Kim Haman

Columnist

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

Email: luxury@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373

Recent Stories

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.

PHILANTHROPY

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.

PHILANTHROPY

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.

PHILANTHROPY

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.

PHILANTHROPY

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.

PHILANTHROPY

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.

PHILANTHROPY

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.

PHILANTHROPY

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.

PHILANTHROPY

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

Realtor.com 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.

PHILANTHROPY

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.

PHILANTHROPY

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.

PHILANTHROPY

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.

PHILANTHROPY

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.

PHILANTHROPY

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.

PHILANTHROPY

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.

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.

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.

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.

PHILANTHROPY

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.

ADDENDUM

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 39, No. 28

University of California-Irvine and the other schools in the UC system increased the number of California-based students they offered admission for the year starting in the fall.

PHILANTHROPY

Goodwill of Orange County opened its Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Center for Veteran Services building in Tustin, an all-in-one resource for military veterans living in Orange County and their families.

How Women Mean Business

Where Communication, Collaboration, Success Intersect

Michelle Jordan ventured across the Atlantic Ocean decades ago in pursuit of her personal version of the American dream.

Dream Backyards Shift With Summer Trends’ Breezes

Popular Features Include Water Walls, Sunken Patios

Orange County’s flawless summer days invite relaxation, and some of its luxury backyards boast features on par with five-star resorts, begging the question: “Why would anyone need to leave home to go on vacation?”

PHILANTHROPY

Microsemi Corp. partnered with Discovery Cube for the company’s Corporate Cube Challenge on May 19, a first-of-its-kind fundraiser that took in $250,000.

May Price-Per-Square-Foot Tops Year-Earlier Figure

Jumps 9%, With Balboa Peninsula Average Tops

Orange County’s luxury home market saw 25 transactions close between $4 million and $12 million last month, when the median price for a home along the coast was just under $6 million.

PHILANTHROPY

The arts and the art of leadership took center stage May 12 in the Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa at the fourth annual “The Mayor’s Celebration

Vacation Home Sales Second Highest in Decade-Plus

16% of Luxury Sales Last Year, All-Cash Sales Up

Orange County, with its 42 miles of beaches, average year-round temperature of 70, and ready access to a wide range of recreational activities, is a perennial vacation destination. The California Travel and Tourism Commission says 47.4 million people visited here last year, up 2.6% over 2014. International travelers are the fastest-growing segment of visitors, reaching 13.8 million last year, according to the commission.

PHILANTHROPY

Philanthropy for May 23, 2016

Average Luxury Home Price Per SF Reaches Milestone

$1K-Plus; Highwater Marks in Laguna, CDM

The luxury homes market—defined by real estate experts as the most expensive 5% of homes sold in a given quarter—has reached a new milestone in Orange County this year.

PHILANTHROPY

Applied Medical, Lugano Diamonds, PIMCO Foundation and Balenciaga were among the major sponsors of Court Appointed Special Advocates’ annual Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball on April 16 at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point.

Newport Coast, Laguna See Big Jumps in $10M+ Sales

Make US Listing of Elite Cities, Including Aspen

The Luxury Market Report released April 7 by Coldwell Banker Previews International found that Newport Coast and Laguna Beach experienced big increases last year in sales in the $10 million-plus category.

Masters of the Yogaverse

Executives Leverage Popular Practice to Help Them Manage Business, Personal Lives

Joe Duran, six months after discovering yoga, saw that the mindfulness and self-awareness he’d gained as a student of the practice had another benefit. That’s when it helped him maintain control during a confrontation with a colleague that could’ve gotten negative.

PHILANTHROPY

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County’s annual black tie gala, Life Without Limits, was held April 2 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach.