If you want to strike real estate gold, then you might have to make up a trip to Auburn — the historic gold rush town awash with plentiful outdoor recreation, thriving farms, charming vineyards and affordable houses on large plots of land that would make most California city folk green with envy. With a budget of about $1.2 million, we wondered, “How much house could we buy in or near Auburn?”

8529 Country Hills Ln | Cool, CA 95614 | $1,295,000

This haven is perfect for horseback riding, cycling, hiking, rafting, boating, camping, fishing, and wine enthusiasts. The stunning Tahoe-lodge inspired residence is located on 26 acres and spans 2,262 square feet with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and beautiful natural surroundings. The owners gave thoughtful attention to the equine build and the property offers quick access to hundreds of miles of Tevis/Western state trails. Boutique wineries abound in this growing wine region.

1535 Millertown Rd | Auburn, CA 95603 | $1,200,000

Spanning 14 acres with expansive views — this property is an Auburn stunner. This well-appointed single-story offers 3,870 square feet, four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, plus owned solar panels. The home is teeming with high-end upgrades, such as bamboo and slate tile flooring throughout, an impressive hearth, beamed vaulted ceilings — as well as a light and bright chef’s kitchen with center island, granite countertops, walk-in pantry, dining bar and eating area.  The master suite beckons with heated Cabot marble floors, a chromotherapy steam shower, double sinks, separate vanity, jetted tub and two walk-in closets. Other pluses include a whole house water filtration system, two water heaters, a security system. front courtyard with a fountain, solar heated pool, and spa plus three-car attached garage and ample parking area.