It's become the norm when looking for a home to ask how much are the association dues in this neighborhood. The reality in Southern California is that if the home is located in a formal community there is most likely going to be a homeowners association with months dues. This is especially true for newer construction homes in a master planned community. Homeowners association dues can very from neighborhood to neighborhood and all based on what kind of amenities the community has to offer. For basic amenities like a manual gated entrance then association dues can be as low as a couple hundred dollars a month. For neighborhoods with a formal clubhouse, community pool and spa dues tend to be much higher. If there is a 24 hour guard gate than expect these fee's to be even higher.
There are several neighborhoods in Dana Point that don't have any homeowners association dues in this is a quick guide to know where to look. First, the Capistrano Beach area of Dana Point is a great place to start. Capistrano Beach has no HOA dues since there is no formal community. Homes in this area were first built in the early 1920's with a large majority of homes built between the 1950's to the 1970's. Each of the homes located here has been custom built and offers a quick and easy commute to the beach. Properties in this neighborhood are normally located on the ocean side of the freeway can offer nice ocean views.
Another area in Dana Point to look is the Lantern District area of Dana Point. Similar to the Capistrano Beach area, the Lantern District offers homes built from the 1920's to brand new construction homes. There are the homes located on the east side of Pacific Coast Highway and can offer wonderful ocean and coastline views. These should not be confused with neighborhoods like Lantern Bay Estates and Lantern Bay Villas which are located in a formal association with monthly dues. This is one of my favorite areas of Dana Point with some beautiful estate homes located at the very top of the neighborhood. Look for streets like Blue Lantern that is considered one of the best areas for views and stunning architectural homes.
One area you do not want to look if you don't want to pay association dues is the Monarch Beach area of Dana Point. The entire area is a master planned community filled with individual gated neighborhoods and upscale communities. Some of the most expensive communities like Ritz Cove, The Strand at Headlands, Niguel Shores and Monarch Bay can all be found here. All of these neighborhoods have monthly dues and association rules and regulations to follow. The homes in this area are very beautiful and offer quick and easy access to the beach but do have monthly dues. We are happy to send you a current list of available properties that don't have any association dues. Please contact us at 949-606-4114 for additional information on these types of homes.