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In the late 1860s, Calistoga became a popular vacation destination for residents of San Francisco drawn by the fresh air and natural hot springs. Those hot springs and the surrounding resorts are still a draw, along with the area’s wineries and the hiking trails in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, which ascend to the top of Mount Saint Helena, about 40 minutes from this property.

Downtown Santa Rosa or Napa are about half an hour away by car. Driving to San Francisco takes about 90 minutes. Sacramento is two hours away.

Size: 1,618 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,082

Indoors: A long driveway leads from the street to the house. The front door opens into a foyer with hardwood floors.

Straight ahead is an open living-and-dining area with a gas fireplace that has a stone mantel; large windows looking out at the mountains; and French doors that open to the deck next to the pool.

This space connects to a kitchen with Saltillo-tile floors, stainless steel appliances, including a Viking gas range, and a door to the pool area. Off the kitchen is a laundry room with a side-by-side washer and dryer. A bedroom and a full bathroom with a walk-in shower are also in this part of the house.

Two bedrooms are off a hallway extending from the foyer. The primary bedroom is sunny and big enough to hold a king-size bed; the bedroom across the hall has a wall of built-in cabinetry. They share a bathroom with a windowed tub and shower and a white porcelain pedestal sink.

The detached office has floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of mature trees.

Outdoor space: The infinity swimming pool behind the house is surrounded by a deck with plenty of space for lounge chairs. A walking path leads to a gazebo with a fireplace, a dedicated table tennis pavilion and room for a cooking-and-dining setup. The carport has space to park two cars.

Taxes: $21,876 (estimated)

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

This house, which was recently updated with a new electrical system, a new deck and new gutters, is near a well-rated public elementary school and a few blocks from Los Cerritos Park, which has tennis courts and a playground. Virginia Country Club, established in 1909, is about half a mile away. A Trader Joe’s and a Target are five minutes away by car.

Driving to Alamitos Beach or Cal State University, Long Beach takes about 15 minutes. Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Los Angeles International Airport are about half an hour away.

Size: 3,090 square feet

Price per square foot: $582

Indoors: A white picket fence sets off the front lawn, separating it from the sidewalk, and a brick path steps up to the front door.

The foyer inside has hardwood floors and a staircase to the second level. To the right is a living room with a fireplace that has a brick surround and a white mantel. Across the foyer is a dining room with wainscoting and built-in china cabinets.

This space connects to a den currently used as a playroom and to an updated kitchen with original checkerboard tile floors, new counters made of butcher block and new stainless steel appliances. At one end is a breakfast area with more built-in cabinets.

One bedroom and a full bathroom are on the first floor, near a den/playroom off the dining room with French doors opening to a deck.

The other three bedrooms are upstairs. The primary suite includes a bedroom big enough to hold a king-size bed; a long closet with built-in storage and a large window; and a bathroom with a deep soaking tub and a walk-in shower. One guest room is tucked beneath the sloping lines of the roof; the other has windows overlooking the neighborhood’s mature trees.

The guest apartment over the garage has hardwood floors and a bathroom with a combined tub and shower.

Outdoor space: The deck behind the house is big enough to hold lounge furniture, a grill and a dining table. Between the house and the detached three-car garage is new turf landscaping.

Taxes: $22,488 (estimated)

Contact: Karen Miller, First Team Real Estate, 562-756-4144;

This house is a few blocks from the center of the city, putting it within walking distance of restaurants, galleries, a small grocery store, a French bakery and Mill Valley Lumber Yard, a shopping-and-dining center with outdoor seating and fire pits. It is less than a 10-minute walk from Park Elementary School and the tennis courts at Boyle Park.

Driving to Muir Woods Visitor Center takes about 15 minutes. San Francisco and the dark-sand beaches of Golden Gate National Recreation Area are about half an hour away.

Size: 1,361 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,323

Indoors: A white picket fence separates this property from the street, and a brick path leads to the covered entry.

Inside is a foyer with hardwood floors. To the left is a living room with large, street-facing windows and a fireplace with a white mantel. This space connects to a windowed dining area with a built-in cabinet.

Through a doorway is an updated kitchen with new hardwood floors, new stainless steel appliances and white cabinetry with goldtone hardware. At the back of this space, through a wide doorway, is a windowed breakfast area with a door that opens to a deck behind the house.

All three bedrooms are off a hallway running alongside the living room and kitchen. The primary bedroom, at the far end, has enough space for a queen-size bed. Next door is a full bathroom. The other two bedrooms are each big enough to hold a full-size bed and a desk; they have the use of another full bathroom.

Outdoor space: The wood deck behind the house is framed by a fence covered with flowering vines. It steps down to a garden with a stone path leading to a detached one-car garage that could be converted into a home office or studio.

Taxes: $22,500 (estimated)

Contact: Kathee Shatter, Compass, 415-497-4189;

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