San Clemente Real Estate Blog  

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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

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The most expensive San Clemente homes that sold in 2015 are featured here.  The three top sales all occurred within the Cyprus Shore neighborhood which is home to four different communities that share the same gated entrance and offers a wonderful private beach.  The most expensive home which is the former Nixon White House is still on the market for $75,000,000 it to be the highest sale for 2016.

4080 Calle Isabella, San Clemente sold for $7,750,000 on 04/05/2015.  This wonderful six bedroom home, 8,600 home was situated next to the former Nixon White House estate.  It was newly built in 1993 and located on nearly an acre of land in the exclusive Cotton Point Estates neighborhood.  The home featured two levels of ocean view living with a detached guest

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San Clemente is well known as a small beach town with many of the homes built very close to each other, especially near the beach. Many visitors from other parts of the country are used to having homes with large sized lots and are always asking the best areas to looking for homes with over an acre of land attached to it. This is our best guide to for homes that may match that criteria.

First, the Forster Ranch area is a great place to start. This is an area located east of the 5 freeway with many homes located on large over-sized lots. Many of the homes will occupy around 10,000 square feet but there is one community that is well known for having homes on one acre lots. This neighborhood is called Forster Ranch Estates and this is a custom home area

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Some of the first homes are starting to show their form at the new Sea Summit At Marblehead community.  This is one of the most talked about news in the San Clemente area with a total of 309 brand new construction homes to be built.  This is a very small number of homes being built in comparison to the previous plans which offered to build over 2,000 properties.  This scaled down version incorporates integration with many of the outdoor landscaping which will give a sense of space and beauty.  It appears obvious that there are more home buyers wanting to buy these homes than the actual homes that will be available for sale.  There will be 4 unique neighborhoods which consist of Aqua, Sapphire, Azure and Indigo that are generally explained here.  All the

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Seascape Village is a quiet residential neighborhood with one story homes located on the ocean side of the freeway and just blocks to the ocean front.  The community dates back to the mid 1970's and today is one of the few single level neighborhoods to be found in San Clemente.   Residents love living here due to it's resort like atmosphere with a community pool, spa, clubhouse and tennis courts that are pictured here.  The homes offer a wide range of views from ocean to greenbelt views.  The floor plans are very simple but well planned out with the kitchen, living and dining rooms located near the front door entry level with the bedrooms located down the hallway.  Homes in this area come with an attached garage, individual laundry room and outdoor patio

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San Clemente has many visitors coming from various parts of the country looking to buy a small home by the beach.  Real Estate prices here in Southern California has much higher than other areas as the demand for housing is very high here.  Most newcomers to San Clemente prefer to have some kind of a view when purchasing a new home but sometimes forget that there is a huge premium put on for ocean view properties.  A price tag of $450,000 will get you a large house in other parts of the country but here in San Clemente you will most likely be able to afford a condo or townhouse style home.  It's not impossible to view an ocean view condo under this price point if you know where to look.  Here is our quick guide for the best places to find ocean view

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The Villagio community is nestled in the Rancho San Clemente subdivision and is supringsly one of the few places to find single family homes in the $500,000 and $600,000 range in San Clemente, California.  The area has a lot of history to it as the Rancho San Clemente was first developed back in the early 1980's when the first community Vista Pacifica condos were built.  These condos offer amazing views of the ocean and enjoy the coastal breezes that come up through the valley.  Soon after that in 1985, the Villagio homes were built.  The neighborhoods were split into two sections with Villagio I homes located directly below Vista Pacifica and Villagio II built just above Vista Pacifica.  It still surprises me that these two communities were not built

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There is a brand new community being built in the Trestles area of San Clemente that is being called Surfer's Row.  The homes are being built by Melia Homes and will occupy two streets off South El Camino Real and Calle Del Commercio.  These are slated to be duplex style homes that will feature two to three bedrooms and from 1,625 to 1,679 square feet of living space.  Real Estate prices are expected to be in the low $1 million dollar range.

This section of San Clemente is well known as being a popular spot for surfers due to the close proximity to the Trestles surf break.  The area is commonly known as the Trestles area since many park their cars in this area and walk to the beach.  The duplex located on South El Camino Real street may have very small

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The Sunset Shores oceanfront complex is located at 410 Corto Lane in San Clemente.  The building is located in the area surrounding the San Clemente Pier with white water ocean, pier and coastline views as pictured below.  The building has a rich history and was first built in the late 1970's.  At that time the Villa Pacifica complex located to the south was not built and offered more of an open space and panoramic views.  All of the 18 units in Sunset Shores are situated on the ocean front and have direct water views.  This is a secure gated complex that offers underground parking for it's residents with a nice community pool, spa and clubhouse. 

There are a total of four floors in this building with elevator access to all levels including the garage

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All the buzz in San Clemente now is about the Nixon White House in San Clemente being offered for sale according to the Wall Street Journal.  The home is being marketed for sale for $75 million dollars.  The San Clemente landmark estate is owned by retired Allergen founder Gavin Hebert who has owned the property for over three decades has now decided to sell the 5.5 acre estate in San Clemente.  The Nixon White House offers 15,000 square feet of living space which includes a guest house and guest quarters.

The estate is located in the Cotton Pointe Estates community in San Clemente, California.  The gated community is located behind another guard gated entrance for extra security.  The neighborhood originally was only home to the Nixon Estate and then

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Driftwood Bluffs is a very small oceanfront complex located in the San Clemente Pier bowl area in San Clemente, California.  The condos offers amazing views of the Pier and T-street beach as pictured below.  This is a very small complex of only 15 units with very few residents living here full time.  As you enter through the private remote controlled gated you see a section of three separate buildings that all have views of the ocean.  The pool side area is located on the bluff that overlooks the ocean and is simply breathtaking.  We have taken a photo below that shows the wonderful views from this resort style pool area. There is even a small jacuzzi tub that overlooks the San Clemente Pier!

Currently there is one condo for sale here that is listed for

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The Vista Pacific Del Gado community is ideally located near the Shorecliff's Beach in north section of San Clemente. These are smaller homes that offer an indoor/outdoor feel to it with a large private patio area that is often filled with mature landscaping and foliage.  These are some of the best priced properties in the San Clemente area and are often priced under $500,000.  The complex has a lot of history to it when it was first designed by architects who were inspired by mid century modern architect Joseph Eichler.   Some of the features found in Eichler homes include wood beam ceilings, floor to ceiling glass as pictured below. These are simple homes that are often feature less than 1,000 square feet of living space with 2 bedroom floor plans. The

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The residential real estate market has seen a lot of changes in the last couple months as the market is starting to shift back into a seller's market.  When this happens real estate prices tend to go up as inventory of available homes is very limited.  Finding a single family home under $500,000 is almost a thing of the past unless you know were to look.  Here is a quick guide to the best communities to find these great deals!

First, the Tocayo Canyon community has always been well known for offering some of the lowest priced single family homes in the San Clemente.  Located in the Forster Ranch area of San Clemente which is situated on east side of the 5 freeway off the "Camino De Los Mares" exit.  Head inland about one mile and the community is

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Anticipation is growing as ground has been recently broken for the new Sea Summit at Marblehead community in San Clemente, California.  After years of being on hold the mega retail shopping center of Vista Hermosa is in full swing with many of the structures being currently built as well as new homes that will be built by Taylor Morrison home builder.  What buyers can expect is for new model homes to become available later this summer and 309 homes being offered for sale to the general public. 

The Sea Summit at Marblehead will be split into four different neighborhoods and offer homes starting at just under $1 million dollars.  As a local San Clemente Realtor I know local residents are seriously considering a move to the new homes being built here as