Coastal Real Estate Guide January 13, 2017 : Page 1

FROM THE PUBLISHERS OF “Our Town-Our Paper” LAGUNA BEACH & NEWPORT BEACH COMMUNITIES CoastalRealEstateGuide.com JANUARY 13, 2017 | VOL. 7 , ISSUE 2 Restored Home Captures Arts and Crafts Style FEATURED PROPERTY: LAGUNA BEACH “To own The Ark is to own a piece of Laguna Beach history, and to live in it is to live in a work of art. A magical house in a magical spot, it is one of those rare homes that has the power to truly enrich a life,” according to Scott Fitzgerrell, whose family owned the historic Woods Cove home for 65 years. The Arts and Crafts style home was built in 1923 by Laguna Beach architect Jean L. Egasse. The home was designed like a large boat, replete with hand-tied rope work, hand-carved woods and beams, expert joinery and hand placed stonework. In 2006, the property was painstakingly restored by its current owners, two dedicated preservationists, retaining all of its original architectural integrity, charm and whimsical style. Details include an ocean view living room with a timbered inglenook and stone fi replace, view decks, and the Crow’s Nest, a studio apartment above the garage. It even boasts a private stairway to the beach. Offering price: $8,775,000 Address: 2191 Ocean Way, Laguna Beach Agents info: Mike Johnson, 949.698.1302, mjohnson@villarealestate.com Steve High, 949.874.4724, shigh@villarealestate.com ASK THE EXPERT Garage Envy – A Driving Force for Change By Holly Schwartz Today I saw a photo of a garage that had been transformed into a piece of art. It put my garage to shame and I immediately felt a stab of jealousy. Just like any other part of our home, it’s understandable to be inspired by beauty. We’ve all heard that fi rst impressions are the most important with real estate, but it turns out there is something to be said for the lasting impression too. There are several reasons to con-sider giving your garage some wow factor. For instance, you may be in need of some extra space to stash belongings. A clean looking cabinet and shelving system can help maxi-mize the room you have for storage and of course give your garage a tidy look. Another reason to fi x up your ga-rage is for hobby purposes. If you’re going to be spending any amount of time in your garage, it makes sense to want to make it a little nicer. For some people, it’s their place to tool around. Others enjoy watching sports and making it a “man-cave.” And of course there are always car buffs who want to store cars, restore cars, and idolize their cars in this Continued on page 2 Holly Schwartz NEW HOME RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH THE OF YOUR DREAMS CELEBRATING 10 YEARS BRE#01778230 Has the new year inspired you to make a move? Let us put our expertise to work helping to take care of the process for you from start to finish. There’s no better place to kick off 2017 than in the comfort of a new home.

Featured Property: Laguna Beach

Restored Home Captures Arts and Crafts Style

“To own The Ark is to own a piece of Laguna Beach history, and to live in it is to live in a work of art. A magical house in a magical spot, it is one of those rare homes that has the power to truly enrich a life,” according to Scott Fitzgerrell, whose family owned the historic Woods Cove home for 65 years. The Arts and Crafts style home was built in 1923 by Laguna Beach architect Jean L. Egasse. The home was designed like a large boat, replete with hand-tied rope work, hand-carved woods and beams, expert joinery and hand placed stonework. In 2006, the property was painstakingly restored by its current owners, two dedicated preservationists, retaining all of its original architectural integrity, charm and whimsical style. Details include an ocean view living room with a timbered inglenook and stone fireplace, view decks, and the Crow’s Nest, a studio apartment above the garage. It even boasts a private stairway to the beach.

Offering price: $8,775,000
Address: 2191 Ocean Way, Laguna Beach
Agents info: Mike Johnson, 949.698.1302, mjohnson@villarealestate.com
Steve High, 949.874.4724, shigh@villarealestate.com

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Holly Schwartz

Garage Envy – A Driving Force for Change

Today I saw a photo of a garage that had been transformed into a piece of art. It put my garage to shame and I immediately felt a stab of jealousy. Just like any other part of our home, it’s understandable to be inspired by beauty. We’ve all heard that first impressions are the most important with real estate, but it turns out there is something to be said for the lasting impression too.

There are several reasons to consider giving your garage some wow factor. For instance, you may be in need of some extra space to stash belongings. A clean looking cabinet and shelving system can help maximize the room you have for storage and of course give your garage a tidy look.

Another reason to fix up your garage is for hobby purposes. If you’re going to be spending any amount of time in your garage, it makes sense to want to make it a little nicer. For some people, it’s their place to tool around. Others enjoy watching sports and making it a “man-cave.” And of course there are always car buffs who want to store cars, restore cars, and idolize their cars in this space.

Yet another motive behind updating a garage is to give it a clean appearance. Those unsightly cracks and stains are certainly not welcoming. By redoing the floor, you can give your garage an image that matches the rest of the home.

It’s pretty safe to say that you won’t find a garage remodel on many lists of things to improve to add value to your home. But it is a question that is often asked about since people generally want to know if they will recoup their investment on home remodeling projects. So can you expect a return? Let’s look at the benefits. You’ve created more usable, functional space when you finish out a garage. You may not technically be able to count it as living space but the increased usage of the space can’t be underrated. Whether it’s a place to store boxes, a place to retreat, or a place to show off, pride of ownership really does show from a garage that’s been done up. Home values tend to appreciate more (and be appreciated more) when they are upgraded.

Of course, as with any remodel project, it is possible to overdo it. Value is in the eye of the beholder so improvements may not always be as worthwhile for one person as they are for another. Still, improving the function of the garage space cannot be overlooked. So overall, even though the garage may be one of the last places in a house you will see, it completes the masterpiece of the overall presentation of the home. When a home has been planned down to the very last detail it will create a lasting impression.

Holly Schwartz is a realtor with Villa Real Estate who lives in Eastside Costa Mesa and has been featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. She can be reached at Hschwartz@VillaRealEstate.Com.

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