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Fri Jan 12, 2024, 09:45 AM Jan 2024

Is it madness to build on this $2.65 million dollar lot? Calif Coastal Commissioners are rethinking the approval [View all]

An empty lot at 35075 Beach Road is the site of a proposed two-story duplex development which was approved by the city, but is being appealed by the Coastal Commission at Capistrano Beach in Dana Point, CA, on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)


Beachfront living dreams wiping out? Dana Point plan shows building challenges on the coast

When the empty beachfront lot hit the market two years ago in Dana Point, it was touted as a rare opportunity to build a dream home right on the sand.

“Enjoy ocean breezes, sensational sunsets and unbeatable panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean,” the listing read. “Coastal California living doesn’t get much better than this!”

The dirt lot sold in 2021 for $2.65 million.

But plans for a two-story duplex envisioned for Beach Road – a stretch of coast once the epitome of oceanfront living – hit a roadblock when two California Coastal Commissioners argued that despite several considerations for sea level rise incorporated into the designs and the previous approval of Dana Point officials, the development could pose a “significant impact” and needs further review. A commission hearing will be scheduled.

Their objections speak to whether builders should have the right to develop along the coast, despite threats from the sea, and how sea level rise and beach erosion are blurring the line between public access rights and private property in some areas.

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