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View Poll Results: Most prestigious place in California?
La Jolla 7 10.00%
Malibu 14 20.00%
Newport Beach 8 11.43%
Laguna Beach 8 11.43%
Monterey 2 2.86%
Beverly Hills 14 20.00%
San Francisco (Pacific Heights, Sea Cliff) 11 15.71%
Montecito 6 8.57%
Voters: 70. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-13-2011, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Once again, my usual answer to most of these polls, none of the above, applies here. If absolutely forced to make a choice, La Jolla or Monterey would be the luke warm pick. All of the choices are either in a huge metro area or close to one, the major drawback. Montecito is too close to LA and Monterey too close to the Bay Area. My absolute last choice would be San Francisco. Actual choice would be either a small city in the northern third of the state, or, out of California altogether. These choices would remain the same regardless of financial status.
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:56 AM
 
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Clear Lake.












(What?)

(Wouldn't take much to be considered "prestigious" there ... great opportunity for a van-dweller to be held in esteem by his peers)
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Old 10-13-2011, 10:26 AM
 
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Holmby Hills, Beverly Park, Bel Air are all lovely LA prestige communities. I always liked Brentwood and Pacific Palisades and some of the canyons. La Jolla and some of coastal Newport Beach have some very exclusive neighborhoods.

Can't speak to Northern California but some of the wine country would come to mind after all the big money SF and Silicon Valley areas. I remember Pacific Heights and St. Francis Wood were pretty nice along with homes along the 17 mile drive in Pebble Beach. And then, there's Big Sur.
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Holmby Hills, Beverly Park, Bel Air are all lovely LA prestige communities. I always liked Brentwood and Pacific Palisades and some of the canyons. La Jolla and some of coastal Newport Beach have some very exclusive neighborhoods.

Can't speak to Northern California but some of the wine country would come to mind after all the big money SF and Silicon Valley areas. I remember Pacific Heights and St. Francis Wood were pretty nice along with homes along the 17 mile drive in Pebble Beach. And then, there's Big Sur.
Yeah, Carmel Highlands and Big Sur have some of the most amazing homes with ocean views anywhere in the state. Sharon Stone had a house right near this spot. Imagine watching sunsets like this out your front window:




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Old 10-13-2011, 01:18 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Yountville is home to the French Laundry, got to count for something, right?
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:11 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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El Nido.
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:17 PM
 
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Malibu and Beverly Hills.
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:56 PM
 
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San Fran
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Old 11-05-2011, 04:12 PM
 
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One great metric would be price per square foot. In northern California, Palo Alto and Atherton are at around $800 per square foot. In Southern California, Montectio and Oprah is about $700 per square foot. The stars of Silicon Valley live in that Palo Alto / Atherton area, and the stars of Southern California live in Malibu. So, the winner would have to be Palo Alto.
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Old 11-05-2011, 06:49 PM
 
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One great metric would be price per square foot. In northern California, Palo Alto and Atherton are at around $800 per square foot. In Southern California, Montectio and Oprah is about $700 per square foot. The stars of Silicon Valley live in that Palo Alto / Atherton area, and the stars of Southern California live in Malibu. So, the winner would have to be Palo Alto.
Last I checked [couple year ago], the few remaining smallish bungalos in north Santa Monica were going for over $1000/sqft. SM is certainly nice, but surely not the "most" prestigous. I'd have to go with Montecito for utmost pretension ... ahem ... I mean prestige.
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