead up to a brick patio with space for separate seating. The fences surrounding the patio are tall, and tall palm trees and lush greenery provide shade and privacy. The adjoining garage has two parking spaces.

Taxes: $ 48,804 (estimated)

Contact: Wendy Storch, Sotheby’s International Realty, San Francisco Brokerage, 415-901-1700; sothebysrealty.com

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