Laguna Beach Real Estate Blog

Jun 8

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Laguna Beach is widely known for having very expensive land that causes homes to be located close to each other and built on small residential lots.  Many of these homes were built during the turn of the century as small vacation cottages from those who lived in the Los Angeles area.  It's not uncommon to find a 400 square foot home in the South Laguna area and commonly referred to as a "Laguna Beach Charmer" that typically features a small living room, kitchen, bathroom and a small bedroom.  Even with the small square footages these homes can be very expensive with the average medium price for a single family home starting at $600,000.

One of the most unusual tiny house that's currently on the market is located in the North Laguna area and situated

May 19

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Alta Laguna Park is located in the Top of the World neighborhood and is situated at one of the highest points in Laguna Beach.  The park is a great place to enjoy the sunny weather with six tennis courts, baseball field and sports court.  The park is open to the general public with many of the residents in the Top of the World using it due to it's close proximity.  Laguna Beach is well known for having neighborhoods that surround a park area.  The Arch Beach Heights neighborhood is also located at one of the highest points in Laguna Beach and offers a large park area that is a focal point of the neighborhood.  The gated community of Emerald Bay also features a large park area with multiple tennis courts, community pool and beach volleyball.  Real Estate

May 11

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Buying a home in Laguna Beach most of the time comes with owning a home on a small parcel on land.  Land in Southern California is very scarce and typically very expensive, especially in beach communities like Laguna Beach.  For those looking for larger pieces of land the idea of buying a home on a double lot may appeal to those who can afford it.  A double lot is basically two parcels of land in any particular neighborhood that have been combined but only have one house that occupies both lots.  Here is a brief description of the six double lot homes currently for sale in Laguna Beach.

One of the most popular spots to find these types of homes is in the Arch Beach Heights neighborhood.  Currently, there are 6 properties in this neighborhood that are

May 5

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Laguna Beach has a wide variety of housing offered for sale that includes residential income duplex properties.  These are very common in this beach town and often feature wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean.  In the last week there have been 3 new ocean view listings to come on the market that offer the ability to rent out one side of the property while living in the other side.  For many this makes more economical sense and helps pay the high monthly mortgage payment that many Laguna Beach properties will carry.  Here is a quick guide to these listings.

1249 Ocean Front is a luxury duplex property located on the ocean front.  The views don't get more dramatic than this with crashing waves directly below you while being located just a short distance

Apr 20

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The North Laguna area of Laguna Beach has many ocean front homes and neighborhoods to choose from. North Laguna has traditionally been a bid draw for residents who live here due to the large upscale homes that reside along the coastline. Some of the largest and most expensive neighborhoods are also located here which include Smithcliffs, Irvine Cove and Emerald Bay. When looking for an ocean front property it’s important to keep these things in mind.

First, do you want to live in a gated community? This is one of the first questions we ask clients when they start their real estate search in Laguna. If the answer is yes, then this narrows the search down tremendously since there are only a few gated communities that exist in Laguna Beach. In South

Mar 16

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Laguna Beach offers some of the most expensive real estate for sale in Southern California and owners who put their home on the market know that their home must be in good condition in order to get top dollar.  There will occasionally be opportunities in the Laguna Beach market for listings that need rehab renovation to them.  The kind of rehab needed will vary depending on the property but typically these are excellent properties for those who don't mind working on a project.  

A new ocean view listing has come on the market in the Temple Hills neighborhood and is being advertised as a rehab opportunity.  The property currently features 2,100 square feet but has plants and approvals from the city of Laguna Beach to add up a 450 square feet addition.

Mar 3

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The Upper Diamond area in Laguna Beach, California is perched at one of the highest points in the entire city and offers spectacular panoramic ocean views.  This is also one of the best areas to find large and newer constructed estate homes built in the Mediterranean, Contemporary and Traditional architectural styles.  For those who have driven on Diamond street have experienced a discontinuance of the road that connects the lower & upper Diamond streets.  This has been this way for many years and the city has no plans to connect the street in this small parcel of land.  The upper section of Diamond is where some of the most beautiful homes can be found as well as many lots for sale.  Land prices will typically start in the low $700,000 range and offer

Jan 20

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Laguna Beach is home to a wide variety of condos that range from ocean front to panoramic ocean views. For the most part, most of these condos are not on lease land which means the land from which the condos are located under are shared in ownership. There are a few exceptions, like the condos located at the Aliso Laguna complex located on Ocean Vista Drive in Laguna Beach. The complex was built in the mid 1960’s with the land being leased to all the current owners of the building. A lease land situation can be risky since when the lease is due the land can be sold. There are two ways in which the land fee is paid.

First, the most traditional method of paying a lease land would be paying a fixed amount every month just like a normal lease. This would

Dec 23

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Laguna Beach saw some record sales in 2015 with some large estate homes selling in some of the most expensive gated neighborhoods.  The highest sale actually happened outside of a gated neighborhood this year and was a custom 10,000 square foot home South Laguna that sold for the highest amount in 2015.  Below is a quick guide to the most expensive homes sold in Laguna Beach for the calendar year of 2015.

First, the highest sale goes to the property located at 2475 S. Coast Highway which sold for $17,500,000 on 11/20/2015.  This property had been on the market for several years but finally got the homes sold due to some aggressive pricing.  Originally listed at $21,900,000, the 10,000 square foot home that sat on an approximate 1 Acre of land dropped

Nov 18

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The Emerald Terrace neighborhood is filled with many contemporary home that over look the Pacific Ocean and offer stunning Catalina Island and sunset views.  The location is really ideal as it's situated in the upscale North Laguna area that is well regarded as one of the most desirable sections of town to live.  Because of this it is also features some of the most expensive homes for sale with top gated communities like Irvine Cove and Emerald Bay where homes listed over $20 million dollars is not uncommon.  The Emerald Terrace neighborhood dates back to the 1950's and early 60's when many of these houses were built.  During this period many considered these beach vacation properties and were often residents from the greater Los Angeles area.  Over the