Located in Orange County, Dana Point is an ocean side city with beautiful coastlines and harbors. Dana Point is south of Laguna Beach and west of San Juan Capistrano. Dana Point is a mid-size city with a population of 33,000 residents. Dana Point can be easily accessed from State Route 1. Dana Point was named for the headland of Dana Point which in turn took its name from Richard Henry Dana Jr., author of Two Years Before the Mast. There is a replica of Dana’s ship, the Pilgrim in Dana Point Harbor, which is now used as a classroom by the Ocean Institute. This area is a designated California Historical Landmark #189.
Dana Point is a more affordable beach side option than some of its neighboring cities such as Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Dana Point is made up five sections; Capistrano Beach, Monarch Beach, Lantern Village, Dana Hills and Del Obispo. There are both bluff side homes with fantastic forever views and water front properties available in this community. The views from Dana Point homes include the Pacific Ocean, white water, Catalina Island, Dana Point Harbor and awe-inspiring sunsets. Home values are dependent on views, location, size and neighborhood amenities. There are both guard gated and non-guard gated neighborhoods to choose from. Home values range in price from 350,000 dollars to approximately four million dollars for custom built water front homes. There are many neighborhood options available in Dana Point. Neighborhoods can be very different from the custom built luxury homes in Ritz Cove to the large country style properties in Del Obispo. The Franco Team of real estate professionals will help you search out you perfect fit in the Dana Point real estate market.
With gorgeous year round weather, it is no wonder the Dana Point is brimming with outdoor activities. Dana Point has seven miles of coastal bluffs and rolling hills on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Doheny State Park has 62 acres of green space for camping, picnicking, swimming, surfing and tidal pool exploration. There are many beaches that make up Dana Point’s coastline. They include Salt Creek beach, Monarch Beach, Dana Strand Beach, Baby Beach, Poche Beach and Capistrano County Beach. There are three surf areas in Dana Point, as well, Doheny Beach, Dana Strands and Salt Creek.
Dana Point students attend schools in the Capistrano Unified School District. There are several elementary schools and middle schools that serve the community of Dana Point. There is one only one high school for Dana Point, Dana Hills High School, it is one of the oldest high schools in the area, opening in 1972. Dana Hills High School has one of the strongest cross country programs in the US; they have won the California state title in 1988, 2007, 2008, and 2009. There are also eight private schools in the Dana Point area serving 1800 students. These schools include Gloria Dei Lutheran Pre-School, Monarch Bay Montessori, St. Edward the Confessor Parish School and West River Academy.