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Living a Beach Lifestyle in San Clemente, California

San Clemente is a town on California's Pacific Coast that became very familiar to Americans as the vacation home of former President Richard Nixon. Many people still have images of the fabulous beaches that fronted the Nixon mansion. Surfing is top-rated in this area. His mansion became known as the Western White House. San Clemente is a beautiful town in Orange County south of Laguna Beach and Los Angeles, halfway between there and San Diego. The sea gives way quickly to the dry mountains of southern California.

Where to Retire in San Clemente and Home Prices

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According to the median home value in San Clemente was $1,416,152 in late 2021.

What Is Special about San Clemente

San Clemente is one of America's top surfing spots. It has a nice downtown, beautiful beaches, great scenery, and fantastic weather. Old City Plaza is a historical downtown site with shopping and dining. Many historic meetings were held at the Western White House. One of the entrances to the large Marine base, Camp Pendleton, is here.

What Is Not Special about San Clemente

Real Estate is extremely expensive in San Clemente

Climate and Physical Environment

San Clemente is in Orange County between Los Angeles and San Diego. It is located on the Pacific coastline

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Surfing is very popular in San Clemente and is considered a major destination for surfers from around the world;  San Clemente's city slogan is "Spanish Village by Sea" ;   The San Clemente Ocean Festival and San Clemente Sea Fest are both annual summer  events.


Crime in San Clemente is about a third of the national average, which makes it a relatively safe community.

Medical Facilities

San Clemente Hospital and Medical Center is here.


There are several major airports within a short drive. The train goes through town with service to LA and San Diego

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