On The Market: Blast-from-the-Past Homes That Still Inspire

These older homes have all the charm of yesteryear, plus plenty of modern-day amenities.

Built in 1928
638 Seaview St.
$2.72 million
1,913 square feet
➜ With a plum location in Laguna Village, this renovated cottage has a master suite with an ocean view on the upper level and two additional bedrooms and two baths on the main level. The home also has a wet bar, a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, and an outdoor living area with fruit vines. Mike Johnson, 949-207-3735

Built in 1927
653 Thalia St.
$2.15 million
1,700 square feet
➜ Fronted by a large, walled-off courtyard with fruit trees and an outdoor kitchen with a fireplace, this single-story home gives a nod to Spanish Colonial architecture. The house has two bedrooms, two baths, hand-painted Spanish tile, and a kitchen with a six-burner stovetop. Farzan Parvizi, 949-290-7999

Built in 1936
680 Virginia Park Drive
$1.09 million
606 square feet
➜ Listed on the city’s historic register, this cottage is nestled on a hillside at the end of a cul-de-sac. The single-story interior has one bedroom, one bath, a wood-burning fireplace and stained-glass windows in the living room, and a galley kitchen that opens to a brick-lined courtyard. Marcus Skenderian, 949-295-5758


Ed Storke

Wisdom from a history buff
Ed Storke, a retired higher education dean, is president of the Laguna Beach Historical Society.

The value of historical homes …
Laguna Beach isn’t like other places where you can go and see (several) houses in a row that all look the same. We have a mix of housing, including some older gems, and that helps to maintain the nature of this community, which has always been an arts colony.

Everybody wants …
The most common request we get is people looking for a historic picture of their house. Sometimes we have it, but we don’t have a picture of every home.

Making room for history …
We try to alternate our exhibits so people can see different things. We’d like
to find a place to display more of our archives, but real estate in Laguna Beach is very expensive.

Little-known Laguna history …
The Murphy Smith bungalow that serves as our headquarters has a cellar where Mr. Murphy stored illegal booze during Prohibition.

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