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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:
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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

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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 949-841-5122 for the latest events and updates on our local real estate market.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 949-841-5122.

Irvine is consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live in, well known for safety, education and it’s strong job market.

Another great perk of living in Irvine is how close so many shopping centers are! One that always comes to mind is the Irvine Spectrum Center. I love knowing that I can get all my shopping done in one place. In a single trip, I can buy a gift for my friends’ birthday, get new clothes for my always growing boys, and pick up a little something for myself!

Anthropologie is one of our favorite stores, we love their cool and relaxed California vibe. The perfect spot for a curated mix of distinctive clothing, accessories, gifts, and home décor. We also love their Anthro living home which has fun and unique home decor and furniture. Everything you find at Anthropologie is unique, uncommon, and feels original.

Since the New Year has begun, I have really started focusing on my health and fitness (especially since summer is around the corner)! Like lots of other women, I’m absolutely obsessed with Lululemon’s athletic wear. All of their clothes last forever and wearing them makes me more motivated to work out! Their store at Irvine Spectrum has a great selection of leggings and running shorts to choose from. I’m always so tempted to buy everything in there!

Irvine Spectrum also has my go-to store for flowy sundresses and cute bikinis! Free People is the perfect boutique to stop by before a vacation to Cabo or for some colorful summer clothes. I love that I can easily wear one of their maxi dresses with sandals to walk around in at the beach, and then throw on some heels to dress it up for a nice dinner.

Since the Irvine Spectrum center is in the process of being renovated, lots of new stores have popped up! My favorite one that opens up over the summer is Vuori. Vuori draws inspiration from an active coastal California lifestyle. Integration of fitness, creative expression, and life. Their products are designed with a west-coast aesthetic that transitions effortlessly to life outside the gym.

A fun place to stop in the Spectrum is Lip Lab which has customizable lipsticks. Pop in and pull up a stop and capture your individuality with a hue that’s uniquely you. Create a lipstick you absolutely love and love wearing. One thing is for certain– you’ll leave with super happy lips and colorful memories.

We love making a stop for our furry friends at Woofpak, they have great treats and a large selection of fresh food.

In my spare time, I try to focus on finding new trends, decor pieces, and furniture for my clients when they want to move or remodel their homes.

A spot that I visit often for inspiration is Ambiance Home in Irvine. They have a chic collection of plush accent pillows, soft throw blankets and lots more. I like that the whole store is filled with elegant and timeless pieces. To add a pop of color to a simple room, I usually look for an accent chair or pillows that stand out in the store! When I went last week, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the perfect emerald green velvet chairs they had on the second level for my home.

Are you looking for more stores? Check out these shopping options in Orange County:

The Best Shops in Newport Beach

The Best Corona Del Mar Shopping

The Best Shopping in Laguna Beach

Are you thinking about moving to Irvine? If so, I would love to take you to lunch and share more about this wonderful city with you!

Natalie Boyle 949.929.5727

The sun is blazing once again on Orange County. From the first weekend of May to September 16th, sunny California experiences some of the most beautiful weather you can imagine. I’m excited about the warm weather, family gatherings, and fun activities!

I love going to concerts and events! I find that if you attend the event with a large group of family and friends, they tend to be more fun than if you attend alone. I consider these events a great way to discover new music and make some new friends.

We have the best line-up of live music events happening in Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, and Dana Point.

Check out our list of artists scheduled to perform at local venues this summer:

Whether you’re looking for something to do in Orange County today or tomorrow, we have you covered. From movie nights and music festivals to summer bazaars and much more, check out the best events happening in OC this summer:

Laguna Beach

One of the best places to reside in California is Laguna Beach. It has a coastal vibe, good weather, stretches of sandy beaches, and hiking trails. More than 80 miles of multi-use paths, stunning beaches, museums, and art galleries are all available in the city. The Winter Fantasy and Crafts Festival, the Laguna Art-A-Fair, Pageant of the Masters, and the Sawdust Art Festival are just a few of the numerous festivals and events held in Laguna Beach.

Sawdust Art Festival

Pageant of the Masters

The Pageant of the Masters at The Festival of Arts is a one of kind production featuring the life-sized re-creations of world-famous artwork.  Over 500 volunteers from Laguna Beach and surrounding cities come together to make this performance possible, volunteers pose on stage to look exactly like famous paintings, sculptures and other works of art.  It is simply breathtaking.

Laguna Niguel

The city of Laguna Niguel has planned numerous summertime events for both its citizens and tourists. Every Friday, great movies are available to watch. Friday Flix is a free movie and popcorn event held at the Sea Country Senior & Community Center or Crown Valley Park in the late afternoon or early evening. The beloved Summer Concert Series is also back. Everyone is welcome to bring blankets and low-back chairs. The Sea Country Senior & Community Center and Amphitheater typically hosts concerts in the evening or the day. 

National Day Celebrations

Of course, a summertime without food would be incomplete! The first 100 attendees at National Day celebrations in Laguna Niguel will receive complimentary meals. White and blue bomb popsicles will be served to commemorate National Bomb Pop Day in the spirit of the forthcoming Independence Day. America’s favorite food, hot dog sandwiches, is the focus of National Hotdog Day. While a snow cone must be consumed to mark National Relaxation Day as a symbol of having the opportunity to unwind.

Living with Local Wildlife

A Living with Local Wildlife Workshop has been created by the city because it wishes to protect wildlife. Learning the habits and behaviors of the local animals is the major objective. And because Californians like animals, the Sea Country Senior & Community Center has a Low-Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic. No appointments are required, rabies shots cost about $14, and additional services are also offered.

The Senior Lecture Series, which covers subjects like gardening and even scams, is the last but certainly not the least.

Check out the flyers below for more events in Laguna Niguel:

Source: https://www.cityoflagunaniguel.org/

Aliso Viejo

One of the top 5 safest places to live in California is Aliso Viejo. It’s home to 21 parks as well as an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf course. The city has award-winning schools, and a wonderful location, as well as dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Furthermore, there are several employment options and vast recreational programs.

Certified Farmers’ Market

We love supporting farmers and the fresh produce they harvest. This summer, Aliso Viejo Certified Farmers Market will be held every Saturday in the parking lot of the Aliso Viejo Town Center’s Regal Edwards Theatre.

Furry Friends Pet Fair: Pet Vaccination & Vendor Fair

We will also be having an event dedicated to our beloved pets. It’s the Furry Friends Pet Fair happening at Aliso Viejo Ranch. It’s a pet vaccination and vendor fair. Additional services like heartworm, flea, and tick prevention, microchipping, physical exams, nail trimming, dog licensing, pet adoption, and more.

Movie Night

Like other cities, Aliso Viejo also has movie nights for the summer. It will be shown in Aliso Viejo Middle School. You are encouraged to bring blankets or low lawn chairs, and food will be available for purchase.

Source: avcity.org

Dana Point

The first surf town in Southern California was Dana Point. It has earned the title of the Dolphin and whale watching capital of the world. Every day, 2,500 yachts and tour boats depart from Dana Point Harbor for different locations. The city also has deep sea fishing, luxury spas, surfing, golfing with ocean views, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking, pirate ship adventures, beach, and aerial yoga classes, and sunset wine cruises.

Moreover, there are 28 parks and an amazing selection of restaurants in the city.

Dana Point has organized a variety of events this summer for everyone to enjoy.

The first event on the list is Movies in the Park, which will take place every Friday in Lantern Bay Park and is completely FREE. Just bring a blanket or low-back lawn chair. Refreshments are available to purchase during the event.

Every Saturday, La Plaza Park hosts a Farmers Market and Craft Vendors event. Fresh produce will be brought by California farmers, and a variety of handmade crafts, jewelry, apparel, purses, candles, and one-of-a-kind items will be on display from craft merchants.

The VA Disability Claims Clinic, which is held at the Dana Point Community Center on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, will be open to the public for service-related medical issues.

Dana Point Summer Bazaar

Over 30 artists, crafters, and businesses will participate in the Dana Point Summer Bazaar at the Dana Point Community Center. In collaboration with Age Well Orange County, there will also be an open house filled with activities and special events for seniors. There will be a free raffle offering some fun prizes. Speaking of free, there will be samples of great food from Zest in a Bowl, the official food supplier of the senior lunch program, as well as FREE drinks like Kona Ice.

Symphony on the Go

There are two events for all you music enthusiasts out there.  The Pacific Symphony is offering a free mobile community concert experience. This Symphony on the Go will take place at Pines Park and Dana Crest Park.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on while enjoying the music. Of course, the Concerts in the Park series is something you wouldn’t want to miss. Every Sunday in The Sea Terrace Park, two bands will perform for a FREE family-friendly concert.

Trolley Hop

The day before July 4th, there will be a Trolley Hop. If you buy a trolley hop wristband, you’ll have access to special drinks from participating restaurants. An anchor bottle opener will be given to the first 500 attendees to register for the event.

The Doheny State Beach will host the BEST Fourth of July fireworks show in Southern California. Prior to the fireworks show, the Condor Squadron of WWII-era North American AT-6 aircraft will fly over Dana Point.

Dana Point Classic Car Show

There will be 250 classic cars on display at the Dana Point Classic Car Show on Del Prado Avenue. There will be awards, entertainment, vendors, food trucks, beer gardens, and more at the event, which is FREE to the public.

Please see the flyers below for more events in Dana Point:

Sources: https://www.danapoint.org/, https://www.ohanafest.com/

Do you want to know about all of these concerts, festivals, and events? Call us at 949-929-5727 to find out more.

The Verso Homes Story: Turning Over a New Leaf

Verso Homes Team: Natalie Boyle, Crystal Schantzen, Tom Lloy, Dawn Leibovitz (Left to Right)

A name is more than just a name. It represents a story, and every experience we have shared in life is beautiful. It captures a moment in how we came to be. Life is made up of small steps, big dreams, and opportunities to share.

We are Verso Homes and we are proud to share our story. 

Realtor® & Founder

Natalie Boyle, a native of Orange County, started her career in real estate in 2001. It was during COVID-19, one of the worst global pandemics in history, that Boyle worked relentlessly to ensure that her firm was able to take care of its clients and fulfill their real estate needs. In the midst of these chaotic and challenging times, Verso Homes was born.

Brand Logo

Verso is a Latin word meaning ‘folio’ or “on the turned (leaf)”. It is found on the left-hand page of an open book signifying the turning of a new page. Thus, the leaf logo signifies a new beginning.

What inspired the color palette for our logo is the beautiful hues of a California sunset. We wanted it to reflect our unique coastal location in South Orange County.

Life changes, and when it does, you have the opportunity to write a new chapter in your life story. Verso Homes understands this and strives to help you create a colorful and memorable one with customized solutions that fit your personality, lifestyle, and budget. We are a team of compassionate, knowledgeable, and trustworthy real estate experts who focus on the needs of our clients. We also support other local business owners in the community so that we can make Orange County a better place for everyone.

Our communities are more than just places to live, but places where memories are made. We believe that each new page in a family’s life deserves to be celebrated and we at Verso Homes help each family write their new chapter in every new home.

We are a boutique real estate company that is changing the way people buy and sell homes in South Orange County. We have an innovative approach to home sales, leveraging technology and community resources to make our clients’ dreams come true.  Verso Homes offers a more client-centric approach that is designed to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

We don’t just sell homes – we want to help you build the life you imagine in the home of your dreams. We work with our clients to create an experience that begins with building wonderful memories because our goal is to help you reach yours.

“A home is more than just a house,” it is made of different chapters in your journey through life day-by-day, chapter-by-chapter.

If you’re thinking about making a move we would love to help you write your next chapter together!  Give us a call, at 949-929-5727.

There are more homebuyers than homes to buy right now. That means a lot of home sellers find themselves in the fortunate position of having multiple offers to sift through, with many offering more than listing price. Welcome to a hot seller’s market! While having a bunch of buyers throwing money and promises at you is a wonderful problem to have, you still need to know how to choose a single offer. (Hint: It’s not always the highest one.)

The strongest offer for one seller might be the highest offer price, for another it could be the slowest closing window. If the seller wants to avoid making repairs, maybe it’s the offer without an inspection contingency.  

Here’s how to choose from multiple offers on your house and pave the way for a smooth sale.

Let your agent be your expert guide

Bidding wars aren’t as easy to navigate as you might think. While this may be your first time dealing with multiple offers, an experienced real estate agent is an old hand at this.  Tap into their wisdom for strategies on getting the strongest offer for your house and closing the deal on time.

Make sure the buyer can actually pay what they’re offering

The buyer offering the most money for your house always moves to the front of the pack, of course. But your agent can help you determine if the buyer has the bank to make good on the offer — and if it’s really the strongest offer in terms of securing the cash to close.

Your agent can help you manage these important factors:

Review all the contingencies

When buyers craft an offer, they usually include some conditions that must be met before they officially buy your home. If these conditions are not met, the buyer has a chance to back out of the deal. These contingencies may include getting approved for a mortgage, having the home pass an inspection or making sure the home appraises for a certain amount.

Review these contingencies with your agent and make sure you are okay with all buyer asks. As a seller, look for contracts with fewer contingencies to increase the odds of closing.

Consider the lender

You and your agent should also consider the lender that pre-approved the buyer. If the mortgage company or bank is known in the area and has a reputation for approving buyers that acquire financing, they’re a better bet than a buyer working with a lender with little or poor reputation.

It’s a good idea to research lenders if you and your agent are not familiar with them.

Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate

If you have gotten many offers, you’re in a great position to negotiate. Sure, you can take the offer with the highest price and call the house sold. But your agent may be able to leverage a better offer for you. 

Here’s how you do that: Once your agent presents you with all the offers you’ve gotten from buyers, you can go back to the strongest bidder and make a counteroffer. Your agent can advise you on terms that make the most sense for you to request, with the promise that if the buyer accepts, the house is theirs. The terms of the sale you might consider include:

The Verso Homes Team loves working with Sellers to select the BEST offer in this hot seller’s market. Are you ready to move on to your next chapter?  Send us a message, and let’s get started.

Here are a few more tips I’ve put together for home sellers:

Does the For Sale Sign in Your Neighbor’s Yard Make You Feel Like You Live in a FISHBOWL?

Why should I sell my house when I retire?

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Home Staging By Verso Homes

Top Investment Property Upgrades to Increase Rent and Equity

Email: [email protected]

Call / Text: 949.929.5727

Article Source Zillow

When a home in your neighborhood is for sale, it will attract drive-by traffic from potential buyers scouting the home and the neighborhood, before they even think about stepping inside the house.  That can make you feel like your neighborhood is a glass fishbowl. 

Rest assured, we understand how you feel.  What you do want to focus on are these opportunities that are presented when homes in your neighborhood are on the market for sale. 

Neighbors of Your Choice

We’ve all been told that you can’t choose your neighbors but that is just not true! This is the perfect time to have a family member or friend move to your neighborhood.  Call them and tell them about the home for sale down the street. They may need time to get their financing in order, should they decide to put in an offer (and need a loan from a lender). A home in Orange Country is on the market for an average of 48 days1.  Typically offers are accepted in the first for 5-7 days of the home hitting the market. Timing is key and loan pre-approval is necessary for anyone considering a home purchase.  So, reach out to the people you truly want as your neighbors! 

Referrals to Contractors and Tradespeople

There’s usually work that needs to be done before a house goes on the market.  Finding good, reliable, and affordable contractors and tradespeople can be time-consuming and difficult.  When they are already working in your neighborhood, you can potentially save yourself time and energy to get your home project underway! Contractors love to be able to schedule multiple projects in the same area.  It saves them commute times and gives them more exposure in the areas they serve. So, piggyback off all the leg work your neighbor did in finding the right people to do the job!

Qualified Buyers

The median price of a single-family home in Orange County is $900,0002! The turn-around time from start to closing is quick and that leads me to the best part of home sales in your neighborhood. It is currently a “seller’s market,” meaning there are more buyers than there are homes for sale.  This forces buyers into extremely competitive situations.  We average 10 or more offers for each listing, typically over the asking price.   Wouldn’t it be great if you could tap into this market of qualified buyers who already know they want to live in your neighborhood? If you want to learn more about qualified buyers in search of a home in your neighborhood, call or email us, and we are happy to share that information with you!

So, while it may feel like you are living in a fishbowl, the drive-bys won’t last long. Homes are selling quickly in this hot market.  The opportunities you’ll reap should outweigh any discomfort!    

We love working with Buyers to find their dream homes.  We would be honored to assist you or anyone you know of in the Orange County area with any and all home selling, buying, or investing needs.

Here is a list of more tips for home sellers:

How to pick the best offer on your home

Why should I sell my house when I retire?

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Home Staging By Verso Homes

Top Investment Property Upgrades to Increase Rent and Equity

Call: 949-929-5727

Email: [email protected]

  1. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/Orange-County_CA/overview
  2. California National Association Realtors Aug. 2021 Stats
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Taking Advantage Of Today’s Skyrocketing House Prices For Retirement!

Recently, I placed my mother-in-law’s home on the market for sale.  It’s an incredibly cute beachfront condo located within a highly coveted private gated community in Huntington Beach.  Ocean views, stunning sunsets, and just steps from the beach – Location, Location, Location!  To top it off, these homes rarely go up for sale!  Mom is retiring in less than a year and wondering, “should I sell my house when I retire?” Like many of us, she has been witnessing the escalating prices in the market and the accelerating value of her home.  After looking at her impressive equity, nearly tripling her investment in less than a decade, she felt that she was in a great position to sell her place when she retires!  Great News, right? Well, not so fast.


Something Didn’t Feel Right

As anticipated, multiple offers were received within days of the listing.  However, something wasn’t right for Mom, the offers were making her feel sick instead of happy.  She insisted, “I’m retiring, it’s the right time to sell my house, I can make so much money,” it didn’t feel like the great news she had initially expected. Instead, the offers signaled the fast-approaching imminent sale of her home and it didn’t feel good. She began asking herself again, “why should I sell my house when I retire?”

We talked and it became obvious that making money was not actually her motivation for selling; it was not her “Why,” so I didn’t feel right either.  My goal as an agent is not to maximize profits for my customers. It’s great when that happens, but it’s not my purpose. My purpose is to take care of all the real estate needs of my clients. I value positive energy and a feeling of connection with my clients.  For me, it is of paramount importance to more deeply understand my client’s needs and to identify their unique “why.”

The Importance of Identifying Our Client’s “Why”

What does the “Why” mean?  The “why” refers to why a client is doing what they are deciding to do.  While it seems simple enough, this experience led me to refine my process of how I work with clients to identify their “why.”  The word itself, why, can often make us feel defensive and can trigger pressure to provide a “good reason” for choosing whatever it is we’re choosing.  Answers like, “I want to make money”, can be void of any real meaning and unfortunately lead to an unfullfilling outcome. 

Exploring Mom’s Why – why should I sell my house when I retire?

Back to my Mother-in-Law, we realized that she was feeling the pressure of retiring and the markets skyrocketing prices.  Mom realized that she was unsure of the next chapter in her life.  So she asked her self again, why should I sell my house when I retire? She loves the beach and wants to be close to her family, and she wants to ensure her financial future.  However, the “Why” did not live inside any of these reasons!  After a few sleepless nights, I realized that taking her home off the market was the right thing to suggest.  I knew it was the right thing to do when I witnessed her relief.  I called the other agents who had offers in and respectfully declined their offers at or above the asking price.  

Changing The Plan – Deciding Not To Sell The House

There is no tripling of the investment for mom, there is no commission for me as the agent . . . and there is no better place to be! You see, the best transaction I can make as a real estate agent is the one that satisfies the real “Why.”  If a client is not feeling confident and joyful about their “why,” then the “why” is definitely in question.  In the end, we established that mom’s “why” didn’t feel good to her.  Essentially, when the “why” doesn’t feel right, it means we didn’t actually have a “why” to begin with.  I am proud of Mom’s decision to keep her beautiful beach home, and I am pleased to say I kept my promise to always “take care of my client’s real estate needs.”  

Defining The Why – The Verso Homes Process

I’m grateful and thankful that Mom realized her “why” – that selling her home wasn’t the right thing to do.  Together we learned how important it is to ask, how does my “why” feel?  This experience allowed me to hone in on my process of identifying my clients “why”.  In addition to gathering answers to questions like “what is the square footage of your home,” I also apply a systematic approach to developing and honoring my client’s “why.”  If we can’t confidently and happily establish the “why,” I’m no longer in alignment with my core values.  When the “Why” is clearly defined, I know how to take care of my clients, their transactions, and I can assure a positive outcome 🙂

With thanks and appreciation!

Natalie Boyle

More tips for Home Sellers:

Does the For Sale Sign in Your Neighbor’s Yard Make You Feel Like You Live in a FISHBOWL?

How to pick the best offer on your home

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Home Staging By Verso Homes

Top Investment Property Upgrades to Increase Rent and Equity

If you’ve ever been in a bidding war with other buyers interested in the same house, you know how important a cover letter is. It can easily be the deciding factor in who the seller chooses to sell their house to. Since they are so important, I wanted to give you the best buyer cover letter tips on how you can make yours appealing and stand out against the rest!

Make the letter personal and build a connection

It is important to let the seller know why this home, in particular, is perfect for you. It is always a good idea to write about how you will enjoy their home. If you have a family with kids you could write about being able to picture your children playing in the grass in the backyard.

Give them some information about yourself

Sellers want to know about the people that will be living in their home. They also want to feel a connection with the people buying it. Writing about the job you have and your family is a great way for them to get to know you!

Point out your favorite features in the home

It’s always nice to compliment the seller by talking about your favorite things about their home. For example, you could mention how much you love their spacious and bright kitchen if you and your family love to cook. If there is a pool in the backyard you could talk about how you and your family love to spend summers outside together cooling off in the water.

Give thanks

Thanking the seller for giving you an opportunity to make an offer is very important! The end of the cover letter is a great place for you to show that you appreciate the chance to make an offer on their home. You can also add that you can’t wait to hear back from them!

A well-written cover letter can persuade a seller to allow you to buy their home. Hopefully, these tips can help you write a thoughtful cover letter to secure your dream house!

Here are two examples of cover letters:

Buyer-Letter-1-
Offer cover letter sample template 2
Courtesy of:
https://journal.firsttuesday.us/the-importance-of-the-homebuyers-offer-cover-letter/49994/
https://www.trulia.com/guides/offer-letter-templates/

Here are a few more tips I’ve put together for home buyers:

How to Evaluate a Neighborhood

Home Buying Checklist

5 Tips for Buying a Home

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