Orange County Real Estate and Events Information.

Are you dreaming of some beach time this Memorial Day weekend?  Many Orange County beaches are open now with restrictions. 

Don't get excited about plopping down on the sand with your beach towel, cooler, and umbrella but do go down and enjoy some exercise, cool breezes, and wave action.  Some parking is available at most beaches too but it's limited so plan ahead.  To see which beaches are open and what their rules are, check out OCGov.com/visitors/beaches for details.  

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The 2020 Safewise Team has released their 6th annual Top 50 Safest Cities in California based on their compilation of crime reports for each city from the FBI Crime Statistics and US Census Bureau population data.  They looked at the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city in order to make even comparisons between cities of differing populations. 

Dana Point clocks in at #46 while San Clemente ranks #34.  Also making the list are San Juan Capistrano at #24, Lake Forest at #17, Irvine at #12, Laguna Niguel at #9, Mission Viejo at #8, Aliso Viejo at #5, and congratulations to Rancho Santa Margarita for making the #2 spot!

 

 

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Whether you work full-time at home or occasionally need to conduct business in the evenings or on the weekends, a home office a great way to utilize an extra room. A dedicated workspace in your home can be designed to increase productivity and comfort. Here are 5 ideas to get you started.

  1. Invest in a good office chair. Investing in an ergonomic office chair is essential. You may be spending anywhere from 30 to 50 hours a week sitting in it, so your back will thank you. Purchasing one with multiple adjustments is ideal so it fits you just right.
  2. Switch up your lighting. Fluorescent lighting has been proven to be hard on the eyes. Make the switch to LED or halogen light bulbs in your home office and try to let in as
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Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever we do, our favorites involve getting outdoors and mixing up our landscaping features.

Whether it's as simple as installing some lighting or a little more time-consuming like re-plotting plants, a fresh look for the lawn always gives your home a fresh look as well. Here are our top five easy landscaping projects!

Create a pathway.

To guide you and visitors throughout your yard and link different areas together, install a pathway. You can use materials from a variety of materials, including reclaimed pallet wood, flagstones, gravel, and more to add texture and color.

Add a wall or border.

Installing a flagstone, rock, or brick wall around flower beds or trees adds a sleek, clean look to your

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The Festival of Whales is returning again this year, making it the 49th anniversary of this family fun event. The Festival celebrates the return of the migratory gray whale to our coastal waters. Spring brings many other types of marine life to our waters, making it the perfect time to see nature’s splendor on the sea. The Festival takes place during the first two weekends in March every year, and here's a highlight of the most famous events that are fun for the whole family.

  • When: March 7-8th and 14-15th
  • Where: several locations in Dana Point - mostly the Harbor

Our First weekend favorites activities include:

  • Annual Parade:

The Parade kicks off the two-weekend celebration of the California Grey Whale migration. The parade

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Happy Chinese New Year 2020!

Also called Lunar New Year - this Chinese festival celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival - also called Spring Festival in mainland China- is also one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. In 2020, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Saturday, 25 January, initiating the Year of the Rat.

Celebrations around us!

The celebration of Chinese New Year is a festive, colorful, loud, and incredibly fun holiday to enjoy, even if you aren’t Chinese. So, check out this list of the Best Lunar New Year Celebrations in Southern Orange County and mark the special

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This article is being reposted from the Washington Post, Real Estate section on Jan. 6, 2020 by Kathy Orton.

Experts predict what the 2020 housing market will bring

By  Kathy Orton  Jan. 6, 2020 at 10:05 a.m. PST

A strong job market and low mortgage rates should sustain the housing market in 2020. The problem will be finding enough homes for buyers.

With unemployment hovering at a 50-year low and interest rates well below historical norms, the real estate industry is being dragged down by scarcity in housing stock, especially at lower price ranges. Not enough homes are being built, and homeowners are staying put longer, creating a bottleneck.

Still, the market is on better footing

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Is that time of the year and with this darker, rainy winter days, what a better excuse to get out of the house, run those errands that you are procrastinating, get the family a hot cocoa for the ride and look at Christmas Lights! Peeps in Orange County are very lucky with some famous neighborhoods always lit up and other annual lights traditions.  Here's a few ideas of what we have liked in the past:

1. Dana Point

Not only does Dana Point have their annual Boat Parade of Lights ( December 6-7th, and 13 - 14th), but also the Dana Point Harbor has a wonderful themed display with thousands of lights, giant light sculptures and pathways completely lit up. Our recommendation is to go there on one of the Boat Parades, park at the Harbor, walk around and

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Yes, you've heard it right! A brand new event JUST FOR DOGS in the city of San Clemente is coming up this Saturday.

  • When: Saturday November 23rd at 10am
  • Where: Olen Hanson Beach Club in San Clemente ( pool)
  • What: Doggie Dive!

 

Bring your dog, with proof of license and rabies vaccination and literally unleash the fun for them at the Ole Hanson Beach Club, and let them swim at the pool! This is a one last event at this pool before the city closes it for winter maintenance. Dogs will rule the pool!

Also there's a dog costume contest at 10am, tennis balls at the pool, and eat a tasty treat at the Doggie Pie Eating Contest at 11:45am. All participants enjoy prizes and get a goodie bag. Humans are free, dogs are $2 each.

For more

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A super fun tradition in Dana Point and very famous around Orange County is right around the corner! Register for the Dana Point Turkey Trot and give yourself two reasons to exercise on Turkey Day: more room for your turkey and give a donation to local charities while participating!

The race course is on flat course alongside Dana Point's Harbor, and has been listed as “One of America’s best Thanksgiving Day runs” by Fitness Magazine and named one of the top 3 destinations in the world for Thanksgiving by Fodor’s Travel. 

 Races:

  • 10K - 7:00AM: $49 pp
  • 5K - 8:30am: $44 pp( ages 4 and over)
  • 5K - 9:30am: $44 pp
  • Combo 5K & 10K : $62 pp
  • Kids Gobble Wobble (1 Mile) - 10:15AM :$22
  • Virtual Runner :$35

Note - regular registration

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