Cali Comparables: What $3.5 Million Buys You in Orange County Right Now 

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 explored Los Angeles County. Now we’re headed about an hour south, where they have been setting wild new records for home sales and prices this year, and are zeroing in on Orange County. We have set the asking price at $3.5 million and slightly over/under. Let’s take a look:


Featuring brand new construction by the award-winning William Lyon homes, this prestigious Spanish Revival-inspired residence is an architectural masterpiece. With an A-List team of designers and architects, the open floor plan was thoughtfully crafted to encompass 4 bedrooms, a grand library, ultra-luxe glass walk-in wine cellar, spacious formal dining room for entertaining, and gourmet kitchen with designer finishes.

71 Bell Pasture Road, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694 | $3,500,000


Just beyond the electric gate and up the private drive lies a spectacular one-of-a-kind contemporary estate with fabulous Mediterranean flair. Sitting upon approximately 1.7 acres, the lavish estate is complete with large custom furnishings, extensive art collection, and marble, bronze, stone statues throughout. The grounds include an exquisite resort-style living area with pool, BBQ, and bar area plus an indoor pool, home theater room, and beautiful wine cellar.

20624 Mirkwood Run, Yorba Linda, CA 92886 | $3,799,999


This beautifully remodeled Dover Shores home offers amazing attention to detail and high quality workmanship throughout. Featuring the finest finishes, the kitchen, dining room, and living space all have panoramic folding doors which open up to the outdoor entertaining area and highlight the outstanding city and bay views. A custom, climate controlled 800 bottle wine wall is just an added bonus to this designer dream home.

1148 Santiago Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 | $3,595,000


Located on one of the largest lots in Huntington Harbor, sits this truly spectacular 4,500 square foot waterfront property. The entire 4 bedroom 5.5 bathroom residence has been completely remodeled including the 140 foot dock space. The large master suite has a balcony that overlooks the harbor—perfect for enjoying Southern California sunsets.

4002 Ondine Circle, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 | 3,339,999-$2,699,000