March 22, 2013
Original design details preserved in this gated Spanish Revival home include the owners' crests and emblems, hand-painted in the early 1940s, and the ceramic tiles of the fireplace. Among updates, the living room includes three plasma-screen televisions hidden behind canvases depicting bullfighting. Location: 1284 Temple Hills, Laguna Beach 92651 Asking price: $5.995 million Year built: 1940 House size: Four bedrooms, five bathrooms, 4,855 square feet Lot size: 0.4 acre Features: Media room with 10-foot screen, open-beam ceilings, wall murals, office/den, exercise studio, dual walk-in closets in the master suite, copper hammered tub, touch-pad entertainment and security system, multiuse sport court, swimming pool, live-in carriage house atop the three-car garage, motor court for additional parking, ocean and coastline views, olive trees, flagstone walkways, lawn About the area: Last year, 430 single-family homes sold in the 92651 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.273 million, according to DataQuick.
March 6, 2013 |
Now starts the march of spring wine events. And Laguna Beach is just one city that gets into the action with the second annual " Laguna Beach Uncorked ," billed as an "international wine and food fest. " Me, I'll take any excuse to revel in the sun and sea breeze at Laguna. If anybody else feels the same way, the event takes place on Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and features tastings from 20 local restaurants and 30 wineries for the ticket price of $90 per person through Friday.
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February 17, 2013 |
The sea lion pups jostled with one another in the small pool, diving for the herring and capelin being thrown at them and popping up with fish tails poking out of their little mouths. "The difference a month makes!" JoAnn Smith, a volunteer at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, remarked as the pups tangled in the water. "Amazing!" The months-old sea lions had come to the care center starving and struggling to survive. They were malnourished, lethargic, ribs and hip bones showing through their smooth dark fur. Their mothers had left them to forage for food, and they were stranded, fending for themselves.
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January 28, 2013 |
On sunny days, from the right spot in its terraced courtyard, future residents of Glennwood House of Laguna Beach will see two Catalinas. One, of course, will be the island itself, the familiar brown sliver visible on the distant horizon. The other sits atop the aquamarine waters of a seascape mural that artist Robert Wyland helped prospective residents of Glennwood paint. Glennwood Housing Foundation Inc. is converting a senior assisted living facility off South Coast Highway into a house that will provide services to about 50 young adults with developmental disabilities.
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November 19, 2012 |
After hearing from about 40 residents, the Laguna Beach City Council agreed last week to move forward with a controversial law that penalizes parents who allow minors to use alcohol and drugs in their homes. The so-called social host ordinance, which was sent back to city administrators for minor revisions, would require first-time offenders to take an alcohol-awareness class and levy $1,000 fines for subsequent misdemeanor-level offenses. If passed at an upcoming second reading, Laguna Beach would become Orange County's fourth city to pass such a law, following Irvine, Laguna Hills and Mission Viejo.
August 10, 2012 |
At $150 million and $65 million, two houses — neither being marketed through multiple listing services — are quietly defining the top end of the for-sale market in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Priced at $150 million is the pocket-listed Owlwood estate in Holmby Hills. The Tuscan-style mansion was once the home of '60s singing sensation Sonny and Cher and, before that, actor Tony Curtis. When the late billionaire Roland Arnall, founder of Ameriquest Capital Corp., and his wife, Dawn, bought it in 2002, they also nabbed two adjacent properties to increase the grounds to 10 acres.
August 2, 2012 |
"Pat O'Connell is generally considered the happiest surfer alive," according to this Surfline bio . The Chicago native's life is a classic tale of boy-meets-waves, boy turns pro, boy stars in "Endless Summer II" and boy wins a spot in the Surfers' Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach. Now O'Connell will be hanging out at the un-surfer-like Montage Laguna Beach to teach mere mortals like you and me how to surf. Really. What the hotel calls its Surf With a Legend package costs $1,270 for single travelers and $1,450 for two during a weekend retreat Sept.
July 22, 2012 |
Thirty-four-year-old Van de la Plante looks every bit the gentleman. Sporting a beige linen resort suit, a green Cuban guayabera cigar shirt and Cole Haan huarache sandals, De la Plante fits in well as owner of Gentlemen's Breakfast, a new boutique in Laguna Beach that sells antique eyeglasses, sunglasses and accessories. The small shop, splattered in bitter chocolate and beige tones, is decorated with manly finds and furnishings. Antique crystal decanters sit on an old desk, filled with Scotch and ready for the pour.
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.
July 8, 2012 |
With summer in full swing, it's time to hit the beach — for sunning, yes, but also for shopping. There's a new level of sophistication in shopping along the coast. Locally owned boutiques with a curated point of view are changing the flavor of beach towns from beer-soaked spring break haunts to chic retail and dining destinations. The style renaissance is fueled in part by the success of Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard, which this spring was dubbed by GQ magazine the chic-est street in America.