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Waterfront Homes in California 

 

 

The USA’s most populous state, California 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 -- and many water view and waterfront homes -- as its Pacific coastline is 840 miles long. 

From the coastal town of Eureka on the Redwood Coast to sunny San Diego with its wide and sandy beaches, the Golden State covers a wide range of topography. While the southern beaches are generally wide open and laid back and have world-class swimming and surfing, the north 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. It is home to more than 420 recreational lakes and 7,734 square miles of the state 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 the state. The San Francisco Bay is the largest natural harbor and estuary on the West Coast.  There are myriad water view homes and waterfront homes in California -- something for everyone! 

But with an average width of 150 to 200 miles, no part of the State is far from the Pacific Ocean. 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: mild weather – very little humidity and not too cold nor too hot in many areas. 

2. Educational opportunities: 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. 

3. Beaches: gorgeous beaches -- many are sandy, long and wide – from the Mexican border to Oregon and most have spectacular waterfront and water view homes.

Water Bodies

  • Larkspur Marina Lagoon
  • Abbotts Lagoon
  • Alameda Creek
  • Alamo River
  • Albion River
  • Aliso Creek (Los Angeles County)
  • Aliso Creek (Orange County)
  • Almaden Reservoir
  • Alpine Lake
  • Amargosa River
  • American River
  • Americano Creek
  • Anderson Reservoir
  • Angora Lakes
  • Antelope Lake
  • Antonelli Pond
  • Arroyo de en Medio
  • Arroyo Seco
  • Arroyo Trabuco
  • Badwater Basin
  • Baker Lake
  • Baldwin Hills Reservoir
  • Baldwin Lake
  • Ballona Creek
  • Balsam Forebay
  • Barker Reservoir
  • Bass Lake
  • Bear Gulch Reservoir
  • Bear River (Feather Rivertributary)
  • Bear River (Mokelumne Rivertributary)
  • Bear River Reservoir
  • Beardsley Lake
  • Belvedere Lagoon
  • Bethany Reservoir
  • Beyers Lakes
  • Bicycle Lake
  • Big Bear Lake
  • Big Chico Creek
  • Big Dry Creek Reservoir
  • Big River
  • Big Sage Reservoir
  • Big Sur River
  • Big Tujunga Reservoir
  • Black Butte Lake
  • Black Butte River
  • Boca Reservoir
  • Bon Tempe Lake
  • Borax Lake
  • Bouquet Reservoir
  • Bowman Lake
  • Brea Reservoir
  • Brickyard Cove Pond
  • Bridgeport Reservoir
  • Briones Reservoir
  • Bristol Lake
  • Broadwell Lake
  • Brock Reservoir
  • Brush Creek Reservoir
  • Bucks Lake
  • Buena Vista Lake
  • Butt Valley Reservoir
  • Butte Creek
  • Butte Lake
  • Calabasas Lake
  • Calaveras Reservoir
  • Calaveras River
  • Calero Reservoir
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  • Camanche Reservoir
  • Camp Far West Reservoir
  • Camp Lake
  • Canyon Lake
  • Caples Lake
  • Carbon Canyon Reservoir
  • Carmel River
  • Carson River
  • Castaic Lake
  • Castle Lake
  • Cathedral Lakes
  • Cedar Lake
  • Channel Islands Lake
  • Chaparral Country Club Lake
  • Charlotte Lake
  • Chatsworth Reservoir
  • Cherry Lake
  • Chesbro Reservoir
  • Cheyenne Lake
  • Chowchilla River
  • Clavey River
  • Clear Creek
  • Clear Lake
  • Clear Lake
  • Clear Lake Reservoir
  • Clifton Court Forebay
  • Cogswell Reservoir
  • Collins Lake
  • Convict Lake
  • Copco Lake
  • Corte Madera Creek
  • Cosumnes River
  • Courtright Reservoir
  • Coyote Creek
  • Coyote Lake
  • Crafton Reservior
  • Crowley Lake
  • Crystal Falls Lakes
  • Crystal Lake
  • Crystal Springs Reservoir
  • Cuddeback Lake
  • Cuyama River
  • Danby Lake
  • Deep Lake
  • Diamond Valley Lake
  • Diaz Lake
  • Discovery Bay
  • Dixon Lake
  • Dodge Reservoir
  • Don Pedro Lake
  • Don Pedro Reservoir
  • Donnell Lake
  • Donner Lake
  • Dorris Reservoir
  • Drew Lake
  • Dry Creek
  • Duvall Lake
  • Eagle Lake
  • East Park Reservoir
  • Eastman Lake
  • Eaton Wash Reservoir
  • Echo Lake
  • Ediza Lake
  • Eel River
  • El Capitan Reservoir
  • El Mirage Lake
  • El Segundo Beach
  • Elizabeth Lake
  • Ellis Lake
  • Emerald Lake
  • Emerald Pool
  • Emerson Lake
  • Encino Reservoir
  • Englebright Lake
  • Estrella River
  • Fallen Leaf Lake
  • Farmington Flood Control Basin
  • Feather River
  • Flora Lake
  • Florence Lake
  • Folsom Lake
  • Fork River
  • Fountaingrove Lake
  • Fowler Lake
  • Francis Lake
  • French Lake Reservoir
  • French Meadows Reservoir
  • Frenchman Lake
  • Fresno River
  • Garcia River
  • Georgiana River
  • Gibraltar Reservoir
  • Gilmore Lake
  • Goldstone Lake
  • Goose Lake
  • Grant Lake
  • Green Valley Lake
  • Guadalupe Reservoir
  • Guadalupe River
  • Gualala River
  • Hansen Flood Control Basin
  • Harper Lake
  • Harry Englebright Lake
  • Hell Hole Reservoir
  • Hensley Lake
  • Hermosa Beach
  • Hernandez Reservoir
  • Hesperia Lake
  • Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
  • Hidden Lake
  • Hidden Valley Lake
  • Hilltop Lake
  • Hog Flat Reservoir
  • Holiday Lake
  • Hollywood Reservoir
  • Honey Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Hughes Lake
  • Hume Lake
  • Huntington Beach
  • Huntington Harbour
  • Huntington Lake
  • Imperial Reservoir
  • Indian Valley Reservoir
  • Iron Canyon Reservoir
  • Iron Gate Reservoir
  • Isabella Lake
  • Ivanhoe Reservoir
  • Ivanpah Lake
  • Jackson Meadows Reservoir
  • Jenkinson Lake
  • Jenks Lake
  • Jewel Lake
  • June Lake
  • Juniper Lake
  • Kaweah River
  • Kelly Lake
  • Kent Lake
  • Kern Lake
  • Kern River
  • Kesterson Reservoir
  • Keswick Reservoir
  • Kings River
  • Klamath River - Modoc County
  • Klamath River - Siskiyou County
  • Koehn Lake
  • La Grange Reservoir
  • Lafayette Reservoir
  • Laguna Beach
  • Laguna Blanca
  • Laguna Honda Reservoir
  • Laguna Lake
  • Laguna Lakes
  • Lagunitas Creek
  • Lake Almanor
  • Lake Aloha
  • Lake Alpine
  • Lake Amador
  • Lake Anderson
  • Lake Anza
  • Lake Arrowhead
  • Lake Arrowhead Reservoir
  • Lake Balboa
  • Lake Berryessa
  • Lake Britton
  • Lake Cachuma
  • Lake California
  • Lake Casitas
  • Lake Chabot
  • Lake Clementine
  • Lake Combie
  • Lake Cunningham
  • Lake Davis
  • Lake Del Valle
  • Lake El Toyonal
  • Lake Eleanor
  • Lake Elizabeth
  • Lake Elsinore
  • Lake Elsman
  • Lake Evans
  • Lake Gregory
  • Lake Havasu
  • Lake Helen
  • Lake Hemet
  • Lake Hennessey
  • Lake Henshaw
  • Lake Hodges
  • Lake Ilsanjo
  • Lake Irvine
  • Lake Isabella
  • Lake Jennings
  • Lake Jodie
  • Lake Kaweah
  • Lake La Quinta
  • Lake Lagunita
  • Lake Lagunitas
  • Lake Leavitt
  • Lake Loveland
  • Lake Madrone
  • Lake Manix
  • Lake Manly
  • Lake Mathews
  • Lake McCloud
  • Lake McClure
  • Lake Mendocino
  • Lake Merced
  • Lake Merritt
  • Lake Ming
  • Lake Mission Viejo
  • Lake Mojave
  • Lake Murray
  • Lake Nacimiento
  • Lake Nacimiento
  • Lake Natoma
  • Lake of the Lone Indian
  • Lake of the Pines
  • Lake of the Woods
  • Lake Oroville
  • Lake Palmdale
  • Lake Perris
  • Lake Pillsbury
  • Lake Piru
  • Lake Poway
  • Lake Ralphine
  • Lake Ramona
  • Lake Sabrina
  • Lake San Antonio
  • Lake Shasta
  • Lake Shastina
  • Lake Sherwood
  • Lake Siskiyou
  • Lake Skinner
  • Lake Sonoma
  • Lake Spaulding
  • Lake Success
  • Lake Suttonfield
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Lake Temescal
  • Lake Tuendae
  • Lake Tulloch
  • Lake Van Arsdale
  • Lake Vernon
  • Lake Webb
  • Lake Wildwood
  • Lake Wishon
  • Lake Wohlford
  • Lake Yosemite
  • Lakemont Pines Lake
  • Lee Lake
  • Lewiston Lake
  • Lexington Reservoir
  • Lincoln Park Lake
  • Little Grass Valley Reservoir
  • Little River
  • Little Sur River
  • Little Truckee River
  • Little Walker River
  • Lloyd Lake
  • Loch Leven Lakes
  • Loch Lomond
  • Loon Lake
  • Lopez Lake
  • Los Angeles River
  • Los Vaqueros Reservoir
  • Lost Lake
  • Lost River
  • Lower Bear Reservoir
  • Lower Klamath Lake
  • Lower Otay Reservoir
  • Lucerne Lake
  • Lyons Reservoir
  • Mad River
  • Mailbu
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  • Malibu Lake
  • Malibu Reservoir
  • Mammoth Lake
  • Mammoth Pool Reservoir
  • Manhattan Beach
  • Manzanita Lake
  • Marina del Rey
  • Martha Lake
  • Martis Creek Lake
  • Mary Lake
  • Mattole River
  • May Lake
  • McCloud River
  • McCoy Flat Reservoir
  • McKay's Point Reservoir
  • Meiss Lake
  • Menifee Lakes
  • Merced River
  • Middle Fork South Platte River
  • Mill Creek
  • Miller/Knox Lagoon
  • Millerton Lake
  • Mills Lake
  • Minaret Lake
  • Miramar Reservoir
  • Mirror Lake
  • Mobile view
  • Modesto Reservoir
  • Mojave River
  • Mokelumne River
  • Mono Lake
  • Moon Lake
  • Morena Reservoir
  • Morris Reservoir
  • Mountain Meadows Reservoir
  • Mud Lake
  • Munz Lakes
  • Murphy Lake
  • Mystic Lake
  • Nacimiento River
  • Napa River
  • Naraghi Lake
  • Navarro River
  • Nelson Lake
  • New Bullards Bar Reservoir
  • New Hogan Lake
  • New Melones Lake
  • New River
  • New Spicer Meadow Reservoir
  • Newport Bay
  • Nicasio Reservoir
  • North Fork Feather River
  • North Lake
  • Noyo River
  • O'Neill Forebay
  • Olivenhain Reservoir
  • Oroville Lake
  • Ostrander Lake
  • Otay River
  • Owens Lake
  • Owens River
  • Pacheco Lake
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Pacoima Reservoir
  • Pajaro River
  • Pardee Reservoir
  • Peeler Lake
  • Petaluma Reservoir
  • Petaluma River
  • Phoenix Lake
  • Pierpont Bay
  • Pine Flat Lake
  • Pine Flat Reservoir
  • Pine Mountain Lake
  • Pinecrest Lake
  • Piru Creek
  • Pit 7 Reservoir
  • Pit River
  • Pit Six Reservoir
  • Playa del Rey
  • Point Potrero Pond
  • Ponderosa Lake
  • Prado Reservoir
  • Prosser Creek Reservoir
  • Puddingstone Lake
  • Puddingstone Reservoir
  • Putah Creek
  • Pyramid Lake
  • Quail Lake
  • Rae Lakes
  • Raker and Thomas Reservoirs
  • Rancho Seco Lake
  • Red Lake
  • Red Pass Lake
  • Redinger Lake
  • Redondo Beach
  • Rice Fork
  • Rio Hondo
  • Roberts Lake
  • Rodeo Lagoon
  • Rogers Dry Lake
  • Rollins Lake
  • Rosamond Lake
  • Rubicon River
  • Russian River
  • Ruth Reservoir
  • Sacramento River
  • Salinas River
  • Salmon River
  • Salt Spring Valley Reservoir
  • Salt Springs Reservoir
  • Salton Sea
  • San Andreas Lake
  • San Antonio Reservoir
  • San Antonio River
  • San Benito River
  • San Diego River
  • San Francisco Bay
  • San Gabriel Reservoir
  • San Gabriel River
  • San Gorgonio River
  • San Jacinto River
  • San Joaquin Reservoir
  • San Joaquin River
  • San Justo Reservoir
  • San Lorenzo River
  • San Luis Reservoir
  • San Luis Rey River
  • San Pablo Reservoir
  • San Vicente Reservoir
  • Santa Ana River
  • Santa Anita Reservoir
  • Santa Clara River
  • Santa Fe Reservoir
  • Santa Margarita Lake
  • Santa Margarita River
  • Santa Monica
  • Santa Rosa Creek Reservoir
  • Santa Ynez River
  • Sapphire Lake
  • Scott River
  • Scotts Flat Reservoir
  • Searles Lake
  • Searsville Lake
  • Sepulveda Flood Control Basin
  • Sespe Creek
  • Seven Oaks Reservoir
  • Shadow Lake
  • Shasta River
  • Shasta River
  • Shaver Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Silver Lake Reservoir
  • Silverwood Lake
  • Sisquoc River
  • Sky Lake
  • Slab Creek Reservoir
  • Sly Creek Reservoir
  • Sly Lake
  • Smith River
  • Snag Lake
  • Soda Lake
  • Spring Creek Reservoir
  • Spring Valley Lake
  • Square Lake
  • Squaw Lake
  • Stafford Lake
  • Stampede Reservoir
  • Stanford Lake
  • Stanislaus River
  • Stevens Creek Reservoir
  • Stone Canyon Reservoir
  • Stony Gorge Reservoir
  • Sugar Pine Reservoir
  • Sulphur Creek Reservoir
  • Summit Lake
  • Sunset Reservoir
  • Superior Lake
  • Susan River
  • Sweetwater Reservoir
  • Sweetwater River
  • Tenaya Lake
  • The Hideaway
  • Thermalito Afterbay
  • Thermalito Forebay
  • Thomas A. Edison Lake
  • Thousand Island Lake
  • Tijuana River
  • Timber Lake
  • Tinemaha Reservoir
  • Tioga Lake
  • Tolay Lake
  • Toluca Lake
  • Topaz Lake
  • Trinity Lake
  • Trinity Lake / Clair Eagle Lake
  • Trinity River
  • Truckee River
  • Tulare Lake
  • Tule Lake
  • Tule River
  • Tulloch Reservoir
  • Tuolumne River
  • Turlock Lake
  • Twain Harte Lake
  • Twin Lakes
  • Twitchell Reservoir
  • Union Valley Reservoir
  • Uvas Reservoir
  • Vail Lake
  • Van Duzen River
  • Vasona Reservoir
  • Venice Beach
  • Ventura River
  • Virginia Lakes
  • Vriginia Ranch Reservior
  • Waca Lake
  • Walker Creek
  • West Valley Reservoir
  • West Walker River
  • Westlake Lake
  • Whale Rock Reservoir
  • Whiskeytown Lake
  • Whitewater River
  • Whitfield Reservoir
  • Whittier Narrows Reservoir
  • Woods Lagoon
  • Woodward Reservoir
  • Wrights Lake
  • Yuba River

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