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Waterfront Homes in California 



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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 oceanfront 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. There are myriad water view homes and waterfront homes in California -- something for everyone!

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 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.

Oceanfront Jem!

Albion, Mendocino County, California

An immaculate and well-crafted oceanfront home with enormous ocean and bay views. Single story 2,800+/- sq.ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bath home tucked away in a small gated community less than 15 minutes to the Mendocino Village and only 5 minutes to fine restaurants. Extensive redwood decking spans the ocean side to enjoy the outdoors while whale watching and enjoying the pulsing sounds of the crashing sea. Spacious great room and master suite with expansive views and stone fireplaces. Well equipped kitchen for gatherings and so much more!

Kira Meade , Mendo Sotheby's International Realty

1.30 ACRES
2800 SQ FT
Build your dream home on this waterfront lot in Discovery Bay!

Discovery Bay, Contra Costa County, California

Build your dream custom waterfront home on this fabulous deep water lot. Stunning views of water and Mount Diablo with breathtaking sunsets. Access to over a thousand miles of delta waterways from your backyard! Live where you play. Plenty of space for the home and dock of your dreams!

Kelly Wall , Realty Investment Solutions, Inc.

0.17 ACRES
Beautiful River Front Estate

Anderson, Shasta County, California

One of a kind Sacramento Riverfront Estate! 3620 sq ft custom gated home in very private secluded setting. Home features 3 bed, 3 full baths + an office, beautiful pebble tec pool & hot tub surrounded by lush landscaping. Quality built home with 2x6 construction and owned solar! 3 car attached gar. + 3 car detached gar. Property sits on 2 acres adjoining a wildlife preserve.

Michael Staplecamp , Venture Properties

2.00 ACRES
3620 SQ FT
Live on the Ocean in San Clemente, California

San Clemente, Orange County, California

Phenomenal opportunity to live and relax on the oceans edge for under $1.6 million in this lovely beach cottage at San Clemente’s popular Capistrano Shores. NOT LEASED LAND. Own a 1/90'th share of the community's corporation and utilize this property year round. Property offers immediate beach/ocean access just steps off of your front porch. You will enjoy picturesque views of the San Clemente Pier, Catalina Island, Dana Point, sunrises, sunsets waves and the ocean as you relax outside on the patio or stay inside and watch the dolphins swim by as you rest and rejuvenate on your couch in the living room. This single story home is approximately 1,320 square feet and welcomes ocean views through the large picture windows from the open living room, eating area and kitchen. There are three bedrooms and two baths and vaulted ceilings enhance the open and bright environment. Washer and Dryer are inside the unit for additional convenience. The side patio is gated and is large enough for BBQ's and other entertainment. The covered patio protects from the sun on warm days where you want to sit outside and enjoy the warm breeze off of the ocean but stay out of the sunlight. There aren't many locations on the coast in California that offer what resident-owned Capistrano Shores does for its combination of location, beach access and charm. Just minutes from the Outlets at San Clemente shopping center, local parks, 5 freeway, schools, restaurants and shopping. Don't miss out on this!!

Patrick Sharples , Keller Williams Realty Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda

0.00 ACRES
1320 SQ FT
Waterfront home in Oxnard with 3 boat docks

Bakersfield, Kern County, California

This waterfront home is located in the Channel Islands harbor in Oxnard, CA. Its 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 2198 sq ft with 3 docks - a 40', 50' and 60' . Boat to restaurants, yacht clubs or to the islands.

Arlene Beckwith , Keller Williams Realty

3300.00 ACRES
2198 SQ FT
Nestled in the charming town of Bodega Bay, a waterfront retreat with boat dock!

Bodega Bay, Sonoma County, California

Nestled in the charming town of Bodega Bay, a waterfront retreat has its own private boat dock & beach entrance. This unique home has 3 individual units all with private entrances to each level. Natural light streams through enchanting picture windows. Numerous amenities in each level all remodeled with modern touches! Bonus, income opportunity live in one and rent others.

sherri Evenich , Century 21 Bundesen

0.12 ACRES
2620 SQ FT
Contempo Casual - Waterfront Living at La Quinta Resort / Enclave Mountain Ests.

La Quinta, Riverside County, California

Nestled in a small private enclave in La Quinta called the Enclave Mountain Estates, this RESIDENCE blends SOPHISTICATION and UPSCALE appointments with a resort CASUAL atmosphere. With the preeminent La Quinta Resort and Club literally only steps away, this home checks off all the boxes for an EXPERIENCE that is not only CONVENIENT for the homeowner, but also RENOWNED. The SHOWCASE feature of this home no doubt is its waters edge pool and loggia location framed by a striking backdrop of the MAJESTIC Santa Rosa Mountains - all seemingly close enough to reach out and touch. A large stacked boulder waterfall provides a RELAXING and SOOTHING element for those who choose to take advantage of the patio locale. The interior of this home is DECORATED and APPOINTED by celebrated interior designer, Suzanne Tucker. Living spaces within the home boast of a PLEASING combination of light creamy textiles and SATISFYING stone surfaces - all blended with FINE craftsmanship and INNOVATIVE design.

Greg Cosgrove , Bennion Deville Homes

0.33 ACRES
3857 SQ FT
Exquisite Outdoorsman's Log Home

Julian, San Diego County, California

This Exquisitely Luxurious Home is perfectly nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains of San Diego County, where you will experience the beauty of all 4 seasons, spectacularly displayed 360 degrees. Breathtaking unobstructed views of Cuyamaca Peak and Stonewall Peak surrounding mountain ranges of untouched beauty fill every room. A large portion of this property's boundary and private drive is encompassed by the Anza Borrego State Park. The sunrise & sunsets over the lake will heal your spirit. Sit out on your sensational balcony and sip your coffee as you observe the early morning and late afternoon wildlife emerge from the woods. Witness the daily gathering of the mule deer, wild turkeys & quail gathering to feed. Watch from your poolside the majestic bald eagles that have made Cuyamaca their home, as they soar high in the mountain skies. The Cuyamaca mountains truly captures the essence of mountain living, the great outdoors and the spirit of outdoor adventure. Make this home your full time or part time private country retreat. “The mountains are calling. Come to the woods, for here is rest. Going to the woods is going home”. John Muir

Melo-de Savage , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

4.45 ACRES
3392 SQ FT
Serenity Found at River Lake

Sacramento, Sacramento County, California

Lakefront views from nearly every room. Beautiful double entry doors greet you everyday. Relax in the newly remodeled Master suite upstairs, step-in luxury shower or soaker tub, walk-in closet ready for your entire wardrobe. Fireplace for a cozy evening. True hardwood, ash tongue & groove everywhere that there used to be carpet. Deck from Master, yes!!! Lake views morning, noon & night. Gather around the newly remodeled kitchen, sit at the counter & snack or jump in & help. New Bosch double ovens. New Bosch gas downdraft cook-top. New Bosch dishwasher. Efficient pull-outs abound in the brand new cabinetry, spacious pantry & surprise hidden appliance platform. Jack & Hill bathroom upstairs splits 2 more bedrooms. Downstairs bedroom also with lake views. Nearby full bathroom offers a step-in shower. 3 car garage, formal living room outfitted with a wet bar & you guessed it, lake views. Formal dining room to host any gathering & family room with fireplace to wind down. Welcome home!

Bruce Reddick , Lyon Real Estate

0.22 ACRES
3274 SQ FT
Beautiful Cabin one block from the American River in Kyburz, California.

Kyburz, El Dorado County, California

What a charming get away for that come back to nature experience. Sit on the deck and hear the Silver Fork and South Fork Rivers. Just across the river from Hwy 50. Only 30 minutes to Tahoe or Placerville. Just over 4000 foot elevation. Fire Hydrant next to driveway.

Helen Rivard , Century 21 Select Group

0.16 ACRES
960 SQ FT

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