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Laguna Coldwell Realtor Receives 2018 Rising Star Award

Blake Aaron

The California Association of REALTORS® has presented Blake Aaron, an affiliate agent with the Laguna Beach office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, with the 2018 Rising Star Award, which is only given to 12 agents who have been licensed three years or less out of the 200,000 agents in the association.

“Growing up with a single mother who worked her way through college and a disabled wheelchair-bound sister, I learned quite early on about the barriers to homeownership for families. As a result, the seeds of my passion for real estate were sewn early on in my life, and that passion has fueled my desire to help families overcome whatever challenges they face in reaching their goals,” said Aaron. “I feel honored that my clients trust me to play such a vital role in their journey to homeownership.”

In January of this year, Aaron became an affiliate agent with the Laguna Beach office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.He was a top producer at his previous brokerage in the Conejo, Moorpark and Simi area. His sales volume in the last 12 months was in excess of $8.5 million.

“We are delighted to have Blake as part of our Coldwell Banker family of professionals,” said Ric Hernandez, the manager for the Laguna Beach office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “Blake is compassionate and intuitive, which allows him to accurately assess his clients’ needs and ensure a successful closing for every transaction. His high ethical standards, professionalism and business acumen are exactly what our industry needs now.”


Realtor Leo Chen of IMPACT Properties, Inc. won two tickets to this year’s Taste of Laguna during a raffle at the Laguna Beach Board of Realtors broker preview meeting.

Local Realtor Wins Tickets to Taste

Realtor Leo Chen of IMPACT Properties, Inc. won two tickets to this year’s Taste of Laguna during a raffle at the Laguna Beach Board of Realtors broker preview meeting.

“As a Realtor and a lover of art and the beach, my passion is helping people realize their real estate goals and the lifestyle they desire,” Chen said. “With over 30 years of combined experience, my team at IMPACT Properties, Inc. adheres to the core values of compassion, commitment, courage, competence, communication, cooperation, conviction, and contribution.”




Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach Opens Its Doors

Presenting a fresh hotel experience for Southern California travelers, the new Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach expects to conclude its transformative, property-wide redesign this fall. The fully renovated upscale hotel emerged in the Newport Beach zip code in March 2018 and aims to strike a balance between urban oasis and efficiency-driven destination with sophisticated settings, attentive service and thoughtful amenities.

“The new Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach offers an ideal upscale hospitality option for both travelers and locals due to our prime location midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, and adjacent to vibrant businesses and leisure destinations,” said Tom Clearwater, General Manager of Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach. “The complete renovation of this property has created an experience that connects travelers to who and what matters most to them. The hotel effectively appeals to the business traveler looking for sophistication and efficiency, as well as brides and meeting planners searching for a conveniently located upscale oasis.”

The contemporary new look of the 343-guestroom hotel was inspired by award-winning West Coast-based design firm Indidesign, which reimagined all guestrooms and suites, corridors, public spaces and 28,000 square feet of meetings and social event venues across the property. The upscale aesthetic was bred from an architectural approach that embraced the hotel’s existing footprint while redesigning it for a fresh and bespoke experience. Public spaces are dotted with intimate nooks, providing opportunity for connectivity. High-design touchpoints range from the black marble counter at the hotel’s BLVD cocktail bar, to the aviation-inspired commissioned art piece that welcomes guests at reception, a nod to the hotel’s close proximity to John Wayne Airport. Attention to detail resulted in a palette of high-quality materials throughout the hotel’s custom furnishings.

The hotel’s selection of amenities includes guestrooms complete with Italian marble-laden bathrooms, step-out balconies and 65” Smart TV’s; a fitness facility outfitted with Precor exercise equipment; dedicated stretching and yoga room; landscaped resort-style pool and jacuzzi; dining at WAVE Newport Beach with locally and sustainably driven California cuisine; craft cocktails at BLVD Bar; marketplace with elevated grab-and-go deli and bakery selections; concierge services; and complimentary shuttle transfer to John Wayne Airport, Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza.

The hotel also offers a host of venues and dining options to accommodate meetings or special events, with 28,000 square feet of flexible function space, ideal for corporate meetings, conventions and other occasions. Settings range from refined, fully customizable boardrooms, to 20,000 square feet of contiguous indoor/outdoor space, such as the Pacific Ballroom, which flows into the Monarch Pavilion and Lido Event Lawn.

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