FROM THE PUBLISHERS OF “Our Town-Our Paper” coastalrealestateguideoc.com | Serving Laguna Beach & Newport Beach Communities APRIL 11, 2014 | VOL. 4, ISSUE 15 FEATURED PROPERTY: LAGUNA NIGUEL Ocean-View Home Attuned to Musical Pursuits A Tudor-style estate in the gate-guarded community of Monarch Point boasts 8,400 square feet of living space featuring six bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. This property offers spectacular views of whitewater coastline and city lights. In addition, its formal dining, living rooms, and office also capture extensive ocean views. Interior appointments include a sound-proof family room with a floor to ceiling custom stone fireplace, in-home theatre, professional music/recording studio, guest quarters, a private studio apartment, two offices, and a gym. For the chef in the family, the kitchen is equipped with Viking appliances, granite counters and quiet-closing cabinets. Outside, a pool and spa with water slide and built-in kitchen invite entertainment. Offering price: $4,488,000 Address: 31782 Isle Vista, Laguna Niguel Agent info: Lee Ann Canaday, Canaday Group, RE/MAX Fine Homes, 949-249-2424 ONE ON ONE WITH JIM GRANT A Wood Doctor is in the House By Gina Dostler You might have seen him, watched him sanding and coating one of the many benches Laguna Beach provides for its residents and visitors. Jim Grant aka Jim the Deck Guy, loves what he does, taking weathered wood and making it shine to its former beauty, restoring not only its look, but its structure as well. Wood moves and breathes with its own life and Grant, with his years of knowledge and unbounded enthusiasm, knows how to make wood better, whether it’s an old deck or fence in need of repair. Q: What are the main problems with decks? A: Basically lumber deteriorates slowly over time with wear and tear from weather, dogs, kids, and sprinkler over-spray the main culprits, making the wood split, crack and turn grey. This also includes fencing, overhead patio coverings, garage doors, and entry-way gates. Time is the biggest catalyst, and about 8-10 years wood will start to splinter and crack if it is not properly constructed and maintained. And many times, the problem isn’t self evident. Q: And that is where you come in. A: I have been working on decks for over 24 years, restoring and making them beautiful again. There are those decks that need attention because they had a flaw in the design and not properly maintained. For instance, people don’t understand the importance of proper coating. Applying the wrong coating that ends up breaking down more quickly causes the deterioration process of the wood to start faster. Think of the coating as sunscreen for the lumber. It protects it from sun, wind, and rain. And depending on the type of wood, it’s exposure to the elements and other factors determine the type of coating necessary to keep it sound and beautiful for its Continued on page 2 Jim Grant Admirer Jack King appreciates a bench recently refinished on Laguna’s Main Beach.