Halloween History | "Mission San Juan Capistrano" A Historical Haunted Hotspot in Orange County

For over 200 years, Mission San Juan Capistrano has been a unique part of Orange County’s history. It’s most well known for its historical, cultural, and religious significance, but what some people don’t know is that it’s also known for its alleged paranormal activity. According to Ghost Hunters, there are three ghosts who frequent the mission. Sometimes scents of tobacco indicate their arrival, and at other times, the bells can be heard at random hours when no one is ringing them. 

People have reported multiple sightings of a faceless monk who roams the halls, a headless soldier who guards the grounds, and the ghost of Magedalena, a young girl who lost her life in the earthquake of 1812. 

Even though Halloween might look different this year, those who love ghost stories and hope to catch a glimpse of one should visit Mission San Juan Capistrano. It has recently reopened with new safety guidelines in place, and they are open Thursdays-Sundays from 9:00-5:00pm. 

While there are no haunted houses (that we know of) for sale in Southern California, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty offers stunning properties throughout San Diego and Orange County. 

For those who prefer to stay in this holiday season, these six properties are far from scary and boast the perfect outdoor space for stargazing and relaxing under the moon.  

3653 Purer Road, Escondido, CA 92029
Dan Conway DRE #01416672, Pattie Conway DRE #01011467, and Taylor Barre DRE #01781393

Experience resort-style living at one of Southern California’s largest and most astonishing lakefront estates. From the poolside lounges of your vanishing edge pool, enjoy stunning lake views while watching the Golden Eagles and Red Tailed Hawks soar above. After the sun goes down, enjoy unobstructed views of the beautiful stars at night. Also featuring an indoor/outdoor yoga studio, full gym, and aromatherapy steam room, this is peaceful and serene living at its finest!

30 Tide Watch, Newport Coast, CA 92657
John Cain DRE #01467294

With stunning ocean views and ample outdoor living space, this home is the pinnacle of soft contemporary design and luxury. Interiors are beautifully transitional in style, with rift white oak flooring, light porcelain and stone, disappearing walls of glass plus large windows to bring the views inside, all providing a sun-washed ambiance. Enjoy days and nights outdoors on the manicured grounds that are as impressive as the residence with a pool and spa, covered dining pavilion with bar and BBQ, all while set against a magnificent view backdrop.

14564 Cedar Ridge Court, Poway, CA 92064
Marie Jo Atkins DRE #01186585

Perched at the top of the hill, sits this beautifully remodeled home showcasing the most amazing panoramic views from every room! Designer touches throughout include tasteful tile flooring, textured carpeting, stunning light fixtures and impressive fireplace surrounds. Enjoy colorful sunsets poolside while entertaining guests or just quietly relaxing. Bring your horses and let them roam in their own fenced area complete with an out building that is a perfect tack room or just for extra storage. 

29 Reserve, Irvine, CA 92603
JoJo Romeo DRE #01878195

Perched on one of the highest points in the coveted gated community of The Summit at Turtle Ridge, this completely remodeled custom La Cima Villa is ideally located on a quiet cul-de-sac showcasing beautiful sunset views. Featuring a level of quality and detail that’s beyond compare, this elegant estate encompasses approximately 6,080 square feet of living space and nearly 13,000 square feet of resort-quality grounds that are perfect for entertaining or unwinding under the light of the moon. 

5556 Calumet Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
Donna Medrea DRE #00922764

Walk through your private gated entry with a stone courtyard into this spectacular oceanfront home. Featuring sliding french glass doors that open to a stunning stone viewing deck, you’ll be able to view the ocean, sunsets, and starlit skies without obstruction. Also featuring a beautiful kitchen that opens to the great room for an open floor plan, you can enjoy seamless indoor-outdoor living year round in this private paradise! 

17044 Edgewater Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Sean Stanfield DRE #01024996

This one of a kind home is reminiscent of a quality mid-century masterpiece. Tranquil, cohesive, and exceptional in design and functionality, this property showcases supreme amenities in an ideal interior location. This home has been completely updated and offers rich warm textures and textiles, incorporating elements of stone, wood, water, and metals to create a Zen-like oasis. Outdoors, you’ll find yourself surrounded by lush foliage and immaculate grounds, with gorgeous succulent gardens, citrus trees, and a low maintenance and drought conscious landscape. 

To view all of our properties for sale throughout Southern California, please visit our website at pacificsothebysrealty.com.

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