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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

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Arguably, one of the best neighborhoods in San Clemente is the Southwest San Clemente area.  What makes it so desirable is you won't find two homes that look exactly the same which has not been the trends for new construction homes.  Many of the new neighborhoods in San Clemente are considered tract communities that alternate between 3 to 4 different floor plans with every third or forth property looking the same.  This is not the case in the Southwest area as every home was custom built by owners who live there.  Many of the original beach homes still exist while many have been converted into much larger homes which tends to be a trend in real estate nowadays.  

Rental prices for single family homes will typically start at $3,000 per month for a two

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One of the benefits of living in the Southern California is the sunny weather we get to enjoy pretty much all year around, except for the June gloom that that occurs every year.  Many residents have used this benefit to aide in going green and using solar panels as an alternative to electricity.  The technology in this field has drastically changed over the years and as a result has become more affordable.  Many homes in San Clemente are installing solar panels on their roofs which has become a huge selling point when it comes time to sell.  Markeing a home with solar panels really does appeal to those who want to live a more green focused living and for those who are also cost conciecous who want to save money.

There are typically two different ways

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If you ever get a chance to drive through the Sea Summit neighborhood one thing you will be really impressed with is the beautiful landscaping in front of these new construction homes.  The Sea Summit community has rules and regulations set in place that all landscape designs must first go through the association Design Review Committee (DRC) to be approved.  Due to this reason you will see a very diverse but uniform upscale look to the landscaping here.  The DRC actually oversees any kind of work that you do here which include decks, walls, fences, pools, patio covers, etc.  They want to make sure that the integrity of these upscale homes remains. Architectural applications must be sent to the DRC headquarters in Irvine who are within the Keystone

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One of the most affordable places to find an ocean view rental in San Clemente can be found in the Ocean Hills community in San Clemente.  While homes for sale in this neighborhood has been very limited there has been a large number of rental properties that have come on the market.  Currently, there are a total of 8 rental homes that range from $2,800 to $3,950 a month.  Some of these are strictly long term 12 month rentals while others are willing to do a short term lease that includes month-to-month rentals and minimum 2 and 3 month rentals.  The shorter term rentals typically will come furnished and includes all utilities.  There may be a slight fluctuation in price during the high season summer months while being more affordable during the off season

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When I first got into real estate over 20 years ago I always heard the word "turnkey" and had no idea what people were talking about.  It seems like its a favorite word among real estate agents for describing a home that is in excellent condition.  it wasn't later that it was explained to me that it literally meant turn the key in the door and leave without any concern about something falling apart or not working correctly.  Once I got this explanation it started to make sense but I still feel like it's a word that is over used by the real estate community.

Nevertheless, it's a short way to describe a home that needs little to no work done on the home.  Basically, bring your touthbrush and move right in.  This is especially true to describe condos in

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Southwest San Clemente is widely considered one of the best neighborhoods in San Clemente by many who live here.  While the community is predominately filled with residential homes there are also some nice condo and townhouses located in this area.  One of the best places to look is near the State Park area which has a large number of oceanfront, ocean view and residential condos.  A perfect example of this is a new listing that just came on the market at 268 Avenida Montalvo #1 in San Clemente.  The two bedroom condo features two levels of living space with a total of 1,648 square feet.  It comes with an attached two car garage and features wonderful ocean views as well as coastline views looking towards Dana Point.  It's currently priced at $1,399,000.

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We see some agents advertise homes as "below market" here in San Clemente.  Whenever we see a listing like this we always wonder if it's truly priced below market, and if it is what is wrong with the property?  Some real estate agents will price a home very aggressively that is slighting below recent sales comps to generate a lot of interest.  This results in multiple people interested in the property which causes the price to get bid up.  For example, if the home is worth $1 million but the agent prices it at $850,000 to lure buyers into the property while hoping that several people will place bids on the home driving the price above the $1 million price point.  Sometimes this does work and sometimes this backfires causing the home to sell less than what

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There are always seems to be a limited number of historic homes for sale in San Clemente at any given time but this is often not the case when looking to rent one of these older homes.  The main concentration of these historic homes can be found near the city center which is commonly referred to as downtown San Clemente. This is the main area that leads down to the San Clemente Pier where many great restaurants and shopping can be found.  The downtown area offers a good mixture of apartments, condos and residential homes with a huge number of rentals available at any given time.

What to expect for rental prices for historic properties?  The most affordable rentals with be studio apartments located in a historic property.  These can often be found

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We have many clients who are looking for a highly upgraded home with modern finishes in a turnkey condition.  While there are many homes that have been completely renovated there is nothing like a brand new home that offers everything that a client is looking for.  Model homes tend to offer these amenities and one of the best places to look is the brand new Sea Summit community in San Clemente which offers 4 unique neighborhoods that typically have 3 model homes to display various floor plans that each specific neighborhood has to offer.

A perfect example of a model home that is offered for sale in Sea Summit is the home located at 123 Via San Sebastian in San Clemente.  It's located in the most expensive Indigo neighborhood and was the "Residence 2"

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San Clemente is a small beach town filled with many great neighborhoods and homes.  For the most part real estate tends to be less expensive the neighboring cities to the north like Dana Point & Laguna Beach.  In years past we have seen some pretty big sales that have sold for over $7.5 million dollars with home located in upscale ocean front communities like Cotton Point Estates, the former neighborhood of the Western Nixon White House.  In 2018, real estate sales have gone up to $4.1 million dollars as the highest sale this year here in San Clemente.  The sale occurred 4008 Calle Marlena which closed escrow on 08/19/2018 and located in the guard gated Cyprus Shore community in the Southwest San Clemente.  

The home was situated on Calle Marlena

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If you are in the market for finding a nice ocean view condo on the ocean side of the 5 freeway then the Florencia condos may offer the perfect property for you.  Situated on the north side of town and west of El Camino Real and the 5 freeway is a small condo complex built in 2007 located at 1503 Calle Mirador that is referred as "Florencia Condos."  There are two residential condos located at this address with unit #A featuring a total of 3 bedrooms, 3 baths with 1,500 square feet of living space.  Unit #B is a 2 bedroom, 3 bath condo with a total of 1,460 sure feet.  Both units come with a one car garage and offer nice ocean views.  

1503 Calle Mirador Unit #A is currently on the market for sale at $995,000.  It's being advertised as a Contemporary

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San Clemente has several areas and neighborhoods of homes that can accommodate RV Parking.  One of the first areas that comes to mind is the Forster Ranch area of San Clemente.  One of the reasons that this is the #1 area is due to the age of these homes.  Many of the homes in the Forster Ranch area where built in the 1970's when homes were not built so close together and tend to be located on large over-sized lots.  Many of the lots have special driveways that can accommodate RV Parking directly on the home which is ideal for those who own RV homes.  There are also neighborhoods like Tocayo Canyon in Forster Ranch that have dedicated areas for RV parking.  The best part about the Forster Ranch area is that home prices tend to be much more affordable than