San Clemente

Often referred to as the Spanish Village by the Sea, San Clemente is one of the most affordable, charming ocean front communities in Orange County. The community’s geographical isolation helps protect its small-town charm from the homogeneous urban sprawl that permeates through much of the region. In 1969 the city won instant fame when President Nixon purchased Casa Pacifica and it became known as the “Western White House.” San Clemente’s quaint downtown, Avenida Del Mar, is the city’s shopping and dining destination. San Clemente homes are unique and vary greatly. Looking for that charming beach bungalow, there are many in downtown San Clemente, as well as many multi-unit residences. If you prefer a more organized community there is Talega, a master planned community built around a public golf course tucked against the back hills of San Clemente. With 33 acres of beach, there are many multi-million dollar estates sited behind rustic gated with private beach access. San Clemente is noted for its superb year round weather, rolling coastal hills and small-town atmosphere. This great city was founded in 1925 by real estate developer Ole Hanson who named the city after a town in Spain. Hanson’s vision for San Clemente real estate was to build hundreds of classic white-walled Spanish style homes, topped with red roof tiles, and hedges of hibiscus, palms and geraniums along the driveways. Today, you will find numerous San Clemente homes, both historic and new aspiring to the aesthetic spirit and style Ole Hanson wanted for this “Spanish Village by the Sea.” When people first visit San Clemente they are drawn to its charming downtown. Most refer to it as “Avenida Del Mar” a street that runs down the center of town all the way to the San Clemente Pier. Here you will find quaint shops, art galleries, wine bars and restaurants.