The Best Fish Tacos Near Laguna Beach

A photo of three delicious looking fish taco
A flavorful and satisfying dish that is sure to please everyone at the table.

As a trusted advisor in the luxury real estate market, I understand that finding the best local cuisine is an important part of experiencing a new area. If you’re a fan of fish tacos, then you’re in luck! Laguna Beach offers some of the freshest and most delicious fish tacos in Southern California. In this blog post, I’ll share my top picks for the best fish tacos near Laguna Beach.

Bear Flag Fish Co.

If you’re looking for a casual, laid-back atmosphere and some of the best fish tacos around, Bear Flag Fish Co. is a must-visit. Located just a few blocks from the beach, this restaurant is known for its fresh seafood and delicious tacos. Try their blackened fish tacos with cilantro cream sauce for a flavor explosion!

The interior of a market with fish hanging from the wall
The perfect food for a summer day.

The Deck on Laguna Beach

For a more upscale dining experience, head to The Deck on Laguna Beach. This restaurant offers stunning ocean views, an impressive wine list, and some of the most delicious fish tacos you’ll ever taste. Their grilled mahi-mahi tacos with mango salsa are a customer favorite.

A beautiful image of a deck on the shore of the beach
The perfect way to get your daily dose of seafood.

La Sirena Grill

If you’re in the mood for a casual, family-friendly atmosphere and some of the best fish tacos in town, check out La Sirena Grill. This local favorite offers a wide variety of tacos, including their famous Baja fish tacos. Made with crispy beer-battered fish, fresh salsa, and chipotle cream sauce, these tacos are a true treat for your taste buds.

Image of a store/restaurant front
The perfect food for a party.


For a unique twist on traditional fish tacos, head to Slapfish. This fast-casual restaurant serves up some of the most creative and delicious seafood dishes in Laguna Beach, including their famous lobster tacos. Made with juicy chunks of lobster meat, tangy citrus slaw, and chipotle sauce, these tacos are a must-try for seafood lovers.

Image of a store/restaurant front
The perfect food to share with friends.

Laguna Beach has something to offer every fish taco lover

In conclusion, whether you’re a local or just visiting, Laguna Beach has something to offer every fish taco lover. From casual beachside restaurants to upscale dining experiences, you’ll find some of the best fish tacos in Southern California here. So, the next time you’re in the area, be sure to check out one (or all!) of my top picks for the best fish tacos near Laguna Beach. And as always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out. We’d love to answer your questions.

Andy Stavros              

DRE #: 01408840

Phone: 949.290.0139


Address: The Stavros Group

12 Corporate Plaza #250,

Newport Beach, CA 92660




Exploring Architectural Styles in Laguna Beach

Corona Del Mar

Laguna Beach is a small artist colony with a wide variety of interesting architectural styles. From beach cottages to castles, the city has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for traditional Craftsman motifs or modern Machine Age imagery and materials, Laguna Beach is sure to have something that catches your eye.

Traditional Craftsman Motifs

The traditional Craftsman motifs found in Laguna Beach are characterized by bold lines and intricate details. These designs often feature natural elements such as wood and stone, making them perfect for those who appreciate the beauty of nature. One example of this style can be seen in the Water District building and City Hall designed by Aubrey St. Clair.

Motifs of Traditional Craftsmanship
Motifs of Traditional Craftsmanship

Modern Machine Age Imagery and Materials

Modern Machine Age imagery and materials are also popular in Laguna Beach architecture. This style combines traditional Craftsman motifs with modern elements such as metal, glass, and concrete to create a unique look that stands out from the crowd. An example of this style can be seen in the home designed by Grant Camden Kirkpatrick of KAA Design, which features flowing lines that guide visitors through the trapezoidal lot.

Modern Machine Age Imagery and Materials
Modern Machine Age Imagery and Materials

Organic Architecture

Organic architecture is another popular style found in Laguna Beach. Taking inspiration from both the ocean and Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, these designs feature flowing lines and natural elements that create an organic feel throughout the property. One example of this style can be seen at one of the most iconic properties in Laguna Beach, where Rost Architects started design on a ground up modern home in August 2020.

Architecture that is based on natural and organic forms and principles
Architecture that is based on natural and organic forms and principles

Laguna Beach is a unique destination for all who appreciate interesting architecture and design. From traditional Craftsman motifs to modern Machine Age imagery and materials, there is something for everyone. If you’re looking for organic architecture inspired by the ocean, Laguna Beach won’t disappoint. No matter what type of architectural style you prefer, the city is sure to have something that catches your eye. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions about architectural styles or real estate in general in Laguna Beach. We’re here to help!

Andy Stavros              

DRE #: 01408840

Phone: 949.290.0139


Address: The Stavros Group

12 Corporate Plaza #250,

Newport Beach, CA 92660




2022 Outlook + Feature in Most Amazing Homes ✨ Stavros Group


Hi Friends,

What’s your favorite thing about living in Orange County? Is it the wide sandy beaches, the incredible mild climate, or just the coveted Southern California lifestyle in general? Whatever it is that draws you to this beautiful place, you aren’t alone! 

For the past 10 years, housing prices have been steadily rising in the OC. This is mainly due to the housing shortage and high demand for real estate. In September, the median sales price for a detached home was $1,101,508 which is more than 20% higher than the same time last year. However, we’re starting to see a dip in sale prices which is forecasted to continue through 2022. 

In addition to this, mortgage rates are also anticipated to increase in the coming months after a year of record low numbers.

What does this mean for you? 

Whether you’re a buyer searching for your dream home or a homeowner who’s considering selling, reach out to me. I’d be happy to get you started on the process and to help you determine what the best timing is for you to maximize your investment!

Andy Stavros

One of our listings was recently featured on an episode of Most Amazing Homes with Jennifer Farrell. Click above to watch as I walk her through this amazing blufftop Laguna Beach estate.

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Hidden Costs of Luxury Real Estate

Luxury Real Estate in Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Corona Del Mar


Orange County Luxury Real Estate

Luxury real estate in Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Corona Del Mar, and greater Orange County is impressive, extravagant, and, of course, expensive. That should come as no surprise; it’s right there in the name! Luxury is defined as “conducive to sumptuous living, usually a delicacy, elegance, or refinement of living rather than a necessity.” But even if you’ve got the cash to buy a sprawling, lavish estate, there is more than the listing price to keep in mind. In this article, we’ll cover some of the hidden costs of owning a luxury home.


While you may have the resources to buy a luxury home, it’s important to be aware of externalities. Much like starting a family, it’s only prudent to be prepared before shouldering a new bundle of responsibilities. As your trusted real estate advisers, a crucial part of our job is to ensure that you’re as informed as possible. So let’s explore some examples of the expenses that come with buying a luxury home.


More Than You Can Chew: A Case Study in Luxury Homes

Sixteen years ago, rap artist and former beverage mogul Curtis James Jackson III, aka 50 Cent (Fiddy), purchased a grand Connecticut estate. Nestled 80 miles north of the wealthy town of Greenwich near NYC, the residence at 50 Poplar Hill Drive boasts 52 rooms across 50,000 square feet. Some of the property’s opulent features include a nightclub, two private pools, both indoor and outdoor basketball courts, and a recording studio (naturally). The home is larger than others in the area, which didn’t help when it was later listed for sale.


Fiddy bought the estate in 2003 from another famous face, one Mike Tyson of boxing fame. The sale price then was $4.1 million. After a few years of owning the property, Fiddy listed the home for sale at $18.5 in 2007. At such a dramatically increased price, the listing did not sell and was taken off the market. By 2015, Fiddy again listed the home for sale. This time, the price was $4.995 million, but again the home did not garner the asking price. Finally, he sold the property in 2019 for $2.9 million to Florida businessman, Casey Askar. That’s an 84% price drop from his 2007 asking price of $18.5 million.


Such a drastic decrease begs the question: Why did Fiddy sell? The answer is in the hidden costs. Reportedly upwards of $70,000 each month, the upkeep and maintenance costs of the lavish estate were simply too much for Fiddy to handle. From the 50,000 sq ft of 52 rooms, to the lawns and the pools, the estate at 50 Poplar Hill Drive required constant effort from groundskeepers and staff. Not to mention utility bills to keep the residence warm throughout the winter, or cool in the summer. In just five years, that monthly cost would add up to the total that Fiddy paid for the original sale, and he could no longer justify the expense.


A Luxury Home Takes a Village

If you’ve watched the popular period drama Downton Abbey, then you are one step ahead of ol’ 50 Cent in knowing that running a palatial estate is a team affair. There’s the estate manager, the household manager, the butler, the chef, the cooks, the gardener, the gameskeeper, the stewardess, the chauffeur, the parlormaid, the chambermaid, housemaid, laundrymaid—the list goes on. But while the costs are steep, they do come with perks: keep your house in order and you may even be graced by a visit from the Queen!


In all seriousness, your home need not be a sprawling estate to be considered “luxury.” In the simplest sense, a luxury home is one that is valued well above the average in a given market. In many US cities and metro areas, a price of $1 million is often considered the starting point for luxury homes. In markets like San Francisco and New York, where prices are substantially higher than the national average, luxury is said to start around $4 million.


On the bright side, you do get more for the higher price tag. Luxury homes, whether a charming San Francisco Victorian or a giant midwest mansion, tend to come with more square footage and fancier features than the average home. But of course, there’s a hidden cost there, too. For a large luxury property, simple tasks like cleaning your gutters or mowing the lawn become a considerable expense. Want to upgrade to smart devices and appliances? It’ll cost a pretty penny to do so across your whole home. While you may have the money to cover these additional expenses, it’s important to be aware of them when planning your home purchase.


Luxury Mortgage and Tax and Insurance, Oh My!

Let’s take a look at another famously fancy luxury home with hidden costs. When Yuri Millner, a Russian-born tech investor, bought his Silicon Valley home in 2011, the sale price of $100 million broke records in California and Santa Clara County. The Bay Area estate sits on 11 acres with structures of roughly 25,000 square feet, and includes a ballroom, a theater, a spa and a gym.


Interestingly, the taxable assessed value of the home has marked around $50 million by the Santa Clara County Assessor, just half as much as Milner paid. Yet that still means Yuri is on the hook to pay over $600,000 each year in property taxes. If Yuri has a mortgage, his payments will be whoppers as well. If he financed the home using a standard 30-year fixed conventional loan with 20% down and $80,000,000 in principal, his monthly payments would total nearly $400,000.


Of course, a Russian oligarch or any other billionaire likely is not concerned with middling expenses in the mere hundreds of thousands. But the fact remains that, as a home price grows, so too do its associated costs. Getting insurance for a $100 million home is nigh impossible, but insurance on a $5 or 10 million home is just plain expensive. From the tax man to your loan officer, you’ll be paying the pipers by the truckload.


Your Orange County Luxury Experts

Home ownership always comes with additional costs. But despite the increased expenses, buying a luxury property in Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, or Corona Del Mar can be incredibly rewarding. The stunning views, the lavish spaces, the fixtures and finishes each provide a magnificent setting for your modern lifestyle. We love matching our clients with the perfect home to fit their tastes and their budget. If you’re looking to buy or sell a luxury property, get in touch to start the no-pressure conversation and explore your options.

A Guide to the Best Ocean Views in Orange County


While you can’t really go wrong with any view around Orange County, there are certainly times and places that bring out the most picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean that are a must see if you’re in the area. Whether a local or just passing through, these are some of the prime spots along the coastline to stop, relax and take in the most spectacular views of the ocean, horizon and coastal homes that you’ve ever seen. You really can’t go wrong with any or all of the destinations on our list.



Heisler Park

361 Cliff Dr

Laguna Beach, CA 92651


A trip to Orange County is not complete without a walk along the beautiful coast of Laguna Beach, and Heisler Park is the perfect place to do just that.  With a series of coves and lookout areas, the walk provides you with multiple opportunities to see breathtaking views of one of the most sought after coastal communities in the country.  If you feel like getting your toes wet, follow the stairs down from one of the access points to the cove beaches to enjoy the tide pools, walk along the beach, or just relax under the sun. Relish in the stunning views of the ocean, horizon and breathtaking Laguna Beach homes. There are also benches scattered along the walk if you’d prefer just to sit and soak in all of the beauty around you — even better if you happen to be there during a sunrise or sunset!







Inspiration Point

Ocean Blvd & Heliotrope Ave

Newport Beach, CA 92663

A perfect stop along California’s Pacific Coast Highway, Inspiration Point is a small observation point that provides gorgeous views in all directions. You’re located at street-level high above the ocean, so this lookout spot offers some of the most beautiful panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and is a great place to take in the sunrise or sunset. Bring a date and sit side-by-side on one of the provided benches, or lay out a small picnic on the grassy area, and soak in all of the beautiful scenic views this spot has to offer with someone you love.






Crystal Cove State Park

8471 Pacific Coast Hwy

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Crystal Cove State Park offers great hiking and camping options for the entire family to enjoy. The park stretches 3.2-miles along the Pacific coastline and people of all ages can enjoy everything from the walking trails along the bluff or if you’re feeling adventurous, set up at the Moro Campground, which is located on a bluff top and offers incomparable views. Both options provide breathtaking Newport Coast views, spanning from San Clemente Island to the Palos Verde Peninsula. Crystal Cove is a four-season camping spot, so you can go for a hike and play in the tide pools in the winter and then set up camp with friends in the summer. Note that parking is $15/day per vehicle so plan accordingly!






Treasure Island Park

Wesley & Coast Hwy

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Located in the heart of Laguna Beach on the Montage Resort property, Treasure Island Park provides breathtaking views of the oceans that is a must see if stopping through Orange County.  A popular spot for weddings and photo shoots, this area offers stunning horizons, water that appears sparkling blue, and even a spotting of dolphins, if you’re lucky. This park is similar to Heisler Park, but on a smaller scale, so if you’re in the mood for just a short walk along the water, just sitting and taking in the views, or are looking for a gorgeous backdrop for some photos, then this spot may be for you.



Whether a native to the area or just passing through, any of these ocean views will solidify your love for this Orange County area and make you want to live here forever. If you feel the urge to buy a piece of this gorgeous region, please don’t hesitate to contact us — we’d love to help you find your little piece of paradise!

8 Ways to Prepare Your Orange County Home to Sell


During the resale of a home, the diligent negotiation work of the real estate agent is crucial, but it’s only one part of the equation. As a seller of real estate in Orange County, California, where appearances are everything, you should try to go the extra mile to make your home as presentable to potential buyers as possible. These eight tasks can help you unload your property quickly at a price you can feel good about.



1. Landscape

Unkempt landscape may cause potential buyers to believe you haven’t taken care of your home, and this perception can dissuade people from making offers. During the resale process, mow your lawn and trim your hedges regularly to keep greenery tame and polished. Use this opportunity to add new plants, including colorful flowers or bushes. These touches make a fresh first impression that may set the stage for a positive showing.



2. Make Repairs

When you move into a new home, the last thing you want to do is perform repairs. Your house can become much more appealing to buyers if you take on those necessary fixes yourself. It’s possible that some issues may be uncovered during a home inspection, and you might be required to fix them before moving ahead with the contract. You can save yourself this stress and potentially encourage higher offers by doing repairs ahead of time.



3. Deep Clean

No one wants to think about dirt and grime left over from the previous homeowner. A deep clean lets your house seem brand new for the next occupant and may remove offensive odors. Focus on the following key areas:


– Dusty spots

– Plumbing fixtures

– Appliances

– Countertops

– Floors


Though your furniture will likely be coming with you, it’s a good idea to wipe down or vacuum these pieces as well. Cleanliness overall can enhance the home’s presentation.



4. Repaint

You’ve likely personalized the rooms in your home with your favorite paint colors and treatments, but some buyers may not share in your style. Homeowners want a blank slate they can add their own flair to; you can make that job easier by choosing a nice neutral to repaint in.

If your walls are already fairly neutral, a fresh coat of paint still isn’t a bad idea. Over the years, the surface may have been chipped or scuffed, and it might even appear dull. Repainting can make a room feel like new.



5. Remove Personal Items

There are obviously many things you’ll need to continue living in your home as it sells, such as toiletry items or office supplies, but it’s a good idea to tuck them neatly away in cabinets or drawers during showings. Take down personal photographs, bulletin boards or household calendars. Clean up the surface of the refrigerator, removing things like coupons or pictures.



6. Launder Linens

Fabric alone won’t sell your home, but clean, fluffy linens can make the home appear less lived-in. Fresh bathroom linens, including full-sized towels, hand towels and bathmats spruce up the environment and make it more inviting. Take a day and launder textiles throughout your house:


– Towels

– Bedding

– Curtains

– Throw blankets


As you prepare house to sell, consider tasks you might perform if you were welcoming a guest to stay in your home. Fresh linens make visitors want to stay.



7. Prioritize Curb Appeal

The first thing buyers see when they view your home is the exterior. To improve your home’s curb appeal, make sure the yard is clean and empty. You can freshen up siding by repainting it, and stone or brick can undergo a power wash. Small touches, such as planters, welcome mats or benches can give a front porch a more hospitable feel.



8. Organize

Potential buyers want to understand your home’s storage options, so they may peek into closets, cabinets and drawers to see what the house has to offer. An accumulation of junk can quickly turn people off. Additional shelving and storage bins are a good investment to help you organize the mess, and they can give these areas the impression of greater storage capacity.


You’ll be amazed by the transformation your home can undergo when you take these crucial steps. Freshening up the property can help buyers visualize the potential and imagine their future in your space. If you’ve got your home in tip-top shape to hit the market, contact us today to start your listing and to sell your house in Orange County.

Laguna Beach Events in July

Laguna Beach continues to amaze both residents and visitors with their majestic beaches, beautiful views, events, as well as all the adventures they can partake here. Come check out some of the favorite events of residents and visitors in Laguna Beach that are happening in July. If you have any questions about living in Laguna Beach, contact us today!

Sawdust Art & Craft Festival 2018

The world-renowned Sawdust Art Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting the art created in Laguna Beach. The Sawdust Art Festival holds an annual summer festival that has featured fine arts and crafts of over 200 local artists since 1966 and has drawn more than 200,000 visitors worldwide each year. This summer festival also features art demonstration booths such as glassblowing, hands-on art workshops, children’s art booths, and more.

Come visit the 2018 Sawdust Art & Craft Festival between 10am-10pm daily from Friday, June 29, 2018 through Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. Located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 65+, $4 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under.

Concerts on the Green

The Festival of Arts has the reputation of having one of the finest outdoor art venues. The Festival of Arts annually holds a series of “Concerts on the Green,” where award-winning musicians perform live on selected Saturdays. The concerts are located at a casual outdoor gallery that is known to offer a memorable and unique concert experience unmatched in Southern California.

Come check out Concerts on the Green in July on the 7th, the 14th and the 21st from 1-2:30pm. Located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Admission to this concert is free with the festival admission of $10.

Festival of Arts Art and Story Time

Festival of Arts Art and Story Time is a weekly series for children 5 and under on Monday’s. Each week will feature a different book read aloud plus a hands-on art project. The books are available for sale at the Festival’s gift shop. Books will be for sale at the Festival’s gift shop.

Come check out the Art and Story Time between 12:30-1:30pm on Mondays from July 9th through August 27th, 2018. Located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Admission to the Art and Story Time is free with the festival admission of $10.

Festival of Arts Step into the Spotlight Music Series

On Fridays, the Festival of Arts brings out amazing voices with lineups of extraordinary backup singers of background vocalists.

Come check out the Arts Step into the Spotlight Music Series between 5:30-7:30pm on Fridays from July 13th, 2018 through August 31st, 2018. Located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Admission to the Arts Step into the Spotlight Music series is free with the festival admission of $10.

Festival of Arts Tribute Tuesdays Music Series

In the Festival of Arts’ Tribute Tuesdays Music Series, talented performers pay homage to music legends as they recreate popular songs from some of Southern California’s most well-known tribute bands.

Come check out the Tribute Tuesdays Music Series between 5:30-7:30pm on Tuesdays from July 10th, 2018 through August 28th, 2018. Located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Admission to the Arts Step into the Spotlight Music series is free with the festival admission of $10.

Laguna Art-A-Fair

The Laguna Art-A-Fair is one of the premier art summer destinations in Southern California that provides opportunities to both established and emerging artists from around the world to present their art to Laguna Beach visitors. Laguna Art-A-Fair celebrates art with original creations, reproductions, demonstrations, and workshops. Aspiring artists who are at least 16 years old can also enroll in daily art workshops taught by skilled professional artists.

Come visit the Laguna Art-A-Fair between 10am-9pm Sunday-Thursday and 10am-10pm Friday-Saturday from June 29th through September 2nd. Located at 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 65+, and free for kids under 12 and under who come with an adult.

Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

Festival of Arts’ Fine Art Show is a world-renowned art destination that features the work of 140 of Orange County’s top artists in an open gallery setting. Visitors can take tours of the exhibit, watch an art demonstration, create their own art, or walk around and enjoy the creative atmosphere.

Come visit the 2018 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show between 12-11:30pm Monday-Friday and 10am-11:30pm Saturday-Sunday from Thursday July 5th, 2018, through Saturday, September 1st, 2018. Located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Weekday admission is $10 for general admission, $7 for students and seniors 62+, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 or under. Weekend admission is $15 for general admission, $11 for students and seniors 62+, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 or under.



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