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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416 Holly Street, Laguna Beach, California 92651

4Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
2.00Parking(s)
22Picture(s)
2,177Sqft
North Laguna’s most desirable “Tree Street” location! Known for its wide tree-lined streets, beautiful landscaping, and ample street-to-alley lots. This charming turnkey home has so much to offer.
$2,675,000

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3161 Bern Drive, Laguna Beach, California 92651

4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
2.00Parking(s)
40Picture(s)
1,854Sqft
What a great location ! Tucked into a quiet street and private hillside on the ocean view side of Top of the World. One story with no stairs, Douglas Fir floors in main rooms, four bedrooms and three baths.
$1,525,000

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1639 Eleanor Lane, Laguna Beach, California 92651

4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
36Picture(s)
2,055Sqft
Exceptionally rare, full of opportunities, and destined to fulfill your dreams. Welcome to 1639 Eleanor Lane in north Laguna Beach, where a massive 12,000-square-foot homesite with priceless ocean and Emerald Bay views embraces a classic Mid-Century Modern residence at the end of a cul-de-sac street.
$3,895,000

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676 Vista Lane, Laguna Beach, California 92651

5Bedroom(s)
5Bathroom(s)
3.00Parking(s)
32Picture(s)
5,791Sqft
New major price reduction, 9.26.19. As you enter this elegant Tuscan style home you are greeted by spectacular panoramic ocean, Catalina and downtown village views. This 5400 sq. ft. home was completely rebuilt in 2002 and the last 2 owners have continued updating the home making it one of Laguna's finest.
$6,450,000

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82 Tennis Villas Drive, Dana Point, California 92629

2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
25Picture(s)
1,152Sqft
Outstanding location on the golf course in this Tennis Villa Condo and priced right! Located in the prestigious Monarch Beach area, with gorgeous golf course and an abundance of windows brings the outdoors inside. Living room has a stunning feature wall of granite with built in flat screen TV, which flows into the dining area and into your modern contemporary kitchen.
$828,000

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1235 Ocean Front, Laguna Beach, California 92651

2Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
2.00Parking(s)
20Picture(s)
2,163Sqft
Uniquely positioned atop a rock ledge at Brooks Street Beach, this captivating contemporary residence allows its inhabitants to feel one-with-the-sea as walls of windows reveal waves lapping at the shore below.
$7,999,000

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120 Irvine Cove Circle, Laguna Beach, California 92651

5Bedroom(s)
6Bathroom(s)
2.00Parking(s)
37Picture(s)
6,360Sqft
Located in the exclusive private beachfront community of Irvine Cove, this gracious five bedroom plus office home is situated on a large pie-shaped and ultra private lot, capturing breathtaking ocean, Catalina Island and sunset views. Hallmarks of this stately and well-designed home include high ceilings, large living spaces, and picturesque vistas from almost all rooms in the home.
$8,999,000

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3 Portola, Laguna Beach, California 92651

3Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
0.00Parking(s)
9Picture(s)
1,765Sqft
Lower Three Arch Bay vintage beach cottage! This single level turn key home is situated on larger, quiet lot, with white picket fenced front yard and beautiful wrap around back patio with gas burning fireplace and plenty of room for entertaining.
$2,999,999

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1267 Fairywood Lane, Laguna Beach, California 92651

1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
2.00Parking(s)
24Picture(s)
602Sqft
VALUE RANGE PRICE - SELLER IS MOTIVATED! This charming coastal cottage has been completely remodeled with new maple hardwood and slate flooring, copper plumbing, updated electrical, tankless water heater, large vinyl dual pane windows, custom blinds, beamed ceiling and a dutch front door, just minutes from the Sawdust Art Festival.
$849,000

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484 Linden Street, Laguna Beach, California 92651

3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
2.00Parking(s)
26Picture(s)
2,565Sqft
Located on one of the most desirable “tree streets” of North Laguna and just a few short blocks from the Village and Main Beach, this elegant Craftsman style home is the one you have been waiting for. Designed by local architect Tim Nicol and crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this iconic residence will impress the most discriminating buyer.
$3,395,000

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667 Mystic Way, Laguna Beach, California 92651

4Bedroom(s)
4Bathroom(s)
7.00Parking(s)
30Picture(s)
5,664Sqft
When the late, great Laguna Beach architect Mark Singer studied this site in coveted lower Mystic Hills, he knew that it would provide the perfect backdrop to showcase the carefully curated collection of art and antiquities belonging to the family that would call this special place home.
$10,950,000

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1074 Flamingo Road, Laguna Beach, California 92651

4Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
2.00Parking(s)
61Picture(s)
4,634Sqft
Welcome to this contemporary multi-level masterpiece built by architect Marshall Innins and inspired by interior designer Christine Hallen-Berg. The home features four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a private entertaining patio with BBQ, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a pass-through bar with seating for four, and an open concept.
$3,999,999
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