On The Market: Spanish Transitional Carves Out Space in Surf Town

Perched hillside above Old Town San Clemente and the Pacific coast, this 1972 Spanish transitional carves out its place in this storied surf town. From large panes of glass and courtyards, vistas sweep across the cityscape to where sea and sky converge. The brilliant blues and work-of-art sunsets are gently framed by palm fronds and other greenery. Inside the two-level home are four bedroom suites, a half-bath, and a guest suite with a private entrance. Underfoot, the Italian porcelain tile flooring gives the impression of wooden planks. A large center island defines the kitchen with quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Outdoors, a fountain bubbles near the courtyard, and the spa’s waterfall is a source of tranquility. Paul Daftarian, 714-865-5969

216 Avenida La Cuesta
$2.99 million
5,080 square feet

Wisdom From … A Lifelong Surfer

Glenn Brumage. Photo credit: John Gilhooley

One of the best places to watch surfers is above T Street Beach or on the San Clemente Pier. Or hang out on the beach in Doheny or San Onofre.

Three years ago, the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center won recognition from the Smithsonian Institute to acknowledge surfing as an important part of our history and culture, from music to art to our vernacular. We donated copies of “Endless Summer,” along with historic boards and artifacts. It was a labor of love.

Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern surfing, shaped two boards for the Vultee Aircraft brothers at Corona del Mar in the early 1920s. One is here at the center. The other was donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Dana Point Harbor has invited us to open an annex as part of the redevelopment efforts. We’ll start off with a small location opening this summer until our new purpose-built museum opens in the coming years.

O.C. native Glenn Brumage is executive director of the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center in San Clemente.

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