July 2011

Found 29 blog entries for July 2011.

Jul 20

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Oceanfront properties in Laguna Beach come on the market in many different neighborhoods throughout Laguna Beach, California.  If you are looking to be in the hub of things then we highly recommend you consider "The Village" as the place to start looking.  The Village is a great area that is close to everything:  the beach, shops and galleries and casual and fine dining.  A newly listed oceanfront property has been listed by my friend Ray Mcafoose of Coldwell Banker here in Laguna that is the picture perfect oceanfront home in The Village area.  The home consists of five bedrooms, six baths and 4,200 grand living of oceanfront living.  If you looking careful at the aerial view of the property you will see the great location near "Ocean Front" street, a…
Jul 19

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With just a handful of bank owned and foreclosure properties on the market, finding a good deal that is a bank foreclosure is something that takes time and patience.  A newly listed bank owned home has come on the market in Laguna Beach that boasts incredible ocean and coastline views in the popular Arch Beach Heights community in Laguna Beach, California.  Arch Beach Heights is a great area in the Laguna Village area in Laguna Beach that has great ocean view homes set against the hillside.  Be prepared that many of the homes are located very close to each other and getting to know your neighbors if something you do when you live in Arch Beach Heights.  The community has a large park area which is ideal for kids and pets to play as well as multiple tennis…
Jul 18

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A lot of Laguna Beach home buyers like the convenience and security of living in a gated community.  This luxury doesn't come cheap In Laguna Beach, CA, and finding homes under $1,500,000 in a gated community is harder than you think.  There are 4 properties currently on the market in Laguna Beach that fits this criteria and all of them are located in the Blue Lagoon gated community in the Laguna Village area.  The Blue Lagoon was originally built in 1964 and has different buildings located throughout the community.  You will find oceanfront and ocean view buildings located in separate areas in Blue Lagoon.  Oceanfront condos will start at $1,500,000 and have direct ocean and white water views.  The Blue Lagoon truly is ideally located with Victoria Beach

Jul 17

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We get a lot of inquiries from Laguna Beach buyers wanting to know where the most expensive streets are located in Laguna Beach, California.  There are two ways to look at this, one is the actual highest price sales that have occurred on any given street in Laguna Beach.  The second way would be to look at the currently available homes for sale and determine the most expensive street currently for sale in Laguna Beach.  Historically, if you look at sales for the past 10 years there is a true winner for the most expensive street in Laguna Beach, namely "Emerald Bay."  Emerald Bay street in the gated community of Emerald Bay has the highest reported sold home in Laguna Beach for $19,00,000 located at 168 Emerald Bay.  There have been reported an even higher…
Jul 16

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The real estate market in Laguna Beach has changed and we are starting to see more and more Laguna Beach home owners that are now open to carry back part of the note when purchasing a home in Laguna Beach.  Seller carry backs are not a new idea but have taken a back seat with the market was red hot.  Now with the market cool down, the idea of a seller doing a seller carry back has come back into fashion.  Keep in mind, each property is different and the amount that the seller is willing to carry back depends on a variety of things.  First, how much does the owner owe on the property?  If the property is owed free and clear then the seller has the potential to carry back the entire purchase amount if so desired.  If the sellers owes a certain amount on his

Jul 15

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One of the earliest communities built here in Laguna Beach was the luxury gated community of Emerald Bay.  Like Three Arch Bay, Emerald Bay located in North Laguna has a rich and long history of having some of the early homes built in Laguna Beach, California.  Back then, a lot of these homes were used as second residences as vacation homes.  A good example of these historic homes is a recent hometo come on the market in Emerald Bay with all the charm and personality you would expect from a historic home built in Southern California during the 1920's.  We specialize in the historic homes here in Laguna Beach and understand the nuances of these older homes.  Many of these homes are eligible for the Mills Act which gives historic homeowners tax breaks for…
Jul 14

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If you are thinking about buying a luxury home in the Three Arch Bay community it's important to know what has sold in recent months.  For those not familiar with Laguna Beach Real Estate, Three Arch Bay is a upper end 24 hour guard gated community on the south side of Laguna Beach with oceanfront, ocean and coastline view homes.  Currently there are 20 listings on the market in Three Arch Bay ranging from $750,000 to $19,500,000.   Three of these homes are currently in escrow for the properties listed for $750.000, $2,395,000 and $8,988,000.  The two properties listed at $750,000 and $2,395,000 are ocean view properties located in the Upper Three Arch Bay community.  Finding a home in Three Arch Bay in the mid $700,000 range is a tremendous value for the

Jul 13

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Finding the most expensive gated communities in Laguna Beach, CA is easy if you know where to look.  Our Laguna Beach Real Estate agents work daily with Laguna Beach buyers wanting information on the most exclusive places to live.  One easy way to find the most expensive communities is to do a home search and see where the most expensive homes for sale are located.  An easier way is to talk with a local real estate expert who knows the inside story on the different communities to live in.  Here are the 5 most expensive communities.  1)  Emerald Bay, 2) Smithcliffs, 3) Three Arch Bay, 4) Irvine Cove, 5) Montage Residences.  It's not uncommon in any of these five communities to have homes for sale in the $5 million dollar range and up.  Montage Residences

Jul 12

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If you have lived in the Laguna Beach for any length of time you are familiar with the local designer Greg Abel.  The Abel name carries a lot of weight here in Southern California with wonderfully designed beach homes all throughout Orange County.  A newly listed home has come on the market that was designed by Greg Able in 1988 and features classic lines that take in the wonderful ocean views, now listed for $6,500,000.  The South Laguna Bluffs area is none for it's wonderful ocean view homes.  A birdseye view shows you the close proximity to the Secret Cove beach and situated just north of the Laguna Lido and south of the Montage Resort & Spa Residences in South Laguna Beach.  From this location there are many local shops and restaurants and some of the…
Jul 11

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If you are very familiar with Laguna Beach, California you still may not know about the hidden Thousand Steps Beach area.  Thousand Steps Beach is the beach located just north of the Three Arch Bay beach in Laguna Beach, California.  Thousand Steps Beach is known for it's beach access off 9th Street & South Pacific Coast Highway that has many steep steps down to the beach.  The homes surrounding this area are prime oceanfront & beachfront properties in the South Laguna Beach area just south of the Montage Resort & Spa and typically sell for a just under $2 million for an ocean view property that is currently listed as a short sale to over $5 million for a stunning oceanfront home.  There are home located directly on the sand which makes this area very