Classic beach homes and close neighbors are what you can expect from the beach-style living of Central San Clemente. Walk to the beach or window-shop all day along Avenida Del Mar – San Clemente’s best amenities are in the Central area. Be sure to register for a free account so you can receive email alerts whenever a new Central San Clemente home (that matches your criteria) is listed in the MLS.
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Central San Clemente Real Estate
Central San Clemente is considered the social and entertainment hub of this coastal city. From the Downtown shopping and restaurants on Avenida Del Mar to the numerous beachgoers who frequent the San Clemente Pier, the Central area is where residents and tourists flock to enjoy the numerous amenities San Clemente has to offer. With some of the oldest homes in the city and numerous rental and vacation homes, Central San Clemente has something for everyone and is for the resident looking to enjoy energy rare to coastal communities.
Central San Clemente features the widest variety of real estate in the city and includes property types ranging from condos, mixed-use buildings, single-family residences, and luxury estates. Along with numerous custom homes and condos, there are 6 builder tracts and 12 condo complexes (some oceanfront) in Central San Clemente. Central San Clemente is also home to many long-term and vacation rentals, particularly during the summer months; most of the rentals are located west of Interstate 5 in the Pier Bowl area.
Central San Clemente is for the homeowner looking to experience the full coastal lifestyle. Coastal communities are unique in that homes are packed very close together, creating a sense of community with your neighbors rarely found in suburbia. The Pier Bowl area is full of older beach homes, remodeled homes, and historic Ole Hanson residences. Because Central San Clemente real estate tends to be older, there are a lot of investment opportunities as the area is experiencing some redevelopment. With the shopping and restaurants along Avenida Del Mar and the surrounding streets, Central San Clemente is far and away from the most congested area in the city, especially in the summer months when tourists flock to this beach paradise.
Here are some of the single-family developments in the Central San Clemente area:
|BUILDER TRACT||BEDS||BATHS||SQUARE FEET||GARAGE|
|Cotton Hills Homes||5||3.5-5.5||3,700-4,250||3|
|Misty Ridge Homes||3-5||2.5-4||3,000-5,000||2-3|
|Rancho Margarita Homes||3-4||2-3.5||1,378-3,200||2-3|
Central San Clemente Condos & Townhomes
Central San Clemente has a variety of condo options, from oceanfront condo complexes like Vista Pacifica Villas to beach-style duplexes or even triplexes. The rental market in the Central area is the busiest in the city, so there are great investment opportunities for the buyer looking to purchase a rental home. There are also opportunities to own a San Clemente vacation rental as there is a high demand for summer rentals in this area from the end of May through September. Owning a condo in Central San Clemente is for the investor who is all about location; you are close to the best amenities San Clemente has to offer, and there are more oceanfront condo options in Central San Clemente than in any other part of the city.
|Beachwalk Condos||Coming soon||–||–||–|
|Casa Grande Condos||2-3||3||1,540-1,781||Carport|
|Driftwood Bluffs Condos||2-3||1.5-2||1,720-2,120||–|
|Presidio Point Condos||2||2||1,731-2,216||2|
|Reef Gate West Condos||2-3||2-3||1,347-1,786||Underground|
|Sunset Shores Condos||2-3||2-3||1,902-2,185||Underground|
|Villa Granada Condos||2-3||2||1,167-2,200||Underground|
|Villa Grande Condos||2-3||2||1,257-1,358||1-2|
|Villa Hermosa Condos||1-2||1-2||852-1,281||1|
|Vista Pacifica Villas||2-3||2-3||1,800-2,200|
When thinking about the Central area of San Clemente, the first thought goes to the Downtown area along Avenida Del Mar, which is the social hub of this quiet coastal community. This lengthy street contains a variety of locally-owned boutique shops and restaurants that will satisfy any palette. Some of the most popular eateries include Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar, BeachFire Bar and Grill, and the quaint Cafe Mimosa. This is a great area to stroll, shop, eat, or relax any time of the year, and there is plenty of public parking available along Avenida Del Mar or in various lots off the main drag.
As you make your way down Avenida Del Mar, you will find Casa Romantica, city founder Ole Hanson’s former estate that has been maintained and converted into a cultural center with amazing gardens and a variety of events and art exhibits. The San Clemente Pier is home to numerous annual events, including the spectacular Fourth of July fireworks and the San Clemente Ocean Festival. You may also visit some wonderful art galleries, the San Clemente Library, or take a walk throughout the neighborhoods and enjoy the various Ole Hanson historical homes in the area.
Children living in Central San Clemente attend North Beach or Concordia Elementary School, Shorecliffs Middle School, and San Clemente High School. San Clemente High School is ranked in the top 1.3% of high schools nationwide based on test scores. For more information on schools and the school district serving San Clemente, please visit the Schools section of our website.