Real eState GuIde Serv ing Laguna Beach & Newport Beach Communities APrIl 8, 2011 | VOl. 1, ISSUE 22 CoaStal A GOlDEN TOUCh AND A GrEEN ThUmb one-on-one with Robert Cohen – the King of Succulents “his hard work ethic and perseverance, coupled with his green thumb and his golden touch have brought him places that were impossible to even dream about.” By Jill Fales The year was 1930. A family-owned flower shop with an attached house for the owners stood at Long Beach Boulevard and Vernon in Long Beach. Robert Cohen was the last of nine Cohen children and like all of his siblings, was raised working in the family business. It was there that his love of plants and flowers first took root. By the time little Robert was seven, he was selling gardenias with his father. “When I was 11, I could do it myself. I sold a gardenia and a rose with a pretty ribbon, with foil on the stem and a pin for 75 cents. My favorite spot was the Plantation Club on 107th and Central Avenue.” Duke Ellington, Billy Holliday, and Ella Fitzgerald frequented the club and men would buy their ladies one of Robert’s gardenias. At 15 years old, Robert would spend his Friday and Saturday nights selling his flowers in Hollywood. “That’s when Hollywood was really something,” Robert said. He recalls every detail. “I would take a street car and two buses. I had 12 flowers in a box and had three boxes tied together. I wouldn’t come home until I had sold them all.” He would sell his gardenias and roses at the legendary Flight Deck, Brown Derby and the Palladium. So how did the little boy selling flowers become the Newport Beach man who in 1989 purchased one of Newport’s most famed residences on the bay – John Wayne’s former home, the man who in the same year christened the P’zazz, the largest yacht in Newport Bay, (until he sold it in 2009), and the man who built and owns the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills? Cohen, affectionately known as R.C., gained many things along his life’s journey. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 featured home Bright and Airy Duplex is in the Heart of Corona del Mar Village Great Income Property in Move-In Condition is a Walk to the Beach, Shopping and Restaurants LOCATION: 415 Marigold, Corona del Mar OFFER: $1,089,000 AGENT: Aida Hobson, Franklin Realty PHONE: 949.640.7000 or cell: 949.400.0575 EmAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Come and see this charming duplex, located in the heart of Corona del Mar Village. This property is within walking dis-tance to the beach, parks, shops, market and restaurants. Both units are bright and airy with lots of windows. The front unit is a two bedroom, one bath with a private patio. The rear unit is a one bedroom, one bath with its own private patio. This great income property is in move-in condition. Just renovated, it is perfect for an investor to build two condos on the lot (floor plans for condos are 80% completed). Shown by appointment only, this duplex will be sold as is. BeaCh haVeNs NEIGhbOrhOOD SPOTlIGhT NEW lISTINGS/hOmES IN ESCrOW ClOSED nity which was built in 1970, after it was purchased by the late actor James Cagney. Bordered by: The boundaries and cross streets are Newport Boulevard to the south, Hospital Road to the east, Superior Avenue to the north and Pacific Coast Highway to the west. Views: Some of the homes have the most exciting views of the bay and Pacific Ocean. Homes: There are 449 condo homes in Villa Balboa and Seafaire. There are a few typical floor plans in the community. The “2” master plan is approximately 1,320 square feet with two bedrooms CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 Villa Balboa and Seafaire, Newport Beach Introduction to the Enclave: Villa Balboa and Seafaire share a unique location on the bluffs of Newport Beach, high above Newport Harbor and the Pacific Ocean in the Newport Heights area. The community is fenced with the Versailles commu-• According to the MLS, the number of homes newly listed for sale in Newport Beach during the two-week period of 3/14-3/28/2011 was 52 homes. Of these new homes on the market, the highest priced property was listed at $12,900,000. The lowest priced property was listed at $360,360. • According to the MLS, the number of homes newly listed for sale in Laguna Beach during the two-week period of 3/14-3/28/2011 was 30 homes. Of these new homes on the market, the highest priced property was listed at $6,195,000. The lowest priced property was listed at $474,000. • According to the MLS, the number of homes that went into escrow and/or closed in Newport Beach for the two-week period of 3/14-3/28/2011 was 31 homes. These homes were categorized in the MLS as “backup offers,” “pending sale,” or “closed sale.” • According to the MLS, the number of homes that went into escrow and/or closed in Laguna Beach for the two-week period of 3/14-3/28/2011 was 16 homes. These homes were categorized in the MLS as “backup offers,” “pending sale,” or “closed sale.” DATA CAPTURED MARCH 29, 2011 AND PROVIDED BY TORELLI REALTY.