From the Editor’s Desk


Our One-on-One is with Patti Brotherton, regional vice president-Orange County with Prudential California Realty, who is also a published author. She shares important lessons she’s learned, her take on the current real estate market and her passion for helping managers and agents, as well as serving the community.


Newport Heights is a special enclave … and popular among families. Agent Mary Campbell with Prudential California Realty shares its special attributes in our Neighborhood Spotlight. Look for two of the homes in this vibrant neighborhood on the upcoming Newport Harbor Home Tour on May 12.


Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna is a local’s secret spot. Find out from Marilie Croul-Bunce with HOM Real Estate Group what she enjoys so much about living here as she enjoys its unique amenities.


Fire Up the Grill … It’s barbecue time and writer Jill Fales interviews BBQ gurus Jay Contreras and Gary Smith with The BBQ Grill Outlet. Learn some great grilling tips  and the latest trends that are sure to impress your guests … and keep your family coming back for more. Grilling is also a healthful way to cook!


Wendy Blackband shares her interior design tip on how to keep your furnishings in proportion to your living spaces.


Then, check out the latest real estate stats where you live on our Market View pages.


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My Fave Quotes in This Issue:


“And, real estate always comes back strong because we are the only nation in the world with so much private ownership of homes.”


“You can live in a beautiful place, but if you’re not surrounded by neighbors and friends you enjoy then it is just another pretty place. The setting is beautiful and the residents are too.”


“Understanding scale and proportion is critical. One of the biggest (and most expensive) decorating mistakes is selecting furniture that is not the right size for the space.”


“Grilled vegetables and fruits are wonderful additions to any meal. Try slicing a peach in half, throw it on the grill then sprinkle with a little brown sugar and eat it over a bowl of ice cream.”