R Coastal Serving Laguna Beach & Newport Beach Communities seaside style “Fire pits are less expensive to install than outdoor fire-places and create great conversation areas.” BrIdget SkInner, Landscape designer By Jill Fales Bridget Skinner, a landscape designer who owns and operates Bridget Skinner Land-scape Design based in Newport Beach, cre-ates outdoor spaces that take full advantage of our temperate climate and penchant for living near the sea. Describing current landscaping trends as clean and fresh, this translates to the “form follows function” principle of design, where one strives to find a balance of usability, beauty and economy. “More is not necessarily better,” Skinner says. Vegetable gardens are also definitely in fashion along the coast. “Whether it is in pots due to space limitations or raised beds, I’m finding people are happy to sacrifice space to create their kitchen garden.” Fire pits have become extremely popular again. “They are not the lava rock variety we all think of from the ‘60s and ‘70s,” Skinner reflects. “Fire pits are less expensive to install than outdoor fireplaces and create great con-versation areas.” FEAtUrED HoME Tudor Style with an Ocean View Although Skinner knows what is “hot” along the coast right now, she is adamant about meeting the needs of her individual clients and does not believe in telling her cli-ents what they should do. “I enjoy getting to know the nuances of each client’s lifestyle and working with them to create an environment that best meets their needs.” Clients can be as involved as much or as little as they wish. Many people want a new and updated yard, yet need guidance. She designed an entirely new yard front and COntInUed On PAge 4 eal estate guide AUgUSt 6, 2010 | VOL. 1, ISSUe 1 LOCATION: 3317 Ocean Blvd, Corona del Mar Offer: $10,495,000 AgeNTS: Pablo X. Rener & William Cote with First Team Estates. CALL: 949-903-8297 or 714-856-2278 Beachfront Living at Its Finest in Corona del Mar This English Tudor custom residence perched above Corona del Mar’s Main Beach has direct access to the sand. Exuding old-world charm, it has been recently remodeled with nine new doors, 36 new windows, all new exterior plas-ter and new paint. There is extensive use of Bouquet Canyon stone on the exterior, around the Jacuzzi, in the barbecue platform areas and on the driveway. Features include a large, lovely English garden in the front yard, and a spacious rear INSIDE Making A Difference Transition Laguna 3 Beach Havens Cherry Lake 4 Ask the Experts 5 Living Here Balboa Island 6 Edible Gardening 10 Market View Newport Beach: 126 total homes listed as in the above categories LaguNa Beach: 58 total homes listed as in the above categories pAGE 5 Market update: For the Week Ending July 28, 2010 • Foreclosure and Short Sales information, courtesy of Torelli Realty. Foreclosures and Short Sales Update Here is a look at the number of homes identified in the MLS as being “in the foreclosure process,” “short sale offer submitted,” or “short sale/subject to lender approval,” “notice of default,” “REO/Lender-owned,” or “REO Offer(s) submitted.” These homes are currently either active listings, accepting backup offers or pending sales. yard situated directly on the beach. There is vehicle access to the lower yard via Breakers Drive. The rear yard has a sports court for paddle ball, basketball, shuffleboard and offers a large area for beachfront parties, plus a one-half bath. All major rooms offer 180 degree views. Additional amenities include a wine cellar, TV room, dedicated office and an elevator. There is off-street parking for six. This is oceanfront living at its finest.