Northern California: home to breathtaking natural scenery, soaring redwoods – and fabulous homes. With a budget of about $5 million (give or take), how much house can you buy right now? We searched the region from popular East Bay to Silicon Valley to find three homes worthy of comparison this month.

256 Red Pine Ct | Danville, CA. 94506 | $5,388,000

This breathtaking Danville modern estate has combined two sought-after qualities: views and acreage. Set on two acres behind private gates, the residence unites approximately 5,774 square feet of living space plus an additional 700 square feet of non-living space primed for an au pair or guest retreat conversion. Four bedrooms, five baths, an executive office, separate in-law suite with family room, gym, media room with wet bar, and a stunning primary bedroom suite with a spacious spa bath already appointed with a massage table and two closets. No Northern California home would be complete without the latest in technology, and the custom home sound and security automation among other high-tech appointments leave nothing to be desired. Superior quality is captured in every detail and every touch — from the all-new finishes and fixtures to the state-of-the-art luxury appliances like the Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances in the kitchen. The professionally landscaped grounds are equally beautiful, encompassing an approximately 1/2 acre private park, two BBQs, a pool/spa and cabana, and a bocce ball court with a viewing room. The panoramic views of Mt. Diablo and Danville will truly take your breath away from both exterior and interior vantage points. The listing agent describes this property as “one of the finest homes ever to be offered for sale in Blackhawk Country Club.” And there’s more: the brand-new designer home furnishings can be purchased, making this property an amazing turn-key opportunity.

750 Palo Alto Ave | Palo Alto, CA. 94301 | $4,950,000

This magnificently remodeled turn-of-the-century Craftsman home presents a best-of-both-worlds location in Palo Alto’s sought-after Crescent Park neighborhood. Resting on a corner lot screened by picturesque greenery, the classic property offers a tranquil setting and is just a few blocks from downtown Palo Alto. An approximately 3,200 square-foot main residence, and a 300 square-foot detached cottage, have been meticulously expanded and revamped throughout the last 20 years with all modern amenities. The main level boasts a grand living room, formal dining room, separate office, large gourmet kitchen, and a comfortable family room — all with either views or direct access to the professionally landscaped garden with raised beds, flowering plants, and several fruit trees. Two staircases take you upstairs where you’ll find four generously sized bedrooms. Dramatic open beam cathedral ceilings, rich woodwork, built-in window seats, recessed lighting, wall sconces, pocket doors, period doorknobs, numerous windows, and French doors express the authentic craftsmanship that radiates warmth and elegance throughout the home.

1 Heritage Ct | Atherton, CA. 94027 | $4,499,888

Elegance and grandeur await you at this incredible gated Italian Renaissance estate nestled on one of Atherton’s premier tree-lined cul-de-sacs. A grand circular driveway and beautifully landscaped grounds guarded by dramatic heritage Redwoods provide your first introduction to the supremely private, otherworldly manor. The verdant surroundings invite you to experience the joy of sophisticated California-style living and entertaining with a pool, hot tub, sauna, and outdoor kitchen. The bright interiors celebrate the original architecture with a sweeping floorplan spanning about 4,500 square feet and rich historic details such as arched windows, hardwood floors, and beautiful millwork. The gourmet chef’s kitchen is touched with custom imported cabinetry, high-end appliances, and a breakfast nook. Many of the main rooms offer access to the outdoors, creating a seamless path to indoor/outdoor living. Five total bedrooms, including an attached in-law unit, adds to this home’s allure. The large finished basement has also been converted to a space perfect for a private theater or media room. Set within Menlo Park’s award-winning school district, this is an Atherton classic that will never go out of style.