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More than 430 guests roared their way back to the Jazz Age for a night of flappers and speakeasies to celebrate Pacific Symphony’s gala.


The 2017 Men of Character Dinner was held on April 20 at the Irvine Marriott by the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council.

Affluent Buyers Have Wealth of Choices This Spring

38 Listings Appear First 10 Days of Month Alone

Orange County’s active high-end home market inventory is on the rise, with 38 new listings above $4 million added to the Multiple Listing Service in the first 10 days of May.


United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County raised $450,000 at the annual Life Without Limits fundraising gala on April 22 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach.

Tech Changes Way Luxury Real Estate Marketed

Agents Convey Look, Feel Through Digital Content

As high-end homebuyers become more global, luxury real estate professionals are leveraging technology to create connections with potential clients all over the world.


The ninth Annual Leaders for Philanthropy Night was held on April 6 at the Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding in San Juan Capistrano.

Could Interest Rate Increases Affect OC’s Market?

At Least Some Experts Say They Won’t Dampen Sales

The historically low 3.5% interest rates that the country enjoyed between 2013 and the end of last year couldn’t last forever.


City of Hope hosted its third annual Let’s Be Frank About Cancer Gala on March 11 at the Balboa Bay Resort. More than 400 guests attended the fundraiser, which raised more than $713,000.

First-Quarter Home Sales Best 2016, 2015 Numbers

71 Properties Change Hands Above $4 Million

Seventy-one Orange County homes sales closed at or above the $4 million mark in the first quarter, eclipsing the same time period in both 2016 and 2015, according to real estate aggregator Redfin.


The JDRF Orange County chapter’s 2017 Dream Gala was held on March 18 at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, bringing together influential leaders, sponsors and organization supporters to help raise $1 million for diabetes research.

Study Shows May’s the Charm for Home Sales

First Two Weeks Of Month Particularly Active

Conventional wisdom in the real estate profession has always been that the best time to put a home on the market is the spring.


Orangewood Foundation joined with the University of California-Irvine’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering on Feb. 23 to celebrate National Engineers Week.

Guggenheim’s Estate Changes Hands for $10 Million

Guggenheims Built In ’72; Donated to CHOC, Others

The home at 88 Linda Isle in Newport Beach sold on Feb. 27 for $9.72 million. The estate is considered a piece of Southern California history, according to the seller’s agent.


Women’s Circle of Wishes hosted its fourth annual signature event on Feb. 12 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

Open Your Pockets Wide for a High-End OC Home

Households Must Earn $610K to Afford Starter

The California Association of Realtors’ Traditional Housing Affordability Index shows that the minimum annual household income required to buy a median-priced home in Orange County is $146,880 and that just 22% of hopeful homebuyers can comfortably afford that $745,160 price tag.


Oggi’s Sports, Brewhouse, Pizza donated to 25 charities in honor of its 25th anniversary in December, with items including sleeping bags for homeless military veterans, food for shelter animals, and toys for underprivileged children.

‘Western White House’ Back on Market for $63.5M

Carried $69 Million Price Tag Last Year

La Casa Pacifica, once home to President Richard Nixon and also known as the Western White House, is back on the market with an asking price of $63.5 million.


The Pacific Life Foundation said it plans $6.25 million in charitable funding this year.

Top 2016 Zip Codes for Luxury Home Listings, Sales

NB’s 92661 Has Highest Average Price at $6.5M

Orange County’s most expensive luxury homes, defined as being in the top 5% of the market, were found in the 92661 zip code last year, which includes Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach.


Mission Hospital 21st annual Holiday Gala raised more than $1 million on Dec. 3 at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.

2016 Capped With Record-Breaking Newport Coast Sale

Off-Water Home Sells For Eye-Popping $28M

Coastal Orange County is renowned for its beauty, from the wide expanse of sand that hugs the ocean in Huntington Beach to the rugged cliffs of North Laguna.


About 650 Pacific Investment Management Co. employee volunteers, friends and family members gathered on Dec. 3 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa to pack 12,000 holiday meals for families in Southern California.

2016 Luxe Market Glance: Strong Performance

Numbers Reflect Brisk Activity, Pace on Sales

How did the Orange County luxury market do last year?

A Look Back at the Homes that Wowed Us This Year

Stadium Sports, Outdoor Living, Even a Tower

Orange County boasts some of the most impressive homes in the country, from sprawling European-inspired estates that grace the low hills of Coto de Caza to the modern masterpieces with endless ocean views.


Orange County’s top philanthropists, business leaders and others were honored at the 31st Annual National Philanthropy Day Orange County Awards Luncheon on Nov. 17 at City National Grove of Anaheim.

Prices Reflect Rarity, Value of Luxury Lots Left in OC

.30-Acre Parcel In Laguna for $14.8M

Orange County’s most expensive communities are concentrated along the water.


Nonprofit group Project Access honored Mazda at its 11th Annual Keys to Success Gala and fundraiser amid a collection of timeless automobiles at Crevier Classic Cars in Costa Mesa.

High-End Condos Carve Out Niche in Luxe Market

About 160 on OC Market, Two Priced Above $4M

The Orange County luxury housing market, defined in the real estate industry as the top 5% of homes sold in a given quarter, regularly sees single-family homes garner $5 million, $10 million and even $20 million.


Irvine Public Schools Foundation celebrated 20 years of impact at the seventh annual Spirit of Excellence Gala and Auction on Oct. 22 at Kia Motors headquarters in Irvine.

The Year in Luxury: Biggest OC Price Tags So Far

Over 150 Homes Go For More Than $5M So Far

2016 has been a strong year for luxury home sales in Orange County.


Sept. 24 marked an evening of celebration as over 300 guests gathered at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach for the 22nd annual Laura’s House Gala.

Orange County Makes Top 10 in U.S. Luxury Market

Notches $1.27M Average Sale Price in 1st 6 Months released its annual Luxury Homes Index in September evaluating home transactions for the top 10% of the market in 277 U.S. counties and 63 metropolitan areas in the first six months of the year.


More than 350 Orange County people gathered on Sept. 24 for Discovery Cube’s Wild West at the Cube annual gala, which raised more than $1.1 million for science education.

Standout Properties Top Today’s SoCal Listings

Rundown of the Biggest Price Tags by County

Exclusive enclaves up and down the Southern California coast boast extraordinary estates that are awe-inspiring, and their prices can be equally so.


First Foundation, Brookfield Residential, Kia Motors, Avalon Bay Communities, Southern California Gas, Ernst & Young and several other Orange County businesses joined together to sponsor Families Forward’s 32nd annual gala, An Evening of Hope.

Sweet Spot for Luxe Market: $4 Million-$6 Million

Homes in Range Fetch 94% Of List in Recent Months

The luxury home market in Orange County is defined by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing as the top 10% of overall home listings.


The world tour celebrating the 100th birthday of the late founder of Lamborghini sports cars made its first pit stop in the U.S. at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin in the form of a fundraiser to help feed and house Southern California’s “motel kids.” 

What $10 Million Will Get You in OC’s Brisk Market

Mediterranean-Style Luxe To Inland Deluxe

The luxury market in Orange County is booming.


Award-winning charter school NOVA Academy Early College High School unveiled its new four-story, 37,000-square-foot educational facility in Santa Ana on Aug. 22. It purchased the building last fall for $8.3 million. Opening ceremonies included the cutting of a red ribbon on the front doors of the school, student speakers, and tours of the building.

Sales Stay Brisk as Summer Season Winds Down

14 High-End Transactions Close So Far This Month

Luxury home sales in the first three weeks of August continued the brisk pace set in June and July, with 14 transactions above $4 million closing in the first three weeks of the month.


More than 500 “foodies” gathered at Montage Laguna Beach on May 15 for the city’s premier culinary event for a cause, Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry. 

Realty Agents Use ‘Storytelling’ to Entice Buyers

Say High-End Clientele Seek ‘Bespoke Experience’

It’s little wonder that coastal Orange County may seem like the setting for a novel, with its expansive ocean vistas, low rolling hills and wide blue skies.

Sales Along OC Coast Show Summer Sizzle in July

24 Transactions Totaled $160M, Besting June, May

July may be the hottest month this summer for luxury home sales in Orange County, based on figures from online real estate aggregator Redfin.


The 20th annual Stars & Stripes Tournament, a four-day fishing, golf and music fundraiser, reeled in a record-shattering $3 million for youth organizations in Orange County and Mexico.

Workers Real Estate-Focused Firm’s Best Investment

Staff’s Interdependence Keeps Passco Healthy

Kendall Parisi, corporate designer at Passco Companies LLC, looked over the numerous stacks of marketing supplies, brochures, and trade show materials spread across the conference room table.

Sale of Actress’ Home Might Have Set Record

Third Agent’s the Charm To Move Modern Mansion

The custom contemporary mansion at 331 Monarch Bay Drive in Dana Point sold on June 27 for $8.3 million, under its January $9 million list price.

Construction Firm Builds Culture With Camaraderie

Swinerton Staff Chip In Like Any Good Site Crew

They’ve been to conferences in Vegas, although they have yet to claim spots at the Black Jack table. They’ve been to Germany during Oktoberfest but abstained from indulging in that country’s most famous beverage. They’ve sat in on some of Swinerton Builders’ most important meetings, a noticeable, if silent, presence. The pair stands stoically, one man holding a set of building plans, the other his arm outstretched, pointing off into the distance.

The ‘Why?’ Sets Wealth Management Firm Apart

Clients’ Peace of Mind On Money Unites Employees

Economists and financiers traditionally measure success by examining an organization’s income statement, balance sheets and cash flow statement.


More than 800 leaders of the Orange County legal community celebrated the Public Law Center’s 35 years of helping the county’s poorest and most vulnerable residents at Hotel Irvine on June 20.

OC’s Luxury Market Heats Up in Summer Sunshine

32 Deals Top $4M In June; 2 Exceed $10M

Thirty-two home transactions above $4 million closed in June, including two that captured sales prices above $10 million.