6 Tips for Choosing the Location of Your Home

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Deciding the area in which you want to purchase your home can be difficult whether this is your very first home purchase, or you’ve done it a few times. Choosing a location is so tough because often times it can make or break the property value, charm and appeal. Location seems like an overwhelming task when it comes to real estate, but a realtor can not only show you homes in areas you like, but also help advise you on areas you might not initially think of but would be a good fit. If you are in the early stages of the home buying process, and you are trying to narrow down a location, take these six easy tips into consideration! 1.  Price Of course, price is one of the first things to determine when it comes to buying a home. How much can you afford or how much are you willing to stretch to get your dream home? Once you’ve worked out price, it’s already easier to narrow down location. If you are a new family, looking for a relatively inexpensive home, your choices will

5 Best Breakfast Spots in South Orange County

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Most people think that big breakfasts and brunches are only reserved for the weekends, but that’s far from the truth! In South Orange County you can find an elaborate breakfast meal any day of the week! Whether you’re looking for just a simple place to get coffee, or a sit-down meal with the full eggs, bacon and hashbrowns, there is a restaurant for everyone! Although it’s hard to narrow our favorite breakfast places down to just a few, here are the restaurants that serve up some killer meals! Antoine’s Cafe A favorite breakfast spot in San Clemente for over 25 years, Antoine’s Cafe serves breakfast from 6:30 in the morning all the way until three o’clock in the afternoon. This restaurant was voted for having the best breakfast in San Clemente in 2015. One of our favorite breakfast items is most certainly the breakfast tacos that are packed with all sorts of yummy foods. You can also get lunch here as well! Antoine’s even offers cooking classes, so you can learn to whip

7 OC Food Spots To Try Now

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Although we’ve previously led you on a dining guide for South Orange County, there are so many more great food spots to try! If you’ve already hit up the best places from our previous list, here’s a few more to visit soon! These fantastic eateries have some of the most decadent, instagram-worthy food you’ve ever seen! With a mix of fancy sit-down restaurants, and great lunch stops in between breaks, there’s something for everyone! Although you’ll most likely be in a food coma after eating at each one of these places, it’s definitely worth it. 1. Shuck Oyster Bar If you consider yourself a seafood connoisseur then you can’t miss the chance at diving into a dish at Shuck Oyster Bar! The seafood at this relaxing restaurant is delivered fresh daily from over 60 different farms to ensure the best quality! 2. Pizza Press Forget about picking certain toppings off your pizza! At Pizza Press in the Orange Circle you are able to customize your own personal pizza all

A Guide to Downtown San Clemente

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Downtown San Clemente is quaint and charming, which is why so many residents love living there, and so many visitors choose to make frequent visits. The main street is filled with everything you can possibly want in a small town- great shops, yummy food, fun bars and an endless number of activities, events and shows! Check out our simplified guide to all things downtown in San Clemente! Places to Shop Cove- In need of some great home decor for your home by the beach? Cove offers a variety of great kitchen, living room and bedroom furniture and accessories. Your home will be looking fabulous in no time! Boutique del Mar- This shop is certainly for the fashionable ladies. Boutique del Mar is the place to go if you’re in need of a great outfit for a picnic, night out or even day-to-day basics. Melrose in the OC- As one of the best places to shop for younger women or teen girls, Melrose in the OC has a variety of “on trend” clothes to keep you looking stylish at all times.

Best Weekend Getaways in South Orange County

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Whether you live in Orange County permanently or are just visiting for the weekend, there’s nothing like a weekend getaway to keep the Summer fun and relaxing. Even if you live in Orange County year-round, you don’t need to take a big, expensive vacation this Summer to enjoy the sun and get away! There are plenty of spots and hidden gems where you can escape for the weekend! Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa Overlooking the beautiful ocean, the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa sits in between Laguna Beach and Dana Point. It is one of South Orange County’s finest hotels and it loved by every visitor! A weekend at the Laguna Cliffs Resort is perfect for couples who want a quiet weekend away. The days can be spent lounging by the pool or getting a massage at the spa, while the evenings can be spent walking the quaint streets of Laguna Beach. Services at the spa include a couples massage, lip and eye treatments, facials, waxing, body scrubs and more! The hotel has two divi

How to Spend the 4th of July in South Orange County

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South Orange County is great in the Summertime and especially festive in July when Independence Day rolls around. Residents of South Orange County love to celebrate the 4th of July so much so that the events, parties and celebrations don’t just attract locals, but lots of visits attend as well! There is a variety of options for every age, family type or location, so to help you decide what to do this 4th of July we have compiled a cheat sheet for the big day! Dana Point Doheny State Beach: Looking for the classic southern California 4th of July experience? Watch the fireworks on the beach! Doheny State Beach, one of Dana Point’s most popular beaches is pretty crowded all day long with families and couples trying to bask in the glory of this national holiday, but in no way does the beach die down throughout the day. In fact, the later it gets, the more crowded Doheny State Beach gets because starting at 9 p.m. there is a grand firework show over the ocean. There are shuttles thro

South Orange County Beach Guide

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Dana Point Harbor Beach If the name doesn’t already give it away, this beach is located along the harbor of Dana Point. It is a smaller beach, but great for a calm, family day. There is a swimming area for children, and a grass park behind the beach for picnics and barbecues. This beach is the way to go if you’re trying to avoid lots of  traffic and difficult parking. Doheny State Beach One of Dana Point’s more popular beaches, the Doheny State Beach is split up between north and south. The north side of Doheny State Beach is where more active beach goers like to visit because it offers beach volleyball courts, paddle boarding rentals and low tide surfing for beginners. The north beach also has a visitor’s center equipped with indoor tide pools, an aquarium and family-friendly exhibits. The south side of the beach is great for swimming as well, but also has campgrounds if you wish to sleep under the stars. Aliso Beach Aliso Beach, located along the Pacific Coast Highway

Summer To-Do List

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Orange County is the place to be this Summer! Not only is the weather fantastic, but there is so much to do! Whether you need an activity to take the kids to, or you want to plan a fun date night there’s always something going on throughout the Summer! Start making your to-do list now of events you want to attend! Dana Point Movies in the Park  Throughout the month of June, Dana Point hosts movies in the Lantern Bay Park that are great for the whole family! Grab your picnic basket, a blanket and some snacks and don’t miss these fun Friday nights in the park. Some of this Summer’s movies include Moana, Zootopia and The Jungle Book! Concerts in the Park July is just as lively in Dana Point with the Summer Concerts in the Park held at Sea Terrace Park! Each Sunday, during July, two different bands take the stage- one between 2:30-4 pm and one between 4:30-6 pm. Pack some appetizers and maybe even a few wine spritzers and enjoy the live music with your friends! San Clemente

The Best Nightlife in Orange County

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Most people think of Los Angeles when it comes to having a little late night fun, but the best nightlife in Orange County is just as fun and a lot closer! We have chosen a few places for you that have never steered us wrong and that cater to a wide variety of preferences. The BrewHouse in San Juan Capistrano Although The BrewHouse closes at 11 on Friday and Saturday, we still thought it should make the list because it is perfect for beer lovers and has a middle to high energy level depending on the night. We love that because starting the night off at a dance club puts you at an eleven on a scale of one to ten and that gets exhausting fast. Some of the best nightlife in Orange County starts here, with 30 beers on tap and an extensive selection from ciders all the way up to double IPA’s and stouts. As with any good brewery, they leave the food side of things to the experts and invite high-quality food trucks that know how to make food that plays well with beer. You can usu

Fun Activities for The Whole Family in Orange County

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There are so many options for adults to enjoy in South Orange County, but what about fun activities for the whole family? We’ve come up with a few places that both the kids and the adults we know (including our families) enjoy locally. Since we service a wide area, we’ll give you some for San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, and Dana Point! The Mission in San Juan Capistrano When you’re a kid, a Mission may not be the most exciting thing to see. Luckily, you’re an adult and can cater anything to your child’s likes and dislikes! The Mission in San Juan Capistrano is known as “the jewel” because of the beautiful layout and vibrant colors the diverse flower collections. If you have a kid who likes bugs, take them to the flowers and watch the bees pollinate the garden. If bugs aren’t their thing, they also have a beautiful koi pond plus the area is frequented by hummingbirds and butterflies as well. A perfect time to go is in March when the Swallows migrate back to