Category Archives: Laguna Beach Real Estate

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The Laguna Friends of Architecture features three Laguna Architectural Landmarks

Join local architecturally passionate friends for a glass of wine and hear from former Laguna Beach Historical Society president Gene Felder. The program, with extensive historical and modern photographs, will be Three Laguna Beach Architectural Landmarks: Pyne Castle, Village Rockledge, and the Richard Halliburton Hangover House.

Photographs courtesy of the Laguna Beach Historical Society, the Roger W. Jones collection, and The First American Title collection.

The program is this Friday, Oct. 2 at 6 o’clock at LCAD, Studio 12. Please email Sean McCracken at smccracken@surterreproperties.com with any questions.


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Art from the psychedelic era

 

Art from the psychedelic era

The overlooked contribution of
the Brothers of Eternal Love

Until now Come join us this Saturday for a curator’s tour of the art work from the late 60s in
Laguna’s counter culture days
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If you haven’t heard about the Bother of Enteral Love days in Laguna get ready to be blown away.

To put it as briefly as possible, during the late 50s early sixties, there were a gang of hoods in Anaheim that loved to fight and take drugs of every type.

They heard that a new drug LSD, which at the time was legal, was being served at a party in LA, so they crashed the party and stole the LSD.

All of a sudden these hard-ass dudes became spiritually enlightened with the gang’s leader John Griggs seeing Jesus Christ on one his first LSD trips. They called themselves the Brothers of Eternal Love and set up their new residence in Laguna Canyon in Laguna Beach on Woodland St. which is next to the Sawdust Festival.

There they put their mission to ‘enlighten the world’ into action with vast quantities of LSD (when it became illegal they made their own, called Orange Sunshine) as well as hashish and marijuana. They were the first major worldwide distribution drug network having gone to Afghanistan and stuffed VW vans they bought in Germany with hashish and shipped them home. Later it was marijuana stuffed surfboards.

 

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Laguna Home sales have month to month volatility

August sales are way down but homes going into escrow bounce back to summer average of 53 homes

August Summary:

  • Sales way down: 24 home were sold vs. 44 last month and 34 in Aug. a year ago
  • But 53 homes are in escrow (which is the same as Aug. for the last 3 years) and is the true pulse of the market
  • The median sold price for the year is $1,650m down 8% compared to last year
  • 250 homes are for sale – consistent with last few months and last year but will be going down based on historical info for last few years for fall and winter
  • $0 to $1.5m is a sellers’ market, $1.5m to $4m is a neutral market and over $4 is a buyers’ market

This 3 cottage St. Ann property is currently for sale as a ‘pocket listing’, not in MLS

Live in one and rent the other two
Or rent all three short or long term legally

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255 St Ann – There are three beautiful cottages on this property. They’ve all been beautifully remodeled. They are permitted rentals so they can be rented on short or long term basis.
It will be offered for around $2.4 and the seller says it has a 6% cap rate. Let me know if you’ve any interest and I’ll send the financial proforma. Great village location and a beautiful property.
Video of area on St. Ann St. where the Laguna Lady was found and shots of the newly refurbished cottages.
Website of property

Another Pocket Listing

31868 Circle Drive

This property is PERFECT for the couple, individual or person seeking a beach getaway. 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.  Contemporary and remodeled with breathtaking views of Paradise Cove (Thousand Steps Beach) with beach access and great parking. This is not in mls but is listed.  Please call me with any questions or interest.  This is a great value and home $2,050,000

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Articles about the Local Real Estate Market

Will Wall Street turmoil affect Southern California housing market? – LA Times

Mid-summer homebuying down 12% in million-dollar Orange County ZIPs – The Orange County Register

One in three O.C. homes for sale are priced above $1 million – The Orange County Register

July rent up 5% in a year – The Orange County Register

$1 million home listings surge: one-third of houses for sale in O.C. have asking prices in seven figures – The Orange County Register

 


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The story of the discovery of the oldest human remains in the Western Hemisphere, discovered by Howard Wilson in Laguna Beach California

It was a hot, sunny day in Laguna Beach California in 1933, when 17 year old Howard Wilson showed up at his pal Ed Marriner’s house to talk to him about something that he had been thinking about lately. Howard had plans for a great adventure that day.

Howard Wilson - 1932 Howard and Ed often spent time together, roaming over the empty Laguna landscape searching for local Indian artifacts. They both had been well schooled in the lay of this rugged land, the coastal bluffs, it’s rivers, hills and canyons. They both had spent most of their youth scrambling amongst the hidden treasures of this unique coastal environment, and they loved it deeply. They shared a common interest in the history of the area, and especially the living history of the inhabitants that were living here before the Spanish “discovered” them in the late 1500’s.

They also knew exactly where to look amongst the cliff tops and fields of coastal Laguna for places the Indians lived and worked. Indian village sites were scattered everywhere along the coast and easy to find – if you knew where to look. The patches of rich black soil filled with small bits of chipped and burned rock, mixed in with seashells by the thousands, that told them this was the living floor or “midden” of a vanished people who once populated the coast.

The makers of these middens, were a semi-nomadic group of desert culture people that had come into the Southern California area around 3,000 years ago, displacing the older “Oak Grove” people, who were here before them by nearly another 3,000 years earlier. Little is known of these earlier “Oak Grove” people from that ancient time, but a great deal is known of the more recent folk.

Coming from the harsh deserts of the Southwest, they had brought with them the tools and traditions of a nomadic people who had learned to fashion their lives around the constant need to migrate in the never ending hunt for food. When they arrived at the coast they continued their ancient habits after a fashion, but only between the oak tree filled mountains with their plentiful acorn supply, and the coast with it’s unlimited supply of fish, clams, abalone and small game. Life was so good and so easy compared to the desert, that they kept their tools and culture little different from what they already knew. Apparently they felt little need to improve their circumstances – it was near perfect as it was.

When the Spanish missions were established, these unfortunate and gentle people were rounded up and named after the missions to which they were sent. The Laguna people were split in two groups. Those north of Aliso Canyon were sent to Mission San Gabriel and called the “Gabrielinos”, while those to the south of Aliso were sent to San Juan Capistrano Mission and became the “Juanenos”.

Arrowpoint collectionHoward had already amassed a sizable collection of stone tools, arrowpoints, carved shells, and cooking utensils left behind by these now vanished peoples, but that was not their goal today. He had bigger, more exciting plans for today’s adventure. Today they were going to look for something new. Something entirely different.

They went looking for a rumor…

The rumor was that a few years earlier some workmen were digging the foundation for a new house on St. Anns Drive when they found some skeletal remains…a few old skulls…that looked like humans. The workers supposedly crushed them up and tossed them into the cement mix for the slab and continued working. Howard figured that if it were true, there might be other remains still to be found in the area, and it would be a perfect way to spend a sunny summer day with his adventure buddy Ed.

The boys set off with the the typical high hopes of youth, thinking that finding a an old bone would be quite a thrill, little knowing that even their wildest dreams of discovery would not match what they were about to do…

They were about to meet the first American!

 

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Panama Escapade

I recently went to Panama exploring potential international living opportunities. My trip started in Panama City which is an international city where new architecture meets beautiful gentrified Spanish Colonial neighborhoods. Went to a cool jazz club in a 1600 building that is now an Ace hotel an international boutique hotel chain.


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Cool Stories and Pics of Early Movies Made in Laguna

 

Laguna played a big part in the early development of Movie Making

Since there was no verbal dialogue and no artificial lights for inside shots, the Laguna Beach coast line visuals were important for the original success of silent films. If you couldn’t ‘wow’ them with dialogue you ‘wowed’ them with Laguna’s dramatic cove shoots.

A few of the silent films that were shot in Laguna from 1915 to 1924:

Watch the first couple minutes of this movie (it’s actually pretty good) and you’ll see it takes place at Table Rock beach and they built a light house there and many other places along the Laguna Coast for scenes in the movies. Watch it here.

 

Filmed in Laguna, 1916

Captain Blood, with Errol Flynn, made in Three Arch Bay.