Laguna Beach Real Estate: Avoid the Hassle, Find Your Dream Home

Laguna Beach Real Estate: Avoid the Hassle, Find Your Dream Home 2019-05-13T11:03:56-08:00

laguna beach real estateLaguna Beach real estate is some of the most beautiful and most coveted real estate in the world.

Laguna Beach, California is known for its beauty, recreation, glamor, art incubation, and quirky culture.

For a reason, some of the globe’s most notable, accomplished, and wealthy citizens own Laguna Beach real estate – because it’s a wonderful place to call home.

With a population of only 23,000, Laguna Beach is actually a “small town.” If you live locally, it’s hard to walk anywhere in town without running into someone you know.

At the same time, Laguna Beach is a global tourist destination and attracts approximately 6 million visitors every year.

All of these combined factors make the Laguna Beach real estate market nuanced, unique, and usually more expensive compared to the Orange County real estate market generally or the national real estate market.

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Is Laguna Beach Real Estate Too Expensive?

Naturally, the answer to that question depends at least partially on whether your pocketbook can cover all of your wants.

It also depends on where your values lie: do you need to have an ocean view and 3,000 square feet of space? Do you want proximity to downtown, rustic charm, and modern upgrades?

A Laguna Beach zip code means paying a premium for your home, but there are many other factors you have control over that also affect the price of your home.

It all boils down to: what you want, what you can afford, and if necessary – whether you are willing to compromise what you want for what you can afford.

What is Your Primary Purpose for Buying Laguna Beach Real Estate?

Depending on your purpose for buying Laguna Beach real estate, as well as unique factors affecting your personal, familial, and career goals, you will have specific needs relevant to your home search.

When serving clients, the first question I  want answered is the reason for buying the property, which usually comes down to one of the following three reasons:

  • To own a primary residence,
  • To own a vacation home, or
  • To own an investment property.

The more communication you and your real estate broker have about your motivations, plans, and personal circumstances, the greater your long-term happiness will be with the property you ultimately decide to purchase.

Once the reason for your purchase is established (and all of your requirements, hopes and wants that come with that purpose), you may next want to consider – in which part of Laguna would you like to live?

Best Laguna Beach Locations: Where Should You Purchase Laguna Beach Real Estate?

The Multiple Listing Service (MLS), where realtors list real estate for sale, divides Laguna Beach into 4 main areas:

  • Laguna Canyon
  • North Laguna
  • South Laguna, and
  • Laguna Village.

Although Laguna’s culture of art, quirk, success, and beauty permeates the entire city, there are notable features within these different regions of Laguna Beach – each with its own idiosyncrasies.

laguna beach real estateLaguna Beach Real Estate in Laguna Canyon

The “Laguna Canyon” area is shaped like a long strip, beginning in the north alongside El Toro Road, and extending south along Highway 133 until it hits Broadway Street in downtown Laguna.

There are really two main cultures in the Laguna Canyon area.

At its most northern point lies a suburb known as California Cove, located on the northwest corner of El Toro Road and the 73 highway.

California Cove real estate is usually the most affordable in all of Laguna Beach, and its residents are still able to enjoy the Laguna Beach school district.

The rest of Laguna Canyon real estate lies mostly to the east side of Highway 133, and is described below.

Laguna Canyon Culture

Laguna Canyon is home to the Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) and the Sawdust Festival. Consequently, many of its residents are art students and artists.

Laguna Canyon is a popular location for hiking and mountain biking, with numerous trails running through the Laguna Coast Wilderness, Crystal Cove, and Aliso and Wood Canyons parks.

Laguna Canyon is a good location for those who prefer a bit more seclusion and rural atmosphere than other parts of Laguna.

north lagunaLaguna Beach Real Estate in North Laguna

North Laguna real estate borders begin on the south at Broadway Street, and extend north to the Irvine Cove development at Morro Ridge Road.

North Laguna Culture

Because North Laguna is home to the private gated communities of Irvine Cove and Emerald Bay, and is close in proximity to Newport Beach, North Laguna has a more “Newport-feel” – extremely affluent and exclusive.

Close to the Crystal Cove State Park, Fashion Island in Newport Beach, and hugging the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway and Pacific Ocean, North Laguna is truly a beautiful place to live.

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Laguna Beach Real Estate in South Laguna

South Laguna real estate is found south of Laguna Village, and is bordered to the north at the Montage Hotel, and to the south by Dana Point.

South Laguna Culture

South Laguna is perhaps the polar opposite from North Laguna in its culture as much as in its geography.

South Laguna has a very relaxed, laid-back, and strong local vibe. Peppered with local businesses, art galleries, and great beaches, South Laguna has a lot of variety to offer its residents.

 

laguna village

Laguna Beach Real Estate in Laguna Village

Laguna Village real estate is located in central Laguna Beach.

The Laguna Village area, includes downtown, stretches up the hill to Top of the World, and south/ southeast to the Pacific Ocean.

Laguna Village Culture

Laguna Beach residents living in Laguna Village have the advantage of being a short walking distance or trolley ride to all of the Laguna Beach restaurants, bars, and shopping located in downtown.

Heavily laden with tourists, Laguna Village is bustling and vibrant. It’s not uncommon to walk through downtown Laguna and overhear conversations spoken in many different languages, as Laguna Beach has frequent visitors from all over the world.

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1885 OCEAN Way, Laguna Beach, California 92651

4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
54Picture(s)
5,650Sqft
Spectacular oceanfront Laguna Beach home nestled above the bluffs of Wood's Cove. Warmth and sophistication are beautifully paired with extraordinary materials and sleek contemporary lines. Enjoy dramatic ocean and sunset views framed by floor-to-ceiling windows with sublime interior spaces spilling out onto spacious terraces to bring the outdoors in.
$19,000,000

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1630 DEL MAR Avenue, Laguna Beach, California 92651

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
18Picture(s)
1,917Sqft
360-unobstructed-degree views, sky-high ceilings full of light, and truly everything that is Laguna Beach. Perfect for investors experienced with prestige properties. Duplex conversion potential, or remodel this 1-percenter gem as SFH.
$1,300,000

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58 LA SENDA Drive, Laguna Beach, California 92651

5Bedroom(s)
5Bathroom(s)
6.00Parking(s)
32Picture(s)
6,135Sqft
Rarely do site and structure so perfectly align to evoke a lasting sense of wonder. Situated atop the bluff w/ private stairs to one of five natural salt-water pools built into the Laguna Beach coastline, 58 N La Senda presents a unique experience designed by Horst Architects and Chris Light.
$31,900,000

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31728 4TH Avenue, Laguna Beach, California 92651

4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
3.00Parking(s)
19Picture(s)
2,300Sqft
Beautiful, tranquil spacious home with an ocean view. Only two blocks to the sand!!! Free trolley to downtown Laguna. This enchanting home is set on a quiet, tree-lined street overlooking the ocean and beautiful trees. The home has 4 large bedrooms, two that are master bedrooms located on the top floor, with an extra room perfect for an artist loft or office with a separate entrance.
$1,487,350

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1041 Marine Drive, Laguna Beach, California 92651

1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
2.00Parking(s)
8Picture(s)
432Sqft
Great opportunity to own an oceanfront lot with steps* to the sand below. This parcel was previously on the "historical" property list, but has now been excluded. This means that the owner is free to design and construct a home of his/her choosing, subject to the normal City of Laguna Beach Design and Review Committee review.
$8,990,000

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520 High, Laguna Beach, California 92651

4Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
2.00Parking(s)
31Picture(s)
2,850Sqft
A rare find located in prestigious North Laguna on an oversized lot with ocean and Catalina views near beach, town and shopping. The Tiffany House a distinctive architectural home built in 1929 offers you the opportunity to create your dream home with character and charm of days gone by.
$4,295,000

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31921 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, California 92651

4Bedroom(s)
4Bathroom(s)
2.00Parking(s)
26Picture(s)
8,350Sqft
Casa Dell’Oceano - House of the Ocean. Listening to waves crashing on the beach, endless ocean views from everywhere in the home, watching the sunset illuminate the sky in brilliant oranges, and the moon shining glitter along the ocean is your experience at this magical estate. With private beach and cabana, you will never want to leave.
$17,700,000

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17 Smithcliffs Road, Laguna Beach, California 92651

4Bedroom(s)
4Bathroom(s)
3.00Parking(s)
36Picture(s)
4,165Sqft
Some of the most awe-inspiring panoramic ocean views in all of Southern California render this stunning property one of exceptional opulence.
$7,995,000

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15 Smithcliffs Road, Laguna Beach, California 92651

4Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
11.00Parking(s)
75Picture(s)
7,212Sqft
Perched atop the Smithcliffs bluff in North Laguna Beach, this custom estate stands overlooking pristine Emerald Bay and boasts panoramic views spanning out across the sparkling Pacific Ocean.
$9,350,000

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325 Weymouth Place, Laguna Beach, California 92651

4Bedroom(s)
4Bathroom(s)
2.00Parking(s)
51Picture(s)
3,800Sqft
Live your best life in this luxury Si Teller custom designed home with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean & awe-inspiring sunsets. Nestled in sought-after North Laguna Beach, an exclusive community surrounded by natural beauty & pristine sandy beaches, this residence creates a sense of well-being exemplified by the finest in indoor-outdoor living.
$5,200,000

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21572 Treetop Lane, Laguna Beach, California 92651

3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
5.00Parking(s)
29Picture(s)
2,092Sqft
Spacious home with rental unit with beautiful mountain, ocean, and Catalina Island views located across the street from grassy park and half block from Top of the World School. This home features large entry area on second level, living room with brick fireplace and attached view deck. Full kitchen with dishwasher.
$1,450,000

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1211 Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach, California 92651

6Bedroom(s)
6Bathroom(s)
3.00Parking(s)
57Picture(s)
6,916Sqft
Breathtaking panoramic 190 Degree ocean views create a magnificent setting within the prestigious guard gated enclave of Emerald Bay. Dramatic sweeping white water ocean views of Emerald Bay's private beach, Irvine Cove, Catalina Island & the gorgeous Laguna Beach coastline to the south, west & the north. The sunsets over Catalina are nothing short of spectacular.
$7,999,000
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