Discover this quiet California community along the Pacific Coast Highway, where the views are unobstructed and the simple life rules.
Photo: Chris Leschinsky
In fact, the town might as well have been plucked from another era. But it's living in vivid color, from a painted pink-and-white striped cottage to the vast expanses of golden grasslands. Around town, new development is a rarity, with much of the land protected by the state.
Homes are passed down through generations to some of the 1,000 year-round residents, while other locals have relocated here for the natural wonder, says resident and real estate broker Scott Adams. "And we're close to wine country," he adds, a definite draw for vino lovers who work—and play—in the rich inland and coastal vineyards nearby.
Pictured left: SIMI Winery's Goldfields Vineyard in Sonoma County