San Clemente, CA Homes For Sale
The seaside San Clemente community of South Orange County, in partnership with the local neighborhoods of the city is dedicated to promoting and managing a culture committed to maintaining a safe and secure - healthy and active environment where the residents are able to live, work and play in. San Clemente's city leaders focus is on preserving the unique environment and natural surroundings of the city for the purpose of preserving/increasing home values in the upscale-contemporary San Clemente real estate market through economic/commerce incentives and community diversity. The San Clemente Pier is an icon of the city (where the white sandy beaches on each side of the Pier between T-Street Beach and Linda Lane Beach is the San Clemente State Beach), and The Downtown San Clemente area (exhibits, concerts, and festivals) is where the action is including; arts, culture and entertainment, shopping (boutique and weekly Farmers Market), dining (some of the best in O.C), nightlife, and hotels (historic, hip or intimate).
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The fashionable San Clemente properties have long been identified by their Spanish-style architecture with white stucco and red tile roofing. The local business fronts in the Downtown District are most commonly adorned with cream-colored stucco walls, red tile roofs with dark wood doors and windows. The famous “North Beach” area is a part of the ultra-plus cultured area of San Clemente where you will locate the Casino Building (which was built in 1937 and modeled after the dance hall on Catalina Island, and is a seaside landmark hosting celebrations for more than 75 years) and Ole Hanson Beach Club - all which have retained the Spanish-style influences of the city. The cozy San Clemente beach-cottage style homes are found in Southwest area of the city, and they feature cape cod inspired construction, while the more traditional-style homes are located in the Lost Winds Beach (Lasuens) area of San Clemente. The foothills area of the city (specifically Talega) are dotted with awe-inspiring San Clemente ocean view Mediterranean estates, which are encompassed by broad open green areas/spaces which will be forever-preserved, and are "permanently off-limits" for further development or construction by home builders and commercial contractors. Tucked into the higher elevations of San Clemente you will find consciously-conceived neighborhoods with community; pools, parks, recreation areas, and clubhouses, including miles of hiking and biking trails that zigzag throughout and around the homes. In the San Clemente back-country area, the residents relish the milder temperatures and refreshing ocean breezes as well as incandescent sunsets and enchanting, mystical starlit nights.
San Clemente’s geographical sequestration from main-stream Orange County only enhances the small-town allure and sleepy, beach side ambiance that the residents find so attractive. Found in a suburban setting, with all the conveniences of a contemporary city, all of the condos, townhouses, and single-family residences in San Clemente bask in over 340 days of sunshine each year. The breathtaking San Clemente coastal real estate market was among the first master-planned communities to be built entirely from open land in the United States, and today the “Spanish Village by the Sea” continues to differentiate its future personality from its storied and historical past. Potential home owners are drawn to the enticing San Clemente residential market for its peace and serenity, fishing pier, equestrian trails, public parks, surfing, golfing, fishing, arts and culture, abundant outdoor activities and the beauty of Mother Nature.
Most of the older homes in San Clemente are not subject to special Mello-Roos tax assessments or H.O.A. dues. In the newly-built properties, particularly since the early 2,000's, the property owners are responsible for both; Mello-Roos special assessments and H.O.A. dues (which oversees the local parks, community pools, common areas, and clubhouses). The handsome San Clemente luxury homes for sale come in many different; architectural styles, square footages, bedroom and bathroom counts, elevations and paint schemes. An entry-level condo starts out in the low-to-mid $500,000's with two-bedrooms and two-bathrooms, with 1,000 square feet of living space. A detached single-family-residence, without an ocean view starts out in the the high $700,000's, and you should expect around two-bedrooms and two-bathrooms with approximately 1,800 square feet, on a very small lot. A home with a decent ocean view begins in the low $1,000,000's with a multitude of; bathroom and bedroom counts and a diverse selection of square footages to choose from. At the top end of the spectrum, the exquisite San Clemente Oceanfront estates will set you back (or forward depending on your long-term view), around $7,000,000 - $10,000,000 with some waterfront mansions fetching asking prices exceeding $30,000,000!
Starfish and sea shells - and world famous surf breaks – are found along San Clemente's four-mile whimsical stretch of coastline. Generations of families return to this fabled 19 square-mile city as devotedly as the ebb and flow of tides - like a portal into the visual grandeur of years past. The gorgeous San Clemente residences are bordered on two sides by protected wild lands where; deer, coyote and bobcats are easily viewed, as well as a full arsenal of seasonal bird life. All of the properties within the hypnotizing city of San Clemente radiates with its own particular genre. For those who enjoy the rural/casual lifestyle, look no further than the single-level homes in the northern area of the San Clemente. Searching for more vivacity? Go to The Pier and drop by an Irish Pub or chic wine bar.
The ZIP Codes for the City of San Clemente are; 92672, 29673 and 92674 – the Area is 949. The population is approximately 65,000, and the total land area of the city is over 19 square miles. The student-aged residents are served by the Capistrano Unified School District which includes; one high school (San Clemente High School (which is recognized for receiving numerous academic awards, as well as being home to award-winning orchestras, national title winning dance teams and some of the most advanced skilled athletic programs in the nation), three middle schools and six elementary schools. The middles schools are; Bernice Ayer, Vista Del Mar and Shorecliffs, and the younger kids will attend one of the elementary schools at Lobo and Marblehead Elementary, Las Palmas, Vista Del mar, Concordia Elementary, or Truman Benedict.
In addition to its world-renowned beaches, The highly-regarded San Clemente housing market contains major trail networks that run throughout the city such as; Cristianitos, and Prima Deschecha trails. A blueprint for other beach-side cities to strive for and a template for the most excellent things in life for a wide variety of lifestyles; family-oriented, singles, or couples, the city of San Clemente is a living haven unlike any other in Southern California. Chock full of Pacific Ocean splendor and all-embracing vistas, the prominent properties in San Clemente are a reflection of the city's historical past with a temperament that is built for the future. La Casa Pacifica (Spanish for "The Pacific House"; or "The House of Peace") is a classic California beachfront mansion located in the Point Estates/Cypress Shores neighborhoods of the famous surfing, beach town of San Clemente. The property overlooks the Pacific Ocean its towering bluff-top location. This estate is also known as “Nixon’s Western White House” which the President used while living and working outside of the official presidential residence. This expansive Spanish-style California Mission Revival Style mansion was modeled after a country home in Spain. The sprawling presidential hideaway on the ocean in San Clemente has come back on the market with an asking price of $57,500,000!
The San Clemente Beach area surrounding the Pier is quite simply one of the most excellent beaches in Orange County. Even though the railroad tracks run right behind this state beach, it is a unbelievably beautiful setting with palm trees and grassy areas leading you to the entrance of the Pier. A large parking structure at Parque del Mar (which is $1.50 for 2-hours) offers easy access to the Pier and beach. Street parking is available when the lot fills up. The San Clemente Coastal Trail runs north and south between this main beach and north beach (just over two-miles from tip-to-tip). The downtown area near the pier is called Pier Bowl. If you are up to making the 1300 foot walk out to the end of this historical wooden pier and glance back you’ll see the locally famous Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar which is bisected by the Pier. On the Pier you can watch surfers below straddling their surfboards, from dawn to dusk, waiting for that flawless wave to perfect their craft and impress the onlookers - while fishermen drop their lines into the water - waiting to tell people about "the one that got away". The most famous beaches in San Clemente include; "T-Street" (which is found at the west end of Esplanade Street in San Clemente and that is why it is sometimes referred to as Esplanade Beach), Trestles (which is a collection of surfing spots at San Onofre State Beach. Trestles consists of; Upper, Lower, and Middle Trestles. North of Upper Trestles is the surf spot called Cottons. South of Middles is the surf spot called The Church), and San Onofre (which is a prominent surfing beach known for multiple surf breaks, plus areas for camping, biking and swimming).
Why are the inspiring San Clemente residences so covetable? BanCorp Realty's local San Clemente Realtors say that from the influential homes in Marblehead to the rolling-hills drama of Talega to the exclusive Forster Ranch community, San Clemente luxury real estate is able to merge majestic estates with tract homes and semi-custom homes (often within a few blocks of each other) that blend in naturally with the surrounding environs. With more potential San Clemente home buyers showing an interest in outdoor/indoor living spaces for al fresco dining and entertaining, floor-to-ceiling windows, gourmet kitchens, wine cellars, media rooms, and other modern upgrades and high-end appointments, the city offers a diverse collection of housing options. From one-of-a-kind whitewater-view homes, to intimate and elegant condos, townhouses and penthouses - the memorable San Clemente custom-coastal homes for sale have always been known for their quality of construction, unique design features, various elevations, paint schemes and number of stories (from one to three).
Transportation in San Clemente. In the mid 2010’s the city began to offer its residents with a free trolley service than runs across the city. It is called the San Clemente Trolley and provides open-air trolley rides that drops off, and picks people up at designated locations every 15 minutes. The trolley service only operates from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. The funds needed to complete this project exceeded $1mm and a grant was extended which covered the costs for about seven years, with the city of San Clemente coughing up the difference of $146,000 per year. "The Friends" of the San Clemente Beaches, Parks and Recreation Foundation provided the initial donation of $10,000 which was applied to the overall costs of servicing the trolley.
How did San Clemente evolve into a city? Ownership rights to the land in San Clemente changed owners multiple times, but nothing really happened until the mid 1920’s. This was when an out-of-town land developer (Ole Hanson) constructed a nearly 2,000-acre community with the financial backing of a syndicate of investors. These new builders "got it" realizing that the unpolluted beach and fertile soil would attract buyers who were exasperated with “big-city living”. The city of San Clemente got its name from “San Clemente Island”. The initial builder (Hamilton Cotton), had some additional paragraphs added to the initial contract which required that all future home design plans be forwarded to an architectural review board for purpose of maintaining a uniformity to the exterior styles of all of the newly-constructed properties in San Clemente. This idea never came to fruition - as seen today by the diverse collection of architectural influences scattered within the borders of San Clemente. Hanson, however was a visionary and was successful in constructing public building like San Clemente Plaza, the Community Center, and the Ole Hanson Beach Club (all of the buildings featuring some components of; Spanish-Revival-style white stucco building with traditional arches, elaborate hand-painted tiles, ornate stain-glass windows, and original crafted wrought iron grillwork). The city of San Clemente officially incorporated in 1928 under the jurisdiction of a “council-manager government”.
Arts and Culture in San Clemente:
This sunny seaside town is home to cultural centers and historical societies, as well as many passionate artists ranging from painters and sketch artists to musicians.
Casa Romantica San Clemente Cultural Center and Gardens: This low-priced, family friendly venue allows you to uncover the exquisite, historic former estate of San Clemente’s founder, Ole Hanson - from the home’s spectacular vistas to its lush, meticulously-maintained gardens.
The Coach House: This establishment has been a launching platform for aspiring artists and a home for those well established in the industry. This premier, all-ages dinner concert hall promotes musicians from all genres.
The Arts Project of Orange County: This is a one-stop creative studio committed to cultivating a passion for the arts through private lessons, group classes, workshops and performances. With a staff of dedicated teachers and a family environment, this establishment offers a wide range of introductory, intermediate and advanced courses in art, music, theater, and voice.
Gavin Arts: From the beginning, Gavin Arts has had a special relationship with the men and women who serve our country in the armed forces. The have posters, clothing, fine art, and note cards that honor the U.S. military, air shows, naval demonstrations, and related events.
Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center: This exhibition is constantly evolving to continue to fulfill our mission. Our plans call for deeper experiences, upgraded technology, and new exhibits that blows people's minds.
Parks and Hiking/Biking Trails:
Vista Hermosa Park: Of the plethora of community parks in San Clemente, Vista Hermosa packs a powerful punch for The San Clemente residents to enjoy a day outside. Offering a surfeit of entertaining activities, the park is an ideal place to spend a day with the family. The aquatics center allows the kids children to splash around and cool down (and hopefully calm down).
Courtney's Sandcastle: This is a sensory garden within the park which was lovingly designed to help people mindfully engage their senses and form powerful memories that cameras can’t capture. The green, open spaces make it a prime picnicking spot, as well as a bookable venue for birthday parties, sports competitions, and even weddings.
San Clemente Coastal Trail: This scenic trail clings to the coastline for over 2-miles and is a perfect addition to your beach excursion if you’re searching for a more natural experience. You’ll get find all-embracing vistas of the ocean as the trail runs adjacent to the railroad tracks, hugging the shoreline of San Clemente Beach, offering quick peeks of the magnificent flora that separates the trail from the coastline. This is an extremely popular trail, so the early bird gets the worm (start early in the day).
Sea Summit Trail: On a clear day you can see forever... at least on this trail you can see Catalina Island. The white water and ocean views are remarkable from this trail which is perfect for jogging, hiking or walking your dog. Admittance is free, and across from the entrance, you’ll find parking. There are benches and information kiosks along the way. The trails simple to maneuver though and have safety railings.
Things To Do In San Clemente:
Whale Watching: Join in a whale watching excursion to delight in the unimaginable sights and sounds of the magnificent ocean creatures that migrate past San Clemente. During the winter you can see the Gray whale migration and during the summer time you will see the nearly 100-foot Blue whales!
Dining: San Clemente is bustling with flavor! There are many excellent culinary choices in the city, including freshly-caught seafood at Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar, La Siesta Mexican Restaurant, La Colombiana, Brick Restaurant, and a multitude of other unique cultural cuisine options from around the world. You’ll find something for every discerning palette!
Surfing and Kayaking: Whether you’re a novice or a professional, San Clemente is one of the premier spots in the world to surf - and kayaking is another fun beach activity along with paddle boarding. Beach vibes and board shorts have always been the lifestyle in San Clemente, so rent a kayak at a local shop (we are assuming you probably own your own surfboard) and hit the waves! It’s the perfect way to immerse yourself in this; kick-back, laid-back beach-city.
Golfing: The San Clemente Municipal Golf Club is a panoramic, championship 18-hole golf course where walkers are still welcome and the kids are always half-price. Owned and operated by the City of San Clemente, the course is just one-mile from the Pacific Ocean and features ocean views from a number of holes. Named “Best Value in Golf Courses in Orange County” in 2008, the rolling hills and relaxed atmosphere have remained popular with local golfers for over seven-decades.
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