Beach Haven: Alta Vista Way

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 Introduction to the Enclave: Alta Vista Way is all about the panoramic ocean vistas, Catalina Island sunsets, friendly neighbors and a walk to Victoria Beach.

Bordered By: Alta Vista Way starts at the southern end of Glenneyre, turns left up the hill and ends at La Mirada Street. Along the way, Alta Vista Way connects with Solana Way, Highland Way, Pala Way, Olivera Way, Queda Way, Nido Way, San Clemente, Lomita Way, Fontana Way, Juanita Way, Iris Way, Hermosa Way, Granada Way, Kilo Way, Bonita Way connecting with Corona Way, Duarte Way and Encina Way. Each is a special location, capturing breathtaking ocean and white water views from the Montage coastline to the south and Palos Verdes and Laguna Beach city views to the north.

Homes: Alta Vista Way has a sprinkling of different architectural-designed homes including historic cottages, built in the 1920s, some with fairy-tale ambience, the wood and glass Kite House designed by Chris Abel, and contemporary and Mediterranean-style homes remodeled or built in the past decade.

How the Community Evolved: In the early 1900s, before Laguna was officially incorporated as a General City in 1927, we had historic cottages with what are now called paper roads. One such paper road runs behind Queda Way and is wonderful and unbuildable because of access issues and the corridor of landscaping for those living behind or in front of it. We see deer feasting on the wild terrain. Timothy Leary, notable psychologist and writer lived close by.

Community Amenities/Special Features: There is something very special about the Alta Vista Way enclave. Having lived in this inviting location for the past seven years, waking up to the sound of the ocean and enjoying sunsets on the deck, it feels like the paradise I always dreamed of, while growing up in the Midwest. Sea gulls, pelicans, whales, dolphins, the Tall Ships, 4th of July fireworks displays, sunrises and pastel to burnt orange sunsets are among the amenities that make Alta Vista Way special. When you have the opportunity to visit the neighborhood, enjoy the expansive vistas north and south and don’t be surprised to see neighbors walking down to Victoria Beach or even downtown for coffee or breakfast. There are so many inviting neighborhoods in Laguna, but this is where I call home.

CURRENT MARKET ACTIVITY

Current Listings:

• 2670 Solana Way, 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, Craftsman’s home priced at $1,699,000.

• 2740 Highland Way, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, cottage, priced at $1,450,000.

• 271 Alta Vista Way, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, E rated, 1922 cottage and adjacent parcel priced at $995,000.

• 2675 Queda Way, 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, contemporary, wood and glass home, designed by Jim Lashley, priced at $1,395,000.

• 2387 San Clemente, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, Mediterranean-style home priced at $3,195,000.

• 625 Fontana Way, 3 bedrooms, 4 baths, contemporary home, priced at $1,769,000.

• 2540 Bonita Way, 3 bedroom, 3 baths, Chris Abel designed property, priced at $1,399,000.

Recently Sold or Pending Sale:

• 2710 Solana Way, sales price $775,000, sold 8/27/10.

• 730 Alta Vista Way, sales price $1,640,000, sold 11/30/10.

• 541 Alta Vista Way, sales price $1,461,000, sold 7/23/10.

• 537 Alta Vista Way, sales price $745,000, sold 11/23/10.

• 406 Alta Vista Way, sales price $1,780,000, sold 10/26/10.

• 629 Alta Vista Way, sales price, $1,835,000, pending sale.

Information provided by Suzanne Taylor and Robert Leis, The Taylor-Leis Group, who specializes in coastal community properties. They are located at Prudential California Realty at 30812 Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. Reach them at 949.303.8346, or by email at Suzanne@passport2laguna.com.