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November 11, 1992 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After more than a year as the only custom home site seller on the Orange County coastline, Irvine Co. is getting some competition. A new tract of 26 custom ocean-view lots on a promontory overlooking Laguna Beach's exclusive Emerald Bay is about to open for sale. The last hurdle began clearing earlier this week when the Laguna Beach City Council signed a settlement agreement resolving a dispute over sewer line connections. The 10.
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September 11, 1995 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Silent film-era starlets once rode horseback nude in the moonlight along a secluded strip of oceanfront property on the north end of Laguna Beach, across from glistening Emerald Bay. During these Roaring '20s, Florence (Pancho) Barnes, the legendary cigar-smoking aviatrix, lived here, eventually blowing her fortune hosting lavish parties for her famous Hollywood guests.
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September 11, 1995 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Silent film-era starlets once rode horseback nude in the moonlight along a secluded strip of oceanfront property on the north end of Laguna Beach, across from glistening Emerald Bay. During these Roaring '20s, Florence (Pancho) Barnes, the legendary cigar-smoking aviatrix, lived here, eventually blowing her fortune hosting lavish parties for her famous Hollywood guests.
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May 19, 1994 | Debora Vrana, Times staff writer
Renewed Market: In another sign that the market for large custom-built homes is growing, a private gated oceanfront community in north Laguna Beach announced it sold six custom sites for more than $9 million during the first week of May. The community, Smithcliffs, has sold 10 of its 26 home sites since January. Construction has already started on one estate.
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May 19, 1994 | Debora Vrana, Times staff writer
Renewed Market: In another sign that the market for large custom-built homes is growing, a private gated oceanfront community in north Laguna Beach announced it sold six custom sites for more than $9 million during the first week of May. The community, Smithcliffs, has sold 10 of its 26 home sites since January. Construction has already started on one estate.
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March 7, 1992 | LESLIE EARNEST
The city won a major legal battle this week when a judge ruled that a local water district has no right to take over municipal sewer lines needed for a 10-acre residential development outside the city limits. The Irvine Ranch Water District in 1990 annexed a bluff-top parcel known as Smithcliffs and then sued Laguna Beach, claiming that it could exercise eminent domain over city sewer lines which run to the property. On Wednesday, however, Superior Court Judge James P.
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November 5, 1992 | LESLIE EARNEST
In what could signal the end of a bitter legal battle over a proposed ocean-bluff development next to Laguna Beach, the City Council will meet Monday to reconsider annexing the 10-acre parcel known as Smithcliffs. The action comes on the heels of a meeting Friday, during which the property owner, city and county representatives and others agreed to recommend such an annexation, City Atty. Philip Kohn said.
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March 3, 1993 | John O'Dell / Times staff writer
Almost 250 people turned out Saturday for a private preview of the 28 lots at Smithcliffs, the coastal bluffs estate in Laguna Beach that developer Gary Brinderson has subdivided for custom homes. No formal sales were nailed down during the five-hour fete, but a spokesman for Brinderson said that four written offers were taken. The official opening date for sales is March 21, at which time all the finishing touches will be in--flowers along the interior roads and things like that.
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April 18, 1991 | LESLIE EARNEST
Continuing a battle among Laguna Beach, the Irvine Ranch Water District and a land developer, the City Council this week blocked plans for a controversial bluff-top development by refusing to clear the way for sewer service to the project. The council's action Tuesday was the latest in a series of attempts by the city to thwart plans to build 26 homes at Smithcliffs, a 10.4-acre bluff-top parcel next to Laguna Beach.
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February 6, 1993 | LESLIE EARNEST
In a move that should eventually fatten Laguna Beach tax coffers by about $150,000 annually, a county commission this week approved the city's annexation of an oceanfront development site known as Smithcliffs. The County Board of Supervisors is expected to give final approval to the annexation on Tuesday. The Local Agency Formation Commission's 4-0 vote Wednesday brings Laguna Beach within a step of resolving a dispute that has cost the city more than $100,000 in legal fees.
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March 3, 1993 | John O'Dell / Times staff writer
Almost 250 people turned out Saturday for a private preview of the 28 lots at Smithcliffs, the coastal bluffs estate in Laguna Beach that developer Gary Brinderson has subdivided for custom homes. No formal sales were nailed down during the five-hour fete, but a spokesman for Brinderson said that four written offers were taken. The official opening date for sales is March 21, at which time all the finishing touches will be in--flowers along the interior roads and things like that.
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February 6, 1993 | LESLIE EARNEST
In a move that should eventually fatten Laguna Beach tax coffers by about $150,000 annually, a county commission this week approved the city's annexation of an oceanfront development site known as Smithcliffs. The County Board of Supervisors is expected to give final approval to the annexation on Tuesday. The Local Agency Formation Commission's 4-0 vote Wednesday brings Laguna Beach within a step of resolving a dispute that has cost the city more than $100,000 in legal fees.
BUSINESS
November 11, 1992 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After more than a year as the only custom home site seller on the Orange County coastline, Irvine Co. is getting some competition. A new tract of 26 custom ocean-view lots on a promontory overlooking Laguna Beach's exclusive Emerald Bay is about to open for sale. The last hurdle began clearing earlier this week when the Laguna Beach City Council signed a settlement agreement resolving a dispute over sewer line connections. The 10.
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November 10, 1992 | LESLIE EARNEST
After three years of wrangling and more than $100,000 in court costs, a reluctant City Council agreed Monday to a settlement that will allow the city to annex a 10-acre oceanfront parcel while relinquishing control over how the land will be developed. The property, known as Smithcliffs, is located just south of the Emerald Bay community and 26 homes will be built on the site.
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November 5, 1992 | LESLIE EARNEST
In what could signal the end of a bitter legal battle over a proposed ocean-bluff development next to Laguna Beach, the City Council will meet Monday to reconsider annexing the 10-acre parcel known as Smithcliffs. The action comes on the heels of a meeting Friday, during which the property owner, city and county representatives and others agreed to recommend such an annexation, City Atty. Philip Kohn said.
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March 7, 1992 | LESLIE EARNEST
The city won a major legal battle this week when a judge ruled that a local water district has no right to take over municipal sewer lines needed for a 10-acre residential development outside the city limits. The Irvine Ranch Water District in 1990 annexed a bluff-top parcel known as Smithcliffs and then sued Laguna Beach, claiming that it could exercise eminent domain over city sewer lines which run to the property. On Wednesday, however, Superior Court Judge James P.
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December 24, 1991 | LESLIE EARNEST
The Irvine Ranch Water District is suing the city of Laguna Beach in an effort to gain access to a sewer line it claims it needs to serve a proposed housing development opposed by the city. According to court records, the water district intends to use the power of eminent domain to gain part of the capacity of a Laguna Beach sewer line, which could be used to serve a 10-acre bluff-top parcel.
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November 10, 1992 | LESLIE EARNEST
After three years of wrangling and more than $100,000 in court costs, a reluctant City Council agreed Monday to a settlement that will allow the city to annex a 10-acre oceanfront parcel while relinquishing control over how the land will be developed. The property, known as Smithcliffs, is located just south of the Emerald Bay community and 26 homes will be built on the site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1991 | LESLIE EARNEST
The Irvine Ranch Water District is suing the city of Laguna Beach in an effort to gain access to a sewer line it claims it needs to serve a proposed housing development opposed by the city. According to court records, the water district intends to use the power of eminent domain to gain part of the capacity of a Laguna Beach sewer line, which could be used to serve a 10-acre bluff-top parcel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1991 | LESLIE EARNEST
Continuing a battle among Laguna Beach, the Irvine Ranch Water District and a land developer, the City Council this week blocked plans for a controversial bluff-top development by refusing to clear the way for sewer service to the project. The council's action Tuesday was the latest in a series of attempts by the city to thwart plans to build 26 homes at Smithcliffs, a 10.4-acre bluff-top parcel next to Laguna Beach.
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