Northern California Craftsman Enjoys A Scenic Backdrop In ‘Endurance Capital’

You may not even be aware that there’s a Northern California city known as the Endurance Capital of the World. Yes, Auburn, with its Gold Rush history and landmark status has been the site of decades of epic events, such as the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, the Tevis Cup 100-Mile Endurance Equestrian Ride and the Auburn Triathlon.

The former mining territory, once rich in gold, boasts natural wealth these days in the form of the Auburn State Regional Park with hiking, camping and whitewater rafting.

Stretching along two forks of the American River, the recreation area bumps up against the 62-home neighborhood of Montecelio. The exclusive community of large homes, developed starting in 1993, borders parkland and an elementary school.


Among custom homes currently for sale, there is a charming craftsman with a wraparound porch that extends along the entire front of the gray with white trim home. A porte cochere supported by stone columns leads to the five-car detached garage.

A covered walkway sheltered by stone columns leads off the back of the home to a stand-alone guesthouse, complete with a fireplace, kitchenette and full bathroom.

Boulders and a waterfall line one side of the freeform swimming pool. Ribbons of pathways mimic the undulating shape of the pool.

Hickory floors united the main level of the house, which includes a vaulted-ceiling family room with a fireplace, office, dining area with built-ins and butler’s pantry with a sink and beverage refrigerator.

The center-island kitchen is outfitted with Quartzite counters, high-end GE Monogram appliances, a farm sink and walk-in pantry.

Two primary suites on the main floor include such features as vaulted ceilings, fireplaces and French doors that open to the patio. Including the upstairs, there are a total of four bedrooms, five bathrooms and 3,794 square feet of living space.

Suburban-vibe Auburn is about 35 miles from Sacramento and 40 miles from Sacramento International Airport. Its downtown is full of restaurants, bars and boutiques, and parks are plentiful. The population, according to, is a mix of young professionals and retirees.

Michele Colombo of GUIDE Real Estate is the listing agent for 1820 Vista Del Lago in Auburn. The asking price is US $1.699 million.


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