Monthly Archives: June 2017

Spotlight on: The swallows!

Next time you’re at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, keep an eye out for the swallows.

For about 5 years now, the Mission has attempted to lure San Juan’s famous migrating birds back to its grounds, and it looks like the efforts are finally working.

The swallows have been coming back to San Juan Capistrano, but there hasn’t been a new nest at the Mission in a long time. Since 2012, the Mission has been working with Dr. Charles Brown, a swallows expert and professor of biological sciences at the University of Tulsa, to work on encouraging the swallows to come back. They’ve done everything from playing recorded courtship calls through a speaker on the grounds to deploying manmade nests (since swallows often prefer to inhabit existing nests).

Rough-winged swallows have been spotted nesting in the ruins of the Great Stone Church at the Mission, and it’s thought they may be largely responsible for motivating the cliff swallows to come back and settle. Apparently, cliff swallows have a thing for their rough-winged counterparts.

No matter the reason, it looks like the cliff swallows are back. A second nest and multiple birds have been spotted. Welcome back, guys!

Source: Capistrano Dispatch


Spotlight On: Best Golf Courses in South Orange County

Monarch Beach Golf Links (Dana Point)
50 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA 92629

Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club (Mission Viejo)
26772 Avery Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

San Juan Hills Golf Club (San Juan Capistrano)
32120 San Juan Creek Rd, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Ben Brown’s Golf Course at The Ranch Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach)
31106 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Shorecliffs Golf Course (San Clemente)
501 Avenida Vaquero, San Clemente, CA 92672

San Clemente Municipal Golf Course (San Clemente)
150 E Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, CA 92672

Talega Golf Club (San Clemente)
990 Avenida Talega, San Clemente, CA 92673

Bella Collina Golf Course (San Clemente)
200 Av. La Pata, San Clemente, CA 92673

Listing of the week: 30967 Steeplechase Drive

Before you balk at the price of this property in San Juan Capistrano, look at the square footage!

30967 Steeplechase Drive
5 bed, 6 bath
6,220 square feet total

Here’s why I think this is a great buy:

  • It’s in the exclusive gated community of Hunt Club Estates in San Juan Capistrano
  • It’s HUGE!
  • A kitchen Martha Stewart would love
  • Dream backyard: Pool, built-in BBQ, basketball court
  • Custom finishes and appointments throughout,including Palladian windows, hardwood flooring, leathered granite countertops in the laundry room and remodeled baths, plantation shutters, a 3-car garage and extensive attic storage

Want to check it out? Contact me today.