Living close to the beach is what many O.C. residents strive for. Then there’s living right on the beach—an extraordinary distinction, even with the county’s 40-plus miles of coastline. In the oceanside locale of Seal Beach in northernmost O.C., less than 2 percent of the city’s more than 14,500 homes abut the sand. But for the beach-obsessed, what could be better than having the sand and the sea right outside the door—your own fantastic, ever-changing front yard.
A wide expanse of beach stretches toward the Pacific Ocean in front of this property along the northwestern edge of the Balboa Peninsula. Retractable glass walls front the first two levels of the home to better showcase the remarkable setting. The remodeled 1977 contemporary bungalow has three bedrooms and four total baths. Rob Smith, 949-697-8855
35851 Beach Road
4,032 square feet
The double lot of this on-the-sand Dana Point property provides for a grassy yard alongside the two-story, Cape Cod-style home. The 1980 residence shows top-to-bottom updates, including folding glass doors. The home has four bedrooms, five baths, two fireplaces, a kitchen with a double oven, and automatic blinds. Charles Chacon, 951-347-0889
This cottage, built in 2008, sits on the San Clemente shore. The single-story home has three bedrooms, one full bath and one three-quarters bath, a living-room fireplace, a breakfast bar in the kitchen, and views aplenty. The property also has a whole-house water filtration system and a deck with a gas fire pit. Ken Ross, 949-636-9899