Laguna Beach Oceanfront Home Sales Over the Past 8 Years

Beachfront home on the Pacific at Aliso Creek in Laguna Beach, CA

You can usually read it before you see the photos…

“…just one house from the sand!”

“…steps away from the beach”

“…so close you can smell the ocean!”

“…almost oceanfront!”

“…ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway!”

Those all descriptors for what I’m sure would be fabulous places to live, but all ultimately are euphemisms for “not on the ocean” and when your client is looking for an oceanfront residence, ocean-close just won’t cut it.

Beach Front homes on the Pacific in South Laguna Beach, CA

What does that mean to live on the ocean? What is it about an oceanfront home that turns battle-hardened industry tycoons into dreamy-eyed, check-cutting lovebirds where one rocky outcropping and a slight turn of the coast is worth another paltry $2M? Other than being part of a small club of other oceanfront owners (which I’m sure has its own in-group privileges), I think it is safe to say there is something existentially enriching about the oceanfront ownership experience… the ocean that stretches in front of the owner is nothing if not a metaphor for infinity, longevity and maybe even deity as the endless forces of creation churn in boundless cycles… What could be more exhilarating that to live on the ocean and be in a state of communion with that boundless energy?

Ocean Front homes on the Pacific in Woods Cove in Laguna Beach, CA

As agents, we are called on for specific market analyses practically every day in this business, and as much as we’d love to share our findings to keep our broad-based audience up on the latest market goings-ons, we generally don’t have the luxury of time to share even a fraction of the market research we’re called to do. That said, I thought I would share a recent dive into a particular marketplace – oceanfront homes in Laguna Beach, California – because it is a rarefied market, a beautiful thing to ponder and something I thought you might enjoy.

Before we jump into the numbers, I wanted to lay out what we know about these homes – they are in Laguna Beach, they are on the ocean and they are all completely different from each other. That means that the price-per-square-foot numbers (numbers often used as the at-a-glance measure for home valuations) should really be looked at askance and with as much curiosity as say, the offerings of a flower vendor – the choices are myriad, some cost more than others and taste and value is personal.

As a quick thumbnail sketch, number of sales have been: 17 in 2004, 13 in 2005, 18 in 2006, 10 in 2007, 11 in 2008, 13 in 2009, 13 in 2010, and 12 in 2011 (to date); that averages out to a little over 13 ocean front home sales per year… Eight years is not a large historical survey by any means, but it does certainly encapsulate the boom-and-bust macro-market we’ve been through.

Here you go:

Oceanfront homes above Crescent Bay in North Laguna Beach, CA

All Oceanfront Home Sales in Laguna Beach, CA from 01/01/2004 to 12/31/2004

MLS#Property AddressAreaNeighborhoodBedsBathsGarApprox SqFtYr BuiltSales PriceSales $/SqFtClose of Escrow
L11558114 S La Senda DrSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay5523,9071940$3,100,000$7931/26/2004
L1217831887 Circle DrSouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs3322,5001988$3,100,000$1,2402/10/2004
S2983311 Barranca WaySouth LagunaThree Arch Bay4332,5741966$3,250,000$1,2635/7/2004
L1289431595 Table Rock DrSouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs3322,6981976$3,300,000$1,2236/2/2004
L10320122 Mcknight DrNorth LagunaCrown Point22.522,3121990$3,650,000$1,5792/23/2004
L1069592 S La Senda DrSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay3425,1761981$3,650,000$7053/16/2004
L1180631051 S Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs3423,0001972$3,650,000$1,2172/27/2004
L1363031441 S Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs32.7521,8371947$3,747,562$2,0407/1/2004
L121812191 Ocean WaySouth LagunaWoods Cove43201923$4,250,000$04/6/2004
S3603201155 Gaviota DrLaguna VillageThe Village3221,9001935$4,650,000$2,44710/26/2004
S36419931981 Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs5525,5001960$5,000,000$90910/6/2004
U0413994919 Lagunita DrLaguna VillageLagunita4422,2141953$5,070,000$2,2907/19/2004
S3403091125 Marine DrNorth LagunaThe Village3422,9741959$6,105,000$2,0534/14/2004
L151442017 Ocean WayLaguna VillageWoods Cove42.523,0001928$6,499,000$2,16611/19/2004
L10161989 Cliff DrNorth LagunaShaw's Cove54.523,2801928$7,500,000$2,2871/26/2004
L1316132 N La Senda DrSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay45.525,1441970$7,900,000$1,6915/5/2004
S3704681991 Ocean WayLaguna VillageWoods Cove65.535,3981929$13,500,000$2,50110/25/2004
Averages3,338$5,171,857$1,650

Oceanfront homes above Fisherman' Cove in Laguna Beach, CA

All Oceanfront Home Sales in Laguna Beach, CA from 01/01/2005 to 12/31/2005

MLS#Property AddressAreaNeighborhoodBedsBathsGarApprox SqFtYr BuiltSales PriceSales $/SqFtClose of Escrow
L1769331889 Circle DrSouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs43201960$3,700,000$011/10/2005
L1714331885 Circle DrSouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs4322,0001948$4,250,000$2,1256/30/2005
S38731831945 Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs33201957$4,600,000$03/2/2005
U0436284310 Mar VistaSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay3221,9001961$4,925,000$2,5924/29/2005
L149171031 Marine DrNorth LagunaThe Coves22.522,0551964$5,365,000$2,6117/21/2005
L1686932013 S Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs4534,6002005$6,800,000$1,4786/17/2005
L132932 Mar Vista LnSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay4524,5722000$7,350,000$1,6083/1/2005
U044032511225 Cliff DriveNorth LagunaNorth Laguna55201916$8,606,750$03/2/2005
S38711656 N La Senda DrSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay44.525,4461985$8,900,000$1,6344/8/2005
S39825058 N La Senda DrSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay53.543,8841934$9,500,000$2,4468/17/2005
U0436656137 SmithcliffsNorth LagunaSmithcliffs47.5301996$10,300,000$03/10/2005
U0541780431675 Sea Bluff LaneSouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs44.5302003$12,175,000$06/10/2005
L13012139 Moss StLaguna VillageWoods Cove64.524,3251917$14,000,000$3,2371/14/2005
Averages3,598$7,728,596$2,216

Oceanfront homes at Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach, CA

All Oceanfront Home Sales in Laguna Beach, CA from 01/01/2006 to 12/31/2006

MLS#Property AddressAreaNeighborhoodBedsBathsGarApprox SqFtYr BuiltSales PriceSales $/SqFtClose of Escrow
U660172632013 Point PlaceSouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs4535,3002005$0$08/31/2006
L19034109 S La Senda DrSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay32.522,3001949$4,800,000$2,0875/1/2006
L1582231625 S Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs44.523,8531984$4,900,000$1,2727/14/2006
L174911295 Ocean FrontLaguna VillageThe Village43.522,5001951$5,300,000$2,1203/16/2006
L202601275 Ocean FrontLaguna VillageVictoria Beach43201947$5,400,000$011/24/2006
L2031431841 S Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs3321,3001939$7,150,000$5,5007/13/2006
L1797292 S La Senda DrSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay4425,1132005$8,000,000$1,5652/15/2006
U05484150887 Cliff DriveNorth LagunaNorth Laguna54201973$8,750,000$05/22/2006
L1786931627 S Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs44.536,3001982$8,800,000$1,3973/15/2006
U66006011379 Circle WayNorth LagunaNorth Laguna46.5201985$9,968,888$06/5/2006
U660376831721 Seacliff DrSouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs3524,8061982$10,500,000$2,18511/30/2006
U660020514 Lagunita DrLaguna VillageLagunita55201963$11,000,000$05/18/2006
L20420967 Gaviota DrLaguna VillageThe Village45.5302004$12,500,000$010/2/2006
L208332665 Victoria DrLaguna VillageVictoria Beach45202002$12,500,000$08/31/2006
L20965989 Cliff DriveNorth LagunaNorth Laguna54.523,2801928$12,750,000$3,8877/27/2006
S429426990 Ocean FrontLaguna VillageThe Village00001926$13,000,000$04/25/2006
U0547079880 N La Senda DrSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay4422003$14,000,000$07/25/2006
U6602297111 S La Senda DrSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay23.523,6951949$15,000,000$4,0609/18/2006
Averages3,845$9,665,817$2,407

Oceanfront real estate in gated Three Arch Bay in South Laguna Beach, CA

All Oceanfront Home Sales in Laguna Beach, CA from 01/01/2007 to 12/31/2007

MLS#Property AddressAreaNeighborhoodBedsBathsGarApprox SqFtYr BuiltSales PriceSales $/SqFtClose of Escrow
R7025231235 Ocean FrontLaguna VillageVictoria Beach11201948$4,700,000$05/3/2007
L204796 Mar Vista LnSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay3321,8861945$5,925,000$3,1428/17/2007
S476355110 S La Senda DrSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay32.522,9101972$7,750,000$2,6635/4/2007
L2234014 S La Senda DrSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay3222,9021933$8,000,000$2,7573/15/2007
L224421021 Gaviota DrLaguna VillageThe Village6523,0911926$8,000,000$2,58811/16/2007
L225901741 Ocean WayLaguna VillageWoods Cove3322,6461985$8,250,000$3,1184/11/2007
L224242017 Ocean WayLaguna VillageWoods Cove5323,1001928$8,500,000$2,7427/24/2007
L224262800 Ocean FrontLaguna VillageVictoria Beach77201963$13,920,000$02/14/2007
L23527267 Crescent Bay DrNorth LagunaNorth Laguna2225,3001994$17,000,000$3,20812/10/2007
U7000697168 Emerald BayNorth LagunaEmerald Bay55.545,8502002$19,000,000$3,2488/28/2007
Averages3,461$10,104,500$2,933

Oceanfront luxury homes in gated Emerald Bay in North Laguna Beach, CA

All Oceanfront Home Sales in Laguna Beach, CA from 01/01/2008 to 12/31/2008

MLS#Property AddressAreaNeighborhoodBedsBathsGarApprox SqFtYr BuiltSales PriceSales $/SqFtClose of Escrow
L263192020 Ocean WaySouth LagunaWoods Cove4413,0001977$3,742,500$1,2485/8/2008
L2578117 S La Senda DrSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay4424,0001929$4,200,000$1,0506/25/2008
U80028829 Vista Del SolSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay3333,2131957$4,200,000$1,30711/13/2008
L2772531423 Coast Hwy P3South LagunaLaguna Royale3221,6851962$4,200,000$2,49310/2/2008
L257342 N Portola RdSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay4423,0771963$4,295,000$1,3966/7/2008
L2524111 N La Senda DrSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay4323,2001950$5,000,000$1,5632/8/2008
S5133922015 Ocean WayLaguna VillageWoods Cove3322,6771929$7,000,000$2,6154/3/2008
L234291371 Circle WayNorth LagunaNorth Laguna4423,1001946$8,850,000$2,8553/26/2008
L25951881 S Coast HwyLaguna VillageMain Beach5544,0001948$9,500,000$2,37510/28/2008
L26519845 Cliff DrNorth LagunaNorth Laguna3523,3002000$9,600,000$2,90910/2/2008
U70046583 Camel Point DrSouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs6836,1001995$12,500,000$2,0492/26/2008
Averages3,396$6,644,318$1,987

Oceanfront homes above Shaw's Cove in North Laguna Beach, CA

All Oceanfront Home Sales in Laguna Beach, CA from 01/01/2009 to 12/31/2009

MLS#Property AddressAreaNeighborhoodBedsBathsGarApprox SqFtYr BuiltSales PriceSales $/SqFtClose of Escrow
U80046411285 Ocean FrontLaguna VillageThe Village55201955$3,700,000 $05/8/2009
L2948631041 Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs3322,5961972$4,000,000 $1,541 8/28/2009
L2860731981 Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs5624,4001958$4,900,000 $1,114 12/26/2009
U800248011 Camel PointSouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs3423,2062008$5,750,000 $1,794 5/27/2009
L296102425 S Coast HwyLaguna VillageWoods Cove7804,0001946$6,100,000 $1,525 12/28/2009
S56440024 Lagunita DrLaguna VillageLagunita5627,2201983$6,500,000 $90012/18/2009
L303032261 S Coast HwyLaguna VillageWoods Cove4522,7801940$7,175,000 $2,581 12/30/2009
L26717178 Emerald BayNorth LagunaEmerald Bay5524,9001950$9,250,000 $1,888 11/16/2009
U80044371163 Marine DrNorth LagunaNorth Laguna4423,2001970$10,000,000 $3,125 3/13/2009
L2835431091 S Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs4534,3001992$10,000,000 $2,326 1/30/2009
U90020811885 Ocean WayLaguna VillageWoods Cove4535,6502009$13,500,000 $2,389 9/30/2009
U90020322317 S Coast HwyLaguna VillageWoods Cove7939,0001990$14,400,000 $1,600 8/20/2009
L2746023 Shreve DrSouth LagunaMontage Ocean Estates45302006$17,700,000 $07/17/2009
Averages4,659$8,690,385 $1,889

Luxury Oceanfront homes at the Montage Ocean Estates in Laguna Beach, CA

All Oceanfront Home Sales in Laguna Beach, CA from 01/01/2010 to 12/31/2010

MLS#Property AddressAreaNeighborhoodBedsBathsGarApprox SqFtYr BuiltSales PriceSales $/SqFtClose of Escrow
L3208632027 Point PlSouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs4322,7851955$3,775,000 $1,355.48 9/1/2010
L3298231943 Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs4422,9001971$4,282,500 $1,476.72 11/15/2010
L3326832131 Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs5423,0001951$4,450,000 $1,483.33 8/30/2010
L3357331889 Circle DrSouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs3522,5001960$5,087,500 $2,035.00 7/23/2010
L3278026 S La Senda DrSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay4433,2001955$6,350,000 $1,984.38 9/10/2010
L31675136 McKnight DrNorth LagunaCrown Point3423,8002001$6,880,000 $1,810.53 9/2/2010
L303721 Barranca WaySouth LagunaThree Arch Bay3423,1002007$7,400,000 $2,387.10 4/23/2010
S57139232181 Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs4425,8151953$7,700,000 $1,324.16 3/3/2010
U100016641225 Cliff DrNorth LagunaNorth Laguna45201916$8,550,000 $0.005/17/2010
L292731031 Marine DrNorth LagunaThe Coves3534,7002007$8,700,000 $1,851.06 10/6/2010
U900387513 LagunitaLaguna VillageLagunita4536,3002009$10,250,000 $1,626.98 9/8/2010
U100035191855 Ocean WayLaguna VillageWoods Cove5635,1001934$11,000,000 $2,156.86 8/3/2010
U900196031921 S Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs4928,3502006$15,800,000 $1,892.22 4/30/2010
Averages4,296$7,709,615 $1,782

Beachfront homes on the sand in the gated Lagunitas neighborhood in Laguna Beach, CA
All Oceanfront Home Sales in Laguna Beach, CA from 01/01/2011 to 12/01/2011

MLS#Property AddressAreaNeighborhoodBedsBathsGarApprox SqFtYr BuiltSales PriceSales $/SqFtClose of Escrow
L3153831423 Coast Hwy P3South LagunaLaguna Royale32201962$3,300,000 $08/3/2011
U900385731381 Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs3321,5851935$3,400,000 $2,1457/19/2011
L326174 Mar Vista LnSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay4423,1502006$6,000,000 $1,9055/18/2011
L352481685 Viking RdLaguna VillageWoods Cove33201948$6,075,000 $07/7/2011
L35788155 OakLaguna VillageThe Village6413,0421919$6,100,000 $2,0055/27/2011
L3543532091 Coast HwySouth LagunaSouth Laguna Bluffs3334,0001996$6,100,000 $1,52511/4/2011
U9004510165 Emerald BayNorth LagunaEmerald Bay5735,0001989$6,725,000 $1,34511/18/2011
U11002312106 Mcknight DrNorth LagunaCrown Point4405,0001973$7,200,000 $1,44010/20/2011
L3446918 S La Senda DrÿSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay4333,8531951$7,250,000 $1,88211/26/2011
L35735114 S La Senda DrSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay4724,2502006$7,500,000 $1,7656/28/2011
L3605436 N La Senda DrSouth LagunaThree Arch Bay4623,6002009$7,800,000 $2,1678/24/2011
L34743990 Ocean FrontLaguna VillageThe Village3463,7502010$11,500,000 $3,0671/4/2011
Averages3,385$6,073,077 $1,750

If you would like more information on any of these homes or want to talk about specific values in greater detail, give me a call or bounce me a quick email and I’ll get you what you need.

Please note: All values with “zero” in the tables are not calculated in the averages in each column.

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