A Victorian rowhouse in San Francisco, a 1966 ranch house in Malibu and a three-bedroom home in Menlo Park.

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This house is in Potrero Hill, about a 10-minute walk from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. It is also within walking distance of a public library, public elementary and high schools, and Potrero Hill Recreation Center, which sits in a park with a baseball diamond, tennis courts and a playground.

The Mission District is less than two miles away, or about 20 minutes on public transportation. The Chase Center, home to the Golden State Warriors basketball team, is less than 10 minutes away by car. Driving to downtown Oakland takes about 20 minutes.

Size: 3,200 square feet

Price per square foot: $936

Indoors: From the street, a flight of stairs leads up to the front door, which opens into a long hallway.

To the right is a guest room currently used as a home office. To the left is a living room with a bay of windows overlooking the neighborhood and a fireplace that has an ornate mantel and decorative grate.

Through a wide doorway is a dining room with an interior window looking into the breakfast room and the deck beyond. The kitchen, which connects to the dining room, the breakfast room and the main hallway, has stainless steel Thermador appliances, an island with a waterfall stone counter, large windows that fill the space with light and a glass door that opens to the deck. A full bathroom with a floating vanity is off the kitchen.

Stairs off the main hall lead to the top floor, used as the primary suite. The bedroom has large windows and a glass door that opens to a private balcony; the bathroom has a soaking tub and a separate shower.

Three more bedrooms are on the level below the main floor, each big enough to hold a queen-size bed. One has an en suite bathroom; the other two share a bathroom with a combined tub and shower. This level also has access to the garage.

A den with a wet bar, expansive windows and glass doors that open to the backyard is on the lowest level of the house, along with a laundry room, a home gym, a full bathroom with a glass-walled shower and a temperature-controlled wine cellar.

Outdoor space: The deck off the kitchen is equipped with heaters and is large enough to accommodate outdoor cooking equipment, including a grill. The backyard includes a patio next to the house that is currently furnished with a fire table and a sofa; garden beds; and a lawn surrounded by tall fencing. The attached garage holds one car.

Taxes: $37,440 (estimated)

Contact: Wendy Storch, Sotheby’s International Realty, San Francisco Brokerage, 415-519-6091; sothebysrealty.com


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The sellers, who bought this house in 2022, have done an extensive renovation, making over the kitchen, the bathrooms and the guesthouse. The home is in a quiet neighborhood off Las Flores Canyon, with easy access to popular beaches, shopping and dining along Pacific Coast Highway.

Trailheads with views of the ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains are within a 10-minute drive. Pepperdine University and the Malibu Country Mart shopping center are about 15 minutes away. Driving to Calabasas or Woodland Hills takes about half an hour.

Size: 2,700 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,111

Indoors: From the wide driveway, steps lead up to glass doors that open into the foyer.

The family room, just beyond, has high, beamed ceilings and sliding-glass doors that open to the patio and pool. The adjacent kitchen has black cabinetry and stainless steel appliances.

On the other side of the kitchen is a combined dining and living area with a fireplace and more glass doors that open to the patio.

Three bedrooms are off the family room, including the primary bedroom, which has an alcove that could hold a desk or an oversized chair, a large closet and an en suite bathroom. The other two bedrooms share a full bathroom with a combined tub and shower. On the opposite side of the house, off the living area, is another bedroom suite. The bedroom is sunny and large enough to hold a king-size bed; the bathroom has a walk-in shower.

The guest cottage, a few steps from the main house, has a full bathroom and a kitchenette.

Outdoor space: All of the outdoor areas have mountain views, including the patio that sits between the house and the in-ground swimming pool. The backyard includes a lawn big enough to hold a play set or lounge furniture. The attached garage holds two cars.

Taxes: $37,488 (estimated)

Contact: Simon Mills, Mills Realty, 818-642-2224; homes.millsrealty.com


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This home is near the border of Atherton, less than a mile from a CalTrain station. It is about a 20-minute walk from the center of Menlo Park, putting it within easy access of a Trader Joe’s, a popular live-music venue, an independent bookstore and a number of restaurants and coffee shops.

Stanford University and downtown Palo Alto are about 10 minutes away. Driving to Mountain View takes about 20 minutes. Traveling to San Jose by public transit takes about an hour.

Size: 3,035 square feet

Price per square foot: $971

Indoors: A paved path flanked by greenery leads from the street to the glossy black front door, which opens into a foyer with access to the garage.

Up a short flight and down several steps is the living room, which has high ceilings, a fireplace with a black stone surround, built-in cabinetry, floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors that open to the back patio.

More stairs lead up to a dining area overlooking the living room and to an updated kitchen with white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and a large center island that has an integrated sink and a bright blue base. On the other side of the kitchen is a family room with a fireplace set in a wall painted the same blue. A powder room is also on this level.

All three bedrooms are on the top floor. The primary bedroom has a long window seat below expansive windows that look out into the surrounding trees; the en suite bathroom has a porcelain soaking tub, a walk-in shower and walls lined with Moroccan-style tile.

The bedroom across the hall, large enough to hold a king-size bed, shares a bathroom that has a combined tub and shower with the third bedroom, currently used as a home office.

Outdoor space: The patio behind the house is private, with space for lounge furniture, a table and raised garden boxes. The townhouse is in a community with its own swimming pool. The attached garage holds two cars; parking for guests is nearby.

Taxes: $36,852 (estimated) and a $195 monthly homeowner association fee

Contact: David Kelsey, Compass, 650-388-2086; compass.com

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