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 with 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.

The Bay Area has been one of America’s consistently hot real estate markets. While the landscape has changed recently as some sellers and buyers hit pause on their real estate plans, there are real estate deals to be found. We found three such deals for this edition of Cali Comparables. Listed at or around the $2 million mark, these Bay Area properties are standouts in their perspective neighborhoods with stellar views and plenty of space to grow.

5847 Skyline | Oakland, CA. 94611 | $1,998,000

With a recent price reduction, this 4,269 square-foot contemporary beauty presents a prime opportunity to live in the desirable Oakland Hills area. Sunlit, spacious and timelessly modern, the home features a well-designed open floor plan, with four large bedrooms and three and one-half baths, highlighted by picturesque views of the surrounding green rolling hills. Beautiful hardwood floors and cabinetry with deluxe finishes throughout make an immediate impression. A lower level suite with separate entrance is perfect for an in-law unit, au-pair or an office. And true to the California lifestyle, outdoor living can be enjoyed in the enclosed exterior courtyard with a private putting green. A sought-after location near East Bay’s best hiking trails and Montclair Village shopping area is an added bonus.

1521 Rancho View Dr | Lafayette, CA. 94549 | $1,949,000

Featuring an unmatched combination of views and space is this sophisticated contemporary home in Lafayette. First the views: light-filled and spacious living, formal dining, family room, and kitchen areas are all enhanced with the breathtaking vistas of Mt. Diablo and the surrounding valley. Set on a little more than an acre, the spacious four-bedroom 3,613- square-foot residence is framed by ancient oaks, making you feel as if you are completely enveloped in nature. A formal entry with a lush atrium and abundant windows blend the lines between indoors and out. Decks and patios create intimate entertaining and viewing areas. The master suite offers stunning views, a fireplace, a large walk-in closet, a private deck, and sumptuous master bath. And last but not least, the location. It’s a commuter’s dream, being just minutes to highways 24 & 680, and two Bart stations. Restaurants, shopping, and entertainment are easily accessed in downtown Lafayette and Walnut Creek. And perhaps best of all: it’s located near award-winning Lafayette schools.

8330 Pepper Grass Ct, Gilroy, CA 95020 | $2,100,000

Beauty and tranquility await you in this custom-built, Gary Moore-designed estate in Gilroy’s exclusive gated community of “The Forest.” If you are looking for attention to detail and unsurpassed quality, then this four-bedroom, 3,709 square-foot stunner is for you. A beautiful stone entry welcomes you to a well-designed floorplan featuring Old World finished walls, 8-inch tongue & groove Red Oak hardwood flooring, hand-hewn interior wood beams and gorgeous stone fireplace with furnace rated gas insert. The gourmet kitchen features a Viking 6 burner gas stove, Sub Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher and granite slab island. Other amenities include newer LED lighting, custom light fixtures, Pella wood windows, knotty Alder cabinetry throughout, 8-foot solid core knotty Alder interior doors, slate roof, copper gutters and downspouts, spacious attic with lighting and European automatic shades on patio doors with remote. Views of the majestic oaks and Santa Cruz mountains complete this masterpiece.