12 Rare Gem Properties for Sale in California

Discover the rare gems of California’s real estate market with a collection of 12 exceptional properties currently for sale in the Golden State. From historic treasures to modern marvels, these listings showcase the captivating diversity and allure of California’s housing options, promising a blend of style, comfort, and the unique charm that defines the region.

Private & Secluded Redwood Paradise! | $1,250,000

201 Rain Tree Road, Crescent City, CA
Listing agent: Donna Zorn

This stunning home has been architecturally blessed with a cathedral ceiling, bringing the outdoors inside from every perspective! A connection with nature is the focus of this mountain home design, with outdoor living spaces to connect you. Close proximity to Jedediah Smith State Park & offering recreational opportunities abound


Size: 2,860 sf


Price: $1,250,000


Listing details: World class steelhead & salmon fishing, kayaking, rafting, swimming & hiking, this is the ideal location to live, work and play! 2009 home with 2860 sf of living space & over-sized, 850 sf 3-car garage, the amenities & quality of construction are abundant. The shop building is on a separate parcel & features 1748 sf & built in 2014 that includes a 396 sf space with kitchen and bath.


Contact: Donna Zorn, Ming Tree Real Estate, +1 707.951.0857

Breathtaking Beauty Of The Red Hills | $1,349,000

10550 Seigler Springs North Rd, Kelseyville, CA
Listing agent: Michelle Law Enlow

A unique opportunity to own your own private estate. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Red Hills Appellation from this stunning custom-built home situated on a privately gated 5.7-acre lot. Boasting newer construction, this residence offers both privacy and luxury in the coveted wine-growing region of Lake County. This home showcases a magnificent panoramic vineyard, Clear Lake, and mountain views from above


Size: 3,150 sf


Price: $1,349,000


Listing details: Impeccable craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail are evident throughout, including the use of high-quality materials such as 2×6 construction, an exquisite gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, gorgeous African Mahogany flooring, and soaring vaulted ceilings reaching 12 feet or more. All 4 bedrooms have direct access to the deck with breathtaking views and an attached bath. The 4th bedroom can be used as a Jr ADU with a private bath, wine refrigerator, and sink.


Contact: Michelle Law Enlow, Engel & Volkers, +1 707-486-8765

Historic Summer Vacation Lodge | $2,275,000

600 Martin St, Monterey, CA
Listing agent: Ben Beesley

Once the summer vacation lodge of President Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou Henry, this historic treasure is nestled in a woodland setting just blocks from vibrant old town Monterey. Stepping inside, you’ll immediately experience the grandeur of this home. Its original redwood interior evokes a sense of timeless beauty and authenticity, perfectly complementing the home’s Arts and Crafts architectural style.


Size: 4,579  sf


Price: $2,275,000


Listing details: The home features 3 stone fireplaces, large bedrooms and bathrooms, and a bonus room. The expansive deck, accessed from the dining room through French doors, is perfect for outdoor entertaining. A 600 sq ft studio with separate entrance, private patio, kitchen and bathroom can be used as a rental. Home is solidly built, and recent upgrades include: new roof, solar panels, exterior painting, augmented French drains, efficient water heater, historic wiring renovation, and more. Don’t miss this chance to own a stunning piece of history.


Contact: Ben Beesley, Keller Williams, +1 831.236.6876

Best View In Fresno | $2,400,000

3450 W Bluff Ave, Fresno, CA
Listing agent: Vicki Mathiesen



Size: 4,990 sf


Price: $2,400,000


Contact: Vicki Mathiesen, Guarantee Real Estate, +1 559-250-5111

2617 S Camino Real | $2,490,000

2617 S Camino Real, Palm Springs, CA
Listing agent: Marc Lange

An architectural masterpiece located in the coveted Indian Canyons neighborhood in S. Palm Springs. Built in 1964, this home optimizes the feel, look & vibe of what mid-century enthusiasts seek & desire. As you arrive at 2617 S. Camino Real you are greeted with a professionally desert landscaped front yard & the stunning crisp, clean mid-century lines of the home w/ the San Jacinto Mountains perfectly framed as the backdrop to this idealistic setting. As you enter the home, explosive views of the golf course & mountains greet you.


Size: ±2,431 sf


Price: $2,490,000


Listing details: Floor to ceiling walls of glass surround the great room & dining area providing expansive views of the pool, golf course and mountains which are separated by a dramatic Fire and Ice fireplace. A true gourmet kitchen, fully renovated w/ ample storage, quartz counters, Viking appliances, large center island & a wine frig is perfectly positioned for entertaining guests while preparing meals.


Contact: Marc Lange, Equity Union Real Estate, +1 760.834.5484

598 Ashton Park Lane | $2,999,000

598 Ashton Park Lane, Sacramento, CA
Listing agent: Carli Traverso

This timeless and elegant, thoughtfully designed, custom-home designed by a San Francisco architect with grand 2-story foyer, formal living and dining room with soaring ceilings and handsome woodwork and moldings, 3 fireplaces and much more. Gourmet kitchen, 2 dishwashers, instant hot water, 2 butlers/bar pantry, wine cellar, office/library, 4 bedrooms, 3 suites including master, extra office upstairs, but wait, there is so much more.


Size:  5,220 sf


Price: $2,999,000


Listing details: This almost acre lot at the end of this private gated lane with spectacular terraced gardens designed by Michael Glassman, Saltillo tile patios, outdoor kitchen, fireplace, pool, spa and waterfall. Feel like you are living in your own private park with gate to direct access to Ashton Park. Don’t miss this one.


Contact: Carli Traverso, Re/Max, +1 916.869.0040

3000 Sheep Ranch Road | $3,200,000

3000 Sheep Ranch Rd, Murphys, CA
Listing agent: Stacey Silva

Elegant country estate nestled in its own picturesque valley with meandering San Domingo creek, just 8 mins from Historic Downtown Murphys. Own a piece of history on these 40+acres with approx. 2600 acres of BLM bordering this property. Original 160 year old 40×40 pole barn & 160 year old blacksmith shop/office/mancave approx.1400sqft (fully insulated) w/2 roll up doors, 240 VAC subpanel, CAT 5 wiring (shop & house), surround sound with historic rock walled root/wine cellar below.


Size: 4,200  sf


Price: $3,200,000


Listing details: Three stories of farmhouse elegance honoring classic architecture with modern luxury, wraparound porch/deck with metal railings & stamped concrete walkways surrounding the home. Featuring 4 bedrooms plus 2 offices or 2 more bedrooms, beautiful hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, lighting on dimmers, 2 living areas, one of which could be formal dining room plus downstairs game/entertainment area.


Contact: Stacey Silva, Re/Max, +1 209-743-3172

Stunning Contemporary Farmhouse | $4,603,300

2515 School Street, Ballard, CA
Listing agent: Patty Murphy

The residence at Twin Owls is a stunning contemporary farmhouse with Craftsman details. Located in a privately gated and secluded enclave of Ballard and just steps away from the coveted Ballard School, this newly updated and completely turn-key estate overlooks ancient oaks and breathtaking mountain views. Lush California native landscaping flanks the home and a 60’ pool and is the perfect place to enjoy absolute serenity.


Size: 5,000 sf


Price: $4,603,300


Listing details: The spacious patio with its cozy fireplace, outdoor kitchenette and Lynx pizza oven is the heart of the patio entertainment area. The farmhouse is impeccably designed with soaring ceilings and spacious rooms bathed in natural light. The exceptional quality is apparent throughout the home featuring gorgeous Craftsman wood details and windows.


Contact: Patty Murphy, Sotheby’s International Real Estate, +1 805.680.8571

1011 Santa Ana Valley Rd | $4,900,000

1011 Santa Ana Valley Rd, Hollister, CA
Listing agent: Darin Del Curto

Amazing Views! This delightful 5 bed, 3 bath, 4,000 square foot home located in Hollister is ideal for your growing family. Enjoy the top schools associated with this fabulous home: TRES PINOS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, TRES PINOS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SAN BENITO HIGH SCHOOL. Enjoy the classic look of gleaming hardwood floors throughout this home. The pantry provides extra storage space that will allow you to keep your kitchen organized and tidy.


Size: 3,360 sf


Price: $4,900,000


Listing details: The kitchen features an attractive island that is ideal for entertaining. On those cold winter days, you can’t beat the coziness offered by the home’s charming fireplace. Make storage easy with the home’s built-in closet organization system. Enjoy your everyday meals in the eat-in kitchen. This home’s kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances, making meal preparation a pleasure. Tackle stains right away with convenient indoor laundry.


Contact: Darin Del Curto, DC Real Estate, +1 831-902-5454

4004 Via Laguna | $7,725,000

4004 Via Laguna, Santa Barbara, CA
Listing agent: Brad Merritt

Mid Century Modern reimagined for this Century. Stunning floor to ceiling glass with unobstructed views of the Santa Ynez mountains. 4 BR, 4.5 BTH home with impeccable attention to detail. Entertainers dream with large open spaces that bring the outdoors in.


Size: 5,137sf


Price: $7,725,000


Listing details: Enjoy the custom bar, in-ground salt water pool & built-in BBQ while immersing yourselves in all Hope Ranch has to offer with the private beach access, equestrian riding trails & tennis courts. La Cumbre Country Club is a short stroll away. This is truly a one of a kind opportunity for an architectural marvel with all the bells and whistles and nothing left to do but enjoy!


Contact: Brad Merritt, Coldwell Banker, +1 805.450.6522

Mediterranean Beauty | $9,999,999

920 Hot Springs Rd, Montecito, CA
Listing agent: D. Mark MacGillvray

Exciting new price! Located in a prime area of town, on one of Montecito’s finest streets, this chic and charming home is a private, secluded residence on three acres, allowing for expansion, or new guest quarters. Originally built at the site of a reservoir, the superbly crafted stone courtyard marries the past with the present. The home has been extensively and impeccably renovated and combines both Mediterranean and modern styles.


Size: 3,109  sf


Price: $9,999,999


Listing details: Flooded with an abundance of natural light with French doors from most rooms, the versatile floor plan offers two/three bedrooms, an office, a sitting room, living and dining areas, a kitchen and three bathrooms. The outside entertaining area features a pool, hot tub, a fireplace, multiple trellises and seating areas, all enclosed in gorgeous stone walls. Replete with a wine storage room, gated driveway, and a two-car garage. Take full advantage of Montecito’s famous indoor-outdoor living in this unique and desirable property.


Contact: D. Mark MacGillvray, Coldwell Banker, +1 805.886.7097

Captivating Contemporary Residence | Contact for pricing

1164 Camino Del Rio, Santa Barbara, CA
Listing agent: Alex Gallop

Perched atop a commanding hill in one of Santa Barbara’s most sought-after foothill neighborhoods, this captivating contemporary residence exudes a luxurious ambiance. An extensive multi-year renovation was completed in 2023 making this turnkey home almost entirely brand new. Boasting an open and spacious floor plan with vaulted ceilings, three bedrooms, a bonus room, and two and a half bathrooms, adorned with exquisite custom high-end touches and innovative storage solutions.


Size: 4,426 sf


Price: Contact for pricing


Listing details: This re-imagined modern haven resides at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac on a near half-acre lot with approx. 4,426 sq ft of living space. Located in the highly coveted Mountain View School district, blending convenience with serenity and awe-inspiring mountain vistas. Easy access to shopping, dining options, parks, and walking distance to scenic hiking trails.


Contact: Alex Gallop, Coldwell Banker, +1 805.451.1695

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