All Blog Entries by Sam Smith

Sam Smith understands the luxury real estate market in Dana Point and educates his clients on the many communities and choice they have when buying a luxury home.

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Jan 31

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The city of Dana Point has some beautiful Cottage Style homes that have a lot charm to them.  Many of these homes can be found in a couple different areas throughout the city with the highest concentration found in the Capistrano Beach area of Dana Point.  This area was originally developed in the 1920's when smaller Spanish style homes were built throughout this area.  Some of these original homes still exist which show the origins of this great neighborhood.  In the 1950's is when we saw a large number of these homes being built due to the popularity of people living in smaller beach towns rather than in the large cities.  The one good thing they did was build a variety of architectural styles that range anywhere from Cottage, Spanish, Traditional and

Nov 30

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Dana Point has a nice selection of historic homes that can be found in different neighborhoods throughout the city.  As they rarely don't come on the market for sale they do however do come on the market on the rental market.  There are a few neighborhoods where we see them come on the market which will be explained here.  The first most popular community to find historic rental homes is the Beach Road community.  This is a private gated community that is considered one of the best places to find vacation rentals.  We get a lot of requests from those looking for weekly rentals but for the most part these are only rented by the month and typically have seasonal rates which mean higher rates during the summer months of June, July & August.  The historic

Oct 31

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There a number of properties currently on the market in Dana Point, Califonria that offer very unique opportunities for the right buyer.  A lot of these are for prime properties that only come on the market every generation or so and provide a once and a lifetime opportunity to own a prized piece of real estate.  We often see these in the more expensive homes like those located right on the beach or the ocean front that are advertised as special opportunities for buyers.  We also see investment opportunities for properties that mixed-use properties like duplex and triplex homes here in Dana Point.  Sometimes these are priced below market value or offer seller financing which makes this listings really stand out.

A new listing came up in the Palisades

Sep 29

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One of the best locations that is across the street from the Waldorf Astoria resort hotel is the Tennis Villas gated community.  This is one of my favorite communities as it offers beautiful Mediterranean style townhouses that typically have nice open floor plans and nice finishes to them.  One of the biggest trends in this community is to buy homes in this community and then do short term rentals since the rental industry has boomed recently.  That's why when you look at what is available in the Tennis Villas you will see a lot of rental properties that are offering these short term rental opportunities.  The best time to rent out these homes is during the high season summer months which consists of June, July and August.  During these months a lot of

Aug 31

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The Labor Day weekend is soon approaching in the next couple of days which often times results in many visitors coming to the Dana Point area.  Local real estate agents understand the opportunity to hold open their listings so if you are thinking about buying a home or just curious on what is going on with the market this is a great opportunity to look at some homes in the Dana Point area.  As of right now there are currently 5 homes set to be open on Saturday and 33 homes open on Sunday.  There will be even 2 homes doing an open house on Monday to grab those last minute buyers that will still be looking.  Sunday tends to be the big day for open houses so plan your day accordingly since many of these homes are only open for a short period of time.  Some

Jul 31

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 One of the premier gated communities in Dana Point is the Monarch Beach gated neighborhood that features a variety of tract homes.  One of these neighborhoods is the Montego tract which offers some great values with rental prices often found in the mid $5,000 a month range based on recent completed leases this year.  These are larger homes with 3 to 4 bedroom floor plans to chose from which are often over 2,000 square feet of living space.  Residents love living here as these are beautiful two story homes that often come with 2 or 3 car attached garages with beautiful traditional style architecture.  Some of the more popular floor plans will include high vaulted ceilings, living room gas fireplace, large kitchen with recessed lighting and large primary

Jun 30

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The Monarch Bay community is a great place to find furnished rentals as it's considered on of the top ocean front gated community in the Dana Point area.  The location couldn't be more ideal which is situated just south of Laguna Beach with homes that can offer sweeping ocean views with close proximity to the beach.  One of the best features of this community is the direct access to the beach.  There is plenty of parking as many either take their golf carts or drive down the parking area and then take their beach items directly on to the sand.  There is a great Beach Club located here so make sure you check that out when staying here.  Living here for a month of more is great since it offers a 24 hour guard gate which offers top level security.  Also,

May 31

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One of the charming neighborhoods in the upper Dana Point area is a small community called Harbor Heights.  The easiest way to find it is to take the Golden Lantern street up from Pacific Coast Highway and head north to a street called Dana Woods. Most of these homes were built in the mid 1980's and have a lot of charm and personality to them.  It was only a few years back when a lot of these home could still be bought around the $1 million dollar price point.  Since 2021, real estate prices for these homes have gone up a lot with the last sale over $1.7 million.  There is currently a 4 bedroom home at 25096 Danapepper that has just over 2,500 square feet and is on the market for sale at $1,850,000.  Real Estate is all about timing and prices have almost

Apr 28

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The Dana Knolls neighborhood offers a very unique place to live and reminds me of what living in Dana Point must of look like 50 years ago.  The homes are really cute, often single level with good size front and back yard and the large majority of these properties are custom built to their own unique style. The location is one of the best as it's within close proximity to the 5 freeway while also being a short distance to shopping areas like Costco and the Ocean Ranch shopping center in Laguna Niguel.  As with most real estate in Dana Point, inventory is super tight right now so don't expect a lot of options in this neighborhoods.  On average only 4 to 5 homes come up for lease here in recent years so act quickly if you find a nice home at a good value.

Mar 31

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One visit to the Capistrano Beach area of Dana Point and you will fall in love with the unique charm of custom homes that range from the historic 1920's homes that overlook the ocean.  When driving through the area you will notice one prominent street that is "Camino Capistrano" where some of the best bluff front properties can be found.  This area is commonly referred to as "Capistrano Bluffs" due to the name of the street and the area where it's located.  A typical starting price for a home located on the bluff is around $5 million dollars with some properties priced just below this number if it's smaller and in original condition.  When looking at homes online on this street it's important to understand that there are homes located on both sides of the