You set a certain budget for your house hunt—and you can’t go a penny over it. But what if you want to expand your search a wee bit beyond a specific neighborhood? We decided to play the comparison game by exploring what you can buy for a certain dollar value in various California neighborhoods in a new series we’re calling “Cali Comparables.” We’re going across the Golden State to give you an idea of how far your dollar goes in certain areas.

Last time we went north along the coast to explore Marin County and this week we’re traveling to the infamous O.C. We’ve set the budget at $1.5 million, let take a look at what that gets us.

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A masterful Jim Guthrie-designed residence in the prestigious Eagle Crest Estates community, the property rests on nearly 3 acres of orchards including 233 income-producing certified organic avocado trees, plus citrus and 35 pomegranate trees. Boasting details of classic beauty, the inviting home also features a saltwater pool and spa with stone detail and soothing waterfall as well as a large grassy area overlooking the orchards.

910 Eagle Crest Court
Riverside, CA 92605
$1,550,000

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Featured in Romantic Homes magazine, this exquisite European-inspired residence boasts over $600,000 in upgrades. Located on a tranquil single loaded cul-de-sac within the guard gated Coto de Caza neighborhood, the home impresses with its custom patio fireplace, trickling fountains, incredible chandeliers, designer paint, and dramatic entry.

20 Golden Poppy Drive
Coto De Caza, CA 92679
$1,425,000

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Tucked away at the top of a private street in upper Bluebird Canyon, this contemporary tri-level home has panoramic hillside and ocean views. Private patios surround as beautifully landscaped pathways wander to sitting areas and even a vegetable patch. Far enough from Downtown to escape the noise of the crowds, yet just a close jaunt to beach, experience prime coastal living.

1198 Jefferson Way
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
$1,439,000

Click here for other homes currently for sale in Orange County in the $1,400,000 to $1,600,000 range.

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