R Coastal Serving Laguna Beach & Newport Beach Communities “We’re trying to balance the needs of the client with environmental issues and pull them together in the architecture we create.” By Lana Johnson Recognized nationally and internationally as true artisans in the designs of stunning and en-vironmentally embracing private homes and es-tates, I sat down with principal architects Brion Jeannette, AIA, NCARB and Amy Creager, AIA, LEED, AP of Brion Jeannette Architecture to find out more about their creative work. Q: Define the word “architecture.” Brion: Architecture is the built environment. It involves engineering, bridges, high rise build-ings. It also takes in city planning and preserva-tion of the earth. It encompasses everywhere we live, work and play. Q: What are some of the defining principles that lure you into taking the projects you do? Brion: Since 1974, our work has been evolv-ing. Even right now we’re doing smaller remod-el work, as well as projects from concept to com-pletion. Amy: It’s more about the individual. Lovely people are great to work with, whether they’re do-ing a bathroom or a huge spread. Brion: I think what does happen and is inter-esting is our career. Amy has been with me for 20 years. Throughout our career we continue to span every type, size and style of project very comfort-ably. So, when someone comes in and says they need a ‘facelift,” we can do that. In fact we have fun doing it, because it’s important to be respect-ful of the existing building ... not just tear it down. And the whole concept of “green” very much featured home Traditional Home with Unparalleled Bayfront Views eal estate guide defining architecture OCTObEr 15, 2010 | VOL. 1, ISSUE 6 speaks to using what you have and pulling it back to life. Q: Where do you get your inspiration from? Brion: Inspiration on the project really comes from the client. Everyone has their own vision and dream. Amy and I are here to fulfill that dream. We sit down with each client to understand what their needs are. That really gives us the inspiration, then we bring in the architectural and environmental so-lution as we develop a program. Sometimes the site is very important in determining the direction we’ll go – its context, the neighborhood, that also deter-mines how we’ll approach a project. A client may want to make a statement, but we make sure it’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 LOCATION: 853 Via Lido Soud, Lido Isle OFFER: $10,900,000 AGENTS: Alison McCormick with Teles Properties CALL: 949.355.4104 EMAIL: alison.mccormick@ telesproperties.com WEBSITE: 853vialidosoud.com Prime Lido Isle Location with a Dock and Sandy Beach One of Lido Isle’s premier bayfront homes is situated on almost a double lot in a prime location with a dock that can accommodate a large yacht plus side ties for smaller boats and a sandy beach. This warm traditional home features a dramatic gated courtyard entry with two fountains and large stepping stones over a koi fish-pond. There is a two-story entry with a skylight that is perfect for displaying art collections, a formal dining room with bay views and a living room complete with high ceilings, a fireplace and walls of glass for forever bay and sunset views. An unmatched gourmet kitchen is complemented by bay views, large storage drawers and Beach haVeNs NEIGHbOrHOOD SPOTLIGHT Fairywood Lane re-discovered Fairywood Lane, Victory Walk, Roosevelt Lane, Mulligan Drive, Woodland, Arroyo … just to name a few of the enticing footpaths, pedes-trian walkways, lanes, and streets located within one mile of downtown and unknown to many. Bordered by: On the east by the canyon, on the south by the Sawdust Art Festival grounds, on the west by Laguna Canyon Road and to the north by Canyon Acres Drive. It is situated just off Laguna Canyon Road, where Broadway transitions into Laguna Canyon. History: This tree-lined and verdant area is home to current and past artists, designers, chefs and many cultural “creatives.” Just one of the many colorful characters and renowned artists who built his studio-home in this area was Andy Wing. Well known in Laguna, he referred to himself as a “colorist.” His work CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 multiple refrigerators, freezers, ovens, warming drawers and a butler’s pantry. The cozy large family room has custom bookcases and a private bathroom. The spacious master bedroom suite with soaring ceilings has walls of glass for maximum bay, sunset and city lights views. There is also a private bay side deck, two walk-in closets and beautiful built-in bookcases, perfect for your private desk area. There are four other light and bright bedrooms; one currently is being used as a large private office. Other amenities include a four-car garage, air conditioning and a security system. This spectacular home should not be missed! New ListiNgs/homes iN escrow-cLosed Homes newly listed for sale in Newport Beach during the two-week period of 9/22/2010-10/6/2010 was 48 homes. Of these homes, the highest priced property was listed at $6,895,000. The lowest priced property was listed at $360,000. Homes newly listed for sale in Laguna Beach during the two-week period of 9/22/2010-10/6/2010 was 22 homes. Of these homes, the highest priced property was listed at $15,900,000. The lowest priced property was listed at $475,000. Homes that went into escrow and/or closed in Newport Beach for the two-week period of 9/22/2010-10/6/2010 was 13 homes. These homes were categorized in the MLS as “backup offers,” “pending sale,” or “closed sale.” Homes that went into escrow and/or closed in Laguna Beach for the two-week period of 9/22/2010-10/6/2010 was 5 homes. These homes were categorized in the MLS as “backup offers,” “pending sale,” or “closed sale.” DATA COMPILED FROM THE SOCAL MLS ON OCT. 6, 2010 AND PROVIDED BY TORELLI REALTY.