From the Editor’s Desk: March 25, 2011


    Our One-on-One this week is with Nate Kuchera, vice president, Coast Capital Group who answers some questions about the current mortgage lending environment.

    Anne and John Hoover with the Hoover McInnes Group and agents with Surterre Properties, live and specialize in Newport’s charming Beacon Bay. They share this enclave’s unique charm, proximity to the “turning basin,” the grassy estradas that are conducive to myriad community events – all which contribute to a low-key, vintage beach lifestyle.

    Check out our Making a Difference story, where the Laguna Board of Realtors raised much needed funds for the local animal shelter at the recent Tivoli Too! champagne and jazz brunch, as part of the Laguna Beach a la Carte – A Food & Wine Experience, a four-day event held March 10-13.

    Spring has arrived! And with the changing of the seasons, we here in Southern California will be enjoying even more time outdoors with friends and family. Find out from Jill Fales how hammocks are making a comeback. Now they’re available in great colors and patterns, durable fabrics that are mildew resistant and fast drying, making them the perfect choice for extra seating near your pool or spa.

    Read Duncan Forgey’s account of Corona del Mat in Then and Now. He is an agent with Prudential California Realty, and enjoys sharing a historical perspective on some of Newport’s special neighborhoods.

    Find out the latest stats for your ZIP code on the Market View pages.

    If you haven’t had the opportunity yet, purchase your tickets and tour the Philharmonic House of Design – Maison de la Mer in Newport Coast – which is only open until March 27. I toured this beautiful French-inspired estate on Tuesday. Not only are the spaces exquisitely designed, I picked up some great decorating tips, as well. Tickets are $35. Park in the Los Trancos Area at Crystal Cove State Park off PCH, and you’ll be shuttled up to the residence. There are also unique gift opportunities and a cafe, courtesy of The Golden Truffle … so enjoy lunch with spectacular coastline views. The proceeds benefit the Philharmonic Society’s Youth Music Education Programs. For more information, call 714.840.7542 or visit

    As always, I look forward to hearing from you and welcome your story ideas.

    My Fave Quotes in This Issue

    “Drop your kayak, sailboat or paddle board in the water right from Beacon Bay or enjoy time in the sun on the quiet beach.”

    “In the 1950s, Newport Beach became the choice of the young and daring to live and raise a family.”

    “Living along the coast, it’s important to choose a hammock that is durable and can withstand the constant sea air.”