Lake County is named after Clear Lake, around which most Lake County real estate make their Sonoma County homes. The county seat of Lakeport sits on the western side of the lake, while Clearlake, the largest city in the region, is directly south of the lake. Communities in the area include Blue Lakes, Clearlake Oaks, Clearlake Park, Cobb, Finley, Glenhaven, Hidden Valley Lake, Kelseyville, Loch Lomond, Lower Lake, Lucerne, Middletown, Nice, Spring Valley, Upper Lake and Witter Springs.
Clear Lake is the largest natural body of water entirely in California, and offers all the advantages of lakeside living. From the spring to early fall, Clear Lake homes enjoy the warm weather and swimming, sailing, waterskiing and boating on the lake, while fishing remains popular throughout the year. Clear Lake is known as the Bass Capital of the West, and a number of fishing tournaments are held there every year. The Clear Lake basin attracts large quantities of waterfowl, making it an ideal area for nature enthusiasts.
Lake County properties run the gamut from posh vacation homes and sprawling mansions running along the water to more affordable single-family-style houses and a few apartments mixed in.