New Listing – 988 Acapulco Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

New Listing - 988 Acapulco Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Framed with panoramic ocean views, this turn-key contemporary rests on a corner double-lot presenting intriguing geometric architecture. Upgraded with the highest quality materials, the home makes an artistic statement while capturing the surrounding coastal vistas. Angled walls, Brazilian hardwood floors, stainless-steel stair railings, exotic stone surfaces, custom recessed lighting, designer fixtures, electric shades, ultra-sleek European kitchen with textured stone counters, contemporary exhaust hood imported from Italy, wine refrig & chef-grade appliances. Encased in glass, the spacious living room has stacked stone media wall, gas fireplace, & opens to wrap-around entertaining deck. Ocean panoramas continue at the step-up dining area with dramatic Italian glass chandelier and walls accented with corrugated metal. All 4 bedrooms are conveniently on one level -3 are en suite, including large master with private view deck, luxury bath with ocean view spa tub, limestone floors & walk-in closet. Rear guest room has private patio and separate entrance. Elevator services all levels. Drought-resistant landscaping w/custom lighting, 2-car garage with built-in storage, 2 off-street parking spaces, separate storage room, whole-house security & sound systems.

For Sale: $2,899,000

To receive additional information on this property please contact HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty Listing Agent, John Stanaland.

 

New Listing – 72777 Cats Paw Court, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

New Listing - 72777 Cats Paw Court, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Privately gated estate in the heart of Rancho Mirage with resort style amenities and spectacular mountain views! 4 BR, 4.5 BA including separate 2 BR casita, approx. 4,691 sq. Ft. On 1.34 acre lot. Features great room with custom bar and formal dining. Stainless designer kitchen with center island /bar, walk in pantry and breakfast nook. Master suite with work out room and inviting bath. Separate two bedroom casita is self contained with living room, kitchen and garage. Outdoor living area with entertainment center and the most incredible custom resort style pool with rock waterfalls, tanning shelf, swim up bar with BBQ, raised spa and separate swim current pool. The grounds are custom landscaped and hardscaped for easy maintenance with putting green and sports court. The most amazing mountain views surround this estate. A must see property!

For Sale: $2,845,000

To receive additional information on this property please contact HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty Listing Agent, Valery Neuman.

 

New Listing – 604 Marigold Avenue, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

New Listing - 604 Marigold Avenue, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Now complete…. Please welcome the reintroduction of 604 marigold. This is a must see and a true showstopper! Designer perfection throughout has just been installed. Ultra rare 45’ lot in a prime location of the village. Unsurpassed design elements to include grohe fixtures, walker zanger tiles and finishes, stunning granite and calcutta gold marble, wood flooring throughout, and a grand staircase. The kitchen of all kitchens is made to perfection suitable for any chef and includes the best of thermador appliances, a wine column, built-in espresso maker and custom cabinetry. Spa-like bathrooms with walls of marble, walk-in showers with multi heads, and frameless glass. Other features of this masterpiece include soaring ceilings, stacked stone fireplaces, mahogany doors, custom closets, sophisticated electronic capabilities including surround sound and built-ins throughout. Indoor – outdoor living and entertaining with an very open floor plan offering stacks of french doors across the frontage of the lower level opening onto the ideal massive front courtyard. Other outdoor areas include a private interior patio, balconies off the master and add’l upstairs bedroom, also an enclosed rooftop cabana with outdoor kitchen capabilities.

For Sale: $2,999,000

To receive additional information on this property please contact HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty Listing Agent, Casey Lesher.

 

New Listing – 9 Secret Cove, Newport Coast, CA 92657

New Listing - 9 Secret Cove, Newport Coast, CA 92657

Luxurious upgrades are the hallmark of this immaculately maintained residence in the exclusive 24-hour guard-gated Crystal Cove. Standing on a quaint cul-de-sac, this two-level five bedroom Mediterranean-style home offers 3,933 sqft of crisp, clean living space highlighted from top to bottom by designer details such as rich mill work, oak and imported natural stone flooring, wainscoting, plantation shutters, coffered ceilings, custom cabinetry and built-ins, grass-cloth wall treatments, flagstone and ledger-stone accents. Other notable attributes include a separate guest casita; upgraded gourmet kitchen boasting granite counters, Jerusalem gold limestone back-splash, butler’s pantry with wine cooler and professional-grade appliances; executive office; two interior courtyards; and whole-house audio-visual system. Outdoors, a resort-style backyard with built-in BBQ, impressive stone fireplace, saltwater pool with spa and water feature make this residence perfect for relaxing and entertaining. Heightening this property’s allure is an outstanding list of Crystal Cove amenities encompassing playgrounds, swimming, fitness and tennis facilities, plus access to the region’s best schools, shopping and dining, Crystal Cove State Park, nearby Fashion Island, John Wayne Airport.

For Sale: $3,480,000

To receive additional information on this property please contact HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty Listing Agents, John Cain and Quentin Priddy.

 

New Listing – 3221 Bern Court, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

New Listing - 3221 Bern Court, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Capturing miles of uninterrupted ocean vistas, this soft-contemporary hilltop estate merges uncommon privacy with quality in a truly inspirational setting.The gated 2-acre estate commands the ocean side of a small cul-de-sac and boundless acres of natural open space. Taking full advantage of the impressive panoramas, Morris Skendarian designed the 6,600sf home with impressive 14′ ceilings, walls of glass and 2,500sf of outdoor terraces – fusing indoor and outdoor spaces. Living Room has sit down ocean view, Family Room opens to pool deck, Formal Dining Room accommodates 20, gourmet Kitchen boasts sleek SieMatic cabinetry, 10′ Island, eating nook, 15′ Skylight, Master Bedroom suite spans 1,500sf with spa-quality bath, Gym and private outdoor terrace with stairs to pool. Three add’l en suite bedrooms, main level Office/Library with floor-to-ceiling Koa cabinetry, upstairs Media/Family Room lined with Tiger Maple built-ins. Spiral staircase of Maple/curved glass with operable oculus skylight, Fleetwood sliding doors, select hard surfaces of limestone, slab marble granite and book-matched onyx. Glass panels surround entire ocean view pool deck with island bbq, serene natural habitat lounging areas, 4 car garage and parking for 10. Truly a masterpiece.

For Sale: $7,195,000

To receive additional information on this property please contact HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty Listing Agent, John Stanaland.

 

New Listing – 3812 Seascape Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

New Listing - 3812 Seascape Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Waterfront home is located on a quiet cul-de-sac on Trinidad Island with spectacular views. Large granite, center-island kitchen with harbour views, separate family, dining and living rooms, wet bar, spiral staircase and air conditioning. Huge master bedroom with fireplace, retreat/sitting area and large deck overlooking the harbor. One bedroom downstairs, large waterfront back yard with grassy area, spa, outdoor shower, firepit built in BBQ and plenty of seating great for entertaining . Large lot for with private dock and finished 3 car garage.

For Sale: $2,475,000

To receive additional information on this property please contact HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty Listing Agent, Sean Stanfield.

 

New Listing – 521 North Carlisle Place, Orange, CA 92869

New Listing - 521 North Carlisle Place, Orange, CA 92869

Stunning views: this elegantly designed house has the main living areas situated on the same level as the infinity pool and patio areas. Included are the master suite, three bedroom suites, family room, large kitchen nook, formal dining room, large gourmet kitchen, and a conveniently located powder room. The views are spectacular from throughout the main living areas. Large bay windows in the master suite and kitchen nook frame picturesque sunrise panoramas of the Santa Ana Mountains and snow capped San Gabriel Mountains as they are reflected from the breath taking infinity pool and spa. This magnificent custom property is located in the gated community of Prospect Hills across from the world famous Orange Hill Restaurant and overlooks the prestigious equestrian neighborhood of Orange Park Acres and the Cleveland National Forest.

For Sale: $2,150,000

To receive additional information on this property please contact HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty Listing Agent, Duane Burns.

 

New Listing – 280 High Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

New Listing - 280 High Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

“One of a kind” North Laguna home with panoramic white water, ocean & city light views. Home awarded most beautifully landscaped residential property in California 2013. No expense spared on this “Ultra” custom home completed in 2011 and occupied only seasonally. Triple plaster waxed walls, heated tile floors, 3 beds, 3 1/2 baths, 3 fireplaces, handcrafted mahogany doors/windows throughout, Media room, AC. Incredible 16 foot custom handcrafted walnut paneled Dining Room with Ocean View! This beautifully designed custom built home with open floor plan anchored by a very unique 10’ custom made walnut copper topped bar with sink, wine storage, refrigerator/ice maker and “hidden 42″ large screen TV. Master bath promises to knock anyone’s socks off. Home is enhanced by a Sono sound systems with individual room volume controls. The “Show Kitchen” with barreled ceiling, butlers pantry, soapstone counters, duel dishwashers, duel refrigerators, Mieli Espresso bar, solid walnut island complete with everything an active gourmet cook would want. Drop dead gorgeous Guest Suite with ocean views and fireplace in rear of the award winning street to street property. 20 foot authentic Birch Bark Canoe optional! Truly one of a kind that is a must see home!

For Sale: $3,995,000

To receive additional information on this property please contact HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty Listing Agent, Bob Dornin.

 

New Listing – 22 Black Falcon, Irvine, CA 92603

New Listing - 22 Black Falcon, Irvine, CA 92603

This is one of Shady Canyon’s premiere Santa Barbara estates. It is located on a quiet, single loaded cul-de-sac with panoramic views. This 7,683 square foot home captures natural light and includes high end finishes that complement the architecture. Built by Haigh Builders, this home has an exceptional floor plan with a large master wing and guest suite on the main level and three additional bedrooms and a large bonus room upstairs. A separate guest casita, wine tasting room and cellar, an outdoor fireplace, barbecue, pool and spa, provide all the necessary amenities. The motor court offers guest parking and leads to the subterranean garage, accommodating at least six cars.

For Sale: $6,895,000

To receive additional information on this property please contact HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty Listing Agent, Ron Millar.

OC Register: Summer Real-Estate Lull Mixed Bag for Unlikely Pro

OC Register: Summer Real-Estate Lull Mixed Bag for Unlikely Pro

BY JONATHAN LANSNER / STAFF COLUMNIST

Mike Shapiro has an uneasy feeling, one that’s refreshingly surprising for a real estate brokerage owner coming off a record month.

Shapiro is chairman of Hom Sotheby’s International Realty, a Newport Beach-based operation with a network of upscale-oriented brokerages stretching from Los Angeles’ Westside through Orange County’s beach towns and out to Palm Springs’ desert enclaves.

In June, Hom agents sold a company-best $325 million in property. Shapiro is stunned that it looks like July’s projected closings will be roughly half that sum.

One month doesn’t make a trend, he notes. But the sharp drop, paralleling other hints at economic anxiety, is, if nothing else, thought-provoking.

Shapiro, who in a previous career traded stocks, wonders if recent skittishness among Wall Street traders bubbled over into real estate. The continued modest level of overall economic recovery doesn’t help build huge momentum for property investments, even in the high-price communities that Hom serves. And global instabilities, political and economic, certainly don’t boost confidence.

“Something is up … I don’t know what,” the 51-year-old executive says.

Real estate executives usually don’t like to publicly ponder the downside. It takes gobs of enthusiasm to sell housing, so optimism – even when uncalled for – is often the spoken word. Considering the business Shapiro sees, his warning signal is noteworthy in itself, even if Shapiro isn’t the typical real estate pro. In fact, he never sought out the industry before odd timing led him to the trade.

And don’t forget Shapiro’s knack for financial timing – taking control of Hom in 2008 just as the housing market was bottoming. While he dismisses any grand wisdom in that well-timed bet in a self-deprecating way – “What did I know? Nothing!” – let’s just say I can’t ignore a hot hand.

Hom has blossomed under Shapiro’s watch from 56 real estate salespeople doing $200 million in business in a year to a flock of 365 agents with $2 billion in sales.

But running a real estate brokerage wasn’t part of Shapiro’s career plan. In fact, he was attempting a youthful retirement – at 45 – when the opportunity came.

The native New Yorker acquired his primary wealth by trading stocks – actually being a “market maker” for Merck Pharmaceuticals shares – in Chicago. But a decade ago his wife, Tara, faced some medical challenges. As a result, the couple decided to slow down their lives. In 2006, Shapiro retired to Newport Beach.

“That didn’t go well,” he admits.

He apparently doesn’t possess the stay-at-home persona. Plus, he had little interest in traditional retirement endeavors. So in his brief respite from the full-time working world, he took on some relatively part-time business efforts, none of which amounted to much.

Except in 2008. That’s when he failed to help merge an Arizona real estate brokerage with Hom. That oddly left Shapiro with the chance to recapitalize the relatively new Orange County realty firm on his own. Hom, founded in 2005, badly needed fresh financial oomph to fight off the ravages of the recession.

Quickly, Shapiro had to learn the real estate business, and it was a moment when the industry needed fresh eyes. Shapiro saw an industry where too many boom years made too many real estate salespeople forget what mattered most.