Laguna Canyon Fairytale – Historic Home of the Week 9/5/2013

Laguna Canyon Fairytale

September 5th, 2013

We’re doing something a little different this week. This home has been very extensively renovated, and most of the time, we tend to gravitate towards the properties that preserve as much of the original fabric as possible. However, the reality is that doing so isn’t always possible. While we always think of beautiful tree-lined streets and older, established neighborhoods — things change. In no city is that more true than Laguna Beach and especially Laguna Canyon.

Many of these homes were built as part-time, hastily-constructed, vacation spaces and many were built in ways that predate any codes or municipal oversight. This is in great contrast to Old Towne Orange, for example, where the city was involved in the home building process early in the 20th century. And that brings us to the home here, located within Laguna Canyon — once a no man’s land and now an affordable gateway to one of Orange County’s priciest cities and collections of historic property.

What this home lacked in modern construction, it makes up for in charm. And with a complete “down to the studs” renovation you no longer have to make compromises on modern livability. But I think what I like the most is the things they did keep are super cool. The cathedral window in the master bedroom sitting area is my 2nd favorite item. My first favorite? The stained glass window with the coat of arms in one of the secondary bedrooms. Don’t let the small lot size scare you, either. This home has the outdoor space where it counts: concentrated in a long outdoor patio that runs along side the house and is easily accessible from the main living spaces.

A home like this isn’t for everybody — in fact, it’s a bad idea for most people. But it’s one of the those charmingly unique places that certainly warrants the designation: one-of-a-kind. Add in that it’s a turn-key proposition and located with a Laguna Beach address and the asking price doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

This home is listed by Julie Kuntz with Prudential California Realty, but we’d love to represent your interests as a buyer. If you’d like to schedule a private showing of this property, don’t hesitate to contact us


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