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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