In the early 1900s, the hillside enclave of Arch Beach Heights was considered a remote destination set within a rustic canyon setting in Laguna Beach. As the Los Angeles Times once reported, homesites were given away and buyers lured by offers of free encyclopedia sets and newspaper subscriptions. One classified ad in 1937 read “finest view between Frisco and San Diego,” and another in 1963 said “the MOST beautiful view in the world.” Decades later, a paved road would change everything, leading to the construction of one of the city’s earliest hillside communities. Today, Arch Beach Heights is among the most coveted of the bunch—revered for its incredible views, which stretch as far as Catalina Island, and architectural prowess, with homes showcasing a variety of styles, from craftsman to contemporary.
Among the enclave’s architectural gems is 1880 Capistrano Avenue, a three-bedroom residence represented by The Agency’s Ann Metzger. Situated on a prime, corner homesite, the Midcentury Farmhouse captures sweeping ocean vistas and encompasses two stories of modern, spacious living.
Linear, wood-beamed ceilings soar above the living room, where clerestory windows fill the room with natural light and nearly wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling glass doors frame the far-reaching views and transition seamlessly to the large, private deck. A gas-burning fireplace, bamboo flooring and built-in bookcase bring warm, contemporary style. A new chef-caliber kitchen boasts premium appliances and a cozy dining nook, while a private backyard deck provides the perfect escape for lounging or stargazing. Two blocks from home is Moulton Meadows Park with lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, a children’s playground and walking trails.
“Arch Beach Heights is that rare neighborhood that combines a rich, historical background with a renewed sense of modernity and forward-thinking design,” Ann says. “1880 Capistrano Avenue epitomizes both while maximizing panoramic views and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle so cherished in Laguna Beach.”