Ranked number five in Surfer Magazine's list of the best surf towns, San Clemente is the southernmost coastal town in Orange County, California. Located immediately north of the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, San Clemente was one of the first master planned communities built on previously open land, and its resort-like location and ideal climate were so attractive to Richard Nixon that he established his "Western Whitehouse" there.
San Clemente's 13 primary and secondary schools are part of the Capistrano Unified School District, and they're ranked 9/10 by Great Schools. Vista Del Mar Middle and Elementary Schools are ranked 10/10. As of May 2016, the median home value in San Clemente is $860,900.
San Clemente is home to several world famous surf breaks, including T-Street, Trestles and "Old Man" at San Onofre. In 2015 the $480,000 Hurley Pro surf competition was held at Trestles. The city's place in the annals of surfing was perhaps cemented when surfer Dale Velzy began screening iconic surf filmmaker Bruce Brown's earliest films at his San Clemente shop in the 1950s.
Spanish for "The Pacific House," La Casa Pacific is a beachfront mansion located in the gated community of Cottons Point Estates/Cypress Shores. The home was built in 1926 for Hamilton H. Cotton, one of the founding financiers of San Clemente, although it may be better known as Richard Nixon's coastal retreat. Nixon and his wife retired there, and this is where he reportedly wrote his memoirs. La Casa Pacifica is a private home, not currently open to the public.
Completed in 1928, Casa Romantica started out as San Clemente co-founder Ole Hanson’s bluff-top home. Now owned by The San Clemente Redevelopment Agency, this gorgeous Spanish-style mansion overlooks the ocean and hosts a variety of cultural and civic events, classes and other opportunities for locals to come up and stay a while.