Leonardo da Vinci said: “Water is the driving force of all nature.” It’s also the driving force in luxury real estate. Last year’s Luxury Market Index by Coldwell Banker Previews International® found it to be true: nearly 70% of the markets indexed in the top 25 were located near a body of water—whether it be by ocean, lake or river.  “This tells us that luxury consumers tend to seek out properties in prime locations where they can enjoy water views,” said Ginette Wright, vice president of luxury marketing for Previews®/NRT at the time. Water means serenity. Water means prestige. Water means higher real estate value. It’s especially true in California, where virtually every kind of waterfront abode can be found. From lush lakeside layouts and bayside beauties to oceanside oases and floating fortresses, these five properties currently listed on www.californiamoves.com are making a splash in their marketplaces right now.

Harbor Home

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804 South Bay Front
Newport Beach, CA 92662

Besides the fact that John Lautner’s “Rawlins House” is one of the most distinguishable landmark residences of Balboa Island, it’s also teeming with bay views. Large sliding glass doors create zero-transition indoor/outdoor living—and plenty of opportunity to watch boats cruise through the harbor.

Lake Living

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522 Hidden Lake Court
Olympic Valley, CA 96146

Nestled in the pines and situated on a natural spring lake, this Lake Tahoe-area gem was built by local craftsmen and artisans in the exclusive enclave of Hidden Lake. There is nothing more peaceful than waking up to the sun rising above a mountain lake…

An Entire Marina

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60 Varda Landing Road
Sausalito, CA 94965

Here is what you can look forward to in BayHaven Harbor in Sausalito: a modern 2008 cottage, world-class views of the city skyline across the bay, six floating home slips, a spacious 2-unit barge, waterfront access and development potential.

Bay Beauty

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1405 Sandpiper Spit
Point Richmond, CA 94801

This magical spot in Richmond boasts the best of both worlds: sunsets over Mt. Tam and the water and sunrises over the bay and San Francisco skyline. It also offers a private boat dock.

California Coastline

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168 Emerald Bay
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

This magnificent oceanfront estate (also the featured photo) invites you to savor boundless views stretching down the alluring California coastline and extending beyond Catalina Island…what more could you want?