Space is at a premium in our highly dense county, but these properties aren’t feeling the squeeze.
A beamed ceiling in the fireside family room is just one of many ornate touches in the renovated 1994 two-story home. Sitting on more than 5.5 acres, this traditional home has three bedroom suites, two half-baths, and cherry-wood flooring. Nedra Jenkins, 949-533-8141
Generously proportioned, this property includes a three-story home on 6.5 acres, plus two golf holes, putting greens, a tennis court, and a fireside pool and spa. Inside the 1992 home are seven bedrooms, nine baths, and a kitchen with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. Paul Daftarian, 714-865-5969
4445 San Antonio Road
4,400 square feet
This 1988, 4.32-acre property has horse stables, a chicken coop, an orchard, and a 1,280-square-foot RV garage topped by a 1,200-square-foot guest home. The primary residence has five bedrooms, three baths, and three more garage spaces. Carole Geronsin, 714-602-3557
Going native | With native California and Mediterranean plants, you’re not fighting the soil or the climate, so they require less maintenance over time. They also provide food for pollinators like bees and butterflies year-round.
Curbing runoff | Gardens need to act as sponges so that rainfall and irrigation runoff remain on-site instead of polluting our bays and beaches. This requires healthy soil, fresh organic mulch twice a year, and infiltration areas where runoff can accumulate and sink back down into the groundwater.
Achieving balance | Keep your high-water plants, such as roses, close to the house where they’re easier to care for. As you move away from the house, choose appropriately spaced, drought-tolerant native plants and trees that are more hands-off.