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The southernmost enclave of Orange County's famous coastal cities, San Clemente is the definitive California beach city. The Santa Ana mountains frame the city to the east as the range's foothills sweep down across the abundant luxury neighborhoods and green spaces before disappearing into the Pacific Ocean.

With mountains and ocean, long, uninterrupted stretches of beach, a bounty of green spaces, and near-perfect weather the entire year, life happens outdoors here.

But even the most ardent adventurer requires refuge from their refuge. Single-family or condo, San Clemente real estate is some of the most coveted in Orange County. Or California, such as the reputation of San Clemente's graceful seaside escapism. The majority of homes follow the Spanish Revival school of design, and many more feature nods to the timeless style. But there's plenty of variety within the inventory, though you may find yourself competing for it.

LIFESTYLE IN SAN CLEMENTE

San Clemente has a strong independent streak, primarily informed by the city's geography. Los Angeles and San Diego are both an hour's drive from downtown San Clemente. Though there is a train stop for the San Diego-bound Pacific Surfliner steps from the beach, the urban elements of two of the country's largest cities have little impact on San Clemente's pastoral beachside setting.

Even when comparing it to fellow Orange County coastal cities, San Clemente offers a wholly unique experience. The two largest cities in Orange County, Anaheim, and Santa Ana, are 45- and 30-minutes from the heart of San Clemente, respectively.

That implied seclusion serves the city exceptionally well. Similar to living full-time in an all-inclusive luxury resort, San Clemente meets every desire a homeowner could have. But far from pretentious, residents appreciate the laid-back luxury, hometown feel, beachfront living, and San Clemente favors an extremely active outdoor lifestyle.

Want access to hiking and biking? Or less than a five-minute walk to the beach? Maybe you'd rather walk directly from your back door and onto the sand. Or a golf course. You can have it in San Clemente.

SAN CLEMENTE ARCHITECTURE

San Clemente is synonymous with Spanish-style architecture. The "Spanish Village by the Sea," downtown San Clemente and its numerous shops and restaurants showcase Spanish Revival's stucco walls, asymmetrical façade, rounded arches, and low-pitched red-tiled roofs.

The Ole Hanson Beach Club, named for the city's founder and first major developer, and the Ole Hanson home, Casa Romantica, are prime examples of the Spanish style's timeless charm and elegance. Many of the area's oldest homes have seen meticulous updates and renovations to maintain the distinctive Spanish character and keep the city's history alive.

Though Spanish Revival remains the community's common architectural thread, recent times have introduced more modern design aesthetics. Contemporary homes are the most popular of these, with their ability to complement San Clemente's natural surroundings to fit any homeowner's need with ease. Other popular styles include updated takes on the Cape Cod and California Ranch and the occasional mid-century modern.

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