Love to drive around at night looking for some of the the best neighborhoods when it comes to the being festive during the holidays in Orange County? 

Here's a small list of some of the best places to see Christmas lights in Orange County : from homes to streets to events, we have it right around us.

Dana Point:

The Holiday Parade of Lights at the Harbor tops this one. Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats in their best holiday spirit and you can view the parade free from anywhere in the Harbor.

  • Where: Dana Point Harbor
  • When: December 9, 10, 16, & 17, 2016

While in Dana Point - the city has done a terrific job with the renovation of PCH and it's very festive this time of the year. Drive all the way from DP…

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Just listed by Michele Haynes in our office !

Beautiful townhome located at 36 Quartz Ln, Ladera Ranch. Sutter’s Mill, one of Ladera Ranch’s preferred neighborhoods. Quiet, interior location lets you enjoy the large, enclosed front patio for bbq’s or morning coffee. Flowing floor plan with an open concept lower level features new Tuscan Gold granite in the island kitchen that opens to a comfortable living room with cozy fireplace and dining area. Upgrades include granite, dark wood laminate flooring, plantation shutters and crown molding. The upper level comprises of dual master suites, each complete with its own full bath (one with double vanity, sunken tub and step in shower) and immense walk in closets as well as convenient laundry room. Side by side…

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We get the question often, so here's some answers to the latest, to those of you who follow the Real Housewives of Orange County show and want to know about the exact communities featured in the show.

The newest 'housewife' addition to the show, Lydia McLaughlin says she is renting where Alexis used to rent: the exclusive Ritz Cove in the Monarch Beach area of Dana Point. So what's it like at the Ritz Cove?  The luxury Ritz Cove neighborhood of Dana Point is located in the northern side of the RitRitz Cove Homes Gated Entrance Estatesz Carlton Laguna Niguel and the Salt Creek State Beach and Salt Creek park are the backyards for these custom estates.

The Ritz Cove is a double gated community, and many of the homes offer spectacular white water, Catalina Island, coastline and 'The Links'…

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14_coral_blue_covenant_hills_ladera_ranchOur office is proud to have our agent Marcie Brecker list 14 Coral Blue in the wonderful community of Covenant Hills at Ladera Ranch.  Check out the detailed pictures and information at 

14 Coral Blue in Covenant Hills of Ladera Ranch, 92694

The Custom Home features top of the line finishes! Examples are:

  • HAI home automation (lights, temp, security) controlled by IPAD, IPhone, or wall control
  • Albertini (Italian) tilt and turn windows and doors with Rocky Mountain Hardware
  • Surround sound and speakers throughout
  • Exterior and interior fossil stone quarried from fresh water caverns in Yucatan Pennisula & cut to builder specifications
  • Venetian Plaster stucco
  • Gourmet kitchen features custom built cabinetry 
  • Three sub zero refrigerators and…

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32_valmont_way_ladera_ranch_ca_92694This might be the opportunity you are waiting for: a standard sale condominium ( don't need to wait months and months for a bank to respond to your offer) in the beautiful Ladera Ranch community of Valmont ,was just listed today for $350,000.

You don't want to miss this gorgeous condo! ( Contact us immediately for a showing!). Located at 32 Valmont Way in Ladera Ranch (92694), the property has wood laminate floors, granite kitchen counters, 5 inch custom baseboards, custom window casings, Restoration Hardware custom paint, stack washer/dryer on the bedroom level, and tons of natural light all in a completely functional dual master floor plan. The property also includes an over sized two car garage!

With this location, you'll be very close to one of…

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covenant_hills_new_homes_single_story_santa_barbaraIt's been a while since brand new construction neighborhoods with single level homes have been made available for sale in Ladera Ranch, let alone in Orange County. More than four years to be exact. Well. These are great news if that's what you have been looking for.

Warmington Homes presents The Legacy Collection at Covenant Hills, which are 28 beautiful and large single story homes.  With 2 floor plans to choose from here's what they offer:

  • Plan 1: Single Story Home with approx 3041sq ft, 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.
  • Plan 2: Single Story Home with approx 3200 sq ft, 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.

The homes feature Tuscan and Santa Barbara styles, with foyers, courtyards and large great rooms, with an architecture that showcasts the indoor/outdoor…

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orange_county_best_lights_christmas_2012I heard it a couple of times: In Orange County, everything is over the top! When it comes to the Holidays, this statement makes no exception: just drive around, or even, walk around the neighborhoods in Orange County and you'll find a great display of Christmas lights pretty much everywhere!

So we call those with the best 'outside' decorations the best Christmas homes. Many neighborhoods all over, many homes, but we will step up and give you our top 3 destinations to drive the family around and check on those wonderful display of lights!

1. This one is probably an obvious for many, but there's many folks out there who haven't enjoyed this yet : Nellie Gail in Laguna Hills. Just a quick drive around the neighborhood, (which, by the way is gorgeous as…

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house-winner-2_400We Love Talega, and Ladera Ranch. And the same goes for Las Flores, or communities alike in Rancho Santa Margarita and Aliso Viejo. Yes, these are tract homes. Yes, there's HOA's and mello roos. Yes, most houses look alike. But during the holidays, these neighborhoods get some really special decor, more so than in any other neighborhoods in Orange County, and makes many families wish they lived there.

Because these neighborhoods are full of families with kids, no matter where you live in these neighborhoods, in every street there's lights and color displays as neighbors decorate their homes in celebration of the Holidays. 

Talega for example has a holiday celebration this coming Saturday December 8th 2012, with holiday crafts, cookie decorating,…

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covenant_hills_neighborhoodsSince Covenant Hills is a gated community with restricted access, quite often we get the following question when potential home buyers are looking in the different neighborhoods in Ladera Ranch : What are the homes like in Covenant Hills?

This is a broad question, so we wanted to share a little information over here in our blog. To check out the currently listed homes for sale in Covenant Hills of Ladera Ranch, follow the link that will take you to our specific page where you can search all homes in the community, and narrow by price, size and other characteristics.

First lets start by saying there's 15 neighborhoods: 13 of tract homes, one is a condo complex and one if of custom homes. All of the homes in Covenant Hills are larger - with that…

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orange_county_cul_de_sac_homesWhen looking at homes in Orange County, many of our clients have in their list of things needed in a home 'cul-de-sac'. Interestingly homes located in a cul-de-sac area seem to sell faster, and some times for more than their matching comps in different places of the street. When planning neighborhoods, culs-de-sac are created to limit through-traffic in residential areas. While some cul-de-sac streets provide no possible passage except in and out of their road entry, others allow cyclists, pedestrians or other non-automotive traffic to pass through connecting easements or paths.

But what is the real value in terms of money of a cul-de-sac? We can't pin point it like that, but can definitely give you the advantages that one might forget when searching…

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