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.

Magnificent lake and mountain view, plus land

Perris, 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.

Kitty Ariza

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
Come for the View - Stay for the Home

Hidden Valley Lake, Lake County, California

Prominently positioned on an elevated lot, this 3,100± sf custom home basks in sunlight and unobstructed views. In the family-size dining room and step-down living room walls of glass showcase the panoramic vistas of Coyote Valley, the Mayacamas and Mount St. Helena. Spacious and bright, the updated kitchen includes a cozy breakfast area in the multi-level 3 bedroom, 3 bath home. A huge lower level family room is positioned near a large auxiliary room with a closet and a full-fledged workshop offering an abundance of storage and room for expansion. A wood-burning fireplace, two full-length south-facing decks, an attached two-car garage and central vacuum and air conditioning systems add to the long list of comfortable and practical features of this family-size home. Located in a private golfing and lake community, the property enjoys year-round access to pools, tennis and equestrian facilities while just one hour from the cities of Santa Rosa and Napa.

Martin Levy, Century 21 Northbay Alliance

0.27 ACRES
3100 SQ FT

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!

Gina Borges-Valdez, Keller Williams

29.71 ACRES

Newport Beach, Orange County, California

VIEW VIEW VIEW! BEST VIEW IN NEWPORT BEACH! CATALINA, OCEAN, AND HARBOR MARINA VIEW, AN EPIC 270 DEGREE ANGLE OF NEWPORT BEACH! ONE OF A KIND EXECUTIVE LUXURY PENTHOUSE ON THE WATER! PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO WATCH THE VIDEO! 2-bedroom and 1 master bath, with a double person spa and separate shower, and interior laundry. Programmable recessed lighting and pre-wired for surround sound. Italian Granite kitchen and travertine flooring throughout. Subterranean gated parking for one car + parking for one car upper level parking. Entire building has been renovated and is at its very last phase of renovation. Beautiful common areas with lounge chaise longs, BBQ, eating areas, new gym facility. DOCKING PRIVILEGES TO UNBELIEVABLE LOW FEES RESERVED ONLY TO HOMEOWNERS! THERE IS 24 HOUR SECURITY. WALK TO HARBOR TO NEWPORT BEACH'S FINEST RESTAURANTS. THE WINERY, NOBU, BILLY'S, RUSTY PELICAN; LIDO THEATER. PIER AND BEACH! A DEFINITE MUST SEE!

Altay Gokbilgin, Intertrade & Realty

1.00 ACRES
1288 SQ FT
Magnificient waterfront view of the Newport Beach Marina

Newport Beach, Orange County, California

This beautiful 2-bedroom 2-bath private condo is found in the Newport Towers Community on the 5th floor, with a magnificent view of the bay. The building has completed its last phase of renovation , while the unit is currently undergoing a complete renovation. Unique opportunity to own a luxury condo in this bay front community that is within walking distance to the Lido, finest Newport Beach restaurants & shopping. This community features, a newly renovated common area with a new patio deck, gym amenities and a secure lobby entrance. Each owner receives one assigned underground parking space and one guest parking space. There are also very important boating privileges for owners. Premiere location, Newport Beach is a prestigious Orange County beach community! FINANCING AVAILABLE!

Altay Gokbilgin, Intertrade & Realty

1.00 ACRES
1288 SQ FT
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
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

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