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 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 ambience.  Beamed ceilings and large windows make the house feel even brighter and more spacious.  The house is just as gorgeous outside as it is inside.  Highlights from the exterior include a front patio, water feature, built-in bar and grill, as well as an outdoor dining area, all perfect for entertaining in the temperate Southern California weather.


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 also 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.


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

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


Click here for other homes currently for sale in Orange County in the $5,200,000 to $6,000,000 range.

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