Laguna Beach Real Estate Blog

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

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