About California


California is the USA’s most populous state. It is the third largest state in size, behind Alaska and Texas, and runs almost 800 miles from north to south. It is not surprising that it offers a varied landscape and a diverse topography. California's Pacific coastline is 840 miles long. 

From the coastal town of Eureka on California's Redwood Coast to sunny San Diego with its wide and sandy beaches, the Golden State covers a wide range of topography. While the Southern Californian beaches are generally wide open and laid back, the Northern California coast is wild and dramatic. North of Big Sur, the waters are colder, the cliffs steeper, and the natural wonders perhaps even more spectacular. 

The Central Coast features many beach resorts and ocean front areas including Big Sur, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara and Monterey. California has what you are looking for when it comes to lake, river, and ocean view homes for year round living, or the special vacation retreat. 

California is home to more than 420 recreational lakes and 7,734 square miles of California are covered by water. The three biggest rivers are the Sacramento River, the San Joaquin River, and the Colorado River. The Sacramento delta with its many water channels is a playground for boating and fishing. Lake Tahoe, Clear Lake, Salton Sea, Owens Lake, and Searles Lake are the more important sweet water bodies in California. The San Francisco Bay is the largest natural harbor and estuary on the West Coast.  

But with an average width of 150 to 200 miles, no Californians are far away from the Pacific. You might have to cross a desert or a mountain range but, in general, you are never more than two or three hours from the ocean. 

As of January 2010, the total state population was 37,253,956 - approximately 12 percent of the United States total population. The population in California's five largest cities. as of July 2009, are as follows: 

  • Los Angeles: 3,831,868 
  • San Diego: 1,306,300   
  • San Jose: 964,695     
  • San Francisco: 815,350       
  • Sacramento: 466,676 

Besides spectacular growth and formidable earthquakes, people still want to live in California. Here are three good reasons to live in California: 

1. Weather: California has mild weather – very little humidity and not too cold nor too hot in many areas. 

2. Educational opportunities: California is known as being home to some of the best colleges and universities in the world. Aside from the University of California, the California State College and University system, CalTech, USC, and Stanford University, there are many other world class colleges. universities and community colleges in California. 

3. Beaches: California has wonderful beaches -- many are sandy, long and wide – from the Mexican border to Oregon.

Lake Front Home on Bass Lake, California

Bass Lake, Madera County, California

Lake front home on Bass Lake, with private dock in deep water, covered deck and patio, located about one mile from The Pines Village. Strong vacation rental history. Four bedrooms and three baths, plus additional sleeping area in lower level. Game room, fireplace, bathroom on each level. Fishing, Boating, Water Sports, Mountain Biking, all that and more!! Close to South entrance to Yosemite National Park. Enjoy lake views and summer breezes from nearly every room!

Beth Carver , Bass Lake Realty

0.17 ACRES
Own a Piece of the Consumes River in El Dorado County- California

Somerset, El Dorado County, California

Quality 2500+ sq ft home on 3 acres with 380 feet of Consumes River, private beach plus a 1380 sq ft pole barn/shop, RV storage. Located in the heart of El Dorado County Wine Country!

Trudy Meyer , Lyon Real Estate

3.00 ACRES
2557 SQ FT
Coastal Charm

Mendocino, Mendocino County, California

Walk in to your new home and enjoy inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean, Mendocino Bay as well as the charming Village skyline. Desirable single story 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with 1,805 sq.ft. with oodles of charm. Many recent upgrades including stone countertops, new windows, new roof, flooring, beautiful bathrooms and fresh paint. Close the Big River park for enjoying the beach and miles of trials for hiking and biking with Mendocino Village just blocks away with fine restaurants and fantastic galleries. 2 car garage is perfect for storing your toys. If you’re looking for a well cared for home with coastal flair, this is it!

Kira Meade , Coast Real Estate

0.45 ACRES
1850 SQ FT
Custom Home by the Sea!

Fort Bragg, Mendocino County, California

An impressive 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Many delightful features including a cooks kitchen w/stainless appliances, propane 5-burner cook-top, granite countertops w/plenty of storage and a delightful ocean view breakfast nook. The living room opens to the kitchen & a large west facing deck, family room w/wood burning fireplace & grand entrance with spiral staircase. A spacious master suite w/private deck for enjoying your morning coffee with a large bathroom with a 3-headed shower & large spa tub overlooking the ocean. Rooftop deck with fantastic views. Well-executed multi-level floor plan with ocean views from most rooms. Basement area would make for a great wine room. A move-in ready light & bright home with beach access.

Kira Meade , Coast Real Estate

0.90 ACRES
2900 SQ FT
Magnificent lake and mountain view, plus land

Wildomar, Riverside County, California

Custom built home in Lake Mathews Estates. Gated with a rural feel, but just 10 minutes from shopping, movies, grocery stores. Views from the back of the house, from the great room, and kitchen.Fantastic view ,entertain on the patio your guest will love the view.price reduction motivated make offer.

Kitty and Jorge Ariza , Homebay.com

2.78 ACRES
2900 SQ FT
3 Waterfront Lots on the Georgiana River over 12+ ACRES!

Isleton, Sacramento County, California

Rare Opportunity to own just over 12 acres consisting of 3 waterfront residential lots in the beautiful Sacramento Delta. Approved building plans are available for a 3bd/2.5 ba home and retractable 50 ft. dock. Enjoy panoramic views of the water plus the lush agricultural land with Mount Diablo beyond.

Gene Resler , Resler Realty

12.40 ACRES

Clarksburg, Yolo County, California

This is an amazing opportunity to own 29.71 acres of property with a mature vineyard of approximately 23 acres developed to Chardonnay. Located in the Merritt Island/Clarksburg AVA where you will find award winning wines, this property is just over 1 mile south of the town of Clarksburg & the Sugar Mill wine tasting venue. There is a newer siphon pipe installed in 2017 & water pump installed in 2016. The property has a well & septic system. Property is located in the Reclamation District 150 with Pre-1914 water rights. Make an offer!


29.71 ACRES


Lakefront Architectural Masterpiece!

Penn Valley, Nevada County, California

Exquisite European Style Villa. Craftsman, designers, architects, lighting and landscape designers set on a quest to build and create a magnificent living environment that will exceed your expectations. The 8593+/- sq.ft. lake front home includes fully contained Guest quarters with separate entrance. An opulent main floor master suite with his and her bathrooms, Chef's kitchen by William Ohs, 8 custom fireplaces, Library, game/TV room, offices, ensuite guest bedrooms & many special amenities & details. Private swimming and boat dock. With boat lift, Natural Stone Sea Wall with terraced steps into the lake. Beautiful grounds for entertaining with Rock spa, fire pit and waterfall. 225+/- feet of Lake Wildwood frontage on a single acre lot.

Kathy Papola , Network Real Estate

0.75 ACRES
8593 SQ FT
Serene Oasis on The Creek - Chico, CA

Chico, Butte County, California

This serene waterfront property on Butte creek features meticulous landscaping, luxurious indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces, a lighted tennis court, art galleries, and plenty of exciting recreational opportunities- kayaking, tubing, fishing, biking, and swimming are all readily accessible. Created by local artisans, every detail has been carefully curated to perfection in this unique, secluded, and peaceful home. From the beautiful custom tile work, to hand-carved wood detailing, to stunning stained glass features, this home is full of unexpected charm and sophisticated artisanal style. Over 5000 sq. ft. of spacious living space, situated on almost 3 acres of tranquil property, this solar home features a warm and inviting formal living room, two master suites, subzero and Gaggenau appliances, ample Entertainment space both indoors and amidst the breathtaking outdoor scenery, and decked access to a private piece of Butte creek. This home is move-in ready, so come, take in the details that make this home special, and enjoy the soothing sounds of the trickling creek on a cool Chico summer night.

John Barroso , Keller Williams Realty Chico Area

2.83 ACRES
5147 SQ FT
Desirable Little River Ocean View Home!

Little River, Mendocino County, California

Desirable Little River home with ocean views and stunning sunsets! Private and comfortable 3 bedrooms, 2 bath home located on 7.7+/- acres of mostly usable land, great for a mini-farm with plenty of room for pastures and gardens, even a year-round creek. Living room has high vaulted ceilings and a stone fireplace. Bright kitchen opens to the family room with walls of windows for enjoying the ocean views. Spacious master bedroom with views, deck access and wood stove. 2nd bedroom and upstairs 3rd bedroom also have views. Spacious 2-car garage with laundry & office/workshop, greenhouse and a great 500+sq.ft. barn. Bring your animals, come and enjoy this great Little River location minutes to the local airport and fine restaurants!

Kira Meade , Coast Real Estate

7.72 ACRES
1850 SQ FT

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