This formerly sleepy beach town at the southernmost edge of Orange County was thrust into the spotlight when President Richard Nixon purchased a historical Spanish home here. That residence was thereafter labeled “The Western Whitehouse” and San Clemente’s many red-tiled roofs are a nod to its roots as the “Spanish Village by the Sea.” The city is home to some of SoCal’s best beaches and world-class surfing and plays host to the annual World Surf League tour at Lower Trestles surf break. (Experts only, please). The uber-charming downtown is filled with a mix of businesses ranging from trendy, upscale restaurants to locally owned vacuum repair shops. The hillsides overlooking the town and ocean are lined with plenty of late midcentury homes, new construction, and Spanish bungalows built in the 1930s (many with reduced taxes due to the Mills Act). There’s also a smattering of condos — with some perched on the ocean bluffs — as well as multiplexes popular with investors.