The House the OC Built
Well, I've been out in the O.C. for a little over a week now, and it's safe to say it's paradise. Our house is settled in the most perfect bay front community with its own private beach, we've eaten lots of good food in even better settings, and we've hiked and walked all around town. I love this part of the country. I love the way the sun waits until late morning to show up so the day never gets too hot. I love how outdoors-oriented the entire lifestyle is. But I think what I'm most drawn to, of all the amazing things in Newport Beach, are the homes I've seen. Our neighborhood alone has countless picture-perfect homes that are beautifully designed and pristinely landscaped, and I never get tired of going on walks just so I can admire the homes I've already seen dozens of times. Each one has so much character and seems small and charming from the front, but are deceivingly large and extend hundreds of feet back on the small lots they occupy. They each utilize outdoor space perfectly, because no house here is a home without a cozy place to sit and be together outside. Many even have rooftop decks that can see up and over the rest of the homes and all the way to the bay.
A few miles down the road in Corona Del Mar, the homes are similar, but in a slightly more public area right off the ocean. The homes here range from modest to spectacular, but all still have that one common trait of appearing smaller from the front. The beachfront homes in CDM seem like they are simply a garage and a front door, but from beach level, you can see that they scale down the entire intense drop of cliff side all the way to the sand, some of them 5-6 stories high.
I've spent countless hours on Zillow and Houzz looking at all the homes this area has to offer, and I am simply amazed by what I see. The setting couldn't be more beautiful, but then building such charming and lovely homes on top of that makes it an even better place to be.
Ironically my favorite interior design magazine and blog, Luxe Interiors, posted an article about a stylish Corona Del Mar house that I loved so much I just had to share it. I wish I could peek inside every beautiful house I walk past here, but that's a little creepy so I guess I'll just have to stick to my blogs and magazines to see :)
Happy house hunting!