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 series called “Cali Comparables.” We’re crisscrossing the Golden State to give you an idea of how far your dollar goes in certain areas.

This week, we decided to take a look one of California’s fastest growing counties: Placer County.  Anchored by the Sierra Nevada Mountains (home of the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley) and suburban havens such as Roseville, Auburn and Rocklin, the county combines abundant recreational opportunities with stunning natural beauty, a home affordability index of 43% and still-affordable median home prices in the $465,000, according to the California Association of REALTORS.  All of these factors continue to make Placer County a desirable location to live, work and play. So, if we were to set our home budget for approximately $1.5 million (plus or minus), how far will it take us in our quest for a prime piece of California real estate? Let’s find out.


1339 Shady Tree Lane | Meadow Vista, CA 95722 | $1,599,000

This exquisite French Country estate in Meadow Vista’s premier Winchester Country Club community is nothing short of impressive. The sprawling 5,000 square-foot residence boasts abundant custom design details and finishes with emphasis on high quality architecture with arches, hand hewn beams, exposed trusses, grand ceilings, custom furniture quality cabinetry, radiant heated floors, beautiful ironwork and chandeliers. Other pluses include a romantic master retreat, culinary dream kitchen and a peaceful outdoor living setting — ideal for entertaining in style.


7677 North Forbes Road | Lincoln, CA 95648 | $1,449,000

Another home executed in the French Country style, this 4,956 square-foot residence in Lincoln displays a contemporary flair in a peaceful setting located on more than 20 fully fenced acres only 10 minutes from town. The open split floor plan reveals 3-4 bedrooms, a large chef’s kitchen, unique high-end finishes inside and out, expansive covered patio, owned solar, a 2,500-square-foot fully equipped shop/barn, zoned irrigation system, a two-acre vineyard, orchard, auto garden beds, pasture, a pool-ready backyard and more. Designed for sustainable living with sophisticated systems, this estate is a must-see.


1421 Lodge View Drive | Meadow Vista, CA 95722 | $1,200,000

For $300,000 less, you may find this beautiful gem in Meadow Vista and its understated elegance to be an even greater value.  Resting in a supreme private setting, The exquisitely designed residence offers a great layout with 5,126 square feet and grand oversized rooms intended for comfortable main floor living. Appointed with three bedrooms and five baths, the home encompasses a gracious luxury master suite, gourmet kitchen and great room concept, large dining room with butler’s pantry, a huge second family room, five fireplaces and open/covered outdoor living areas for the ultimate in entertaining. Fine finishes can be found throughout, from the solid knotty Alder front door and clear Alder cabinetry to solid core interior doors, granite counter tops and generous use of Travertine.



Click here for other homes currently for sale in Placer County in the $1,200,000 to $1,600,000 range.

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