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.

Cheapest waterfront condo in Newport Beach! Oceanbreeze at your footstep.

Newport Beach, Orange County, California

MLS # OC17100407

Altay Gokbilgin, Intertrade & Realty

1.00 ACRES
1288 SQ FT
Fabulous 68 acre parcel for that country dream home

Gilroy, Santa Clara County, California

Fantastic views from almost every vantage point on this spectacular 68 acre parcel. The possibilities are endless for development in this private, secure community setting. Natural building pads are available for that estate you have been planning for your future country lifestyle. The purchase includes access to a private lake, waterfront playground, mini zip line, picnic areas, and parking. This is a recreational delight offered to the residents with the ability to hold family or business events and gatherings with extraordinary privacy. All entry roads are paved and maintained by the association with ample utilities available for future homesites. This is a must see to appreciate the natural beauty and convenience of this development site. Covered under the Williamson Act, the taxes are minimal and greatly reduced with the presence of agricultural activities.

Mick Pfaff, Sothebys International Realty

68.00 ACRES
Fantastic Parcel with Ocean Views / Site for Luxury Estate

Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California

Hot Price! This is a fantastic parcel, surrounded by luxury ocean view homes in the peaceful community of La Selva Beach. Over 17 acres of gently, rolling land offers you the multiple opportunity of estate development and agricultural enterprise. This parcel has great agricultural history, and the ability to become that private, secluded country estate you have been dreaming about. Located cozily between Heather Lane and Sand Dollar, the views range from neighborhood estates to lush agricultural acreage to the nearby white water shores of the Pacific. Strategically positioned, this parcel offers an exclusive site for the most elaborate or simplest of private dwellings. The nearby community presents luxurious vacation and permanent residences, helping maintain the high value level of every square foot. Take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to share the glorious coastal living lifestyle that is available in La Selva Beach today. A generous lease for the agricultural use is in place through 2021 providing $ 34,500 annual revenues to the owner. A great opportunity to enjoy the benefits of this lease while securing the permits and plans for your next dream house with fantastic ocean views and surrounding luxury properties.

Mick Pfaff, Sothebys International Realty

17.20 ACRES
The Fabulous Villa Viscaya in La Selva Beach

Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California

Extraordinary Oceanside Villa: Possibly the most extraordinary property in Santa Cruz county today. Sheltered on 12+ acres, overlooking the Pacific Ocean between Manresa and Sand Dollar Beach, offering you over 13,000 sq ft of luxury and comfort. 3 stories of elegant design greet you with a secured entrance to this fabulous home. Enjoy 7 bedrooms, 2 of which are master suites, along with 6 1/2 bathrooms for the convenience of your friends, family, and business associates. The warmth is nicely enhanced by the 7 beautifully designed fireplaces, strategically located to maximize the impact of this thoughtful design. Floor to ceiling French doors are positioned to introduce magnificent ocean views in multiple areas, bringing the natural beauty indoors for all to appreciate. An elegant private office affords you a peaceful setting for those detailed tasks and quiet moments. A generously appointed library / den complete with designer fireplace provides that relaxing yet sophisticated getaway point for you or family members. Downstairs awaits an extraordinary game / social room complete with full bar, billiards, electronic darts, popcorn machine, game table, and the recreational dream setting for those long, restful day at the beach. The grounds invite major events ranging from a quiet dinner for two to a lavish outdoor celebration, embracing all the while the fabulous views of the great Pacific.

Mick Pfaff, Sothebys International Realty

12.79 ACRES
13200 SQ FT
Magnificent Waterfront Home With Amazing Mountain Peak Views!

Twin Lakes, Mono County, California

Extraordinary Lakefront Location! This custom designed Lindal Cedar Home is unique in Twin Lakes! Designed to optimally incorporate the majestic lake and mountain views, the home offers floor to ceiling windows and twenty-five foot ceilings! Enjoy the views and abundant wildlife from the great room, dining area, kitchen and loft/office in a bright and cheerful setting. With a south-facing orientation, the home is bathed in beautiful natural light. Each bedroom offers nice views and great light as well. You just feel the love and great care that influenced every detail as you explore this remarkable home. The large, wrap-around deck is perfect for entertaining and enjoying the exquisite views and alpine environment any time of the day or evening. Products of the highest quality were utilized to create this home; the lumber was imported from Canada, and includes cedar, cherry, fir and pine. Constructed to "double" the local snow load requirements, extra large posts and beams are utilized throughout the home. All cabinetry is real cherry wood, counter tops are top-of-the-line Corian, and there are two 100 gallon water heaters with a circulating system for instant hot water. Gorgeous Italian tiles enhance the bathrooms and exquisite furnishings and art work are included. For your convenience, there is an Otis elevator with safety interlocks, telephone and emergency power fail-safe. Electrical power is backed-up with a Honda generator, integrated wiring and an emergency breaker panel. This home even has its own fire hydrant!! The list of amenities is endless and includes a high-efficiency forced-air heating system, a fish cleaning station located in the 700 square foot garage, a wine cellar and potential maid's quarters requiring minimal finishing. This beautiful and comfortable home is ready to be enjoyed. Twin Lakes offers an array of outdoor recreational activities to be to be experienced by the future owners of this welcoming lakeside property!

Suzanne Baker, Coldwell Banker Mammoth Real Estate

0.26 ACRES
3120 SQ FT
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
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.

Gina Borges-Valdez, Keller Williams

4.05 ACRES
1302 Sanderling Island Richmond CA 94801

Richmond, Contra Costa County, California

Spectacular views to Yerba Buena Is & City skyline. Bay front home in coveted Brickyard Cove. Turnkey Private 35ft. deep water dock. Sun-filled, open floorplan w/beautifully accented interiors. Interesting architectural lines. Epay deck, loft study. Luxurious MBR w/built-ins, separate dressing room.

Jerry Feagley, Feagley Realtors/fmi Inc.

0.00 ACRES
2425 SQ FT

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