Laguna Beach Real Estate Blog

Sep 29

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Every year we get a lot of rental requests for those wanting to vacation in the Laguna Beach area during the summer months.  This year was especially busy due to COVID as many of our clients wanted to get out of the current home and stay in a much nicer place while still being in California.  One of the top communities that was most requested was the Three Arch Bay community.  Three Arch Bay is one of the top gated communities in Laguna Beach which is located on the south end of town.  It's one of the few neighborhoods in Laguna Beach that has two different sections to it with two separate guard gates.  Every time I have visited this community the security has been very strict and access is only allowed for owners and their guests.  Many people try to

Aug 26

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One of the newest features added to our MLS is being able to view coming soon listings.  These properties are technically not active on the market and are in the pre-marketing stage of being put on the market.  The coming soon feature was added so agents can get there home available to other real estate agents and potential clients while they are getting their professional photos and other marketing materials together.  The advantage of doing it this way for agents is that the days on the market will not start counting until it's officially switches to active.  If you have been familiar with real estate for awhile these were commonly known as pocket listings where real estate agents would only share these potential properties to clients they are currently

Jul 28

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Laguna Beach is one of the few locations in Orange County, California where you can find homes that are located on the sand.  Neighboring beach towns like Newport Beach will also have beach front homes but often times have a boardwalk right in front of them.  Back in the 1960's it wasn't uncommon to build homes that were located literally on the sand in Laguna Beach.  Popular neighborhoods like Victoria Beach are a perfect example of where you can find these beachfront homes that have a lot to offer.  Of course, real estate in Laguna Beach is never cheap and you will pay a huge premium to have one located right on the beach.  A great example of this is a new listing that just came on the market in Victoria Beach and located at 2800 Ocean Front.  It

Jun 24

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The Vacation rental season in Laguna Beach has been really crazy this year in part due to COVID19 which has caused many people to consider staying in a luxury residence this summer.  It seems like long gone are the days of jumping on a plane and traveling to a far destination to your favorite vacation spot instead the hottest trend is to find travel destinations that are within a days driving distance.  That's what we have seen this summer are a lot of California residents looking to vacation along the beach in many of the beach towns in Southern California.  Of course, Laguna Beach is a top destination for many as it's considered one of the most beautiful beach towns along the coast.  Due to the high demand this year we have seen a huge surge of clients

May 22

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One of the most beautiful ocean views in the Village area of Laguna Beach can be found on Cleo Street.  Specifically, 150 Cleo Street offers 3 levels of condos that have some really inspiring ocean views.  The location is at the corner of Sleepy Hollow Lane and Cleo Street on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway.  From this location is just a matter of blocks to the downtown area of Laguna Beach with great restaurants, galleries and boutique retail stores.  This is also the same area as the Main Beach area that tends to be the main hangout spot in Laguna Beach for tourists and locals alike.  Condos rare comes on the market for sale here but there are currently two condos that are on the market for vacation rentals.  Vacation rentals have seen a huge

Apr 20

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One of the hottest trends right now are 3D virtual home tours.  Since most showings are very limited agents in Laguna Beach are now making sure they every listing they have on the market comes with a virtual tour.  We checked all of the recent listings in Laguna Beach that have come on the market in the last week and every single one had a virtual tour.  The most popular virtual tour company by far is by Matterport which shows a 3D image of the property as if you were looking above the house and allows the consumer to walk through every single room as if they were at the house.  This makes a lot of sense since we have been getting a lot of calls lately of potential buyers asking for the virtual tour links of any given property.

One of the additional

Mar 24

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Laguna Beach is well known for having some of the most expenpsive and exclusive gated communities in Laguna Beach.  Gated neighborhoods like Emerald Bay, Irvine Cove and Three Arch Bay can have homes listed well above $20 million dollars.  There are also smaller gated communities that still offer a secure gated entrance but with far less formality.  One of these smaller neighborhoods that even most locals may not know about is the Hidden Valley Canyon community.   If you are familiar with the city of Laguna Beach imagine driving up Temple Hills Drive and then coming back down Park Avenue.  About halfway done is a small gated street called Hidden Valley Canyon road.  Homes in this community city date back to the 1920's and have a lot of charm and character

Feb 27

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We got calls all of the time for lot listings that are listed for $200,000 or less in Laguna Beach.  These are typically land locked lots that are currently unbuildable in the eyes of the city of Laguna Beach.  For the most part, Laguna Beach has a very limited number of buildable lots left available with real estate prices typically starting in the $500,000 range.  Of course, having a lot located in a nice neighborhood with ocean views will also command a premium on price.  Land is very valuable in Laguna Beach so it's no surprise that many of these lots command a price point of over $1 million dollars just for the land.

We did a quick search and found 3 large buildable lots according to each of the individual real estate listing agents that have

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