$1,500,000 Homes in Albuquerque, California and Pennsylvania

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By Mike Powell

ALTADENA, CALIF.

WHAT: A midcentury ranch house with three bedrooms and three bathrooms

HOW MUCH: $1,450,000

SIZE: 2,525 square feet

PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $574

SETTING: Altadena is a residential area in Los Angeles County, just north of Pasadena. This house is on a lush, winding road within a couple of blocks of trails leading into the San Gabriel Mountains and national forest. There are a scattering of restaurants and cafes in town, and Old Pasadena, Pasadena’s pedestrian-friendly shopping district, is about six miles away. Downtown Los Angeles is within 20 miles.

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INDOORS: The single-story ranch was built in 1948 and given an extensive renovation within the last year. The renovation was done by Kurt Gibbs of Gibbs Architecture in Long Beach, Calif., with assistance from Kirsten Blazek, an interior designer with A 1000 x Better.

The front door leads into a great room that runs from the front to the back of the house. The formal living area, at the front of the house, has a large bay window. It is separated from the dining area by a narrow partial wall, with fireplaces facing both spaces. Beyond the dining area is a sitting area with a skylight and a wall of glass accordion doors opening to the pool and the backyard. Here the floor is concrete tile. Floors in the rest of the house are mostly the original wood, sanded down and given a milky matte finish.

The kitchen has a Bertazzoni range, an Electrolux refrigerator and an LG dishwasher. The floor here is hexagonal cement tile; countertops are concrete. A sliding-glass door opens to the pool and the yard. The custom shelving here and throughout the house is walnut. An original swinging door leads into an office with paneled wainscoting.

The master bedroom is separated from the other two. It opens to the yard and the pool, and has an en-suite bathroom with a subway-tile shower and a walnut vanity. The other two bedrooms are connected by a bathroom, also with custom walnut cabinets, and a small dressing area with a bench seat and an additional vanity. The house has a two-car garage.

OUTDOOR SPACE: The lot is just over a third of an acre, with the house set back from the street. The space behind the house is terraced, with a yard a few steps up from the pool.

TAXES: Approximately $18,125 a year

CONTACT: Crystal Heatherly, Deasy/Penner & Partners, (323) 363-9310; deasypenner.com

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