From San Clemente to Newport Beach, and all the haute hot spots in between, these are the ZIP codes that are beckoning Orange County’s multimillionaires (and billionaires) to purchase. The resounding similarities? Panoramic ocean views, guard-fronted gates, custom features and one-of-a-kind lots that have made our county by the sea one of the most sought after in the United States. Here, where to put down roots while living it up in style—only as Southern Californians can.
Just north of Emerald Bay lies Irvine Cove, Laguna Beach, where homes behind these private gates range from $7.59 million to $48 million, and come with primo beach and park access. irvinecove.com
Only 15 families call the ultraexclusive Cotton Point Estates in San Clemente home. Best known for President Richard Nixon’s Western White House, Cotton Point is located at the southernmost point in the city, with Nixon-adjacent property 4130 Calle Isabella currently on the market for a cool $44 million. robgiem.com
Covering 1 mile of ocean frontage, The Strand at Headlands, Dana Point features two residential neighborhoods with opportunities to build 118 custom homes. Case in point: 39 Beach View Ave. with plans to be built on a half-acre for a striking $29.995 million. strandrealtyoc.com
George Argyros, Donald Bren and Gavin S. Herbert have all called Harbor Island, Newport Beach home, where some of the priciest waterfront abodes are available. Among them: the $15 million 3 Harbor Island, which accommodates up to a 65-foot cruiser. machoskiehomes.com
With average build times of two to three years, the custom estates at Crystal Cove, Newport Coast are painstakingly crafted with the buyers’ requests in mind. Lots clock in around $2 to $5 million while built homes ring up at some $35 million. The six-bedroom, 10-bathroom 10 Coral Ridge can be yours for a cool $24.5 million. daftariangroup.com
Brilliantly planned with tiered streets, Cameo Shores in Corona del Mar affords its residents desirable Pacific sights. 4639 Orrington Road, listed at $7.995 million, entices with transitional design, four bedrooms and nearly 4,500 square feet of luxurious surrounds.daftariangroup.com