Best Home Buys in San Clemente

Our picks for this week’s outstanding values.

If you’re in the market for a home in San Clemente, how do you pick one to buy?

There are 401 homes currently for sale and another 151 in escrow taking “backup” offers. (While that may seem like a lot of homes for sale, it’s actually about 85 fewer than usual for this time of year.)

Of course, every buyer has his or her own special criteria for that perfect home–number of bedrooms and baths, square footage, view, proximity to schools and shopping, etc. Some buyers want to see only “standard sale” homes and rule out properties that have “special conditions” such as short sales, or bank owned.

But many shoppers are just looking for a great value, regardless of such factors.

So I collaborated with some of my colleagues to choose three “best buys” currently available in San Clemente. These MLS-listed homes are viewed by us as having excellent value in three price ranges, regardless of special conditions.

These aren’t the only great deals in San Clemente, just three that grabbed our attention this week.

While all three were for sale as of this writing, great deals tend to go quickly.

Hope you like our picks for “Best Buys” this week.

  •  List Price: $467,800.  Bank owned, 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2001 square feet, no view detached condo in Forster Ranch described by the listing agent as “Serene Cul-de-sac location!!  This detached 2 story condo offers a large open floor plan with separate living, family & dining areas. Living & Dining rooms both offer separate openings to the large back yard, making this the perfect home for entertaining! Beautiful plantation shutters on windows, master bedroom offers a private balcony, master bath includes Roman tub & separate standing shower & all rooms include sliding mirrored closet doors.”
  • List Price: $795,000.  Short sale, 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 4000 square feet, ocean view single family residence in Southeast San Clemente described by the listing agent as “An Estate Home - Large Custom - One of a Kind - Ocean & Golf Course Views - Mother-in-suite. Two Kitchens / Game Room / Office Retreat - Gourment Kitchen - Granite Counter-tops - Stainless Viking Stove - appliances - Viking Built-in Frig.- Two sinks - Designer Euro Tile Flooring - Vaulted Wood Beam Ceilings - Formal Dining Rm - Tons of Custom Features. Numerous Viewing Decks. (Rap-a-round) 180 degree Views. Large Master with Brick Fireplace. Private Covered Patio - Rear yard. Long Private Gated Driveway. RV Parking. Cul-de-sac Location. Must See. Spectacular Home. ”
  • List Price: $1,799,000.  Standard sale, 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 4497 square feet, panoramic ocean view single family residence in Southeast San Clemente described by the listing agent as “Spectacular Top of the Hill Gated French Chateau with Breathtaking Ocean View from Point Loma to Catalina Island including Cotton Point. Vaulted ceilings in the top floor master suite, formal living, multimedia room and living room give this house a very open and spacious feeling. Mature landscape covers this almost half acre back yard and two side gardens. This beautiful residence has two large view decks facing the ocean for entertaining and relaxation. Extensive renovations in 2010.”

Disclaimer:  While the above information has been proofread, we cannot be and are not responsible for typographical or other errors.

For more of the latest market news and statistics on San Clemente real estate, visit my blog at MCotter.com.

jeff s May 13, 2011 at 11:07 PM
the one you listed for 795k just dropped to 750k, we checked it out but it needs about 200-300K in fixes to be livable. flooring throughout needs replacing, no HVAC, holes in outer walls, dry rot in places, paint in and out, yard flooding issues when it rains, single pane windows that do not open, list goes on. great location near irons but it's a bit of a mess. just to be fair the readers should know...
Mike Cotter May 14, 2011 at 05:19 AM
Thank you Jeff s. Short sales can be a torture...
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