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.


Indio, Riverside County, California

Welcome to ShadowLake Estates! an active 42 acre water ski & sport lake with 2 slalom water ski runs. This drop dead gorgeous LAKE front home features your own private beach, private dock & boat lift. This home boasts attention to every detail in the amazing finishes on every surface. A fully functional floor plan of 4579 sq ft provides breathtaking indoor/outdoor entertaining areas. 4 ensuite spacious bedrooms in a style of complete unique elegance. Huge Master Retreat with adjoining office or exercise room. This home is south facing so enjoy the winter sun. Ski, paddle-board, fish or Kayak 365 days of the year. Shadow Lake is 20 min to El Paseo, 3 min to Landmark Golf, 5 min from Polo Fields, 10 min to PGA West, 7 min to Bermuda Dunes or Thermal Private airports, 21 min to Palm Springs. Come on out and see what Lake Front living is all about!

Jenell Fontes , Bennion Deville Homes

0.69 ACRES
4579 SQ FT
Exquisite Waterfront Home located in the Gated Community of Canyon Lake, CA

Canyon Lake, Riverside County, California

Exquisite East Bay Waterfront Home located in the Gated Community of Canyon Lake, California. The features of this Home are endless starting from the Construction which includes 100% Shear Paneling, 6'' Studs, 3/4" Drywall and Double paned "E" windows to all of the intricate Details on the Interior. The Interior Boasts a Grand Entry w/Water Feature; 3 Bdrms plus Media Room (could be 4th Bdrm); Open Living Room and Formal Dining Room w/gorgeous Lake Views; Kitchen includes Pantry, Double Oven and Wine Fridge; Master Bedroom features Double Door Entry, Fireplace, Amazing Lake Views, 9 Shower Heads in Shower, Jets in Master Tub, Spacious Walk In Closet and enjoy the breath taking views of the Lake from your Private Jacuzzi on the Covered Deck; Travertine Flooring throughout; 9' Doors Throughout; Built In Speaker System from Patios to Bar to House; Rich Honduran Mahogany Custom Built Wood Cabinetry in Kitchen and Baths; Built In Desk/Office area Upstairs; Whole House Vacuum; Whole House Air filtration system by April Air; Whole House Water Filtration System; Laundry Room Upstairs; 2 A/C Units; House wired for Ethernet. The Exterior features a newly constructed Built In BBQ Area and Pizza Oven on the Lower Patio; Down below the Entertaining possibilities are Numerous from the One of a Kind Cantina/Bar, this is a MUST see!! Don't forget the Dock with Lift and Over Sized 3 Car Garage. The Design, Layout and Upgrades of this Home are Spectacular, don't wait, schedule your Private Viewing today!

Lori Robinson , Coldwell Banker ABR

0.00 ACRES
3629 SQ FT
Commute to San Francisco in your own power boat!!!

Richmond, Contra Costa County, California

Sophisticated, open floor plan and flooded wih light, this contemporary home is on the water in Brickyard Cove on the "Richmond Riviera", about 30 minutes to San Francisco by boat and what a ride it is! The adjacent view lot is also available - ideal for a "Family Compound" with the potential for a guest home and garage parking for your power boat.

Jerry Feagley , Feagley Realtors/FMI INC.

0.00 ACRES
3237 SQ FT
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
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 , Mendo Sotheby's International Realty

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 , Mendo Sotheby's International Realty

0.90 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. Seller will consider all serious offers.

Gene Resler , Resler Realty

12.40 ACRES
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 , Mendo Sotheby's International Realty

7.72 ACRES
1850 SQ FT
Waterfront Property in Clarksburg Wine Country

Clarksburg, Yolo County, California

This 4.05 acre commercial Delta property, with river frontage, is located in Clarksburg, California. Clarksburg has many generations of farmers and is becoming known for its wine and wineries. Located near the Old Sugar Mill where many local wineries offer wine tasting and events. Referred to by locals as The Old Lumber Yard this unique property is full of potential. Truly one of kind property waiting to be improved. Possible to apply for a dock permit. Mature trees, well & septic along with 2 old buildings are some features of the unique property. The original school house located on the property is not part of the sale. Take a scenic drive to the beautiful Delta and see this charming Clarksburg property and stop to enjoy the wineries along the way! You are sure to fall in love with the area and see the possibilities for this amazing riverfront property.


4.05 ACRES
10 acre lot on private water ski lake

Brentwood, Contra Costa County, California

Private, gated, water ski lake 10 acre parcel Amazing sunset views of Mt. Diablo CC & Rs and Homeowner's Association Feels like you're miles away from civilization, but 10 minutes from Downtown Brentwood


10.00 ACRES

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