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Location: Stinson Beach, Calif.
The Skinny: Located on the shores of Bolinas Bay just an hour's drive up the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco, is the Cape Cod-style beach house of the No. 1 bestselling author alive today: romance novelist Danielle Steel. The four bedroom, 3,425-square-foot home is the modern definition of cozy—a surprise given the frightening/hilarious enormity of the hedge surrounding her other San Francisco house. Said decor—and the sculptures that surround the home—are part of an inclusive package which includes all the art, the furniture, and even the owner's beach cruisers. Inside there are two fireplaces for those chilly Northern California nights, plus skylights aplenty, and an open plan great room that looks out onto the Pacific. Outside there's a three-sided dining solarium with bay views, decks in the front and back yards, a hot tub, and two-thirds of an acre of beach dunes. For all that, it asks $8.995M.