Spotlight on San Clemente

The city of San Clemente may be one of the lesser known cities in Orange County, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't consider it for your next home when browsing the MLS listings in Orange County. Situated along the pristine Pacific coastline, it is approximately 31 miles south of Newport Beach and makes up the southernmost tip of the O.C.

As you walk along the quaint streets of San Clemente, you might feel as though you have traveled to another country. This area is known for its Spanish Colonial style architecture and certainly lives up to its slogan, "Spanish Village by the Sea."

Perhaps the geographic isolation of San Clemente is what has preserved its small town charm since the city was founded in 1928. The town founder Ole Hanson described the natural beauty and allure of San Clemente perfectly.

“I get credit for building San Clemente," Hanson explained. "I am doing my best, but San Clemente’s development was as natural as a well-watered and fertilized tree to grow. It is on the coast. Its climate is superb. It is far enough from San Diego and Los Angeles to fill a real necessity. Besides, people love the beautiful things.”

Today, San Clemente remains a popular place for homeowners who wish to enjoy peaceful living. According to the United States Census Bureau, the population in 2010 was 63,522, and the city has experienced a 27.2 percent population increase since 2000.

From 2006 to 2010, the median household income was $84,436, and the median value of owner-occupied housing was $840,100. This is well above the California housing value average of $458,500.

ABC's Eye on LA explained the city by saying, "[Eye on LA] took a trip to the quaint, Mediterranean-like town of San Clemente. Locals still do their shopping and dining on Avenida Del Mar nearly eighty years after the beachside town in Orange County was first established."

Residents and visitors alike enjoy shopping and dining in downtown San Clemente as they take in the Southern California sunshine and salty sea air. Some of the local favorites include Village Mediterranean Rim Restaurant on 123 Avenida Del Mar and The Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar located right on the ocean at 611 Avenida Victoria.

The news outlet ended its segment on the city by simply stating, "All in all, a day in San Clemente is a day well spent."