California Homes Designed for Indoor-Outdoor Living

California’s comfortable temperatures and incredible vistas make opening up the dining room, living room or kitchen area to terraces and open-air spaces a perfect option for bringing the outdoors in. From a contemporary residence in Santa Barbara to a sleek beachside Malibu home, these properties showcase the best aspects of living on the Gold Coast.

1 of 6 | A Contemporary Residence in Carpinteria

1 of 6 | A Contemporary Residence in Carpinteria


This 40+/- acre estate is hidden in the Santa Ynez mountains and surrounded by Toro Canyon park, making it a beautifully secluded escape from the hustle and bustle of Montecito and Santa Barbara. Step inside the main dwelling to the kitchen of modern glass walls, walnut floors and exquisite cabinetry. Walk through the rest of the home and notice how vivaciously the spaciousness, light form and texture complement the contemporary design from room to room. Outside you'll find a 2-bedroom guest house and multi-room cabana that was designed by award-winning architect Andy Neumann.

$24,000,000 | Carpinteria, CA 93013 | View Listing

2 of 6 | A Modern Masterpiece in Los Altos Hills

2 of 6 | A Modern Masterpiece in Los Altos Hills


This extravagant 10,700 square foot home is anything but modest. Architect Robert Swatt of the renowned Swatt-Miers Architects designed this modern masterpiece to take advantage of the stunning views while offering a unique living experience out of fine line design for lush living. Walk into the residence and gaze up the 24 foot ceilings to the jaw-dropping smooth walnut wood entryway. The main floor opens up to an outdoor kitchen and seating area, bringing the rooms together with obscure interior and exterior lines. Make your way to the coup de Theatre, which showcases the utmost beautiful views of the canyon, the metropolis and San Francisco bay. An infinity pool defines the backyard, built perfectly for wowing and entertaining your guests.

$18,000,000 | 10718 Mora Dr, Los Altos Hills, CA 94024 | View Listing

3 of 6 | A Beachside Daydream in Malibu

3 of 6 | A Beachside Daydream in Malibu


Only the finest materials have been used to construct this sleek and modern Malibu home with the most glorious oceanside view. Heated limestone and porcelain wood tile floors complement the quartzite Taj Mahal countertops and custom cabinetry in the kitchen, stocked with Thermador, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. All four bedrooms are complete with walk-in closets and en-suite bathrooms, and the master bedroom suite makes for pure luxurious living. Not only does it have a large deck and double outdoor fireplace, it also includes a grill and kitchen area, plus a connection to the main kitchen below. Furthermore, you can enjoy direct access to Latigo Shore beach for a walk to gaze at the sunset.

$16,250,000 | 26524 Latigo Shore Dr., Malibu, CA 90265 | View Listing

4 of 6 | A Classic Modernist Nest in Sonoma

4 of 6 | A Classic Modernist Nest in Sonoma


Step inside this 5,000+ square foot home located on nearly 20 private acres of oak-studded land, with gorgeous views of Mt. Diablo and San Pablo Bay. This space was originally designed as a noted architect's private family retreat, which is hinted before you even walk through the door. Beyond its modern designed four bedrooms, four full and one partial bathrooms, you'll walk into the backyard to find a beautifully landscaped pool area that divides the home between the spacious 840 square foot guest house.

$7,200,000 | 5340 Grove St, Sonoma, CA 95476 | View Listing

5 of 6 | A Contemporary Ranch in Carmel

5 of 6 | A Contemporary Ranch in Carmel


For those looking for a more comforting, rustic estate, this contemporary ranch in Carmel may be the spot for you. It's a private property located on 11 acres with beautiful views of the valley and the ocean. In its main house, you'll find four large bedrooms, plus ample room in the living room, kitchen and outdoor dining area to entertain both inside and out. The dwelling includes an artist studio, barn with equestrian facilities, seven garages, and outdoor kitchen, four fireplaces, a sauna and more. Additionally, there's a guesthouse on site, offering two full bedrooms and two baths. This charming estate can offer the perfect opportunity to invite guests over, and can equally stand as your own prestigious private getaway.

$5,950,000 | 5493 Oak Trail, Carmel, CA 93923 | View Listing

6 of 6 | A Peaceful Retreat in the Pacific Palisades

6 of 6 | A Peaceful Retreat in the Pacific Palisades


Close your eyes and picture this: Breathtaking views and scents of the ocean paired with pure luxurious relaxation from the comfort of your own living room. Open your eyes and you've made it to the beautiful zen retreat in the Pacific Palisades. This home is Platinum LEED certified, making it one of the highest-rated homes in green build technologies. The design complements luxury and sustainability, using precise lines, white interior, LED lighting, recycled glass and bio-lime plaster. This spot makes the perfect estate for anyone who's looking for a lavish and healthy living home.

$5,395,000 | 17876 Vicino Way, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 | View Listing