Laguna Beach Real Estate Blog

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

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