Why hasn’t this sold yet? (San Clemente Edition)

Time to call a spade a spade. Especially in the upper price ranges (anything over $800k in Orange County), you can’t just put a sign in the window of a shack and expect multiple offers over list prices. You might be hearing a sad trombone, but if you’re a buyer, what you should be hearing are trumpets. This home hasn’t sold yet, and we’re surprised. I could be cheeky and say it’s pictures that…how do I put this nicely (we like to keep our posts positive!)…fail to properly showcase the strengths of this property. This home is that diamond-in-the-rough, the proverbial hidden gem. 

It’s an amazing custom home designed by legendary Laguna Beach architect Chris Abel. This home is a little more understated than some of his later works — and I like it. While very little has been done to it since it was built (probably the real reason it hasn’t sold yet) that also means nothing has been messed up. The lot is over 8,000 square feet — generous by anyone’s standard in Orange County, and downright estately in San Clemente. And there’s a gorgeous ocean view frames by two walls of glass in the living room. This is totally the kind of house that could fetch well over a million dollars with the right tweaks and the right presentation. Lucky for you it has neither. 

Make no mistake…you’re going to have to put money into this one. It’s priced at just under $1M and if that’s the top of your range, it’s probably not the house for you unless you are incredibly handy and have plenty of free time on your hands. But I also think this is one of those houses that worth the effort, the trouble, and inevitable moments of “what did I get myself into.” My biggest fear is that this will be bought by someone looking for a big lot with a nice view. That would be tragic. And you can help. 

This house is too cool to see without a guide. I’ve got a vision of what it could be…and I’m happy to share!  Contact us. 

127 E Avenida San Juan, San Clemente, CA 92672 (MLS # OC17149645)

(all data current as of 7/18/2019)
Price $875,000
Beds 3
Baths 2 baths
Home size 1,732 sq ft
Lot Size 8,276 sqft
Days on Market 38
Status Sold
Panoramic Ocean, City Lights Views from this Custom Single Level Retro Gem by Famed Laguna Beach Architect, Chris Abel. Bring your contractors to renovate this fixer to a wonderful ocean view beach house. High open-beamed ceilings, walls of glass, interior courtyard/atrium with windows to the ocean enhance the charm of this home. The large great room with fireplace, formal dining room and open kitchen with breakfast bar seem to exhibit a modern concept before its time. Three generously sized bedrooms including private master suite display an effective use of square footage. A large two-car garage and private rear yard complete this home's utility. This beautiful beach town of San Clemente has award winning primary and high schools. The charming Del Mar Shopping District is home to cutting-edge restaurants and trendy shops leading to the famous San Clemente pier with world-class surfing and beach fun. This no association neighborhood has some of the finest ocean views around with no Mello-Roos added taxes.

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 8/9/2017 Tract Other (OTHR)
Year Built 1959 Community SE - San Clemente Southeast
Garage Spaces n/a County Orange
Total Parking n/a

Additional Details

Lot 8276 sq ft Area SE - San Clemente Southeast
HOA Dues 0 Parking Spaces: 2.00
Pool Description None Sewer Sewer Paid
Stories 1 Subdivision Other (OTHR)
Utilities Public; Sewer Paid; View Description Canyon,Catalina,City Lights,Coastline,Courtyard,Hills,Ocean,Panoramic,Water
Water Public


Air None
Fireplace Yes
Heat Forced Air
Lot Description Back Yard, Lot 6500-9999, Yard
Master on Main Yes
View Yes


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Listing provided by : Pauline Jordan, Coldwell Banker Res. Brokerage

(view all details for MLS #OC17149645)

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