When most people think of Orange County, California they picture stunning beaches, warm weather and the iconic surf culture. So, it’s no surprise that more and more Orange County residents are selling their luxury residences in Coto de Caza and Covenant Hills (Ladera Ranch) in pursuit of a beachside residence. And the timing couldn’t be better!
For those looking for a small beach town, San Clemente, California is a great option that won’t break the bank. This quaint hillside town offers a downtown district with small boutiques, restaurants and walking district, plus miles of beach front real estate that’s waiting for you!
As you head north on Pacific Coast Highway, you’ll enter Dana Point. This beachside city is most well-known for its harbor and what used to be a world-famous surf spot called Killer Dana before the harbor was constructed. Nowadays this beach town is often overshadowed by San Clemente (South) and Laguna Beach (North) allowing for a quieter lifestyle atmosphere and more affordable real estate opportunities. But don’t be fooled as Dana Point offers some incredible surfing at Salt Creek and miles of beautiful white sand beaches.
Driving further north leads to the rolling hills of Laguna Beach, an artsy beach town filled with art galleries, upscale eateries and some of the most beautiful coves and beaches you’ll find in Orange County. Most notable about Laguna Beach is how many of the homes are built into the surrounding hillside offering panoramic ocean and sunset views. Of course, it’s important to note that Laguna Beach’s relatively low total number of homes and limited lot sizes has pushed sale prices to record highs. While a luxury Laguna Beach residence is never out of the picture, it certainly won’t include a large lot like you might expect in Coto de Caza or Covenant Hills.
Last but not least is Newport Beach, a hotspot for real estate developers looking to turn beach front tear downs into luxury residences. Spread over 53 square acres, Newport Beach is made up of numerous communities along the harbor, peninsula and inland development’s that make up this diverse and wealthy subset of Orange County, California. For a family friendly living experience, consider the Balboa Peninsula Point which is just a short distance away from the world-famous Newport Beach Wedge and ocean front boardwalk!
As much as people are moving inland to acquire luxury estates with larger lots and additional space for entertaining; there seems to be a new trend of homeowners selling their large Coto de Caza luxury estates and moving to smaller beachfront residences; a transition which The Bowen Team can help with!