We Hit the Road to Find 9 Spectacular Homes Along California’s Highway 1


Highway 1 homes

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Having your home on a highway isn’t usually a selling point. But California’s fabled Highway 1 isn’t a run-of-the-mill roadway.

The highway winds over 600 miles of scenic coastline, from Orange County in the south to Mendocino County in the north.

In addition to connecting coastal cities and their prized properties, the route provides access to beaches, parks, and protected areas. Tourists come from around the world to traverse it and locals angle to live near it. 

As we cruise through summer, we headed to the coast to find a selection of Highway 1 properties on the market right now. Purchase any of these prized oceanfront homes, and you’ll truly be living the California dream.

So hop into your convertible, crank up the tunes, and take a scenic drive on Highway 1 with a tour of nine beautiful homes for sale right now.

243 Highway 1, Carmel, CA

Price: $10.2 million High points: Located in a private cove, the eye-popping, custom-designed home was created by architect Wallace E. Cunningham. The gorgeous 2,667-square-foot space offers an open floor plan with abundant ocean views. Outdoor living space includes two stone staircases leading to the ocean.

Carmel, CA

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14409 S Highway 1, Manchester, CA

Price: $3,875,000 High points: The picturesque, renovated Victorian property was a bed-and-breakfast with an Italian restaurant. The farm-to-table dining experience at this remote Northern California outpost earned rave reviews. The inn’s chef, Luciano Zamboni, died in 2006, and the Zamboni family, who have owned the estate since 1990, have put the place on the market. The four-bedroom home sits on 92 acres.

Manchester, CA

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48310 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA

Price: $2,995,000 High points: With prime views of the ocean and the mountains, this 2,673-square-foot, three-bedroom craftsman sits on 5 acres. Enjoy outdoor living with a massive wood deck, a pool, and a hot tub. The property comes with a detached guesthouse, and it’s within walking distance to local hot spots.

Big Sur, CA

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34420 S Highway 1, The Sea Ranch, CA

Price: $3,395,000 High points: Developed in the 1960s, the Sea Ranch community was created with the idea that the unobtrusive homes would meld with the area’s natural beauty. Here’s a shining example. This four-bedroom oceanfront estate offers massive decks, outdoor lounge areas, and a pool. The indoor space features 15-foot ceilings, walls of glass, a media room, chef and butler kitchens, a fireplace, and a 600-square-foot guest cottage.

The Sea Ranch, CA

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26600 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA

Price: $1,495,000 High points: Enjoy 26 woodsy acres with no other homes in sight. This two-bedroom home with a flexible floor plan boasts ocean views, and ample shop and studio space. The eco-friendly, low-maintenance home was designed to merge with the environment and its serene surroundings.

Fort Bragg, CA

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5950 N Hwy 1 Hwy, Bodega Bay, CA

Price: $400,000 High points: Here’s your getaway beach cottage on the Sonoma Coast. Take in the front and back decks with ocean views. The living area and three bedrooms all face the Pacific Ocean. The home—which could be a great vacation getaway or rental—is located at Gleason Beach, which has suffered from erosion issues.

Bodega Bay, CA

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6028 N Highway 1, Little River, CA

Price: $2.2 million High points: This spectacular oceanfront home was designed by artist David Clayton. Built with reclaimed old-growth bridge timbers, it features a great room with exposed beams, walls of glass framing the ocean views, and a massive stone fireplace. The three-bedroom home sits on just under an acre of landscaped grounds. Seating areas dot the property’s winding pathways along with a huge oceanside patio.

Little River, CA

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