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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.

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.

Feb 7

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The Laguna Lido has recently updated their pet policy when it comes to those who are planning to rent a condo in the complex.  This includes those looking to do a long term lease and those looking for vacation rentals as well.  According to several owners in the building the policy does not effect owners who live there as they are still allowed to have pets.  The rule takes aim at those looking to rent at the Laguna Lido as renters are not allowed to have pets.  We recently had some clients who were looking to rent the property for one month in the summer time and were told by multiple owners that the new policy does not allow for them to have pets, only for the owners.

Located on the oceanfront, the Laguna Lido is widely considered one of the top

Jan 9

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Laguna Beach has a wide variety of homes from oceanfront mansions to modern ocean view homes.  While the large majority of homes are located near the beach there are also some homes located in a canyon setting outside of town.  The Canyon Acres community is one such neighborhood that embodies the life of country living while still being located within an easy 10 to 15 minutes to the beach depending on traffic.  Homes were first built here starting in 1926 when a small 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage was built here.  Soon after that in the following 10 years several more 2 bedroom beach cottages were built that often featured around 1,000 square feet of living space.  Over the years, especially in the 1950's and 60's is when you started to see the development of

Dec 10

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Buying a lot and building your own custom home is a dream for many who want to put their own stamp on where they live.  With the high real estate prices in Laguna Beach it sometimes does make financial sense to buy a lot and build your dream home.  Like many coastal cities in Southern California the process of designing and preparing to build the home can take the most time and energy.  This is especially true for the city of Laguna Beach which has some of the toughest planning rules and regulations that must be followed before getting the final approval.  There are many rules that are unique to Laguna Beach which makes it tough for outsiders to quickly build a home.  First, there is view protection which allows surrounding neighbors to petition if they

Nov 7

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What a record year for home sales in Laguna Beach this year.  With a strong economy and comes record sales for ocean front properties with 3 home sales over $30 million dollars this year.  The 3 sales occurred in the communities of Irvine Cove and Victoria Beach.  The three properties are not new to the market as they have been on the market at previous times but what makes this unique is that all 3 homes sold in the same calendar year for record prices, all with commanding ocean front views.  2018 was a great year for real estate in Laguna Beach and here is a quick recap of the most expensive homes sold in Laguna Beach.

Two of the three sales occurred in the Irvine Cove community.  First, 2471 Riviera Drive sold for $35,820,000 after being on the

Sep 10

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The Laguna Ocean View condo complex offers buyers a unique opportunity to buy condos that are within walking distance to the beach and can offer beautiful ocean views.  In the last couple of years 5 condos have sold in this complex ranging from $630,000 for a two bedroom, one bath condo to $1,390,000 for a three bedroom, two and a half bath condo.  Upon reviewing the listings in this community it came across our attention that this community is under a land lease that was reported that the "Land Lease runs until March 31, 2058."  Another listing goes on to say that the "Land lease amount of $22 is included in monthly HOA fee of $450.00."  We continued to confirm this amount and several listings from different real estate brokerages have noted in their

Aug 3

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A brand new listing has just hit the market today in the Mystic Hills community.  Listed by Scott Lytle and John McMonigle of the McMoingle Group, the four bedroom, seven bath home features an expansive 7,855 square feet of living space and located on nearly a 1/3 acre Ultra Contemporary home offers panoramic ocean and Catalina Island views.  This section of Mystic Hills tends to be private and remote with only a few select properties located at the top of the hillside.  

The home itself has a lot of history and was designed by Brion Jeanette, a top local architect that is well known for upscale Contemporary and Modern homes.  Some of the Contemporary features include two story walls of glass with a 30 foot ceiling height that is complemented by a huge

Jul 25

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The Laguna Village area is one of the closest neighborhoods to the beach in the downtown area.  Many of the homes were first built here starting in the early 1900's and slowly built up through the mid 1950's through 1970's.  There has been a trend lately to tear down some of the original homes and build newer construction homes in place of them.  This is happening all throughout Laguna Beach and the Village area is starting to see several of these homes come on the market for sale.

From a re-sale prospective these homes will always hold it's value due to the close proximity to the beach and the downtown area.  If you have ever been to the downtown area you know that it's always very busy with many tourists visiting the beach, downtown shopping and

Jun 8

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The Mystic Hills Laguna Beach community is a neighborhood filled with beautiful homes that often sell between $2 to $10 million dollars. For those looking to rent a home in the Mystic Hills neighborhood there are many stunning properties that are currently available for long term leases.  With many visitors coming to town each summer looking for vacation rental properties it's important to note that many of the rental property owners are wanting a long term 12 month lease.  With that being said there are a few homes that are available a month to month basis and have negotiable lease terms.  During the summer months rental prices due go up so the rental prices often listed online are normally winter rates so expect rates to go up during the months from