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Recent California property reviews

  • Summer Weekend

    "This is a great condo for the price. Very clean, great location. Owner was an absolute pleasure to work with and extremely helpful. I wouldn't hesitate to come for another stay."
    Guest: David D Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 1, 2014
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    "Was our first trip to this part of California. Took back way through the mountains from San Diego , beautiful , scenic drive did not take to long. We dropped down into Palm Desert ,then Rancho Mirage. It is a beautiful new city, my kids were excited to get out and cruise the mallls. First we wanted to check out the condo and unpack. It was so close and convenient to the shops and restaurants but it was in a very quiet gated community which seemed barely inhabited. Condo was cool , kids loved the bunk beds and tv set above them, master bedroom was great , huge bathroom in there. Kitchen and dining area was very new and clean. But i loved the living room, big sofas , huge tv ,nice and cool, home theatre, great kick back place. the Killer thing about living room was it looks right out onto the green of the golf coarse in which i frequently ventured onto! Wife and kids managed to find the swimming pool which is about 50 steps from the front porch.Usually they were the olny ones there, they had fun. bike riding was sort of cool to ,my girls had their first bike ride in a long time, golf cart was sweet for cruising to. beds were pretty comfortable and felt homey. what i lilked was evening golf practicing in front of the unit, coarse best in the mornings and evenings. WE HAD AN AWESOME TIME HANGING AROUND THE UNIT REALLY FELT AWAY FROM WORK! But also took TRAM AT PALM SPRINGS THAT WAS AWESOME. CLOSE SHOPPING AND THEATRES WERE CONVENIENT AND FUN. Also cool was the local swapmeet at the college across the road. WE WILL GO BACK FOR SURE COOL PLACE TO CHILL FROM THE DESERT HEAT, COACH DANO"
    Guest: CAOCH DANO Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 21, 2014
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  • Exceeded Our Expectations!

    "My husband and I rented this wonderful home and we enjoyed it so much, we stayed for an additional week! The home had everything we needed and was quiet, cozy, clean, perfectly maintained and beautifully remodeled. We really enjoyed the fenced backyard (great for our dog) with hot tub and deck which sits directly on the golf course. We also loved the rock fireplace, amazing views from every window and finished garage with ping pong table & Ms. Pacman! The golf course clubhouse and Safeway are just a short and beautiful walk away, and when you venture out, Stateline is in one direction and Tahoe City in the other...the best of both worlds! Agate Bay Realty is wonderful to work with, and we will certainly recommend them and this home to our family and friends. We truly enjoyed everything about the Hill House and will most definitely rent it again!"
    Guest: Brownie Date of Stay: October 2013 Review Submitted: November 18, 2013
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  • A Peaceful Retreat

    "We loved our weekend at the cabin! There is great hiking trails nearby and a good restaurant down the road. The bed was very comfortable and we got to bring our dog along. We sat on the patio and the temperature was nice and cool. I liked it much better than big bear or Idyllwild. Martin the owner called to see how our stay was going. The fireplace was super cozy!"
    Guest: Nadia Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 24, 2014
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California Travel Tips

Our country’s largest state by population, and third largest by area, is home to a wonderful diversity in cultures, climate and landscapes. Here are the top sites to see and things to do in California by region:

The Bay Area

The Bay Area is best known as a free-spirited locale that is home to the biggest tech giants in Silicon Valley, including Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft. It’s anchored by two major cities - San Jose to the south and hilly San Francisco, a major tourist destination on the north end. Here are the top things to do while you’re in the Bay Area:

- Visit the sites in San Francisco. You can’t miss the iconic Golden Gate Bridge - bike across it, walk or take an open-air tour bus to experience the massive bridge in all its glory. Visitors can also take a ferry and tour spooky Alcatraz Island. Other attractions include shopping on Fisherman’s Wharf, checking out the sea lions on Pier 39 and immersing yourself in science at The Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. If you’re traveling here in the summer, bring a jacket! SF can be blazing hot and then overcast and chilly within the same day as the famed fog rolls in.

- Head north across the Golden Gate to see the giant redwoods in Muir Woods and check out some excellent wineries in the charming Sonoma and Napa valleys.

- Visit the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium and nearby beaches San Carlos Beach Park and Pebble Beach.

- Be one with nature at Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevadas or climb the famous Half Dome and El Capitan mountains.

- Go skiing or participate in other adventure sports in Lake Tahoe, just north of Yosemite.

Southern California

SoCal, as it’s sometimes called, is one of the sunniest and most celeb-studded places in the country. There’s plenty to do and see in and around Los Angeles and San Diego, the two major cities in the area. Here are the top spots:

- If you’re traveling with kids around L.A., head to Disneyland in Anaheim - the only Disney Park built under the direction of The Man Behind the Magic himself. Or, check out Knotts Berry Farm, a perennial childhood favorite that first opened in 1940. There are roller coasters, kids’ rides, games and plenty of fun for everyone. Don’t miss dining at Mrs. Knott’s California Marketplace for the renowned fried chicken, biscuits and boysenberry pie.

- L.A. is also the epicenter of the entertainment industry. Check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame, take a tour of Universal Studios and hike in the area surrounding the Hollywood Sign.

- Catch a Lakers game or popular concert at the Staples Center

- Take a hike in the Joshua Tree National Park in the beautiful Mojave Desert.

- Southern California is also home to some excellent festivals: Coachella Music Fest in Coachella Valley, the annual L.A. County Fair and the Newport Beach Film Festival, not to mention the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. If you want to see some major celebrities, hang out in one of the cafes or restaurants on Rodeo Drive.

- If you’re traveling with kids in San Diego, Seaworld or the esteemed San Diego Zoo are excellent options, and Legoland in nearby Carlsbad will provide hours of fun.

- The valleys in central California are less-populated than the coastal areas, but one must-see is the Hearst Castle. It’s an ornate, palatial, 165-room home built for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and set among 127 acres of gardens in San Simeon, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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