Golf is big business in California. Not just in terms of dollars (the club-and-ball sport has a $15 billion economic impact in the state), but also in terms of geography (there are over 1,140 courses scattered across the Golden State).

Sacramento, believe it or not, is the 5th most popular golfing destination in California and the most popular golfing destination in Northern California—only behind golfing giants Palm Desert, San Diego, La Quinta and Los Angeles. Back in April, the Sacramento Business Journal ranked 26 local golf courses with a U.S. Golf Association slope rating of 128 or higher (slope rating equals difficulty) in its annual “The List.” Winchester Country Club in Meadow Vista came in second on the 2015 list with a rating of 143. It’s little wonder: the 18-hole, 7,200 yard championship golf course resting at the base of the Sierra foothills is one of only seven courses in the entire world to be co-designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior and Junior. It has been named as one of “America’s Best Real Estate Golf Courses” twice by GolfWeek.

Naturally, luxury estate properties within the semi-private golf and residential community are highly sought-after and command top dollar. Custom homesites span from 1 to 6 acres, ranging from $200,000 to $1 million, and custom built homes are generally priced from $1 to 1.5 million. So when this lavishly appointed one-story home came on the market for $1,329,000, we couldn’t help but be inspired to write about it for our “Livable Luxury” spotlight. (Our “Livable Luxury” series is dedicated to the more affordable end of the luxury market. These properties offer the prestige and amenities today’s affluent buyers seek, yet are very much within reach.)

Set on a private 1.3 acre site and nestled perfectly with the natural surroundings, the custom Winchester residence offers 3,689 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and interiors primed for entertaining and casual living.



Tastefully designed with an open floor plan, the home is teeming with artful custom craftsmanship as seen in authentic materials such as Wisconsin limestone exterior, Hardie shingle siding, Extraordinaire gas fireplace, Euro cabinets, Thermador appliances, Loewen windows, Doug fir interior built-ins and doors. A blend of contemporary touches and indoor/outdoor connections that reflect the California spirit—such as expansive walls of glass and a pivot door—root the home firmly in “today.”


Listing agent Nanette Jones of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Folsom calls it a “must see.” And it is.


The location, and its promises of a golf course lifestyle, are also must-sees.  Set just two minutes from Interstate 80 and a short drive to the many shops and amenities of Auburn and Roseville, Winchester Country Club rests at the doorway to Lake Tahoe. There is the community’s 35,000-square foot clubhouse, which offers an onsite oasis, featuring lunch, full bar, fine dining, weekend brunch and special events, like the popular “Family Night” (parents enjoy a gourmet meal while kids watch a movie and have popcorn with sitters down the hall). A state-of-the-art fitness center, as well as a swim and tennis center (with junior Olympic-sized pool) and miles of wooded hiking and biking trails round out the superb lifestyle amenities at Winchester.  The quality of schools in nearby Meadow Vista, and a quiet, down-to-earth atmosphere balance the natural beauty and exclusive offerings found here.

Yes. We can agree. This exquisite estate is golf luxury at its finest. And it’s a steal.