Orange County Business Journal

Ocean-View Lots Join Trend of Hot Sales at High End

Buyers Want ‘Green,’ Other Custom Features Kim Haman Sunday, September 1, 2013
1 Current: property features views of ocean, Catalina Island

1 Current: property features views of ocean, Catalina Island

Buyers continue to drive the luxury home market to heights unseen in half a decade, and ocean-view homesite sales are also on the rise.

In the past two months, eight undeveloped parcels, all with views that stretch to Catalina, have sold for $2 million or more each.

What’s driving the increase in the purchases?

Buyers covet the opportunity to build their own custom homes, as evidenced by the Strand at Headlands in Dana Point, which is comprised of some of the last undeveloped oceanfront lots in Orange County.

Realtors say buyers want homes that are “green,” free of materials that may contribute to health problems, and with fully integrated technology throughout.

Crystal Cove Custom Homesites in Newport Beach is experiencing an uptick in sales of its available undeveloped properties. The company partnered with Newport Beach-based real estate firm Surterre Properties Inc. to manage the sales. Newport Beach-based Irvine Company, which owns Crystal Cove Custom Homesites, selected Sureterre for the work.

Big Buildup

The home at 34 Ritz Cove Drive has yet to be built, but the plans promise a residence that will have a gourmet kitchen, family room, custom-patterned carpet, a salt-water pool and spa, and more.

The 6,000-square-foot property changed hands on Aug. 20 for $7 million, meeting its July asking price.

The future 5,300-square-foot home will have five bedrooms and five baths.

Bob Wolff of Harcourts Prime Properties represented both sides of the sale.

A Warm Current

The home at 1 Current in Newport Coast evokes a feeling of warmth with its designer colors and wood and stone touches throughout.

The 7,800-square-foot, seven-bedroom, 7 ½-bath estate sold on July 31 for $7.8 million. It was originally listed in March for $8.4 million.

It’s on a private lot at the end of a cul-de-sac, has views of the ocean and Catalina Island, and sits on nearly a half-acre.

Outdoors, there are multiple areas for entertaining. There is also an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and pool and spa.

Marcy Weinstein and Rex McGowan of Surterre Properties represented the seller, and Katrina Smith of Pinpoint Properties represented the buyer.

Italian Villa-Style House

A 3,530-square-foot home at 13 Balboa Blvd. in Newport Beach sold for $4 million on Aug. 1. It was listed in April for an asking price of $4.3 million.

The Italian Villa-style house has four bedrooms and four baths.

Dean Lueck of First Team Estates had the listing. Broker Lee Ann Canaday represented the buyers.

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