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One of the best attractions in San Clemente is visiting the historic Casa Romantica home in San Clemente that sits majestically above the San Clemente Pier.  In recent weeks there has been a huge television campaign letting people know that the historic home built in 1927 is now open to the public.  The home belonged to the founder of San Clemente, Ole Hanson, who kept this home as his personal residence when building many of the homes built in the 1920's and 30's in San Clemente.  It's best well known for it's "key hole" entrance as pictured below and it's large interior courtyards.

The actual living quarters are modest but still large for it's time with large bathrooms and walk-in closets.  The biggest attraction is the main living room with soaring

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It's hard to beat living in a private gated community by the beach in Southern California.  That's the story of the ultra-exlcusive Cyprus Shore ocean front community that offers a prime location that's within walking distance to world famous Trestle surf break.  Of course, not everyone can afford an ocean front estate home that currently starts at just under $16 million dollars.  For those buyers looking for a good deal with homes still offering a view of the Pacific Ocean are in luck as real estate prices are much lower.  Here is a quick guide on where to look at how much ocean view homes will cost in the Cyprus Shore community.

First, the neighborhood is very small with homes located on the ocean front street of Calle Ariana and Calle Alicia.  There

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San Clemente is a small beach town with a nice mixture of residential homes, condo and apartment buildings.  For the most part residential lots are pretty small and feature only one single family home located on it.  There are a few exceptions to this and typically can be found in homes that were built before the 1950's in the downtown section where two homes were built one lot.  These homes were often vacation beach homes were both homes would accommodate their owners and their extended families.  Most of these older properties in San Clemente were destroyed due to builder newer homes or condo buildings so finding these type of unique properties on one lot is very rare.

One of the benefits for buying a property like this is that you have the potential

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One of my favorite areas for finding cute single family homes on the north side of San Clemente is around the Max Berg Plaza Park area.  Located off El Camino Real Estate on El Portal Street is a one block park filled with large open spaces and places for children and pets to play.  What makes this area unique is the charming homes that are located on the north side of the park on Avenida De La Grulla street.  These are very cute single level homes that were built in the 1950's and have a lot of charm and character to them.  This is considered the San Clemente North area that's located on the ocean side of El Camino Real and just a few block radius to the beach.  The area was built well before the days of homeowners associations so there are no months

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Living in San Clemente can be very expensive, especially the looking for a traditional single family home.  For those open to living in a manufactured or mobile home then real estate prices are much more affordable.  There is a very nice senior community called Shorecliffs Terrace that is located adjacent to the Shorecliff's Golf Course and just minutes to the beach.  What's more, home prices are often found under the $500,000 price point.  Select homes in this neighborhood will also offer nice golf course and ocean views too.

What is it like to live in Shorecliffs Terrace?  First, you need to be 55 years of age or older to live in this community.  The spouse also needs to be at least 45 years of age or older so keep that in mind when looking here.

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San Clemente real estate prices over the last several years has really since an increase which is making it harder to find properties for sale under the $500,000 price point.  The days are gone where you can find a single family home in this price range leaving only residential condos.  There are just a few select places to look in order to find the best deals in San Clemente for under $500,000.

The first place to find the best deals is the Vista Pacifica complex.  It wasn't too long ago that you could find a nice one bedroom condo for under $200,000 in this complex.  Today, condos currently start $275,000 for a one bedroom unit with 560 square feet.  Two bedroom condos are even more expensive and currently start at $389,000 and go up to $409,990.  The

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It's hard to find any new community in Southern California being built that doesn't have the added Mello Roos bond attached to it.  For those new to the California real estate market the word "Mello Roos" will be an unfamiliar term, as it was when I first moved here to California.  In essence, a Mello Roos bond is typically a monthly fee that is paid on top of any homeowners association fee and any individual mortgage.  For the most part this is only associated with new communities as you rarely see Mello Roos tax on older homes.  In San Clemente, the most popular area to find Mello Roos is the Talega area which features over 40 communities that all have the added Mello Roos bond fee.  Mello Roos bonds are normally around 30 years and the fee goes towards

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Real Estate agents have a special day when they get to preview brand new listings that come on the market in the San Clemente real estate market place.  This is called "broker preview" since real estate agents and brokers have the ability to view a large number of listings in a short four period.  Often times, agents will spend just a couple minutes looking at a property and then drive on to the next property.  This allows them to be able to see a large number of properties so they are better able to identify properties that may work for their clients.

The dates for properties located in San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano is every Wednesday from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Buyers are also welcome to attend these open houses and can quickly view a

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The Sea Ridge Estates community is one of the best kept secrets for finding large estate homes with wonderful ocean and canyon views.  The neighborhood is quietly located behind the gates of the ocean view street of Avenida Salvador in San Clemente.  Here you will find 44 luxury homes that have been built for the last 27 years.  The average size home in Sea Ridge Estates is about 4,500 square feet with a total of four bedrooms and four baths.  It's not uncommon to find homes up to 6,000 square feet which are some of the largest in this community.  Real Estate prices for a 4,000 square foot home is normally priced around the $2 million dollar price point with larger homes topping the $3 million dollar price point.  We did a quick search to see what has

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The Sea Summit neighborhood is an excellent place to find ocean view homes in San Clemente.  Sea Summit is a new construction community that features residential townhouses and single family properties on the last parcel of ocean front land that is being developed in San Clemente.  In the last several weeks there has been several properties released to the open market in the Aqua community with real estate prices under the $1 million dollar price point.  These are nice townhouses that feature entertainment spaces on the first level that include living room, dining area and kitchen.  Upstairs features three bedrooms with the four bedroom floor plans offering a main floor bedroom.  These are beautiful homes with attached two car garages.  A total of 5

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The San Clemente North area is an excellent place to find lower priced and cute beach bungalows in San Clemente, California.  The North section of town offers a diverse collection of residential housing with a high concentration of condos, duplex and triplex properties.  There are also several streets were there is a high concentration of small beach bungalows that offer two to three bedrooms and located on an average 5,000 square foot lot.  The neighborhood is very up and coming with real estate prices reflective of this.  Currently, there are several small beach bungalow homes that are on the market for sale under $750,000.

One of the biggest communities in this area is the Seascape Village neighborhood that offers single level homes that are often

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This year was a busy year for real estate sales in San Clemente with over 932 homes sold in this small beach town.  As we look back as what has transpired over the year we always like to see what were the top 3 sales that occurred.  Here is a quick recap of these real estate sales.  First, the highest sale occurred in the most expensive neighborhood in San Clemente known as Cotton Point Estates.  4075 Calle Isabella, San Clemente sold for $7,588,000 and closed escrow on 10/12/2016.  The large estate home was in the same neighborhood as the Nixon White house and was first listed at $9,050,000.  It was then lowered to $7,988,000 after being on the market for less than two months.  A little after 45 days after that the home went under contract and closed

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San Clemente is a small beach town with a wide range of real estate prices.  Single family homes now start just under $600,000 for a single family home located on the north side of town.  The luxury real estate market typically comprises of homes priced between $3 to $10 million dollars and can be found in some of the best neighborhoods like Sea Pointe Estates, Cyprus Cove and Cyprus Cove.  San Clemente also has a small niche ultra luxury market for homes priced over the $10 million dollar price point.  These homes are almost always located in the ultra-exclusive Cotton Point neighborhood where the former Nixon White House is located.  These are large scale homes that were originally vacant lots not too long ago and were part of the overall compound for

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The real estate market is constantly changing, especially over the last 8 years.  We have seen a real spike in real estate prices but the San Clemente real estate market is seasonal so our high selling season starts in January and usually continues through mid September.  In the fall and winter months through Christmas the market can be relatively slow, and this even magnified more as the presidential elections have everyone in a holding pattern.  Some of the best deals can be found in these 4 months with sellers that need to sell their home.  These seller motivated homes have the potential to be good opportunities for buying a home at a good price.  There are certain things to look for when buying a home in San Clemente.

First, know your comps.  Your

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As we head into the 2016 Presidential Elections one thing is for certain, real estate prices in San Clemente are at an all time high.  This is especially true to residential condos that currently starts at $405,000 for a non-view two bedroom condo.  These prices are very reminiscent of 2007 when prices were at the top of the market right before the housing market crashed.  The biggest thing moving the market right now are low interest rates and the consumer feeling positive about the economy.  With that being said there is a lot of anxiety of what will happen next year.  Many have predicated that we are in a real estate bubble and an adjustment is soon to happen to correct these high real estate prices.  This is further backed up by the Feds wanting to

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Situated in the Coast District of San Clemente is a very small neighborhood called Seaview Estates.  The homes are ideally located at the top of the ridge line with many homes offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.  Dating back to the 1980's when most of the homes were built here, Seaview Estates offers one and two story homes that situated on large over-sized lots.  The size of the lots can be over double of what you would find closer to the beach and often average over 10,000 square feet of land.  

Real Estate prices can vary depending on the size and condition of the home as well as the parcel of land that it is located on.  On average, homes under 2,000 square feet with be priced at just under one million dollars with slight lightly large

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San Clemente is well known for being a small beach town that had it's origins of being a vacation destination for those who lived in the greater Los Angeles area.  Back in the 1920's many rich owners would build small residences in San Clemente to use part time vacation properties.  Because of these factors it's not uncommon to find smaller beach cottages that are often under 1,000 square feet of living space and feature one to two bedrooms.  The Spanish style homes dating back to the 1920's and 30's are called "Ole Hanson" named after the founder of the city.  These cottages often feature two to three bedrooms and located on the ocean side of the 5 freeway in the Southwest San Clemente, North San Clemente and Downtown San Clemente areas.  There are a few

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Located in the popular Southwest San Clemente area is a small condo complex called "Horizons" that is filled with two bedroom condos located just blocks to the State Beach area with the address 2490 South Ola Vista.  The location is at the beginning of the Montalvo loop which intersects with the thorough fare street of Ola Vista.  This is an older condo building that dates back to 1976 with many of the condos overlooking the natural canyon ravine that leads down to the Pacific Ocean.  The complex offers an outdoor jacuzzi, barbecue area and plenty of guest parking.

Real Estate prices in the last year have consistently been priced in the mid to high $450,000 range with one two bedroom condo listed for sale.  Unit #2 is on the market for $495,000 and

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Nestled in the heart of the Forster Ranch area of San Clemente is several well known condo communities to choose from that include the Colony Tract, Casablanca, Del Cabo and Tocayo Canyon.  First, there is a wonderful community called "Colony at Forster."  The neighborhood get it's name from the Forster Family who owned much of the land that is not called Forster Ranch and was largely developed in the 1970's.  Colony at Forster is a collection of townhouses built in the mid 1980's that have the look and feel of a traditional single family home as pictured below.  This is a small cluster of properties that rarely come on the market for sale due to the low number of homes here.  On average, three to four townhouses will come on the market in any given year.

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The downtown area of San Clemente is a vibrant place to live with lots of new restaurants and boutique stores opening up.  People love this area due to the close proximity to the beach and the shopping district on Avenida Del Mar.  Historically, this area has always commanded a premium in price with very low inventory of housing available for sale on the open market.  Real Estate prices for single family homes rarely dips below $750,000 for a single family home which makes this new listing at 150 Avenida Sierra such a great buy.  The property just came on the market and features a total of three bedrooms, two baths with 1,400 square feet of living space.  What's truly amazing about this home is the interior craftsmanship with wood beamed ceilings, brick