San Juan Capistrano, Homes For Sale
Welcome to the San Juan Capistrano community which was originally founded in 1776 by Junipero Serra as the seventh of twenty-one missions to be established in California by the Spanish. The iconic, identifying feature of the city is Mission San Juan Capistrano - which is a California landmark (#200) and a cultural icon and final destination for tourists, the faithful, and school children from California and around the world - where many generations of people, from numerous ethnicities have resided over its famed 240 years of existence. Its storied past consists of memories and accounts of its earlier inhabitants, to present-day renovations of its iconic buildings. It is a place of historical, cultural, and religious significance, as well as a venue for inspiration and education. The Downtown San Juan Capistrano real estate area is where most of the events, activities and notable sights are found. The "birthplace of Orange County" accommodates over 300,000 visitors each year who are drawn to city’s historical roots and cultural landmarks. Both businesses and non-profit organizations within the Mission and the Los Rios Historic Districts have collaborated together with the Mission to help promote and spotlight the unique venues in the city. The local San Juan Capistrano neighborhoods found in the historical districts feature rare, and influential valuables such as; a notable Native American history, the Legend of the Swallows, an old fashioned train depot, an equestrian heritage, a renowned library and many outstanding community curated adobes and recently-restored, beautifying efforts on buildings. The environment around the popular San Juan Capistrano residences is strengthened by festivals, concerts, and art shows, which are all within walking distance from each other.
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San Juan Capistrano's first neighborhoods grew around the Mission itself with Spanish-influenced construction styles that featured curved exteriors and wide archways. Today, the picturesque San Juan Capistrano properties architectural styles have evolved into; Mediterranean, traditional/contemporary, craftsman, old-world European, California Period, and Cape cod inspired homes (with the Craftsman-style being one of the finest examples of this style of housing found anywhere in California). BanCorp's Local Realtors say that subsequent extensions to the stately San Capistrano residential market includes homes in the multi-million dollar-plus range in; in the gated communities of Peppertree Bend, Cook Lane Estates, Connemara By The Sea, Marbella Crest Estates, the Marbella golf course community and Rancho Madrina, - while the older established neighborhoods, including the equestrian communities of Hunt Club, Los Corrales and Hidden Mountain have similar price ranges. The charming homes in San Juan Capistrano that are found in the Mission Area, Ortega Area, Del Obispo Area and Los Rios District (which is California's oldest residential neighborhood and the original 40 homes that remain here include three original adobe structures), still remain a popular option of potential home buyers. Many of the other residences in the more established San Juan Capistrano neighborhoods were constructed in the late 1800's by European immigrants. With so much diversity and history centered in the heart of the city, which is close to sea level, it is not uncommon to find ocean view homes scattered across the rolling bluffs at higher elevations of the city, which continues to drive a massive contingency of buyers to the handsome real estate in San Juan Capistrano.
Why San Juan Capistrano Is Relevant:
Don't miss the city's Annual Cliff Swallows Migration (which celebrates the cliff swallows’ annual migration from Goya, Argentina, to San Juan Capistrano - it is one of the longest migrations of any species), and the Swallows Day Parade (The Fiesta de las Golondrinas is a series of events, hosted by the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association, which celebrates the return of the swallows to San Juan Capistrano and includes the highly-anticipated Parade, (which is the largest non-motorized parade in the country) that occurs each March. The local Organic Farmer's Market meets each week in Downtown San Juan Capistrano. Both tourists and local San Juan Capistrano residents enjoy attending The El Camino Real Play House, where you can watch nearly 100 full scale dramatic productions - including play writing festivals and Shakespeare Productions. One of the most notable historical homes is the Forster Mansion (which dates back to 1910 and is on the City’s Inventory of Historic and Cultural Landmarks), which is located on the Ortega Highway between the Capistrano Inn and the shopping center to the east. This gorgeous estate was full-restored to its original glory by famous interior designer Martha Gresham who once owned it. The Spanish Revival Element style of housing is readily apparent throughout the city of San Juan Capistrano. All of the San Juan Capistrano luxury homes for sale and on full display on BanCorp's safe and secure, user-friendly website – where you can view the full inventory of properties that are available for sale in San Juan Capistrano - from smaller, intimate and elegant condos and townhouses, to senior-living 55+neighborhoods (communities with a resort-like active lifestyle to those age 55 and above) in the communities of San Juan Hills West and San Juan Hills East, which are ideally located just blocks from the San Juan Golf Course, restaurants, coffee shops and downtown San Juan Capistrano, to tract, semi-custom and custom-built homes, to a dynamic collection of exclusive multi-million dollar ocean-view homes found in 24/7 guard-gated communities located in the working ranches of the foothills of the graceful San Juan Capistrano housing market.
The school-aged children are part of the Capistrano Unified School District's public school system which is routinely ranked as one of the best and highly-regarded school districts in California. The older kids have access to two public high schools; Capistrano Valley, and Junipera Serra High Schools, and one private High School - JSerra Catholic School. The middle-aged students have access to public Marco Forster Intermediate School and private; St. Margaret's Episcopal, Saddleback Valley Christian, and Mission Basilica Schools. The younger kids have access to three elementary schools; San Juan, Harold J. Ambuel, and Kinoshita Elementary Schools. The ZIP Codes in San Juan Capistrano include: 92675, 92690, 92691, 92692, and 92693. The area code for the city is 949. All of the older, more established communities in San Juan Capistrano are not subject to special Mello-Roos tax assessments (although many have H.O.A.'s). The newly-constructed properties for sale in San Juan Capistrano that have been popping up in brand-new neighborhoods such as Pacifica San Juan, and The Oaks Farm require the property owners to pay both Mello-Roos taxes and H.O.A.'s dues (where the funds normally are allocated towards the maintenance and upkeep of the pool and spa areas, community clubhouses and parks, and common areas of the community.
What should I expect to spend on a house in San Juan Capistrano? To start off, you need to understand that distinctive San Juan Capistrano coastal real estate offers the most diversified collection of housing options/styles in Orange County. An entry-level condo or townhouse starts in the mid $300,000's, and you should expect one-bedroom and one-bathroom with approximately 900 square feet of living space. A detached, single-family-residence without a view will begin in the mid $700,000's, and will average four-bedrooms and three-bathrooms on very modest lost sizes, with around 1,900 square feet of living space. A semi-custom home in a guard-gated community begins in the mid $1,500,000's, and five-bedrooms and four-bedrooms are the norm, with the square foot ranges from about 3,900 to 4,500 square feet. At the upper-end of the echelon, you will find San Juan Capistrano estates (mostly in the Peppertree Bend, Marbella Estates, and Hunt Club neighborhoods) in the $4,000,000+ range, and with some properties with ocean view occasionally being listed for sale for up to 10,000,000+!. The square footage for some of these mansions are over 14,000 square feet, and it is not uncommon to find properties sitting on well-over five-acres. The most expensive San Juan Capistrano home listings are found northwest of the city center, and this list of high-end upgrades is impossible to include here, but are not limited to; casitas, indoor/outdoor living areas for al fresco dining, gourmet kitchens, wine cellars, custom pools with incredible custom landscaping along with extensive rock work, elevators, media rooms and ten-plus car garages. The San Juan Capistrano home owners maintain a fierce loyalty to the heritage of the city (long-established parades, events and community festivals), and when they sell their home and move, they tend to purchase another residence within the confines of the city of San Juan Capistrano, along with its iconic retail/shopping/dining district which is found in the Downtown area.
Despite all of its upper-class amenities and high-end appointments, the values of the classy homes in San Juan Capistrano tend to sell at lower price points than it’s neighboring cities adjacent to the Ocean and to the North. Considering its original architecture and the exceptional quality of life that the city promises, the lovely residences in San Juan Capistrano are considered to be the best "dollar-for-dollar" value among any of the historically significant cities in Southern California. With so much diversity in pricing, distinct living districts and home-styles, potential buyers can find their dream home that meets their needs; emotionally, stylistically and financially. As with many downtown areas of the era, the land in Downtown San Juan Capistrano is primarily narrow and deep which allowed the homes to be built closer to the Mission. While this facilitated the early homeowners' ability to walk to the local banks, general stores, and post office at a time before automobiles were commonplace, this layout now works perfectly for families looking to get away from their vehicle dependent lifestyles.
San Juan Capistrano is one of Orange County's best kept secrets, and although the city is far-removed from being considered a high-density business center or commercial hub, the homes are strategically located with convenient access to interstate-five (via Ortega Highway, San Juan Creek Road, and La Novia Ave) which will transport commuters to all of Orange County's more business-orientated city's, as well as easy accessibility to the best beaches via Pacific Coast Highway One including; adjacent Dana Point, south to San Clemente, and the northern cities of Laguna Beach, Newport Coast and Newport Beach. The point being? The one and two-story homes in San Juan Capistrano openly invites people searching for a peaceful hideaway away from the anxious, and sometime stressful living of North County, with all of the contemporary comforts, amenities and conveniences that you might find in a large cosmopolitan city - while savoring the casual and suburban lifestyle, and small town ambiance that the stylish San Juan Capistrano neighborhoods offer. The San Juan Mission was founded in faith and continues today to serve as a reminder of the past, a destination for learning, and a place where life-long memories are made.
Where is San Juan Capistrano Located?
It is bisected by the Ortega Highway, and it is bordered by Rancho Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch to the East, Dana Point directly West, and Laguna Niguel to the Northwest. If you were to drive south for about a mile, you will reach PCH Highway-One which will drop you off at Doheny State Beach. If you take I-5 north it will take through Orange County, where you can take connecting freeways such as the 405, 55, 91, and 22 freeways which will connect you with all of Southern California. If you commute east on the Ortega Highway, you will go through a serpentine (and dangerous) road that will eventually drop you off at the Lake Elsinore area. The majority of the hills and mountain view properties in San Juan Capistrano are situated just west of the Ronald W. Casper’s Regional Wilderness Park, which is an 8,000 acre protected wilderness preserve nestled among the river terraces and sandstone canyons of the western coastal Santa Ana Mountains, where you will find; camping, abundant wildlife sightings, scenic nature walks, and hiking trails.
With pleasant weather throughout the year, In San Juan Capistrano, the summers are short, warm, arid, and clear and the winters are long, cool, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 49°F to 78°F and is rarely below 43°F or above 85°F. Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit San Juan Capistrano for warm-weather activities is from mid June to mid October. The noble San Juan Capistrano, California homes offers the freedom to live outdoors when other regions of the United States move indoors to avoid winter's freezing temperatures. Attired in a naturally-inspired palette, in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the seductive San Juan Capistrano community is often referred to as an “enchanted wellspring” that will kidnap your heart as you drive through the local neighborhoods and villages of the city. San Juan Capistrano offers a variety of equestrian services (the city after all is known as an equestrian community). It possesses some of the most scenic and beautiful trails in the United States which can be enjoyed for most months of the year. There is no question that you will create great memories and experiences while riding your horse along these meandering trails that provide memorial vistas at every turn.
The population of San Juan Capistrano is approximately 36,000, and the total land area is approximately 14.50 square miles. The official website for the community is www.sanjuancapistrano.org. Same of the main points of Interest for tourists include; Mission San Juan Capistrano, Los Rios District, The Depot, El Adobe de Capistrano, Trabuco Creek Ortega’s Capistrano Trading Post and The Mission Basilica. The beautiful city of San Juan Capistrano offers free weekend trolley rides from June through September each year. The trolley is able to pick you up every 20 minutes and it is the best way to get around town all Summer long. The trolley stops at numerous locations in the city that are easily identifiable such as; Metrolink Station, El Adobe Plaza, Marriott Residence Inn, La Zanja, and the San Juan Capistrano Library.
A brief history of the current day city of San Juan Capistrano: The city is the location of a Christian mission that it is named after “Mission San Juan Capistrano”. It was initially inhabited over 200 years ago when the area was populated by the Acjachemen band of Native Americans (call ed Juanenos by the Spanish). It was named after Giovanni de Capistrano, the Franciscan Saint from Capistrano, in the Italian region of Abruzzo. San Juan Capistrano is home to California’s oldest residential community; Los Rios. It also possesses the oldest building in the State, the Serra Chapel in the Mission. It is the location of both the first winery and the first vineyard in California. In the early years, Richard Dana, who wrote the classic book “Two Years Before the Mast” discovered the land and described the location (which included now present-day Dana Point) as “the only romantic spot in California”.
Exhibits, Art And Conservation:
Mission San Juan Capistrano brandishes historic and religious artifacts, 18th-20th century paintings, and an interpretive room allocated solely to Native American art. In the South Wing Padres Quarters, the Mission features an enduring assortment of artifacts which belonged to the padres who resided there in the 18th century, focusing on the historical significance of the mission system and the role of the padres in establishing what became the state of California. This exhibit provides visuals, paintings, artifacts, and photographs to help illuminate this rich and dynamic history. This historic collection also features an assemblage of landscape and portrait paintings, as well as a sensational series of religious artifacts such as chalices, vestments, and tabernacles.
Legacy of Saint Serra Exhibit:
Saint Junipero Serra was the person who established the first nine of the 21 California missions including Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776. A man of relentless enthusiasm and perseverance, Saint Serra played an influential role in originating the mission system and laying the infrastructure for what would ultimately become "California". The exhibit uncovers Serra’s early life as a scholar, his missionary training in establishing nine of the 21 California missions, and his legacy surrounding the Mission San Juan Capistrano.
Mission Treasures - Historical Collection Revealed:
Featuring historic artifacts from the Mission’s past that have not been revealed for decades, if ever, the compilation includes cherished and unique paintings, religious artifacts, and documents related to the Mission’s history, dating back to the early 1700's. Also on display is the new digital archival photo albums that boasts even more unusual historical images that have never been previously viewed. The kiosk also allows people to see the former commemorative tile program that the Mission had on the land in the late 1990’s to present. The miracle of the “Swallows” of Capistrano takes place each year at Mission San Juan Capistrano, on March 19th, Saint Joseph’s Day.
Nest Reenactment Exhibit:
Now You Know... Under the leadership of Father St. John O'Sullivan, Mission San Juan Capistrano began commemorating the retreat back of the swallows on St. Joseph’s Day (early 1930's). The amount of cliff swallows nesting at the Mission has decreased progressively over the years as continued urbanization and new commercial construction simply gave the birds more options to build their nests. The Mission continues on its efforts to help revitalize the cliff swallows to nest again at the historic landmark as they have for decades.
Native American Museum and Interpretive Room:
Observe the recently-refurbished and remodeled Native American Museum and Interpretive room in the West Wing Museum Building. Explore genuine artifacts, music, and learn more at the interactive station. Great for people from all age groups!
Plein Air Art Reproductions Exhibition:
The paintings in this gallery are reproductions of original paintings held in The Irvine Museum, now in partnership with UCI. The Irvine Museum has generously loaned these replication to Mission San Juan Capistrano as part of their long standing support and partnership in an effort to share the artistic style of the “Plein Air” painting tradition and its ability to record the historic and architectural setting of Mission San Juan in a unique and beautiful way.
South Wing Padres Quarters:
Mission San Juan Capistrano unveiled its permanent museum exhibit in the South Wing Building in September, 2009. The new exhibit highlights the lives of the padres who lived in the South Wing of the Mission during the 18th century. The exhibit features items such as abalone fish hooks, padres’ ledgers, music sheets, musical instruments, books, branding irons, coins, lassos, flags and images. The exhibit focuses on the rise and downturn of the Mission, the period of secularization, the transfer of ownership of the Mission to and from the Catholic Church, and the pivotal role Abraham Lincoln played in returning the Mission to the Catholic Church during the last months of his life.
Mission San Juan Capistrano hosts its Signature Event Series annually to celebrate the historic and religious significance of the Mission, to provide an irreplaceable experience of inspiration to the San Juan Capistrano residents including; local, regional and international visitors, to help raise money to help sustain the preservation of the Mission, California Landmark #200.
Mission San Juan Capistrano, with support of the Thomas J. and Erma Jean Tracy Family Foundation), promotes the Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival. This festive day features live music performed by mariachi groups from across Southern California as they competed on stage for cash prizes before a panel of notable judges. Festival highlights also include; ringing of the historic Mission bells, a special performance of the National Anthem and gourmet Mexican food vendors.
Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series is a fundraising concert series in support of preservation and sustainability of Mission San Juan Capistrano, and adjacent museum. Music Under the Stars features a top-notch tribute band lineup, celebrating a variety of timeless and nostalgic classics in popular music at the famous and historic setting of the Mission.
Other Points of Interest In San Juan Capistrano:
Mission Store: You can provide support to the preservation of Mission San Juan Capistrano by shopping at the Mission Store, a local landmark and shopping experience located next to the Mission.
Swallows Inn: circa 1950, is a San Juan Capistrano landmark. Proudly touted by its owners as “one of America’s worst saloons”
El Adobe de Capistrano Mexican Steakhouse: This was once one of the favorite restaurants of President Richard Nixon, and it boasts delicious and authentic Mexican cuisine, in a historical jail cell, found in the basement of the 1797 Miguel Yorba Adobe.
Mission San Juan Capistrano: This “Jewel of the Missions” hosts one-of-a-kind artifacts, treasures, paintings, original adobe buildings, Serra Chapel, and the Ruins of the Great Stone Church.
Mission Fine Art Gallery: This artist-run gallery showcases the work of local artists in a variety of mediums from jewelry to sculpture to painting.
Mission Promenade: It features fine shops, dining, beauty and health series in the historic Ferris Kelly building, which was constructed in the 1920's.
Rancho Capistrano Winery: Enjoy this mouthwatering winery and bistro in the 1938 Vaquero West Building.
Shops on Los Rios (Las Catrinas, Nest, and The Cottage Gallery): This trio of shops offers artwork, jewelry, and home decor items that are unique and reflective of the spirit of San Juan Capistrano. Enjoy shopping on Los Rios Street, part of the oldest continually occupied neighborhood in the State of California.
Blas Aguilar Adobe Museum: Uncover and explore the Blas Aguilar Adobe Museum by viewing its presented artifacts, photographs, lectures, and informative hands-on education to understand about the various historical periods of San Juan Capistrano.
Camino Real Playhouse: Is home to a vibrant performing arts community in downtown San Juan Capistrano with a robust and full season of performances and events going on throughout the calendar year.
Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo: Come out and see the best of the best that the rodeo world has to offer at this annual summertime tradition.
San Juan Capistrano Historical Society: Is housed in the 1870 Garcia/Pryor House, also known as the O’Neill Museum. It is the headquarters for archives of photographs, books, documents, maps, genealogical records, and oral histories.
Mission Preservation Foundation: The Mission San Juan Capistrano’s Board of Directors is committed to raising funds or specialized and comprehensive preservation work to ensure Mission San Juan Capistrano remains the most significant historic site in Orange County.
San Juan Historical Guides and Montanez Adobe Museum: Visit the Montanez Adobe Museum, circa 1794, on historic Los Rios Street.
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