Friday Feb 03, 2023

What $1.1 Million Buys You in California – The New York Times


This house is in the Westbrae neighborhood, a few blocks from a busy stretch of San Pablo Avenue, a major thoroughfare lined with businesses including a brewing supply store, several Vietnamese restaurants and a Whole Foods grocery store. The nearest BART station, North Berkeley, is a five-minute drive or a 20-minute walk. Berkeley Village, a housing development where a number of students from the University of California at Berkeley live, is about a mile away; the main Berkeley campus is about 10 minutes away by car.

Size: 1,144 square feet

Price per square foot: $917

Indoors: Steps lead from the street to the front door, set back beneath a simple arch.

The foyer, like the rest of the house, has recently refinished hardwood floors. To the left is the living room, which has a tall window facing the street and two more windows flanking the stucco-clad fireplace. Three arched openings lead to the dining room, which has a new hanging light fixture and easy access to the kitchen.

In the kitchen, a green-tile backsplash lines the walls behind the sink and range. On one side of the room is a nook that serves as a combination pantry and laundry room; on the other is a home office that can also be reached from the foyer, with a built-in for magazine storage along one wall and a bay of windows that offers a sunny spot for a desk and chair.

A door in the dining room that can be shut for privacy leads to the private wing of the house. The two bedrooms, of roughly equal size, have original wall closets; the bedroom on the right side of the hall has direct access to the backyard. Also off the hall is a recently updated bathroom with a combination tub and shower.

Outdoor space: The backyard is landscaped with playground-grade artificial grass, making it low maintenance and ideal for play equipment. The garage has been converted into a partially covered outdoor room, with deck-style flooring and enough space for a large sofa and dining set.

Taxes: $13,116 (estimated)

Contact: Tracy Palma, Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, 415-305-6726;

About 45 minutes from San Francisco, Mill Valley is a popular destination for buyers seeking easy access to outdoor recreation as well as proximity to dining, shopping and other big-city amenities. This townhouse is within …….


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