Laguna Beach Real Estate News and Market updates

The Franco Team is ready to help you find your new home in the Laguna Beach area.  Real Estate prices in this area range from $350,000 for a one bedroom condo to the multi millions of dollars for custom ocean front estates.  One the most prestigious area is Irvine Cove.  For just under forty million dollars this stunning estate is one of only five homes In Irvine Cove that opens onto the beach.  With breath taking views from the walls of glass this home brings the outdoors in. This home is new, took years in design and construction and is done in the classic California Contemporary style.

Enjoy a beautiful sunny afternoon playing nine-holes of golf at Laguna Beach’s only golf course.  The Aliso Creek Ill Golf course is nestled in eighty acres in Laguna Beach and is a challenging nine – hole course.  Opened to the public in September 1950, this golf course has been the main stay of what the Inn was designed around.  Enjoy a drink and dinner afterwards in Ben Brown’s 10th Hole. There is a full service Golf Shop on the premises to help meet all your golfing needs.

Jan. 6, 2020

Thomas Hunt: California Modernist at Laguna Art Museum

The Laguna Art Museum is featuring the exhibit Thomas Hunt: California Modernist, through Sunday, January 12th. Thomas Hunt became active in the Laguna Beach Art Association in the early 1920’s. He moved to Laguna Beach permanently in 1927. He is best known for his coastal and harbor scenes, filled with board brushstrokes, with strong use of light and reflections. In addition, he created works of the snowy landscapes in Canada and Cleveland. This is the second solo exhibit of his works, which includes 50 of his paintings.  Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach. For more information about this exhibit or the many other upcoming exhibits, see their website at:  https://lagunaartmuseum.org/.

 

Newport Beach is one of the oldest cities in Orange County, being incorporated in 1906. Newport Beach is home to approximately 85,000. Located at 2015 Leeward Lane, this 5,600 square foot home is part of the Baycrest community. This five bedroom, seven bathroom home was built in 2019. Attention to detail can be seen in the floating staircase, use of hardwood and Newport Brass plumbing fixtures. The gourmet kitchen features Thermador appliances, handmade butcher block and lava stone counters and Lutron wireless lighting. The lower level has a custom glass enclosed wine cellar, home theater and bar. This home sits on an 8,200 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy Kayu Batu wood decks, a fire pit and built-in barbeque area.  Baycrest is in the Upper Newport Beach area. Residents have easy access to Balboa Peninsula and Fashion Island. 

 

Laguna Beach is seaside arts colony. Laguna Beach is home to over 80 art galleries, a weekly gallery walk, over 180 artists in residence and three large scale arts festivals. Located at 120 Irvine Cove Circle, this 6,300 square foot home is part of the Irvine Cove community. This five bedroom, seven bathroom home was built in 1988. Attention to detail can be seen in the high volume ceilings, wood paneling and floor to ceiling windows. The home and property have great views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, city night lights and beautiful evening sunsets. This home sits on a 14,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy the swimming pool, spa and patio with a retractable awning. Irvine Cove has 110 homes and is a 24-hour guard gated development. There is a private park in the center of the development and a private beach for residents and their guests.

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Dec. 2, 2019

A Pirates' Christmas at Laguna Playhouse

Laguna Playhouse will be performing Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, A Pirates’ Christmas throughout the month of December. Shows start on December 4th and continue through the 29th. Join John O’Hurley from Seinfeld in this swashbuckling holiday adventure. Wendy, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell try to foil a pirates plot to kidnap Peter Pan for Captain Hook’s Christmas present. The musical is filled with song and dance. There are matinee performances available, at 12noon and 4pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, see their website at: https://lagunaplayhouse.com.

 

Newport Coast is a situated at the south end of Newport Beach, just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast has something for everyone, from condos to one-of-a-kind beach front estates. Located at 47 Ocean Heights Drive, this 4,700 square foot home is part of the Cassis development in Ocean Heights. This four bedroom, five bathroom home was built in 2002.The home was recently been updated throughout. The gourmet kitchen features quartz countertops and Viking appliances. The views from this home and property include the Pacific Ocean, white water, city night lights and picture perfect sunsets. This home sits on a large 14,000 square foot piece of property with a corner lot setting. Outdoors, homeowner’s will enjoy a swimming pool, spa, fire pit and built-in barbeque area. Cassis was built by Brookfield Homes. This is a 24 hour guard gated development. 

 

Laguna Beach is a beach front paradise with a strong commitment to the arts. Laguna Beach is home to over 180 artists’ in residence, 80 art galleries with a weekly art walk and three major art shows. Located at 3079 Nestall Road, this 2,300 square foot home is part of The Top of the World community. This four bedroom, three bathroom home was built in 1965. The home has a first floor master suite. This home sits on a 9,600 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy two large view decks and a covered patio. Students living in this area attend Top of the World Elementary School, Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School. Top of the World residents are just a short walk away from Alta Laguna Park.

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Nov. 1, 2019

The Lion In Winter at Laguna Playhouse

Laguna Playhouse will be performing The Lion In Winter. The play will be performed from Wednesday, November 6ththrough Sunday, November 24th. Set during Christmas 1183, as King Henry II is planning to announce his successor. During Christmas festivities, different schemers try to influence the king to choose their option. There is comedy and drama. The play is written by James Goldman and this production is directed by Sheldon Epps. The performances begin at 7:30pm. Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information or to purchase tickets, see their website at: https://lagunaplayhouse.com/.

 

Irvine is mastered planned community that is situated 36 miles south of Los Angeles and 76 miles north of San Diego. The city was designed by the Irvine Company in the 1960’s and was incorporated in 1971. Located at 54 Swan, this 5,300 square foot home is part of the Lambert Ranch development in the village of Portola Springs. This five bedroom, six bathroom home was built in 2019. Attention to detail can be seen in the curved staircase, stacking doors and multiple walk-in closets. The chef’s kitchen features stainless steel Wolf appliances, a walk-in pantry and large center island. The home sits on a 11,000 square foot piece of property.Lambert Ranch is just off of Portola Parkway and Sand Canyon Roads in the Loma Ridge foothills.There are 169 homes in this 50 acre gated community. Among the many amenities offered in this development are three swimming pools, a spa, covered cabanas, bocce ball courts and a clubhouse. 

 

Laguna Beach is a unique beach front community with a large variety of neighborhoods; from upscale condos to one of a kind beach front estates. Laguna Beach has seven miles of beaches, canyons and coastal hills. Located at 2851 Ridge Drive, this 3,500 square foot home is part of the Top of the World neighborhood. This four bedroom, five bathroom home was built in 1999 by Mark Singer. Attention to detail can be seen in the high volume ceilings, automatic window shades and floor to ceiling windows. The gourmet kitchen features Leicht custom cabinetry, Meile, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances and a large center island. The home has lovely views of the Saddleback Mountains and valley views.This home sits on an 8,500 square foot piece of property with a corner lot setting. Outdoors, homeowner’s will enjoy the swimming pool, spa and mature landscaping. Top of the World has a high bluff setting, giving homes forever views. Top of the World is near Laguna Village, with many boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.

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Oct. 11, 2019

Yoga Play at Laguna Playhouse

The Laguna Playhouse is currently performing Yoga Play. Yoga Play was written by Dipika Guha. The play follows employees at yoga apparel giant, Jojomon, just as it is hit with scandal. San Francisco Chronicle said the play was “comic nirvana.” The play runs through October 23rd. The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Evening performances begin at 7:30pm, with a Sunday matinee. To purchase tickets or find out more information, see their website at: https://lagunaplayhouse.com/2019-2020-main-stage/yoga-play/.

 

Irvine is a 66 square mile master planned city, ideally located between San Diego and Los Angeles. The city was begun in the 1960’s and incorporated in 1971.  Located at 35 Tangerine, this 2,000 square foot home is part of the Patio Homes in Orange Tree Village. This four bedroom, three bathroom home was built in 1976. Attention to detail can be seen in the vaulted ceilings, solar panels and a recessed lighting. The home has a new roof. The home sits on a 2,700 square foot piece of property. Outdoors there is gated yard with a tiled patio. Orange Tree is bordered by Center Drive, Valley Oak Drive and Barranca Parkway. Orange Tree homeowner amenities include two swimming pools, a basketball court and tennis courts. Patio Homes were built by Presley Homes. 

 

Laguna Beach is wonderful beach side community, with seven miles of the beaches, canyons and coastal hills. Located at 104 South La Senda, this 5,200 square foot home is part of the Three Arch Bay neighborhood.  This four bedroom, five bathroom home was built in 1982. Attention to detail can be seen in the high volume ceilings, peg and groove flooring and the chandelier ceiling. The home has both a formal living room and dining room. The inviting kitchen features a butcher block island, fireplace and walk-in pantry.  There are views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, beaches and the coastline. This homes sits on a large 11,400 square foot piece of property, which is within walking distance to the clubhouse. Three Arch Bay is situated on the south side of the Pacific Coast Highway, in South Laguna. This is a 24 hour guard gated neighborhood. 

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Sept. 25, 2019

21st Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational

The 21st Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational is taking place from October 5ththrough October 13th. The Collectors’ Gala will be held on Saturday, October 12th. In addition, to the gala, there will be painting workshops and demonstrations. Monday, October 7thwill be a special kids paint out and cookie reception. Tuesday, October 8thwill be a Downtown Nocturne Paint Out. The week is packed with art events and talks. The festival is being presented by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. For more information about the invitational, see their website at: https://lpapa.org/laguna-plein-air-invitational/.

 

Newport Coast is part of Newport Beach, having been annexed in 2001. This area is home to many types of residences from condos to one-of-a-kind custom built waterfront estates. Located at 19 Fiore, this 3,100 square foot home is part of the Campobello development. This four bedroom, three bathroom home was built in 2000. Attention to detail can be seen in the plantation shutters, stone flooring and hardwood floors. The gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and two under counter refrigerators. The home has fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean, Newport Harbor, city night lights, Catalina Island and evening sunsets. This home sits on a 6,200 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors homeowners will enjoy a covered outdoor kitchen, spa and mature garden. Campobello is a 24 hour guard gated development and was built by the California Pacific Home builders. 

 

Laguna Beach is unique beachfront community with large and very active arts colony. The city is home to weekly gallery walks, three large scale art shows and over 180 artists in resident. Located at 38 Blue Lagoon, this 1,900 square foot home is part of the Blue Lagoon community. This three bedroom, three bathroom home was built in 1964. This condo was completely renovated in 2016. There are three levels of living space, all with panoramic views of the ocean, beach and dramatic sunsets. The mid-level has an open plan kitchen with professional grade appliances, wine storage and dining space. This condo unit is within walking distance of the clubhouse. Among the amenities offered are tennis courts, two swimming pools, and private beach access. Blue Lagoon is on the Oceanside of the Pacific Coast Highway on Victoria Beach. This is a gated condo community, situated next to the Lagunita development. 

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Sept. 11, 2019

Taste of Laguna Food and Music Festival

The Taste of Laguna Food and Music Festival will be taking place on Thursday, October 3rd. The event is part of The Festival of Arts Laguna Beach. This is one great evening for food and music lovers. The Chamber of Commerce is hosting Taste of Laguna and KX 93.5 is putting on the concert. There will be more than thirty local restaurants participating. The bands will be covering forty years of music. General admission tickets are $85 and VIP tickets are $150. The VIP tickets include one hour early entry, complimentary reserved parking, two drinks and a VIP viewing area.  For more information or to purchase your tickets, see their website at:  https://tasteoflaguna.ticketspice.com/taste-of-laguna-food-music-festival-with-hotel-discount.

 

Newport Beach is one of the oldest cities in Orange County, having been incorporated in 1906. Newport Beach is ideally situated between Los Angeles and San Diego. Located at 14 Boardwalk, this 5,300 square foot home is part of the Wyndover Bay community. This four bedroom, six bathroom home was built in 1998. Attention to detail can be seen in the marble floors, full house sound system and Richard Marshall floors. The chef’s kitchen features Dacor appliances, a butler’s pantry and adjacent breakfast nook. The master suite has many special features including an attached exercise room, fireplace and his and her showers.This home sits on a 9,100 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowner’s will enjoy an entertaining space complete with fire place, spa and sports bar. Wyndover Bay is in the East Bluff – Harbor View area of Newport Beach This is a 24 hour guard gated neighborhood. 

 

Laguna Beach is an active beachside community with a very active arts colony. The city has seven miles of beaches, canyons and coastal hills. Locates at 1885 Ocean Way, this 5,600 square foot home is part of theWoods Cove development. This four bedroom, five bathroom home was built in 2007. The gourmet kitchen features an open concept and a butler’s pantry. The home has both a formal dining room and living room, and a media room complete with a wet bar and wine storage. Attention to detail can be seen in the exotic wood cabinetry, limestone flooring and electronic shades.There are amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Catalina Island, the coastline, city night lights and evening sunsets.This home sits on a 10,000 square foot piece of property. Woods Cove is situated between Moss Street and Agate Street on the ocean side, in the Laguna Village area. Residents are within walking distance to town, Ruby Park and Woods Cove Beach. 

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Aug. 29, 2019

I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art At Laguna Art Museum

The Laguna Art Museum’s current exhibit is I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art, featuring prints by John Baldessari. John Baldessari is a contemporary California artist, whose works combine photograph and appropriated images such as movie stills. Baldessari began print making in 1971. Prints can be playful, lower in cost and make art available to larger audiences. Prints in this exhibit are from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation.  For more information about this exhibit or other museum happenings, see their website at: https://lagunaartmuseum.org/exhibitions/i-will-not-make-any-more-boring-art-prints-by-john-baldessari/.

 

Newport Coastis part of the city Newport Beach, previous to 2001, Newport Coast was a stand-alone city. Located at 19 Seawatch, this 5,700 square foot home is part of the Fiano community in Pacific Ridge. This four bedroom, five bathroom home was built in 2016. This is a plan three home. The open floor plan features an open air courtyard, sliding glass panels and two fireplaces. The chef’s kitchen has two islands, and a separate prep area. There are views of the surrounding canyons and the Pacific Ocean from both levels of the home.  This home sits on a 9,300 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy the swimming pool, spa, fire feature and barbeque island. Pacific Ridge is a guard gated development with several different neighborhoods. Pacific Ridge was built near Boomer Canyon Open Preserve, which is 10-acre public park. 

Laguna Beachis an art centric beachfront city. Laguna Beach is home to over 80 art galleries, has 180 artists in residence and three annual arts festivals. Located at 31887 Circle Drive, this rare find is ocean front property is available to remodel the current home or build your dream home and is located in South Laguna Bluffs. The current home features a wine cellar, kitchen with a center island, and a trompe l’oeil mural. This lot has a bluff setting, giving it amazing panoramic views. The property has 80 feet of ocean frontage and has street to street setting. South Laguna Bluffs is on the ocean side of the Pacific Coast Highway in South Laguna Beach. Residents are a short distance from Thousand Steps Beach, Three Arch Bay and the Montage resort. 

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Aug. 15, 2019

85th Anniversary of the Pageant of Masters

The Pageant of the Masters is celebrating its 85 anniversary this year in Laguna Beach. The Pageant of Masters runs through the end of the month, August 31st.  The theme of the 2019 Pageant is “The Time Machine.” The objective is to transport guests around the globe into the past, present and future in search of great art. The Pageant of the Masters is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information about the Pageant of Masters, see their website at:  https://www.foapom.com/pageant-of-the-masters/.

 

Pelican Hill is group of exclusive residential developments which surround the world class Pelican Hill Resort, Spa and Golf Courses. With its bluff side setting, Pelican Hill homes have beautiful views. Located at 17 Telescope, this 5,900 square foot home is part of the Pelican Ridge Estates community. This five bedroom, six bathroom home was built in 1995. Enter the home through a grand rotunda with a curved staircase and vaulted ceilings. The home has views of Newport Bay and the city night lights. This home sits on a 11, 000 square foot piece of property complete with a swimming pool and plenty of space for entertaining. Pelican Ridge Estateswas planned and developed by the Irvine Company. Among the many amenities in Pelican Ridge Estates are a swimming pool, spa, guard gate, clubhouse and tennis courts.

 

Laguna Beachis an unique beach front city with seven miles of sandy beaches, canyons and coastal hills. Located at 1101 Balboa Avenue. This 4,300 square foot home is part of the Arch Beach Heights community. This five bedroom, six bathroom home was built in 1989. This home sits on nearly 2 acres of property. Available for the first time in nearly 30 year.  The home was designed by Mark Singer and is a single level. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a gorgeous swimming pool with a guest casita.   Arch Beach Heights is situated at the top of Laguna Beach in the hills above Laguna Beach Village.

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Aug. 2, 2019

Junior Explorers Program

 

The Ranch at Laguna Beach is hosting a summer Junior Explorer program as one of their 2019 summer camp opportunities. All the summer programs are designed to provide an educational experience presented in a fun, entertaining and engaging manner. The Juniors Explorers program runs Wednesdays through Saturdays through the end of August.  Daily themes include gardening, plein air art, canyon creatures and birds of prey. Lunch is in included. For more information about this program or one of their other choices, see their website at: https://www.theranchlb.com/fun/junior-explorers.

Irvine is a 66 square mile master planned city, made up of mostly valley land between the Loma Ridge and the San Joaquin Hills. Located at 53 Juneberry, this 2,600 square foot home is part of Kensington Court. This four bedroom, three bathroom home was built in 2005. Among the many upgrades, this condo has recessed lighting, crown molding and high ceilings. The gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and large island. Kensington Court offers many amenities including a swimming pool, spa, playground and sport court.  This condo complex has 63 units and was built by William Lyon Homes.  Kensington Court is in the Columbus Grove Village. Ten distinctive neighborhoods make up Columbus Grove.

Laguna Beach is beachside city with a large arts presence. The city is home to three large scale art shows, over 180 artists in residence and a weekly gallery walk, all set against seven miles of sandy beaches. Located at 221 Santa Rosa Court, this 1,300 square foot home is part of the Terraces Laguna Beach complex. This two bedroom, three bathroom unit was built in 1986. This unit has high ceilings, an open floor plan with an abundance of natural light. The kitchen has tile flooring, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops.  The Terraces association amenities include a swimming pool, spa and barbeque area. The Terraces is just a short distance from Aliso Viejo or Laguna Hills, offering lots of shopping and dining options.

 

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Oct. 22, 2017

5th Annual Champagne and Oyster “Sip and Shuck” fundraiser

 

When you are buying a home, don’t just get a verbal promise; get everything in writing, especially in this hot real estate market. Be ready to go when you are a buyer, so you can move quickly when you find the right house. Get pre-approved for a mortgage, have proof of funding, be flexible with a closing date and think about other items you can offer up, such skipping a home inspection or not pushing the sellers to make all the repairs.

 

 

The 5th Annual Champagne and Oyster “Sip and Shuck” fundraiser will be held on Sunday, November 5th. The “Sip and Shuck” event will take place at The Deck on Laguna Beach and Driftwood Kitchen. There will be a variety of hand-shucked oysters to taste, champagne, sparkling wines and lots to taste from Chef Rainer Schwarz and the Driftwood Kitchen.  This event benefits the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County. The fundraising event will begin at 2pm and continue to 6pm. The Deck is located at 627 Sleepy Hollow Drive, Laguna Beach, nestled between the Pacific Edge Hotel and the Pacific Ocean. Tickets range in price from $95 to $145, VIP tickets which include early entry. For more information about this event or to purchase tickets, see their website at: http://www.sipnshuck.com/#about.

 

 

Laguna Beach  is the second oldest beach front city in Orange County, being incorporated in 1927. The city is dedicated to the arts with over 180 artists in residence, weekly gallery walks and three large scale arts shows each year. Located at 21702 Ocean Vista Drive Unit #H, this 900 square foot home is part of the Ocean Vista Custom community. This two bedroom, one bathroom home was built in 1960. This condo has a cul-de-sac setting. The condo has views of the Pacific Ocean, whitewater and the coastline. The complex amenities include a swimming pool, party clubhouse and cabana. Ocean Vista Custom Homes includes the neighborhoods of Blue Lagoon, Alta Vista, Aliso Laguna, Smithcliffs, Irvine Cove and Victoria Beach. Residents have access to both private and public beaches.

 

 

Located at 30 Valerio, this 3,800 square foot home is part of the Lucera development in Newport Beach. This four bedroom, four bathroom home was built in 1999. This is a former model home, which has a guest suite, library and custom bookcases. Attention to detail can be seen in the coffered ceilings, French Doors and a fireplace. This home sits on an 8,500 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Lucera is a 24 hour guard gated neighborhood. Amenities include swimming pool, spa, playground and tennis courts.

 

 

Bay View Terrace Condos is a condo complex in Eastside, Costa Mesa.  Bay View Terrace Condos is a small complex built in 1980. Many condos have been remodeled in recent years. Most floor plans have three bathrooms and three bedrooms. The square footage of these condos ranges from 1,900 square feet to 2,000 square feet. Each condo has an attached two car garage. Condos are priced between $600,000 and $650,000. Among the many amenities are a swimming pool, spa and tennis courts.

 

 

Located at 64 Archipelago Drive, this 4,000 square foot is part of the Oceana community in Crystal Cove. This four bedroom, five bathroom home was built in 2004. The gourmet kitchen features Sub-Zero and Viking appliances, Calcutta Marble and a Wolf Range and Oven. The home is one level with astonishing views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, white water and the coastline. This home sits on a large 14,000 square foot piece of property.

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