This year’s baseball season has been a serious whirlwind of excitement and we’re finally getting down to the nitty gritty: who’s going to be in the playoffs? Well, that hasn’t been 100% determined yet, but three of our state teams (the Angels, Dodgers and Giants) have already cemented their spots. The A’s are still up in the air…but can you imagine if they get in there, too ? Now that would be some rivalry fun, for sure! But before we dive head first into the throes of competition, let’s look at the fabulous-ness of each team’s hometown—because behind every amazing California team is an amazing California city.
Yes, the Angels are now officially called the “L.A. Angels,” but they’re still based in Anaheim so let’s turn our attention to that amazing city. Of course when you think of Anaheim, the first thing that pops into your head is Disney with all of its magical attractions. But that’s not all the city offers. There’s a host of amazing restaurants like area favorite The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel’s exquisite Napa Rose and the Cali-French “hole in the wall” Bistro Bleu, as well as beautiful parks, and great shopping areas. The home below is currently available in the coveted Estates of Hidden Canyon neighborhood of Anaheim Hills. The 4,791 square foot home sits on 3.2 acres and features 5 bedroom, 3 baths, a gorgeous chef-style kitchen and sparkling pool.
2. Los Angeles
The Dodgers may have been born and bred in Brooklyn, but for 57 years, they’ve called L.A. home. Los Angeles itself spans—what feels like—continents but what most people think of when L.A. comes into conversation is glitz, glamour and movie stars. And yes, there are a lot of them running around Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Los Feliz and beyond. But there’s so much more, including incredible cultural opportunities, a ton of recreation, world-class shopping and some of the best dining anywhere with restaurants like Providence in Hollywood, Bazaar at the SLS Hotel and, right down the street from Dodger Stadium: The Park. L.A. also has some of the most beautiful homes on the market, including the gem below that’s only 6.3 miles from the stadium. This gorgeous multi-level Los Feliz home spans 2,584 square feet with three bedrooms, three baths and irresistible features that include hardwood floors, a sublime master suite and large master deck with spa.
Oakland—what a perfect location for a great baseball team (and you!)—next to Berkley, across the bay from San Francisco…that’s some good planning. But location is only the beginning. Oakland—with all its diversity and personality has plenty to offer, including tons of crafty vintage shops, plenty of recreational areas, bike trails and playgrounds, and restaurants—great restaurants like the legendary Bay Wolf Restaurant, the sushi favorite Geta Japanese and local treasure The Chop Bar. As for living, there are some gorgeous homes in Oakland, including this flowing, modern 4-bedroom/3.5 bath residential masterpiece. With stunning views of the Bay Bridge, San Francisco and the Golden Gate, this 4,604 square foot home features a wine cellar, art studio, gallery, chef’s kitchen and an indoor endless pool.
4. San Francisco
The Giants definitely have a home base that, for lack of a better term, completely rocks—that would be AT&T Park right by Pier 48…stellar location. San Francisco is basically a dream city for those who love culture, diversity, shopping, amazing food, free-thinkers and being at the forefront of environmental movements—not to mention it’s envious proximity to wine country. Yes, there’s a reason people leave their hearts here…it’s perfection. As for restaurants, the options are endless from the unpretentious and totally winning Nopa and cool-kitschy Foreign Cinema to legendary dim sum hotspot Yank Sing, you’ll never tire of eating. Ever. As for living in SF, take a look at this spectacular home. Yes, it’s a little bit of a trek from the stadium—but coming home to this beautiful estate would be worth it. The modern interior spans 6,700 square feet with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, a great room/kitchen combination, media/recreation room, spacious outdoor terrace, gym and 8-car motor court.
Which California baseball team is your favorite? Which team’s home base is your dream city? Let us know!