FROM THE PUBLISHERS OF “Our Town-Our Paper” LAGUNA BEACH & NEWPORT BEACH COMMUNITIES CoastalRealEstateGuide.com SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 | VOL. 7 , ISSUE 35 Spacious Spread Available in Emerald Bay FEATURED PROPERTY: LAGUNA BEACH The main level of a 5,176 sq. ft. ocean view home encompasses four bedrooms and most public rooms. The master suite includes an en suite spa bath and two other bedrooms also include en suite baths. The other public rooms include a formal living, dining, kitchen, family room and office area. The recently renovated kitchen has commercial grade appliances, custom cabinets and Silestone countertops. Folding glass doors in dining/kitchen area open to a spacious ocean view deck. The lower level comes equipped with a custom bar, surround sound, lounge seating and a fifth bedroom with access to a private spa. There are multiple patio areas, solar panels, skylights, a laundry room and three-car garage. The location allows quick access to Emerald Bay amenities. Offering price: $6,895,000 Address: 267 Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach Agents info: Danielle Purcell, 949.874.1187 | Denise Campanelli, 949.697.2305 | Jill Lockhart, 714.928.5519 Team Laguna, TeamLaguna.com ONE ON ONE WITH BRETT DOUGHERTY Stepping Up to Redefine Cityscapes Hit by Demographic Change Q: What problems do you see in Orange County? A: Several things. There are the changing demographics, population growth and rising housing costs. Q: How are we utilizing the knowledge of architects to take care of this? A: There is a big movement in AIA in gathering architects and infusing them into government positions to advocate and help plan our future by being part of the city’s council. Because architects are thinkers they need to take more of an active role in policy making, to get in there and infuse the very ideas needed to shift our society into something even better. And that is done through local government in a more public role. Q: Describe the demographic changes affecting our future. A: There are interesting shifts going on. It is the first time we have a generation of 20 year olds still living at home. The Millennials are the big hitters right now for housing trends. OC is unique in regards to rentals rates as they continue to rise. This works against the millennials as they seek living on their own. Housing rates also continue to rise making it harder to become a first-time homeowner. But at the same time, it forces the millenials to save money to buy into a home by finding alternative means to live. Then there are the baby-boomers, who are now into a new phase of living. Q: What’s new with the baby-boomers? A: Their needs now are based on their concerns of aging. They are looking for single-level housing, minimizing the amount of steps to climb. Newer housing developments in south county are building on those concerns but at the same time not isolating them. Developments such as Rancho Mission Viejo are bringing together both the 55+ single-level and traditional family housing for a multi-general community. This is the trend we see in places where space is readily available to build. They can develop more positive measures to address these issues. Whereas in our local area, space is very limited and housing developments are still focusing on bigger multi-level homes. Q: So if millenials are priced out and the focus on building is still on family homes, where is Continued on page 2 Brett Dougherty By Gina Dostler The population growth in Orange County continues to rise and so does the region’s housing prices. Brett Dougherty, president of the Orange County branch of the American Institute of Architects, points out that communities need to recognize demographic shifts and take measures to remain vibrant.