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California Overview

Population 37 million
Capital Sacramento
Largest Cities Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno
Topography Beaches, lakes, forests
Climate Mediterranean
Time Zone Pacific Time/GMT -8
Lifestyles Arts and entertainment, beach, boating, city life, fishing, golf, mountains, professional sports, skiing, water sports
Important Annual Events January: Rose Parade, Pasadena. August: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Popular Real Estate Locations Lake TahoeLos Angeles, Mammoth Lakes, Monterey Peninsula/Pebble Beach, Palm Springs, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara


California State Capitol California is the third largest state in America. The state has cool mountains that are great for winter sports, luxurious beaches that are perfect for water activities, and exciting cities that are centers for world-renowned entertainment. There is always something to do in California.

Lake Tahoe sits on the border of California and Nevada. Boating and fishing are popular in summer, and skiing and other snow activities at Lake Tahoe’s many slopes are popular in winter.

Mammoth Lakes is another popular ski destination and has the longest ski season in North America in addition to fishing and hunting seasons.

San Francisco sits on the Pacific Coast and offers many cultural activities, vibrant city life, and plenty of opportunities for boating and golfing.

Monterey Peninsula and Pebble Beach are also on the Pacific Coast, south of San Francisco. Residents and visitors stay entertained year-round with trips to the beach, water sports, and golf.

Los Angeles is one of America’s most famous cities. Los Angeles residents and visitors enjoy more than 30 beaches, famous shopping areas including Rodeo Drive, and seven professional sports teams. Celebrity sightings are common.

The Palm Springs area has 100+ golf courses and is surrounded by four mountain ranges and beautiful scenery. It is a popular retirement community with unique “Desert Modern” architecture.

Santa Barbara is the site of 13 colleges and universities that provide artistic, athletic, and educational events to the community. Sea kayaking, surfing, and scuba diving are popular here.

Just north of the Mexican border is San Diego, known for great weather year-round. Here, you can explore the local beaches, learn to kite-surf or wakeboard, and explore La Jolla’s underwater eco-reserve and sea caves.

Real estate in California varies widely in size, style, and price range. California properties include million-dollar oceanfront homes, gated communities, condominiums, cottages, Spanish-style homes, golf course homes, and mountain houses. Easy access to so many lifestyles and types of topography makes houses here excellent real estate investments, whether they are primary residences, income-producing properties, or second homes.

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