Estate of Grace

Modern interiors meet the ocean's edge at this exquisite Newport Coast abode


Written by Wendy Bowman


This gorgeous contemporary home in the ultra-exclusive, 24-hour guard-gated community of Pelican Point in Newport Coast yields many surprises. Envision an abundance of built-ins that almost eliminate the need for furniture; a hidden doorway that opens to reveal a set of stairs that leads to a loft playroom atop one of the bedrooms; an indoor pool flanked by sauna and steam rooms; and a massive underground garage. Not to mention beautiful golf course and coastal views from numerous balconies and a spacious backyard patio, along with direct entree to the beaches and trails of Crystal Cove State Park.

“I love the fact that this custom home is a great value in the sought-after guard-gated community of Pelican Point,” says Hosana Saputra of Surterre Properties, who is listing the stacked stone and stucco property for $8.9 million. “I also love the modern interiors and private beach access from the neighborhood.”

From its location at 14 Pelican Point Drive—on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway, along the 11th fairway of the prestigious Pelican Hill Golf Course—the five-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath home was built in 2001. Set within its more than 7,000 square feet of open and meticulously designed living space are soaring decorative ceilings, Brazilian sandalwood and travertine flooring, maple walls, numerous skylights and designer lighting throughout. A handy elevator also provides service to all three levels.

Within the home’s gated entrance lies a lavishly landscaped courtyard that leads to its beautifully crafted front door. Once inside the grand foyer, one finds the main living level ahead. An office sporting an attractive built-in window seat rests on the left, while a resplendent living space with a cozy fireplace to the right is bordered by a formal dining room boasting a wet bar with a sink and a duo of wine coolers. Traversing to the rear of the home, one encounters a family room with a fireplace located adjacent to a spacious modern kitchen featuring a massive granite-topped island with ample room for dining and entertaining, along with Sub-Zero, Dacor and Gaggenau appliances (including a double dishwasher, built-in refrigerator, double oven, six-burner stove, food warmer and built-in steamer) and a breakfast nook. A doorway leads to a fenced yard highlighted by a patio that offers golf course and ocean views, as well as a fire pit surrounded by marble stools. An en-suite guest bedroom also is on this level.

Ascend the wooden, spiral staircase to the second level and uncover a trio of en-suite bedrooms, all with private balconies and one with the aforementioned hidden stairs leading to a loft playroom. Most notably, the spacious master suite features a seating area with a fireplace; a spa-like bath with double vanities, a Jacuzzi tub, a large walk-in shower with multiple showerheads and a water closet holding a bidet and toilet; and dual walk-in closets with skylights. For added convenience, an additional laundry room is placed directly outside of the master suite.

Rounding out this home’s special allure is the lower level—a study in luxury and recreation. Along with the previously mentioned indoor jet-stream pool, as well as sauna and steam rooms, this space accommodates an authentic Japanese-inspired tatami room that can be used for meditation and yoga with sliding rice paper doors, a game room and a light-filled karaoke room with built-in sofas that opens to a patio featuring a seating area. The piece de resistance? An almost 2,000-square-foot subterranean garage designed for hosting events (complete with a stage and screen) and up to six automobiles.

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Presented by Hosana Saputra, Surterre Properties | 714 865 1688

Coastal Haven

Located in the luxury community of Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach, this four-bedroom house showcases exceptional oceanfront views, honoring nature in a glorious way 


Written by Karine Monié

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Endeavoring to find the right home is a difficult task. It is not only about square footage, pricing, style and design, but above all, the feel and first impression of a new house. While not always perceptible in the usual way, the latter factors figure more significantly in the overall equation as it is the intangibles that make a beautiful house a true home. What are the possibilities that a home’s layout offers? What do the surroundings and lifestyle provide? It is the considered search that yields the most spectacular result. 

In Laguna Beach, spectacular is the oceanfront home at 8 N. La Senda Drive. Located in the luxuriously discreet community of Three Arch Bay, and on the market for the first time in almost 70 years, this unique, 2,631-square-foot property initially built in 1953 on a 17,080-square-foot lot is organized around two levels, and has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and four parking spaces, including a detached garage. What’s more, the ideal family residence soaks in breathtaking views of Catalina Island and the glistening coastline.

Perched above the water and rocks over a private cove, the home was designed to make the most of the landscape and the sublime setting within one of the most prestigious gated communities in the area, Three Arch Bay, which takes its name from the natural outline of a cliff that forms three arches over a sandy beach and hosts nearly 450 exclusive homes with various styles, from classic to Mediterranean to contemporary. The entire 29-acre site was purchased in 1926 for only $135,000, but had star quality even then. (In 1929, film producer Edward H. Griffith created the first rock pool and built his property and a lighthouse, using them as a backdrop in his early movies Captain Blood and Give Us This Night.) Today, Three Arch Bay is a desirable community of stunning private residences, perhaps none more so than this sanctuary by the sea.

From the street, the house is almost invisible, providing the highest level of privacy. At the entrance, on the left of the detached garage, stairs lead to a charming courtyard adorned with plants and an outdoor fireplace. From there, protected from the wind (on the occasion there is any), the exceptional panorama becomes visible and is an invitation to walk in. Once inside, everything is about the crystalline view. The open plan of the upper level directs the eye toward the sea. The updated kitchen with walk-in pantry, and the dining and living areas are all bathed with natural light, thanks to expansive picture windows that seem to bring the outside in and the inside out—blurring the lines between the two. From the balcony at the far end of the living room, the rhythmic sound of waves and views of the ocean give one the fascinating feeling of being at the front of a boat. The parquet, beams and wood fireplace create the perfect atmosphere for watching the sunset on cozy winter nights. The neutral palette emphasizes the myriad shades of blue in the water and the sky, which delicately vary depending on the season, weather and time of day. This floor also features two baths, along with two resplendent and spacious bedrooms, both with glittering vistas. 

Like a persistent shadow, the view follows. While heading downstairs, which hosts two additional bedrooms and one bathroom, a large floor-to-ceiling window offers a glimpse of what’s taking place outside. Another large open space that can easily transform into a master suite or a family room opens to an expansive outdoor terrace, where the proximity to the ocean helps put anyone at one with nature. Stingrays, seals and whales are frequent passersby, giving those on the terrace the opportunity to observe them in their mesmerizing natural environment. 

The scene outside the home—beyond its magnificent ocean outlook—is part of living in Three Arch Bay, which offers residents access to two tennis courts, a basketball court, a park and a beautiful beach—only accessible from the community via staircases—that make for a relaxed family lifestyle that is quintessential Southern California. Surfing, paddling, boogie boarding, swimming at dawn or at dusk, or simply relaxing barefoot in the sand is a true privilege—often a dream—that can be achieved here. 

Day after day, this peaceful environment is a reminder to take time for and protect the beauty of the natural world. This home is truly a refuge where one can do this in comfort and serenity. Calm and contemplation takes on their full meaning here, from the cerulean views of the sea, to the living areas, to the outdoor space. At the same time, the property is in close proximity to the most artistic and enchanting town in Orange County. Cultural events, art galleries, a dynamic food scene with quaint cafes and stylish fine dining restaurants, and darling boutiques make Laguna Beach a coveted gem. This home is its sparkling complement.

Presented by Frank Hufnagel & Heidi Cleveland, Surterre Properties ~ | 949.444.8718


The Art of Nature

Located atop a bluff in Dana Point, this landmark residence is the very essence of romantic California coastal living


Written by Wendy Bowman     Photographs by Tyler Bowman


When Irvine-based architect David R. Olson set out to design this stunning SoCal residence, he was inspired by the elements of nature. Most notably, the site and climate. What emerged is a contemporary masterpiece overlooking the picturesque Dana Point Harbor, complete with sweeping coastline views south to San Clemente and beyond paired with seamless indoor-outdoor living spaces ideal for relaxing and entertaining while enjoying the spectacular scenery.

“The magnificent site defines the meaning of coastal indoor-outdoor living that our temperate climate offers—sun, surf, beach, coastline, bluffs, and activity on display in the harbor morning, noon and night,” says Mark Nix of Surterre Properties, who is listing the home at 24366 Santa Clara Avenue for $9.888 million. “The consistent use of building materials creates a Zen environment that is very relaxing, with the entry and backyard water features echoing soothing sounds through the entire home.”


Perched on a bluff, on a parcel consisting of a little more than a third of an acre, this magnificent, lovingly maintained residence has been showcased on annual home tours by the American Institute of Architects, Dana Point Historical Society and Orange County Museum of Art. Expect 6,469 square feet of luxurious living space highlighted by supreme finishes and touches, including soaring ceilings and windows, limestone flooring and a smart-home system. Among the most show-stopping features is a striking, mahogany-framed glass wave sculpture created by local artist Nolan Everitt that tops the living room’s granite fireplace, with its wave pattern repeated in the custom carpeting in the living room, as well as in windows and doors throughout. 

Dry stacked Santa Barbara Sandstone walls and a beautifully crafted mahogany gate accompanied by copper-clad arbors beckon one into a dramatic yet serene courtyard. Just inside the private courtyard is a detached guest house with its own entrance, a dry sauna and kitchenette. Approaching the threshold to the home, flowing water courses beneath each step of a limestone-lined “walk-on-water” feature flanked by a massive stone wall and flowing fountains that leads through a tall, commercial-grade glass front door and into a light-filled living space boasting floor-to-ceiling glass walls offering immediate ocean views.

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A hallway immediately to the left of the entryway leads to pocket doors that open to an attractive office with views of a Jacuzzi spa and the landscape beyond. Continuing down the hall, one will find a master suite featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a spa-like bath, along with access to an outdoor infinity-edge spa and fountain and vistas capturing the entire depth of the property out to the glimmering ocean. Returning to the entry, the right side of the home holds a formal dining room, while steps descend to a living room showcasing tall ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and the aforementioned glass sculpture resting above the fireplace. At the rear of the property lies a professional chef’s kitchen (featuring streamlined appliances such as a six-burner stove, as well as a curved dining counter and central island that are both topped with lovely Tunis granite). Yet other features found in this area include a separate breakfast nook and a family “morning” room hosting a big-screen TV and a fireplace encased in a stone wall.

A staircase leads to the home’s large-scale living area above, replete with an additional master suite flaunting spectacular views of the jetty and beaches below. French doors open to the suite, which features a seating area; large balcony; spa-like bath with a nine-head steam shower and soothing jetted tub; and a designer showroom closet. Also on this floor is a media room with a wet bar, a duo of TVs and a large screen, as well as a second en-suite bedroom.

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Outdoors, 100 feet of bluff frontage and a diagonal-shaped lot maximizes the views and provides the perfect indoor-outdoor living environment via numerous covered and uncovered patio spaces. Accentuating the breathtaking natural surroundings is a fire pit and updated drought-tolerant landscaping completed by San Clemente-based landscape architect Daniel Stewart & Associates. Rounding out this home’s special allure is a three-car garage and ample off-street parking, as well as convenient access to nearby shopping, dining, galleries, recreational pursuits, and more.

“This architecturally significant contemporary home catches the eye of most passersby as a walled compound, evoking a curiosity to know what is beyond the symmetric stone walls and beautifully crafted wood gate and copper clad arbors,” says Nix. “Timeless is a word I hear used so often from visitors to describe this home.” This residence is indeed a symphony of the senses that plays in perfect harmony with one of the most beautiful locales on the Southern California coast.

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Presented by Mark Nix, Surterre Properties ~ | 949.633.1166

Haven on Hazel

Built to perfection, this new Corona del Mar home was a labor of love for builder/owner Makwan Yiu and notable architect Mark Teale


Written by Wendy Bowman       Photographs by Tim Krueger      

  Presented by Summer Perry,  Surterre Properties

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Homeowners on Corona del Mar’s Hazel Drive are blessed to have the best of both worlds—an ideal locale where they can commune with nature via a natural reserve right in their own backyard, or revel in all of the superlative shopping and dining offerings of the village just a short walk away from their front doorstep (with a spectacular view of the ocean waves kissing the shoreline of the nearby beach to boot). Now, entry to this coveted coastal lifestyle has emerged in the form of a stunning new contemporary/post-modern industrial home erected by owner/builder Makwan Yiu, complete with first-rate architectural direction by Mark Teale and interior design by Jessica Lentz of Costa Mesa-based Teale Architecture, and staged furnishings curated by Blackband Home & Design.

“Mark is one of our favorite local architects, and it has been a pleasure working with him on other projects in Corona del Mar,” says real estate agent Summer Perry, who is co-listing Teale’s latest project with Jessie Holechek (both of The Summer Perry Group at Surterre Properties) for $5.9 million. “We relate to his philosophy that says, ‘Liking what you do determines how well you do it,’ which in short means doing your best for each individual client. His passion for design produces a unique and cutting-edge result each time.”

Case in point, this impeccably designed home at 316 Hazel Drive on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway in the city of Newport Beach. With its prime location—adjacent to the Buck Gully Reserve and the village of Corona del Mar, and just a mere few houses away from the secluded shores of Little Corona Beach—the residence not only provides superb views of a spacious canyon and the beautiful blue Pacific, but also offers convenient access to local hot spots, such as the landmark fine-dining destination Five Crowns and its casual English-style gastropub SideDoor, and much more.

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“The Buck Gully locale provides a tranquil setting full of birds, frogs and a serene stream, along with the sound of crashing waves, and yet you are able to walk to restaurants, shops, beaches, Fashion Island and Crystal Cove State Park,” says Yiu, who received a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and a master’s in construction management from Columbia, and has more than 30 years of construction-management experience for large infrastructure/public works projects. 

Already proficient in the field of heavy construction, Yiu found a new passion in custom home building after overseeing the construction of his own Corona del Mar dream home with his wife, Meiling. His second residential project has resulted in a soft contemporary stucco, steel and wood masterpiece with an industrial twist that boasts approximately 3,400 square feet of one-of-a-kind aesthetic and architectural touches. Among them: an eye-catching, corrugated metal entry tower with elongated windows to bring in natural light, as well as linear decks on each level offering magnificent views of the surrounding landscape.

Upon entering the home’s light-filled foyer, one is introduced to staircases that lead to three generous living levels and a rooftop deck, as well as an elevator hidden behind an attractive painted door. A set of cable-railed stairs sporting French oak wood treads and raisers ascends from the foyer to the main living level, emptying into a living room highlighted by a porcelain textured tile fireplace with a black leather-finished mantle; floating shelves and cabinets; and floor-to-ceiling glass Fleetwood stacking doors that open to reveal massive vistas of both the tranquil rock-and-tree-filled gully and ocean, along with Pelican Hill Golf Course.

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A small set of steps leads from the living room to a raised dining area overlooking the glorious natural scenery, with plentiful natural light provided during the day and an exquisite LED diamond-cut, clear crystal chandelier offering illumination at night. The dining area is flanked by a glass-encased, temperature-controlled wine cellar that holds 462 bottles and a sleek chef’s kitchen showcasing a large pantry with slide-pull drawers; gray wood Legacy cabinetry; Thermador appliances (including a flush-mount, column refrigerator/freezer, six-burner stove with griddle and double ovens); and a large double-waterfall-edge island with sink.

“Entertaining in this light-filled living room, dining room and kitchen space is immensely unique,” says Holechek. “As the glass walls are opened and stacked to the south side of the home, the natural elements of the interior blend seamlessly with the lush greenery of the neighboring coastal canyon.”

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From the main living level, a recessed glass walkway leads past an artistic light-filled powder room with porcelain tile, a vessel-style sink and floating toilet and empties out onto a partially covered rooftop deck that is ideal for relaxing and entertaining. Back inside, yet another level holds the master bedroom quarters—complete with glass Fleetwood doors that open to a linear deck overlooking the gully. An en-suite bath features a double vanity, and a striking hand-cut tile bathing platform sports a stand-alone sunken tub and rain shower, while a large custom walk-in closet with built-in shelves is designed to maximize the space with style.

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Heading downstairs, a voluminous terrace level holds a laundry room with a stackable washer/dryer and sink, the home’s equipment room and a massive storage space. Also found on this lower level is an office space/bonus room, along with a duo of bedrooms (one with an exposed concrete wall) featuring en-suite baths and custom closets—all with glass Fleetwood sliding doors that open to the balcony and views.

“The three levels of the home are thematically different: The lower level is defined by the concrete flooring, and it is the quietest level; the next level by a ‘half-flight’ of stairs, and it is dedicated to the master bedroom and bath; and the upper level by the openness, both spatial and view,” says Yiu. “Put together, living here allows for a balance of privacy and company, truly embodying the beauty of ocean-side Hazel.”

Last, but definitely not least, is what rounds out this home’s special appeal: an oversized two-car garage with epoxy flooring and crisp white walls that features dual electric car-charging stations and a space for a water-filtration system. 

“We are very excited and honored to have the pleasure of finding this home its new owner who will appreciate and cherish the quality of build and its relationship to the natural environment as much as we do,” says Perry. 

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