They say California is always a good idea. We think it’s a great idea. There’s so much to do and see – amazing beaches, fantastic restaurants, some of the country’s best people-watching – that it can be hard to decide how to spend your time. Between Malibu, Beverly Hills, and Palm Springs, the Golden State is ripe with luxurious superhomes that can be yours for a few nights at a time. Bring the family or gather your friends – these California villas are downright dreamy.
Stone Manor, Malibu
An L-shaped estate with a story to tell. This garden home in Malibu is serene and glamorous, so much so that it is in constant demand for weddings. Stone Manor has hosted product launches, fashion shows, print ads, and commercials – it’s even been used by The Bachelorette and ESPN. A stay here includes the full Red Carpet treatment, making it an attractive destination for celebrities from all walks of life.
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On the Rocks, Palm Springs
On the Rocks – is that a reference to the villa’s mid-century modern Palm Springs architecture or to the layer of stones laid out at the top of your outdoor, poolside fire pit? Or is it just the way you’ll take your scotch, in memory of famous Palm Springs resident Frank Sinatra? Either way, Rocks is a reimagined version of its original 1959 Hugh Kaptur design, and every last detail has been done right, from an infinity pool with views of the valley to an outdoor movie projector for that old drive-in feel.
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Briarcrest, Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills sunsets are best enjoyed here. Briarcrest’s luxurious terrace comes with city and ocean views alike. With a barbecue, swimming pool, elliptical trainer (yes, outside), fire pit, dining table, flat-screen TV, and several lounge areas both sunny and shaded, you could spend your whole day out here. Your villa’s location is prime; Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive, and Santa Monica are all within reach, so people-watching (think surfer dudes, yoga aficionados and maybe even a celeb or two) will be top-notch.
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Villa Terra Nova, Sonoma
Hello, wine country! Just four miles from historic Sonoma, Terra Nova is a perfect vacation home for taking advantage of California’s premier wine-tasting county. Downtown Sonoma’s shops, restaurants, and cafes are a great place to start. Then head down the many tasting trails, a collection of world-class wineries (hundreds!) and iconic towns for wine-related activities and culinary experiences. After a day of indulging, you’ll be happy to be back at your quiet Sonoma home, ideally with a new favorite bottle of red to open and enjoy.
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Serra Retreat, Malibu
Talk about having it all. A waterslide that finishes into a massive backyard swimming pool complete with a diving board, a barbecue and wood-fired pizza oven in which to cook delicious al fresco dinners, a fire pit to warm up during cool evenings, a full-sized tennis court, access to Malibu hiking trails, and one of our favorite kitchens anywhere in Cali. All within an exclusive gated community just a few minutes from downtown Malibu. This home is California dreamin’, indeed.
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Villa Grande Bellezza, Beverly Hills
For your next family reunion, how about a palace in Beverly Hills? Sprawling enough for everyone to have their own space, but accommodating enough to bring everyone together, there’s really no reason not to. The villa’s very own home theater features a large movie screen with 12 comfy lounge chairs. But the best views are found outside, where from one of the balconies you can take in views of Benedict Canyon. Of course, you’ll want to explore your private wine cellar first. Once well-equipped, it’s time to drink in the sunset.
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Mt. Veeder Retreat, Napa
For the committed wine lovers among you, we present Mt. Veeder Retreat. This farmhouse-style luxury villa is literally situated on a private, fifty-five acre vineyard. From the elevated retreat you can look down upon the rest of the land, replete with plants and wild animals, and you can expect to see the occasional vineyard worker tending to the grapes. Plan to spend a long afternoon outside on the patio taking in panoramic views of the valley, and of course, sipping on a refreshing glass of homemade wine.
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Villa Sogno, Malibu
If you’re looking for classic Malibu beach views and blue skies for days, then you’ve found it here at Villa Sogno. With your own private estate on Zuma Beach, everyone in your party will be delighted with the home and surroundings. The kids will get a kick out of the triple-decker bunk beds, while the game room and fitness center keeps everyone occupied. The interiors are sleek, clean, and modern with an upmarket beach house feel, so you’ll be surrounded by calm vibes and ocean vistas at every turn.
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The View at Old Las Palmas, Palm Springs
Arriving at Old Las Palmas in the Palm Springs suburbs feels just coming home, only better. A backyard pool is flanked by a fire pit to cozy up next to in the evening, while the villa’s bold, retro-inspired living room is eye-poppingly chic. Upon touring the villa, take a moment to appreciate some of the walls’ pop art pieces and designs, including some design classics you may recognize. Groovy, baby.
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The Glass House, Malibu
People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, unless they’re skipping rocks in the ocean, because this Glass House is beachfront to the Pacific off the coast of Malibu. With a state-of-the-art, super modern design and with views for days, this new property does all it can to keep you enjoying the outdoors all day long. From massive glass walls to an alfresco shower and an outdoor sound system, you’re definitely living that beach life here.
Ready to live that Cali dream? Check out all of our California villas.