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June 5, 1998 | Leslie Earnest
Former astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and his wife, Lois, have sold their Emerald Bay beach house for $925,000 to a Laguna Beach couple. The two-bedroom, 1,350-square-foot home was purchased by Newport Beach attorney Paul Wollam and his wife, Jean, a vice president of Lola Inc., a City of Commerce maker of women's clothing under the X.O.X.O. label. The Aldrins have moved to Los Angeles.
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July 15, 2012
This four-level oceanfront contemporary is set behind gates on a cul-de-sac overlooking Emerald Bay. Its limestone entry is suspended above a 4,500-gallon koi pond with a 12-foot stone waterfall. The details Location: 1115 Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach 92651 Asking price: $12.995 million Year built: 2009 Architect: Scott Laidlaw House size: Five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 7,000 square feet Lot size: 9,460 square feet Features: Temperature-controlled 1,500-bottle wine cellar, barrel ceilings in living room, wet bar and fireplace in family room, penthouse master suite, elevator, extensive deck space, saltwater pool and spa, seven-car subterranean garage, gym, two fire pits, solar panels About the area: In the first quarter, 89 single-family homes sold in the 92651 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.15 million, according to DataQuick.
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February 23, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
Residents of Emerald Bay moved closer Wednesday to ending their 8-year battle to keep closed to the public the small strip of beach fronting their private community north of Laguna Beach. The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday unanimously approved a zoning plan for the unincorporated beach community.
REAL ESTATE
September 10, 2006 | Talya Meyers, Special to The Times
The private community of Emerald Bay, named for its clear, green waters, lies along the sunny stretch of Pacific Coast Highway between Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar. Once the site of modest vacation cottages, it now stretches, meticulous and pristine, behind white gates -- its own little universe. Beginnings Emerald Bay's past is charmingly rakish: In 1906, rancher James Irvine, eager to pay off his gambling debts, sold 148 acres of his land for $26,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1989
A girl who was killed in a flaming, head-on collision on Coast Highway was identified Monday as Valerie Hacker, 16, of Newport Beach, authorities said. The girl died of injuries suffered in the fire caused by the Sunday night traffic collision, Orange County Deputy Coroner C. Ellingburgh said. The accident occurred when a Jeep Wagoneer traveling south on Coast Highway veered to avoid hitting a car coming from an exit road in the affluent, seaside Emerald Bay community. Authorities said the Jeep driver pulled into the opposite lane to avoid the collision, but hit a BMW headed northbound.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1989
The Jeep that struck a BMW in a fiery head-on collision that killed a teen-age girl in Emerald Bay over the weekend was driven illegally by a 15-year-old boy, California Highway Patrol officials said Tuesday. CHP officer Raul Martinez said that the boy, who had told authorities he was a passenger in the Jeep and that a 17-year-old was driving, was himself the driver. "Several witnesses have come through. . . . We have positively identified the driver," Martinez said. Valerie Hacker, 16, of Newport Beach died from injuries suffered in the Sunday night collision.
NEWS
December 8, 1986 | Ann Conway
A chorus of soap bubbles danced around visitors entering Al and Deeann Baldwin's new, don't-it-make-your-brown-eyes-green Emerald Bay estate in Laguna Beach last week. Bubbles? "We got them from Lawrence Welk," teased floral designer Paul Ecke. "They go with the nautical theme we tried to create in the Baldwin house for Christmas."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1989
The County Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a zoning plan for Emerald Bay, an unincorporated beach community; the plan has been stalled for years because it does not provide public access to the beach. Emerald Bay in Laguna Beach has about 500 homes that were largely developed in the 1930s and '40s, sealing a stretch of beach off to the public. The community's beachfront is between two rocky points that also makes it inaccessible from adjacent beaches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1985 | NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writer
Compared to some of the newer luxury homes dotting exclusive Emerald Bay, the gray stucco house of the Smithcliffs estate could almost be described as modest. But the house, perched atop an ocean-side bluff, has a magnificent panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and 10 acres of verdant gardens and orchards. And that's why it has changed hands for $15 million.
NEWS
August 11, 1988 | ANN CONWAY
At a mega-generous $500 per , supporters of the Laguna Art Museum found that giving well is the best revenge Sunday when they were royally wined and dined as they floated about Jim and Nancy Baldwin's storybook Emerald Bay home. Guests such as Bob and Marie Gray, the founder of St. John knits whose glinty beige suit seemed made for the Baldwin's mocha decor, rubbed elegant elbows with Tom and Elizabeth Tierney (who went all out for the prescribed "summer elegant" dress code).
NEWS
June 28, 2005 | Scott Doggett
"Don't you drown! Just don't you drown," I think as icy Lake Tahoe surges into my lungs like a shock-freeze blast of inhaled Slurpee. Pawing the water furiously and futilely, I look up to see lake bottom where the sky should be. A moment before, the kayak paddle rested on my lap as I closed my eyes, seduced by snowy peaks and the butterscotch scent of Jeffrey pines, glad to be free of whitecaps blasting out of Emerald Bay. "Must get out!" But how?
BUSINESS
June 5, 1998 | Leslie Earnest
Former astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and his wife, Lois, have sold their Emerald Bay beach house for $925,000 to a Laguna Beach couple. The two-bedroom, 1,350-square-foot home was purchased by Newport Beach attorney Paul Wollam and his wife, Jean, a vice president of Lola Inc., a City of Commerce maker of women's clothing under the X.O.X.O. label. The Aldrins have moved to Los Angeles.
NEWS
August 23, 1997 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nearly four centuries, Cartagena was a colonial city overlooking an emerald bay dotted with coral islands. Then, progress struck. An oil refinery was built on the shore in 1955, attracting other petrochemical plants. About the same time, the World Bank provided financing to create a city sewer system. The canal that connects the bay to this country's largest river was straightened in the 1950s and again in the 1980s to make it more navigable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1996 | H. G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Newport Beach man killed when he lost control of a speedboat on Emerald Bay, injuring three passengers, died from massive internal injuries, an Orange County sheriff's spokesman said Monday. Adam Zipp, 48, was thrown to the boat's floorboard in the Sunday accident, Sheriff's Lt. Ron Wilkerson said. "The trauma caused a tear of his aorta. He suffered a lot of internal bleeding."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1996 | LEN HALL and DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The driver of a 30-foot speedboat died and three of his companions were injured Sunday when the craft unexpectedly slammed into a wave in a freak accident about half a mile off Emerald Bay, authorities said. Adam Zipp, 48, of Newport Beach was putting his Scarab racing boat through its paces with friends about 2:30 p.m. and traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit the ocean swell, catching everyone on board off guard and causing him to lose control, said Lt.
BUSINESS
August 31, 1995 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a sign that his business woes may be taking a toll of his personal fortunes, multimillionaire developer James Baldwin has put his Emerald Bay mansion on the market for $10 million. Situated in an exclusive enclave of about 500 homes in a gated beachside community near Laguna Beach, the palatial home is a four-story granite and glass estate with an elevator.
NEWS
November 1, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gathered in a picturesque park below a blackened hillside Sunday, more than 300 residents vowed to defy nature and rebuild following the fierce Laguna Beach fire that tried its best to ravage this exclusive seaside community. "Tough Times Never Last, Tough People Do!" read a sign at the entrance to the gated enclave where more than 65 of 500 luxury homes were gutted and others were damaged.
NEWS
October 28, 1993 | JODI WILGOREN and ANN CONWAY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Like many other communities, Emerald Bay was beloved for its small-town feel, a place where children could roam free, doors remain unlocked and family values reigned. But in this pristine patch of Southern California coastline, children play on six private tennis courts, or splash around an exclusive cove where the sand is white and the ocean color matches the jewel for which the community was named. The nest of 500 homes is usually secure behind a locked gate.
BUSINESS
October 30, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Custom home builder Robert Carey said he became concerned after several neighbors who lost homes to last October's devastating brush fire pledged to be back in their homes within a year. Carey, who has been building homes in Laguna Beach for 25 years, suspected that most fire victims were underestimating the incredibly time-consuming process needed to design, permit and build a replacement home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1993 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is a tale of two exclusive neighborhoods--Irvine Cove Crest and Emerald Bay, next door. Though a two-mile front of leaping flame rapidly descended on both communities in the first hours of the Laguna Beach fire, they did not share identical fates. Irvine Cove emerged unscathed while 60 homes in Emerald Bay burned to the ground.
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