There’s a myriad of reasons why people want to live in San Mateo County. With 455 square miles bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and San Francisco Bay to the east, the county offers a pleasant coastal climate, open space, and picturesque views.

This month’s Cali Comparables budget is set at about $4 million – and we found two very distinct homes in two different locations in San Mateo County to compare: a beach house in a tiny coastal hamlet of Montara and a classic ranch-style abode in Atherton. Depending on your home style and lifestyle needs, you’ve got your pick of two great residential gems below.

102 12th St | Montara, CA 94037 | $3,995,000

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a house where all that’s between you and the sea is the sound of waves, then look no further than this oceanfront dream oasis in Montara. Privately nestled along the Half Moon Bay coast side, the vintage jewel is the epitome of seaside tranquility. The 1,350 square-foot original offers two bedrooms, two baths, and some of the most impressive views you’ve ever seen. Large picture windows from the main rooms reveal enchanting scenes of dramatic coastal bluffs and a wide-open ocean. Lush vegetation cushions the landscape and compliments the rocky shore with perfection. Fresh coastal air and ocean breezes soothe the soul. It’s a place of true escape.

37 Gresham Ln | Atherton, CA 94027 | $4,650,000

This well-kept ranch-style home in Atherton offers a central location while offering privacy and a lush tropical-like landscape setting on a quiet beautiful cul-de-sac. An open floor plan highlights over 2,200 square feet with four bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a spacious recently renovated kitchen outfitted with high-end appliances, cabinetry, and hand crafted-mosaic flooring. You’ll enjoy the flow from the kitchen to the large dining area and the bright, airy family room with an elevated fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows with views to the outside. The primary suite feels luxurious with a connection to the outdoors; open the glass double doors and step into the picturesque backyard where a lap pool and hot tub await. Other perks include a two-car garage with storage, a high-end washer/dryer, central heat /AC, and solar panels.