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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Jul 21

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One of the most exclusive resorts in Dana Point is the Waldorf Astoria.  It was formerly known as the Monarch Beach Resort and is a very popular place to stay and a great place for weddings, etc.  The location is very unique that has a dedicated walking trail that cuts through the Monarch Beach golf links golf course that surrounds the resort and leads directly down to the beach.  Since this one of the most expensive resorts in Dana Point the surrounding area as you can imagine is considered very expensive real estate.  Real Estate prices will vary depending on which community you choose.  Here is our quick guide to condos near the Waldorf Astoria.

First, the most affordable option would be the condos located in the Ritz Pointe gated community.  this

Jun 24

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The city of Dana Point offers a wide variety of properties from stunning ocean front homes to amazing ocean view condos.  For those wanting to find a condo that is within walking distance to the beach there are several great places we like to recommend.  Of course, many people have different ideas on how far of a walk to the beach is considered within walking distance so we picked the properties we feel like are the closest to the beach with a short walking distance radius.  There are still others that are located just outside our map coverage area so there will always be more that will be available at any given time.  Here are our best places to look.

1). Lantern Bay Villas has arguably one of the best locations in Dana Point for a condo community.

May 23

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The city of Dana Point has a large number of gated communities with a large majority of them found in the upscale Monarch Beach area.  These include exclusive communities like The Strand at Headlands, Ritz Cove and Monarch Bay where it's not uncommon to find homes listed for over the $10 million dollars.  While many love the security that comes with living in a gated community some don't like the appeal of them being so large and prefer a smaller and more intimate neighborhood.  There are some small gated areas of homes that we love to recommend.

The first community is a little tract called Point Vista.  The community is only located on one street that has a manual gate at the top of the hill.  Once is inside there are an approximate total of only 20

Apr 29

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The summer months are almost upon us and we are starting to see more and more clients looking for vacation rental properties in the Dana Point area.  For the most part, these short term rental properties come furnished but that is not always the case.  Some properties are more Furnished than others and really depends on the owner of the property and how much they feel like they need and want to furnish the property.  One thing we look for when looking for vacation rental properties is finding a listing that comes fully furnished.  This was we know that the home is equipped to handle all of the needs that a client renting a home for a month or more may request.

During the summer months many of the beach properties in the Dana Point area does see an

Mar 25

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A home that was once the personal residence for the Sidney Woodruff has come on the market for sale. 24401 Santa Clara Avenue is currently on the market for $4,295,000 and has a true Wow factor to it if you enjoy Spanish architecture and historic homes.  Woodruff was one of the leading figures when developing homes here in Dana Point and is so well known that many historic homes are often referred to as "Woodruff homes."  The four bedroom, four and a half bath home has a lot to offer which includes an approximate 4,028 square feet of living space on an approximate 10,125 square foot lot which is good size lot for being so close to the beach.

What I love about this house is the central courtyard that many of the rooms open up to on both the first and

Feb 28

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One of the best places to find a home under the $1 million dollar price point is the Dana Knolls neighborhood in Dana Point.  A perfect example of this is a home listed at 33272 Astoria Street which is listed for sale at $999,000.  It features a total of 3 bedrooms, two baths with an approximate 1,724 square feet of living space and located on a large 7,920 square foot lot with an attached two car garage.  If you are family with the Dana Knolls neighborhood then you know this is a great place to find homes built in 1960's with a lot of one story homes.  

33272 Astoria street was built in 1962 and features a peek ocean and city view.  There are a lot of great selling features with a cute front patio space before entering the home.  The living room of

Jan 25

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The Strand at Headlands community has had a record year in 2021 with some of the most expensive homes being sold in all of Dana Point.  With the shrinking number of listings on the market at any given time we are starting to see more buyers explore the idea of buying a piece of land and building their own custom home to their liking.  One of the good things about many of the Strand listings is that the owners of these lots have taken the time to develop architectural plans for their specific piece of land which in turn can be sent to the design review board and the city planning department for review and approval.  Typically the further the plans go in the process the easier it is to sell a lot here since approval times for both the design review board

Dec 23

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The Dana Bluffs community is a great place to find an ocean view rental condo near the beach in Dana Point, California.  On average, we see around 4 to 5 rental listings come on the market each year which are typically a three bedroom condo that are often between 1,500 to 1,850 square feet.  For the year 2021, we have seen 5 rental listings that have ranged from $3,980 to $6,000 a month with the range depending on the view and condition on the unit.  For the most part these are 12 month leases to start with some shorter term rentals as well.  Landlords in this complex typically will ask for the first months rent, security deposit and a credit check fee.  Some of the listings that have come on the market this year have consideration for those with pets as

Nov 16

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It's no surprise that this years most expensive homes sold in Dana Point all sold in the gated beach front community of The Strand at Headlands.  The highest sale took place at 39 Strand Beach which featured a total of 6 bedrooms and sold for $23,500,000 after being on the market for a total of 128 days.  The home was located on the ocean front with unobstructed ocean views.  The home had 3 levels of living space with a stunning primary bedroom located on the upper level with some of the best views we have seen in Dana Point.  The downstairs part of the home was all about entertaining with an open air room complete with  stunning pool that overlooked with crashing waves.  

39 Strand Beach, Dana Point

The next highest sale was located just a few doors down at 33 Strand Beach

Oct 20

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A lot of sales have transpired for the 2021 sales year in the Strand at Headlands with a record number of transactions taking place.  So far in 2021 we have seen a total of 16 home sales ranging from $9,009,000 to $23,500,000.  There is a wide range in pricing found here since there are two different neighborhoods located here.  The two communities consist of North and South Strand which each have their own guard gated entrance with a tunnel used for golf carts that connect the two areas together.  The least expensive homes can be found in the South Strand area which is located high on a hill that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.  Many of the these homes will have wonderful panoramic views, especially for those located on the upper streets.  The more