77. El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Median home price (2006): $672,335
Average property taxes (2006): $4,434
El Dorado Hills knows the golden rule in real estate: Location, Location, Location. Nestled in between the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe, the community enjoys the kind of geography that Californians dream of – close to skiing, the ocean, wineries and state parks. And with elevations ranging from 200 ft to over 10,800 ft, it’s no wonder that El Dorado County (which boasts a million acres of national forest land) lies in the most diversified recreational area in the state. -I.T.
One troubling thing is that if you look at media home prices for 2007, let’s just say they won’t be as high. Good thing we’re not moving!