It’s a question that was posed to a few hundred Reddit users recently, who were invited to summarize each U.S. state in a single word. SF Gate gathered up the top 10 words for California—which ranged from pride-inducing (“Warm” and “Beaches”) to clichéd (“Hippie” and “Expensive”). Of course, California is a vast and diverse state, so it’s pretty much impossible to sum it up in one word—but it’s fun to think about, nonetheless. For example, if we had our choice, we’d add words like “Paradise, “Fun” and “Best” to the list (as in we’re the best state to live because we have the best weather, food, people).

Even so, we thought we’d get in on the word play by rounding up a few Cali properties currently listed by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and matching them up to our favorite descriptive words from SF Gate’s list.


“Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream? Everybody comes here; this is Hollywood, land of dreams. Some dreams come true, some don’t; but keep on dreamin’ – this is Hollywood. Always time to dream, so keep on dreamin’.” ~ Pretty Woman

Yes…Hollywood is the land of dreams…and some dreams come in the form of sweet pads—like this modern masterpiece hovering above the Sunset Strip. An entertainer’s paradise, the 6,800 square-foot abode has served as a retreat for some of the most discriminating celebrity clientele in the world. Ah…it’s fun to dream…

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There’s a welcome sign just outside Bolinas that tells you all you need to know about the quirky coastal hamlet: “Entering a socially acknowledged nature-loving town.” Some say Bolinas is a 1960s time capsule—an ode to a bohemian, almost utopian way of life, where free used clothes are left for the taking outside stores and tie-dye is still a pattern of choice. This classic farmhouse pretty much sums up all that the nature-loving people of Bolinas adore about their town. Remodeled by famous architect Robert Marquis, the 1,302 square-foot house has all of the fixings for an unpretentious lifestyle: a large redwood barn with workshop, level lawn, separate art studio and a sunny, private spot with an intimate view of Bolinas Lagoon, the hills above and San Francisco in the distance.



True—if you envision “sunny California” Santa Rosa may not be the first town you think of, but hear us out. On average, there are 256 sunny days per year in Santa Rosa. Plus, you’ve got the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country right at your fingertips and grapes need sun…so…

You also need sun if you’re going to lead the wine country lifestyle, like the one you’d be leading in this exclusive turnkey Palm Vista Estate set on almost 13 acres. Surrounded by palm trees with breathtaking panoramic views, the dreamy gated property reminds us of the great Mediterranean estates of the past. Plus, you’ve got an expansive terrace featuring an infinity edge pool, spa and fully equipped outdoor kitchen—all things you can enjoy under the California sun, of course.

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Emerald Bay is Orange County’s most coveted private beach and pretty much captures the vision that every non-Californian has ever had of Southern California. Its sun-kissed residents lounge and frolic along the golden sands of a dreamy crescent-shaped beach…as emerald-to-blue waters lap against the shores.  This 5,720 square-foot contemporary brings all of this Southern California beauty right to your door. Positioned on the prestigious peninsula above Emerald Bay, the house beams with awe-inspiring, sweeping views of that Pacific—that “Divine,” as writer Jack Kerouac called it. Indeed, divine is a perfect word for this magnificent oceanfront estate as well.



Ok, you got us here, Reddit. California not only has more billionaires than any other U.S. state, according to Forbes, but it also has more billionaires than every country except the U.S. and China. These 131 billionaires may or may not have set their real estate sights at one point or another on the 90210 ZIP code—which consistently has the highest number of residential sales over $10 —but we know this much: they’re the only ones who could afford Beverly Hills’ “Palazzo di Amore.” Considered to be one of the most expensive homes in the nation at $195 million, the 25-acreMediterranean-style villa estate is the epitome of California glamour and grandeur with 53,000 square feet, 12 bedrooms and 23 bathrooms across several buildings.


True. It doesn’t get anymore “tech” than Silicon Valley, the tech capital of the world. The title is no joke either—the Valley alone accounts for one-third of all of the venture capital investment in the United States. (Although don’t tell that to the guys at HBO, who do manage to poke fun of the tech promised land on the hit show “Silicon Valley.”) Companies like Apple, Facebook and a rush of startups continue to create jobs…but also multiple offers and higher prices if you’re looking for real estate. That’s why this newly listed Palo Alto charmer will no doubt sell fast. A quintessential Barron Park Craftsman, the home spans 2,404 square feet and has four bedrooms, three full baths, soaring ceilings and recessed lights—the perfect place to come home to after a long day at Google.

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Would you use another word to describe California that’s not on the list?  Tell us in the comments below!