Laguna Beach Real Estate Blog

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

Oct 14

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One of the historic landmarks in Laguna Beach is a 1920's house that is commonly referred to as "The Ark" and is ideally located in the popular oceanfront community of Moss Point.  This is a classic example of Arts and Crafts architecture from the 1920's and was originally designed by Jean L. Egasee who built this unique home on the ocean's edge.  The house offers direct access to the sandy beach and features three bedrooms plus a separate guest house over the garage.  Modest in size with a total of 2,000 square feet that sits on a 8,476 square foot beachfront lot.  This is a brand new listing that just came on the market 2 days ago and is ideal for those who love historic properties as this property is eligible to be on the National Registry of Historic

Sep 30

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Emerald Bay is well known for being one of the best places to find ocean view properties in all of Laguna Beach, California.  The market for homes located on the oceanfront in Emerald Bay is also picking up with the recent pending sale at 168 Emerald Bay priced at $20,995,000.  There is a lot of history to the oceanfront market here that explains some of these price jumps.  First, 168 Emerald Bay has had a rich history of home sales over the year.  

Back in 2007, this magnificent oceanfront estate home that features 5,750 square feet of living space sold for a record $19,000,000.  This was truly a record price at the time and right before the market went down.  The owners of that property then sold the property in 2012 for $16,000,000 a record price at

Sep 10

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Allview Terrace gated community is located in the North Laguna area of Laguna Beach, California.  This is a very small neighborhood of approximately 34 homes located on a quiet cul-de-sac street at one of the highest points in the northern section of Laguna Beach.  The majority of these homes were built in the mid 1960's and 1970's and modest size beach homes.  Most of the properties will average 3,000 square feet of living space with homes located high on the hill offering views of the Pacific Ocean.  The community does have a formal association with rules and regulations as association dues are paid on a yearly basis and average $750.00.  Children attend schools located in the Laguna Beach unified school district which include El Morro elementary,

Aug 26

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Laguna Beach is truly a special place with many vintage cottages that date back to the early part of the century.  These homes are typically on the small size that can average under 1,000 square feet.  What they lack in size they make up for in local charm and quality old world craftsmanship. The large majority of these homes are located near the beach in a one to three block radius.  Some of the features that are often found in the cottages include vaulted ceilings, white picket fence, small front and back yards, outdoor decks and hardwood flooring.

One of the unique things that is currently is happening in the downtown Laguna Beach area is putting the utilities poles and wires underground.  This will be done on a street by street basis with

Aug 19

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One of the most anticipated oceanfront homes has finally come on the market for sale in the Montage neighborhood in Laguna Beach, California.  One of only 7 homes that sit directly on the ocean front with unobstructed views and a ultra premium location next to the 5 start Montage Resort & Spa.  This amazing 9,500 square foot home is located on two levels and is one of the most dramatic houses to ever come on the market.  Built in 2010, the five bedroom, six bath home with two half baths offers high end finishes like exotic woods and a floating staircase that makes a grand entrance.  The video below showcases these finishes and gives an overall view of the entire residence.

Some of the true wow factors of the home are the illuminated onyx which

Aug 12

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Laguna Beach bridge houses are very rare but can be found in several locations that included Oak Street in Laguna Beach, California.  What exactly is a bridge house?  A bridge house is a home that is connected by a bridge between the garage and the main entrance to the house.  The garages are located at street level and blend in with homes located on that street.  Behind the garage is a bridge that connects the street level garage to the main part of the house as pictured below.  At the top of Oak Street there are three bridge houses that are built this way and offer a unique way to gain entrance to the home.  These are also some of the most photographed homes in Laguna Beach for their unique architectural design and historic charm.

Laguna Beach Bridge House

Laguna Beach Bridge House Garage View

The most

Jul 8

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Laguna Beach has many oceanfront communities and areas to choose from but very few offer coastline views of the South Laguna Coastline like 31713 Seacliff offers.  The Seacliff street jets out into the ocean and offers five unique properties that have some of the best views to be found in Laguna Beach.  The property is the very first home on this cliff side that offers direct steps down to Toutava Beach which is very hard to find in Laguna Beach.  The property spans 3,300 square feet on multiple levels that all offer coastline ocean and white water views.  A total of 5 large bedrooms, 4.5 baths and a guest casita make this a very unique oceanfront offering with a huge Master suite with it's own private ocean view deck, fireplace and walk-in closet.  The