October 11, 1992 |
Courtyards are nothing new in California. Early Spanish and Mexican rancheros often built adobe residences around open patios and Los Angeles of the 1920s and 1930s was a pastiche of Spanish Colonial homes and apartments in which the courtyard was a pivotal design feature. In the courtyard apartments, bungalows and cottages scattered throughout the Southland, a key byproduct of the design was the sense of neighborhood that sharing the court space encouraged.
May 13, 1992 |
Despite a retail sales slump that has virtually halted construction, the owner of Laguna Hills Mall said Tuesday that a planned expansion that could add two department stores and a second story with multiscreen movie theaters to the 17-year-old mall remains on track. Jeremiah W. O'Connor Jr.
December 9, 1997 |
Luxury home builder Toll Brothers Inc. was named lead developer Monday of 840 acres in northeast Orange County where 2,100 homes and a golf course are planned on hills that have been dotted with Shell Oil Co. wells for 70 years. The first 850 homes will go on sale starting in 2000 on property where only a few wells had been located. All those wells have ceased operating, oil officials said. Toll said it will build 270 of those homes, priced from $400,000 to $600,000.
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September 2, 1997 |
Villa Park has traditionally been considered the wealthiest town in Orange County, but a look at real estate indicates Coto de Caza has the county's most expensive homes.
February 22, 2000 |
With fortunes rising from Wall Street investments and dot-com businesses, more people in Orange County bought the biggest homes on their block last year. Sales of million-dollar homes in Orange County grew by more than one-third from 1998, to 867 last year, according to Acxiom/Dataquick Information Systems Inc., a La Jolla real estate research firm. By comparison, the number of all homes sold in Orange County rose by less than 1% in 1999.
May 31, 1990 |
Attempting to take advantage of less-restrictive state banking laws, Dana Niguel Bank N.A. wants to trade in its national charter for a state charter, and its only remaining obstacle is obtaining shareholder approval. The bank, which concentrates on making construction loans to home builders, plans to use the state charter mainly to increase the amount it can lend to one borrower by at least 50% and up to 150%, said Charles Goodson, the bank's senior vice president and cashier.
February 11, 1999 |
Rodamco NA, a major property fund based in the Netherlands, has acquired a controlling interest in The Abbey Co., a Garden Grove-based commercial and industrial real estate concern. The Abbey Co. will receive a $125-million infusion in exchange for 65% of the company's outstanding common stock. Founder Donald Abbey, who launched the business nine years ago with $30,000, retains the rest. The firm will retain its 90 employees.
April 13, 1991 |
The proposal to close the massive Marine Corps Air Station here triggered a wave of speculation among real estate experts Friday that was slowed only by the realization that major problems threaten to complicate any sale. The base is on prime property, centrally located in a rapidly developing county where flat, buildable land is becoming scarce. But closing the base won't simply be a matter of turning around and selling it to a developer.
August 15, 2000 |
Bucking the trend toward consolidation in the commercial real estate services business, four veteran brokers and property managers have formed a Newport Beach-based company called Tiarna Real Estate Services Inc. "We want to be a regional firm," said Thomas McAndrews, president of the company and former president of real estate management services at Charles Dunn Co.
August 12, 1999 |
Orange County's blazing housing market cooled a bit last month, as the median home price slipped to $238,000 from the all-time high of $241,000 in May and June, according to a real estate research firm. The results indicate that rising interest rates nudged more entry-level and moderate home buyers into the market than those with deeper pockets, said John Karevoll, an analyst at La Jolla-based Acxiom/Dataquick Real Estate Systems Inc., which compiled the housing figures.