When showing and looking for homes, home buyers with kids in school years are always concerned on the quality of education and school ratings the schools assigned to a certain area area. 

For the areas we serve in South Orange County, we are proud and happy to say, almost everywhere there's a Blue Ribbon School or Award winning schools. High Schools are not the exception. Here's an excerpt from the last issue of Newsweek and the Daily Beast (May 2012).

--Five of Capistrano Unified School District’s high schools are among the best in the nation, according to rankings released by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

San Clemente (No. 380), Aliso Niguel (No. 440), Dana Hills (No. 678), Capistrano Valley (No. 734), and San Juan Hills (No. 900) high schools…

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Summer is just around the corner and kids are about to get out of school= time to find some pools! We don't know about all of the best swimming spots around Orange County, but these are our favorite. Get your swimsuits ready, a lot of sunblock, and be sure to check out ( if possible) all of these spots! 

1. Irvine Spectrum Splash Pads
71 Fortune Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 753-5180

Irvine Spectrum features two areas that are great for water play. The bigger splash play zone, by the food court and movie theater, has a large fountain as well as three tortoises that spray water. The smaller water play area near the Target is best for cooling off the teeniest little ones. Come armed with swimsuits, water shoes (to prevent…

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calle_maria_capistrano_beach_ocean_view_homeLooking for a great place to call home in Capistrano Beach? Need views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island on a clear day? What about getting all this, under a million dollars, in an about 3000 sq ft home that just got a price reduction to $939,000?

We have a listing at 26832 Calle Maria, in the Capistrano Beach area of Dana Point. This is a beautiful custom home has been remodeled top to bottom with many upgrades. It features wood and slate floors throughout the home, with granite counters in the kitchen and bathrooms, stainless steel appliances, custom window treatments and window casings, custom lighting and decorator finishes.

Need a downstairs bedroom? No problem. The downstairs suite has it's own full bathroom, with lots of privacy from the…

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dana_point_harbor_boat_show_2012Dana Point Harbor is one of the most spectacular marinas along the California coast, from San Francisco to the Mexican border. Always full with the highest-quality of boats, Dana Point Harbor is home to thousands of watercraft and enthusiasts who enjoy all types of water sport activities throughout the year.

For all those boat lovers and water enthusiasts, here's a nice event coming up: the Dana Point Harbor Boat Show at the end of this month.  New and Used Boats and Products will be on display both in and out of the water at the Boat Show. A great selection of power and sail vessels will be featured, including Albemarle, Baja, Cenczi, East Bay, Egg Harbor, Formula, Grand Banks, Island Packet, Mediterranean, Mikelson, Mustang, Nordhavn, Ocean,Pacific…

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dana_point_real_estate_factsWe usually share facts about the Orange County Market and the different communities in OC. Today we would like to share some numbers recently published by the Dana Point City about the Dana Point community, as many if not all of these facts, can affect your point of view when making the decision to invest in Dana Point Real Estate.

So yeah, we all have heard Dana Point's name is inspired by Richard Dana and his 1835's visit that became the novel ' Two Years Before the Mast', that became a bestseller upon publication in 1840 and still be found in bookstores.

Here's some newer numbers about Dana Point:

  • Dana Point has over 1900 hotel rooms in 14 hotels, more than any other coastal Orange County city.
  • 50% of the revenues to Dana Point come from…

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And just around the corner... another wonderful coming to the city of Dana Point.

Blues and music lovers: The annual Doheny Blues Festival will be held at Doheny Beach this upcoming Saturday and Sunday May 19th and 20th. doheny_blues_festival_2012Attendees will enjoy this inviting festival layout, highlighted by three stages of alternating music, an international Food Court, an eclectic Vendor Village with 50+ unique booths, Microbrew Tasting, and our Kidz EcoFest with educational exhibits for the younger music fans.

From Grammy winners to music legends, Doheny has been host to many of the top names in rock, soul & blues music, including B.B. King, The Black Crowes, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Fogerty, Brian Setzer, Al Green, Etta James, Keb’ Mo’, Jonny Lang and…

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Did you feel it? All you buyers out there?

Yeah, that crazy shift in the Orange County homes that is causing multiple offers and over bidding on properties? No matter what the price range is?? I did too. We’ll have to see if it’s a blip on the radar or if it lasts through the summer, but for now, its reality. So, if you find a property you want, chances are likely that so have 20 other people. How do you win? It’s tough. You have to be ready to step up and probably pay more than the comparable sales. That’s a hard one to swallow, I know. But if it has everything (or at least close to everything) that you want, get it and hold onto it for a few years. With the way things are going, you’ll be just fine and you have the place you want to live in for years…

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