Category Archives: Laguna Beach Real Estate

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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

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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


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Laguna Beach Water and Baseball

What did a pro baseball player and a Duck Hunting Club have to do with Laguna getting its water?

Laguna Beach gets all its water from somewhere else.  Scary when you think about it.

But how we got the water from other places during Laguna’s start up years is quite a colorful story with colorful people.

One such character is Gavy Cravath, who was such a good baseball player that it took Babe Ruth to break his home run records.

But first a little background:

Until the early 1920s, the residents of Laguna Beach received their water from a well located north on Laguna Canyon Road when cisterns in town ran out of rainwater. Summer visitors frequently stopped and filled jugs on their way into town.

One amazing feat was in 1905 when Howard Heisler (of Heisler Park) pumped running water from Laguna Canyon to each lot in his development of houses in Laguna Cliffs, which is today’s coveted North Laguna’s Tree Streets.  He subdivided and laid out the only streets in Laguna that run in straight right angles to one another.

In 1924, the growth of the village had been so rapid that the water system could not produce an adequate supply. The heavy pumping exhausted the surface supply and soon saltwater intrusion and well failure forced the closure of the water service.

But local citizens pretending to be a Duck Hunting Club came to the rescue.

So when the water became scares in 1925 the locals turned to one of the closest places to get fresh water, Huntington Beach home of the Santa Ana River Basin.

Knowing that Huntington Beach, 20 miles to the north, would want to keep its precious fresh water, a group of Laguna guys pretended to be a Duck Hunting Club and bought 120 acres (which is still owned).

The five men divvied up a $1,000 deposit out of their own pockets, with the balance to be paid at $400 an acre.

What they had bought was the City’s future water supply.

The Board of Supervisors called for an election on May 4, 1925, and residents went to the polls and approved the formation of the Laguna Beach County Water District by a vote of 359 to 0.

Here comes Gavey, the retired baseball pro turned real estate investor (and later the town’s Justice of the Peace) to make sure the huge $600,000 bond was passed.

About two days before election he sneaked down and turned on the Laguna Canyon pumps, filing the pipes with the brackish water. The people were trying to use it and were disgusted.

Then came voting day and they voted YES, 437 votes, for the $600,000 water bonds for Huntington Beach water.

The new water district built a new water system, constructed a 13-mile transmission pipeline, and provided service to Laguna Beach. The system was completed and water began to flow into the reservoirs in Spring 1927.

This was the only election in history with a unanimous ‘yes’ vote for that number of votes.

Thanks Gavey.

Securing our Water Supply

Introduction of water from wells in the Santa Ana River Basin solved Laguna’s water problems for several years, but it wasn’t smooth sailing. Other water producers in the Basin sued the District to prevent our groundwater production and export to Laguna Beach. In 1933, the Orange County Superior Court determined the right of the District to pump and export 2,025 acre-feet of groundwater from the Santa Ana River Basin each year.

Unfortunately, over time pumping from the basin increased, groundwater elevations fell, and sea water intruded into the basin. By 1941, Laguna’s water supply had again become salty and unreliable.

This deterioration in the quality of the groundwater caused the District to assist in the formation of Coastal Municipal Water District and to purchase Colorado River water through Coastal MWD from Metropolitan Water District in 1943. The District’s well field in the Santa Ana River Basin remained in operation until 1948.

More on Gavy Cravath – a true Laguna character

Clifford Carlton Cravath (March 23, 1881 – May 23, 1963), also nicknamed “Cactus Gravy”, was an outfielder and right-handed batter who played for the Boston Red Sox (1908), Chicago White Sox (1909), Washington Senators (1909) and Philadelphia Phillies (1912-1920).

Cravath was the first baseball player from the San Diego area to play Major League Baseball. He was born in Escondido, California. He is regarded as one of the first great sluggers in the game.

In 1915, Cravath hit 24 home runs, setting a single season record that stood until Babe Ruth broke it by hitting 29 homers in 1919.

Laguna Beach BaseballHe changed baseball when he was caught in a run down between two players and as they were tossing the ball back and forth trying to catch Gavy he jumped up a caught the ball and through it into the stands. He sauntered on to home plate and the rule was changed to never let that happen again.
Gavy Cravath managed the Salt Lake City Bees of the Pacific Coast League in 1921, then spent one year as a scout for the Minneapolis Millers, his last job in professional baseball.

Returning to Laguna Beach, California, where for years he’d leisurely enjoyed his off-season’s fishing the Pacific and accumulating property, he became active in the real-estate business.

In September 1927 Cravath was elected judge, and for the rest of his life enjoyed saying that he claimed the gavel quite by accident. He and two friends didn’t like the sitting judge in Laguna Beach so they drew straws to determine which of the three would run against him.

Gavy drew the short straw and won the election by an almost 3:1 ratio. Lacking any formal legal training, he claimed that he based his decisions on principles of sportsmanship he’d learned on the diamond.

Judge Cravath became known as a crusty jurist and stories abound from his years on the bench. Once, when two young robbers appeared before him and asked permission to join the armed forces as part of a probation sentence, Cravath said, “When I see a man in uniform walking down the street, I look at him with pride. You haven’t earned the right to wear such a uniform bearing the honor of our country. Six months in county jail.”

On another occasion, Cravath asked a Santa Ana motorcycle cop if he was heading back to the station after a hearing. The officer replied in the affirmative. Next the town drunk staggered into the courtroom and Cravath said, “Pete, you hop on the back of George’s bike and he’ll take you up to the county jail for a few days to dry out.” No stranger to due process, Pete objected, “You can’t do that, Gavy. Hell, I ain’t even been arraigned yet.” Cravath glared at the drunk. “Now look here, Pete,” he growled. “You know you were drunk and I know you were drunk. Now we’re not going to waste any of the taxpayers’ money on a goddam trial. Get on that goddam motorcycle and go to jail for a few days to dry out.” Pete grinned sheepishly and obeyed the order.

Well-known and widely respected, Judge Cravath was reversed only twice during his 36-year tenure on the bench. When he finally died at age 82 on May 23, 1963, few Laguna Beach residents even realized that in a prior life, the Honorable Clifford C. Cravath had set major-league home-run records that it took the mighty Babe Ruth to break.

Baseball Laguna BeachCravath had a career .287 batting average with 119 home runs, then the fourth most in history, and 719 RBI in 1220 games. Mel Ott eventually tied his NL record of six home run titles; Ralph Kiner broke the record in 1952 with seven; and Mike Schmidt now holds the record of eight titles, set with the Phillies in 1986. Cravath’s 20th-century record of 119 homers was broken by Babe Ruth in 1921..


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Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs – A Retrospect by Historian Alan Hess

Laguna Friends of Architecture will be hosting an introduction on “Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs” by the well known architectural historian Alan Hess, plus the screening of “Desert Utopia” a documentary film from Design OnScreen.

This film features rarely seen interviews with notable architects and many examples of Post-WWII modernism in Palm Springs, displaying design ideas that are still relevant today.  Alan Hess will also answer audience questions in an open discussion after the film.

The meetup will be held at LCAD (Laguna College of Art and Design) Studio 12 at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road (on Tuesday March 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM).  Go to www.lagunafriendsarch.com for directions.

The event is free; donations are appreciated for the wine and cheese refreshments!


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Laguna Friends of Architecture has some new digs this month at LCAD (Laguna College of Art a Design)

Join us for a glass of wine, meet other people with the passion for architecture, and hear about famed architect John Lautner and his Sheats Goldstein house in L.A.

Sheats Goldstein House in Los AngelesLaguna Beach architect David Parker will give a slide presentation on a masterpiece of acclaimed architect John Lautner, the Sheats Goldstein house in Los Angeles. Parker will give his perspectives and impressions of the house, as well as some of its history and background. The Sheats Goldstein house was designed and built between 1961 and 1963 for Helen and Paul Sheats and their 5 children. In 1972 it was purchased by James Goldstein, for whom Lautner designed several significant additions and remodels. Goldstein continues to develop the property to this day. Typical of Lautner’s work, the project was approached from an idea and unique structure was derived that solved the challenges of the site.

When: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 6:30pm
Location: LCAD (Laguna College of Art and Design) 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Upon entering the parking lot from the Canyon Rd. take an immediate right and stay on right hand side and take road that goes in the front of the school and takes you to a parking lot on the far side of the school. The room is the only door that faces the parking lot. We’ll have  someone out front.

Laguna College of Art and Design Arial View

For more information and directions go the www.lagunafriendsarch.com or email me at sean@welcometothedream.com or call me at 949-290-5317

See you there.