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The last month of the year is a hectic but exciting time in Orange County. The events are jam-packed and there’s never a dull moment! No matter what you’re looking for this Christmas season, we have you covered. With events like Tree Lighting, Market Fairs, and Christmas Bazaars, we take pride in these fun and festive celebrations that will be sure to make your holiday season a memorable one.

The events are listed below:

Surf City Winter Wonderland

Nov. 18 – Jan. 8
Huntington Beach Pier Plaza 

Spend the day or night skating to the sounds of crashing waves and supporting local downtown restaurants and businesses.

Holidayz at the Park

Nov. 19 – Jan. 1 / Dusk – 9:30 pm / Great Park, Irvine
949-724-6247

(Photo Source: www.cityofirvine.org)

Including artwork, music, and decorations with a festive theme. Enjoy the holiday decorations, photo opportunities, and family fun.

Winter Fest OC

Nov. 25-Jan. 1
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa


As the fairgrounds transform into a massive winter wonderland with live entertainment and attractions, you can have 26 days of affordable fun.

For more details, visit: www.winterfestoc.com

Aliso Viejo Holiday Celebration

Dec. 1 / Town Center Fountain & Amphitheater
949-425-2550

(Photo Source: www.avcity.org)

Get in the holiday spirit with train rides, ornament making, community and aerial performances, magic snowfall, Santa’s visits, and tree lighting.

Gem Faire

Dec. 2-4 / OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
503-252-8300 

(Photo Source: Gem Faire Facebook Page)

You may find fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious stones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, minerals, and much more at the manufacturer’s prices. Over 200 international exhibitors. While you shop, you can get jewelry repair, cleaning, and ring sizing.

Laguna Niguel Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dec. 3 / 5-8pm / City Hall
949-425-5100

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There will be performances, crafts, cookie decorating, games, food trucks, face painters, balloon twisters, character meet and greets, and activities for every family member.

Creative Babe Holiday Market

Dec. 3 / 11 am – 5 pm / OC Fair & Event Center

A free, kid-friendly holiday market featuring more than 100 local businesses. Decorative products for the home, seasonal goods, apparel, pet treats, holiday presents, and artisan goods.

RSM Christmas Tree Lighting

Dec. 3 / 5 pm -7 pm / Lago Santa Margarita Lakeshore
949-709-0010

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Sing along to holiday music and create precious moments with family and friends while enjoying the sights, sounds, and treats of the season.

Santa’s Village by the Sea

Dec. 3 / 4-8pm / Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
949-361-8200

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One Christmas celebration combines the Glitz on Del Mar and the Holly Jolly Hoopla for a night of snow, games, hot chocolate, food, and entertainment in San Clemente. Join us at 5:55 p.m. for the BIG tree lighting on the Community Center lawn.

Irvine Holiday Tree Lighting

Dec. 3 / 4 pm – 6:30 pm / Irvine Civic Center

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This FREE event features visits with Santa Claus, live holiday music, games, crafts, and a winter-themed train ride.

Light a Light of Love Pier Lighting Ceremony

Dec. 4 / 3:30 pm – 7 pm / Downtown Huntington Beach on Main Street and Pier Plaza 
714-842-6600



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With your help, Waymakers can shine a light on Orange County’s youngsters this holiday season by sponsoring a snowflake! Your beautiful, gleaming sponsored snowflake on the pier or on Main Street will be illuminated each night until the new year.

Corona del Mar Christmas Walk

Dec. 4 / 11am-5pm / Corona del Mar village
949-673-4050

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Over 17 local bands will perform live. The event also includes s snapshots from Santa’s visits, wine & beer gardens, special vendor gifts, activities for kids, and promotions from retailers and restaurants.


Sleigh the Holidays

Dec. 4 / 11am-6pm / Del Prado, Dana Point

Showcasing the small businesses, manufacturers, and artists in Dana Point and Orange County. Shop locally, take in holiday shows, eat gourmet food on the street, visit cocktail bars, and have a good time with the family.

La Plaza Park & Pines Park Tree Lighting

Dec. 5 / 4:30 – 5:30 pm / Dana Point
949-248-3536

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On his jolly trolley, Santa and his helpers will arrive to distribute gifts to kids up to the age of twelve. Carolers, hot chocolate, cookies, and the tree lighting at 5:15 pm are all part of the festivities. Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy for the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

For more information, visit: www.danapoint.org

Rudolph’s Rink

Dec. 5-12 / Mon-Fri 4-8 pm, Sun 2 – 9 pm / Mission Viejo Civic Center
949-830-7066

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All are welcome to participate in this enjoyable family activity, which will be available for one week only. Whether you skate or not, everyone is encouraged to sit back, relax, and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere!

For more information, visit: www.cityofmissionviejo.org

Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade

Dec. 10 / 10 am -12 pm / Nueva Vista to Community Park
949-425-5100

Check out all of the interesting entries, which include marching bands, floats, special guests, youth organizations, equestrian units, exotic cars, military members, local heroes, and entertaining attractions! No neighborhood holiday parade would be complete without a spectacular appearance by Santa Claus!

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade

Dec. 10-11 / 5:15 pm / Huntington Beach
714-840-7542

(Photo Source: www.hhboatparade.org)

60th Anniversary… Swinging to the Music. Grand Marshal Michael Gates.

Newport Beach Christmas
Boat Parade and Ring of Lights

Dec. 14-18 / 6:30 pm / Newport Harbor

Sail along the port admiring the magnificently adorned yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes. On December 14, at around 6:15 p.m., a special opening fireworks show will take place off the Newport Pier to kick off the parade.

Laguna Niguel Chanukah
Celebration & Menorah Lighting

Dec. 18 / 4-6 pm / City Hall

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Enjoy the music and festivities as we celebrate and remember each day of the Festival of Lights. The City of Laguna Niguel and Chabad of Laguna Niguel are thrilled to celebrate this tradition by providing live entertainment, games, crafts, and your favorite Chanukah delicacies!

For more information, visit: www.cityoflagunaniguel.org

Ladera Ranch Menora Lighting

Dec. 18 / 4-6 pm / Town Green

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As part of this year’s Hanukkah celebration, LARCS will partner with local organizations to bring music, dance, dreidels, crafts, candle lighting, and traditional Hanukkah treats to the community.

Orange County is a great place to live all year round with tons of things to do, explore, and see

Give us a call at 949-541-8122 if you want to experience all of the great events
happening in Orange County and make it your new home.

Dana Point Harbor

Cool off and relax by the beach in Dana Point. More than seven miles of oceanfront beaches await you here in Southern California. Enjoy a variety of activities like fishing, paddle boarding, sailing, surfing, or picnicking on the sand. Be sure to check out the Dolphin & Whale Capital of the World and see why it’s such a popular spot!

Here are our favorite Beaches:

Strands Beach

Strands Beach provides public access to surf and marvels while nestled beneath The Strands neighborhood and close to seashore cliffs. Due to the park’s location above the beach and its breathtaking views of the coast, Strands Vista Park is the perfect place to spend a day. Parking is also FREE!

Strands Beach is a great spot to discover tide pools because it is a marine conservation area. A free incline elevator makes it accessible to people of all skill levels during specific hours.

Salt Creek Beach

A little offshore reef at Salt Creek Beach produces some of the greatest left swells on the whole Southern California coast, making it a popular surfing location. For family enjoyment, try body surfing, swimming, tanning, or exploring tidal pools. Sand beaches, rugged headlands, and towering cliffs make up the park. Just feet from the beach, a large grassy area known as Salt Creek Beach Park provides some of Dana Point’s most breathtaking ocean vistas, particularly at sunset when vivid hues flood the sky and the sun sets behind Catalina Island. The old ravine canyon, sometimes referred to as Salt Creek locally forms the beach’s northern limit.

Monarch Beach

Monarch Bay’s history as a monarch butterfly breeding area inspired the naming of Monarch Beach, which is situated at the base of the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club. The general public has access to Monarch Beach, both as resort guests and as visitors to one of the most amazing golf courses, Monarch Beach Golf Links.

Doheny State Beach

Doheny State Beach is a State Park having a day-use surfing beach on the northern end and a five-acre grass with picnic facilities and volleyball courts. There are campgrounds on the state beach’s southern end, some of which are just a few steps from the water. Tide pools and an aquarium-filled visitor center can be found at the state beach. Visitors enjoy surf fishing as well.

Baby Beach

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Baby Beach is the calmest beach in Dana Point. The jetty prevents waves from disturbing the water since it is tucked between the Ocean Institute and the Dana Point Harbor. There is no easier place to bring kids, according to locals. Its moniker is appropriate given that it is the ideal beach for infants and small children. It’s the ideal site to introduce children to the pleasures of the sea because of the tranquil waters. It’s like sitting by a tranquil lake rather than a roaring ocean.

There is also a small roped-off piece of water where you can swim without fear of colliding with paddle boarders or kayaks. The launch area is available to anyone who wants to start their kayaking and paddle boarding excursions from Baby Beach. You don’t own a kayak or paddleboard? Fortunately, Baby Beach also offers rentals!

The oceanfront community of Dana Point not only offers world-renowned beaches and surf, but it also sports 28 parks, 10 playgrounds with 3,000 trees, and 5 dog fun zones. So if you’re looking for a place where there’s plenty to do with your pet, look no further than Dana Point!


Here are some of our favorite Parks:

Heritage Park

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Heritage Park is a lovely grassy park with panoramic views of Dana Point Harbor. The park is shaded by many sizable pine trees and features rolling grass hills.

Amenities:

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Del Obispo Park

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Located next to the Dana Point Community Center, Del Obispo Park is mainly a sports park with a small playground.

Amenities:

(Source: Danapoint.org)

Dana Woods Park

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The Dana Woods Park offers meandering trails and plenty of grassy areas within the Dana Woods Community.

Amenities:

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Dana Crest Park

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Dana Crest Park is a medium-sized park in a small, peaceful neighborhood. The park has plenty of grassy space as well as two play structures for kids of all ages.

Amenities:

(Source: Danapoint.org)

Crystal Cove Park

Within the Crystal Cove neighborhood is a small park called Crystal Cove Park. It features walking paths with stunning views over the ocean and the Pacific Coast Highway below. A small dog park is also available for use by locals and members of the public. The name of the park is Ocean Knoll Park.

Amenities:

(Source: Danapoint.org)

Creekside Park

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Creekside Park is situated alongside San Juan Creek. Among the many features are a climbing wall, many play spaces, and a dog park.

Amenities:

(Source: Danapoint.org)

Enjoy a refreshing soak on the sands at Dana Point’s pristine beaches, or get your exercise in one of the city’s many parks. All of these attractions have been designed to provide families with quality time and bring children closer to nature.

Interested in living in Dana Point and enjoying all the beaches and parks this city has to offer? Give us a call at 949-541-8122.

Dana Point is a great place to visit in Southern California, so if you want to enjoy some amazing food and drinks, this is definitely the place for you.

Let your taste buds be awakened by the amazing restaurants you can find in Dana Point. Whether you’re looking for a night out, family dining, or a full-course meal, there’s definitely something that will suit your taste.

Here are a few of our favorite restaurants in Dana Point:

Verso Homes’ Favorite Restaurants

RJ’s Cafe

Dana Point has no shortage of wonderful places to eat but my family and I find ourselves at RJ’s Cafe for breakfast more than anywhere else! Their make-yourself-at-home vibe, freshly brewed coffee, and banana pancakes beyond all others, create a familiar and welcoming atmosphere we all love!

Wind & Sea

If you love the beach and great food, The Wind & Sea restaurant is a must-stop on your next trip to Dana Point. The Wind & Sea Restaurant has been in business for over 40 years, offering world-class cuisine with spectacular beachfront views. They also have Hawaiian Happy Hours, Mondays – Fridays, 4 PM – 7 PM.

Project Social

Project Social is open 7 days a week with an assortment of offerings, from breakfast to dinner. Enjoy different bowls, salads, and soups; burgers made fresh daily as well as coffee and beer. Savor their generous portions of delicious food, with counter service available. Their patio is open for dining in a relaxing atmosphere. They also offer group packages for parties and events.

Station Craft

Station Craft is a craft brewery located in Dana Point. They take pride in brewing unique and limited batches of beer that are not available anywhere else. Enjoy Happy Hour Mondays – Fridays from 3 PM – 6 PM (excluding holidays). Visit the bar and enjoy hearty food pairings, or relax on the patio with friends or family.

Coastal Kitchen

Coastal Kitchen was founded in 2016 by Mike and Christina Grant who are both Dana Point locals with a great passion for food and a love for hospitality. It is their pride to cultivate a warm and welcoming atmosphere for customers of all ages. The restaurant also serves wine, beer, and cocktails.

Maison Cafe & Market

One of my favorite breakfast spots in Dana Point is Maison Cafe & Market! 

In French, “Maison” means “home.” This restaurant wants to provide everyone with a sense of the comfort and love of home. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the restaurant. Chef Danielle, the company’s founder, is also an Orange County native.

The La Ferme Avocado Toast, Dutch Baby, and their Latte are a couple of my favorite dishes.

Dana Point is known for being a beautiful coastal town, so it’s no wonder that the area has an array of amazing restaurants where you can dine at. Our team would love to help you experience everything Dana Point has to offer.

Dana Point is the perfect place to call home! Call us at 949-541-8122.

If you are thinking about moving to Orange County, California, get ready for all the advantages. South OC is home to so many amazing beaches, and parks, as well as unique and incredible events.  Art festivals and paddle boarding, and pro sports are among the attractions you can find when exploring. With award-winning schools and a business community that is active and thriving, you will find a vibrant and energetic lifestyle at every turn.

So much of our time is spent in the quaint beach towns found in Orange County, all of which offer their own unique qualities. Surfing museums can be found in Huntington Beach, and tide pools as well as stunning landscapes are at hand in Laguna Beach. From luxury to laid-back beach vibes, there is an abundance of both in Newport Beach.  An area that boasts breathtaking beauty, fine dining, and world-renowned shopping.  However, for the moments you want to kick off your shoes and hang out with friends there is no lack of people and places to enjoy just that.

Orange County is more than a place we live. The people of Orange County, its communities, nature, and the beauty it holds, are so close to our hearts.

This is our home, and we want to share with you the countless reasons why it’s so special. So our team decided to list each of their top 5 favorite places and things to experience that make Orange County such a truly special place!

Kayla’s Top 5

Kayla Breneman, Team Verso Homes
  1. Fisherman’s Cove in Laguna beach
  1. Walkability
  1. Great weather
  1. Outdoor activities 365 days a year
  1. Central location to mountains, LA, San Diego

Dawn’s Top 5

Dawn Leibovitz, Team Verso Homes
  1. Laguna Niguel Regional Park
    I walk it most mornings and am always blown away by how beautiful it is.  It reminds me how lucky I am to live where I do!
  1. Dana Point Harbor
    I love JON’S Fish market, specifically, the miso glazed smoked salmon…paddle boarding and the ocean institute is always wonderful for a day to wander and be together!
  1. Disneyland
    We are pass holders and huge Disneyland fans!
  1. Lido Island Newport Beach
    The best coffee I have ever tasted is at HERST coffee on Via Lido. Take a walk around the block to Rye Goods for the most amazing bakery items this side of anywhere!
  1. Irvine Spectrum
    You could literally spend the day here. Start with breakfast at a number of restaurants, shop, see a movie, do an escape room, play games at Dave and Busters, and also enjoy lunch and dinner with cuisines from Vietnam, Cuba, Japan, BBQ, and American!

Tom’s Top 5

Tom Lloy, Team Verso Homes

Lived in Dana Point for 40 years and watched the city grow into what it is now.

  1. Accessibility to some of the state’s best beaches. Strands Beach is a local beach that is my favorite. I love how close the harbor is for dining, shopping, paddling, and walking. I walk the harbor minimum of three times a week year-round.
  2. I love the community and the neighborhoods in Dana Point. I have raised my 3 kids here and get to participate in community activities all over again with my grandkids.
  3. I like that I can ride my bike anywhere in Dana Point.
  4. I love the restaurants and dining in Dana Point. I like that I don’t have to leave my town to go to fine dining restaurants and enjoy great food. I like that many of the restaurants have been established for years, as well as the new ones with the Dana Point redevelopment.
  5. I like that it’s a small town and that I seem to know most of the people here. It’s nice to be able to get a cup of coffee and run into friends and neighbors.

Natalie’s Top 5

Natalie Boyle (Center), Founder, Verso Homes
  1. The perfect amount of Sunshine (not too hot and not too humid)
    I love vitamin D and the natural energy the sun provides. 
  1. The beach
    My favorite beach is Salt Creek in Dana Point, I love the option to enjoy the beach from the sand or from the grass.
  1. Shopping & Dining
    From large malls like South Coast Plaza & Fashion Island to quaint downtowns like Laguna Beach and Lido Isle, it’s hard to beat the variety and number South OC has to offer. 
  1. Sports
    I love that my boys can comfortably play sports outdoors year-round and I love our access to professional sports venues.  My boys love going to professional sports games and we are within 1.5 hours of LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, LA Angels, LA Rams, LA Chargers, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Anaheim Ducks, LA Kings, LA Galaxy, and LAFC.  When it comes to access to live sports we are spoiled in SoCal. 
  1. Healthy Lifestyle
    Overall South OC encourages a healthy lifestyle, from farmers markets to gyms, to outdoor activities, there is an overall emphasis and access to good health. I personally love that cities such as Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and Irvine are smoke-free cities.

Moving to Orange County means you’ll find sunshine and plenty of cultures. This place has everything you need to be happy in your new home! Whether you’re looking to raise a family, enjoy the beautiful weather year-round, or just need to escape from your busy everyday life, there are plenty of reasons to consider living here.

If you’re interested in relocating to Orange County, we are excited to work with you on a unique plan that includes the community of your dreams. We guarantee our services will exceed your expectations and give you the ability to make an amazing decision.

Get in touch with us at 949-541-8122.

Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy the outdoors and all its beauty. That means new activities, artwork, and great fall festivals. There’s something that’s sure to satisfy everyone’s taste this time of year!

Picking the right events and activities to fit your schedule is key, so we’ve curated this list of fall events in Orange County. They’re sure to bring you smiles as you discover all that this amazing season has to offer!

Laguna Niguel

Photo Contest – Trails Make Life Better

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Location: Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Dates: August 22, 2022 - October 9, 2022

Time: All Day

Win a $50 gift card from a Laguna Niguel business of your choice.

Share your favorite photo(s) of how trails make life better! To participate in this photo competition, grab your smartphone or camera and head out to one of our three featured trails.

This is a free and friendly competition with no residency requirements! Check to see if you can get your picture on Laguna Niguel’s website, their recreation brochure cover, or any of their other social media. Let the community see your talent, and find out you’re the winner.

Halloween Home Decorating Contest

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Location: Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Dates: September 2, 2022 - October 16, 2022

Time: 6:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Time Details:
Entry Deadline – October 16, 2022, at 5 PM
Viewing of Homes – October 22, 2022 – Monday, October 31, 2022, from 5 PM – 9 PM

Bring out your Halloween decorations and spruce up your home for this year’s competition!

Choose one of the following themes and return a completed Entry Form by the deadline:

The City website will publish the winners’ names on Friday, October 21, 2021. Each category winner will receive a yard sign as well as a goodie bag. The week before Halloween, a map will also be published so that the neighborhood can see the participating homes and winners.

 *Disclaimer: The City will not be able to give specific “back-way” directions or gate codes to access your home.  If public entry is not permitted by your homeowner’s association, an entry in the contest cannot be accommodated.

Link to Entry Form: https://www.cityoflagunaniguel.org/DocumentCenter/View/23383/Entry-Form-2022—Halloween-Home-Decorating-Contest

Fall Boutique & Crafts Faire

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Location:
Crown Valley Community Center
29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA

Date: October 1, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00PM

Whether it’s as part of your holiday shopping or as a gift to yourself, you’ll find unique, handmade, and interesting items here!

Pumpkin Rescue

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Location:
Laguna Niguel Aquatics Center
29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA

Date: October 2, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Cost: $10, $15 on the Day of the event (Pumpkin included)

Pick up a pumpkin and decorate it yourself!

Inflatable slides, swimming, and music will be featured in this exciting event.

Bloomin Seniors Gardening Lecture: Grow It Now, Cool Season Vegetables

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Location:
Sea Country Senior and Community Center
24602 Aliso Creek Rd.
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Date: October 6, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

This weekend, “start something” that you can harvest and eat throughout the cool season by getting the information you need from UC Master Gardeners of Orange County. They’ll show you how to get your garden started with everything from gourmet options to a stir-fry garden.

National Decorate A Cake Day!

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Location:
Sea Country Senior and Community Center
24602 Aliso Creek Rd.
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Date: October 10, 2022

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

What a fun celebration with sprinkles, frosting, and cupcakes galore! Decorate your very own cupcake! The fun begins at 11:00 a.m. Pre-registration is required. Register at the front desk! Dates and times could change. First-come, first-served basis. The first 100 will be served while supplies last. People over the age of 50 are invited to attend this event.

Haunted Trails

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Location:
Crown Valley Community Center
29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA

Date: October 13, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Cost: $10 per person (One-Time Ticket Only)

Haunted Trails returns for another year of spine-chilling thrills! The trail awaits you for four memorable nights that will surely haunt your dreams. To enter the trail, you must show a physical ticket. Not suggested for kids younger than ten.

Halloween Snap & Treat

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Location:
Crown Valley Community Center
29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA

Date: October 16, 2022

Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cost: $5 per person

Get ready for a less eerie, more family-friendly Halloween Snap and Treat experience! Participants can visit spooktacular trick-or-treat stations, pose for themed photos, and make a Halloween craft.

Movie in the Park: Hocus Pocus

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Location:
Crown Valley Community Center
29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA

Date: October 21, 2022

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Cost: FREE

Bring your blanket and your friends and family to Crown Valley Park for a movie under the stars! Hocus Pocus (1993/PG) will be screened. Crafts and activities start at 5 o’clock, and the movie starts after dusk (approx. 6:15 pm).

Friday Flix: Cruella

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Location:
Sea Country Senior and Community Center
24602 Aliso Creek Rd. Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Date: October 28, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Cost: FREE

A fun-filled movie afternoon is waiting for you here! Disney’s Cruella will be shown on Friday, October 28th at 1:00 pm. Popcorn is provided, and admission is free. This is an activity for people over the age of 50.

Trick or Treat

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Location:
Sea Country Senior and Community Center
24602 Aliso Creek Rd. Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Date: October 31, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cost: FREE

You’re invited to trick-or-treat at Sea Country Senior and Community Center on October 31 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.! Don’t forget to pick up a bag from the front desk so you can collect the treats hidden throughout the facility. Take a look around the Halloween-themed doors and collect some candy! Fun for all ages.

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach Farmers Market

Location: 521 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Business Hours: Saturdays, 8 AM – 12 PM


Over 40 vendors and farmers sell fresh produce, delicacies, and other items at this certified farmers market! Grab a cup of coffee at one of the local independent coffee shops while you are walking around.

Sawdust Art Festival’s Winter Fantasy

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Location: 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Dates: November 19, 2022 – December 18, 2022

Time: 10 AM – 7 PM

A one-of-a-kind holiday art festival, Winter Fantasy provides a joyous shopping experience in a magical winter wonderland with falling snow, thousands of lights and decorations, three stages of live music, carolers, community performances, art classes, puppeteers, and daily encounters with Santa Claus. Ticket sales begin on Monday, October 10th!

A Black Friday sale will also be held on November 25, 2022.

Laguna Dance Festival

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Location: Surf & Sand Resort, 1555 South Coast Highway

Date: December 3, 2022

Time: 5 PM

The Laguna Dance Festival is exceptional in that it presents breathtaking, world-class dance in theater settings, art galleries, and outdoor performances. The Laguna Dance Festival is committed to increasing public awareness and appreciation of dance through significant annual performances, as well as through instruction and small-group opportunities. Hubbard Street 2, The Parsons Dance Company,  Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and Trey McIntyre Project have all performed there.

Stage on Forest


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Location:
The Promenade on Forest
Forest Avenue between Coast Highway and Glenneyre
Laguna Beach, California 92651

Schedule:

Fridays – Saturdays, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Sundays, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Stage on Forest is a live performance venue located on the Promenade in downtown Laguna Beach. The stage is only for authorized performances with a permit.


Aliso Viejo

Aliso Viejo Certified Farmers Market

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Location: 26701 Aliso Creek Rd, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Business Hours: Saturdays, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Aliso Viejo Town Center holds a fun Saturday Morning Market in its movie theater parking lot.

Aquaponics Farming Workshop

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Location:
Gold Coast Farm
110 Park Avenue
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Date: October 13, 2022

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

FREE WORKSHOP!
Let your children participate in this one-hour educational workshop to learn about aquaponics and sustainable agriculture. At Gold Coast Farm, they will also have the opportunity to explore gardens, ponds, and see some seasonal produce.

Victorious Villains Night

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Location: 

Aliso Viejo Ranch
100 Park Avenue
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Date: October 21, 2022

Time: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Cost: $40 Meal and supplies included

Here you can make your own poison apple, build your own crown for an evil queen or king, and create a disguise before destroying an entire village. Registration closes on Tuesday, October 18, 2022.

Family Fall Photo Shoot at the Farm

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Location: 
Gold Coast Farm
110 Park Avenue
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Date: October 23, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Cost: $10 registered adults

Enjoy the fall season at Gold Coast Farm! Snacks, cookie and baby pumpkin decorating stations, and learning activities are available at this event. Each family will also receive a bag of fresh produce from the garden as well as a digital copy of a professional family photo!

Dana Point

Farmers Market and Crafts Vendors

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Location: Pacific Coast Hwy & La Plz, Dana Point, CA 92629
Business Hours: Saturdays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Here you can find fresh produce, bread, fish, flowers, coffee, and other items. Arts and crafts vendors join the market every second Saturday of the month.

Trolley Hop: It’s Fall Ya’ll!

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Date: September 25, 2022 (Sunday)
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Get special drink deals at participating restaurants when you buy a trolley hop wristband.

Trolley Hop riders (age 21 and up) can purchase a wristband online at Eventbrite. You can get your wristband from the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce during the hours listed below. Wristbands are also available at the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce.

The first 200 people to register will receive a bandana!

Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Office Hours: 

Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sunday, September 25: 10am-2pm

Dana Point Chamber of Commerce 
34183 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. A
Dana Point, CA 92629

On the corner of PCH & Golden Lantern

The trolleys will continue on their regular route. Take the trolley from any stop and get off at the stop closest to the restaurant(s) you want to visit!

Ohana Festival

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Location: Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, CA

Ohana Festival

Dates: September 30 – October 2, 2022

Ohana Encore

Dates: October 8 – 9, 2022

Doheny State Beach will host over 35 performances on three stages.

The event will also feature a number of exhibits and panels featuring prominent environmentalists, conservationists, researchers, and professional surfers.

VA Disability Claims Clinic

© danapoint.org

Location:
Dana Point Community Center
34052 Del Obispo St, Room B
Dana Point, California 92629

Dates: 1st & 3rd Wednesday each month

Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The event is sponsored by VFW Post 9934

Veterans can walk in and speak with a VFW Service Officer about filing a claim for service-related medical issues. (To comply with CALOSHA policies, please wear a face covering.)

Halloween Spooktacular & Trunk or Treat

© danapoint.org

Location:
Dana Point Community Center
34052 Del Obispo St
Dana Point, California 92629

Date: October 22, 2022 (Saturday)

Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Fun Halloween-themed event at the community center in Dana Point. The City’s Recreation Division is collaborating with Dana Point Police Services to host two fantastic family events on the same day. From 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm, there will be indoor activities, including a detailed Halloween maze, games, crafts, entertainment, and kid-friendly treats. The Dana Point Police Services Trunk or Treat is one of the outdoor events that take place from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. There will be candy for the kids at each display they visit. Meet the dedicated staff that keeps Dana Point safe, including the Mounted Patrol, Bomb Squad, Bloodhounds, K-9 Unit, and more. At 6:00 p.m., there will be a costume parade for children, with prizes! Food trucks will be selling food and refreshments.

Spooky Treat Trolley

© danapoint.org

Date: October 29, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 3:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Spooky Treat Trolley stops at the following park locations, giving out treats to children up to 12 years old. The trolley has elaborate decorations, Halloween music, and City Recreation staff dressed in costumes. Get in the SPIRIT by wearing your best costume!

Redo Vintage & Maker’s Market

© danapoint.org

Location:
Del Prado Avenue
Dana Point, California 92629

Date: October 30, 2022 (Sunday)

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Over 100 booths with artisans and vintage merchandise are available. Enjoy live music, regional eateries, and independent shops as you stroll along Dana Point’s Del Prado Avenue and discover the carefully curated collection of vintage dealers and makers. There is no admission fee.

Fall is an exciting time to buy or sell a home in Orange County. We are here to help you find your dream home and make the search easy. Be sure to check out the most recent real estate trends this fall season.


Our realtors are dedicated to helping you buy or sell your home.
We’re here to guide you through the process, from start to finish.
Call 949-541-8122 today!

It’s time to enjoy this laid-back community in Orange County. Dana Point, also known as the “Dolphin & Whale Capital of the World”, offers fun activities and attractions for all ages! Dana Point is home to an ever-growing population and its residents are known for having a wide range of interests. From healthy lifestyles to the arts and culture, this community shows that it thrives on being both fun and interesting.

Join us as we unfold all the exciting events this city has to offer.

Festival of Whales

Location: Dana Point Harbor
Date: March 5 – March 6

The Dana Point Festival of Whales is all about up-close encounters with the marine life that adorns our horizon each spring. It is important to recognize the delicate habitats of marine life and safeguard them for future generations. It’s also about gathering with family to celebrate the breathtaking views of our home, Dana Point.

Doheny Blues Festival

© Doheny Blues Festival, Facebook

Location:
(Previous)

Sea Terrace Community Park
Pacific Coast Hwy & Niguel Rd, Dana Point, CA

The Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, California, features rock, soul, and blues on the beach. The musical showcase, one of the best blues festivals in Southern California, features a weekend of great music, microbrews, and beach parties. The festival also features an informal wine bar, an international food court, and a Kidz EcoFest with activities and exhibits for young visitors. BB King, Etta James, Al Green, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash have all performed at this annual event.

4th of July Fireworks

Location:
Doheny State Beach
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California 92629

Date & Time: July 4, 9:00 PM – 9:30 PM

The BEST Fourth of July fireworks show in Southern California will take place at Doheny State Beach. North American AT-6 aircraft from the Second World War’s Condor Squadron will fly over Dana Point before the fireworks display.

Dana Point Lantern District Car & Motorcycle Show

Location:
Del Prado Avenue
24582 Del Prado
Dana Point, CA 92629 United States

Date: August 28

Dana Point Classic Car Show features 250 vintage automobiles on Del Prado Avenue. The event is FREE to the public and will feature awards, entertainment, food trucks, beer gardens, and more.

Annual Maritime Festival (Tall Ships Festival)

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Location:
Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California 92629

This festival honors California’s rich maritime heritage and our ties to the sea! Visiting Tall Ships, Mermaid Swim Shows, a Beer Garden, a Pirate and Mermaid Ball, Cannon Battles, a Pirate School, a Reenactors and Sailor Camp, Live Music, Vendors, Food Trucks, and more will all be part of this weekend event that is jam-packed with fun!

Experience a bit of life at sea with the tall ships in Dana Point. The Tall Ships Festival, which began in 1984, is the Ocean Institute’s premier annual event, attracting thousands of visitors to Dana Point’s beautiful harbor. The Pilgrim brig, a goodwill ambassador for the Ocean Institute and the City of Dana Point, returns from her yearly summer sail during this festival, which honors her arrival. The Pilgrim is a scaled-down version of the hide brig that Richard Henry Dana, Jr. immortalized in his famous seafaring book Two Years Before the Mast. Thousands of kids have stepped onto her decks since she arrived in Dana Point in 1981 to take part in one of her numerous accoladed living history programs.

Halloween Spooktacular & Trunk or Treat

Location:
Dana Point Community Center
34052 Del Obispo St
Dana Point, California 92629

Date: October 22, 2022 (Saturday)

Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Fun Halloween-themed event at the community center in Dana Point. The City’s Recreation Division is collaborating with Dana Point Police Services to host two fantastic family events on the same day. From 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm, there will be indoor activities, including a detailed Halloween maze, games, crafts, entertainment, and kid-friendly treats. The Dana Point Police Services Trunk or Treat is one of the outdoor events that take place from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. There will be candy for the kids at each display they visit. Meet the dedicated staff that keeps Dana Point safe, including the Mounted Patrol, Bomb Squad, Bloodhounds, K-9 Unit, and more. At 6:00 p.m., there will be a costume parade for children, with prizes! Food trucks will be selling food and refreshments.

Turkey Trot

Location:
Dana Point Harbor
24650 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California 92629

Date: November 24, 2022 (Thursday)

Time: 6:00 AM

The Dana Point Turkey Trot has been named one of America’s best Thanksgiving Day runs by Fitness Magazine. More than 10,000 runners and spectators attend the 5K, 10K, Combo 15K, Kids’ 1-mile Gobble Wobble, and two-day expo. Experience Dana Point’s breathtaking beach, soaring cliffs, and coves.

Boat Parade

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Location: Dana Point Harbor
Date & Time: December 9, 7:00 PM – December 11, 10:00 PM

The 47th Annual Boat Parade of Lights, “Surfin’ USA,” will return to Dana Point Harbor this December! Decorate your boats for a chance to win up to $10,000 in cash prizes in a number of different award categories.

Starting on November 16, the annual holiday light display, which features over 700,000 LED lights, will illuminate the harbor. The Boat Parade of Lights will take place from December 9 to December 11.

Lighting installations such as the giant whale sculpture and the “Merry Kiss Me” arch, as well as holiday-themed photo opportunities, visits with Santa, strolling carolers, and more, are available to both locals and visitors.

California Wine Festival

© californiawinefestival.com

SUNSET RARE & RESERVE TASTING

Location: Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa – Vue Lawn

Date & Time: Friday, April 14, 2023 – 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM


Guests are invited to sip fine wines and sample a wide range of delicious cuisine at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. This is an elegant VIP event for true fine wine enthusiasts, taking place in Dana Point, a beautiful coastal city in Orange County. The few tickets available are quickly sold out (because the wines being poured are rare). An evening of tasting rare trophy wines for an adoring crowd dressed in their best casual/elegant resort wear will begin with a champagne reception.

BEACHSIDE WINE FESTIVAL

Location: NEW LARGER VENUE – Sea Terrace Park

Date & Time: Saturday, April 15, 2023 – 1 PM – 4 PM (VIPs 12 PM)

Sun, sea, food, drink, and music all come together at this sun-drenched wine festival in the grassy, palm-lined Sea Terrace Park to create the ultimate California wine tasting experience. At this all-day event, wine and food enthusiasts will be able to sample hundreds of fine wines, local craft beers, and a dizzying array of foods. The festival is in full swing by 1:00 p.m. at this white-topped tent village that resembles Camelot next to the glistening Pacific Ocean.

Our real estate agents are always on top of the city’s events and notable moments. It is also a wonderful time of year to look for a home in Dana Point and throughout Orange County.

Reach out to us at 949-541-8122 for the latest events and updates on our local real estate market.

Homeownership is the American dream. I know that no matter what level of experience you’re at, you will find these tips helpful, knowledgeable, and trustworthy.

Buying a home is one of life’s greatest moments, but I know it can also be one of the most stressful. If you’re thinking about buying or selling your home, it’s best to use an agent who has a proven track record.

My name is Natalie Boyle, and I’m the founder of Verso Homes. I was born and raised in Orange County. Real estate has been my field of expertise for 21 years and counting.

Natalie Boyle, Realtor and Verso Homes Founder

In this blog, I’d like to share with you my top home buying and selling tips:

  1. Begin packing as soon as you can

    Begin packing even before the sign is installed in the yard.

    Sort your belongings into items to pack for the move to your new home, items to donate to a local charity, and items to throw away. In some ways, this is the most challenging step, so you may want to get started as soon as possible.
  1. Decide what you need

    If you’re clear about what you want and don’t want, finding a short list of options will be simpler.
  1. Take a look at your finances before you make any decisions

    Be aware of your maximum down payment, expected closing costs, and desired total monthly payment (PITIA, or principle, interest, taxes, insurance, and association fees).

    Get pre-approved for a loan so that you are aware of the anticipated interest rate as well as the loan amount you are eligible for given your income, assets, and credit score.
  1. Keep your property safe

    Safeguard yourself and your personal belongings when you are about to invite total strangers into your home. Jewels, firearms, prescription medications, and small electronics should be kept out of sight and out of reach. Install surveillance cameras and review the footage after each showing.
  1. Switch from selling your home to selling a house

    To be a successful seller, you must put all of your fond memories in a safe place and stop thinking of your home as a sentimental family relic and instead consider it as a resource you are using to get you to the next destination.
  1. Do the work

    Your rooms will look better if the carpet is cleaned or replaced with fresh white carpet.
    Walls, floors, windows, and cabinets should all be cleaned. Declutter. Take down all personal photos.
    Purchase coordinating towels. Purchase matching bedding as well as a plethora of complimentary pillows.
    Plant flowers in the flower beds, fertilize the lawn and trim the trees.
  1. It’s going to be overwhelming

    You will have a lot more on your plate during this process, whether it’s an endless stream of showings that make your life considerably more chaotic, receiving several offers within days, or not receiving any showing requests at all.

    Don’t panic or procrastinate, though; this project will be finished within a few months or weeks. Instead, maintain your composure, schedule time to handle the additional work, and extend yourself some grace.
  1. There will be bumps in the road

    Something unexpected is very likely to occur. You might run into unforeseen circumstances along the way, such as roof leaks, slab leaks, termites, unauthorized additions, and closing delays, to name just a few.

    Believe that these issues can usually be resolved through creativity, negotiation, and money.
  1. Ensure that necessary information is disclosed

    Noisy neighbors, barking dogs, rickety fences, slow-draining patios, and a broken shower faucet are just a few of the inconveniences.

    Pages of disclosures are provided to refresh your memory, however, they are not comprehensive. Tell them everything you can that might have an impact on your home’s value or desirability.
  1.  Market conditions are important

    When buying or selling, the three main considerations are supply, demand, and interest rates.

These are just a few of the things I could share with you.

Verso Homes Team

Here at Verso Homes, we will help you find your dream home. We have helped a lot of homeowners purchase a home and sell their homes in Orange County. We are happy to share our expertise with you to make the process as smooth as possible.



If you have questions about buying or selling a home, please reach us at 949-541-8122.

What better way to get a taste of your favorite restaurant than by going out and enjoying it? Happy Hour is the time to escape from work and unwind with friends. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a few drinks or have an early dinner, Happy Hours come in many forms in Orange County.

Here’s our guide to where and when to go for drink specials, discounts, and bite-sized snacks:

Dana Point

Salt Creek Grille

French 75 Cocktail © Yelp

Address:
32802 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Tuesday – Friday, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Since 1996
  • Provides “from-scratch cooking”
  • Custom-made menu items
  • Ingredients sourced locally
  • Fresh seafood, hand cut

The Point

© Yelp

Address:
34085 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM
(Excluding holidays and special events)

More information:

  • Craft beer
  • Food is grown locally
  • DJ at Midnight
  • Full Bar
  • Founded in 2012

Craft House

House Moscow Mule © Yelp

Address:
34094 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 4 PM – 9 PM
Wednesday & Thursday: 4 PM – 6 PM
Friday & Saturday: 4 PM – 5 PM & 9 PM – 11 PM

More information:

  • One of Orange County’s best restaurants
  • New American cuisine
  • Craft cocktails at the bar
  • Seafood freshly caught in Dana Point Harbor
  • Established in 2016

Brio Tuscany Grille

Sangria & pomegranate Martini © Yelp

Address:
24050 Camino del Avion, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 4 PM – 6:30 PM

More information:

  • Family-owned and operated
  • sophisticated cocktails
  • Wide-ranging menu
  • Both a quiet and a lively atmosphere
  • Established in 1994

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

Famous Bloody Mary &
Bloody Mary Meal
© Yelp

Address:
25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Inviting indoor-outdoor atmosphere near Dana Point Harbor
  • Traditional American fare with an artisanal twist

Station Craft

Beer Taster, Dip Trio © Yelp

Address:
34150 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • California cuisine
  • Fresh beer
  • Excellent service

Whitestone Restaurant & Bar

50 International wines © Yelp

Address:
34212 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Tuesday – Friday & Sunday, 4:30 PM – Close
(At the bar area only)

More information:

  • Handcrafted cocktails and a carefully selected wine list
  • Award-winning chef Anthony Celeste
  • Contemporary Cuisine
  • Founded in 2019

Coastal Kitchen

© Yelp

Address:
34091 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM
(Holidays excluded)

More information:

  • Friendly, comfortable atmosphere
  • Established in 2016

Stillwater Spirits & Sounds

© Yelp

Address:
24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Wood-fired pizza
  • Upscale meals made with local ingredients
  • Founded in 2013
  • Syrups and infused liquors made in-house

Cali Costa

Margarita with Pineapple and Chiles © Yelp

Address:
34195 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Original hobby surf shop
  • Best Taco Tuesday
  • The best Happy Hour in town
  • Founded in 2020

Laguna Niguel

The Original Patsy’s Irish Pub

© Yelp

Address:
28971 Golden Lantern St, Ste 108, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Happy Hours:

Monday – Sunday, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Established in 1984
  • Known for its Corned Beef Tacos
  • South Orange County’s Best Irish Pub

Hendrix Restaurant and Bar

© Yelp

Address:
32431 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Happy Hours:

Everyday – Weekend, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Owned and run locally by Sentinel Restaurant Group
  • Established in 2017
  • Outstanding wine dinner

The Bistro K

Creme Brûlée, Coconut Cake and Tiramisu, and Espresso Martini © Yelp

Address:
30100 Town Center Dr, Ste M, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Happy Hours:

Monday – Thursday, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Dining on the patio
  • Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening
  • Traditional Italian dishes with a New World twist
  • Catering

Mangia Bene Cucina

© Yelp

Address:
27281 La Paz Rd, Ste I, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Happy Hours:

Every day, 11:30 AM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Orange County landmark for over 20 years
  • Traditional Italian fare
  • Desserts, pasta dishes, burgers, pizza, steaks, and appetizers
  • Catering services are available
  • Various beers, wines, and spirits

Knolls Restaurant

Great Craft Beer Selection © Yelp

Address:
Laguna Niguel Plaza
29971 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 3 PM – 7 PM
Sunday – Monday, All Day

More information:

  • Orange County’s Best Pizza 2016 – 2017
  • Casual American cuisine
  • Offers a great wine list, 16 craft beers, and a variety of specialty cocktails
  • Serves pizza, wings, pasta, salads, steaks, and seafood

Rangeen Kitchen

Butterfly Pea Flower Ice Tea © Yelp

Address:
28241 Crown Valley Pkwy, Ste G, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Every day, 3 PM – 6 PM (dine-in only)

More information:

  • Indian-Cali cuisine
  • Happy Hour Special – 10% off on all appetizers, 20% off on all beverages

Bricco

Bar © Yelp

Address:
28083 Moulton Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Monday – Sunday, 4 PM – 5:30 PM

More information:

  • Established in 2017
  • Beers on tap, homemade desserts, pasta dishes, a wine bar with chilled wine dispensers, and hand-tossed pizzas
  • Happy Hour Promo – $ 1.5 Off beers, $ 2 Off wine by the glass

Salt Creek Wine Company

© Yelp

Address:
30100 Town Ctr Dr, B-2, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Daily, 3 PM – 6 PM
Thursdays, 3 PM – Closing

More information:

  • Casual and comfortable setting
  • Family-owned and operated
  • Large wine selection
  • Founded in 2003

WR Kitchen & Bar

© Yelp

Address:
28061 Greenfield Dr, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Established in 1992
  • The best BBQ in Southern California
  • A relaxed dining experience
  • Full bar, prize-winning BBQ, snacks, and tacos

Board & Brew – Laguna Niguel North

Bar Area © Yelp

Address:
27000 Alicia Pkwy, Ste B, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Genuine California lifestyle
  • Founded in 2016
  • Craft beer and signature sandwiches
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • A beach setting

Laguna Beach

Oak Laguna Beach

Cocktail Line-Up © Yelp

Address:
1100 S Coast Hwy, Ste 202, Golden Lantern, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Tuesday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Live DJ 
  • Diverse cuisine
  • Rustic modern ambiance

Reunion Kitchen + Drink

Hibiscus Margarita © Yelp

Address:
610 N Coast Hwy, Ste 102, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Weekdays, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Cocktail creations
  • Contemporary comfort food

The Cliff Restaurant

Mango Sunburn © Yelp

Address:
Laguna Village Arts and Flowers
577 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Live Music
  • Oceanfront dining

Starfish Laguna Beach

© Yelp

Address:
30832 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Daily, 3 PM – 6 PM
(Called Opium Hour)

More information:

  • 90-item menu
  • Family-oriented method of service 
  • Carefully selected beverage menu
  • Fusion of coastal Asian cuisine

230 Forest Avenue

Mission Fig Margarita © Yelp

Address:
230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

More information:

  • Fresh seafood
  • Opened in the summer of 1995

Coyote Grill

Hibiscus Margarita © Yelp

Address:
31621 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Delicious food
  • Peaceful views
  • “Best Bloody Mary” in the Orange County Register and “Best Fish Taco” in the Orange County Weekly
  • Featured in 2003 on television programs like Rachel Ray’s “$40 a Day”
  • Laguna Beach Magazine named “The Best Margarita” and “The Best Burrito”

Las Brisas

© Yelp

Address:
361 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Panoramic view of Laguna Beach’s coastline
  • Traditional Southern California cuisine
  • Elegant dining areas and a tranquil outdoor patio
  • World-class service and a chef-curated menu

Lumberyard

Yard Bar © Yelp

Address:
384 Forest Ave, Ste 10, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 5 PM

More information:

  • Casual but stylishly modern
  • Wine and cocktails are only available for pick-up (Order online)
  • Currently only offering a limited menu for pick-up and delivery

Mozambique

Steak and Lobster © Yelp

Address:
1740 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM
Weekends – 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Established in 2005
  • Inspired by the vibrant seaside restaurants of South Africa
  • South Orange County, California’s largest event-oriented restaurant.
  • Vegetable or beef Samoosas, Chilean Sea Bass, Peri-Peri prawns, and other dishes are on the menu

Skyloft

Deck views © Yelp

Address:
422 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Delicious and “down-home” ribs, smokehouse steaks, brisket, fresh seafood, creative salads, pasta, and sandwiches
  • Handcrafted cocktails, local craft beers, and winery selections from the coast
  • Taco Tuesdays and more

South Orange County is a place to fall in love, but also to start your new home!
There’s a lot more to do here than what meets the eye.


If you want to learn more about the area and our recommendations, please contact us at 949-541-8122.

Laguna Beach Farmers Market

Let’s talk about food!

Isn’t it nice to give yourself a break from the daily grind by indulging in some quality food? I’m sure you’d love to know where to get the best and most healthy food choices for you and your family! We actually recommend going to a farmer’s market near you to buy seasonal items and the freshest fruits and vegetables you can find! You may also come across other interesting items, such as arts and crafts. Plus, it’s a great way to connect with the community and support local farmers.

So, here is a list of Verso Homes’ best farmers markets in Orange County based on Yelp and Google reviews.

Grab your shopping bags! ‘Cause here we go:

1. Irvine Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 431 Yelp 5-Stars: 269
Total Google Reviews:
478 Google Rating: 4.7 / 5

(c) Yelp

Location: Mariners Church, 5001 Newport Coast Dr, Irvine, CA 92603
Business Hours: Saturdays, 8 AM – 12 PM

This is the largest farmer’s market in Orange County, with both well-known and small growers. Vegetables, fruits, fresh fish and meat, pastries, and sweet and savory snacks are available here. Non-food items are also available.

Actual Reviews:

“This was a very large farmers market with a great variety of produce. They had unique vegetables that I had never seen before. It was a great outing for my family and me! They had live music and an awesome apple cider booth!”
– Carissa K (Yelp)

“Good place to shop for fresh veggies and fruits direct from growers. You get decent quality food as well. Open only on Saturdays and gets crowded early morning and very less crowded towards closure time.”
– Vikram Chelar (Google)

2. Laguna Niguel Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 54 Yelp 5-Stars: 17
Total Google Reviews:
113 Google Rating: 4.6 / 5

(c) Yelp

Location: Plaza De La Paz Shopping Ctr, Laguna Niguel, CA 92607
Business Hours: Sundays, 8 AM – 12 PM

The Orange County Farmers Bureau operates this year-round certified open-air market. It’s a market where ‘genuine’ farmers sell their vegetables, fruits, nuts, and more. To ensure the vendors grow what they sell, the county agricultural commissioner inspects the goods sold here.

Actual Reviews:

“Laguna Niguel market has the most beautiful produce I’ve ever seen!! There is also monarch dog and cat food, healthiest food for your pets!! The market manager, Michi is wonderful!! We are there too, love, dreams, &pie with healthy yummy pies, traditional, vegan, gluten-free, and keto!!! Over 150 kinds and over 30 handmade quality crusts!! Come get healthy food for everyone in the family, even your pets!!”
– Laura L (Yelp)

“I sell here. Best Market I’ve sold at! Visit our booth right at the La Paz Rd entrance. Mountaintop Gardens.”
– Mark Oliver Toribio (Google)

3. The Original Manassero Farms Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 110 Yelp 5-Stars: 61      
Total Google Reviews: 172 Google Rating: 4.4 / 5

(c) Yelp

Location: 33 Irvine Valley, Irvine, CA 92604
Business Hours: Wednesdays, 9 AM – 5 PM

Since 1978, the company has been producing certified organic food. The setting is beautifully designed to make you feel like you’re walking through the fields. Manassero Farms is well-known for its strawberries, as well as other local produce, garden goods, and specialty home supplies.

Actual Reviews:

“So cuuuuute, I love it. Came for strawberry picking and loved that there was a whole area within the farm for this market! Everything was so cute and fresh. The quality of items here are clearly high. We devoured our fresh loaf of jalapeno cheese sourdough bread that we got within days of purchase. Strawberries were so sweet and tasty. Everyone there was nice and friendly. We’d come back to buy more things. Definitely wanna try their jams and things I don’t need!”
– Jessica D. (Yelp)

“What a wonderful and unique place. Great Middle Eastern pastries.”
– Brian Tran (Google)

4. Laguna Hills Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 52 Yelp 5-Stars: 15
Total Google Reviews: 45 Google Rating: 4.5 / 5

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Location: Laguna Hills Mall, 24155 Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, CA 92637
Business Hours: Fridays, 9 AM – 1 PM

This is one of Orange County’s best authentic cook’s markets. Fresh fish, local produce, grass-fed beef, and other prepared foods are available here. The location is convenient, with parking available in the mall’s corner lot.

Actual Reviews:

“Great market. A bit of everything, fish, nuts, plants, fruit, veggies, flowers, ready-to-eat food trucks, even a disco ball!! Lots of parking. Convenient location.”
– Alex A. (Yelp)

“I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed when I walked in and saw how big this location was and how many people there were.  But then once in the line moved quickly and with ease.  The staff here is obviously used to the amount of customers that frequent this location.  For a non drive through they manage to get through the customers and not miss a beat.  Good for them!”
– Carri DeBeaumont (Google)

5. Laguna Beach Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 50 Yelp 5-Stars:
Total Google Reviews: 105 Google Rating: 4.7 / 5

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Location: 521 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Business Hours: Saturdays, 8 AM – 12 PM

A certified farmers market with over 40 vendors and farmers selling fresh produce, delicacies, and other items! There are also independent coffee shops nearby where you can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee while roaming around.

Actual Reviews:

“Love this farmer’s market! Great vendors in a beautiful area.”
– Eco Now California (Google)

“Laguna Beach farmers market? …this is it… Farmers Market aficionados will find everything that they would expect from local farmers and mix masters.”
– Jason Roberts (Google)

6. Great Park Certified Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 159 Yelp 5-Stars: 30      
Total Google Reviews: 145 Google Rating: 4.3 / 5

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Location: 8000 Great Park Blvd, Orange County Great Park, Irvine, CA 92618
Business Hours: Sundays, 10 AM – 2 PM

It was founded in 2010 and has special performances and activities every week. Aside from fresh produce, gourmet food trucks and handcrafted items are available here.

Actual Reviews:

“I like this farmers market a lot compared to the other one in Irvine.  I feel like prices are marked up at the other one and it’s just way too crowded.  True, there isn’t as much variety as the other one but it’s enough for us most of the time.  I wish there was at least one Asian vegetable vendor.  Easy parking, follow the signs.”
– Kristen L. (Yelp)

“Great selection of food, drinks, and other items! There’s really no place to eat though so people eat in their cars. It’s a short walk to the Hot Air Balloon park so you have something else to do after you’re done looking through all the tents. There’s more than enough parking space here for everyone.”
– Aaron Sales (Google)

7. Farmakis Farms

Total Yelp Reviews: 39 Yelp 5-Stars: 27      
Total Google Reviews: 33 Google Rating: 4.5 / 5

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Location: 29932 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Business Hours: Fridays, 9 AM – 1 PM

This is a family-owned and operated, Christmas tree farm. With homegrown Monterey Pines, Leyland Cypress, and other trees. Year-round, a variety of products such as handmade cards, soaps, jewelry, candles, and more are available. Here you can also find amazing works by artists and authors.

Actual Reviews:

“Small market, but great vendors.  It has my favorite fresh fish vendor, OC Wild Seafood, and my favorite 100% grass-fed meat vendor, Buy Ranch Direct.”
– Mitchell F. (Yelp)

“It’s a great place to shop for fruits and vegetables. They have a variety of other things. My scarlet macaw loves the place also.”
– Robert Walter (Google)

8. Costa Mesa Certified Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 35 Yelp 5-Stars: 16
Total Google Reviews: 21 Google Rating: 4.9 / 5

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 Location: 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Business Hours: Thursdays, 9 AM – 1 PM

One of 8 certified Orange County Farm Bureau farmers markets. Genuine farmers sell their produce. Open rain or shine.

Actual Reviews:

“Great selection of organic and fresh produce. Lots of vegetables like onions, salad, kale, carrots, turnips, oranges, and berries. Not only is everything fresh, but pricing is much better than at grocery stores. Plenty of parking and easy to find the location! Currently located at Gate 8 due to COVID testing at the fairgrounds. Will definitely be coming back for their good quality products.”
– Steph N. (Yelp)

“Love the vegan place always friendly and helpful the food is amazing for digestive system.”
– Kimberly Trantham (Google)

9. SoCo Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 129 Yelp 5-Stars: 31      
Total Google Reviews: 16 Google Rating: 4.5 / 5

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Location: 3315 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Business Hours: Saturdays, 9 AM – 2 PM

Founded in 2009 as a family-friendly market with weekly children’s crafts. The Sprouts of Promise Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to healthy eating and supporting farmers, runs this market. Meat, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and other items are sold here. There are also gourmet food trucks selling sweets, bread, and hummus. SOCO Farmers Market is rated as one of the best in Orange County and has been featured nationally in the New York Times.

Actual Reviews:

“Stopped by yesterday and it seems so much more lively! The environment is great and all stands are so friendly. Veggies and fruit are as tasty as always . Favorite go to farmers market.”
– Monze G. (Yelp)

“It’s a small market, not too busy which makes me feel COVID safe.”
– Elizabeth San Miguel (Google)

10. Ladera Ranch Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 15 Yelp 5-Stars: 11        
Total Google Reviews: 37 Google Rating: 4.8  / 5

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Location: 28275 Avendale Blvd, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
Business Hours: Sundays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM


This is a certified farmers market with over 50 vendors. Local produce such as fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, fish, and even arts and crafts are sold here. Food trucks ranging from pizza to ice cream, shaved ice, and more are also present.

Actual Reviews:

“A great Day Spa. The staff had a vast array of knowledge of what I needed not what I think I NEED.  Perfect as always.”
– Lori R. (Yelp)

“Nice little farmer’s market with a playground nearby.”
– Norman McDonald (Google)

11. Newport Beach Certified Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 27 Yelp 5-Stars: 5
Total Google Reviews: 19 Google Rating: 4.2 / 5

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Location: 104 Mcfadden Pl, Newport Beach, CA 92663
Business Hours: Sundays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Newport Beach Farmers Market is a unique experience because it is held next to the beach. Fruits, vegetables, eggs, bread, nuts, and even handmade jewelry and art can be found along the Newport Beach Pier every Sunday.

Actual Reviews:

“Loved. Indeed is not big but is very nice. The honey vendor has amazing variety of honey. I bought a very interesting jam – kiwi and jalapeño ( probably you are doing the same face I did before I tasted- delicious) bought a delicious hummus . The vendor Sizzling Ginger is amazing ( was sold out) It’s worth to go.”
– Monica B. (Yelp)

“Small farmers market near the water. Nice to walk around but limited number of vendors. Pleasant atmosphere for a casual visit but only a few fresh produce vendors.”
– Bill Auxier (Google)

12. Huntington Beach Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 41 Yelp 5-Stars: 17        
Total Google Reviews: 8 Google Rating: 4 / 5

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 Location: 405 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Business Hours: Tuesdays, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM


The local farmers markets in Surf City USA® feature the best goods from Southern California’s growers and artisans. The Huntington Beach Farmers Markets sell delightful fresh produce, vegetables, and other items. 

Actual Reviews:

“Love this market! The jewelry is beautiful! The produce was delicious, but unfortunately only lasted one day so I just need to buy less next time. Staff for the most part was super enthusiastic and friendly and the live music added to the experience for sure.
– Jenny M. (Google)

“This Main Street farmers market is available year-round with fresh produce from local farms and plants and handcrafted jewelry and textiles. Don’t miss out on the pupusa’s and empanadas and other food stands. Just a great all-around market every Tuesday.
– Sumner M (Yelp)

13. San Clemente Certified Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 21 Yelp 5-Stars: 7
Total Google Reviews: 40 Google Rating: 4.7 / 5

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 Location: 200 Block Of Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
 Business Hours: Sundays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

A wide selection of fruit and vegetables, bread, and fresh flowers are available here.

Actual Reviews:

“One of the most amazing fresh strawberries, better than the ones I got from other farmers market. There are a few competitors for berries stands but I took the cheapest one and it happened to be good. 🙂 also some produce, flowers, eggs, and I think some foods.”
– Adrienne L. (Yelp)

“Have been coming to this market ever since I’ve moved out here. The perfect way to start your Sunday, grab a coffee from up the street, a dreamy french pastry from Chaupain, and don’t leave before stopping by David’s flower truck and grabbing a handful of flowers to brighten your week!”
– Liela Yacoobi (Google)

14. Dana Point Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 39 Yelp 5-Stars:
Total Google Reviews: 57 Google Rating: 4.7 / 5

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Location: 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, CA 92629
Business Hours: Saturdays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Fresh produce, bread, fish, flowers, coffee, and other items can be found here. Every second Saturday of the month, arts and crafts vendors join the market.

Actual Reviews:

“Was visiting family in the area and came across this farmers market. Definitely recommend it if you have a chance to stop. Lost of food options and fresh produce. We bought fresh fruit and a fresh pie. My daughter loved all the crafts also.”
– Jefferson Amon (Google)

“LOVE the fresh produce, fresh fish & eggs!! A MUST! I wish it was open on more than just Saturdays!! 🙂”
– Dana Sterling (Google)

15. Aliso Viejo Certified Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 6 Yelp 5-Stars: 1
Total Google Reviews: 2 Google Rating: 5 / 5

(c) Yelp

Location: 26701 Aliso Creek Rd, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Business Hours: Saturdays, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

It’s a fun Saturday Morning Market located in Aliso Viejo Town Center’s movie theater lot.

Actual Review:

“I’m real happy to see Aliso Viejo finally open up a farmers market. They have a great selection of fresh produce that looks and tastes way better than what I can get at the local grocery store. I was also pleasantly surprised by some of the other merchants that I came across such as the tamale and breakfast burrito booth. I will definitely be back next Saturday stock up on more items.”
– Paul McGlynn (Google)

16. Mission Viejo Farmers Market

Total Yelp Reviews: 1 Yelp 5-Stars:
Total Google Reviews: – Google Rating: 


(c) Yelp

 Location: 25282 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
 Business Hours: Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

This farmers market sells fresh, locally sourced produce, eggs, plants, and other items. Everyone can enjoy live music, crafts, and games for FREE.


Don’t forget to take a trip to your local farmers market this weekend!

More suggestions and interesting places to visit can be found in our other blog entries here on the Verso Homes website.
For more information, just give us a call at 949-541-8122.

Learning about the 1031 exchange process can confuse many investors, especially new ones. The more you know about the exchange process, the better equipped you will be to maximize your investment return and minimize taxes in a real estate deal.

Whether you’re a small business, entrepreneur, or investor, this comprehensive blog will take you through the 1031 exchange rules and every situation that may arise.

1031 Exchange Overview

Natalie Boyle, Verso Homes Founder

What is a 1031 exchange?

According to Investopedia, “A 1031 exchange is a swap of one real estate investment property for another that allows capital gains taxes to be deferred.

To elaborate, if you make a profit on the sale of a business or investment property, you must report it. Generally, the gain must be taxed at the time of sale. IRC Section 1031 allows you to defer paying tax on the gain if you reinvest the proceeds in the comparable property as part of a qualifying like-kind exchange. The deferred gain in a like-kind exchange under IRC Section 1031 is tax-deferred, it is not tax-free.

In order to make use of IRC Section 1031, real estate investors must first understand all of its components. Exchanges can only be made with like-kind properties, and IRS rules restrict their use to vacation properties.

Participants of a 1031 Exchange

Section 1031 deferrals may be usable to owners of investment and commercial property. Any taxpaying entity, including individuals, C corporations, S corporations, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, trusts, and others, may arrange an exchange of one business or investment property for another under Section 1031.

Qualified “Like-kind” Properties

You must meet certain requirements for both the replacement property you buy and the relinquished property you sell.

In both cases, the property must be held for commercial or investment purposes. Personal property, such as a primary residence, a second home, or a vacation home, does not qualify for like-kind exchange treatment.

The exchange of real estate and personal property is allowed under Section 1031, but real estate cannot be like-kind to personal property. The rules governing what qualifies as like-kind in personal property exchanges are more stringent than those governing real property exchanges. Cars, for example, are not interchangeable with trucks.

The provisions of Section 1031 do not apply to:

1031 Exchange Timelines

If you exchange like-kind properties, you must meet two-time limits, or the entire gain will be taxed. Except in the case of presidentially declared disasters – and only if there is a disaster – these limits cannot be extended for any circumstance or hardship.


45-Day Rule: Identification Period
When you sell a property, you may be required to identify potential replacement properties within 45 days. The identification must be in writing, signed by you, and delivered to a participant in the transaction. Notice to your attorney, real estate agent, or an accountant acting as your agent, on the other hand, is insufficient.

The written identification must include a detailed description of the replacement properties. In real estate, this means a legal description, street address, or distinguishable name. Follow the IRS guidelines for identifying the maximum number and value of properties.


180-Day Rule: Exchange Period
The second restriction states that the exchange must be finished no later than 180 days following the sale of the exchanged property or the due date (with extensions) of the income tax return for the tax year in which the relinquished property was sold, whichever comes first. Property identified within the 45-day window mentioned above must be substantially identical to the replacement property received.

Restrictions on the Exchange Process

It is critical to understand that taking possession of cash or other proceeds before the exchange is complete may disqualify the entire transaction from like-kind exchange treatment and result in ALL gains being taxed immediately.

The exchange will still be considered to be of like kind even if cash or other proceeds other than like-kind property are received at its conclusion. Gain might be taxed, but only to the extent that the proceeds are not of like kind.

Using a qualified intermediary or another exchange facilitator to hold the proceeds until the exchange is complete is one way to avoid premature receipt of cash or other proceeds.

You can’t be your own facilitator. Furthermore, your agent (including your real estate agent or broker, investment banker or broker, accountant, attorney, employee, or anyone who has worked for you in those capacities in the previous two years) is not permitted to act as your facilitator.

Selecting a qualified intermediary should be done with caution, as there have been recent instances of intermediaries declaring bankruptcy or otherwise failing to meet their contractual obligations to the taxpayer. As a result of these circumstances, taxpayers have failed to meet the strict timelines set for a deferred or reverse exchange, disqualifying the transaction from Section 1031 gain deferral. While any losses incurred by the taxpayer would be taken into account under different code sections, the gain might be taxable in the current year.

Reverse Exchange

There is also a possibility of buying the replacement property before selling the old one and still qualifying for a 1031 exchange. This case also falls within the 45- and 180-day time frames.

To be eligible, you must transfer the new property to the titleholder of an exchange accommodation, choose a property to exchange within 45 days, and finalize the exchange within 180 days of purchasing the replacement property.

Reporting 1031 Exchanges to IRS

Exchanges must be reported to the IRS on Form 8824, Like-Kind Exchanges, and filed with your tax return for the relevant year.

Form 8824 asks for:

You may be held liable for taxes, penalties, and interest on your transactions if you do not strictly adhere to the rules for like-kind exchanges.

DOWNLOAD Form 8824 here.

Advantages of 1031 Exchanges

Both new and experienced investors benefit from the 1031 tax-deferred exchange. It makes sense given the strong economic growth and property appreciation that we have seen in many areas throughout the county over the last several years. A 1031 exchange can offer the advantages of leverage,  increased cash flow and income, management relief, consolidation/ diversification, and it can significantly increase the investor’s purchasing power.

LEVERAGE

To acquire a more valuable investment property, investors can use the 1031 tax-deferred exchange. They can increase their down payment and overall buying power by using the money they would have paid to the IRS in taxes to purchase a more expensive replacement property. As a result, they are leveraging their cash and accumulating wealth through real estate investment.

INCREASED CASH FLOW/ INCOME

A 1031 tax-deferred exchange can increase both cash flow and overall income. A vacant parcel of land, for example, can be exchanged for a commercial building that generates cash flow and depreciation benefits.

MANAGEMENT RELIEF

Investors who own multiple rental properties are frequently burdened by the burdens of intensive management and costly maintenance – which frequently leads to increased headaches! Exchanging out of high-maintenance rental properties and consolidating into an apartment building or NNN leased investment can increase profits while decreasing time and effort.

CONSOLIDATION/ DIVERSIFICATION

An exchange allows an investor to trade one property for several others, consolidate multiple properties into one, and acquire property anywhere in the United States. An investor, for example, can exchange two duplexes for a retail strip center or capitalize on a new growth area by exchanging one property in California for three properties in Arizona.

INCREASED PURCHASING POWER

The figures in the example demonstrate the financial strength of a 1031 exchange. Capital gains are taxed at a maximum capital gains tax rate of 20% federal, 12.3% state of California, and 25% recapture of depreciation. In this case, the total amount owed is:

20% of $375,000 = $75,000
12.3% of $375,000 = $46,125
25% of $35,000 = $$8,750
= $129,875 that is deferred through a 1031 tax-deferred exchange to increase purchasing power!

Source: First American Exchange Company

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is the right move for you.

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