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A 1929 Spanish-style house in Glendale, an Edwardian home in San Francisco and a midcentury ranch house in Solana Beach.

This house is in Royal Canyon, a historic district with many Spanish and Mediterranean Revival homes built in the 1920s and an active neighborhood association that holds events throughout the year. It is about a mile from Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School, a well-ranked public school for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The property is also close to Verdugo Park, which has open space for picnics and fields for soccer and baseball, and to The Americana at Brand, an outdoor shopping mall.
Driving to downtown Los Angeles takes half an hour. Burbank is about 15 minutes away.
Size: 3,965 square feet
Price per square foot: $719
Indoors: The entrance to the home is off a tile patio enclosed by a stucco wall and framed by palm trees, with a sitting area and a stone fountain.
The arched front door opens into a foyer with terrazzo-tile floors and a staircase with an original wrought-iron railing. A full bathroom is off this space, as is a home office with tile floors and a fireplace.
To the right is a living room with beamed ceilings, a fireplace and glass doors that open to the pool area. The adjacent dining room has more beamed ceilings and glass doors. Behind it is a kitchen with tile floors, white cabinetry, tile counters, a breakfast bar, an eating area facing the patio and pool outside, and another staircase to the second floor.
A guest bedroom with an en suite bathroom is also in this part of the house.
The other three bedrooms are on the second floor. The primary suite has a fireplace with a blue-and-white tile surround; a bathroom with a walk-in shower and separate soaking tub; and access to a balcony. The two bedrooms across the hall are connected by a bathroom; one shares a balcony with the primary bedroom.
At the opposite end of this floor is a sunny family room with a bar, glass doors that open to a spacious patio, and access to a powder room.
A laundry room and another full bathroom are attached to the garage.
Outdoor space: The pool area behind the house is paved with stone and brick, and includes a shaded space that could hold a table and a sunnier area big enough for lounge chairs. Steps lead up to an elevated patio with a hot tub. The garage has two parking spots; there is room to park more cars in the gated driveway.
Taxes: $35,628 (estimated)
Contact: Leanne Reynolds, eXp Realty of California, 818-731-9300; yourkeytoglendalehomes.com
This house is on a short street a few blocks from a section of Golden Gate Park with a playground, a skate park and soccer fields. It is also close to Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve, where hiking trails offering sweeping city views, and within walking distance of a public elementary school and the Parnassus campus of the University of California San Francisco.
Buses run down Parnassus Avenue, half a block away; getting to the Financial District on public transit takes about 20 minutes. Ocean Beach is about a 15-minute drive. San Francisco International Airport is half an hour away.
Size: 1,994 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,442
Indoors: The front door, set under a covered entrance a few steps up from the sidewalk, opens to an interior staircase that leads to the second level of the house.
The living room, to the right of the stair landing, has hardwood floors, large windows overlooking the neighborhood and a fireplace with an Arts-and-Crafts-style tile surround.
The hardwood floors continue through a wide doorway into a dining room with tall wainscoting and built-in cabinetry painted white. Off this space is a kitchen with Thermador stainless steel appliances, white upper cabinets, deep blue lower cabinets and a small breakfast bar. A powder room and a door to the wood deck outside are off this space.
All three bedrooms are on the top floor of the house, reached by the central staircase. The primary suite has windows overlooking the backyard; a large walk-in closet with a custom storage system; and a bathroom that has a long vanity with two sinks and a walk-in shower with a glass door and marble tiling.
The two guest rooms are roughly equal in size, with walk-in closets; one is currently used as a home office, and the other holds a queen-size bed. They have the use of a full bathroom off the stair landing with a combined tub and shower and a double vanity. A laundry room is also in this part of the house.
Outdoor space: The outdoor space is on several levels: An elevated wood deck is off the kitchen; behind the house is a fenced yard that steps up to a patio surrounded by tall hedges. The garage, on the ground level, has one parking spot and access to a space that could be used as a gym or home office.
Taxes: $35,940 (estimated)
Contact: Bridget Cannata Denning, Compass, 415-722-1333; compass.com
This house is within a 10-minute drive of several beaches, including Cardiff State Beach, less than three miles away, which is popular with surfers, and Fletcher Cove, about a mile away, which has a park and a playground with water views. A stretch of Highway 101 lined with galleries and small shops is even closer.
An Amtrak station is also nearby, with trains departing regularly for Los Angeles and San Diego. By car, downtown San Diego is about a half-hour away.
Size: 1,720 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,657
Indoors: A paved path runs through the front yard, landscaped with mature trees, to the home’s entrance.
Behind the front door is a living room with wide-plank wood floors, street-facing windows and a stone fireplace. The adjacent kitchen has a breakfast bar, white cabinets, butcher-block counters, a Wolf range, a built-in banquette and glass doors that open to the back patio.
On the other side of the kitchen is a game room with sliding-glass doors that open to the covered wood deck outside.
All three bedrooms are off a hallway extending from the kitchen. The primary bedroom has a full en suite bathroom and more sliding-glass doors that open to the backyard. The two guest rooms across the hall share a full bathroom with a combined tub and shower.
Outdoor space: The property is planted with trees bearing peaches, oranges and avocados. The covered portion of the deck behind the house is large enough to hold a dining table; the patio next to it faces the grassy backyard. From there, a path winds down to an area with garden boxes and a chicken coop. The attached garage has two parking spots.
Taxes: $35,628 (estimated)
Contact: Khaki Wennstrom, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, 858-342-6671; sothebysrealty.com
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