A Guide to Newport Beach, California

Aerial veiw of large houses on a peninsula
Wouldn’t you like to call this home?

Pristine golden beaches, world-class shopping and dining, glamorous harbor views, warm year-round climates, and the ultimate in luxury: where else can you find all these amazing amenities in one place besides Newport Beach?


Newport Beach is one of California’s premiere beach towns. People from all over the world flock to the area just for a taste of the SoCal good life. If you’re interested in experiencing the best of what LA has to offer, here’s a quick guide to Newport Beach, California.

Where is Newport Beach?

Newport Beach is in Orange County, CA in the southern part of Los Angeles. If you want to visit, just get on the world-famous Pacific Coast Highway (Rt. 1) and head south out of LA until you see Newport Beach. It’s easy to spot because of all the marinas and islands in Newport Bay.


You can stay on the mainland by following Rt. 1, or you can take one of the bridges over to Balboa Peninsula or explore the several islands in the area. They’re all part of the Newport Beach neighborhood!


Newport Beach includes all of Newport Bay, so the neighborhood reaches as far inland as Rt. 73, where you’ll find the Newport Beach Golf Course and the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. It also extends southeast up to Crystal Cove State Park.

Houses with docks on the harbor
Travel down Rt. 1 until you see something that looks like this!

Things to do in Newport Beach

There’s no shortage of things to do in Newport Beach, California. Like any good California coastal town, there are plenty of pristine beaches for you to experience. Newport Beach (just the beach, not the town) is located on the Balboa Peninsula and boasts five miles of fine soft sand, walking and biking paths, and plenty of ocean for every swimmer and surfer.


Head down the Balboa Peninsula, and you’ll also find the Balboa Pier for some incredible offshore fishing and the world-famous surf spot, The Wedge.


On the inland side of the peninsula, you’ll find tons of marinas in Newport Bay. The bay used to be a major commercial port, but now it’s almost all recreational. If you own a boat, Newport Bay is a great place to store your vessel to protect it from the harsh ocean waves.


Like any great California beach town, there are also tons and tons of shops, restaurants, and five-star resorts for you to experience. Because the bay is so large, many of them offer incredible water views while you shop and dine. There are also several world-class golf courses in Newport Beach that’ll please even PGA-level golfers.

People standing on the beach with palm trees in the background
Newport Beach is famous for its incredible surfing and pristine beaches.

Is Newport Beach a good place to live?

Newport Beach is one of the most coveted addresses in California. Not only is it surrounded by world-class shopping and dining, but you also have quick access to pristine beaches, major business centers, and the John Wayne International Airport.


Of course, the real draw to Newport Beach is the climate. Southern LA enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate year-round. If you want to visit the beach for some sunbathing in January, you can! There’s never a bad time to live in Newport Beach.


If you’re looking for luxury, Newport Beach contains six residential islands in Newport Bay, all offering incredible ocean or bay views and dock sites. You can go from your home to your boat in seconds!
The median listing price in Newport Beach is around $3.7 million, but it gives you the best of the best when it comes to location and amenities. If you want to live the life of luxury, Newport Beach is the place for you!

Homes sitting on the hill above the Newport Bay
Newport Beach is a great place to live if you’re looking for luxury.

Why not make your visit permanent?

There’s a reason Newport Beach, California is a destination for travelers from all over the world. It’s filled with pristine beaches, world-class shopping and dining, and incredible ocean views — not to mention the incredible climate!


If you want to make your dream of owning a luxurious California getaway a reality, trust the experts at the Stavros Group. We’ll help you find the perfect luxurious Newport Beach property to fit your high-end lifestyle. Contact us to start your search today.

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Address: The Stavros Group

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Newport Beach, CA 92660

 

 

 

A Guide to Corona del Mar Jetty

A rock jetty coming off the beach and going into the ocean
Check out the Corona del Mar Jetty

Corona del Mar, California is full of interesting places to see and things to do. But one of the best landmarks in the city that’ll make you “swell” with excitement is the Corona del Mar Jetty.


There are two jetties that jut out from the shore off of Corona del Mar. The east jetty comes off Corona del Mar State Beach, and the west jetty (the larger) is just across the channel entry to Newport Harbor. Of course, the jetty is more than just a bunch of rocks piled high in the ocean. Here’s everything you need to know about the Corona del Mar Jetty.

What to know about the jetty

Corona del Mar Beach has always been a popular spot. Back in the 1920s, it was a popular spot for surfers and beach parties alike. Unfortunately, the waves weren’t always consistent. However, that all changed.


The 800-foot jetty was installed off the rocks at Big Corona and ran all the way into the beach. Although it wasn’t really meant for surfers, it definitely helped.


Surfers could walk out on the jetty, get in the water at Big Corona, and ride the waves for a whopping 800 feet all the way into shore. Rinse, repeat, and you have yourself one of the best surf spots in the country! Even better, the jetty made the waves much, much bigger, leading to the iconic surf spot called The Wedge.


The jetties were extended later in the decade, and they currently reach over 1,500 feet off the coast of Corona del Mar. It’s quite the sight!

A surfboard sitting on the sand with worn shoes on top
The Corona del Mar Jetty has always been a favorite for surfers.

How to get to Corona del Mar Jetty

Since the Corona del Mar Jetty splits the Newport Harbor Channel, there are two different ways to get there.


The east jetty is accessible from Corona del Mar State Beach Park. Simply go to downtown Corona del Mar on Rt. 1 and find a road called Ocean Avenue. Follow Ocean Ave. all the way down to the coast until you see the beach. From there, head out onto the sand until you see the impressive jetty sticking out into the water.


If you want to get to the west jetty (and The Wedge), it takes a little more effort. Ride all the way through Corona del Mar on Rt 1 until you get to Newport Beach. Then, go over the bridge onto the Balboa Peninsula, and follow West Balboa Blvd. all the way to the end. When the pavement stops, you’ll see the even larger west jetty and the massive waves crashing to the shore.


For quick and easy directions, follow this link to find the Corona del Mar Jetty on Google Maps.

The city of Corona del Mar and the beach photographed from above
Corona del Mar is the place to be!

Things to do at Corona del Mar Jetty

It’s California! There’s always something fun to do. At the Corona del Mar Jetty, people have been having fun since the 1920s. Here are just a few of the exciting activities you can enjoy if you visit today:


Hit the beach: Naturally, Corona del Mar State Beach Park has some of the best white sandy beaches you can find. Catch some rays, build a sandcastle, or enjoy wading in the water.


Get a snack: Grab a beachside pit stop at The Jetty, a snack shack sitting right on the beach.


Go fishing: Make your way all the way out to the end of the massive west jetty for some of the best fishing in Corona del Mar.


And of course, catch a wave: Duh! The Wedge has some of the best surfing in the country! Grab a board and catch some waves.


And once you’re done with the fun at the jetty, head into town for some of the best restaurants, shopping, and fun in downtown Corona del Mar!

Surfer riding a massive blue wave
The most popular activity at Corona del Mar Jetty

Corona del Mar is the place to be

Whether you want to get the adrenaline pumping on some huge swells or just want to take it easy on the beach, there’s something for everyone in Corona del Mar. If you want to make this beautiful Southern California city your home, trust the experts at the Stavros Group. We’ll help you find the perfect seaside property to suit your lifestyle and needs. Contact us today to get started!

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Andy Stavros              

DRE #: 01408840

Phone: 949.290.0139

Email: andy.stavros@elliman.com

Address: The Stavros Group

12 Corporate Plaza #250,

Newport Beach, CA 92660

 

 

 

Where is Corona Del Mar located?

Bird’s eye view of waves crashing onto shore with a boardwalk and building
Visit beautiful Corona Del Mar

Between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach in southern Los Angeles, you’ll find the quaint neighborhood of Corona Del Mar. It’s a seaside village known for its pristine beaches, picturesque cliffs, tide pools, and cute village shops. If you’re looking for a true slice of Southern California living, Corona Del Mar is a place you won’t want to miss.

Directions to Corona Del Mar, California

It’s easy to get to Corona Del Mar. From just about anywhere in California, simply head west until you hit the Pacific Coast Highway or Route 101 (Route 1 in some areas). If you’re in downtown Los Angeles or anywhere north of LA, head south. If you’re south of LA or in San Diego, head north.


From there, simply keep driving until you see the signs that say Corona Del Mar. Route 1 goes right through the middle of Corona Del Mar, so it’s hard to miss!


If you prefer to use Google Maps (like just about everyone these days), click this link to get directions to Corona Del Mar on your mobile device.

Car on the road overlooking the ocean
It’s a nice cruise on the Pacific Coast Highway toward Corona Del Mar.

A brief history of Corona Del Mar

The name Corona Del Mar translates to “Crown of the Sea.” And once you catch a glimpse of the beautiful beaches and seaside cliffs on the western edge of the town, it’s easy to see why!


The land was originally a ranch owned by the Irvine family in 1875. After years of drought and hard times, the oceanfront land (which had very little value to farmers) was sold to a man named George E. Hart.


Hart had a vision of creating quaint little beach towns all the way up the Southern California coast. He bought the property from the Irvines in 1904 and named his new development Corona Del Mar.

Development was slow at first, and the land changed hands a few times. But eventually, Corona Del Mar transformed from poor farmland to luxurious oceanfront properties, pristine world-class beaches, and adorable village shops and restaurants that attract visitors from all over the world. Today, Corona Del Mar is home to around 13,000 residents.

You can see classic Corona Del Mar in several films, including the Oscar-winner All Quiet on the Western Front, which helped add to its growing popularity over the years.

Bird’s eye view of a city with a waterway running through the middle
There’s plenty of history in this little beach town.

Things to do in the area

There’s no shortage of things to do when you visit Corona Del Mar. It has come a long way from its humble beginnings!


Some of the most popular activities in Corona Del Mar involve the outdoors. There are several points of interest throughout the neighborhood:


The Goldenrod Footbridge
(built in 1928)
Sherman Library and Gardens
Corona Del Mar State Beach
Arch Rock


There’s also no better way to take in the beautiful Southern California landscape than by playing a few rounds of golf — which Corona Del Mar has plenty of!

A rock arch off the coast
Arch Rock is quite the sight for visitors from all over.

Ready to make your visit to Corona Del Mar more permanent?

Even in beautiful Los Angeles, it’s hard to find a more picturesque place than Corona Del Mar. Between the shopping, dining, pristine beaches, and picturesque cliffs, it’s the perfect place to call home.


If you’re interested in making the move to the Corona Del Mar area, the real estate experts at the Stavros Group are always happy to lend a helping hand. We’re ready to answer your questions and help you find the perfect property to fit your lifestyle and goals. Contact us today to start the search for your next home.

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Address: The Stavros Group

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Newport Beach, CA 92660

 

 

 

Where To Find Arch Rock in Corona Del Mar

Arch Rock at Little Corona Del Mar Beach
Arch Rock at Little Corona Del Mar Beach

The name “Corona Del Mar” means “Crown of the Sea,” so it only makes sense that it’s home to some of the most picturesque, pristine, and unique beaches in the country. One of the more interesting beach sites in the city is Arch Rock. Here’s what you need to know about this popular rocky outcropping.

What’s so special about Arch Rock?

What’s Arch Rock? Well, the name pretty much says it all. It’s a big natural arch made of rock!
Sea arches are made from erosion from the ocean waves. Sometimes, the waves hit a section of the rock disproportionately to the rest, causing it to wear away faster. Over many, many years, that section wears away completely, leaving a hole in the middle of the rock. If the waves aren’t tall enough to erode the top of the rock, you’re left with an arch — just like Arch Rock in Corona Del Mar!

Person standing on top of a rock arch above the ocean
There’s nothing quite like a good rock arch!

Things to do at Arch Rock in Corona Del Mar

As if seeing what nature can do over millions of years isn’t exciting enough, Arch Rock in Corona Del Mar is much more than a geological formation. There’s plenty to see and do in the area.

First and foremost, Arch Rock is beautiful! It offers incredible views of the ocean all around, and there’s no better Instagram shot than you standing in the middle of the arch. Go to Arch Rock at sunset and watch the colors dance across the sky behind the picturesque rock formations.

Corona Del Mar locals know Arch Rock for its cliff diving. The rocks at Arch Rock stand about 20 feet above the water, making them an ideal spot for adrenaline seekers. Climb to the top and safely jump into the ocean below for quite the thrill!

If you’re not into extreme sports, Arch Rock is also surrounded by several tidal pools for wading and enjoying the water. It’s also home to some of the best snorkeling in the city.

Person jumping off a rock cliff into the ocean
An adrenaline junky’s dream

Directions to Little Del Mar Beach, Cliff Island, and Arch Rock

Arch Rock is one of the more secluded beaches in Corona Del Mar because it’s a bit off the beaten path, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the trek!
The easiest way to Arch Rock is through Little Corona Del Mar Beach. You can find Little Corona Del Mar Beach just off the Pacific Coast Highway on a road called Poppy Avenue. Go down Poppy Avenue and turn left where the road ends. Down the pathway, you’ll find a restroom and a gradual entrance down to the beach.
From the beach, head to the right and make your way over the sand and rocks. Around the corner, you’ll find Cliff Island. Keep going over the tidal pools and rocks, then look out to sea to find Arch Rock, standing majestically out in the water. Check it out on Google Maps!
The tides do change, so make sure you’re prepared before making the voyage out to Arch Rock. Wear shoes with decent tread — and prepare to get wet!

People standing in a rocky tidal pool on the shore of the ocean
There’s lots to do at Cliff Island

Why not stay a little longer?

There’s no shortage of amazing natural wonders to see in Corona Del Mar. Why not become a local so you can see them all!? If you want to make your visit to beautiful Southern California a bit more permanent, trust the real estate experts at the Stavros Group. We’re always happy to answer your questions and help you find the perfect property to suit your lifestyle and goals. Contact us to start your search today!

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Andy Stavros              

DRE #: 01408840

Phone: 949.290.0139

Email: andy.stavros@elliman.com

Address: The Stavros Group

12 Corporate Plaza #250,

Newport Beach, CA 92660

 

 

 

Top 3 Newport Beach Golf Courses

Explore the top 3 golf courses in Newport Beach
On the Green

For many of us, golf is the perfect way to relax and unwind. There’s something about being out on the links that just clears your head and evokes clarity and relaxation. If you’re looking for the perfect place to tee off, look no further than Newport Beach, California. Home to some of the best golf courses in the country, Newport Beach is a true golfer’s paradise. In this blog post, we’ll count down the top three golf courses in and around the area.

#3 – Pelican Hill Golf Club

One of the most common reasons people sell their homes is job relocation. Often, when people are This world-renowned golf club features 36 holes of stunning coastal views. Located just minutes from Newport Beach, Pelican Hill Golf Club is the perfect place to spend a day on the links. With two different courses to choose from—the South Course and the North Course—golfers of all skill levels will find a challenge that suits their game.

Pelican Hill Golf Club - Luxe oceanfront golf resort in Newport Beach
Sunset on the Course

#2 – Big Canyon Country Club

This prestigious institution is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the country and for good reason. The course is impeccably maintained, with lush fairways and well-manicured greens. The clubhouse is beautiful, and the staff is always on hand to attend to your every need. But what really sets Big Canyon apart is the location. Nestled in the heart of Orange County, the club offers stunning views of the surrounding canyon. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Los Angeles. It’s no wonder that Big Canyon is a favorite among celebrities and business moguls. If you’re looking for a truly special golfing experience, Big Canyon Country Club is an excellent choice.

Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach Golf Course
The Clubhouse

#1 – Newport Beach Country Club

Newport Beach Country Club is one of the premier golfing destinations in Southern California. The club features two championship 18-hole golf courses, each with its own unique challenges. The Pete Dye Course is known for its spectacular ocean views, while the New Course features rolling hills and lush green fairways. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, Newport Beach Country Club is sure to provide an enjoyable and challenging round of golf. In addition to the outstanding courses, the club also offers a wide range of amenities, including a world-class spa, fine dining, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. With everything that Newport Beach Country Club has to offer, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the most popular golfing destinations in the region.

Newport Beach Country Club
Golfing at Newport Beach Country Club

World-Class Golfing By The Coast

Whether you’re a local or a visitor looking for a great place to play a round of golf, Newport Beach is the place for you. With so many great courses to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to play. But with our list of the top three golf courses in and around Newport Beach, you can’t go wrong. So grab your clubs and tee off!

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Email: andy.stavros@elliman.com

Address: The Stavros Group

12 Corporate Plaza #250,

Newport Beach, CA 92660

 

 

 

Top 3 Reasons People Decide to Sell Their Home

There are many reasons why people decide to sell their homes. Some people may need to move for a job, while others may want to downsize or move closer to family. No matter the reason, there are certain factors that influence a person’s decision to sell. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the top reasons people choose to sell their homes. We will also provide tips for those who are thinking about putting their home on the market.

Job Relocation

One of the most common reasons people sell their homes is job relocation. Often, when people are offered a new job in another city or state, they decide to sell their current home and buy a new one closer to their workplace. This can be a daunting task, as it involves not only finding a buyer for your home but also finding a suitable new home in an unfamiliar area. However, with careful planning and the help of a seasoned agent, it is possible to successfully navigate this process and end up in your dream home.

Job Relocation
Job Relocation

Downsizing, Upsizing, “Right-Sizing”

Downsizing or needing a larger home is another common reason people put their property on the market. As our lives change, our housing needs often change as well. In order to make a decision about whether or not to downsize, you need to take into account your lifestyle and needs. For example, if you have a hobby that requires a lot of space, downsizing may not be the best option for you. On the other hand, if you’re an empty nester who is no longer using all the rooms in your house, downsizing can be a great way to save money and simplify your life. Similarly, if you’re finding that your current home is just too small for your family’s needs, it may be time to start looking for a larger place.

Downsizing
Downsizing

Closer to Family

For many people, the decision to sell their home is fueled by a desire to be closer to family. Whether it’s because you want to be closer to your grandkids or because you’re tired of being so far away from your siblings, moving closer to family can be a big motivator in deciding to sell your home. But it’s not just about proximity – it’s also about feeling like you’re part of a community. When you’re close to family, you have people to rely on and who will be there for you in good times and bad. You also have built-in social support, which can be especially valuable as you get older. Many people make this same decision every year, and it can be a very rewarding experience.

Family
Family

Whatever the reason may be for deciding to sell your home, it’s important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Our team of experts will work with you to develop a personalized selling strategy. We will take into account your unique circumstances and, thanks to our extensive experience in the industry, we are confident that we can get you the best possible price for your property. So, if you’re ready to sell, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We would be more than happy to help you through every step of the process. We’re dedicated to getting your home sold quickly and smoothly, so you can move on to the next chapter of your life.

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If you are considering your options to sell your home in Orange County, CA, our top luxury real estate team is here to serve. At no obligation, please reach out for a consultation to discuss your options and see how we can help you plan and execute a strategy to reach the best possible sale price for your property. Contact us today.

Andy Stavros              

DRE #: 01408840

Phone: 949.290.0139

Email: andy.stavros@elliman.com

Address: The Stavros Group

12 Corporate Plaza #250,

Newport Beach, CA 92660

 

 

 

Short-Term vs. Long-Term Rentals: Pros and Cons

Short-Term Rental

Short-term rentals have become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to generate (mostly) passive income. However, there are pros and cons to both options of renting out your property for the short or long term. Below, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each type of rental structure. We hope that this information will help you decide which is right for you.

Pros of Short-Term Rentals

By city ordinances, short-term rentals are typically defined as lasting less than 30 days. However, in practice, most short-term rental stays (like those with AirBnB and VRBO) last for maybe a week or less.

One of the main advantages of short-term rentals is that they offer flexible pricing. This means that you can charge more during peak times such as holidays and/or weekends and less during slower times to attract visitors. Additionally, you may use this property for personal vacations provided the property is not reserved.

Another advantage of short-term rentals is that they may be eligible for certain tax deductions for certain expenses. Speaking with your tax specialist will ensure the most accurate, current information to optimize your returns.

Cons of Short-Term Rentals

There are also some disadvantages to short-term rentals. One of the main drawbacks is that it can be difficult to screen tenants. This is because people who are only renting for a short period of time may not have the same level of commitment to taking care of your property as someone who is renting for a longer period of time.

Additionally, short-term rentals can sometimes be less stable in terms of income, as you may go through periods where there are no tenants. This can be especially challenging if you rely on the income from your rental property to cover your mortgage or other expenses.
Finally, short-term rentals generally require more work than their counterparts, as you will need to find new tenants on a more frequent basis leading to increased property marketing costs as well as maintenance/cleaning fees.

Pros of Long-Term Rentals

In a competitive market, you want your abode to stand out from the rest. Although coastal Orange County real estate has been a strong seller’s market for years, you can still maximize your sale price by making strategic updates and decor choices in your listing. When it comes to decoration, try exhibiting works of art that are unique and exciting—not just another carbon copy of what everyone else has on their walls. Choose pieces that complement the color scheme and overall ambience of the home.

Long-Term Rental

Cons of Long-Term Rentals

However, there are also some drawbacks to going the long-term route. One of the main downsides is that you will not be able to use your rental property as a vacation home, like you would in a short-term rental situation. Another issue to consider is the inability to enter the home often to assess for any damages or problems that need to be addressed. Though you may technically own the home, you do not possess the right to go inside as you please. There are important laws protecting renters from landlords, which includes your at-will access to the property. Finally, long-term rentals can sometimes result in more wear and tear, as tenants may treat the home as their own instead of like a short vacation house where they are generally more careful.

Maximizing Your Home Purchase and Investment

Which type of rental is right for you? Ultimately, the decision comes down to your personal preferences and needs. If you want more flexibility in terms of pricing and use of your property, and you are willing to put in more work for a potential higher income, then a short-term rental might be a good option for you. If you want a more stable income stream and less work, then a long-term rental might be the better choice.
Whichever way you go, make sure to do your research beforehand so that you know what to expect! As always, we are here to assist you with all of your real estate needs. To start the no-pressure conversation and discuss your options, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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If you are considering your options to sell your home in Orange County, CA, our top luxury real estate team is here to serve. At no obligation, please reach out for a consultation to discuss your options and see how we can help you plan and execute a strategy to reach the best possible sale price for your property. Contact us today.

Andy Stavros              

DRE #: 01408840

Phone: 949.290.0139

Email: andy.stavros@elliman.com

Address: The Stavros Group

12 Corporate Plaza #250,

Newport Beach, CA 92660

 

 

 

Popular Architectural Designs In Orange County

Orange County is home to a wide variety of architectural styles, but three schools of design are particularly popular in the area. Contemporary homes are perfect for modern living. Spanish Mediterranean homes invoke a feeling of Old World charm. Traditional homes, meanwhile, offer a classic look with plenty of curb appeal. Let’s take a look at each one of these styles in more detail!

Contemporary

While some people associate contemporary-style homes with cold, sterile spaces, the reality is that these homes can be incredibly inviting. Contemporary homes in Orange County are some of the most sought-after properties in the area, and it’s easy to see why. These homes combine the best of both worlds, offering sleek, modern lines and open floor plans while still maintaining a sense of warmth and comfort. Contemporary-style homes are perfect for those who want to enjoy all the benefits of modern living without sacrificing style or enjoyment. If you’re looking for a luxurious home that boasts all the latest amenities, a contemporary-style home in Orange County is an excellent choice.

Contemporary Home
Contemporary Home

Spanish-Mediterranean

Southern California is renowned for its Spanish-Mediterranean-style properties. These homes are characterized by their stucco exteriors, tiled roofs, and arched doorways. They often feature lush gardens with fountains and water features. Inside, these homes are warm and inviting, with exposed beams, hand-painted tiles, and wrought-iron fixtures. They are designed to bring the outdoors inside, with large windows and glass doors that open to patios and courtyards. This style of home is perfect for Orange County living, as it captures the essence of the region’s casual elegance.

Spanish-Mediterranean Style
Spanish-Mediterranean Style

Traditional

Traditional style homes are classic designs that have been around for centuries. These homes usually have brick or stone exteriors, shingled roofs, and ornate details. A traditional style home in Orange County is the perfect blend of luxury and comfort. These homes are designed to offer residents the best of both worlds, with all the modern amenities of a luxury home combined with the cozy feel of a traditional home. From the moment you step inside, you’ll be enveloped in an atmosphere of warmth and elegance. The spacious floor plans and high ceilings create a sense of grandeur, ideal for entertaining guests or simply relaxing with your family.

Traditional Homes
Traditional Homes

There are many other home architectural designs used in Orange County, so no matter what style you choose for your new home, you’ll be sure to find something that fits your unique preferences and needs.

We pride ourselves on being the go-to real estate company for high-end properties. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a luxury home, our team of experienced agents is here to assist you. We have a deep understanding of the unique needs of our clients, and we always go the extra mile to deliver outstanding results. If you’re ready to take your real estate experience to the next level, let’s chat! Our knowledgeable agents are ready to help you navigate the complex world of luxury real estate.

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Sensory Gardens: An Immersive and Inspiring Luxury Home Amenity

What is a Sensory Garden?

Do you ever feel like you need to get away from it all? To take a break from the constant noise and stimulation of modern life? If so, a sensory garden may be just what you need. A sensory garden is an outdoor area designed to appeal to our primary senses of touch, sounds, sight, and smell. These gardens encourage immersive exploration, interaction, and engagement. In this blog post, we will explore the different elements to include in your own sensory garden.

Building Your Sensory Garden

Scent

One of the most important elements in a sensory garden is scent. There is something truly luxurious about soothing and simple aromas. They are the kind of scents that beckon you closer, inviting you to take a deep breath and savor their subtleties. These are not the overpowering fragrances that announce their presence from across the room; instead, they gently lure you in, whispering their secrets just for you. Whether it’s the lightest hint of jasmine or the barest trace of vanilla, delicate aromas have a way of making you feel special and cherished. And that is what makes them so alluring. Consider adding plants like lavender, rosemary, or jasmine to your garden. You can also add scented candles or essential oils to create a pleasing aroma.

Smell
Smell

Touch

In addition to incorporating fragrant flowers and colorful foliage, it is also important to include plants with different textures. The different textures will add another layer of interest for both sight and touch. Fuzzy leaves, prickly stems, and soft petals are all excellent choices. You can also use rocks, gravel, or mulch to create additional texture contrast. By carefully selecting plants with a variety of textures, you can create a truly unique and inviting garden that will be enjoyed for years to come.

Touch
Touch

Sound

The sound of rustling leaves, running water, buzzing insects, and the whispering of grasses in the wind can all be very soothing and calming. If you want to add a touch of elegance to your garden, consider adding a water feature or a wind chime. Water features can range from simple bird baths to elaborate fountains, and they can really help to create a relaxing ambiance. Wind chimes can also add a lovely musical element to your garden, and they come in a wide variety of styles to suit any taste. When looking to add a little bit of extra relaxation to your garden, keep the power of sound in mind.

Sound
Sound

Sight

The beauty of a garden is often in the eye of the beholder. But there are certain elements that can be used to create a garden that is pleasing to the senses. Adding pops of color is one way to add visual interest, and using plants with interesting shapes can add another dimension. Incorporating objects of different sizes and textures can also create a sense of visual indulgence and sophistication. By considering all of these elements, you can create a garden that is truly a feast for the eyes.

Sight
Sight

Improve Your Home and Work-From-Home Life

A sensory garden is a boon to any work-from-home creative. By appealing to our senses, these gardens encourage us to slow down and appreciate the world around us. The addition of a few scented blooms can boost productivity and foster innovation, while the sound of a babbling fountain can help to calm and focus the mind. So take some time to create your own sensory garden today. With a little planning, you can easily turn your outdoor space into an oasis of serenity and creativity. Add a few potted plants to start, then experiment with different fragrances, textures, and colors until you find the perfect combination for you. Soon you’ll be enjoying the benefits of your very own sensory garden.

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Scandinavian interior design: How to Bring Scandi Style to your Home

Deciding on an aesthetic for your home can be difficult for a variety of reasons. Considerations include choices in furniture and colors, function and accents, personal touches, cohesiveness, home size, and more! Design can be a challenge for any homeowner, so where does one begin? There are a huge variety of well-known design schemes inspired from all over the world – a quick google search can easily bring you a plethora of results! Our featured design for today comes from Scandinavia – one of the most popular interior design methods of our time. This nordic design is rooted in earthen tones, high-quality craftsmanship, and functionality, with significant nods to minimalism. For more information on how to incorporate this design in your home, read on! 

Scandi style has impacted the world of interior design through its focus on functionality and minimalistic detailing. Minimalism has been on the rise, but who wants a home that feels more boring than stylish? There is a fine line between the two. Used in homes around the world, Scandi style is ageless and highly elegant. Natural and neutral materials (pale woods, wools/linens, leather, glass), tactile fabrics, metal accents, and high-quality craftsmanship elevate minimalism. Scandi style is all about the details.

When capturing Scandinavian-inspired themes in your home, consider colors in muted tones or shades of white, beige, or brown. Scandi style pairs gorgeously with earth tones and natural pieces such as wooden accent tables, woolen fabrics, and other earthy designs. Older pieces passed down through generations can often be incorporated into a purposeful style in your home. Wooden furniture (bed frames, dining tables, etc.) in particular – regardless of their color – can be shown off when the colors and accents surrounding them are simple. 

Draw focus to what matters to you. Do you have lovely china you wish was featured? Or maybe curtains with bold colors that always cheer you up? Scandi design balances your home and creates a gorgeous canvas in which to showcase the decor that matters most to you. In no way does this design need to be devoid of color or life, in fact the exact opposite is true. Blues, reds, and other vibrant colors ‘pop’ when combined with wood, metal, and earth tones. 

The Scandinavian interior design movement began in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Iceland in the 1900s, and became a worldwide phenomenon by the 1950s. Scandinavian designs you may recognize include Alvar Aalto’s stools in Apple stores, the PH lamp series, the Egg Chair, the Spanish Chair, and the Finlandia glassware series. Who knew elegance could be so simple and yet effective? 

Where to Start?

If you’re wondering where to find Scandinavian inspiration, we recommend these two sites in particular:

The Nordic Nest is a Scandinavian company inspired to bring nordic design to homes across the world. 250 Brands

My Scandinavian Home “Niki started My Scandinavian Home blog in 2011 with a simple vision: to inspire like-minded people with ethereal Scandinavian inspired homes often with a vintage touch.”

Hopefully you feel more comfortable diving into the process of design. Home buying can be daunting, but there are so many other considerations that come after! Will you turn your home into a Scandinavian oasis? If so, enjoy the serenity, style, and simplicity of this gorgeous design, and always remember – personalized twists are what make a house a home!

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