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This property is in Valley Village, a San Fernando Valley neighborhood nestled between North Hollywood and Studio City. In many ways, it is the quintessential Valley neighborhood, with wide, mostly flat streets lined with single-story houses — many of them, like this one, considered traditional or birdhouse ranch houses, with dovecotes, pitched roofs and diamond-pane windows.

With easy access to the 101 and 170 freeways, the house is a 20-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. The NoHo Arts District, a revitalized section of North Hollywood known for its small theaters and lively restaurants, is a 10-minute drive, and the Studio City section of Ventura Boulevard, the San Fernando Valley’s main artery, is 10 to 15 minutes south by car.

Size: 1,070 square feet

Price per square foot: $701

Indoors: The cheerful yellow front door opens to a vestibule and, beyond, a living room with a brick-and-tile fireplace and recessed lights. The room’s original peg-and-groove hardwood floors and recessed lighting continue into a bright dining area that, in turn, flows into a kitchen with white cabinets and matching tile, updated in 2016.

Past the dining room is an enclosed porch large enough to serve as a second living or family room; it could also be converted into a bedroom.

The master bedroom, at the front of the house, has an original diamond-paned bay window that looks out onto the street. Down a short hallway from the master is a second bedroom, big enough to hold a queen-size bed and a desk. The bathroom, renovated in 2016 with a combined shower and tub, is also off the hall.

Outdoor space: There is an attached two-car garage and a sizable backyard that is planted with citrus trees and has enough room to accommodate a swimming pool.

Taxes: $8,358 (estimated)

Contact: Tiffany Chin, Keller Williams Larchmont, 323-762-2531; defywhatspossible.com

The area surrounding the Russian River, north of San Francisco, has long been a retreat for city dwellers. The community of Guerneville was linked to San Francisco by train and ferry in the late 19th century and remains a popular weekend and second-home destination. Houses in the area are set closely together, and community activity is tied to the river: Visiting neighbors by kayak or canoe is common, and the banks of the river are dotted with firepits and outdoor lounge furniture.

This house is about a mile from River Road, Guerneville’s main thoroughfare. San Francisco International Airport is a two-hour drive, and the restaurants and wineries of Santa Rosa are a half-hour away by car.

Size: 841 square feet

Price per square foot: $889

Indoors: The living spaces in this cottage are designed to maximize river and redwood views, with an open sitting, dining and kitchen area on the top level. Warm wood paneling sets off sliding-glass doors that open to a balcony overlooking the river.

The kitchen occupies the length of the back wall of this space, with room for a small table and chairs. New kitchen cabinets were installed in 2019, under a pressed-metal backsplash.

The bathroom, remodeled in 2016, features a subway-tiled walk-in shower.

Two bedrooms of roughly equal size are separated by a closet. In one bedroom, the balcony faces the river, while in the other, views are of redwood trees.

Outdoor space: The lot line of this home, like those of many in the area, extends to the midpoint of the Russian River. A lower-level deck offers space for seating and dining, and the riverbank has room for additional chairs and a small firepit. Kayaks and canoes are easily docked at the river’s edge. The attached garage holds two cars.

Taxes: $7,697 (estimated)

Contact: John Genovese and Richard Lester, the City Country Group at Vanguard Properties, 415-407-8796; mycitycountry.com

Bayview Park and Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, situated on the edge of San Francisco Bay, are known for their unspoiled natural landscapes. This condominium is in a complex that sits between the two parks, offering access to hiking, biking and bird-watching. Candlestick Point was once a dumping ground for the city’s refuse, until a 1977 vote by the California State Legislature made it the state’s first urban recreation area.

The complex is adjacent to the former site of the Candlestick Park baseball and football stadium, and BART and Muni stops are in the nearby Bayview neighborhood.

Size: 1,034 square feet

Price per square foot: $723

Indoors: The main living spaces of this second-floor unit are arranged in a semi-open plan: The living and dining areas flow together, receiving abundant natural light through sliding-glass doors that open to a patio.

The kitchen, which is partially open to the living area, was recently painted and has granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. A washer and dryer are in a dedicated laundry closet.

The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom with a granite double vanity and combination tub and shower, as well as a substantial walk-in closet. The second bedroom also has a walk-in closet. A second full bathroom is off the foyer.

Outdoor space: A small patio is off the living area. It offers partial views of San Francisco Bay, with room for a small table and chairs. Amenities include a secure parking garage (one spot is allotted to this unit), an on-site gym and shuttles to BART, Muni and CalTrain stops.

Taxes: $8,194 (estimated), plus a $530 monthly homeowner association fee

Contact: Jessie Lee, Compass, 415-518-6402; jessieleesf.com

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