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A Glance at Grandview Street
The Area: Grandview Street is nestled in the vicinity of Emerald Bay, Smith Cliffs, Irvine Cove, and Main Beach. It is located on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway, well above this street. Grandview’s nearest cross street is Hillcrest. It is approximately an 8 minute stroll from Diver’s Cove.
Homes on this street offer breathtaking ocean and city light views.
Why I Live Here:
Several years ago I moved into a new Laguna Beach home. Talk about a treasure! The place was nothing short of amazing. But it was more than just the beautiful Laguna Beach home that made this gal’s spirits soar. The entire street was alive with a personality all its own.
Grandview Street owes much of its unique flavor to the residents themselves. Talk about variety. Psychologists, a retired investigator, a dentist, and college students. Everything under the sun. The only thing missing is attitude. Grandview residents are as down to earth folksy as you can get. That’s probably why they get along so well. Down in this neck of the woods, it really is one big happy family. And, as with any family, they all watch out for one another. Like hawks.
Reaching the fun and sun of Laguna Beach is a piece of cake from Grandview. You see, nearby is our favorite access street – which slopes at what seems like a near-vertical angle. Great for easy, breezy strolls down to Boat Canyon, where you can indulge your coffee bug at the Starbucks in Pavilions. Or maybe wander to nearby Husky Burger for thick pastrami on rye.
Now don’t fret about the calories you’ve packed on from any over-indulgence. You’ll be sweating every last one of them off on your trip back up the vertical monster. And if you’re not convinced the Olympian climb will do the trick, you can conquer additional calories at The Well. Brian, the owner of this premier fitness center, will greet you with a smile. Then he’ll beat your tushi into shape with grueling regimen of bone-crunching exercises.
Residents craving a bit of culture won’t ever be circling for hours in quest of a parking space. The Laguna Beach Art Museum and Art Walk are both a convenient three blocks away. Great outdoor escapes can be had just as easily. Picturesque Crystal Cove State Park is just two minutes away, while the nearby 73 Freeway will whisk you on a northbound journey to your favorite out-of-town destination.
1. You Never Need To Go To A Dog Show When You Live Here.
Step onto any street in the North Laguna province, and you’re instantly in the presence of every variety of dog in the known universe. We’re talking a full spectrum of pampered pooches prowling and prancing their way into your hearts. From Chihuahuas and Poodles to Great Danes and Labradors, they’re out here in full force. And like their owners, they exhibit a full range of personalities. Take the two sets of Basset Hounds I often see out and about. They are definitely the unofficial Guardians of Grandview. One pair is especially vigilant.When anyone unfamiliar happens to pass near their home, they waddle to their owner’s fence, pout out their lips, and blast their fiercest howls.
2. You Can Step Back in History Without a Time Machine.
North Laguna is blessed with numerous sites boasting illustrious histories. Pyne Castle is one of these landmarks. Built in 1935 by Estel Walter Pyne, the sumptuous estate sits on 2.3 acres of picturesque grounds overlooking the entire city of Laguna Beach. Now don’t get me wrong. I absolutely adore this architectural masterpiece. But there is one slight issue related to personal privacy. You see, because of Pyne Castle’s superb vantage point, the property happens to look right down into my bedroom. What makes the situation a little more risqué for this humble Realtor is that the building is no longer a single residence. It was converted into a sixteen unit apartment complex in the 1960’s. All of which means, if I don’t keep my blinds closed, I could have an unintended audience viewing the greatest show in Laguna Beach.
3. It’s Easy to Stop and Smell the Flowers
They come from all over. Flower-loving spectators with one thing on their minds. Getting a glimpse of North Laguna’s botanical wonderland. It’s there on the corner of Grandview and Hillcrest. Shining like a beacon. A charming cottage home graced by an English garden to end all English gardens. We’re talking floral splendor that tingles and tantalizes every one of your senses. Roses, irises, lilies, and more, all spreading into a sea of vibrant rainbow colors and cascading fountains.
4. It Has North Laguna’s Best-Kept Secret
It’s called Zeytcon Restaurant, and the food is out of this world. The menu is a simple selection of Armenian delights guaranteed to send your taste buds soaring. Owned and operated by Susanna Alexander, a first-time restaurateur, Zeytcon is as friendly a place as you could want. In fact, on my first visit, the cook kindly gave me the ultimate remedy for my nagging cold – an oregano pizza. It worked wonders.
A Rare Discovery
With so much going for it, Grandview has to be one of the best discoveries I’ve ever made. If you’re looking for a Laguna Beach home in a close-knit community brimming with character, you definitely should take a glance at Grandview.
CURRENT MARKET ACTIVITY:
19 homes sold in North Laguna in the past 6 months with an average price of $1.6 million. Sales prices ranged from $607,000 to $4.8 million. Presently, there are 26 active listings in North Laguna. Prices range from $465,000 to a high of $9 million. This group includes 11 condos. Currently there are 6 homes in escrow, with a price range of $1,075,000 to $11,400,000.
Be sure to connect with me if you’re interested in buying or selling a Laguna Beach home on Grandview Street or any other Orange County property. You can reach me at 949.922.8490 or email@example.com.
Learn more about the author, Hillary Caston.
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