Laguna Beach Real Estate Blog

May 21

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Real Estate in Laguna Beach can be very expensive but there are still some neighborhoods where you can still find condos for sale under the $600,000 price point. A large majority of these properties can be found in the Laguna Village and South Laguna area where condos tend to be at a lower price point than other area of Laguna Beach.  A new listing has come on the market this week that provide one and two bedroom condos for sale under $600,000.  The unit is located in the popular Moss Point area which is great area near the beach where some of the oldest homes in Laguna Beach can be found.  240 Moss Street #11 is a small one bedroom condo that features 746 square feet of living space and offers views of the Pacific Ocean.  The location is really superb

May 14

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South Laguna has a nice selection of older historic properties that were built in the 1920's and 1930's.  Some of the oldest homes and neighborhoods exist in this area like the Three Arch Bay gated community that dates back to the early 1920's.  Other notable spots in South Laguna like Point Place offer coastline views that look directly below at Thousand Steps Beach.  As you can expect these historic properties were built in the most prime spots with many of these historic gems built on the ocean front and have commanding views of the Pacific Ocean like the famous Lighthouse house as pictured below.  

One of the most exciting new listings to come up is the historic Crawford Ranch home in South Laguna.  The home was built in 1927 and then featured in

May 7

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The Upper Bluebird Canyon area of Laguna Beach is located high on a hill that often offers wonderful ocean and sunset views from many of the homes located here.  Located on the south side of the Canyon from the Temple Hills area is what is commonly referred to as the Upper Bluebird Canyon area.  It gets it's name from the street Bluebird Canyon which starts just a couple blocks up the hill from Pacific Coast Highway and runs to almost the top of the hill.  The area tends to be more rural than other parts of Laguna Beach with historic properties that were built close to the turn of the century.  Homes do come on the market here and are normally priced in the mid $1.5 million range for a 2,000 square foot house with mountain and canyon views.  Ocean view

Apr 24

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One of the most famous and true landmark estate home has gone on the market for $75 million according to the Wall Street Journal.  The home is located in the upscale North Laguna area and features two points that span 74,052 square feet according to Realist Tax records.  The name "Twin Points" gets it's name from the two separate sections of land that stretch out into the Pacific Ocean.  The estate has been family owned since 1930 when the estate was purchased by the Contino family.  This is a true prize real estate offering and a one of a kind property.

Twin Points Estate In Laguna Beach, California

The listing is the highest priced listing in Laguna Beach and trumps the previous list price of a $65 million estate home located in the gated community of Irvine Cove in Laguna Beach.  Over the years

Apr 16

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Just several years ago buying a home in Laguna Beach could be done through various methods that included short sales, bank owned and foreclosure properties.  In the last two years the real estate market in Laguna Beach has improved significantly and days are almost gone for seeing any kind of distressed property for sale.  One of the few remaining methods for finding homes that need to sell is through a trust or trustee sale.  A trustee sale is basically when a property is being sold by a trust often times when an owner of a property passes away.  Properties that are set up in a trust are done for tax purposes and are sold by a trustee that has been appointment by the trust to be the authorized person to sell the home.  While these homes are not

Apr 8

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Laguna Beach is a unique town that has certain descriptions to describe various types of houses.  One of the local terms found here is the phrase "Laguna Beach Charmer."  In essence, this means a small cottage style home with that is often built in the 1920's and 30's that still retains a lot of the charm and personality of when it was first originally built.  This often includes original hardwood flooring, wood beam ceilings, charming patio and yards and a prime location in the downtown area of Laguna beach.

These homes can be rather small and often only feature only 500 square feet of living space with a single bedroom.  Real Estate prices for these charming homes can be relatively high compared to other beach towns in Orange County and currently

Apr 1

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A live auction of a California Cove home will be taking place on April 5th at 12pm with a starting bid at $650,000 for a three bedroom single family home in Laguna Beach!  The home offers three large bedrooms plus a bonus loft with two and a half bath with a total 1,665 square feet of living space.  The home is very light and bright with a lot of windows and wonderful vaulted ceilings in the living room.  A floor to ceiling fireplace accents these large windows with a nice spiral staircase leading to the second level of the home.  The Master bedroom is large and comes with it's own private deck.  There is also a nice courtyard area to the home.

The California Cove community is ideally located off the 73 freeway in Laguna Beach and is approximately 15

Mar 25

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Ultra Contemporary is often a phrase used for modern homes that are done to the extreme. Laguna Beach is truly the meca for contemporary style homes that range anywhere from soft contemporary to an ultra design.  Due to the natural topography of the hillside in Laguna Beach a large majority of these stunning architectural homes will have views of the  Pacific Ocean.  The sandy beach and gentle waves are a perfect backdrop for these properties that are located in one of the most prime locations in all of Southern California.

The price of real estate doesn't come cheap for these types of homes as land is very expensive in Laguna Beach.  The cost of building the home also has to be a consideration as construction costs tend to be very high in this area. 

Mar 18

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South Laguna is a great place to find properties located on the cliff side hills that are located next to the sandy beach and Pacific Ocean.   The community is a nice mixture of homes located in secure gated neighborhoods to private homes located along the cliff.  One of the most expensive communities to find these types of homes is the Three Arch Bay community.  This is one of the oldest gated communities in Laguna Beach and offers two separate gates with homes located on both the ocean side and on the hill side in the very southern point of Laguna.  Homes currently range up to $24,950,000 for a iconic lighthouse home that sits on the cliff and comes with it's own lighthouse and private pool that sits next to the sandy beach!  The home was built in 1929

Mar 4

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Laguna Beach is mainly filled with residential single family homes and condos but has a fair number of income properties that are mainly located in the downtown Laguna Village area.   Many of the buildings will offer ocean view units that can range anywhere from a small duplex property to a 13 unit condo complex.  There are several things to keep in mind when looking at income properties which are unique to Laguna Beach.

First, it's not all about the numbers when looking at real estate prices for income property.  Many real estate investors look at the numbers and then they should receive a cash flow base on a 10 to 20% down payment.  Things normally don't work that way here in Laguna Beach as the listing price has many factors which include the