Is your northern California dream home chock in the middle of the bustling city? In a Silicon Valley suburb known for its small-town feel and great schools? Or, perhaps, on a tree-lined Palo Alto neighborhood in the shadow of Stanford University?

In this month’s Cali Comparables, we’re taking a look at three very different, and very desirable, northern California properties. At about $10 million, you have your pick of prime spots.

33 Mountain Spring Avenue | San Francisco, CA. 94114 | $9,500,000

The San Francisco neighborhood of Clarendon Heights is largely known for its architecture and its views, and this outstanding estate boasts of both. Italian Renaissance, Beaux Arts, and Venetian gothic elements blend to create a truly one-of-a kind city manse.

Be welcomed by cerulean blue tile floors and Venetian plaster walls. Beyond, vaulted beam ceilings, intricately carved doors, and a plaster relief ceiling with a hand-painted mural create a Mediterranean Revival-era feast for the eyes. Multiple indoor and outdoor gathering areas provide opportunities to revel in the breathtaking city and bay views, with colorful gardens providing yet another vibrant focal point.

Listed by Steven Gallagher of Coldwell Banker Realty in San Francisco. 

14445 Donna Lane | Saratoga, CA. 95070 | $9,900,000

Sprawling, serene, and spectacular, this 3.5-acre family compound is an exceptional retreat with room for extended family, all surrounded by lush, mature gardens in a coveted Silicon Valley neighborhood. This early 1900s estate is located on a cul-de-sac and gated for additional privacy, and within close proximity to the acclaimed local schools.

The 6,200-square-foot main house boasts five bedrooms, two offices, a library, and a basement with a wine cellar. The property also includes two guest houses. The expansive, largely level, grounds are ideal for entertaining or personal enjoyment, with a swimming pool, two spas, rose gardens, a seasonal creek, oak trees, a lily pond, a large grassy yard, and a covered porch.

Listed by William Gorman of Coldwell Banker Realty in Saratoga.

2189 Webster Street | Palo Alto, CA. 94301 | $9,680,000

Old Palo Alto meets brand new construction in a leafy Stanford neighborhood, creating the perfect picture of suburban luxury in one of the city’s most desirable upscale neighborhoods close to top-rated schools. The distinctive French-style exterior of this expansive estate gives way to warm and welcoming, contemporary interiors featuring countless oversized windows, six bedrooms, an office, and a detached studio.

The gourmet island kitchen incorporates a Sub-Zero refrigerator, an eight-burner Wolf gas range, and Wolf double ovens, and it overlooks the family room with its modern fireplace and bi-fold doors that opening to a covered patio. Built for daily appreciation and enjoyment, the estate also features a home theater with a 120-inch screen and projector, a spacious recreation room, a game room, and a basement.

Listed by Judy Shen of Coldwell Banker Realty in Palo Alto.