Residents who like to walk or bike to their favorite stores, choose the gated Lantern Bay Villas in Dana Point, California, to live.
Lantern Bay Villas is only a few steps away from many stores and restaurants, and within a block of the beach and Dana Point Harbor. These 112 condos have some of the best views in the city, overlooking the ocean and harbor as well as Catalina Island. Association dues cover the swimming pool, spa, fitness center, tennis courts, and clubhouse.
This community is next to Doheny Beach, which was the state’s first official beach in 1931. It brings in over a million visitors a year with its surfing, volleyball courts, and five-acre picnic facility. There are also campgrounds at the south end, and there are aquariums in the visitor center. Edward L. Doheny, an oil tycoon, donated this property to California.
Students in this area attend facilities like Dana Hills High School, which is one of the region’s oldest high schools. Other schools include Richard Henry Dana Elementary and highly ranked Marco Forster Middle School There are also several private schools in this city, such as West River Academy, Broderick Montessori School, Gloria Del Lutheran Preschool, and Capo Beach Christian School.
The City of Dana Point is a popular surfing destination, as it has one of the few Orange County coast harbors. It was named after Richard Henry Dana, Jr. who wrote Two Years Before the Mast, describing this area as the “only romantic spot on the coast.” The harbor is now bustling with activity, and features a replica of the Pilgrim, Dana’s ship. And today this is a California Historical Landmark. This city’s beaches also attract many fisherman, snorkelers, and spear fishing enthusiasts. The megamouth shark which is a rare find, was caught here in 1990.
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