Beach Haven: Laguna Lido


Introduction to the Enclave: Hosting unrivaled Pacific panoramas and an oceanfront vantage on Totuava Beach in South Laguna, Laguna Lido captures the celebrated Southern California lifestyle with the ever-present lull of the ocean tide and forever views spanning the coastal canyons and westbound horizon. It has a rare elevator-to-the sand access and all owners have deeded lockers at the beach level.


Bordered By: Pacific Coast Highway to the east, South Coast Medical Center to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and Aliso Beach to the north.


Views: Ocean, sunset, coastline and Catalina views


Homes: Originally built as apartments, Laguna Lido was then converted to condos, and recently underwent a $6 million remodel. There are 48 units between the two buildings (Cove and Vista). Most of the units (38) are second homes.


Community Features/Amenities/Special Events: The very secluded Totuava Cove has no public access which makes it practically a private beach. The Laguna Lido building is sited approx. 200 feet away from Pacific Coast Highway, which makes it very quiet; very few buildings on the ocean are set so far from the street. It is the only building where one can access the beach via the elevators without walking a single step. Property amenities include: A full time, on-site property manager and two full-time maintenance employees; a state-of-the-art fitness center; community pool and sauna with custom tile and pool bath; beach lockers just off the sand; common baths for residents above the beach entrance; common baths at lobby level; a spacious sophisticated shower, mainly for guests, next to the steam room and pool; and keyless system controls for all gates, the beach elevator, the gym and pool, and steam room. The Lido has a very strong and active Homeowners’ Association Board. The payments, collection and all other administrative affairs are managed by Turn-Key and Associates.


History of the Area: The Lido just finished a very extensive renovation that lasted five years. New roofs were installed on both buildings (Cove in 2004 and Vista in 2008). All units on the third floor have been remodeled. Thanks to a fruitful collaboration between the homeowners, very talented engineers, contractors, designers, workers, consultants and others, a great result was achieved. In December 2006, Cox installed new cable from the street to the Lido’s electric room. The cable is of the latest technology. Each owner hires an electrician and extends the new cable to their unit, in order to obtain maximum performance for HDTV, phone and computer.


Current Market Activity: Currently, there are three active listings: 31755 So. Coast Highway, #301 and 31755 So. Coast Highway, #302, and 37155 So. Coast Highway, #102. They are located on the first and third floors with direct beach access via elevator and no steps.

• Unit #301, a two bedroom, two bath oceanfront property, features inside and living space terraces (full wrap around deck) with ocean, sunrise and sunset views with a combined square footage of 1,700. Also visible are the views of Laguna Beach city lights, Palos Verdes and Catalina. This unit was completely remodeled in 2005. Amenities include: new electrical with a sophisticated system with remote control, new plumbing and an instant hot water dispenser. It is one of only two units that has central heating. The kitchen has cabinets made of top-quality maple with a very functional design, top-of-the-line granite and stainless steel appliances. Pocket doors detail the western and southern fronts of the residence, overflowing to alfresco entertaining. There is total privacy in the master bedroom, kitchen and living areas. The second bedroom has its own private balcony and south-facing ocean views. The garage is located at the main gate level. The listing price is $3,450,000.

• Unit #302, a two bedroom, two bath Lido Cove condo soaring above the sands of Totuava Beach, is a south facing corner unit with rare availability. There are wide panoramas of the Pacific, with the luxury of rolling tides and views of Catalina in the distance. The exclusive beachfront property is completely remodeled, offering residents high-rise living with well-appointed accommodations and amenities. The main living area, comprised of dining, lounging and media options, frames the surf with oversized windows and pocket doors; the space extends to outdoor entertaining with lounging, dining and sun-drenched views. The garage is located at the main gate level. The listing price is $3,350,000.

• Unit #102, a two bedroom, two bath has a wonderful, beachfront corner location. Custom, tropically designed, there is an extra large deck and tumbled granite flooring. Enjoy ocean and Catalina views from all rooms an deck. Watch dolphins, whales and pelicans in their natural habitat. The master bedroom has a sliding door to the deck and a re-designed master bath with a private steam shower. The second bedroom has built-in twin beds, a sliding door to let in ocean breezes and a spa tub in the bath. This unit is highly upgraded throughout. The listing price is $3,400,000.


Information, provided by Paul Benec and Cheri Romig with Coldwell Banker Previews International. Reach Paul at 949.842.8243 or by email at Reach Cheri at 949.422.4829 or by email at Visit