FROM THE PUBLISHERS OF “Our Town-Our Paper” LAGUNA BEACH & NEWPORT BEACH COMMUNITIES CoastalRealEstateGuide.com OCTOBER 21, 2016 | VOL. 6, ISSUE 42 A Sweet Find in a Neighborly Enclave FEATURED PROPERTY: LAGUNA BEACH Mid century modern inspired architecture with beamed ceilings, natural light and French doors showcase coastal views from every room. A fireplace is the focal point of the open living room, while an expanded kitchen is outfitted with stainless steel appliances and a large island. There is an adjacent bar and den. Bedrooms are sizeable, all with ocean views and direct deck access. A highlight of this property is its positioning on the lot, which allows privacy and views while enjoying the outdoor pool, spa and elevated patio. Offering price: $2,499,000 Address: 1961 San Remo Drive, Laguna Beach Agents info: Amanda Horton & Pamela Horton; Surterre Properties; C 949.422.6122 Amanda@AmandaHorton.com; www.HortonsInLaguna.com ONE ON ONE WITH CHARLES BRICKELL A Look at Who’s Buying and How They Shop for Homes By Gina Dostler Charles Brickell, broker associate for Sothbey’s International Realty and realtor of the year in 2014, takes the reins as president of the Laguna Beach Board of Realtors next year. Brickell knows buying a home is most likely the largest investment anyone makes and his data gives insight into the market. Q: What is the sales volume in Laguna Beach? A: The overall market is very steady. Through the month of Au-gust, we closed with 339 properties. For comparison, in 2015, we closed out the whole year with approxi-mately 490 properties. If averaged out, it shows we are right on track for this year. The average sales price in Newport Beach is $2.3 million and Laguna Beach is $2.1 million. If we are talking square footage, for Laguna Beach, we see a price value of $1,069 per square foot which is very good. It’s $200 per square foot higher than Newport Beach and $300 per square foot higher than Newport Coast. The cost actually puts us right in line with Corona del Mar, a coastal city similar to our own. Q: Any changes in the market? OC Register is reporting a slow-down in top end. A: The peak for buyers was 2013 Continued on page 2 Charles Brickell JUST ANNOUNCED BY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL AND REAL TRENDS -THE THOUSAND #1 REAL ESTATE TEAM IN ORANGE COUNTY | #2 IN CALIFORNIA | #9 IN THE UNITED STATES 949.390.4543 ST ANFIELDREALEST A TE.COM According to information published by The Wall Street Journal for the time period of 2016. *Per Trendgraphix based on data supplied by MLS.