Cali Comparables: What $5.3 Million Buys in Coastal Orange County

You set a certain budget for your house hunt — and you can’t go a penny over it. But what if you want to expand your search a wee bit beyond a specific neighborhood? We decided to play the comparison game by exploring what you can buy for a certain dollar value in various California neighborhoods in a series called “Cali Comparables.” We’re crisscrossing the Golden State to give you an idea of how far your dollar goes in certain areas.

This week, we’re focusing our sights on the stunningly gorgeous beach cities of Orange County. Just how far will $5.3 million (and little under and over) take us on our search for a piece of coastal real estate? Let’s take a look.


23 Overlook, Newport Coast, CA 92657                   $5,299,000

This ocean-view property is nestled in the gated community of Cassis at Ocean Heights.  The home was recently renovated with numerous high end updates, all which create a luxurious yet cozy ambiance.  Beamed ceilings and large windows make the house feel even brighter and more spacious.  The property is just as gorgeous outside as it is inside.  Highlights from the exterior include a front patio, water feature, built-in bar and grill, and an outdoor dining area, all perfect for entertaining in the temperate Southern California weather.

333 Morning Star Lane, Newport Beach, CA 92660             $5,995,000

Located right on Newport Bay, this water-front home is perfect for buyers looking for a nautical lifestyle.  The property includes a recently constructed private dock with 3 slips and spectacular views.  Although the back of the house is right up to the water, there is plenty of space for entertaining in the sizable front courtyard.  Inside, there is an open floor plan featuring a newly-remodeled kitchen, a grand foyer with a spiral staircase, and spacious bedrooms.  This home is sure to impress family and friends, both inside and out.


260 Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach, CA 92651              $5,300,000

This charming coastal cottage is surrounded by nature.  Enveloped in a small grove of trees, the property is also a short walk to a private beach, reserved only for Emerald Bay residents and their guests.   Not only is the house itself a great opportunity, but there are additional amenities including access to the community center, pools, tennis courts, and of course, the private beach.  The master bedroom offers a quiet, upscale retreat, featuring a fireplace and luxurious on-suite bathroom.