$3,895,000 - 856 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach

  • 3Beds
  • 2Baths
  • 1,387SQ. Feet
  • 0.06Acres

Available for the first time in over sixty years, this idyllic Laguna Beach cottage exemplifies the quintessential beach cottage lifestyle. Mere feet from the sandy beach of iconic Fisherman’s Cove, with expansive ocean and coastline views, this three bedroom, two bath home was originally constructed in the '20s as a holiday place to enjoy local fishing. The exterior is clad in redwood siding and features a large brick patio with sit down white water ocean views as well as a private side yard which can be accessed from the main living area and one of two ground floor bedrooms. Inside, the main living area features a classic exposed beam ceiling and warmly greets occupants with a wood burning fireplace framed by floor to ceiling wood paneling and a mantle which was sourced from Edgar Allen Poe’s childhood home in Richmond Virginia (c.1810) which earns this home it’s moniker: "Raven House”. Original Knotty Pine “Laguna Paneling” and Douglas Fir flooring are carried throughout the home which has a completely updated electrical system, newer roof and plumbing replaced with copper supply and ABS lines, new central heater and 10’’ of fiberglass batting insulation in the attic. An abundance of light enters the home through glass windows and doors which were assembled on site by carpenters and glaziers in the '20s & '30s. The kitchen houses a vintage steel Youngstown Kitchen sink and cabinet assembly which is original to the home, a walk-in pantry, Lindsay Lockerby Field hand-painted cabinets, and a dining nook with ocean views. The upstairs bedroom suite offers ocean views, a bathroom and can be accessed from inside the home or via a separate outside entrance. At one time, this suite featured a kitchenette and could be easily reconverted for additional living flexibility. A small one car garage & and driveway offer two off-street parking spaces. This beautifully restored and maintained cottage retains all of the charm of an original Laguna Beach cottage with subtle upgrades to the major systems and is an excellent candidate for the Mills Act which could offer an owner tremendous property tax savings. The Raven House presents a truly once in a generation opportunity.

Sales Agent

Sam SmithLaguna Beach Realtors ®Phone: 949-355-1622Cell: 949-355-1622Contact Agent Now

Essential Information

  • MLS® #:OC23072396
  • Price:$3,895,000
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2.00
  • Full Baths:2
  • Square Footage:1,387
  • Acres:0.06
  • Year Built:1933
  • Type:Residential
  • Sub-Type:Single Family Residence
  • Style:Cottage, Traditional
  • Status:Closed
  • Listing Agent:Carter Kaufman
  • Listing Office:Compass

Community Information

  • Address:856 Cliff Drive
  • Area:NL - North Laguna
  • Subdivision:North Laguna (NL)
  • City:Laguna Beach
  • County:Orange
  • State:CA
  • Zip Code:92651


  • Utilities:Natural Gas Connected, Sewer Connected, Water Connected
  • Parking Spaces:2
  • Parking:Direct Access, Garage, Garage Faces Side
  • # of Garages:1
  • Garages:Direct Access, Garage, Garage Faces Side
  • View:City Lights, Coastline, Park/Greenbelt, Ocean, Water
  • Pool:None


  • Interior:Carpet, Wood
  • Interior Features:High Ceilings, Storage, Bedroom on Main Level, In-Law Floorplan
  • Appliances:Free-Standing Range, Gas Cooktop, Disposal, Gas Oven, Microwave, Freezer
  • Heating:Central, Fireplace(s)
  • Cooling:None
  • Fireplace:Yes
  • Fireplaces:Living Room
  • # of Stories:2
  • Stories:Two


  • Exterior:Copper Plumbing
  • Exterior Features:Lighting
  • Lot Description:Corner Lot, Sprinklers In Front, Sloped Up
  • Roof:Shingle
  • Construction:Copper Plumbing

School Information

  • District:Laguna Beach Unified

Additional Information

  • Date Listed:May 1st, 2023
  • Days on Market:127
  • HOA Fees:0.00

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