Address: 247 Calle Familia, San Clemente, 92672 Access: 30% front; two steps to reach backyard.
The yard is often described as “Zen” and it is truly quite calm. Much of the current design of the yard existed when I moved in 10 years ago but the yard had been neglected for some time.
The front garden is Japanese style with bonsai-shaped Japanese black-pines, junipers, Japanese maples, heavenly bamboo, and wisteria. A beautiful wood gate leads to a lovely courtyard with sagos, staghorn ferns, potted Japanese maples, and a hollowed rock water-fountain. The highlight of the garden is the view of the ocean. There is a rolling green lawn that mimics the nearby hills. Succulents are a favorite, and many varieties border the grass. There is also small raised vegetable bed.
The deck creates a comfortable place to read or enjoy a meal. There is a backyard courtyard with a fountain and this forms the view from the master bedroom. Both courtyards are consistent with the Japanese garden-style of bringing the garden inside. My single side yard has ti-plants, potted palms, giant bird of paradise, white ginger, bromeliads, and a wood tiki. The banana tree produced for the first time this year, 50 bananas!