With NFL football season starting this week, men and women all over California are readying themselves for another year of major sports fandom. Through the end of 2014, our Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays will be pretty much spoken for (resistance is futile when you love the game) because chances are, we’ll be glued to our flat screens, rooting the 49ers, the Raiders or the Chargers to what we hope is certain victory. As avid fans, we could watch the action on an iPhone screen and be okay with that—as long as we don’t miss a minute! But in the perfect football-watching scenario, we’d be surrounded by friends, sunk into an awesomely comfy chair with a massive HDTV in front of us and an Anchor Steam beer in hand. Sounds pretty ideal, doesn’t it?

Well, it’s not that difficult to create that reality. All you need is inspiration and a great space—and we have the inspiration right here! Take a look at five home spaces that knock the old “man cave” notion into a different ZIP code. These are the football-viewing retreats that welcome some rowdy team rooting, but still hold on to that quintessential California style.

Bonus: Yes, these football-viewing retreats are available—so if you’d like to view even more, just click through the address and photo of each property.

 1. 720 John Muir Rd
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
$6,500,000 USD


This gorgeous Mammoth property features a beautiful, fluid  interior, with a massive great room that flows into the sleek, open family room/media space. With the 6,858 square foot interior, this home is made for Sunday Night Football soirées. The fully steel-constructed home also includes 6 bedrooms, 5 baths and a fantastic 1,400 square foot deck (perfect for half time breaks!). Another major bonus for football-fan skiers: the home has a “ski in/ski out” design, so after an afternoon game, you can hop on direct access to The Bridges ski  run.

2. 3729 Ocean Boulevard
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
$34,999,000 USD

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This three-level seaside masterpiece puts a new face on Football night—a seriously luxurious one. With the ocean softly churning just outside towering walls of glass, this football-viewing oasis is downright dreamy. Spanning 7,000 square feet with three bedrooms and three baths, you could watch the entire season without every craving a change of scenery. The estate also includes  a chef’s kitchen, executive office, tequila tasting room, wine cellar, wet bar and exercise room. Can you imagine the celebration if a California team made it to the Super Bowl? Legendary fun.

3. 25163 Jim Bridger Road
Hidden Hills, CA 91302
$5,795,000 USD


With a sweeping 15,700 square-foot interior, this incredible Hidden Hills estate could just about host all of California’s football teams with room to spare. The extraordinary design features nine bedrooms, 12 full baths, a wine room, side-by-side kitchens, an oversized stone fireplace and—of course—a large media room complete with a wet bar, voluminous ceilings and—when you need a break from the football madness—open access to the expansive outdoor area.

4. 1260 E Mountain Dr
Montecito, CA 93108
$14,500,000 USD


Between the gorgeous home and breathtaking mountain and ocean vistas, “Las Casadas” estate might be the most majestic football-viewing setting imaginable. This expansive property includes five bedroom suites and eight and one-half baths, as well as fabulous amenities such as the home theater (football!), wine grotto, exercise room, large outdoor terrace, pool and spa and so much more. This is what we’d call the elegant playground of football watching.

5. 6727 Ritchurst Pl
Santa Rosa, CA
$3,695,000 USD


Set on a hilltop overlooking the Russian River Valley, this gorgeous, double-gated Santa Rosa home is fluid, open and a dream setting for football lovers, since each of the four bedrooms comes equipped with its own theater (as well as its own bath, library, office and temperature controlled wine cellar)—imagine the multi-team fandom that could happen under this spectacular roof! The property itself is just as impressive with more than five acres planted with organic certified Pinot Noir vines.

Do any of these media rooms fit your style? Tell us which one is your favorite!