Orange County Business Journal

Kim Haman is a columnist. She can be reached at luxury@ocbj.com or philanthropy@ocbj.com.

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Convenience, Security Drive Call for ‘Smart’ Homes

Buyers Now Want Practical Innovation in Retrofits

A recent survey by Coldwell Banker reveals that the growth curve of connected-home devices, such as smart thermostats, door locks, smoke detectors and light switches, is on track to beat that of smartphones and tablets over the next five years, expanding from 20.7 million units in 2014 to 35.9 million units by 2017.

PHILANTHROPY

The Anaheim Ducks hosted the 16th annual Dux in Tux presented by Honda on Jan. 18 at the Hilton Anaheim.

Early Sales Show Luxury Market Off to Strong Start

Five Move in First Ten Days, Four on Coast

Five Orange County luxury homes sold during the first 10 days of the year, and four of those are ocean-view homes in OC’s priciest communities. The other is an expansive estate on an acre-plus spread in Coto de Caza that once graced the cover of Unique Homes magazine.

PHILANTHROPY

The Outlets at San Clemente hosted its inaugural Shopping Extravaganza charity fundraiser on Dec. 5, raising $37,465 to benefit 18 local nonprofit groups.

Confidence, Stability to Shape 2016 Luxury Market

3 Local Experts Say Year Will Bring Healthy Norm

Orange County’s coastal cities, with their deep beaches and panoramic Pacific views, have long enticed luxury homebuyers.

PHILANTHROPY

Seven hundred Pacific Investment Management Co. employee volunteers, friends and family members gathered at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on Dec. 12 to pack 16,000 holiday meals for Southern California families in need.

More Luxury Homeowners Create Own Private Spas

Stereos, Steam, and Smart Big As 2016 Approaches

"Today’s master baths are becoming places to linger,” says award-winning interior designer Lisa Dunlevie of Dunlevie Interiors in San Juan Capistrano.

PHILANTHROPY

Los Angeles-based radio station KFI 640AM partnered with Anaheim White House restaurant owner Bruno Serato for the fifth consecutive year in a daylong radiothon to collect pasta, sauce and cash to help Serato’s charity, Caterina’s Club.

PHILANTHROPY

Newport Beach-based cosmetics company Urban Decay donated $50,000 to Laura’s House to help fund the nonprofit group’s community programs, emergency shelter, and legal advocacy services for domestic violence survivors in Orange County and elsewhere.

Coastal Lux Home Sales Average 96% of Listing Price

Some Areas Even Higher— Cameo Shores at 98%

One thing appears to remain consistent in Orange County’s dynamic luxury market: Buyers are willing to pay top dollar for the expansive homes and unique estates prevalent in the communities along the coast.

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