Everything about California's Bay Area exudes luxury. From the wealth of fine wineries in Napa Valley and overall cultural diversity to mesmerizing outdoor concerts and stellar museums, this area has it all. Even Mother Nature got the memo. Between the gorgeous views and year-round sunny skies, Bay Area residents know a thing or two about outdoor living.
Perhaps most striking about this locale is its neighborhoods of lavish homes. The Bay Area offers real estate simply incomparable to any other part of the country, and the market is poised for growth.
Just walking along the streets of Bay Area cities like Oakland and San Jose, one can see that the future of this locale is nothing short of opulent. According to The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco's median home prices are approaching $1 million, which has certain implications about the types of houses being built in The City by the Bay: They're big, glamorous and beautiful.
Of course, the area must have a certain level of attraction to be fit for such luxurious homes, and the Bay Area definitely lives up to its reputation. Beyond being situated in one of the most beautiful spots in the country, this part of California also has phenomenal job opportunities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the San Francisco area, Alameda County, Contra Costa County and San Mateo County all have unemployment rates below the national average.
Meanwhile, Joint Venture's 2016 Silicon Valley Index found that this locale produced 134,000 new jobs between 2014 and 2015. The major technological developments happening in the Bay Area are partly responsible for this employment boom. According to The Mercury News, the job scene has evolved with technology. Companies that once required hardware development gurus now seek those with experience in software, coding, social media and mobile communications. Those in this field earn higher than average salaries, and the Bay Area's hospitality and recreation services are more than ready to cater to these individuals, making the locale a perfect place to call home.
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Of course, viewing the homes is often more exciting than learning about why they were built. While nothing compares to the view while strolling the streets in the Bay Area, Business Insider did highlight some of the most pricey pads for online readers to look at. Just take a gander at this humble abode in Ross, California. The dwelling has a pool and pool house, a seven-car garage, two guest houses and a tennis court among its many features. It's priced at $15,995,000 and sits on just over 3 acres of land.
Homeowners with a love for all things lavish live at this house in Atherton, California. The pad is equipped with a guest house, heated loggia, pool and outdoor kitchen. When reconstructed in 2013, the space was loaded with high-tech amenities and is now priced at $18,888,000.
The list goes on with the most expensive home in Woodside, California, with a cool price of $39,980,000. The houses all showcase unique features, but there is one commonality among the luxurious abodes: an emphasis on outdoor living. From outdoor kitchens and pools to paved driveways and custom patios, these property owners value their yards.
This goes to show that even those who aren't living in multi-million dollar homes can get a taste of the high life by upgrading their outdoor spaces. Remember, it's not just the amenities themselves that make a difference - it's the overall look and feel of the yard. For instance, a perfectly positioned gazebo might serve as an ideal space to chat with friends over a glass of wine. However, if you're looking at brown patchy grass and a crumbling patio while sipping on your sauvignon blanc, that's hardly enjoyable. Invest in your quality of life by upgrading your outdoor living space.