The JDRF Orange County Chapter’s 20th anniversary Platinum Dream Gala brought together 500 business leaders, sponsors and organization supporters to help raise more than $1.1 million for diabetes research.
Early 2016 Sales Show High-End Home Market Surge
ifty-five homes closed above the $4 million mark in the first quarter, with a week still to go at press time, bringing a total of $371.2 million.
Music and wine proved to be a perfect pairing at the ninth Pacific Coast Wine Festival benefitting Pacific Symphony.
Expert Says Chinese Pullback Not Seen Here
Foreign investment in U.S. real estate is hitting the pause button, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors, and the pullback is most evident among Chinese buyers affected by China’s slowing economic growth, currency devaluation and tightened restrictions on capital outflows. Other reasons the report cites include a stronger U.S. dollar and rising home prices.
. Paul Musco, founder of Gemini Industries, was honored at the second annual “Let’s Be Frank About Cancer” gala on Feb. 20.
The Orange County Funders Roundtable’s 2016 Summit on Feb. 4 and 5 at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel in Anaheim brought together 280 local philanthropic and business leaders for two days of learning and brainstorming about how to address emerging community needs.
‘Twin Points’ Sold By Agent With No. 3 Sale
Twin Points, a 2.28-acre oceanfront property at 1101 Marine Drive in Laguna Beach, recently set a record $45 million Orange County home sale price, though off its original June list price of $75 million.
Shipping Containers Become 15-Unit Complex in Midway City
Potter’s Lane has all the hallmarks of an upscale condominium community: contemporary architecture, a carefully crafted exterior blend of wood and steel, large light-admitting windows, a rooftop deck, and a Zen-like courtyard garden.
The Pacific Life Foundation announced on Jan. 22 that it will provide $6.25 million in funding this year, an increase from the $6 million it gave in 2015.
How, Why School Became Home for Couple’s $7 Million Art Collection
Family matters at Chapman University, although that won’t be obvious to visitors to the opening of the school’s Hilbert Museum of California Art later this month.
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.
The Anaheim Ducks hosted the 16th annual Dux in Tux presented by Honda on Jan. 18 at the Hilton Anaheim.
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.
The Outlets at San Clemente hosted its inaugural Shopping Extravaganza charity fundraiser on Dec. 5, raising $37,465 to benefit 18 local nonprofit groups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Affordable Housing Access Inc. was the main sponsor of the Project Access 10th annual Keys to Success Gala: Start Small, Dream Big.
Younger Generation Proves More Flexible on Philosophy
An August study by the Asian Real Estate Association of America reveals that 86% of native-born Chinese and Chinese-American homebuyers say the ancient philosophy of feng shui will be a factor in the purchase of their next home.
Breitling, Other Business Backers, Help Fund Trips to Memorial in DC
A crowd of about 350 friends, relatives, and supporters holding signs and waving miniature American flags waited in anticipation as the plane taxied to the gate at LAX. A banner bearing the words, “Welcome Home, Heroes!” claimed center stage.
Harvesters, which was founded in 1992 to raise awareness and funds for Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, hosted its 23rd annual Harvesters Fashion Show & Luncheon Runway Fundraiser on Oct. 7.
Laguna Beach Leads Pack With 63 Homes
Laguna Beach ZIP code 92651 was tops in the number of active $4 million-plus real estate listings in Orange County as of Oct. 15, with 63 listings, according to data from Web-based real estate database aggregators Redfin and Zillow.
More than 4,000 friends and supporters of California State University-Fullerton gathered on campus for the school’s annual Concert Under the Stars on Sept. 19.
Non-MLS Sales Thrive in Hot Market, Afford Privacy
Real estate experts say “pocket listings”—private, off-market listings that don’t appear on the local Multiple Listing Service—are surging in the luxury market.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County held its 51st annual Gourmet Dinner on Sept. 17 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach.
50 Homes Sold; Priciest Goes For $17.5M
Summer sizzled in the Orange County luxury market, with 50 transactions above $4 million closing between June 15 and Sept. 15.
3 High-Profile OC Execs Count Gold Award as Precursor to Bountiful Careers
There was a budding business mind behind the cherubic face selling cookies door-to-door.
R.D. Olson Construction, based in Irvine, built its first Habitat for Humanity home on Aug. 28.
Real Estate Experts Weigh In On Possible Local Effect
The Chinese stock market collapse began when the Shanghai Stock Exchange lost a third of its value between June 12 and July 27.
The Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana celebrated the grand opening of its 60,000-square-foot dance, music and science center on Aug. 16 with more than 600 Orange County community and business leaders.
Free Program One of Batch Designed for the Young Set
Ten-year-old Dillon had a dream: to learn to play the guitar. At least that’s what he said in the application video he sent in to be considered for Casa Romantica’s free Music Festival and Academy.
Casa Romantica Facility Is Community Resource
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens is nestled among the distinctive homes that line the curved streets of San Clemente.
Sales Expected Steady As Appreciation Continues
Luxury home sales in Orange County have been strong so far this year.
Free Wheelchair Mission’s 12th Annual Miracle of Mobility Gala raised over $1.6 million on July 23 to benefit people in need of mobility.
27 Homes Over $20M Still Listed for Sale in OC
The highest residential sale in Orange County so far this year closed escrow in Laguna Beach.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts held its second annual Arts & Business Leadership Awards Dinner on June 25.
Seven Sell on Coast For $10M+ During June, July
Six ultra-luxury homes and one property above $10 million sold in June and July: one in Laguna Beach for $14.2 million; two in Dana Point, for $13.5 million and $10.4 million; two in Newport Beach, for $12 million and $10.2 million; and one in Newport Coast for $16 million.
Bryan Cave’s Irvine Office Cultivates Mutual Regard
Bryan Cave LLP’s Irvine office projects a sense of elegance mingled with calm.
New Home Co. Starts With Foundation of Camaraderie
Joan Marcus-Colvin’s life irrevocably changed on June 17, 2014, when her husband of 27 years, John, was struck by a car and killed while riding his bicycle near their Laguna Beach home while training for an Ironman Triathlon.
Bisnar Chase Cultivates Respect, Appreciation
A plot was brewing at the law office of Bisnar Chase in Newport Beach.
The Anaheim Ducks, SASCO Electric Inc., and the Honda Center were among the corporate sponsors of the 19th annual Stars & Stripes fishing, golfing and music tournament.
Seek More Amenities, Not To Mention Precious Views
Discerning homebuyers today are looking for more than “location, location, location,” say real estate professionals in Orange County who specialize in the ultra-luxury market.
More than 900 leaders from the Orange County legal community joined the Public Law Center for the Volunteers for Justice 2015 Annual Dinner at Hotel Irvine on June 22.
14 $4M-Plus Sales Close In Month’s First 2 Weeks
June got off to an auspicious start with 14 luxury home sales over $4 million in the first two weeks of the month.
On May 30, 540 guests gathered at Orange County Great Park’s Palm Court Arts Complex in Irvine for the Susan G. Komen Orange County’s 9th Annual Pink Tie Ball.
Renovation, Tear-Down To Create Dream Oasis
Many of Orange County’s most valuable properties are found on the coast, including Newport Beach, Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach.
Over 400 guests participated on May 16 in one of Pacific Symphony’s most successful galas to date, Celebrating Carl St. Clair’s 25 Years in Orange County.