FROM THE PUBLISHERS OF “Our Town-Our Paper” coastalrealestateguideoc.com | Serving Laguna Beach & Newport Beach Communities OCTOBER 10, 2014 | VOL. 4, ISSUE 41 Estate Rivals Perches on Italy’s Coastline Named Villa Allegria, this five-bedroom, six-bath home reflects a European ethos, from its rustic curved-tile roof imported from Italy and France to hand-blown glass fixtures and Venetian plaster. The 6,300-square feet vision was created by architect Bob White and appointed by Michael Smith Interiors, the White House decorator since 2008. Its entry, lushly landscaped with mature olive and cypress trees, provides an inviting entrée into a great room with ocean views, oversized beams of reclaimed timber and a French stone fireplace. A chef-caliber kitchen presents top-of-the-line modern appliances and custom-crafted cabinetry. A master suite showcases a closet with African burl wood cabinetry and a spacious master bath with a copper and zinc soaking tub. Opposite the suite awaits a wine cellar with an 850-bottle capacity. Custom built-in shelving and cabinetry also outfit an office, a formal library and media room. The grounds, planted with ficus hedges, Aleppo and stone pines, include a private guest suite or maid quarters, a salt-water pool and an outdoor dining area with wood-burning fireplace. Offering price: $12,950,000 Address: 640 Diamond St., Laguna Beach Agent info: Brian G. Johnson, (949) 939-8000, firstname.lastname@example.org Teles Properties, (949) 270-0440, 12 Corporate Plaza Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660 FEATURED PROPERTY: LAGUNA BEACH ONE ON ONE WITH “GREEN” GENE SOTTOSANTO: The Conscious Gardner By Gina Dostler A professional ecologist, Gene Sottosanto spends hours of his own time clearing local landscapes of invasive species. His love of nature and joy in gardening puts him in a different category of landscaper. The Laguna Beach resident knows the relationship between living things and the environment and sculpts beautiful ecosystems with functional purpose and integrity. He believes an intelligent gardener enhances the value of space, light, water and materials for the benefit of the homeowner’s environment. Q: Why do you think routine maintenance of gardening could use a change? A: Awareness of ways to keep our ecological environment intact has made great strides with water conservation, trading lawns for native plants, along with improved energy usage. Yet many people still give little thought to garden maintenance and how a mindful gardener goes about it. Instead many gardeners are hired based on rates not ability. And most of these gardeners work on the basis of how many yards they can clip in a day, so the fastest way becomes the best way. Gardening is a living art Continued on page 2 A lush tropical-like ecosystem sets the scene for a meandering footpath.