What’s in a view? When it comes to real estate, the answer is, “Everything.” Whether it’s an ocean view or a hilltop view, the panoramas glimpsed from the interior of a home have the power to transcend time or place. A view can inspire. A view can stir the senses. A view can make us feel as if we have escaped to another world entirely. Like a good piece of art or a captivating film, a view — especially an unobstructed view — can impact us in surprising ways.

In honor of the films being honored at this Sunday’s 2017 Golden Globes ceremony, we decided to pay tribute to the art of the view in the best way we know how: through juxtaposition. Does Southern California have the best views? Does Northern California have the best views? You may be biased towards one region or the other, but one thing is certain: these two gorgeous oceanfront properties from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offer a portrait of California living destined to keep two future homeowners thoroughly mesmerized for years to come. Let’s compare.


Malibu Bluff Beach House 



You always hear stories from homeowners who recount the moment they knew their house was “The One.” In this unique Malibu beach getaway, there are several rooms where that moment could occur. It could happen in the great room, with its custom wall of glass that opens up to over 1,500 square feet of oceanfront terrace. Or, perhaps in the charming master suite and separate on-suite guest room that lead to a private oceanfront deck with an outdoor shower and a soak tub. As one of very few Malibu beach homes built on a low bluff (as opposed to pilings), this rare residence allows you to enjoy the ocean without the worry or maintenance of the waves crashing under your house. Recently remodeled, the home is a showcase of effortless elegance, state-of-the-art conveniences, views from every room and striking finishes including roughen limestone floors, Italian marble and granite, a fireplace, stainless steel Viking appliances, a steam shower and a BBQ.

21110 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
$4,495,000 USD


Belvedere Isle Custom Home 



Sometimes it’s not just the view — but the moving picture that unfolds from that view. In this rare Belvedere Isle custom home, each room offers a new portrait, delighting the senses with white-capped water, changing skylines, beautiful sunsets and sunrises and sailboats drifting in and out of the Bay. The living room, touched with large picture windows, brings in natural light and fresh views at all hours of the day.  A seamless flow of living spaces to the lush gardens and a fabulous roof top deck stretching out to the Bay marry the indoors with the outdoors in magical form. Graced with many custom features, a lower level family room and a three-car garage with room for three more driveway parking spaces, this three-bedroom home offers an ideal combination of privacy and space.

290 Bayview Avenue
Belvedere, CA 94920
$3,650,000 USD


Which one of these rooms with a view should win an award for “Best View”? Tell us in the comments below!