Cozying Up to Cottages: Greenbelt Setting

Before the Mediterranean craze and the fondness for modern architecture, Orange County’s coastal landscape was dotted with beach cottages, mostly small, modest, one-story dwellings.Today,...

Measured Value: North Tustin at $210/square foot

Exposed ceiling beams and brick continue from the family room into the kitchen of this 4,752-squre-foot home, which has six bedrooms and four baths. The 1964 property on Rushmore Lane has a pool and a spa, fruit trees, and a six-car garage. Gabled dormer windows accent the front and back of the $1 million home. Listing agent: Rachel Eliezrie, 714-544-5456

Sizing Up the Market by the Square Foot: Orange

Inside the guard-gated Portofira neighborhood is this 4,450-square-foot five-bedroom, five-bath Mediterranean for $1.9 million. The 1997 residence on North San Miguel Drive has an eat-in kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and a vegetable sink at the island. The property includes a garage for four cars, an outdoor barbecue, and a pool and spa. Listing agent: Kathy Leimkuhler, 714-855-8050

Measured Value: Laguna Beach $965/square foot

On the ocean side of Coast Highway, this single-story cottage on Circle Way has three bedrooms and four baths in 3,000 square feet. The updated 1947 home, listed at $2.9 million, has a kitchen with white cabinets and a family room with a skylight and fireplace. On the lower level is a garage for two cars and an artist’s studio with a separate entrance. Listing agent: Jon Flagg, 949-533-7878

Sizing Up the Market by the Square Foot: Newport Beach

How much is a single square foot of home worth in Orange County? While it can be as much as $10,000 on rare occasions in Laguna Beach, or a couple hundred dollars elsewhere, the county’s median sales price is $335 per square foot—and rising.

Santa Ana Floral Park Tudor

This 1927 home on Greenleaf Street has plenty of historical appeal, including wood floors, arched passageways, a living room fireplace, and recessed shelves in the entryway and kitchen. There are three bedrooms and one bath in the 1,505-square-foot, two-story home, and a garage that accommodates two cars. Francoise Pichon, 562-244-1744

Santa Ana Gated South Coast Shores

Foliage frames this 2,000-square-foot, two-story home on West West Wind. The 1974 property has an outdoor fire pit and bar, a garage that holds two cars, and views of the community lake. Inside are three bedrooms, two baths, and a kitchen with a double oven. Katherine Marquez, 714-227-9887

Santa Ana French Court Victorian

Sitting at 16th and Spurgeon streets, this 3,500-square-foot home has turn-of-the-century charm alongside modern updates, such as a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances. The 1898 house has eight bedrooms and five baths in two levels, as well as a two-car garage. Alysha Ommen, 760-696-1752

Santa Ana: Where History & Artistory Intersect

Properties in this city of more than 329,000 run the gamut from historical registry homes to vintage Craftsmen to midcentury moderns and beyond. This 1958 residence with overhanging eaves, horizontal lines, and rows of small windows, is characteristic of prairie-style homes. The two-story house in the West Floral Park neighborhood has five bedrooms, two full baths and four others, and a six-burner Viking cooktop on the kitchen island.