Category Archives: Laguna Beach Real Estate

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Most of the Laguna sales activity in the $1m to $3m price range

What do you get for your money in Laguna in May:

(Of course it depends where in Laguna you buy)


$1m to $1.5m

5 sales, Avg price:$1.35m, 2 -3 bdm, 1-2 bath, Avg sqsf 1,500,  price per sqft: $1,100

View the homes sold in May:

$1.5m to $2m

7 sales, Avg price: $1.7m, 3 bdm, 3 baths, Avg sqft 2,000, price per sqft: $879, Days on market: 52 days

View the homes sold in May:

$2m to $2.5m

3 sales, Avg. price: $2.38m, 4 bdm, 4 bath, Avg sqft. 3,200,  price per sqft: $781, Days on market 27 days

View the sold homes in May:

$2.5m to $3m

7 sales, Avg price: $2.7m, 4 bdm, 4 bath, Avg. sqft. 3,700 sqsf, price per sqft: $762, days on market 128

Views the sold homes in May:

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Come join Laguna Friends of Architecture pot-luck celebration

Let’s have some fun at our LFA 3 year old ‘pot luck’ celebration

LFA has had great fun and success through simplicity.  No money, no politics, no business entity – just growing friendships around the common passion of architecture, a good time and a little wine.

We’ve 1,300 people who’ve joined the group and we range from 50 to 250 people who attend our monthly events.  Thanks so much to all of you for all the ‘word of mouth’ advertising you’ve done.

‘Pot lucks’ have been a big part of our events as you know. It’s a great way to build community.  So it’s fitting we celebrate with a pre-summer ‘pot luck’ bash at the beautiful canyon backyard of the Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) who has been so kind to offer their studios for our events.

So let’s beat the summer canyon traffic and have an early Sunday (this Sunday, June 7th) late afternoon party. Starts around 4 o’clock but come anytime and we can wrap up at around 7 o’clock so you can get home and ready yourself for the work week.

Bring your ‘A’ game food and wine. Try to keep the wine around the $8+ range.


The map shows where we’ll meet at the LCAD campus. We may have to park in the main campus parking if construction is going on.  LCAD is at

2222 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Check out the video of our last event with Gene Felder, former Historical Society president and author on Laguna, give a presentation on Historical Architecture in Laguna.

Laguna Beach’s Historical Architecture

by Sean McCracken

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Take a look at the 1920’s Laguna classic Mission style home not in the mls

I had to share this 2,000+ sqft beauty on lower Bluebird Canyon that is on a flat 8,000 sqft lot.

It was one of the first homes built in the area (lots of photos to prove it) and has been expanded over the years but has kept its core with big think walls, a ‘Citizen Kane’ size fireplace, beamed ceilings, vintage Catalina tiles, and much more.

There’s a lot of room for remodel creativity in the house. It has a big front, side and back yard and a fairy tale Woods Cove view of cottages and the ‘jungle’ of Bluebird Canyon in the back.

You can walk everywhere from here – North and South.

These rough pictures were taken as landscapers were getting the place ready to put on the market and it was raining (yippee) so don’t be too critical.

As of yesterday no other agent but the listing agent has seen it, so there is a timing advantage for anyone that is interested. The owner shared tons of stories about the place.  I think it will go for around $2.1m. It’s by Catalina on Bluebird.

Let me know if you’d like to see it.









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‘Yours Truly’s’ Listing is the Featured Property in the Coastal Real Estate Guide

A Rare Triple Play: Luxury, Privacy and Views

    Watch the waves break on the sand from this stunning oceanfront home. Situated in an exclusive gated enclave with just three other homes, this four bedroom, five bathroom masterpiece provides the best of the Laguna Beach lifestyle. The main level offers an open great room with floor-to-ceiling windows capturing the ocean views, a fireplace, wet bar, view deck, and travertine flooring. Enjoy abundant natural lighting and a fabulous kitchen with Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf range and granite countertops. The upper level hosts a magnificent master suite with open beamed ceilings, fireplace, gorgeous Catalina Island view deck, spacious bath with Jacuzzi tub, and walk-in closet with built-in cabinetry. Three spacious en suite bedrooms are on the lower level, including a second master suite and deck with hot tub for relaxing and enjoying the sunsets. This peaceful oceanfront gem offers the ultimate in luxury, privacy and views

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Laguna Market Review as of April 2015


  • Laguna’s 2015 Sales Activity 10% higher ‘year to date’ vs. last year
  • Properties in escrow 20% higher than a year ago – shows the most current pulse of real estate activity
  • Multi offers for attractive properties that are priced to sell are starting to get more common
  • Inventory has had its Spring’s jump – same as last year at 220 properties

Closed Sales

Active Sales  Pending Sales

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Hey LFAers, It’s tour time in San Diego. We’ve got 20 people signed up. Join your friends and make a weekend of it if you wish.

James Hubble House and Studio Tour

Please join Laguna Friends of Architecture for a special LFA tour of this unique and artistic desert home.  Tour date is Saturday April 25, 2015 at 11:00AM near Julian (about a 2.5 hour drive from Laguna Beach).  Tour tickets are $50.00 per person at the door.  Carpooling is encouraged. We’ll share the names soon.  Please RSVP to by April 14 to reserve your ticket.  Maps and details will be provided with RSVP.

Ilan-Lael “the place” consists of eight structures designed and built by James Hubbell and located on 40 acres near Santa Ysabel, CA. Ilan-Lael currently serves as the home of James and Anne Hubbell, and is the location of Hubbell art studio. It is also home to the Ilan-Lael Foundation, which serves as an art education and nature center; a gathering place for artists and friends; and a retreat space for like-minded people and organizations seeking inspiration in beauty, art, and natural surroundings.

The intent was to create a home that appeared to grow out of the landscape and blend naturally with the gifts of nature. Granite boulders, soft oak-shaded hills with russet etchings of manzanita influenced the design. Buildings were to fit into the landscape, using existing trees and rocks as precious objects to build around. No bulldozers were used and footings were hand-dug. Trees, wildflowers and brush were kept and appreciated for their beauty without irrigation.

The Big Studio

Steel rib construction with six inch “I” beams were used for the first time at Ilan-Lael in this building. This was covered with a network of re-bar and plaster wire, and looked like a gigantic silver cobweb before it was sprayed with a cement-plaster cloak in 1965. This large interior space serves as the main work studio for Hubbell Art Studios.

The Boy’s House

When Hubbell asked his four sons which they would like to have first, a bedroom or a pool, they unanimously chose a pool.  The boy’s house was well worth the wait.  This habitable sculpture took eight years to complete.  Pools of glass and mosaic tile flow throughout.  Windows and doors stream light through stained glass.  There is an unusual amount of clay expression with many figures growing out of the space.  The Boy’s House was only slightly damaged during the fire when a burned limb crashed through the leaded-glass window in the bathroom.  James and Anne made this their home during the rebuilding years after the fire.

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A Hilarious Laguna Story – The Saga of Melvin Miller

A Peoria, Ill tractor foreman becomes a U.S. fascination in Laguna Beach


‘OK, who took my car?’ said a more than tipsy Marine Captain Joe Geston.

Joe was finishing up his Friday night’s/early Saturday morning’s ‘end of the week fun time’ at the Marine pilot’s favorite hangout, the Sandpiper, aka The Dirty Bird.

During the 50’s and early 60’s the club was the ‘Mecca’ for the local Marines wanting to blow off steam. As a matter of fact, to this day the Sand Piper still has the Marine badges from those troops displayed on their wall (see photo).

Well on this particular night, Joe went out to find his car to no avail. Perplexed and inebriated he stumbled back into the bar and confronted his comrades who all denied taking it.

He then asked ‘then who did?’

No one is quite sure who said it, but one guy said maybe someone from Peoria, Ill took it. Pretty random to say the least.

But it sounded logical to the Captain and without hesitation he went over the phone booth and called Peoria information and (again) randomly asked for Melvin Miller.  He copied down the number and called Melvin while surrounded by his other fun loving Marines who urged him on.

Now while its 1 am in the morning in Laguna its 4am in the morning in Peoria and Marvin picks up the phone from a dead sleep and says ‘Hello’.

Captain Geston, in a very liquid voice, says ‘What did you do with my car?’

Melvin, who’s a ‘salt of the earth mellow’ guy and a foreman with Caterpillar tractor, goes along with it and he learns that Joe is in some place called Laguna Beach and that Joe lost his car and he thinks Melvin took it and he should bring it back.

The other Marines listening in were going nuts and Melvin patiently explains they are 2,000 miles apart and it would have been quite difficult for him to drive back his car even if he did have it.

Well the Marine comes back the following day and sees his car in the exact place he left it. He also comes across Melvin’s number and after a few ‘eye openers’ he gives him a call again and they continue this non seneschal conversation.

In fact, the word gets out about Melvin and other marines start calling him as well and they even send him Christmas cards from the different cities the pilots went to around the world.  It would be nothing for someone at a party to call Melvin to pick up some ice.

Again Melvin in his Midwestern dry humor goes along with it and the word about him spreads throughout the Corp.
One Marine even visited him at his house and got his picture which was promptly displayed behind the Sandpiper bar.

This inspired one Marine to say ‘let’s bring Melvin out’.

They put a howitzer shell on the bar and the pilots start throwing their change in it.  Next they make tee shirts and hats and the word gets out in Laguna about the loveable Melvin.  In a matter of a week they’ve come up with $300 and they invite Melvin and his wife out, though she declines for ‘The Melvin Miller Week’.

So the next thing you know the word on Melvin gets out throughout Southern California and the U.S. and everyone wants to participate.

The Marines charter a bus to pick him up at the Los Angeles airport, he has lunch with Jayne Mansfield, he goes on the Tonight show, and he’s in the papers nationwide as well as Newsweek magazine.

Finally when he gets to Laguna Beach they hold a ‘Melvin Miller parade’ where he went down the Coast Hwy in the back of a convertible Cadillac which is preceded by a miniature tractor that his employer, Caterpillar, sent.

After a couple nights of ceremonies at the Sandpiper and sunning himself in his own personalized chair and umbrella he’s whisked off again for more adventures.

The Del Mar horse track holds a ‘Melvin Miller Sweepstakes’ and in Mexico they name a bull after him for one of the fights.

But to top things off the whole Marine base gathers for a farewell ‘fully dressed’ inspection for him.

And finally as their escorting back to the airport after a whirl wind week of adventure they ask him what he thinks and he calmly responds ‘I got to get back, I got work tomorrow’.

Long live Melvin.