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First Team Real Estate partnered with Team Kids, donating $100,000 to the Team Kids Challenge, a six-week program where children participate in weekly challenges geared toward addressing community issues, including homelessness, hunger, literacy and the environment.
Luxe Property Owners Employ Futuristic Gadgets
High-end homes in Orange County, especially along the coast, are often found ensconced in guard-gated communities.
On Feb. 5, Edwards Lifesciences hosted more than 300 executives from Disneyland, PIMCO, Irvine Co. and other leading Orange County companies to its headquarters in Irvine for a presentation and discussion on how a company’s philanthropic outreach and social responsibility can help it develop a favorable or superior business position.
Donna, Fahmy Attallah: The Angels on Campus
Donna Ford Attallah’s Long Beach home is a place of warmth and respite—and angels. Thousands of angels.
Virtual Reality Offers New Remote Viewing Prospects
High-resolution photography and striking high-definition videos, in addition to the written description of a home, enhance the online house-hunting experience.
Irvine Public Schools Foundation hosted its fifth annual Top 100 Reception on Feb. 6 at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach.
Wallpaper, Color Changes, Mixed Metals Mix It Up
The holiday trappings have been put away until next year.
Mike Gray, founder of baked goods company Sweet Life Enterprises in Santa Ana, and his wife, Lori, donated a large financial gift to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.
California Leads National High-End Homes Ranking
It’s no secret that the Orange County coast boasts some of the most expensive and sought-after real estate around.
Bill Gross, co-founder of Pacific Investment Management Company, or PIMCO, and currently with Janus Henderson Investors, and his children made a $2 million donation to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County.
One Veteran Industry Executive Gives His Take
President Donald Trump signed into law a complex $1.5 trillion tax bill on Dec. 22 that will have major implications for homebuyers, particularly in California, Hawaii, Connecticut, New York and other high-tax states.
The annual Mission Hospital holiday gala, A Journey Through Wine Country, set fundraising records with nearly $2.2 million in net proceeds.
Biggest Home, Lot, Sale, Price, More in Busy Year
From sale prices that defied gravity to expansive mansions with enough square footage to enfold several individual houses, the 2017 Orange County luxury real estate market was one for the record books.
Several Experts Foresee More of the Same Highs
"It is an end of an era.”
On Oct. 14 Irvine Public Schools Foundation hosted its eighth annual Spirit of Excellence Gala at KIA Motors America.
Some For Sale Have Front- Row Seats to Holiday Fave
New things ring in the holiday season quite like the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts opened its new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation on Oct. 28 with music, dancing, performances, family activities and live bands.
Some Properties Afford Full Workouts With Views
2018 is right around the corner, and with it New Year’s resolutions.
NONPROFITS: Lestonnac Free Clinics flourished on their vision
Business executive Allen Boerner walked into the office of the Lestonnac Free Clinic in Orange.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire received the biggest financial gift in its history: a home in Laguna Beach valued at $8.5 million.
Wearing disco fashions and boogying to the groovy sounds of the ’70s, more than 300 domestic violence advocates gathered on Sept. 16 at the Island Hotel Newport Beach to celebrate the 23rd annual Laura’s House gala themed Saturday Night Fever at Club Laura’s House.
Experts Think Not As Sales, Appreciation Endure
According to some analysts, the U.S. luxury home market has reached its peak. Events ranging from global economic volatility to an overabundance of luxury offerings to the cooling of the tech boom have caused a marked slowdown in the sale of homes above the $2 million mark in some communities.
More than 200 business and community leaders attended the 13th annual Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America Investment Real Estate Luncheon on Oct. 5 at the Westin South Coast Plaza. 1w
Beneficiaries of Pro Bono Work Include Elderly, Vets
The elderly woman had made her decision. She needed to get her granddaughter out of her home. She loved the young woman dearly, but the substance abuse problems she struggled with had changed the girl into someone her grandmother no longer recognized.
Charles Antis was just a few years into his roofing business and still at that stage where, while the dollars were coming in, the money from each job had an outsized impact on the business’ future. So when he got a call from a desperate woman who needed her leaking roof fixed right away, he took the job.
Stakeholders Helped It Identify Youths’ Needs
There are times when a simple idea leads to an unimagined result. That was the case a few years ago, when Lisa Haines Heppelmann and Jill Bolton of Disneyland Resort decided to take a closer look at how the organization invested philanthropic dollars.
Thousands of Hours, Cash Donated Every Year
A financial literacy program to teach young people better money habits. Ongoing training for nonprofit leaders. A food and supplies drive for homeless military veterans, whose donations nearly reach the ceiling.
Tax Firm Staff Good At Math But Give Out Books
Every few months, employees at KPMG’s Orange County office trade in their crisp suits and smart outfits for jeans and comfy shirts, turning a workplace full of accountants and tax specialists into a group of folks who look ready to head to a ballgame. And each happily pays $5 to do it.
LEED Creds, Water Savers, Solar Panels, More
Luxury homebuilders in Orange County are incorporating resource-efficient amenities that are not only practical, but also strong selling points for buyers with a heart for conservation.
Accelerate Change Together Anaheim is granting nearly $1 million this year to help organizations meet the rising needs of Anaheim youth impacted by poverty, academic challenges and limited opportunities.
More Buyer-Slanted Markets in Index
Five years into the real estate recovery, Orange County’s luxury market has been consistently strong.
The 2017 Hoag Summer Classic, hosted by the Hoag Hospital Foundation and its 552 Club, was a sold-out event with more than 1,400 guests at the Newport Dunes Resort in Newport Beach.
Data Indicate High-End Market Still Hot in OC
Summer is winding to a close. School has started up again, colleges have opened their doors to welcome students, and toy marketing gurus are putting the final touches on their holiday advertising campaigns.
One hundred and twenty. That’s how many Beckman Coulter employees arrived at Benjamin Beswick Elementary School on a sunny day in February, eager to get to work. The plan: to freshen up and revive the aging Tustin campus.
Gratitude Channeled Into Money-Saving Enterprise
It’s a story that could have had an entirely different ending.
More than 700 supporters gathered on July 13 at the Free Wheelchair Mission’s annual Miracle of Mobility gala. The evening netted more than $1.5 million.
OneOC Aligns Their Values With Complementary Causes
Nestled on a tree-lined street in an unassuming 1970s-era building in Santa Ana resides Orange County’s most prolific matchmaker.
2016 Sales Put Them At Heights of US Industry
REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, a newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends and sponsored by Zillow Group, has released the rankings of the top-producing real estate agents and teams in the country. Orange County boasts three luxury real estate teams in the top 10.
State Attorney General Xavier Becerra was the keynote speaker at the Public Law Center’s annual Volunteers for Justice dinner on June 19 at Hotel Irvine. He was joined by more than 800 leaders of the Orange County legal, civic and business communities. The event raised a record-breaking $750,000, which will generate $6 million worth of free civil legal aid through the law center’s pro bono model.
The inaugural Heroes & Living Legends Gala, held on July 17 at The Duke Hotel in Newport Beach, brought together more than 200 business leaders, sponsors and supporters to help raise $729,000 to benefit Open Gate International, which provides vulnerable populations with vocational training for long-term economic stability.
‘White Glove’ Services, More Go for Pretty Penny
The Orange County coast is dotted with high-end residential condos that boast hotel-like amenities.
10 Guiding Principles Keep Staff on Same Team
All over America, companies large and small adorn their offices with images of the values that guide them, reminders of how they should conduct business on a day-to-day basis.
Employees Collaborate To Keep Recruiter Competitive
They were trapped. The room was nearly dark, the scant light increasing the shadows rather than alleviating them. As the numbers on the timer continued their inexorable descent, the group searched fruitlessly for an escape route—a key to unlock a door, a hidden escape hatch, anything—growing ever more desperate. Meanwhile, they knew they were being watched via surveillance cameras and …
Creative youth development nonprofit organization The Wooden Floor welcomed nearly 200 guests for the opening night reception of its 34th Annual Concert: Connected Spaces at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on June 8.
Managers Go Above Board To Make Them Feel Valued
It’s not unusual for lawyers and their teams to log long hours. What is unusual, though, is when they do so not only without complaint but willingly, even eagerly. That’s the scenario that Bisnar Chase LLC Managing Partner Scott Ritsema experienced when he found himself in a severe time crunch as he prepared an important case.
Some Boast Perks That Save Trips to Town
Fully equipped gyms, home movie theaters, and kitchens with commercial-grade appliances are almost a given in today’s luxury homes. Even indoor pools and elaborate wine rooms have become somewhat commonplace. And guesthouses are simply a bonus—in fact, there are 45 luxury homes on the market that boast a guesthouse among their selling points.
In June, Bank of America awarded $610,000 in economic mobility grants to 40 Orange County nonprofits.
Average 96% in First Two Weeks of June
Across Orange County, homes in the $4 million-plus market are fetching an average of 96% of their latest list prices, according to online real estate aggregator Redfin. Here’s a breakdown of OC’s most exclusive communities and how close selling prices are to list prices:
Bank of America, Charter/Spectrum, Albers Consulting, WealthWise Financial Services, Wells Fargo and other leading Orange County businesses joined forces to sponsor Orange County United Way’s 14th annual Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast.
Coastal Spot Racks Up 50-Plus Sales in 5 Months
Newport Beach has enjoyed a strong year so far in luxury sales, leading the coastal market in transactions that closed above the $4 million mark.