Pelican Point – Newport Coast, CA

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Pelican Point is a prestigious guard gated community on the ocean side of PCH in Newport Coast, CA.  This is my favorite community in Orange County.  Many residents have golf course AND ocean views!  Living on the golf course is quite impressive because Pelican Hill’s 36-hole golf course was designed by Tom Fazio and was ranked #1 in the world in 2012 by Condé Naste Traveler Magazine. The two courses are Ocean North and Ocean South with the South course framing Pelican Point.  The community of 55 glamorous estates rests between Laguna Beach and Corona Del Mar.  It offers convenient access to Pelican Hill Resort, Fashion Island, Crystal Cove shopping promenade, Balboa Island, Balboa Bay Club, and more.  The Mediterranean style mansions range from $5 – $16 million with some estates on double lots and/or oceanfront lots.  Many homes have subterranean parking, 5,000+ sq. ft. and an elevator.  The homes were built from the 90’s on with a limited number of vacant lots that may come up for resale in the future.  The community offers private access to Crystal Cove beach, an ideal place to stroll along the sand during sunset or an easy walk to the Beachcomber Cafe to dine alfresco.  The 24-hour guard gate keeps a tight rein on all entrants and even has the guards wearing dashing safari-style uniforms.

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Benefits of living in Pelican Point, Newport Coast include:

  • Oceanfront guard gated community
  • Developed community with limited new construction
  • Custom homes
  • Newport Mesa Unified School District
  • Private beach access
  • Magnificent coastal views
  • Ideal for golf carts
  • HOA under $600 per month
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Corona Del Mar, CA – Living in the Flower Streets

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Corona Del Mar, CA is located on the south end of Newport Beach.  While navigating your way through CDM, you’ll notice the streets off PCH are named after flowers.  The best part is they are also in alphabetical order!  The Flower Streets start at Acacia and go to Poppy.   CDM is very charming and the homes are beautiful!  Take a walk near Big Corona and admire the incredible custom homes.  Homes to the North of PCH and those in the South (closer to PCH) are mainly duplexes with a front unit and back or upper unit.  Back units are the 1/2 addresses such as 205 1/2 Jasmine.  Many homes closer to the Ocean have been remodeled or rebuilt into beautiful estates.  If you are looking to buy a home in CDM, please email me.  If you are looking to lease a home in CDM, my advice is to drive or even walk through the neighborhood, termed “The Village,” to find a For Lease by Owner sign.  Most of these homes go quickly due to the high demand.  The Village is an ideal area because of the proximity to the beach, restaurants, the new Port movie theater, boutiques, PCH, and Fashion Island.  Also search on Craigslist.com if you are looking for a lease.  Some owners will list their home for lease using a real estate agent, so always seek advice.  Realtors® may also know of pocket listings to give you an edge over the competition.

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Laguna Beach, CA – Summer Agenda

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9.1 sq. miles of incredible living boasting 7 miles of breathtaking coastline. Home to around 23,000 residents, Laguna Beach is one of the top places to live and visit. One of my favorite things to do in Laguna Beach is First Thursdays Art Walk held monthly in dowtown from 6pm-9pm. The Summer months are truly the best time to check this out because the weather is phenomenal and the city is so vibrant. Tour over 30 art galleries for free, drink complimentary wine, and enjoy the ocean air.  Hop on the free Laguna trolley to navigate between the North, Central, and South galleries.
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If you live in Orange County, you MUST experience Laguna’s famous Pageant of the Masters held in a starlit amphitheater from July 7 through August 31, 2013. Art comes to life as volunteers step inside famous paintings and sculptures. The 90 minute larger than life show features a live orchestra and a somewhat humourous narrator. Make dinner reservations in dowtown Laguna before the show then tour the Festival of Arts to see the works of 140 local artists before showtime at 8:30pm. Remember to bring your binoculars (or rent them there) to see if the people blink and dress warmly as it does get chilly in the evening. It will be a night you will always remember!

Benefits to living in Laguna Beach include:

    • Laguna Beach Unified School District
    • Boutiques & specialty shops
    • Hiking trails
    • Aliso Creek Golf Course – 9 hole course with ocean views
    • Delicious restaurants – dine alfresco with ocean views
    • Top resorts
    • Art galleries
    • Picturesque beaches – take exquisite photos!

Eastside Costa Mesa, CA – Prime time to buy

Newport Beach is one of the top cities within Orange County and even the entire United States to buy real estate.  Do you remember the famous TV show “The OC” with hot sports cars, mansions, and beautiful people?  Yes, parts of the show were an accurate representation of coastal Orange County, however, how do you eventually buy in Newport?  You move up!  An ideal neighborhood to buy a home or investment property in today’s market is Eastside Costa Mesa.  This area has fabulous homes, a prime location, and homes at more affordable prices with obvious signs of appreciation.  As of May 2013, the highest number of sales (20 closed escrows) falls in the $700,000 – $800,000 price range.  13 closed transactions fell within the $500,000-$600,000 price range which is slightly higher than the average OC home price.  These homes are ideal for a new family, roommates/friends looking to purchase a home together, North Orange County residents looking to live closer to the beach, and investors.  Also, homeowners are upgrading and taking on extensive remodels raising the comparable properties and improving the neighborhood for future buyers.  Other indicators include the city improvements and the large amount of money invested in redeveloping Triangle Square, renamed The Triangle, off Newport Blvd.  New restaurants have been added including Saddle Ranch, El Corazon de Costa Mesa, and a bowling alley called Tavern + Bowl scheduled to open this year.  For more info on this development visit their site.  The chart below shows 2012 sold listings by price range in green and 2013 sold listings in blue.  This data shows homes listed in the MLS and not properties sold by owner.

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Benefits of buying in Eastside Costa Mesa include:

  • Newport Mesa Unified School District
  • Under 3 miles to the beach
  • Close to Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve – 10.5 mile trail great for walking, riding bikes, admiring nature
  • Short drive to Huntington Beach – Attend the US Open of Surfing July 20th – 28th
  • Close to Newport Beach Golf Course – ideal 9 hole course
  • Convenient access to PCH and the 55 freeway
  • Near 17th street with new businesses and city development

 

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Welcome!

I read this inspirational blog the other day and was so moved I decided to start a new blog. My passion is residential real estate and I’d like to share my knowledge of communities, the best places to visit, buyer and seller tips, and interesting things around town through “Real Estate by the Beach.” As an Orange County, CA native I know how easy it is to be swept up in the ocean breeze and how hard it is to venture away from the coast.  The beach is incredibly calming yet powerful and I’m captivated by the natural beauty.  Orange County, California as a whole has much to offer from top tourist attractions, picturesque neighborhoods, friendly people, and desirable year around weather.  After graduating from college I obtained my real estate license and am a Realtor® (pronounced with an “or” not “er”).  Over the years my love for this business has grown despite the ups and downs and horrific great recession of 2008.  Like anything in life, if you work hard and do what you love, things will work out.

Check out the blog I read.  I think you’ll like it too!

http://www.problogger.net/archives/2011/05/18/how-to-quit-your-job-move-to-paradise-and-get-paid-to-change-the-world/