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Photos of Homes in Mendocino, California

By January 8, 2010

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Many Mendocino homes date from the mid-19th century, making them rich with history and character, just like the rugged shores of this California village on the sea.

For those of you who don't know where Mendocino is located, it's a sleepy village about 150 miles north of San Francisco. It's not easy to get to, either, because there are no major thoroughfares into Mendocino. Driving Highway 1 is a roller-coaster ride; the road winds and has a lot of switchbacks. People like me who are prone to car sickness suffer a bit through those curves, climbs and descents. But it's worth every moment of queasiness to visit this magnificent town.

The village itself sits directly in front of the ocean, isolated from everything else around it. Its streets are wide and easily navigated on foot, which is how I came to photograph almost three dozen of Mendocino's most gorgeous real estate. My husband thought we would visit a few art galleries and have lunch. Instead, I dragged him from one home to the next so I could take pictures. He's a saint.

Although a few homes are available for sale around half a million, the bulk of properties sold in Mendocino fall within a range of $800,000 to $2 million, according to an agent at Mendo Realty. The most expensive sale in town was $5 million. If you're considering a second home along the coast, check out these photographs of Mendocino homes.

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At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, DRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

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