Wednesday, March 22, 2017

California Dreamin'

When I took my granddaughter to the tidepools a couple months ago, I took some photos at the top of the hill above Little Corona beach just as the sun was setting behind Catalina Island. It made me wonder... what would it be like to live in one of these beachfront homes? To be able to watch the sun set behind Catalina Island and drop into the Pacific Ocean every night? Wow, imagine the contributions I could make to Skywatch Friday! I wonder who lives in these incredible, and incredibly expensive, homes, what do they do, what's their story?? Do they even like photography?? Well, it's amazing (and downright scary) what you can find on the internet these days. A quick look on Zillow.com... this little 3-bedroom house on the right in the photo below last sold on 6/12/2015 for a cool $18,783,500. But with the price of real estate in Orange County going up quickly, the current "Zestimate" value is $20,864,000. The owners should be pleased. The value of their home has increased over two million dollars in less than two years! Dang, if I don't act fast, it's going to be out of my price range!!

OK, sorry for my sarcasm. Or maybe not. And to be honest, I did downplay the home just a bit. True, it's just 3 bedrooms, but it's 7 bathrooms and 7,117 square feet. That's a big house. Not sure that I would have any use for 7 bathrooms, however. That's a lot of toilets to scrub. But I guess if I could afford a $20 million home, I probably wouldn't be the one doing the scrubbing.
Another shot of the view from my "dream house"!
This is the rocky beach directly below the $20 million house. I wonder if there is some secret passage to get down to the beach? Maybe even an elevator??


There was a photographer and model taking advantage of the natural beauty of the area. Yet something else I could watch from the deck of my $20 million home! Like I said, California dreamin!!

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46 comments:

  1. Some kinda property tax on that place----! Beautiful pix as always.

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  2. Now that might just be a little out of my price range....but that's what dreaming is for! Excellent beach photos, though, and they didn't cost a thing!

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  3. Spectacular photos, regardless of the real estate!

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  4. Beautiful images. I would take time spent in the beauty of nature above a fancy and expensive home.

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  5. Your sunsets are beautiful.
    We can dream...

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  6. You capture excellent photos of a million dollar sunset. Including the tree in the second photo is a bonus to the scene.

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  7. Houses are a lot less expensive here in central Florida, but then you don't the kinds of views you've posted here. Gorgeous photos, and I do love your header. Thanks for stopping by Ocala & Central Florida Photos!

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  8. With your wonderful shots we can appreciate it perhaps more than the house holders!

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  9. Amazing shots! I love seeing the view from California. My son lives out there and I wonder how a young person ever gets a home and then when they do, they never have the thoughts of being able to pay it off! I looked forward to that day, the day my home became MINE. My son keeps wanting me to move there since I am retired but as a state of TN retiree I could never afford the rent, let alone a house note...esp on the beach! Thanks for sharing your photos.

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  10. These skies are amazing. Beautiful colors and shadows

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  11. What gorgeous views. I hope the home owners appreciate it as much as we do. I love the title because it sure is California Dreamin at its best.

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  12. fabulous views, however they can keep their 20 million dollar house, that's too fancy for me.

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  13. Those are beautiful photos and an amazing location. I would never move to California as the cost of living is far too high. I'll stick with our house and views of 14,110-foot-high Pikes Peak.

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  14. Your pictures are breathtaking.

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  15. I'm loving your photos, can't believe the price of real estate here, the more expensive ones here have views of the beach across the road and most of them don't go more than 5 million NZD if that.

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  16. Or you can go to the beach for free anad enjoy the same $20 million view!! Lots of money out there. I have a new plane spotting app on my ipad that tracks the flights of planes, even private planes, and I saw a Falcon 50 private jet inbound to Tulsa from Fort Lauderdale. Quick googling tells me that they go for a little less than $5 million. Amazing.

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  17. Woooow! That reminds me of those beautiful houses I passed by San Luis on my way to LA last 2015! It's so beautiful! And the skies are just amazing on your photos!

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  18. This is so awesome! Splendid photos!! and fun storytelling :-)

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  19. You're right about the cleaning and if labour is getting harder to source by the day ( all over the world not just in your part I might add) it would possibly be better to stay in a small little room that you can clean all by yourself in a pinch! But the view is something really worth paying for I suppose.....

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  20. Hello, it would be nice to live with this beautiful view. I do not need a big house maybe just 2 bathrooms. Gorgeous sky and lovely photos. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  21. In all the ways that matter, you are every bit as rich without the $20 million house because you got the most wonderful photos right there to share with us & time on the beach with your granddaughter! Can't over "zestimate" that. Loved the photos!

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  22. Beautyful shots as always and yes property prises are really getting out of hand but perhaps it is also a bit as the black tulip mania in the 16 century in Holland. Suddenly the bubble will collapse and leaving a trail of victoms.

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  23. Gorgeous sunset shots ~ nature's palette is free if you are able to see it ~ You are blessed ~ never mind the 20 million dollar house ~ 'Keep it simple, sweetie' is my motto ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a delightful weekend ~ ^_^

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  24. Beautiful sunset captures at the beach:) Beach front is most expensive. But there are still apartments 20 min. from the beach higher than anywhere else (except for New York), but under half a million:). 50K more than the apartment and you have a 3 bedroom house with an acre in North CA. But I do miss the beach terribly though! For now it's 3 1/2 hrs. in San Fran. Have a great weekend!

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  25. Peter, these are absolutely gorgeous photos! Yikes, that's one pricey piece of property! Real estate is expensive and location is what drives the price upward. I think the ocean is beautiful and I enjoy visiting when I have the opportunity, which is often, but my heart belongs in the mountains. :) The thing about California is you have both, so that's really nice. That's one thing I like about the north east, in particular Maine but the winters are horrible and I'd never consider living there. Vacationing in Maine is about the only thing I can commit to. I love how you captured the sun's star burst in your photos - fabulously beautiful job! You deserve a round of applauds! đź‘Źđź‘Ź Thanks for visiting and have an excellent weekend, my friend!

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  26. Oh, darn, I should have thought of a different career. I'll never afford that dream house. Maybe in my next life. But for now, what gorgeous sunset captures.

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  27. Wow - gorgeous photos! Wish I had an extra 20 mil laying around!

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  28. Wow - these shots are so gorgeous! No wonder real estate is so expensive...

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  29. Awesome captures! Well, I think the people living there are not happier than you and me. That's my comfort :) I've got a small cabin (mobile home) close to the beach of "Oddane Sand". It's small and simple, but the views and the sunsets are awesome! In one month the frost are gone and they turn on the water again, and I can finally unpack and put the stuff inside on the deck. Love to get ready for the season.

    Happy Saturday!

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  30. well, some people can afford to pay that price. But to be able to enjoy the sunset is still free of charge :)

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  31. Not every one who own such expensive homes have the eye to enjoy such a view, so I think the joy of watching the sunset for someone who loves is Nature is something that can never be quantified and therefore, think, you win in the end because you could always watch the awe-inspiring sight time and again without having to own that place. Just a thought, you know. As always, loved your post, Peter. Thank you for sharing these pics on Skywatch. :)

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  32. 7 bathrooms! I just need the one. :-)

    Great shots.

    Greetings from London.

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  33. Wunderwunderschön!

    Greetings, Maje

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  34. Wow, wow, and double wow! I already know the beauty of that area, and your photos of it are AMAZING!
    If I lived there, everyone would be instructed to use ONE bathroom only!

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  35. I suppose the house would be OK for a weekender - but I prefer more space!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  36. You make me laugh. I seriously do wonder why they'd need that many bathrooms with only 3 bedrooms. Even assuming 2 guest baths that's more bathrooms than people who live there. Probably. But I'm sure you wouldn't be cleaning them -- they'll have people for that. We boat by some nice homes (not that nice, but nice) here in SW Florida and there is never anybody home ... even on weekends, we never see anyone outside in their massive backards (or on their own private beach) .... we think they're probably busy working to support their lifestyle. We live in a trailer and don't have to work to do that ;>)

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  37. PS: The Zillow thing is kind of amazing and as you say kind of scary -- there's not much privacy these days.

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  38. Wow and Wow again! What a breath-taking sunset. Thank you for sharing

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