Spanish Contemporary Awesome Sauce

Buried Treasure! Consistently (I swear sometimes it seems like 3 times a day) I tell people that there are cool, unique, homes everywhere. And San Juan Capistrano is no exception. I’ve always had a soft-spot in my heart for Spanish contemporary homes. Why? Because I think they are home-grown style for Southern California. When you look around, a lot of the home styles we have are either borrowed (faux-Tuscany or Cape Cod, anyone?) or recycled revivals from another era. And there’s isn’t anything wrong with that, but I think it’s pretty cool that we have a style that naturally fits our surroundings…because it’s native to California.

And this really is an amazing example. I can’t, in good conscience, continue without commenting on the price. It’s high. Really high. This home sold in the beginning of 2015 for $685k. Now the market has moved since then, but I’m having a hard time seeing a 72% increase in value over 3 years. But if there was a house in this neighborhood that would be worth such an increase, it would be this one. 

It’s a nice blend of contemporary lines, airy spaces, and traditional Spanish vernacular. But in this context, it appears classic, not dated. By bringing in a wood floor with just a hint of rustic styling — it comes across as appropriate to the house, but also works with the more contemporary styling of the shaker cabinets and stainless Sub-Zero refrigerators. My favorite space is probably the foyer — big wooden doors lead to a receiving hall that would be appropriate in a 4,000 square foot mansion and is a nice surprise in a home of this size. The use of the Spanish tiles is on-point, and by using them in strategic spaces they remain special. 

I think the only thing missing here is that the house doesn’t seem finished. The decorating and some of the details (where are the master bathroom mirrors?!@?!@?!) aren’t done. And that’s too bad, because at this price point I think most buyers are expecting and deserve a house that’s pretty close to perfect. Moreover, it keeps the house from really exuding that “wow!” factor — that elusive quality that heightens emotions and offer prices. 

Let us show you how we would finish this one…call us for a private showing. 

31281 Paseo Sereno, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 (MLS # OC17270588)

(all data current as of 8/15/2018)
Price $1,175,000
Beds 3
Baths 2 baths
Home size 2,025 sq ft
Lot Size 7,208 sqft
Days on Market 53
Status Sold
This stunning, single-level, Mission-Style Hacienda home located in the heart of historic San Juan Capistrano has been completely remodeled. Enter into the private gated courtyard surrounded by 8-foot walls and drought-tolerant vegetation, offering original handmade terra-cotta tiles, a tranquil Spanish-style fountain and a sparkling pool. Through the original hand-carved doors is the exquisite entryway with original Saltillo tile floors, an impressive iron chandelier and exposed beam ceilings. The living room offers rich hardwood floors and a wood-burning fireplace with original handmade brick accents. The living room opens to the gourmand’s kitchen with marble countertops, custom cabinetry, Subzero refrigerator and Bertazzoni range and pot filler. The adjacent family room is bright and open and features new sliding doors to the front yard. The master suite features French Doors to the atrium and an en-suite bathroom with dual sinks, custom cabinetry and an oversized walk-in shower. The secondary bedrooms are generously sized and share the full hall bathroom with a marble vanity, dual sinks and the oversized, walk-in marble shower. Additional features include fresh neutral paint, upgraded baseboards, new doors and windows throughout, surround sound and recessed lighting throughout. Walking distance to downtown San Juan Capistrano, Mission San Juan Capistrano, The Capistrano Train Depot, Los Rios District, nearby award-winning schools and minutes to world-class beaches.

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 1/29/2018 Tract Casa Cuidad Capo (CD)
Year Built 1970 Community MA - Mission Area
Garage Spaces 2.0 County Orange
Total Parking n/a

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Listing provided by : Angela Creech, Redfin

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