OUTDOOR SPACE The house sits on an 8.8-acre lot and is reached by a semicircular gravel driveway that leads to a courtyard in front of the house or the parking area by the garage. The professionally landscaped yard has simple plantings and a saltwater gunite pool.
TAXES $21,368 a year
CONTACT Patricia Best, Best & Cavallaro Real Estate, 860-307-0591; bestandcavallaro.com
WHAT A 2010 house with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms
HOW MUCH $2.495 million
SIZE 2,677 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $932
SETTING This house is in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, which Forbes placed at the top of its ranking of “America’s Best Hipster Neighborhoods” in 2012, for its food trucks, farmers’ markets and vibrant art scene. The Silver Lake reservoir and numerous stylish restaurants and boutiques are within a few blocks. A 365 by Whole Foods Market is about a mile away, downtown is about five miles and Los Angeles International Airport is about 20 miles.
INDOORS This stucco house was designed by the architecture firm leeMundwiler, whose principals named it Cantilever House for the way part of it hangs over the driveway. The main entrance is at the side of the house and opens into a hallway with polished concrete floors that steps down to the living and dining room. The living room has a wall of floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open wide to an outdoor patio facing the street. Past the dining area is an open kitchen with a wall of white cabinetry and built-in appliances and a long quartz-topped island with a waterfall edge and room for stools. At the back, a glass door opens to another patio with a grill.
Upstairs, the master suite has a bedroom with a private terrace on the front of the house and a raised sitting area that could be closed off as an additional bedroom. The master bathroom has a soaking tub, double vanity and floor all finished with Carrara marble, as well as a separate shower and a walk-in closet. There is an additional bedroom on this level currently used as an office. A separate apartment with its own street entrance has a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette.
OUTDOOR SPACE The house sits on a steep 0.12-acre corner lot, with dense plantings and a series of patios and stairs wrapping around the back. It has an attached two-car garage, beneath the cantilevered area.
TAXES About $31,000 a year
CONTACT Brian Linder, Deasy/Penner, 310-592-5417; deasypenner.com
WHAT A 1940 house with five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms
HOW MUCH $2.475 million
SIZE 5,338 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $464
SETTING This modern house is in the Hilltop neighborhood of Denver, a residential area with many Tudor-style homes. It sits on a corner lot opposite Cranmer Park, an open green space with athletic fields, a plaza with a large sundial and protected mountain views. It is about a mile from the Cherry Creek Shopping Center and the paved Cherry Creek Trail, and about four miles from downtown.
INDOORS This brick house was renovated and expanded to roughly double its size about 15 years ago, in a way that retained or duplicated many of the original details. The front door opens into a foyer with an ebonized oak floor and a staircase with a slender metal balustrade. The living room is to one side and has angled walls with windows on either side of a fireplace and an opening to the dining room. The kitchen is to the other side and has a casual dining nook with banquettes as well as a small peninsula. It is equipped with stainless steel counters, anigre wood cabinets and premium appliances, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler. Beyond is a family room with another fireplace in a wall with a built-in media center and bookshelves.
Upstairs, the master suite has a glass door opening to a private balcony with a spiral staircase down to the pool. The light-filled bedroom connects to a dressing area with built-in cabinets and a walk-in closet. The master bathroom has a double vanity and soaking tub with Waterworks fixtures and a separate shower area with two shower heads and a built-in bench. There is a second, smaller suite with similar finishes, as well as two more bedrooms on this level. The fifth bedroom is in the finished basement, along with a recreation room with built-in shelves and a laundry room.
OUTDOOR SPACE The house sits on a 0.17-acre lot with professional landscaping. A large multilevel patio occupies most of the yard, with spaces for lounging, dining and grilling around a pool and hot tub. There is an attached three-car garage and a detached pool house with a bathroom.
TAXES $7,566 a year
CONTACT Marilyn Dana, Coldwell Banker Devonshire, 303-378-1089; marilyndana.com