You set a certain budget for your house hunt — and you can’t go a penny over it. But what if you want to expand your search a wee bit beyond a specific neighborhood? We decided to play the comparison game by exploring what you can buy for a certain dollar value in various California neighborhoods in a series called “Cali Comparables”. We’re crisscrossing the Golden State to give you an idea of how far your dollar goes in certain areas.

Last week, we were down south in Riverside County, exploring properties in the $2 million range. What happens if we head back up north to the East Bay and bumped up our budget to on or around $2.2 million this week?  Let’s find out!


24 Essex Court | Alamo, CA 94507 | $2,350,000

Nestled at the end of a charming court in Alamo’s sought-after Round Hill Country Club, this four-bedroom home wows with exquisite detail: hickory floors, beamed ceilings, high-end appliances, designer fixtures, French doors and extensive custom built-ins.  Go outside, and you’ll continue to be impressed. The recently completed yard is an entertainer’s paradise with a stone fireplace, pergola, BBQ area with fridge, covered “Alfresco” dining, solar heated pool, granite walls and walkways, separate spa and exquisite landscaping.


4129 Grant Ct | Pleasanton, CA 94566 | $2,249,998

This custom Kottinger home in Pleasanton has a lot of things going for it — including a price reduction. Other positives include space, views and a walkable location near downtown and restaurants. Spanning approximately 4,554 square feet, the residence has six large bedrooms, four remodeled baths and one ensuite bedroom downstairs (perfect for guests), plus a den which can also double as a bonus room. Entertain in the backyard with multiple sitting areas, a custom solar heated pool, built-in BBQ kitchen and a place to play basketball.


319 Tappan Ter, Orinda, CA 94563 | $2,099,000

If you have ever dreamed of owning a piece of art as your home, than look no further than this Japanese-modern Orinda home by architects Jong & Jong. The indoors blend with the outdoors, art flows from one space to the other.  Find peace, balance and serenity, as you live in and with natural elements. An open floorplan flows from a kitchen/family room combo to spacious living and dining rooms, providing a rich setting for both private and social occasions. Open the sliders and feel one with nature, thanks to a built-in BBQ, new deck and incredible views. There are five spacious bedrooms, providing proper sanctuary, while a large upstairs bonus room may serve as a game room, his/her office, gym or quiet yoga retreat. The beauty is, you can make it your own! This one-of-a-kind contemporary brings you close to the finest of Orinda: top-rated schools, access to commute routes, BART, trials and charming downtown.


Click here for other homes currently for sale in the East Bay in the $2,100,000 to $2,400,000 range.

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