You set a certain budget for your house hunt—and you can’t go a penny over it. But what if you want to expand your search a wee bit beyond a specific neighborhood? We decided to play the comparison game by exploring what you can buy for a certain dollar value in various California neighborhoods in a new series we’re calling “Cali Comparables.” We’re going across the Golden State to give you an idea of how far your dollar goes in certain areas.

This week, we’re traveling north along the coast to Marin County, home to George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, the Muir Woods redwood forest and some of the most too-die-for real estate in California. With a healthy budget of $3.7 million, we’re wondering…how much house will it buy us right now? Let’s review:

La Cuesta

129 La Cuesta Drive | Greenbrae, CA 94904 |$3,650,000

This stunning and unique custom-built residence in Greenbrae is gated, and boasts fabulous Mt. Tam views. Four bedrooms in approximately 3,611 square feet offer plenty of space, while high quality finishes, indoor/outdoor living spaces and lushly landscaped grounds make it an address to proud of for years to come.  Another bonus? It’s also within easy commuting distance to San Francisco and only five minutes to the Larkspur Ferry.



9 Sky Road | Mill Valley, CA 94941 | $3,795,000

In Mill Valley, there’s this newly constructed gem spanning approximately 5,470 square feet. Where to begin? The estate is gated, with four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, grand scale foyer, chef’s kitchen, formal dining, formal living room, family room, breakfast room, master suite with two additional bedrooms on one floor. There’s also a large bonus room for media, office, studio or wine cellar. And to top it off, it offers Southern exposure with sweeping views of Richardson Bay and San Francisco. Done and done.



95 King Street | Mill Valley, CA 94941 | $3,895,000

Also in Mill Valley, this southwest-facing charmer has been sited on a generous one-acre lot, taking full advantage of its sunny orientation and wooded location in a naturally protected weather zone.  Thoughtfully and imaginatively designed, the circa 1910 home offers 5,120 square feet on multiple levels, five bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, sweeping patios and views stretching out to the forest below. While it has been remodeled and updated over its lifetime, it still retains all of its original charm and historic character. The final perk: the Village of downtown is just minutes away!


Which Marin County estate catches your eye? Let us know in the comments below. 

Click here for other homes currently for sale in Marin County in the $3,600,000 to $3,900,000 range.

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