Laguna Beach Real Estate Blog

Apr 17

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Living in Laguna Beach gets you accustomed to many architectural styles that include Mediterranean, Spanish and lots of Contemporary homes.  One of the few architectural styles you don't commonly see is a home built in a Farmhouse style.  A new listing has come on the market in the Smithcliffs gated community in Laguna Beach and is described as being built in the French Farmhouse architectural style.  I have to admit I have never heard of a French Farmhouse architecture before but after doing some research I learned that it derives inspiration from the French Country style which offers a relaxed but elegant style with vaulted ceilings and top of the line finishes.  Often the walls and valued ceilings are painted white to make the space feel even bigger.

Mar 7

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When Real Estate agents take a listing it is usually for a 6 or 12 month period.  Of course, this can be any length of time that the owner wants as we have seen it as short as one month when the owner really wants to get it sold right away.  After this set amount of time when the property does not sell it goes off the market and is considered an "expired listing."  Be prepared when this happens as dozens of real estate agents who's sole job is to call on expired listings will start calling you non-stop the morning after the home expires.  

These agents make a living trying to convince owners why their home didn't sell and to use them the next time around.  What most seller's don't realize is that these types of agents have very good phone skills but

Feb 7

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The Laguna Lido has recently updated their pet policy when it comes to those who are planning to rent a condo in the complex.  This includes those looking to do a long term lease and those looking for vacation rentals as well.  According to several owners in the building the policy does not effect owners who live there as they are still allowed to have pets.  The rule takes aim at those looking to rent at the Laguna Lido as renters are not allowed to have pets.  We recently had some clients who were looking to rent the property for one month in the summer time and were told by multiple owners that the new policy does not allow for them to have pets, only for the owners.

Located on the oceanfront, the Laguna Lido is widely considered one of the top

Jan 9

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Laguna Beach has a wide variety of homes from oceanfront mansions to modern ocean view homes.  While the large majority of homes are located near the beach there are also some homes located in a canyon setting outside of town.  The Canyon Acres community is one such neighborhood that embodies the life of country living while still being located within an easy 10 to 15 minutes to the beach depending on traffic.  Homes were first built here starting in 1926 when a small 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage was built here.  Soon after that in the following 10 years several more 2 bedroom beach cottages were built that often featured around 1,000 square feet of living space.  Over the years, especially in the 1950's and 60's is when you started to see the development of

Dec 10

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Buying a lot and building your own custom home is a dream for many who want to put their own stamp on where they live.  With the high real estate prices in Laguna Beach it sometimes does make financial sense to buy a lot and build your dream home.  Like many coastal cities in Southern California the process of designing and preparing to build the home can take the most time and energy.  This is especially true for the city of Laguna Beach which has some of the toughest planning rules and regulations that must be followed before getting the final approval.  There are many rules that are unique to Laguna Beach which makes it tough for outsiders to quickly build a home.  First, there is view protection which allows surrounding neighbors to petition if they

Nov 7

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What a record year for home sales in Laguna Beach this year.  With a strong economy and comes record sales for ocean front properties with 3 home sales over $30 million dollars this year.  The 3 sales occurred in the communities of Irvine Cove and Victoria Beach.  The three properties are not new to the market as they have been on the market at previous times but what makes this unique is that all 3 homes sold in the same calendar year for record prices, all with commanding ocean front views.  2018 was a great year for real estate in Laguna Beach and here is a quick recap of the most expensive homes sold in Laguna Beach.

Two of the three sales occurred in the Irvine Cove community.  First, 2471 Riviera Drive sold for $35,820,000 after being on the

Oct 9

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Finding a home under $700,000 in Laguna Beach can be tricky but it's still possible in certain neighborhoods.  The Terraces community in Laguna Beach is the first place we always recommend to look when someone wants to find a home in this price range.  Technically located in Laguna Beach but really more like being in the city of Aliso Viejo is a community situated near the 73 freeway off the Laguna Canyon road.  Living her gets you a Laguna Beach address which is very valuable for many as children get to attend schools in the Laguna Beach school district.  It's still a bit of a commute everyday to the downtown area of Laguna Beach so if you are looking for something in the heart of the city then the Terraces may not be the right community for you.  A lot

Sep 10

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The Laguna Ocean View condo complex offers buyers a unique opportunity to buy condos that are within walking distance to the beach and can offer beautiful ocean views.  In the last couple of years 5 condos have sold in this complex ranging from $630,000 for a two bedroom, one bath condo to $1,390,000 for a three bedroom, two and a half bath condo.  Upon reviewing the listings in this community it came across our attention that this community is under a land lease that was reported that the "Land Lease runs until March 31, 2058."  Another listing goes on to say that the "Land lease amount of $22 is included in monthly HOA fee of $450.00."  We continued to confirm this amount and several listings from different real estate brokerages have noted in their

Aug 3

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A brand new listing has just hit the market today in the Mystic Hills community.  Listed by Scott Lytle and John McMonigle of the McMoingle Group, the four bedroom, seven bath home features an expansive 7,855 square feet of living space and located on nearly a 1/3 acre Ultra Contemporary home offers panoramic ocean and Catalina Island views.  This section of Mystic Hills tends to be private and remote with only a few select properties located at the top of the hillside.  

The home itself has a lot of history and was designed by Brion Jeanette, a top local architect that is well known for upscale Contemporary and Modern homes.  Some of the Contemporary features include two story walls of glass with a 30 foot ceiling height that is complemented by a huge

Jul 25

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The Laguna Village area is one of the closest neighborhoods to the beach in the downtown area.  Many of the homes were first built here starting in the early 1900's and slowly built up through the mid 1950's through 1970's.  There has been a trend lately to tear down some of the original homes and build newer construction homes in place of them.  This is happening all throughout Laguna Beach and the Village area is starting to see several of these homes come on the market for sale.

From a re-sale prospective these homes will always hold it's value due to the close proximity to the beach and the downtown area.  If you have ever been to the downtown area you know that it's always very busy with many tourists visiting the beach, downtown shopping and