Category Archives: Laguna Beach Real Estate

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Trends of OC Coastal neighborhoods over the last year

Laguna Beach

Includes Laguna Beach, North Laguna, South Laguna, Laguna Village

Condominium
Single Family Residence

Monarch Beach

Includes Dana Point, Monarch Beach, San Clemente, Coast District (SFR only), Forster Ranch, Rancho San Clemente, SC Central, SC North, SC Southeast (SFR only), SC Southwest, Talega

Condominium
Single Family Residence

Newport Beach

Includes Newport Beach, Balboa Peninsula, East Bluff – Harbor View, Lower Newport Bay – Balboa Island (SFR only), Newport Heights, West Bay – Santa Ana Heights, West Newport – Lido, Corona del Mar, CDM – Spyglass

Condominium
Single Family Residence

San Clemente

Includes Dana Point, Monarch Beach, San Clemente, Coast District (SFR only), Forster Ranch, Rancho San Clemente, SC Central, SC North, SC Southeast (SFR only), SC Southwest, Talega

Condominium
Single Family Residence


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Lifegaurd

Real Estate Stats for Laguna Beach for July 2013

  • There were 34 closings the lowest since February and 10 fewer homes than sold last July.
  • Inventory has been slowly rising all year and for the first time in 2013 the number of Active Listings is higher than it was a year ago.
  • The number of Pending Sales is holding firm in the mid-50s.

Active Listings Pending Sales Closed Sales LB Market Analysis by Price 2013 LB Sold Properties by Month 2013


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Laguna Friends of Architecture’s ‘St. Clair Family’ Meetup was a Blast

Over 100 people got together at Mary and Herb Rabe’s historical house for pot luck, great wine, stories about the St. Clair family, and tours and lectures on Aubrey St. Clair’s style of architecture.

It was a blast and everyone enjoyed meeting people that liked history and architecture.

 

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Sand

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 hang out, 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).

Sand

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, Catipelliar, 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.


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245 Chiquita in North Laguna

New Income Property Pocket listing in North Laguna for $1.249m

The Lowest priced Income Property on the market today in Laguna.

I’ve a new listing at 245 Chiquita in North Laguna.
I won’t put in the mls until mid next week as we get the property ready to sell.
It’s 2 cute houses on one lot and is neighboring two nice single family residences.
They are each 1 bdm, 1 bath and garage and an estimated 750 sqft each.
They’re on a 4,365 sqft lot that is road to alley. It has a nice patio area for bbq between the houses.
There is no ocean view from inside the houses but you do see the ocean in the front yard.
It does not get any Coast Hwy noise.
Located in coveted North Laguna, its 3 blocks to Crescent beach and easy access out of town for a quick commute.

Besides income property it would be ideal for someone who wanted to live in one and rent out the other or as a second home with a renter picking up some of the mortgage.

It currently has tenants that are on a month to month so please do not disturb them or walk the property.

Please call me with any questions or to set up a time to see the house. The tenants require 24 hr notice.

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An incredible Laguna Beach pocket listing 2013

A from the studs rebuilt 4 bdm/4bth 3,000 sqft ocean view house on Camino Capistrano in Dana Point for $1.7m. Besides ocean views from most of the house it has a great roof patio with a 360 degree view of coastline and mountains.

It was bought last year by the seller to live in. They took it down to the studs and put $400k into it and the 87 year old mom broke her feet and couldn’t handle to stairs.

Check this place out. Click Here to Watch Video

House 1


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Laguna Friends of Architecture’s Horst Noppenberger set to showcases Laguna’s famed architect Fred Briggs

 

Horst Noppenberger, one of today’s top architects in Laguna and a former associate of Fred’s, will be holding a retrospective on Fred Briggs who was one of the early, pioneering, modern architects in Southern California.

He was best known for completing a large body of contemporary projects that included single family homes, libraries and fire stations.

His work, while decidedly modern, is also was characterized by an eclectic approach to design which revealed his love of travel, culture and place.

His best well known projects in Laguna Beach are the Jeffries house at Rockledge, the downtown library and the fire station at the Top of the World. Fred also completed significant projects outside of Laguna Beach that helped to establish him as Architectural Digest’s top 100 architects and designers, such as the Bornstein residence in Beverly Hills and the Sahm residence in Rancho Santa Fe.

The meetup will be held at LCAD (Laguna College of Art and Design) Studio 12 at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road (on Tuesday April 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM).  Go to www.lagunafriendsarch.com for directions or email Sean McCracken @ smccracken@surterreproperties.com.


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Fred Briggs

One of Laguna’s best kept secrets, Architect Fred Briggs

The more I do these Laguna human interest stories the more I’m interested in people and families that have shaped our blessed town by designing the most iconic buildings and landscapes that Laguna is known for.

Fred Briggs is one of those people and is probably one to the best keep secrets in town.

From Main Beach’s design, to the downtown library, to the most outrageous modern homes in Laguna, he did it all.

He’s on the Architectural Digest’s top 100 architects list.

Fred Briggs was one of the early, pioneering, modern architects in Southern California. After serving in the Navy during World War two, he settled into Laguna Beach shortly after graduating from the USC school of Architecture in 1948.

He went on to establish what would become an extraordinary and successful architectural practice of 52 years which would impact architectural concepts will beyond California’s borders.

Fred’s innumerable contributions to the field of architecture were not limited to the spectacular and timeless residences for which he is best known.

One of his most successful and memorable contributions was the design of Main Beach in Laguna whose charm and warmth has drawn millions of visitors and residents alike, and the Lifeguard Tower is said to be one of California’s most photographed structures.

Fred also designed the Laguna Beach Library and the Dana Point Library. He sat on numerous boards, was instrumental in the early planning and design of the Master Plans for Laguna Beach and was directly responsible for the sign ordinance which continues to greatly enhance the look of the city today.

A 52 year member of the American Institute of Architects, Orange County Chapter, his work brought him extensive honors and recognition including being named one of the top one hundred residential architects in the world by Architectural Digest , AD100 Issue, professional awards and media attention, but Fred was most taken by the respect and admiration of his peers.

Some of his best well known projects in Laguna Beach are the Jeffries house at Rockledge, the downtown library and the fire station at the Top of the World.

Fred also completed significant projects outside of Laguna Beach, such as the Bornstein residence in Beverly Hills and the Sahm residence on Rancho Santa Fe.

Orange Coast article on Fred: Click Here