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History of San Clemente

Early colonization

Prior to colonization by Spaniards, the area was inhabited by the Juaneño native people. Long admired by explorers and passing settlers, it remained virtually uninhabited until 1776, when Mission San Juan Capistrano was established by Father Junipero Serra, which led both Indian and Spanish settlers to establish villages nearby. After the founding of Mission San Juan Capistrano, the local natives were conscripted to work for the mission.

Becoming a city

Property rights to the land exchanged hands several times, but few ventured to build on it until 1925, when former Mayor of Seattle, Ole Hanson, an out of town, major land developer, with the financial help of a syndicate headed by Hamilton Cotton, purchased and designed a 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) community. Hanson believed that the area's pleasant climate, beautiful beaches and fertile soil would serve as a haven to Californians who were tired of 'the big city'. He was a man of strong convictions, that all hired help and nonwhites should live on the outskirts of town and unions workers should not be hired. He named the city after San Clemente Island, which in turn was named by the explorer Vizcaino in 1602 after Saint Clement, whose feast day occurs on November 23, the day of Vizcaino's arrival on the island. His 'SAn Clemente by the Sea' and so it was known as for all his life and many years after.

Hanson envisioned it as a Mediterranean-style coastal resort town, his 'San Clemente by the Sea'. He had a clause added to the deeds requiring all building plans to be submitted to an architectural review board in an effort to ensure that future development would retain some Mediterranean-style influence. But this proved to be short lived, and in the oldest parts of town you find a very eclectic mix of building styles.

San Clemente Homes for Sale

San Clemente is a city in Orange CountyCalifornia. The population was 63,522 at the 2010 census. Located on the California Coast, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego at the southern tip of the county, it is known for its ocean, hill, and mountain views, a pleasant climate and its Spanish Colonial style architecture. San Clemente's city slogan is 'Spanish Village by the Sea'. The official city flower is the Bougainvillea; the official city tree, the Coral.

 

Found: 247
Avg: $1,858,677
Avg $ SqFt: $572
Search Area: San Clemente
Price: $200,000 to $100,000,000
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$205,000
105 Dolphin Drive, San Clemente CA 92672
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,350
SQFT
$152
$/SQFT
1998
BUILT
"For the Executive, Spectacular ocean views from every window. Enjoy beach living in this 55+ Mobile Home community. BEACH LOVERS - a privately owned beach is steps away! If Living by the Ocean is important to you, this home is it! Great location between Dana Point and downtown San Clemente, outlets, restaurants, more shopping... This home features an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, two bedrooms and two full baths. Milgard dual pane windows make it extra quiet. Enjoy the water view from your breakfast bar and watch for dolphins from your living room or deck. The bathrooms were recently remodeled with new vanities, designer faucets, low flow toilets. Skylights in each bath filter bright natural light. Light wood laminate is laid throughout with extra padding for softer footsteps. A laundry room includes an extra large pantry with pull out shelves, a skylight and side door to the carport. There is extra storage in the carport for your beach toys. You will love the heated pool, clubhouse (with library, laundry room, party rooms with kitchen, park office) and an ionized water car wash. This property is NOT for investors; owner occupants, second homes, only. Make an offer."
* LISTED OVER 120 DAYS  * PRICE LOWERED - $249,000 TO $205,000 
$225,000
501 Ebb Tide Drive, San Clemente CA 92672
2
BEDS
0
BATHS
1,000
SQFT
$225
$/SQFT
1962
BUILT
"This property is located in Palm Beach Park which is a Senior (55+) community. The Seller is offering FREE Space Rent for the first 3 months. Ocean Views from this Cottage Style Home and from a Roof Top Deck. This is an Open Plan 2 bedroom, 2 bath home. The kitchen has an Island. The 2nd Bath has location for a Washer/Dryer. Access to Roof Top Deck is in the back of the Car Port. Park Amenities include Salt Water Pool,Private Beach, Club House, Library and RV Parking."
* PRICE LOWERED - $275,000 TO $225,000 
$229,500
108 Pacific Drive, San Clemente CA 92672
3
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,350
SQFT
$170
$/SQFT
2001
BUILT
"Great Retirement Home. Recently Remodeled: Tile Flooring Throughout, Granite Counter Tops in Kitchen and Bathrooms. Tiled Master-bath shower with double sinks. Ceiling Fans Throughout. Palm Beach Park is a lovely 55+ community with it's own private beach, pool, and clubhouse. Enjoy Sunset Views, Stroll Along The Beach. Close To Shoreciff's Golf Course. See This One Before It's Gone. Great Vacation Retreat. Ocean Breezes. Private Beach Area."
* LISTED OVER 120 DAYS 
$245,000
609 Sea Breeze Drive, San Clemente CA 92672
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,310
SQFT
$187
$/SQFT
1989
BUILT
"This property is located in Palm Beach Park which is a Senior (55+) community. This property is completely updated and shows fabulous. Open Plan 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home.Enjoy the views from every room and the porch. Second Bedroom has additional space for office/retreat. Master Bedroom with Master Bathroom. Custom window coverings and outside awnings. Vinyl fencing completes the privacy of this property. Park amenities include a salt water pool, private beach, clubhouse, library and RV parking."
* PRICE LOWERED - $275,000 TO $245,000 
$265,000
204 BREAKER, San Clemente CA 92672
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1971
BUILT
"BEAUTIFUL HOME WITH WHITEWATER VIEWS AS YOU SIT ON YOUR PORCH OR IN YOUR LIVING ROOM, ENJOY SUNSETS OVER THE WATER AS YOU ENJOY YOUR WINE IN THE EVENING. HAVE YOUR COFFEE AT YOUR DINING TABLE/ KITCHEN BAR WATCHING THE SUN COME UP OVER CATALINA ISLAND, HOME MAINTAINED BY A VERY PERSNICKETY OWNER WHO HAS LEFT NOTHING UNDONE. ADDITIONAL GARDEN PATIO FOR PRIVACY AND READING. STORAGE BUILDING COULD EASILY BE TURNED INTO AN ARTIST STUDIO. MASTER SUITE INCLUDES OCEAN VIEWS FROM BED IN CASE YOU DO NOT WANT TO GET UP FOR SUNRISE. SITTING AREA WITH MULTIPLE LIGHTING ACCENTS AND LARGE MASTER BATHROOM. OWNER IS LEAVING STAINLESS APPLIANCES, INCLUDING NEW UPDATED WASHER AND DRYER, OWNER .... Will pay your first three months of lease payments. This plus a lowered price makes it an opportunity for the buyer."
* PRICE LOWERED - $299,000 TO $265,000 
$275,000
1062 Calle Del Cerro Unit 1221, San Clemente CA 92672
1
BEDS
1
BATHS
560
SQFT
$491
$/SQFT
0.01
ACRES
1986
BUILT
"Instant income potential. This upgraded lower level unit in Vista Pacifica makes a great rental unit and has a tenant that currently pays $1700 monthly. The LOWEST and BEST priced place in San Clemente! Own and live in San Clemente for the same price it costs to rent. The layout of this 1 bed/1 bath Vista Pacifica condo makes it feel much larger than it's square footage indicates. A private front patio, with space to plant your veggies is also gated to keep those pets or little ones inside. The living room area was recently updated with wood tile flooring. Along with the granite countertops, newer dishwasher, and included refrigerator this kitchen features a reverse osmosis filtration system. Ceiling fan, recessed lighting, bamboo flooring,newer washer and dryer, and granite counters in the bathroom finish of this steal of a deal! Forget the rent, own! Or, use for the visiting inlaws or as a rental. The property features two pools, spas, and RV parking. Additionally, a 1 car garage that many condos do not offer. This is truly affordable beach living!"
* LISTED OVER 120 DAYS  * PRICE INCREASED - $265,000 TO $275,000 
$395,000
112 PALM DRIVE, San Clemente CA 92672
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1986
BUILT
"BEAUTIFUL REMODELED HOME WITH OCEAN VIEWS BUT NOT OCEAN VIEW PRICES! LOWEST RENT ON HILLSIDE. LARGE ENTERTAINMENT DECK WITH VIEWS OF WHITE WATER AND CATALINA. THIS HOME WAS RECENTLY REMODELED TO BE THEIR FOREVER HOME. ILLNESS IS FORCING THE SALE OF THIS HOME. OPEN CONCEPT WITH LIVING ROOM, DINING ROOM AND KITCHEN OPEN TO DECK FOR LARGE PARTIES. BATHROOMS COMPLETELY REMODELED WITH GRANITE AS IS THE KITCHEN A COOK'S DREAM. LARGE BEDROOMS WITH BUILT-IN'S. PRIVATE OFFICE WITH ACCESS FROM MASTER BEDROOM. DECKING ALL THE WAY AROUND HOME WITH TONS OD STORAGE CABINETS. ONLY DRIVEWAY IN PARK THAT FITS FIVE CARS. ALL THIS PLUS FINANCING TO QUALIFIED BUYER."
$415,000
109 Monte Vista Unit 5, San Clemente CA 92672
1
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,000
SQFT
$415
$/SQFT
1962
BUILT
"LOWEST PRICED HOME IN BAY CLIFF VILLAS with Panoramic Golf Course and City Lights Views! This is an AMAZING opportunity to purchase a VIEW beach home surrounded by luxurious homes on the the Cliffs in San Clemente. This spacious single level home is situated close to the beach in a prime location within the quiet 55+ senior community. Fantastic floor plan featuring a large bedroom, 1.5 baths along with a living room with fireplace. This residence needs TLC, however it is priced to sell and ready for your personal touches. Enjoy sit down views from the dining area and covered back patio. In addition to an assigned parking spot conveniently located next to residence, there is also a one car garage with ample storage. Community includes a Clubhouse and is nicely landscaped and maintained. Great location close to San Clemente Beaches, shopping, restaurants, golf and walking trails!"
* PRICE LOWERED - $435,000 TO $415,000 
$485,000
155 Monte Vista, San Clemente CA 92672
1
BEDS
1
BATHS
1,000
SQFT
$485
$/SQFT
1962
BUILT
"WELCOME to Bay Cliff Village; a beautiful, quiet, and private 55+ senior community of garden beach cottages. A short walk to the ocean and panoramic view of the golf course and hills, this single level 1 bedroom and 1 bath offers a very open floorpan with a spacious private patio. With separate living room, kitchen, bedroom and bath, this absolutely turnkey beach cottage is bright with ample natural light: you can feel and smell the cool ocean breeze that wafts freely through the open windows and patio. An abundance of storage is available inside and outside on the patio, garage, and LOTS of closets. refrigerator included. Quiet neighborhood. Owner occupied requirements: No Rentals Allowed, meaning all your neighbors will be residents living in peace and quiet in a one of the most rare beach locations. New water heater. new, 1 year old roof. Termite inspection and work recently completed (Cert of completion available)."
* PRICE INCREASED - $399,900 TO $485,000 
$490,000
100 Monte Unit 2, San Clemente CA 92672
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,250
SQFT
$392
$/SQFT
1963
BUILT
"This is YOUR chance to live blocks from the Beach with a beautiful view of the city lights right from the front door! Located in the quiet, 55+ Senior Community of Bay Cliff Village in San Clemente, this light and bright home has 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, and 1,250 SqFt. of living space. Featuring an Open Floor Plan, tile flooring, spacious family room, dining room area and a cozy fireplace. Enjoy the amazing view or entertain in the back patio area, this is the perfect place to call your next HOME! Conveniently located between the beach, golf course, and freeways."
* PRICE LOWERED - $500,000 TO $490,000 
$495,000
50 Paseo Luna, San Clemente CA 92673
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,300
SQFT
$381
$/SQFT
2003
BUILT
"This beautiful condo nestled in the neighborhood of Alassio, Talega. As you enter, one flight of stairs brings you to an open floorplan that boosts hardwood floors thoughtout this level. Enjoy the light and bright living room with picture windows looking out the community offering privacy. Cozy fireplace and space for media equipment. Open kitchen with upgraded stainless applicances, large granite counter tops, & cabinets with lots of storage. Dining area with room for entertaining. Balcony perfect for outdoor living space or dining al fresco. Laundry room. Bedroom and full bath located on this level too. Private master suite is on the third level. Enjoy the privacy being above your neighbors with windows from every angle. Walk in closet. Spacious bathroom featuring dual sinks, shower over tub, & linen closet. Attached two car garage. Enjoy living in Talega with community pools, parks, walking trails, shopping & beautiful golf course around the corner."
$499,900
214 Via Robina Unit 19, San Clemente CA 92672
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,016
SQFT
$492
$/SQFT
1970
BUILT
"Beautiful 2 bed 2 full bath condo in the great area of San Clemente. Close to down town, shopping, and restaurants. Beautiful views from patio porch on a clear day, enjoy the sunsets and much more. Lowest priced in the community."
* PRICE LOWERED - $549,500 TO $499,900 
$499,900
26 Calle Viveza, San Clemente CA 92673
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,388
SQFT
$360
$/SQFT
2000
BUILT
"Gorgeous Turnkey home w/Spacious living areas. Open concept including living, dining & Kitchen areas w/beautiful wood floors, tasteful paint, granite counters all black appliances, and huge bar. Master and secondary bedrooms are private from one another - at opposite ends of this expansive entertaining area. Roomy balcony deck has added fire sprinklers - making it the ONLY home in the complex where you can grill on the balcony. Master includes en suite bathroom w/dual vanities, soaking tub, and separate toilet area - plus walk in closet customized with organizers. Downstairs is attached direct-access 2-car garage, with plenty of room for storage or workshop area. Home is walking distance to nature trails & park. Community pool and spa nearby as well, along with all of the amenities of Talega! Low taxes of approx. 1.35% total, including small bonds."
$500,000
50 Mira Las Olas, San Clemente CA 92673
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,600
SQFT
$312
$/SQFT
0.10
ACRES
1976
BUILT
"This bright-open up-dated home is located on a large lot with a rock river, on the 14th green of the Shorecliffs Golf Course in the community of Shorecliffs Terrace. A large Trex deck is on the covered porch, perfect for enjoying morning coffee or evening dinners. Home has plantation shutters and new windows. A built-in bookshelf, desk in the family room is an ideal work station. A large shed is along side the driveway, with plenty of room for storage. This 2 bedroom,2 bath home is sparkling, and welcoming. Shorecliffs Terrace is a senior community, (55+for one resident, other 45+). There are pet restrictions. Amenities of the park include a salt-water pool, woodshop, exercise room clubhouse, and many activities. Come and take a look at a special community in beautiful San Clemente."
* NEW LISTING 
$509,500
30 Paseo Luna, San Clemente CA 92673
3
BEDS
3
BATHS
1,468
SQFT
$347
$/SQFT
0.05
ACRES
2003
BUILT
"Move in condition this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home is light, bright and airy with NEW paint and carpet. Upgrades include granite counter tops, ceramic tile flooring, white cabinets in kitchen, bathrooms and hallways, ceiling fans, plantation shutters, wainscotting in secondary bedroom, built-in entertainment center, family room fireplace and more."
$520,000
2490 S Ola Vista Unit 1, San Clemente CA 92672
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,212
SQFT
$429
$/SQFT
0.03
ACRES
1976
BUILT
"Walk to the Beach from this spacious single level lower corner unit. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo is a great opportunity to own, invest, and/or live at the beach. The master bedroom is extra large and boasts a bathroom, ensuite. The secondary bedroom is also spacious with a large secondary bathroom, complete with laundry room. This home is close to Riviera and Calafia state beach and a short jaunt to world famous Trestles surf break. Freeway close, dining close, golf close, and most importantly beach close. A great investment opportunity, vacation home, or 1st home! HOA covers water, gas, landscape maintenance, spa, sauna, BBQ and outdoor eating area."
$545,000
237 Monte Vista Unit 26, San Clemente CA 92672
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,325
SQFT
$411
$/SQFT
0.03
ACRES
1962
BUILT
"BACK ON THE MARKET!!!! LUCKY YOU! Welcome to your very own cottage at the BEACH! San Clemente is known to many for having The Best Climate in the World and now you have the opportunity to own here! This 2 bed/ 2 bath single level cottage is wonderfully located within the beach close 55+ Bay Cliff Villa Community. The community is perched on the cliffs above famous San Clemente beaches and adjacent to multimillion dollar homes. Upon entry, you will feel and smell the California coastal breeze. Through the front door you will be impressed with the large, light and bright living room adorned with a gas burning fireplace and custom shelving. Adjacent to the living room, is the kitchen with upgraded granite countertops, cabinets and new wood flooring. The master suite, is extra large in size and boasts large dual paned windows with custom wood shutters that open to gorgeous views of the greenbelt and invite rays of light into the room. The 2nd bedroom is also ample in size and lighting. This home is accompanied by an inviting sunroom off the dining area. A great place to lift your feet, relax and enjoy the warmth of the San Clemente Sun. A few steps from the home lies an inviting ocean view lookout, where you can enjoy sunrises and spectacular views year round. This home is beach close, harbor close, golf close, shopping and dining close. This serene beach cottage is proof that life gets better with Age! Come join us in paradise. TERMITE CLEARANCE & INSPECTIONS PROVIDED!"
$550,000
214 Via Robina Unit 14, San Clemente CA 92672
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,050
SQFT
$524
$/SQFT
1970
BUILT
"Located in the beautiful city of San Clemente lies this 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo, perfect for a vacation getaway. The condo is completely upgraded and kept in pristine condition, with tile back splashes and wood flooring throughout. Walking distance to amazing dining and shopping make this a perfect vacation rental or relaxing getaway. Act now before this amazing opportunity is gone! Equipment: Garage Door Opener. Association Fee Includes: Common Area Maintenance. Interior Walls: Drywall. Pets: Allowed w/Restrictions. Parking Non-Garage: Assigned. Rooms: Dining Area. Water: Available."
$550,000
214 Via Robina Unit 14, San Clemente CA 92672
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,050
SQFT
$524
$/SQFT
1970
BUILT
"Located in the beautiful city of San Clemente lies this 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo, perfect for a vacation getaway. The condo is completely upgraded and kept in pristine condition, with tile back splashes and wood flooring throughout. Walking distance to amazing dining and shopping make this a perfect vacation rental or relaxing getaway. Act now before this amazing opportunity is gone!"
$559,000
141 Monte Vista Unit 22, San Clemente CA 92672
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,250
SQFT
$447
$/SQFT
1962
BUILT
"A five minute walk to the surf and sand, this exquisite two bedroom, two bath, single level home features a newly remodeled gourmet style kitchen, designer entry door, double paned windows, crown molding throughout, recessed lighting, whole house fan and a wood burning fireplace. Surrounded by lush, soothing landscape, this beautifully updated home is within Bay Cliff Village, part of a 55 and older community. A spacious covered patio, well lit and heated, is perfect for dining and entertaining. A single car garage provides ample storage and a private parking space allows easy access to the entrance. Located in the city of San Clemente, the home is near golf, shopping, dining and world class beaches."
$575,000
3527 Calle La Quinta, San Clemente CA 92673
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,123
SQFT
$512
$/SQFT
0.06
ACRES
1972
BUILT
"San Clemente Chic beach-close home perfect for entertaining conveniently located walking distance to everything you can imagine, including a small golf course! Located in a highly appointed community of Ocean Hills with TWO pools, basketball courts and clubhouse. Newly finished kitchen with lighting in glass cabinets. Stainless steel appliances, AC and recessed lighting throughout the upstairs. Outside patio/balcony with glass french doors opens to dinning area. Each downstairs bedroom offers relaxing private patios. Two car garage with additional driveway space for two vehicles. This home is ready to be lived in, no additional work is needed. Enjoy a quality of life that offers everything in ONE PLACE!"
$598,000
175 Avenida Baja, San Clemente CA 92672
3
BEDS
3
BATHS
1,468
SQFT
$407
$/SQFT
0.04
ACRES
1973
BUILT
"Warm and welcoming 3 bedroom PH I unit with nicely upgraded kitchen newer flooring and 2 car garage. The Presidential Heights 1 community offers 9 pools for your enjoyment with two of them within about a block. The kitchen has quartz counter tops and lots of storage space. A newer refrigerator is included as well. A very spacious dining and family room and a nicely updated half bathroom complete the downstairs. There is also a roomy under the stairs storage closet. Upstairs the master bedroom is roomy and includes a full bath and walk-in closet. 2 other nice sized bedrooms and another full bathroom finish the 2nd floor. There is also a 2 car garage where the laundry is located. Access to the garage is via a breezeway. Back Patio is very private and opens to green belt. Just a short walk away is the municipal golf course and of course San Clemente's world class surfing/beaches are just a short 1.5 mile drive. Close to downtown San Clemente and easy Interstate 5 access as well."
* PRICE LOWERED - $630,000 TO $598,000 
$599,999
111 Monte Vista Unit 6, San Clemente CA 92672
2
BEDS
2
BATHS
1,250
SQFT
$480
$/SQFT
1962
BUILT
"Relax and enjoy panoramic mountain and golf course views from this stunning, completely remodeled home. A five minute walk to the beach, this elegant home is located in beautiful San Clemente, Bay Cliff East, an attractive and secure fifty-five and older community. Featuring a level entry, two large bedrooms, two baths, an open floor plan and ample storage, this home is exceptional in every way."
* PRICE LOWERED - $620,000 TO $599,999 
$609,000
130 Calle Cuervo, San Clemente CA 92672
3
BEDS
3
BATHS
1,672
SQFT
$364
$/SQFT
0.04
ACRES
1975
BUILT
"Located in a community just minutes up the street from the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course and two miles from the San Clemente Pier, this two-story home has been meticulously maintained. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Presidential Heights II Community, the open backyard with lush green foliage and patio space for entertaining is a highlight of the neighborhood. The intimate backyard offers privacy and shade year-round. The white ceramic tile on the first floor keeps the space bright with reflective light that shines in from the large sliding glass doors. The second floor features plush carpeting into the master bedroom with a serenity balcony and crown molding throughout with cathedral ceilings and even adds a grandiose touch. With plenty of storage in the gorgeous and modern style kitchen, picture cooking for guests as they sit adjacent to you in the open living room floor plan. This three bedroom, two and a half bath home has a two-car garage with direct access into the house that will keep you dry on the rare southern California rainy day! And if it s a hot day, the home has full air conditioning with new vinyl dual pane windows and sliding doors. Or, take the party down to the nearby community pool and on the Fourth of July, you can watch the San Clemente Pier fireworks!"
 
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