This is being marketed as a tear down!?@#$?!@#$

It’s time for the world’s saddest trombone. Sure, it’s dated and some of the rooms have seen better days, but this striking design not only looks cool, it excellently showcases the views. The lot is almost 9400 square feet — gargantuan by Laguna Beach standards. 

While the facade to the street lacks a little in the grace department, the interior is where it’s at with this one. Just take a look at the staircase! The amount of glass in this home is astounding and it takes advantage of the views. It does look like landscaping has grown in a bit since the home was built, and that’s a shame since it obscures the double-height, double-story wall of windows aimed straight at the Pacific. 

A project like this is no light undertaking, but it’s worth it. And given the potentially-tricky permitting and approval process in Laguna, I have to think there’s a pretty strong financial case for working with what we have — which could be awesome. And speaking of the finances, this is 2200 square feet with awesome views for $1.2M. The same price would get you a need-remodeling homes with no view in Eastside Costa Mesa. The value here is undeniable — it just needs and adventurous soul to do the work.

So what is the work? You might have noticed the peeling wallpaper in one room and a general lack of upkeep. Homes like this are the complete package — you can’t just remodel the inside but do nothing with the landscaping; they are connected. On the inside it needs everything, but I want to keep some of the cool elements — like the staircase railings and the flush-fit cabinetry in the master bathroom. But unified flooring and new windows would do a lot for this home. No mistake about it — this home will take $200k+ to do “right” — but you’ll end up with magazine-worthy Laguna view property of good size. It’s worth it. Let’s save this one. 

October is a beautiful month to see a home in Laguna Beach. Contact us to make it happen. 

1015 Flamingo Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (MLS # NP17228366)

(all data current as of 6/25/2018)
Price $1,300,000
Beds 3
Baths 3 baths
Home size 2,220 sq ft
Lot Size 9,379 sqft
Days on Market 30
Status Sold
Tucked into the hillside with gorgeous ocean, city lights, and canyon views, this south-facing, coastal residence on a cul-de-sac street presents a wonderful opportunity to build your forever home. With over 90 feet of street frontage and an approximate 9,380 square foot parcel, there is an abundance of space for building the estate of your dreams. The current structure encompasses 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and lower level kitchen and family room that open to an ocean view patio. Additional highlights include ample natural light and a 2-car garage. Centrally located close to the beach, trails, shopping, and dining, this property has potential like no other.

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 11/9/2017 Tract Lower Bluebird (LB)
Year Built 1963 Community LV - Laguna Village
Garage Spaces 2.0 County Orange
Total Parking n/a


School District Laguna Beach Unified

Additional Details

Lot 9380 sq ft Area LV - Laguna Village
HOA Dues 0.00 Parking Spaces: 2.00
Pool Description None Stories 2
Subdivision Lower Bluebird (LB) Utilities Public;
View Description Catalina,City Lights,Ocean,Panoramic,Water Water Public


Air None
Appliances Dishwasher, Electric Stove, Freezer, Microwave, Refrigerator
Fireplace Yes
Garage Yes
Heat Forced Air
Interior Cathedral-Vaulted Ceilings, Ceiling Fan, Storage Space
Lot Description Lot 6500-9999
View Yes


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Listing provided by : Tim Smith, Coldwell Banker Res. Brokerage

(view all details for MLS #NP17228366)

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  • Reply Bob Johnston October 18, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    It has some plusses but the cracking back patio is worrisome, I wonder if the foundation is compromised due to settling. It’s definitely ugly but that can be fixed though.

    • Stephen Meade
      Reply Stephen Meade October 19, 2017 at 8:30 am

      We noticed that, too. But there’s not interior wall cracking visible.

  • Reply torresongs October 19, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    This could be an amazing midcentury home. If the structural problems can be solved, it would stunning!

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