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 with 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.

Petaluma. Riverside town. Egg basket of the world. The new farm-to-fork capital of Sonoma County. It’s easy to see why this once-sleepy wine country village is one of Northern California’s hidden real estate gems.  If you’re wondering what it would take to make a home purchase here, never fear. We found three unique properties at roughly the same price point — $1.2 million — to give you a better picture of how much house you get in Petaluma.

263 Cambridge Ln | Petaluma, CA 94952 | $1,199,000

Want privacy? This sprawling .59 acre property will give you your own piece of serenity, thanks to its picturesque setting in the desirable West Petaluma Victoria neighborhood. A sense of openness and space is a unifying theme for this gorgeous home that spans 3,232 square feet. This residence boasts tall ceilings and light-filled interiors, a flowing and open floor plan and five bedrooms – including an oversized master suite that opens to a loft that’s the perfect size for a billiards table.

279 Cambridge Ln | Petaluma, CA 94952 | 1,295,000

Also in West Petaluma’s Victoria Neighborhood, this artful 1999-built traditional offers five bedrooms, three baths and 3,505 square feet on a large .91 acre lot. Relax and spread out in the spacious interiors. An expansive private backyard with a patio, lawn areas, and a play structure make it ideal for both family living and large scale entertaining. A recently remodeled kitchen –featuring granite counters, island, and newer appliances – makes hosting parties, both large and small, easy. A rich array of details and stylish elements add character, such as the hardwood floors, slate entry, and plantation shutters.  A newer HVAC system, surround sound system and three-car garage add value to the home.  A location close to Helen Putnam Park makes it one of the most sought-after homes in Victoria.

439 Amber Way | Petaluma, CA 94952 | $1,295,000

If you’re looking for a rare single-level home, look no further than this custom Craftsman offering gorgeous vista views, a pool, patio, deck, and lush yard. Perfect for indoor/outdoor entertaining, the 3,232-square-foot residence features an oversized family room with wet bar and french doors to the backyard. The chef’s kitchen has an island, pot-rack and breakfast area, as well as a bar. A formal dining and living room/parlor allows for large gatherings. The spacious master suite feels like an oasis, and the large 4th bedroom could be used as an office. Other pluses include hardwood floors, three fireplaces, coffer ceilings, a three-car garage and guest parking.