Once upon a time in a not-so-distant-California-past when the Governator did not yet exist and “bubbles” were still known as spheres of liquid enclosing air…. a cool $1 million (or so) would have bought you a pretty sweet home like this. Or this.

Thanks to a tight housing supply and heated demand in our state, we’ve officially entered the Golden Age of Golden State real estate, where that same $1 million will now buy you, in many areas, a modest home or sometimes nothing more than the dirt upon which to build your home. (Of course, this all depends on where you want to live and how much acreage you require). In some areas—like along the coast, you might even be looking at closer to $5 million, $10 million or even $25 million for a highly desirable swath of land.

These seven prime lots for sale from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage have come to represent the new California real estate reality—a new promised land, if you will. They offer the real estate version of the 4 Cs (for our purposes, we’re calling them the 4 Ss): sunshine, space, singularity, sights. Privacy? Check. Plenty of acreage? Check. Uniqueness? Check. Enviable views? Check and check.

See? You can still find your happily ever after in California. You just need to find that pot of gold first.


Los Angeles County

12535 Stoney Ln

The exclusive 24-hour guard-gated community of Mountaingate is one of Brentwood’s most sought-after addresses—and the reason why this 18,000 square-foot flat lot comes with the substantial price tag of $4,250,000.  You’re paying for the prestigious location, of course, but more importantly, you’re paying for sensational 180-degree city, mountain, golf course and ocean views. The site itself has also been currently improved with an impressive gated entry, underground utilities, motorcourt/driveway and lush landscaping including full grown specimen trees and gorgeous gardens.

Malibu County

30732 Broad Beach Ln

It probably comes as no surprise that Malibu’s largest available beachfront lot—about two acres of sandy beach with approximately 195 feet of beach frontage—comes at a premium. Just how high a premium? $25,000,000, to be exact. It is wide enough for an approximately 25,000 square-foot home. However, it is now subdivided into four 49-foot wide lots and is available as a whole package for $25,000,000. Or  the individual lots can be sold separately for $7,000,000 each. There is only so much coastline left to build on…this may be one of your last opportunities to build your dream home on the beach, near the new restaurants at the Trancas Center and Point Dume. Update: This exclusive Broad Beach property is now pending, which is simply a testament to how desirable this lot is.

Marin County


40 Wolfback Ridge Rd

We know this much is true:  there is no shortage of stunning vistas from Sausalito’s Wolfback Estates. However, this special $2,300,000 site rests on a little over a 1/2-acre promenade above the Golden Gate, offering one of the most breathtaking outlooks from the San Francisco Bay to the City’s skyline, Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. You’ll have Marin Headlands GGNRA at your doorstep…and one of the few opportunities to create a legacy in Wolfback Estates.

Monterey County

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31 Poppy Lane

Precious few golfers have not dreamed of building a custom home along one of the famed fairways of Pebble Beach at one time or another—it’s just one of those givens. This $1,200,000 one-acre homesite should satisfy that custom home craving to a tee. The frontage of Lot #11, as it is known, spans the length of the lake on the 10th hole of Poppy Hills Golf Course and offers wide, open views of several holes and Huckleberry Hill.

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33 Rancho San Carlos Rd

Eagle’s Knoll in Carmel Valley is easily one of the most exclusive communities in California. And this 34-acre breathtaking parcel offers you the opportunity to be a part of it. For $2,195,000, you can have 100-year-old oak trees that envelop a 3-acre building site, expansive views of William’s Canyon and the Pacific Ocean.

Sonoma County

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824 Shiloh Glen

“Dreamy” is a good word to describe this $1,699,000 9-acre parcel in Shiloh Estates, one of the premier gated communities located in the heart of California wine country and adjacent to Mayacama Golf Course. You can build your dream home on your very own perch, complete with six bedrooms, vested septic and of course—those views. It’s also just a hop and a skip from Healdsburg, and all of the region’s world class wineries and restaurants.


Penngrove, CA 94951

Another wine country gem with lovely views. You can build your own country estate or vineyard on an approximately 25-acre parcel nestled at the western base of Sonoma Mountain on Copeland Creek for $1,595,000—which sounds like a steal when you think about it. What’s more: you’ll have a nearly 6-acre producing Pinot and Chardonnay vineyard, plus the additional hard-to-find plantable acreage in the desirable Sonoma Coast AVA, Petaluma Gap area. Other pluses include an existing well and a seven bedroom approved septic design by Adobe Association.