Category Archives: Laguna Beach Real Estate

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Laguna Friends of Architecture – Technologies for Home Automation

Technologies for Home Automation

Please join us for a glass a wine and hear about the exciting new technologies for automating your home.

Imagine coming home to a house that knows you’ve arrived…with a touch of your garage door opener or smart phone, your home comes alive preparing for your entry.

The heating system adjusts itself to the right temperature, predetermined lights turn on, and your favorite music begins to play…welcoming you home from your busy day.

Well it’s a reality now, and Brian Nachum, a 25 year veteran of home entertainment and smart home technology installations will be discussing the current and future trends of home automation.

The meetup is on Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30 pm. It will be held at the Hotel Seven4one at 741 S. Coast Hwy across from Ralphs between Cleo and St. Anns.  Google Hotel Seven4one for a map.

The Laguna Friends of Architecture meet every month on the 4th Wednesday of the month to present topics related to local architecture and will feature a variety of tours, speakers, socials and presentations.

Admission is free; however $5 or $10 donations are appreciated.

Please go to our ‘Laguna Friends of Architecture’ web site at www.lagunafriendsarch.com or Facebook or Meetup.com page to join the community.

For more information, contact Sean McCracken at smccracken@surterreproperties.com or call 949-290-5317.

Our new digs at Hotel Seven4one

 


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Ocean View South Laguna Beach Cottage 31912 9th Ave Laguna Beach California 92651

Ocean View South Laguna Beach Cottage 31912 9th Ave Laguna Beach California 92651

Ocean View South Laguna Beach Cottage for Sale

31912 9th Ave Laguna Beach California 92651

Charming Laguna Beach Cottage with ocean view from kitchen, nook, and front porch. Across from 1000 steps beach in a quiet neighborhood. All original kitchen, small office or dining area that leads out to private yard. Hardwood floors throughout. Two Bedrooms/ one bathroom upstairs with the original hardwood floors throughout. Living room with fireplace upstairs and lots of windows. Non-conforming bedroom and bath downstairs with separate entrance. Laundry room downstairs.

Directions Southcoast Highway to 9th Ave. Home is on the right 2nd block from PCH.


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A Potpourri of Local Laguna Beach Information

October Market Update and My Perspective on the lack of houses for sale:

  • There are only 177 homes for sale in Laguna which is the lowest since 2004. There are only 39 homes for sale priced below $1.5m. Yet there were 41 sales in Oct. (30 below $2m Client Short Page, 11 above $2m Client Short Page) which is fantastic and speaks of the depth of the demand.  This is true throughout OC.
  • Why are there so few houses for sale?  Some of the reasons are that many people while their current with their mortgage payments, are upside down, owing more than they can get and they don’t want to do a short sale.  Also, the banks are cutting back on foreclosures which have been a major part of the inventory.
  • THIS COULD BE BIG and put a lot of houses on the market if true.  – A couple agents I’ve talked to have gone through training with the 4 major lenders for a new short sale program they are piloting.  The lenders are going to work through their famous ‘shadow inventory’ by contacting upside down homeowners and tell them that they need to short sell their house for an amount that the bank feels is market value and they need to chose between 3 agents that the bank has chosen.  The timeframes for the process will come down significantly. STAY TUNED.


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Newly Remodeled House About to Come on The Laguna Real Estate Market

You’re seeing it first – A newly remodeled house about to come on the Laguna Market next week

Located on Coast View in Laguna this 1600 sqft cottage has one of the best Northerly coastal/village views in Laguna.  See the pictures of the ‘work in process’.  It should be on the market next week after it is completed. If you’re interested let me know and I’ll put you on the inside track.

Sean McCracken
Surterre Properties — Ecobroker Certified
Phone: 949-290-5317
Email: Sean@WelcomeToTheDream.com


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Auction – Villa Rockledge Laguna Beach Oceanfront Estate – Dec. 15th at Noon

Villa Rockledge Laguna Beach

AUCTION – December 15th at 12pm. Opening Bid of just $10,500,000 (Originally listed at $34,900,000!)

Please note: This property actually has a total of 12 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms!

Villa Rockledge, originally known as Mariona, was built by Frank Miller, the famed developer of the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA. Begun in 1918, the major portion of Villa Rockledge was designed by architect Arthur Benson, who worked closely with Miller on both this building and the Mission Inn. Miller brought the same architect, crews and artistic ideas that he had used on the Mission Inn to Laguna Beach, where he built his summer home in the then growing coastal resort and art colony. A one unit addition on the northern wing was designed by Laguna Beach architect Thomas Harper in 1929. Miller spent the years 1918 until his death in 1935 developing and evolving Villa Rockledge in much the same way that he had with the Mission Inn.

Roger Jones and his wife Sherill bought Villa Rockledge in 1973 and have meticulously restored the property to its original grandeur. Mr. Jones, a noted author and historian, is the author of the The History of Villa Rockledge: A National Treasure in Laguna Beach, as well as Laguna Beach: An Illustrated, Narrative History, and California: from the Conquistadores to the Legends of Laguna. In 1984, Villa Rockledge, then known as Mariona, was added to the National Registry of Historic Places by the State of California and the U.S. National Park Service.

Villa Rockledge is located in Laguna Beach on a 25,000 square foot oceanfront lot. It has panoramic ocean views from almost every room, including some closets and bathrooms. Villa Rockledge is one of the only homes in Laguna Beach with a private beach, which spans 120 feet. This estate also includes a saltwater pool that is easily accessible from the home. The compound has 12 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms and private parking for twelve cars. The main home consists of 5 bedrooms and 5 baths over 5,000 square feet. Including the accompanying six villas, the estate totals 8,064 square feet.

To RSVP for our Auction Preview Gala on Sun. November 18th, 2pm-6pm, please click on the Register link on our website: www.LagunaBeachAuction.com


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2696 Solana Way Laguna Beach California 9265104

2696 Solana Way Laguna Beach, CA 92651

2696 Solana Way Laguna Beach

It is a pocket listing and will be shown once from 11:30 to 12:30 tomorrow.

The home is listed at $1,579,000. The beach /cottage style home is in excellent condition and located in Woods Cove, has panoramic ocean views, 3 bedrooms/2 baths, large view deck, fireplace, private fenced yard with multiple outdoor entertaining areas, 1 car garage & big storage area, and light & bright home. Approximate dimensions are 1250 sq ft interior and 3650 sq ft lot


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Ocean View Victoria Beach Trust Sale 2629 Victoria Dr Laguna Beach CA 92651

A ‘Less Than a Million’ Pocket and a Video of a $2m Ocean-Side Fixer

A Victoria Beach fixer with stunning white water and north facing coastal views

This trust sale just fell out of escrow and is back on the market for $2m which is a $500k reduction.  It supposedly fell out since the city would not allow a pool.

Client Short Page + Pictures

A South Laguna Pocket Listing for less than a million.

31555 Wildwood on a corner lot with Eagle Rock

Offered at $945k

The house is about 1600 sq. feet, 2 beds, 2 bath (3rd bedroom is non-permitted and not included in sq. footage) ocean views, new hardwood floors, new kitchen with granite and Viking appliances.

Let me know if you’d like to see it.

Sean McCracken
Surterre Properties — Ecobroker Certified
Phone: 949-290-5317
Email: Sean@WelcomeToTheDream.com


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Special Presentation

The Abels – A Father and Son Who Shaped The Architectural Style of Laguna Beach

A Laguna Friends of Architecture Special Meetup

The Abels – A Father and Son who helped shape the architectural style of our fair city both past and present

Come join us for a presentation by Gregg Abel on his and his famed father, Chris Abel’s, work in designing and building homes and commercial centers in Laguna.

Between the two of them they have designed and built an impressive amount of homes in the community. Each one is unique in its own right since while their work is inspired by the craftsman, arts and crafts, and post modern movements each has been tailored to the client’s personality and tastes. An Abel signature.

Some of the best examples of Chris’s commercial works are the village’s Forest Avenue Mall and the Lumberyard Plaza.

The meetup is on Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30 pm. It will be held outside at the Abel residence at 855 La Vista Drive.

Parking is limited so please car pool if possible.

The Laguna Friends of Architecture meet every month on the 4th Wednesday of the month to present topics related to local architecture and will feature a variety of tours, speakers, socials and presentations.

Admission is free and a suggested donation for wine and music is $5/$10.

Please go to our ‘Laguna Friends of Architecture’ Facebook or Meetup.com page to join the community.

For more information, contact Sean McCracken at smccracken@surterreproperties.com or call 949-290-5317.