Malibu | $749,000
A manufactured house built in 1962, with one bedroom and one bathroom, on a 0.03-acre lot
Centered around an especially lovely stretch of beach in Malibu, Paradise Cove is a gated neighborhood made up of around 250 manufactured homes. Since the 1960s, it has been a popular home base for beach lovers of all stripes — competitive surfers and Academy Award-winners included. The community is tight-knit, and residents regularly hold group cookouts, holiday events and golf-cart parades (the primary mode of transportation in the neighborhood).
Paradise Cove has expanded twice since its inception, and this home is in the original section, about 300 yards from the semiprivate beach that serves as a backyard to those who live here.
The main entrance to Paradise Cove is off the Pacific Coast Highway, the state’s most prominent scenic byway. The Malibu Country Mart, an outdoor shopping and dining complex, is about 15 minutes away by car, and the restaurants and nightlife of busier Santa Monica are about half an hour to the south.
Size: 620 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,208
Indoors: Built by Flamingo Homes in 1962, this house has new wide-plank wood floors throughout the main living spaces.
A set of glass double doors opens to the open-plan living area. To the left is a seating nook large enough to hold a sectional sofa. The wall on this side of the space is papered with a detailed map of the world.
To the right is a small dining area that extends into an open kitchen, where a gray marble bar offers additional counter space and seating. The kitchen has marble countertops and new stainless steel appliances, plus a mint-green Smeg refrigerator.
Beyond the main space is a bathroom that has a large walk-in shower with a glass door, slate tiles and a pebbled floor. At the rear of the house is a bedroom large enough to hold a queen-size bed. This room also has a wall of built-in shelving.
Outdoor space: A side door leads from the living area to a patio paved with concrete. This space is large enough for a barbecue and dining set, plus additional play equipment and surfboard storage. Parking for two cars — plus a golf cart — is included with this home. Residents also have access to various facilities, including tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground and the semiprivate beach.
Fees: $2,562 monthly land-lease fee (includes water, garbage removal and general maintenance), plus a yearly registration fee (akin to car registration)
Fallbrook | $749,900
A 1978 house with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.6-acre lot
A small community in the northern part of San Diego County, Fallbrook is known for its quaint Main Street and bountiful avocado trees. Each spring, the area holds an avocado festival, with nearly 70,000 people coming to watch events like the Best Decorated Avocado and Largest Avocado contests.
This house is about five minutes from the center of the community, and about 10 minutes from the base of the Santa Margarita River Trail, a five-mile loop popular with hikers and horseback riders. Camp Pendleton, the largest military base in California, is 20 minutes away by car. Downtown San Diego and San Diego International Airport are about an hour’s drive to the south.
Size: 2,680 square feet
Price per square foot: $280
Indoors: A winding driveway leads to the front door, which opens to a foyer and part of the main living area.
Laid out in a semi-open style, the living room is centered around a double-sided fireplace in floor-to-ceiling white-painted brick. On the left side of the fireplace is room for a small seating area and a dining table. Windows overlook the front yard, and the space is brightened by a wrought-iron pendant light. Exposed wood beams extend across the space, as do distressed wood floors.
On the other side of the fireplace, a second seating area is open to the kitchen, which has a marble-topped island with storage. A 2017 remodel included the installation of Fisher Paykel appliances and a brick-and-tile backsplash.
To the right of the kitchen, a hallway leads to two guest rooms large enough to hold queen-size beds and a guest bathroom with painted tile and a combination tub and shower.
At the end of the hallway is the master bedroom, which has its own patio, as well as wooden barn-style doors along one wall that open to the closet. The en suite bathroom has a double vanity with copper sinks and Spanish-tile floors.
An office, with its own half bathroom, is attached to the main house and accessible through a separate entrance.
Outdoor space: Sliding-glass doors lead from the living area to a California room with a ceiling fan and a Spanish-tile floor. This space flows into a partially covered patio.
A lawn extends from the front of the house to the side yard, which has a decorative stone fountain. The grounds are planted with fruit-bearing trees, including lemon and avocado. The attached garage holds two cars.
Taxes: $7,874 (estimated)
Contact: Greg Goodell, Redfin Corporation, 760-576-1700; redfin.com
Truckee | $750,000
A 1978 split-level cabin with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, on a 0.3-acre lot
Situated near the shores of Lake Tahoe and several popular ski resorts, Truckee is an ideal base for year-round activity in this part of the state. It has been a popular resort destination since the early 20th century, where tourists and year-round residents take advantage of the skiing, boating and hiking spots within 20 minutes of downtown.
This house is in a neighborhood at Northstar California Resort, about 15 minutes from the center of town. A shuttle carries passengers from homes in the area to the resort’s ski lifts in about five minutes, and to the Village at Northstar for casual dining and coffee options.
Kings Beach, a community with family-friendly restaurants and locally owned boutiques on the banks of Lake Tahoe, is about 15 minutes away by car; Reno, Nev., is about 35 minutes away.
Size: 1,832 square feet
Price per square foot: $409
Indoors: A long driveway leads from the street to this house, on the twelfth fairway of the Northstar resort’s golf course.
A set of steps leads to the front door, which opens to an entry hall that ends with a bench built over furnace vents to warm ski boots. Turning left leads to a small landing area that connects to a set of stairs and another hallway.
The hallway leads to three guest rooms, one large enough to hold a queen-size bed and the other two equipped with built-in bunk beds. These bedrooms share a bathroom with a combination tub and shower.
Up the short flight of stairs is the main living area, laid out in open-plan style. This space gets plenty of natural sunlight thanks to wide windows facing the golf course. In the sitting area, built-in bookcases flank a fireplace, which has a new rock mantel installed by the owners. Exposed wood ceilings continue into the dining area, which has a wooden wall adjacent to sliding-glass doors that open to a patio.
A wooden breakfast bar separates the dining area from the kitchen, which has stainless steel appliances, wood cabinets and granite countertops. A yellow door opens to a spacious walk-in pantry illuminated by colorful pendant lights.
From the living room, stairs lead up to a full-floor master suite with walls lined in the same wood that appears throughout the house and sliding-glass doors that open to a private Juliet balcony. The master bathroom has a walk-in shower with a new frosted-glass door.
Outdoor space: Off the dining room is a large patio overlooking the golf course, with room for a full dining set and barbecue. A one-car garage is attached to the house. A short shuttle ride from the house are community amenities, including a clubhouse with its own arcade, a fitness center and a swimming pool.
Taxes: $8,925 (estimated), plus a $100 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Christy Mond, Carr Long Real Estate, 530-562-1100; carrlong.com