Laguna Beach Real Estate Blog

Jan 8

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Over the past 8 to 9 weeks we have seen a number of lot listings come on the market that are priced under $100,000 and it's got the attention of many bargain real estate buyers.  We have received calls from buyers who are looking for a small parcel of land so they can build their tiny house in an area that is known for it's expensive real estate well beyond the million dollar price point.  As with anything that appears to be too good to be true there is always a catch.  Understanding the finer details on this listings and you will understand why the lots are sold at this price point.

Many of the new listings that have come on the market have something written in the fine print.  One listing wrote in the description that "Per the city this parcel is

Dec 13

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We recently had a client who was interested in purchasing a condo in the Laguna Lido complex in Laguna Beach.  The listing had mentioned that the condo was on a leasehold interest.  The listing broker remarks on the listing goes on to say that the "Sellers (Lessees) have the LEASE HOLD Interest until 2059". It goes on to say that the "Lessee pays for HOA, Annual Lease fee of $11,643,21. plus Taxes, Insurance and Utilities. At the end of lease Term, Lease Hold Interest reverts back to Lessor."  Our client wanted to get more information on this since they thought they say some other listings in the Laguna Lido that did not have leasehold interest so we did some checking.  After reviewing previous listings in this complex we noticed a fair number of units

Nov 21

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We were just contacted by a client who is looking for off market condos in the Laguna Beach area.  Her main criteria is that she wanted a condo with spectacular views with a lot of building amenities.  Right now is considered our off season as many owners have decided to take their home off the market for the holidays.  Our typical selling season starts right after the first of the year and continues through the end of September.  The months of October, November and December are normally slower even through homes continue to sell just at a slower pace.  Even though a lot of owners take their home off the market for the holidays doesn't mean that they don't want to sell anymore.  A good real estate agent will have access to these properties and be able to

Oct 17

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Laguna Beach offers a wide range of homes with various amenities that capture views of the Pacific Ocean.  One of the more requested amenities would be homes that offer a roof top deck.  For the most part we don't see a lot of homes that offer a roof top deck for a variety of reasons.  The first reason would be that views in Laguna Beach are protected so by adding an additional level on top of the house to build a roof top deck may block a neighbors view.  Laguna Beach also has height restrictions when building a home so adding a roof top deck will count towards the total height allowance.  

Some of the best places to look for homes with rooftop decks are more established neighborhoods that have space between the neighboring homes in order to

Sep 11

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There has never been a better time to buy an ocean front condo in the famous Table Rock complex.  Inventory always tends to be very low in this complex due to the small number of oceanfront condos that are in existence here.  Right now, buyers have 4 condo listings to choose from in Table Rock that offer spectacular ocean views in arguably one of the best locations in Laguna Beach.  Real Estate prices start at $2,650,000 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with 1,136 square feet and direct ocean front views to as high as $4,999,000 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with 1,371 square feet.  What separates these price points is the location within the complex, size of the unit and condition as far as upgrades to the condos, etc.  3 of the 4 new listings have been on

Aug 13

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Buying a home in Laguna Beach can be tricky when deciding on which neighborhood to live and the best time to buy.  There are pros and cons to buying at different times of the year in Laguna Beach and often depends on how the current real estate market is doing.  It's first important to establish if the market is a buyers or a seller's market.  A buyers market means that homes will sit on the market longer than usual.  Buyers don't have to rush into buying a home and can often negotiate with the seller off the listing price.  In a seller's market properties are selling very fast and the owners are in control on who they sell it and the price they think the market will bear.  

Most of the homes in Laguna Beach will come on the market between January

Jul 30

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Emerald Bay is widely considered one of the top communities in Laguna Beach due to it's private beach and secure guard gated entrance.  For many, this is a popular vacation rental destination as select properties are available for a short term lease of 30 days.  What many don't realize is that there is an extra cost to rent a home here that deals directly with the community.

Before you rent a home in Emerald Bay you must fill out and submit and an Emerald Bay Tenant Application.  This basically goes over the address that you will be renting, the start and end date, names of who will be living there, contact info and number of vehicles associated with the rental.  What many people don't realize is that there is a cost paid to the Emerald Bay community

Jun 12

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Laguna Beach is a great place to find smaller one bedroom apartments that are available for a Long Term lease.  Long Term leases usually start at 12 month period as the landlord wants to make sure that the tenant is a good match for them and likewise the landlord is a good fit for the tenant.  Normally after this period of time a long term lease can be negotiated.  We often get requests for tenants looking for a 2 or 3 year lease period but in Southern California most landlords will not initially sign such a long contract with a tenant whom they have had no dealings with in the past.  This is pretty much how it's done in California so we recommend starting out with a one year lease and making a decision after that time whether to renew the lease or not.

May 8

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Laguna Sands arguably offers one of the best oceanfront locations in Laguna Beach with condos located just steps to the sandy beach.  Condos are available here for both sale and for lease and provide residents with quintessential beach living.  We get a lot of calls for both buyers and renters interested in living in Laguna Sands and wanting to know the pet policy.  The Laguna Sands complex does allow for pets will the following guidelines.  The general guideline from the association management company has been set to be no more than 2 pets per residence.  This number is open to variance and is up to the association to make that decision for that number to be less or more for any resident.  The association also has say on to the size and weight limit of

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.