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.

Sept. 29, 2021

The Taste of Laguna Food and Music Festival 2021

The Taste of Laguna Food and Music Festival 2021 will be held Thursday, October 14th. General Admission tickets are $85 and VIP tickets are $150. This event combines two community favorite events The Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Laguna and KX FM’s annual concert, into one large event for food and music fans. More than 40 local restaurants and award-winning chefs will showcase their specialty dishes. There is a limited number of tickets, so get your tickets early. General Admission tickets are $85 and VIP tickets are $150. The Taste of Laguna Food and Music Festival will be held at The Festival of Arts, located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. For more information, see their website at: http://www.tasteoflagunabeach.com/.

 

Shady Canyon is a group of three luxury communities in the Turtle Rock Village in the city of Irvine. Shady Canyon is an 800-acre area with Shady Canyon Country Club and Golf Course and dedicated green space. Located at 33 Black Hawk, this 5,100 square foot home is part of the Shady Canyon Custom Community. This three-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 2004. Attention to detail can be found in the wood beamed ceilings, use of Venetian plaster and custom iron work. The gourmet kitchen features dual dishwashers, a butler’s pantry, and large center island.There are views of the surrounding hills and canyons. This home sits on a large 20,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool. spa, outdoor kitchen, two outdoor fireplaces, and built-in barbeque. Shady Canyon is a 24-hour guard gated. Among the many amenities offered in Shady Canyon are tennis courts, spas, swimming pools, a clubhouse, and parks.

 

Laguna Beach is seaside community with a strong dedication to the arts.The city has three large scale art festivals each year, 180 artists in residence, 80 plus art galleries and weekly art walks. Located at 845 Summit Drive, this 3,200 square foot home is part of the Upper Diamond development. This four-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 1983. Attention to detail can be seen in the high-volume ceilings, glass front entry and star light ceiling décor. The gourmet kitchen features Quartzite countertops, large center island, and breakfast bar. The home and property have a wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, white water, city night lights and colorful sunsets. This home sits on a 4,600 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, there is a wraparound porch and an al fresco dining area. Upper Diamond is south of Woods Cove and Summit Ridge. There is easy access to the beach for Upper Diamond residents. 

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Aug. 31, 2021

Laguna Art Museum Exhibit Art People

The Laguna Art Museum is hosting an exhibit by Matthew Rolston, Art People: The Pageant Portraits. The exhibit will be open until September 19th, 2021.  Mathew Rolston is an artist, photographer, and video director. This exhibit features his larger-than-life images of people in Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters. These are images that are vibrant, and full of color. The exhibit is accompanied by a catalogue with essays on the different works arts. Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach. For more information, see their website at: https://lagunaartmuseum.org/exhibitions/matthew-rolston-art-people-the-pageant-portraits/.

 

Costa Mesa is an Orange County city surrounded by Huntington Beach, Irvine, and Newport Beach. The city is 16 square miles and is just one mile from the Pacific Ocean at its southern most tip. Located at 178 Flower Street, this 3,500 square foot home is part of the Eastside Costa Mesa community. This five-bedroom, six-bathroom home was built in 1940.  Attention to detail can be seen in the use of dark walnut hard wood floors, multiple fireplaces, and stonework. The gourmet kitchen features stainless steel Thermador appliances, three ovens, three dishwashers and three refrigerators. This home sits on a 7,700 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy outdoor cooking area and well-manicured back yard. 

 

Laguna Beach is an Orange County city with a population of approximately 23,000 residents and seven miles of sandy beaches. The city has a strong dedication to its arts culture with over 80 art galleries, 180 artists in residence and three large scale art shows. Located at 2431 Riviera Drive, this 10,000 square foot home is part of the Irvine Cove development. This six-bedroom, nine-bathroom home was built in 1996. Attention to detail can be seen in the walls of glass, honed limestone floors and crafted millwork. There are forever views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, city night lights and vibrant sunsets. This home sits on a large 20,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. The property has 180 feet frontage on the private beach. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy mature gardens, outdoor terraces, and swimming pool.  Irvine Cove has just 110 homes, in the northern end of Laguna Beach. This is a 24-hour guard gated community.

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July 30, 2021

Laguna Art-A-Fair Open Daily

The Laguna Art-A-Fair is back and open to the public. Laguna Art-A-Fair has been a Southern California staple for over 50 years, it is part of the Laguna Canyon area. They offer original creations, affordable reproductions, live music, art demonstrations and great food and snacks. The festival has over 100 fine artists and craft artisans specializing in watercolor, mixed media, encaustic, pastel, jewelry, photography, and so much more. The fair is open daily from July 2nd through September 5th, daily until 7pm, Friday and Saturday until 8pm. Laguna Art-A-Fair is located at 777 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. For more information, see their website at: https://www.art-a-fair.com/.

 

Pelican Hill is part of the Newport Coast section of Newport Beach. With its high bluff setting, Pelican Hill is home to some of the best view properties in Orange County. Located at 1 Pelican Crest Drive, this 13,000 square foot home is part of the Pelican Crest development. This seven-bedroom, eleven-bathroom home was built in 2010, by architect Fari. The home was recently remodeled with onyx slab floors, fabric and wood paneled walls and Venetian plaster. The chef’s kitchen features Cristalo slab countertops, top of the line appliances and a secondary prep kitchen. In addition, the estate has a 1,200 plus bottle wine cellar, dance studio and gym and a home theater. There are forever views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, Catalina Island, Pelican Hill Golf Course, city night lights and gorgeous sunsets.This home sits on a large 31,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy many ocean view decks, covered loggias and balconies.Pelican Crest is home to 158 custom built estate with a 24-hour guard gate. Pelican Crest is directly above the Crystal Cove State Park and Beach. 

 

Laguna Beach is seaside community in Orange County with over seven miles of pristine sandy beaches. The population of Laguna Beach is approximately 23,000 residents. Located at 31099 Coast, this 3,500 square foot home is part of the Aliso Laguna development. This five-bedroom, six-bathroom home was built in 1987. The chef’s kitchen features granite countertops, a center island, and opens onto the family room. All the bathrooms have recently been upgraded. Homeowners will love entertaining in the large downstairs entertainment room with a bar area and on the large outdoor patio. You will be able to enjoy Pacific Ocean views from nearly every window. This home sits on a 6,450 square foot piece of property, very near the Treasure Island and Park. Aliso Laguna is in the heart of Laguna Beach, just a short distance from South Laguna Beach with many options for shopping and dining. Homeowners are just steps from the beach.

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June 28, 2021

Feast Laguna Tours

Feast Laguna is a great way to get out and experience the Laguna Beach food scene. Feast Laguna offers local guides to showcase local favorites, authentic dishes, and family-owned Laguna restaurants. The guided tours are filled with local history, information, and public art. There are many tours to choose from including Best Bites of Laguna: A Food and Culture Walking tour, which is a three-hour food tour with six tasting spots and meet and greets with local chef’s bakers, chocolatiers, and gelato makers. For more information or to see all their tour options, see their website at: https://www.feastlaguna.com/.

 

 

Crystal Cove is group of exclusive developments in the Newport Coast section of Newport Beach. Crystal Cove is situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Coast Highway, just north of Laguna Beach. Located at 88 Sidney Bay Drive, this 3,800 square foot home is part of Crystal Cove Custom community. This four-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 2001. This villa is a rear facing unit which features a library, Dolby Atmos media room and three fireplaces. The gourmet kitchen has soap stone and Carrera countertops, professional grade stainless steel appliances and a herringbone back splash. Attention to detail can be seen in the custom paint colors, French Oak flooring, and concrete tiles. This home sits on a cul-de-sac with a greenbelt setting. Residents are within walking to distance to the Canyon Club Recreational Center with resort style activities including a swimming pool, fitness room, tennis courts and a half basketball court. 

 

Laguna Beach is a just south of Newport Beach in Orange County. Laguna Beach is dedicated to the arts with weekly art walks, over 180 artists in resident and three large scale art shows each year. Located at 507 Canyon Acres Drive, this 1,500 square foot home is part of the Canyon development. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1995 and designed by award winning architect John O’Neill. The completely renovated kitchen features onyx countertops, Thermador appliances and European fixtures. Attention to detail can be seen in the two-story living room, vaulted ceilings, and a large fireplace. This home sits on a 10,000 square foot piece of property, with awe-inspiring views of Laguna Canyon. The Canyon is off Highway 18 at the top of Laguna Beach. Beaches are a ten-minute drive away.

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May 27, 2021

Fete de la Musique Laguna Beach 2021

Fete de la Musique Laguna Beach 2021 is happening, live and in-person! The festival will be held at Main Beach Park in Laguna Beach. The festival is on Saturday, June 19th from 12 noon to 4pm. This celebration is based on an all-night celebration of music in France. The festival was originally thought up by an American musician in working abroad in France in the late 1970’s. Each year, in various spots, throughout the world, in June the event is held. This year the event in Laguna Beach happens to coincide with World Music Day. This is a free event to attend. For more information, see their website at: https://lagunabeachsistercities.com/fete-de-la-musique/.

 

Newport Beach is an Orange County beach front city, one of its oldest being incorporated in 1906. The population of Newport Beach is approximately 85,000. Located at Shearwater Place, this 1,200 square foot home is part of the Bayview Terrace community. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom home was built in 1986. This one level home has high volume ceilings, glass doors and skylights.   This home sits on a 3,500 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a stone work patio and lovely mature plants. Bayview Terrace is in the East Bluff-Harbor View area and is a 24-hour guard gated community. There are just 145 homes in this neighborhood. Residents are within walking distance to Back Bay Nature Preserve. 

 

Laguna Beach is a luxurious beach side community with a dedication to the arts. Each year, the city hosts three large scale art festivals, weekly gallery walks and has over 180 artists in residence. Located at 2240 Hillview Drive, this 3,200 square foot home is part of the Park Avenue Estates community. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1979. This recently remodeled home has four bedroom which surround a courtyard. The kitchen opens onto a great room, sunken living room and dining room. There are gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, surrounding hills and canyons and beautiful evening sunsets.  This home sits on an 8,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting.  Park Avenue Estates is just north of Temple Hills in the heart of Laguna Beach. There population of Park Avenue Estates is approximately 150 residents. Residents has easy access to Woods Canyon Nature Preserve.

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April 30, 2021

Anna and Sergei at Laguna Playhouse

Laguna Playhouse is presenting Anna and Sergei.  This will be a virtual event live from Florence, Italy. This is a memory play set in the house of Russian Rachmaninoff in Beverly Hills. The story takes place between Rachmaninoff and Anna Anderson, the Romanov imposter. This play features some of Rachmaninoff’s best music and melodies.  This event gets underway at 5pm. Tickets are $55. For more information, or to purchase tickets, see their website at: https://www.visitlagunabeach.com/events/laguna-playhouse-presents-anna-sergei-live-from-florence/.

 

Shady Canyon is a group of three distinctive developments in the Turtle Rock Village of Irvine.  Shady Canyon is a home to approximately 400 luxury residences and 1,000 residents. Located at 63 Canyon Creek, this 9,600 square foot home is part of the Shady Canyon Custom community. This five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home was built in 2009. The gourmet kitchen features Meile, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, marble countertops and a large center island. Attention to detail can be seen in the folding glass doors, grand fireplace and temperature-controlled wine cellar. There is elevator access to all levels. This home sits on a very large 23,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool, spa, waterfalls and a grilling bar. Shady Canyon is a 24-hour guard gated community. The community offers a private golf club, clubhouse and tennis courts. 

 

Laguna Beach is an Orange County city with a strong dedication to the arts.  Laguna Beach has weekly art gallery walks, three large scale art festivals per year and over 180 artists in residence. Located at 10 Smithcliffs, this 4,500 square foot home is part of the Smithcliffs development.  This three-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 2000. Attention to detail can be seen in the high-volume ceilings, lanai style doors and fireplace. This home sits on a 10,500 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a built-in fire pit area and a rooftop view deck. Smithcliffs is just north of Crescent Bay and just south of Emerald Bay. Students living in this area attend El Morro Elementary School Thursrton Middle School and Laguna Beach High School.

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March 31, 2021

Promenade on Forest Avenue Springtime

The Promenade on Forest Avenue is open and ready for visitors.  Spring is in the air, come out and take advantage of the open-air dining, display art and performance art. The pedestrian only area stretches from Coast Highway to Glennevre Street. The promenade is designed to bolster local business and give visitors a fun and interactive outing. Stores and restaurants are open and ready for your business. The layout is designed for social distancing, has hand sanitizing stations and is maintained by staff to regularly disinfect the area. Forest Avenue is open daily from 9am to 10pm. For more information, see their website at: https://lagunabeachcity.net/news/displaynews.htm?NewsID=2215&TargetID=20.

 

Pelican Hill is a coastal development in the Newport Coast section of Newport Beach.Pelican Hill is home to five exclusive developments that surround the world-class Pelican Hill Resort, Spa and Golf Courses. Located at 6 Shoreview, this 19,000 square foot home is part of the Pelican Point community. This eight-bedroom, nineteen-bathroom home was built in 2003. The home was designed by architect David Ko, interior designer Thurston Boyd and theater designer Theo Kalomirakis. The home features a two theaters, library and Smart Home technology. Entertaining is a blast in the Italian bistro, night club and the lounge with a built-in bar. This home sits on a very large 31,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac and corner lot setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy full outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven, mature gardens, swimming pool and spa. Pelican Point is just south of Corona del Mar.This 24-hour guard gated development is home to 48 custom built estates. 

 

Laguna Beach is a seaside community with a dedication to the arts. Laguna Beach has over 180 artists in residence, 80 plus art galleries, a weekly art gallery walks and three large scale art shows per year. Located at 591 Balboa Avenue, this 3,500 square foot home is part of the Portafina community. This four-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 2005. This house was designed by architect Mark Singer. Attention to detail can be seen in the high-volume ceilings, multiple skylights and floor to ceiling windows. The gourmet kitchen features a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf range and European Siematic cabinets. This home sits on an 8,400 square foot piece of property. The large patio had stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the evening sunsets. Portafina is situated in the hills of South Laguna off of Nyes Place Road. Portafina has approximately 450 residents.

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March 1, 2021

Puccini Virtually at The Laguna Playhouse

The Laguna Playhouse is hosting a very special evening of music live from Florence, Italy.  This will be the world premiere production of Hershey Felder Puccini. On Sunday, March 14th, 2021, at 5pm pst, the show will air virtually. Puccini is the story of the composer, his scandalous life, his female characters, and the real women in his life.  It will all be filmed live in the locations where these events occurred. Music from La Boheme, Tosca and Turandot will be included. Guests will have access to the recording until Sunday, March 21st. Tickets are $55. For more information or to purchase trickers, see their website at: https://lagunaplayhouse.com/2020-2021-special-performances/hershey-felder-puccini-live-from-florence/.

 

 

Crystal Cove is part of the Newport Coast section of Newport Beach.  In addition to several residential areas, Crystal Cove is home to the Crystal Cove State Park with hiking, swimming, horseback riding and the Historical District of 1930’s beach cottages. Located at 16 Baffin Bay, this 4,300 square foot home is part of the Nautilus community. This five-bedroom, six-bathroom home was built in 2001. Attention to detail can be seen in the wrought iron staircase, fireplace and first floor suite. The gourmet kitchen features stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets and natural stone countertops. The home has views of the Pacific Ocean, whitewater, and city night lights.  This home sits on a 7,800 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a spa, fire pit, mature and lush landscaping. Nautilus is a 24-hour guard gated development. The Canyon Club Recreational Center is available to all Crystal Cove residents and is the social hub of the area. 

 

Laguna Beach is one of the oldest beach front cities in Orange County. Laguna Beach is dedicated to the arts with over 80 art galleries, weekly art gallery walks, three large art shows and over 180 artists in residence. Located at 1333 Moorea Way, this 10,000 square foot home is part of the Mystic Hills development. This six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home was built in 2020, by architect James Conrad. The home has a five-car garage and elevator access to all levels. The house and property have incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, whitewater, surrounding canyons, Catalina Island and spectacular sunsets. This home sits on a very large 34,000 square foot home with a cul-de-sac setting. This property is street to street, Moorea to Skyline. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy manicured grounds, swimming pool and spa. Mystic Hills is in the hills in the heart of Laguna Beach, near Laguna Village. Residents are close to the beach, restaurants, art galleries and shops. 

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Feb. 2, 2021

Hortense Miller Garden Workshop

The Hortense Miller Garden is offering an outdoor workshop experience. The Meditating in the Garden Workshop is a three guided mindfulness meditation retreat. The quiet beauty of the garden is the perfect place to begin mindfulness. Hortense Miller Garden was begun in 1959 and is one- and one-half acres in the Boat Canyon area of Laguna Beach. The garden features the large range of plants which grow in Southern California coastal zones. There is information throughout the garden about how to use these techniques in your own garden. The garden focuses encouraging diversity of the plant and animal life. For more information or to sign up, see their website at: https://www.ocparks.com/parks/irvine.

 

Corona del Mar is known locally as the CDM and is Spanish for “Crown of the Sea.” Corona del Mar has pristine beaches, tide pools, cliffside views and quaint village shops. Located at 1107 Dolphin, this 4,400 square foot home is part of the Irvine Terrace development. This six-bedroom, six-bathroom home was built in 2004, by RDM Construction. Attention to detail can be seen in the limestone floors, Venetian plaster walls skylights. The gourmet kitchen features white quartzite waterfall island, mahogany cabinetry and Dacor appliances. The home and property have wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean, Newport Harbor, city night lights and incredible sunsets. This home sits on a large 16,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy an infinity edge pool, spa and an outdoor kitchen. Irvine Terrace has 390 homes. All homes in Irvine Terrace are single level, to ensure everyone’s views. 

 

Laguna Beach is one the oldest beachside communities in Orange County. Laguna Beach has a large commitment to the arts with over 180 artists in residents, 80 plus art galleries, weekly art walks and three large scale art shows. Located at 91 Blue Lagoon, this 1,700 square foot home is part of the Blue Lagoon development.  This two-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1964. The gourmet kitchen features a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking stove, Bosch dishwasher and custom cabinets. The condo has recently been renovated and is one of only 16 units located on the seawall. This Blue Lagoon has 119 condo units and is on the oceanside of the Pacific Coast Highway. Blue Lagoon offers two swimming pools, fitness center, tennis court and community rooms.

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Dec. 30, 2020

Outdoor Market Place at Sawdust Art Festival

The Sawdust Art Festival is hosting an Outdoor Market Place. The Outdoor Market Place offers a safe way to shop your favorite artists and art, in Sawdust’s three-acre eucalyptus grove. In addition, there will be live entertainment and outdoor dining for visitors to enjoy. Buy your tickets early, maximum capacity is limited to 250 guests at a time. The Market Place is open from 10am to 5pm, on weekends. Each weekend, there are over 48 booths open, over 100 artists rotate through these booths, so the inventory is everchanging. Admission is $5 for adults, kids twelve and under are free. The Sawdust Art Festival is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. For more information, see their website at: https://sawdustartfestival.org/.

 

Irvine is a large Orange County city which is surrounded by Tustin, Santa Ana, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Irvine is situated 36 miles south of Los Angeles and 76 miles north of San Diego. Located at 6 Japonica, this 3,600 square foot home is part of the Kenwood development in the Oak Creek Village. This five-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1999. Attention to detail can be seen in the fireplace, wet-bar and vaulted ceilings. The gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, center island and stainless-steel appliances. This home sits on an 8,400 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Kenwood is a gated community, with 95 single family homes. Oak Creek is a mid-sized village bordered by Jeffrey Road, Sandy Canyon Road and Irvine Center Drive. Students living in this village attend Oak Creek Elementary School, Lakeside Middle School and Woodbridge High School.

 

Laguna Beach is seaside community in Orange County.  Laguna Beach is dedicated to their arts culture, with 80 art galleries, weekly art galleries, 180 artists in residence and three large scale art shows. Located at 908 Quivera Street, this 3,600 square foot home is part of the Arch Beach Heights development. This four-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 2018. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of fold away glass walls, multiple fireplaces and white oak wood flooring. The gourmet kitchen features, Carrara marble countertops, Thermador appliances and large center island. The home has been designed to take advantage of the views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island and the city night lights.  This home sits on a 3,600 square foot piece of property, with a corner lot setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy 800 square feet of decks and patios. Arch Beach Heights is at the top of Laguna Beach above Laguna Beach Village. Due to its high bluff setting, the views are amazing from Arch Beach.

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