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This house with its swooping gable is in Laurel Canyon, a longtime haven for bohemians and rock stars in the Hollywood Hills. The Rolling Stones are rumored to have played in the garage. Pace, an Italian restaurant with a peace sign on its facade, is two minutes away. Downtown Los Angeles is about 10 miles southeast.

Size: 1,817 square feet

Price per square foot: $548

Indoors: The living room, which looks out to the front patio’s greenery, has a vaulted ceiling pierced by short wood beams, and a wood-burning fireplace with a stone surround and hearth. It leads into a dining room, where two sets of double doors inset with glass open to a study and the kitchen. The study includes a wall of built-ins interspersed with windows looking out to a side garden. The kitchen has wood floors and cabinets and white-tile countertops and walls.

Another downstairs room that could be used as a second study opens out to the back. The first floor also has a large bedroom with crown molding and a bathroom with vintage fixtures (including a deep bathtub) and blue-green tile.

Climbing to the second floor, you find a large landing opening on one side to a bedroom with a beamed, vaulted ceiling and private deck, and on the other side to a playroom or storage room with a tentlike ceiling created by the roof gable. Also on this floor is a large guest bedroom with a small balcony and an exterior flight of stairs descending to the backyard. The second-floor bathroom has a white-tiled shower and vanity top and Art Deco-style frosted-glass-and-brass sconces.

Outdoor space: The narrow backyard is paved and fenced, and has multiple levels. There is an attached two-car garage.

Taxes: $6,835 (based on a $562,737 assessment)

Contact: Sarah Pearson, Compass, 310-709-1699; compass.com


This condominium townhouse is in a horseshoe-shaped cluster of several buildings in Turtle Rock, a neighborhood in the southern part of the city. It is near the geological formation for which the area was named and a block from William R. Mason Regional Park. The campus of the University of California, Irvine, is about two miles southwest.

Size: 2,649 square feet

Price per square foot: $359

Indoors: The sellers are the original owners. They obtained a permit to convert the lower level into an elaborate billiard room with a bar. You enter a tiled foyer on that level and climb a flight of stairs to the main floor, much of which is covered in white carpet.

Turning right from the staircase takes you into an L-shaped great room with vaulted ceilings, a wall of glass and a fireplace topped by a ceiling-high mirror. The short part of the L is used as the dining area and leads into a kitchen with white cabinets, white-tile countertops, linoleum flooring and a separate wet bar. Beyond the kitchen is a sitting area with a sliding door that opens to a long deck.

The three bedrooms, also on this level, include a master with a vaulted ceiling, a closet with mirrored doors, a private deck and an en suite bathroom with stone-topped double sinks and a stand-alone tub.

Outdoor space: Residents have use of the condo association’s swimming pool, tennis courts and hot tub. Parking is in a two-car attached garage with direct access.

Taxes: $11,875 (estimated), plus a $535 monthly homeowner’s fee

Contact: Sybil Miller, First Team Real Estate, 714-925-0620; pfretour.com


Alexander Duncan, the owner of the sawmill that gave the tiny Sonoma County community of Duncans Mills its name, built this house from redwood felled on the property. It sits 300 yards from the Russian River and about four miles from the Pacific Ocean. Santa Rosa is about 25 miles east.

Size: 3,500 square feet

Price per square foot: $282

Indoors: The home was operated as a B&B for 28 years. It has an 11-bedroom commercial septic system and has had recent mechanical and cosmetic upgrades.

Designated a historic landmark in 1982, the house has Victorian-style stained glass, beginning with the panes inset into the front door (one is emblazoned with the date 1880). In the double parlor to the left of the entrance, colorful glass panels stretch across the ceiling, with a central chimney between them; an operable stone fireplace is on one side of the chimney, and a refurbished 1880 wood-burning stove is on the other.

The study to the right of the entrance has a carved wood cornice over the big windows facing front. The dining room toward the rear is generously proportioned and connects to a kitchen with a rustic wood ceiling and tile floor. The main level also has a room used as an office and a full bathroom with a vanity and mirror integrated into a floor-to-ceiling wall unit.

The upstairs bedrooms have canted walls, some faced in timber, and the bathroom is clad in a geometric riot of refurbished redwood flooring.

Outdoor space: The home has a rocking-chair front porch and a rear deck off the dining room with views of hills, redwoods and the nearby town. A deck on the upper level connects the main building to a studio building behind it.

Taxes: $12,338 (estimated)

Contact: Ryan Styles, Engel & Völkers Wine Country, 707-540-2000; engelvoelkers.com

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