San Clemente Real Estate Blog  

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If you are new to San Clemente one of the first places you will probably visit would be the San Clemente Pier area.  This is also a great place to find a short or long term rental depending on what you are looking for.  During the summer months San Clemente becomes a very popular place to vacation so many residents who own properties in this area will increase their rental prices for this high season time frame which typically seen during June, July, August and September.  These normally are fully furnished rentals that offer everything you would need for the perfect vacation by the beach and San Clemente really has a lot to offer.

There are also some long term rentals found in this area as well.  Expect to find rental rates typically lower than those

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We received a call last night from a client looking in the Colony Cove community in San Clemente.  There budget was around $675,000 which is a good amount of money which easily could have bought a property last year in Colony Cove when looking at the comparble sales from 2020.   They were shocked at the current real estate prices this year which are ranging from $734,000 to $815,000 which is a far cry from sales from last year that ranged from $574,000 to $650,000.  A lot has changed in the real estate market in the last 9 months for a variety of reasons.

First, having low mortgage rates has really been a game changer for the real estate market in Southern California and other places as well.  What that means is that buyers are able to afford more

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If you are in the market to buy a residential condo in the San Clemente area under $1 million dollars then you probably have come across the properties located in the Terramour complex.  Right now there are currently 6 condos on the market for sale that range from $749,000 to $899,000 with all of the condos offering 2 bedroom floor plans.  These condos are actually not new construction condos as they were originally built in 2010 but are advertised as being "freshly reimagined in 2020" according to several of the listing descriptions.  Many of these condos were first put on the market in the middle of June 2020 and have received a good response since then.  According to our multiple listing service 6 of the condos have already sold since that time frame

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The year 2020 will remembered for a variety of reasons and was surprisingly a good year for real estate in San Clemente, California. The market was good for the first couple of months at the beginning of the year and slowed down dramatically due to the nationwide shut down that occurred in March and April.  Of course, that didn't last long as COVID19 caused many home buyers the urgent need to find another home that was more suited for staying at home.  We experienced a lot of buyers coming from the big cities looking to own a home with more land and more interior space.  Low mortgage interest rates also helped increase the buying power and we started to see multiple offers on many properties in the summer and fall months.  There were three large sales

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San Clemente offers a wide variety of neighborhoods to choose from the downtown San Clemente area that was originally built staring in the 1920's to newer areas like Talega that started constructions approximately 20 years ago and has spanned over 40 different communities.  The one thing that all of these homes have in common is offering homes that are located on cul-de-sac streets.  When looking for a home most buyers have a bucket list of items that they want to have in their new home.  Location is typically at the top of the list when a client wants to live in a certain neighborhood or an area that is approximately that is a certain distance to the beach.  Many times buyers will also want to have a private location which a cul-de-sac street can offer.

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We always get excited when new listings come on the market in the San Clemente that offer a unique opportunity to find a home that is not necessarily the same as other homes that are on the market.  A perfect example of this is a new historic home that was built in 1929 and offers a unique position on a hilltop location.  San Clemente has a very limited number of historic homes from the 1920's and 1930's that still exist today.  The large majority of them are located near the downtown area with a few of them located on unique locations like 165 Calle Redondel.  

The home is currently listed at $1,050,00 and has been on the market for 3 days ago and sure to see a lot of activity.  It features a total of 2 bedrooms with an approximate 934 square feet

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The San Clemente Real Estate market in the last three to four months has been really crazy as buyers are bidding against each other when new listings that are priced well come on the market.  Many thought COVID would bring the real estate market down but it has actually had a reverse effect and the market has never been stronger.  One of the biggest issues is limited inventory which has been a problem for the last two to three years in San Clemente and has become even more limited due to COVID.  What many buyers are doing is looking for homes that are not on the market yet but will be coming on the market soon.  These listings that were once only limited to real estate agents are now available to the general public.

One of the best things you can do

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San Clemente has a lot of rental options depending on the kind of home that you want and the location.  Renters looking for newer construction homes on the ocean side of the freeway should consider the brand new Sea Summit community for it's beautiful Spanish & Mediterranean style homes that can offer nice ocean views.  Over the past year we have seen several rental homes come up on the market for lease with four different neighborhoods to choose from.  The large majority of rentals tend to be located in the Sea Summit Agua neighborhood which is the most affordable of all 4 neighborhoods.  These homes have a shared driveway with other neighboring homes so it's not a traditional detached home.  

There are currently 3 rental homes on the market right now

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We recently were working with a client who was excited to hear that there was a Life Time Fitness center in San Clemente.  He wanted to look for homes in close proximity to this chain fitness company.  We never realized that there was a huge following up this gym and quickly realized they had other locations in Southern California including Laguna Niguel and La Jolla.  The best place to look for homes within close proximity to the San Clemente location is the Rancho San Clemente area.  In fact, Lime Time Fitness is located at the base of Rancho San Clemente and used to be the old Swim & Tennis Club if you have been here long enough to remember that.  There is even a 24 Hour Fitness Located Near the very end of Rancho San Clemente which is a less

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What a difference a couple of months make when looking at San Clemente real estate market.  COVDI19 has really changed the landscape of the marketplace and has actually caused the reverse of what most people think would happen.  We get a lot of calls from buyers thinking they can get a big discount on real estate since they feel the overall economy has taken a hit due to the large number of jobs that were lost.  In fact, the opposite has happened to the real estate market.  The inventory of homes on the market for sale was low before COVID19 and because of the pandemic there are even less sellers wanting to put their home on the market.  Given the high demand of buyers that still want to buy in part to the very low interest rates there is almost a bidding

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Condos near the San Clemente Pier area always command a premium in price, especially if they offer any kind of a views.  The Panorama Condominiums located 420 Avenida Monterey offer all of this with a location that is just a matter if minutes to the beach.  The building dates back to 1964 when it was first built and offers mostly studio and one bedroom with a rare two bedroom units here too.  One thing you can't expect here are large floor plans as the studio units typically run between 345 to 400 square feet while the one bedrooms are around 680 to 830 square feet.  What you can expect in some of these condos is great ocean views as well as views of the San Clemente Pier as well.

Real Estate prices have really gone up in recent years with the last

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One of the newest developments to hit the San Clemente Real Estate marketplace is the Ten10 Santiago complex in San Clemente. We have been watching this construction for a long time and it's exciting to finally start to see the final product.  The location is right in the heart of Southwest San Clemente area near the Ralph's shopping center.  The address is located at 1010 S El Camino Real at the corner of Santiago street, hence the name 1010 Santiago.  Several weeks ago they had their first open house and the design and attention to details is what you would expect from a new construction condo.  The condos sit ideally over the houses in the Southwest San Clemente area with great ocean views.  

We have included a virtual tour below of one of the

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San Clemente has many different neighborhoods that can offer private backyards if you know where to look.  It seems like the latest trend in real estate is to build new homes close to each other which sometimes seems to come in the lieu of offering privacy between properties.  For the most part it's always best to look in older and more established neighborhoods as these were often built on larger lots.  This is especially true for some sections of the Forster Ranch and neighborhoods by the beach in San Clemente.

The first place we recommend looking is the Forster Ranch of San Clemente.  While this area isn't the oldest community in San Clemente, homes in this area are well known for having large over-sized lots.  This is especially true for the large

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If you are considering buying a home in San Clemente then it's still not too late to find a detached home for around $600,000.  Over the last 10 years these numbers have been slowly increasing but there are still some neighborhoods that offer excellent values when looking at detached properties.  One thing to keep in mind that not all detached homes are classified as single family homes and can be considered a residential condo.  This is often done by real estate builders who build a new community but want to save money so they classify the homes as condos to save money.  This doesn't seem to be a big deal since the home has the look and feel of a traditional detached single family home but without the classification.  

A perfect example of this is the

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One of the most affordable places to live in San Clemente is arguably the Vista Pacifica complex.  This is actually a really nice place to live located in the plush Rancho San Clemente area that's located very close to the San Clemente high school and the onramp for the 5 freeway.  The most sought after rentals in this complex are those that offer an ocean view.  There is a very limited number of these units located on the perimeter of the complex that have direct views of the ocean and Catalina Island.  These are also some of the most expensive rentals in Vista Pacifica so if you are looking to save money look for those that are located on the interior of the community.  Properties that can be found in Vista Pacifica consist of one and two bedroom condos

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This has been a great year of real estate in San Clemente with over 900 homes selling in this calendar year.  The strength of the economy and the stock market has resulted in a very active market with higher sales than the previous year.  There were a total of seven homes that sold for $4 million dollars or more with the top sale over the $6 million dollar price point.  December is typically one of our slower months but many agents whom I have spoken with think it's been the busiest December that we have had in recent years. Here is a quick guide to the highest homes sales in San Clemente for 2019.

The highest sale this year occurred in the Cyprus Cove community which sold before it even came on the market.  This was a newly designed home by James

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San Clemente has a large number of properties on the market for sale right now that are being marketed as fully furnished.  This is becoming a big trend in selling a home  How exactly does it work?  For starters, there are various degrees in which an owner can decide to sell a home.  We see some sellers offering select pieces of furniture to be included in the sale while others will offer completely everything including kitchen plates and silverware.  One of the first things you should do it make a quick estimate on how much the furniture would cost if you were to buy it.  

It's important to also factor in the selling price of the home as well.  If the home is priced correctly and listed at a price point of where other similar type homes in the

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There is one thing that is true about real estate no matter where you decide to buy and that is always about location.  You can always change the interior of the home but you can never change the actual location of the land that the property sits on.  This is also true for homes located on a corner lot as these types of properties are considered prime real estate here in San Clemente.  One of the main reasons why homes on corner lots are so desirable is having only one neighbor to the side of you.  If you like having extra privacy then this is type of property that will give you the extra space that you are looking for.

There are also other factors as well.  Homes on corners lots tend to be typically larger than other neighboring lots.  Often times

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The San Clemente historic home tour is set to take place next month on October 12, 2019. This year will feature a tour of 9 historic properties here in San Clemente.  San Clemente has a very small number of historic properties still in existence so a chance to visit nine different properties is a rare opportunity.  The San Clemente historical society is now offering advance tickets for those who would like to attend.  Currently tickets are being sold at $30.00 per person or $100 for 4 tickets.  This changes on the day of the event which increases to $40 per person.

The tour details of which properties will be on the tour have not been released yet but will be sent via email once tickets have been purchased.  It's important to note that the tour will

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The long anticipated development of this community has finally come to life with 3 homes being released on to the market in the Socorro Shores neighborhood.  I received a call on this development many years ago as they were trying to figure out how much homes would sell for in this area.  At the time the Sea Summit community located next door had not even started development so it was tough to gauge exactly what homes would sell for.  Since the Sea Summit neighborhood is heading towards it's final stages of selling out it makes sense that there are enough comps to support a brand new construction home with over 4,000 square feet on the north side of San Clemente.

Socorro Shores is a combination of 9 luxury homes located on Via Socorro street in San