Dana Point Real Estate Agent

Local Dana Point Real Estate Agent Sam Smith specializes in Dana Point Real Estate.  A member of Luxury Real Estate.com and has sold homes in many Dana Point communities.

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Aug 7

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The South Cove development is well on it's way with many of the first built condos having been sold.  As we see with many new developments throughout Dana Point once owners have purchased these new homes we start to see those same properties come up for lease.  These are typically from real estate investors who bought these properties as an investment property for the sole purpose of renting them out.  This makes a lot of sense sense the location is extremely close to the beach and Dana Point harbor which points to holding it's value for a long period of time.

Rental prices for the South Cove don't come cheap as you are paying a premium for this beach close location and the newer constructions.  Current rental rates start at $4,250 for a 3 bedroom

Jul 26

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We get a lot of clients who initially want to drive through the town of Dana Point is to see what areas they would like to live.  A good number of these clients identify condos located off Selva Road as the place they would consider buying.  What most of these clients are referring to are the condos off Selva Road called "Niguel Beach Terrace."  The location is arguably hard to beat as you can easily walk down the steps to the beach in a matter of minutes.  It sits cross a small road that is a bluff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Strands Beach.  The city of Dana Point has built two sections of steps that lead directly down to the beach which adds to the value of these condos.  Some of these units will have some small ocean views but most people buy

May 3

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Dana Point has several communities that offer enough land and space to allow for RV parking.  Since Dana Point has so many communities that are under a homeowner association it's difficult to find space for RV parking since there are many rules and regulations put in place to restrict homeowners from doing this.  It's much easier to find an older community that is not under a homeowners association that allows for more freedom to do various things without a community oversight.  One such area is the Capistrano Beach area.  

Capistrano Beach covers both sides of the 5 freeway with beach homes on the ocean side and large ocean view properties on the east side.  There are select properties on the east side that have larger parcels on land with long

Apr 9

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Dana Point has some really great communities that are located near the beach and also represent some of the lowest priced condos.  I recently took a listing in the Spinnaker Run community the is located about a 5 to 10 minute bike ride to the beach and was surprised to learn that it was the lowest priced listing at $325,000.  It was a small condo one one bedroom, one bath and under 600 square feet so it's not for everyone but would be a perfect starter home for a young couple or a nice investment property.  The community offers a nice association pool, spa and a bike trail that takes you down to the beach in about 5 minutes or so.  Not too bad for $325,000 and considering it is currently the lowest priced condo in Dana Point as of the first week in April

Jan 7

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Dana Point, California has many different communities and one of the most unique areas is the Bible Streets neighborhood.  Situated in one of the most eastern sections of Dana Point is a residential neighborhood with streets named after biblical names found in the Bible.  Names like Daniel, Jeremiah, Samuel, Benjamin, Seth, etc are all first names that are commonly found in the Bible and are all streets names that can be found in this one section of Dana Point.  The names are highly unusual for Dana Point as most of the names have more of a nautical theme taken after the Dana Point Harbor which is the city's most famous landmark.  The Bible streets can be found in Dana Point communities like the Landing and Dana Crest.

Real Estate prices in the Bible

Dec 4

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Selling a home can be a tricky thing when looking for the right buyer to buy your home.  From time to time some sellers will offer incentives to help the buyer pick their property over another.  These are often referred to as concessions that are given by the seller to the buyer to put a deal together.  We see this a lot when the real estate market is in a decline and sellers feel the need to offer incentives to get the home sold.  In a strong real estate market it's not very common to see these extra incentives because there potentially may be a large number of buyers who may want to buy your home.

Seller concessions can vary depending on the transition but the most common incentive is to help pay a percentage of the buyers closing costs.  Closing

Nov 2

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Having a home with a dedicated wine cellar is truly a luxury item that is often reserve for very large homes that have the extra space to dedicate to the proper climate control storage of wine.  This is not always the case with smaller homes as their are some wine enthusiasts who have dedicated enough space for a wine cellar. Here is our guide on where to find these homes.

The large majority of these can be found in the new community of "The Strand at Headlands."  These are grand newer construction homes that often feature 7,000 to 10,000 square foot homes that are steps away from the sandy beach and Pacific Ocean.  One of the most common features in the Strand homes is having a dedicated wine cellar room.  The below photo was taken from a home in the

Oct 2

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As we head towards the end of the year we have seen many record sales.  One of the biggest sales happened last month in the Strand at Headlands community.  The record sale of $23.5 million happened at 39 Strand Beach and accordingly to our MLS the most expensive home ever sold in Dana Point history.  What makes this home so unique and expensive?  First, the location is right next to the sandy beach in one of the top neighborhoods in Dana Point called "The Strand at Headlands."  It's one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Dana Point and has had a total of 4 sales over the $9 million dollar price point.  The home itself was huge which occupied 3 different levels with an estimated 9,300 square feet.  The views could clearly be seen from the upstairs

Aug 2

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With real estate prices increasing in the beach communities it's getting much harder to find condos for under $400,000 in Dana Point, California.  There are still some viable good options available in this price point for 4 condo communities that we can recommend.  It seems like it was only a couple of years ago that many of these same condos were priced in the $300,000 range, a true showing of the appreciation values here in Orange County.  Here is our guide to condos in this price range.

The very first place I always recommend when I learn someone is looking for a property under $500,000 is the Ritz Pointe gated community.  It's really hard to get much better in this price point with several amenities that make it more desirable then the rest on this

Jun 7

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One of the newest neighborhoods in Dana Point, California is the Ocean Del Rey Estates community.  Situated in the upscale Capistrano Beach area of Dana Point is a collection of 10 semi-custom homes that boarder the Seascape Village and Chateau Clemente communities in San Clemente.  It also offers a very close proximity to the bluff front off Camino Capistrano street with a short distance to local restaurants, shopping and the 5 freeway.  

Currently, the first 3 homes have been released for sale and range from $1,995,000 to $2,250,000.  These are large scale homes that range from 3,944 to 4,297 square feet and can include roof top ocean view decks and a basement level which is very rare for homes located in Southern California.  Some of the other