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.

June 2, 2020

Hortense Miller Garden

The Hortense Miller Garden has something in bloom every month of the year.  Located in the upper slopes of Boat Canyon, in Laguna Beach, the garden was established in the 1959.  The two and half acre garden, shows the large array plants that can be grown in Southern California. The garden is specifically designed and maintained to encourage plant diversity and wildlife species. They offer Open House Saturdays, private tours and a variety of the classes, such as Meditation in the Garden and Sun Catcher workshops. For more information about the garden, see their website at: https://www.hortensemillergarden.org/.

 

Crystal Cove is a group of luxury developments in the Newport Coast section of Newport Beach, just north of Laguna Beach. Crystal Cove is also home to the Crystal Cove State Park, with is Historical District, canyons and marine park. Located at 9 Coral Ridge, this 11,000 square foot home is part of the Coral Crestdevelopment. This six bedroom, eight bathroom home was built in 2019. Named “Chateau de la Mar,” this estate has an open floor plan that is filled with natural light. Attention to detail can be seen in the high ceilings, oversize windows and disappearing sliding doors. The home has dual kitchens, an elevator and a library.  There are world class views of the Pacific Ocean, surrounding hills and canyons. This home sits on a large 22,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool, spa, barbeque pit, fire pit and putting green. Coral Crest is home to 27 custom built estates. Coral Crest residents, like all Crystal Cove residents, are invited to the join in all the resort style recreational activities offered at the Canyon Club. 

 

Laguna Beach is beachside community in Orange County.  The population is approximately 23,000.  The city has seven miles of beaches. Located at 2101 Crestview Drive, this 3,600 square foot home is part of the Upper Diamond community. This four bedroom, four bathroom home was built in 1964. The living fireplace is finished with black leather slab granite. The gourmet kitchen features Calcutta Marble, Wolf appliances and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. There is elevator access to all levels. There are views from every level of the home and property of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, city night lights and picture-perfect sunsets. The home sits on a 8,300 square was Upper Diamond is situated just south of Wood Cove and residents have easy access to the beach.

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April 30, 2020

Laguna Beach Live! Encore Saxophone Quartet

Laguna Beach Live! Is presenting a concert by Encore Saxophone Quartet. The performance will be held at the Laguna Art Museum on Thursday, May 14th. Concerts begin at 7pm and end at 8pm. Concerts are free for museum members and regular admission prices for non-members.   Encore Saxophone Quartet is an award-winning musical group from Los Angeles. The group was founded in 1984 by renowned musician Douglas Masek. Their original compositions range from Classical to Modern Jazz. In addition to the quartet, members are educators at UCLA, Vanguard University, La Sierra University and California State University. Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive. For more information about this event or learn more about the groups, see either of these websites; https://lagunabeachlive.squarespace.com/encore-saxophone-quartet or 

www.encoresaxophonequartet.com.

 

Crystal Cove is part of the Newport Coast section of Newport Beach.  Crystal Cove is made-up of several luxury residential developments and the Crystal Cove State Park. The Crystal Cove residential developments and the state park are situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Coast Highway, just north of Laguna Beach. Located at 18 Archipelago Drive, this 4,200 square foot home is part of the Windward community. This five bedroom, five bathroom home was built in 2005. The gourmet kitchen features professional grade Viking appliances. The home has breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, city night lights and vibrant evening sunsets, on clear days the views stretch to San Clemente Islands. This home sits on a large 14,000 square foot piece of property.  The professionally designed landscaping was done by Molly Wood. In addition, outdoors there is a saltwater swimming pool, spa and outdoor fireplace. Windward is a 24 hour guard gated neighborhood. As part of Crystal Cove, all Windward residents are invited to join in all the resort style recreational activities offered at the Canyon Club, which is also the social hub of the area. 

 

Laguna Beach is an Orange County city which is just south of Newport Beach. Laguna Beach is home to three large scale art festivals each year, has over 80 art galleries, and 180 artists in residence. 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 and designed by Mark Singer. This home has been used for many photo shoots over the last 30 years. The property has sweeping views from sky to ocean. With approximately 2 acres of property, this home epitomizes beach city living. Outdoors, there is a swimming pool, casita guest house and is extremely private.  Arch Beach Heights is at the top of Laguna Beach, above Laguna Beach Village. There are approximately 2,000 residents in Arch Beach Heights. 

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March 30, 2020

First Thursday Art Walks

Make art season, last year-round with weekly art walks. First Thursday Art Walk take place the first Thursday of each month in Laguna Beach. First Thursday Art Walks promote art education, local art and artists and Laguna Beach. Art walk works in cooperation with the city to provide trolley service for the weekly event. Art Walks begin at 6pm and it is free to the public. Upcoming art walks will be on April 2nd, May 7th and June 4th. For more information about Thursday Art Walks, see their website at: http://firstthursdaysartwalk.com/.

 

Crystal Cove is a group of exclusive neighborhoods in the Newport Coast section of Newport Beach. Crystal Cove in situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Coast Highway, just north of Laguna Beach. Located at 2 Twilight Bluff, this 4,100 square foot is part of Nautilus community. This four bedroom, five bathroom home was built in 2004. There are wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, Catalina Island, city night lights and evening sunsets. This home sits on a 9,500 square foot piece of property, with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy the PebbleTec swimming pool, spa, a built-in barbeque area, and outdoor dining area. The home backs onto a greenbelt. Nautilus is a 24 hour guard gated community. Nautilus residents, like all Crystal Cove residents, are invited to join in all the resort style activities offered at the Canyon Club Recreational Center, which acts as the social hub of Crystal Cove. 

 

Laguna Beach is an Orange County beachside city with a dedication to the arts. Laguna Beach has monthly art walks, three large scale art festivals each year and over 180 artists in residence. 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 one level home was designed by architect Mark Singer. The home sits on nearly two acres of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool with a separate guest casita.  Arch Beach Heights is at the top of Laguna Beach in the hills above Laguna Beach Village. The population of Arch Beach Heights is approximately 2,000 residents with many being families. 

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March 20, 2020

Just sold in Newport Ridge, Newport Coast

Michael Franco and the team at MWA Luxury real estate sold the home located at 32 Bargemon in the Newport Ridge development in Newport Coast.  The home sold on June 25th, 2019 for $1,900,000. This four bedroom, two and half bathroom home is 2,900 square feet. The kitchen has a six-burner stove. This home was built in 2002. This home sits on a 5,900 square foot piece of property, with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool. 

 

Newport Ridge is situated just off the Newport Ridge Drive and it is surrounded by Buck Gully and Coyote Canyon. There are just 38 homes in Newport Ridge.  Newport Ridge was built between 1993 and 1995. Among the amenities offered in Newport Ridge are s sports court, tennis courts and barbeque area. Students living in this area attend Newport Mesa Unified Schools, specifically Newport Coast Elementary School and Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School. Newport Coast is part of Newport Beach, having been annexed in 2001.  Newport Coast is just north of Laguna Beach.  The area of the city is home to the Pelican Hill Resort, Spa, and Golf Courses and the Crystal Cove State Park and Beach. Newport Coast has five-star restaurants and world-class shopping.

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March 19, 2020

Michael Franco sells in Huntington Beach

Michael Franco and MWA Luxury real estate recently sold the home at 607 8th Street in Huntington Beach. The home sold on October 22, 2019 for $1,444,000. This three bedroom, five bathroom home is 2,500 square feet. This home was built in 1989. The open plan kitchen was recently remodeled with granite and stone countertops and pots and pans drawers. Attention to detail can be seen in the high-volume ceilings, fireplace and plantation shutters. The home has peek-a-bee ocean views and city night light views. Homeowners are a five minute walk to the beach and a ten minute walk to the downtown. Students living in this area attend Smith Elementary School, Dwyer Middle School and Huntington High School. Huntington Beach is the largest beach side city in Orange County. Known as HB and “Surf City, USA,”  Huntington Beach  has 8.5 miles of uninterrupted coastline and beach. The city has a population of approximately 190,000 residents and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Seal Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Westminster and Fountain Valley. The downtown area of Huntington Beach has over 250 downtown businesses, including restaurants, shopping and a large variety of services. The downtown area has street fairs and farmers markets, all while enjoying ocean views. 

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March 18, 2020

Just Sold in Tesoro Crest, Newport Coast

Located at 36 Marisol, Newport Coast, this Italianate Villa was just sold by Michael Franco and the team at MWA Luxury real estate. The home sold on November 26th, 2019 for $1,775,000. This 2,200 square foot home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms and was built in 1998. The open floor plan features high ceilings, a neutral color palette and is filled with natural light. The recently remodeled kitchen has marble countertops, travertine floors and stainless-steel appliances. The family room has a fireplace and custom built-ins. The home sits on a 4,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy the built-in barbeque area, spa and an outdoor dining area. Tesoro Crest was built by Standard Pacific Homes, with four floor plans.  This is a 24-hour guard gated community. The homeowners’ association provides many amenities including a swimming pool, barbeque area, sports court and tennis courts. Students attend the award-winning Newport Mesa Unified Schools, Newport Coast Elementary and Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School. Newport Coast is situated at the south end of Newport Beach, just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast is home to the world-class Pelican Hill Resort, Spa and Golf Courses, Crystal Cove State Park, five-star restaurants and shopping. 

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March 16, 2020

Recently sold in The Meridian in Newport Beach

Michael Franco and the MWA luxury real estate team recently sold the home located at 1309 Santa Barbara Drive.  This home is situated in The Meridian development in Newport Beach.  This 2,400 square foot condo was built in 2014.  It has two bedrooms and three bathrooms. The master bathroom was redone in 2018 with natural stone walk-in shower. This unit faces the golf course and has also has ocean views, including Catalina Island. The sale includes all furniture, fixtures, wall art and electronic equipment. The home sold on December 20th, 2019 for $3,350,000. The Meridian is a condo complex which is in the East Bluff area. The complex was completed in 2015, with 79 units. There are great views of the Pacific Ocean, golf course, and city night lights. The building has concierge service. Among the many amenities offered in the Meridian are a fitness center, clubroom, a grilling area and an outdoor swimming pool. Residents of the Meridian are within walking distance of Fashion Island. Newport Beach is world-class Orange County city. Newport Beach is one of the oldest cities in Orange County, being incorporated in 1906.

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March 13, 2020

Recently sold in Cypress, Orange County

Michael Franco and the team at MWA luxury real estate recently sold a home in the city of Cypress. Cypress is an Orange County city, with a population of approximately 47,000 residents. Cypress was incorporated in 1956, under the name of Dairy City. In 1957, the city changed the name to Cypress. One of the most popular events in the city is the annual birthday celebration of the city. Called the Cypress Community Festival, this one-day celebration is the largest single day event of its kind in Orange County. Located at 5490 Brittany Way, in the city of Cypress, this home sold on January 1st, 2020 for $460,000. This condo is part of The Cambridge Commons Condominium Complex, which was built in 1985.  This corner unit is two bedrooms, three bathrooms and 907 square feet. Recent updates include new paint and new flooring.  The renovated kitchen has brand new stainless steel appliances, built-in microwave, dishwasher, and granite countertops. This unit has a two-car attached garage. Residents are approximately a ten-minute drive from the beach. Among amenities offered in The Cambridge Commons are a swimming pool and recreation area. Students in this area attend schools in the Anaheim Union High School District which includes Walker Middle School and Kennedy High School.

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March 12, 2020

Michael Franco sells in Laguna Niquel

The home at 31711 Isle Vis  in Laguna Niquel was recently sold by Michael Franco and the team at MWA luxury real estate.  The home sold on January 21st, 2020 for $3,175,000. This four bedroom, five bathroom home is 4,956 square feet. The home was built in 1999. The Mediterranean style home is in the guard gated development of Monarch Point. The home features a formal living room and dining room, chef’s kitchen large family room and office space. The kitchen has a large center island, a six-burner cooktop, and breakfast bar. Attention to detail can be seen the use of granite, recessed lighting and crown molding. The laundry has two washers and two dryers. The home also has two fireplaces. Views from the home and property include the Pacific Ocean, surrounding canyons, the coastline, Catalina Island, and city night lights.  The home sits on a quarter acre piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a built-in barbeque area, patio, swimming pool and spa. Laguna Niguel is just east of the Laguna Beach. Laguna Niguel was incorporated in 1959 and is one the first master planned communities in California, it currently has a population of approximately 63,000 residents. Laguna Niquel is bordered by Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills and Aliso Viejo. Laguna Niguel students attend schools in the Capistrano Unified School District. There are seven elementary schools serving Laguna Niguel, one middle school and two high schools. The high schools are Dana Hills located in Dana Point and Aliso Niguel High School located in Aliso Viejo.  

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March 11, 2020

Recently Sold in Pacific Ridge, Newport Coast

Michael Franco and the MWA Luxury team recently sold the home located at 1 Tranquil, in Newport Coast. . Newport Coast is at the south end of Newport Beach, just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast was annexed by Newport Beach in 2001. The home was sold on February 3rd for $2,150,000. This four bedroom, three bathroom home is 2,812 square feet. This home was built in 2005 and has a Tuscan architectural style. The gourmet kitchen features a gas range, granite countertops and stone work. Flooring is hardwood and stone. There is one fireplace in the home, located in the family room. The property is 7,039 square foot. There are views of the surrounding mountains and the surrounding greenbelt. This is home is situated in the Pacific Ridge development. Pacific Ridge is comprised of four developments: Belcara, Cypress, Pienza and Costa Azul. This home is in Belcara. This is a 24-hour guard gated development near the Boomer Canyon Open Reserve. Belcara has 107 single family homes, with four models to choose from. Among the many amenities offered in Pacific Ridge are a 10-acre park, junior Olympic size swimming pool, spa, wading pool, and barbeque area with an outdoor fireplace. Students living in Belcara attend Newport Coast Elementary School, and Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School. 

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