Posted on 28 Feb
Synonymous with gorgeous sunsets, scenic lookout points and small-town charm, Laguna Beach is one of Southern California’s most coveted coastal destinations. Nestled between Newport Beach and Dana Point in the heart of coastal Orange County, Laguna strikes the perfect balance between vibrant artists’ community and laid-back beach hamlet with an elegant, Riviera-like appeal.
If ever a home captured the coveted Laguna Beach lifestyle, it’s 58 N. La Senda. Showcasing unparalleled coastline and sunset views, the timeless modern masterpiece, represented by Andrew McDonald, Linda Chan and Sana Amarith, soars above the Pacific on a coveted Laguna Beach bluff with stairs to a pristine and private beach cove. Set behind gates at the end of a long, private drive, the home was flawlessly designed by renowned Horst Architects and impeccably constructed over eight years, incorporating the finest hand-selected materials and finishes. Towering walls of glass capture breathtaking vistas at every turn, while a host of amenities—from a gorgeous resort-like courtyard pool to a sleek auto gallery with its own showroom turntable—are suited to the most discerning of tastemakers.
“58 N. La Senda is more than just a home, it’s a modern coastal sanctuary delivering an exquisite lifestyle that checks every box for the most discerning of trophy property seekers,” says Andrew, a Laguna Beach native who has been representing buyers and
sellers in the area for more than two decades. “La Senda is located right in the middle of the three finest resorts in Orange County— Montage Laguna Beach, Monarch Beach Resort and The Ritz-Carlton—it’s a five-minute drive to Laguna’s Main Beach and five-minute drive south to the Dana Point Harbor, where locals dock their prized yachts. And it’s conveniently located in the middle of Los Angeles and San Diego, so you have the best of Southern California at your fingertips.”
So what is it about Laguna Beach that gives it that je ne sais quoi? Below, Andrew shares a few of his favorite places to sip, stroll and soak up culture in his hometown.
ENDLESS ART & CULTURE - “Laguna was founded as an artists’ colony, and the city continues to preserve that legacy. Laguna’s Festival of the Arts is enjoyed all summer long, with the world-famous Pageant of the Masters show in the amphitheater, where actors pose for breathtaking recreations of masterpieces, along with the beloved Sawdust Festival and Art-a-Fair. Artwalk is also held on the first Thursday of the month, when the local galleries stay open late and serve wine and cheese to visitors.”
SURF’S UP - “The first-ever recorded official surf competition was held at Brooks St. beach with its famous point break. The contest started in Laguna in 1955 and is the oldest continuing surf contest in the world. Laguna is also home to beloved surf spots like Thalia Street and Rockpile, located at the north end of Main Beach.”
COCKTAILS WITH A VIEW - “One of my favorite places for a drink and bites on the sand is Splashes, located at the Surf and Sand Hotel. I’ve enjoyed martinis while watching the sunset and then witnessed bioluminescence come alive in the shore break just 20 steps from the oceanfront table. I also love The Royal Hawaiian Restaurant for classic Hawaiian tiki-style food and live music, Rooftop Lounge above the Casa Del Camino Hotel for an epic sunset experience with food and drinks, and Mozambique for incredible live music, dancing and sweeping views.”
WALKS TO REMEMBER - “Famous Heisler Park is one of my favorite spots to walk and picnic with my wife and kids along the bluffs overlooking the ocean—it even has a time capsule from 1977 buried beneath the American flag monument! The park also features sculptures from local artists and flower gardens overlooking the famous surf spot Rockpile.”
FAMILY FUN - “Main Beach is surrounded by beach volleyball courts, a grassy park, classic wooden boardwalk, kids’ playground and beachfront basketball courts. There is also incredible hiking and mountain biking all over town, especially at “Top of the World,” with majestic views of the ocean and the snow-capped mountains on either side. And of course, let’s not forget the newly redeveloped The Ranch at Laguna Beach, with its 9-hole local Ben Brown’s golf course.”