I have sold a property at 2535 Locust Avenue E in Orange.
Single Story Home in the Presidential Tract of Orange county located right by Villa Park. This home is a spacious 3 bedroom 2 bath 1515 SQ Ft, fireplace, updated windows, Total Kitchen remodel!!!, Island open to spacious dining area, Wood floors. Just minutes from the historic downtown Orange. Award winning schools! Come make this your own.
Read full post

I have sold a property at 186 21671 Fernbrook in Mission Viejo.
Everything has been done for you, just move-in and enjoy! Located on a PRIME-LOT, this highly upgraded home is the largest model in Mission Viejo’s charming community of Eastbrook. Chef’s dream kitchen opens to dining area and includes STAINLESS STEEL GE appliances, GRANITE counter tops with custom edging, gorgeous tin tile backsplash, walnut cabinetry with glass display, and pantry. Entertainers yard includes a gazebo, built-in BBQ, with mini-fridge, beer tap, ice maker and has low-maintenance features such as flagstone hardscaping and artificial turf. The open living area has two-story ceilings that bursts with natural light and includes new dual paned windows, mosaic tile fireplace and slate-stone flooring. The upgrades continue upstairs with wood-look tile, remodeled master-bath with TRAVERTINE tile shower & mosaic accents, granite counters and walk-in closet. With so many upgrades, prime-lot and nearby Lake Mission Viejo amenities, this property is one-of-a-kind!
Read full post

Kitchen and bathroom faucets are one of the most common upgrades during a remodeling project. In fact, 81% of renovating homeowners upgrade their kitchen faucet, while 88% upgrade their bathroom faucet. With such high demand, manufacturers respond every year with new faucet styles, finishes and features to align with current trends. And many of those manufacturers use the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show to launch their new faucet collections.
 
Kitchen


1. Pull-Down Designs

You’d be hard pressed to find a kitchen faucet these days without a pull-down function. This feature allows homeowners to extend the spray nozzle to rinse vegetables, fill pots and clean the sink basin.

Many manufacturers are updating existing collections and launching new ones that include a pull-down function in a range of styles.

Delta debuted its Monrovia collection, shown here. It’s a soft contemporary pull-down style that comes in four finishes. There’s also an add-on protective coat, called Lumicoat, that resists stains and mineral buildup.

Delta’s new Westville pull-down features a transitional design and a magnetic docking station for the nozzle.
 
Peerless is launching its Flute collection in May 2022. The affordable, transitional-style line will include a nozzle with a rinse function that features two fan-like sprays.
 
 
Bocchi debuted its Lugano faucet, shown here in a matte gold finish, with a sleek contemporary design that blurs the lines between spout and nozzle.
 
2. Commercial Style


This style of faucet, often seen in commercial restaurant kitchens, is experiencing a bit of a renaissance. Several manufacturers launched or expanded commercial-style designs this year. It’s part of a broader trend emerging post-pandemic: a back-to-basics strategy that seeks to modernize industrial-style plumbing fixtures.

Moen launched a collection of what it calls spring galley faucets in three styles. The Belfield, shown here in a matte black finish, is a compact industrial-meets-modern-farmhouse style.

 
 
Kallista launched its Juxtaposed semiprofessional kitchen faucet line, shown here. Available now, it comes in polished chrome, matte black and stainless steel.
 
 
Bocchi updated its Maggiore faucet, shown here, with new features and higher-quality parts.
 
 
Brizo’s Odin semiprofessional kitchen faucet will be available in several finishes, including Brilliance Polished Nickel, shown here.
 
 
3. Touch, Touchless and Other Tech Features


There’s been a lot of innovation in recent years in integrated tech features for faucets. It’s been a gradual progression and one that’s still getting a feel for what homeowners want.

Brizo’s new Tulham line, shown here, features the brand’s SmartTouch technology, which lets a user tap the spout to turn the water on and off. There’s also an LED light that changes color to indicate water temperature.

 
 
Delta’s new Monrovia collection will feature similar technology. You can tap anywhere on the spout or handle. And it doesn’t have to be with wet or grimy fingertips. Use the back of your hand, a forearm or an elbow to tap and activate or deactivate the flow of water. The temperature and flow will be where you last positioned the handle.
 
 
Moen’s new Cia collection offers several hands-free functions. Tap to turn the water on and off. Or motion forward to turn it on; wave left to turn the water warm; wave right to turn it cold; motion forward to turn it off. You can also connect the faucet to an Amazon Alexa or Google Home to issue voice commands, such as “Alexa, tell Moen to give me a cup of water.”
 
 
In fact, Moen is so confident in its wave and voice command technology, it’s coming out with a completely handle-less style, shown here, for homeowners who are ready to go all in on touchless tech.
 
 
Moen’s new Haelyn pull-down kitchen faucet will feature new ColorCue technology that features an LED ring around the nozzle dock that indicates water temperature in five ranges. Blue indicates cold below 81 degrees Fahrenheit. Purple is warm, between 91 and 100 degrees; red is hot, above 109 degrees.
 
 
4. Mixing Finishes


One popular faucet trend emerging in recent years is the mixing of finishes and materials. This was initially rendered as dramatically contrasting finishes, such as Kohler’s black-and-gold bathroom faucet featured below. But some manufacturers are taking a more subtle approach.

Brizo’s new Tulham line, for example, features a tone-on-tone effect. The example shown here displays a mostly matte black finish with levers and bands in Brizo’s Brilliance Onyx Black finish.

 
 
Here’s a one-handle style in Brizo’s Tulham collection, with luxe gold banded with polished gold.
 
 
Brizo’s Odin semiprofessional kitchen faucet mentioned earlier also comes in a polished nickel finish with a wood handle option.
 
Bathroom

5. Lever Handles


It’s hard to deny the abundance of widespread lever handle designs in new bathroom faucet products. And it’s interesting to see all the various interpretations of levers that manufacturers have dreamed up.

Brizo’s new Allaria collection, available in summer 2022, features a widespread lavatory faucet with lever handles that resemble twisted ribbon.

 
Another option in the same collection features square handles that are a cross between levers and knobs.


The style shown here mixes matte black and Brilliance Black Onyx finishes.

 
 
6. Wheel Knobs


Similar to new commercial-style kitchen faucets, these are another result of manufacturers looking to modernize industrial-style plumbing fixtures. Wheel knobs were found on many of the first plumbing parts and are still used in many commercial applications. Several manufacturers picked up on that detail and introduced elegant takes on wheel knob designs.

Brizo released the Litze widespread lavatory faucet with wheel handles, shown here in Brilliance Polished Nickel.

Delta expanded its popular Trinsic collection to include wheel handles, shown here.
 
 
Here’s a single-handle version of Delta’s wheel handle design in its expanded Trinsic collection.
 
 
7. Contrasting Finishes and Materials


As with kitchens, manufacturers are mixing materials and finishes in bathroom faucet designs.

Brizo’s new Allaria bath collection features a clear lever option, shown here with a luxe gold finish.

 
 
Here’s an Allaria wall-mounted faucet with a clear square handle contrasted against polished chrome.
 
 
Kohler’s new Tone collection consists of five faucet options; there are shower and sink faucets and accessories for a coordinated look. The collection comes in six finishes, including two two-tone options: matte black with polished chrome and, shown here, matte black with Brushed Moderne Brass.
 
 
Wood is an increasingly popular detail to integrate into faucets. Brizo expanded its Jason Wu collaboration to bathroom faucets last year. Its widespread lavatory faucet is shown here in matte black with wood cross handles.
 
 
Brizo’s Litze bathroom expansion now features an option with teak wood handles, shown here with polished chrome.
 
 
And Brizo’s Frank Lloyd Wright collection, launched in 2021, includes this single-handle faucet in teak and Luxe Nickel finish.
 
8. Single-Handle Designs


Speaking of single-handle faucets, many manufacturers are releasing new collections in a single-handle design. Some homeowners find that this style saves countertop space and is easier to clean around than, say, a widespread design.

Delta launched Saylor, shown here, a transitional-style design with a geometric spout, gently flared base and subtle industrial-style-inspired handle.

 
 
In addition to the pull-down kitchen faucet shown above, Peerless’ new Flute collection,  features a single-handle lavatory faucet, shown here in chrome.
 
 
Riobel’s new Ode faucet features a cylindrical base and rectangular spout that are easy to wipe clean.
 
 
Moen announced the expansion of its Dartmoor faucet collection to include a new single-handle design, shown here. It features a gently flared spout and sculpted handle with finial detailing.
 
 
9. Traditional and Vintage Styles


While transitional styles certainly dominate a lot of the new faucet collections, some manufacturers are expanding their more traditional-leaning offerings.

Kohler extended its Riff kitchen collection into the bathroom. The company says the elegant, sturdy look is inspired by French Creole and Spanish Colonial architecture.

 
 
Rohl’s new Apothecary line is meant to complement traditional and vintage pieces, such as ornate gilded mirrors and antique vanities.
 
 
The Apothecary faucet features handles and bases with elegant chamfering details that resemble antique medicine or perfume bottles.
 
 
10. Water Monitoring


A lot of attention gets placed on the look of a faucet, but a growing area of interest is on water conservation and usage monitoring.

Moen’s Smart Water Network lets homeowners control and monitor their water usage to conserve as needed. It can also detect leaks and notify you. If you’re away on vacation, you can remotely shut the water off and flush the pipes to prevent bacterial contamination or freezing in the winter.

Kohler’s H2Wise system performs functions similar to Moen’s Smart Water Network. It also features AI capabilities that learn your water use over time so you can make more informed decisions.

Read full post

If you’re planning to sell this year, you’re probably thinking about what you’ll need to do to get your house ready to appeal to the most buyers. It’s crucial to work with a trusted real estate professional who knows your local market to get your home ready to sell. But there are a few things you should consider when deciding what to renovate and update before listing this season. Here are three things to keep top of mind as you’re making your list of projects to tackle this year.

1. Available Home Inventory Is Historically Low

Housing inventory sits far below what is normally considered a balanced market. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the latest data indicates inventory is hitting an all-time low. Because there’s such a limited supply of homes available for sale, you’re in a unique position when you sell your house to benefit from multiple offers and a quick process.


But you want to do so while buyers are still scooping homes up as fast as they’re being listed. Spending time and money on renovations before you sell could mean you’ll miss your key window of opportunity. Of course, certain repairs may be important or even necessary. The best way to determine where to spend your time – and your money – is to work with a real estate advisor to confirm which improvements are truly needed and which ones aren’t likely to be deal-breakers for buyers.


2. Consider Selling Your Home AS-IS With No Renovation or Repairs


Today, many buyers are more willing to take on home improvement projects themselves to get the house they’re after, even if it means putting in a little extra work. A recent survey from Freddie Mac finds that:

“. . . nearly two-in-five potential homebuyers would consider purchasing a home requiring renovations.”

If more buyers are willing to tackle repairs on their own, it may be wise to let the future homeowners remodel the bathroom or the kitchen to make design decisions that are best for their specific taste and lifestyle. Depending on the structural condition of your house, your efforts may be better spent working on small cosmetic updates, like refreshing some paint and power washing the exterior to make sure the home stands out. Instead of over-investing in upgrades, the buyer may change anyway, work with a real estate professional to determine the key projects to tackle that will give you the greatest return on your investment.

3. I Can Help You Spotlight the Upgrades You’ve Made

Over the past year, many people made a significant number of updates to their homes. The most recent State of Home Spending report finds:

“Home improvement spending rose 25% year-over-year to $10,341. Homeowners who invested in home improvement did an average of 3.7 projects, up from 2.7 in 2020, . . .”


With more homeowners taking on more projects in the past 12 months, there’s a good chance you’ve already made updates to your home that could appeal to buyers. If that’s the case, your real estate advisor will find ways to highlight those upgrades in your listing.


The same is true for any projects you invest in moving forward. No matter what, before you renovate, contact a local real estate professional for expert advice on what work needs to be done and how to make it as appealing as possible to future buyers. Every home is different, so a conversation with your agent is mission-critical to make sure you make the right moves when selling this season.

Bottom Line

In today’s sellers’ market, it’s important to spend your time and money wisely when you’re getting ready to move. When you work with me, you'll know exactly where to target your efforts before you list.

Read full post

It may seem obvious, but many sellers fail to recognize that a home that feels, looks, and smells welcoming and homey will more likely raise a buyer’s interest when they come for a showing. Of course, you think your home is pretty comfortable and welcoming already, but there are a few things you can do to make buyers feel right at home from the moment they walk in the door.


Lead With The Nose


If your home smells good, it will make buyers want to stick around longer. The sense of smell is the strongest of all the five senses in its connection to our emotions. Certain smells simply make us feel comfortable and at home no matter where we are. There are a few smells that are almost universal. Try a flameless scented burner that is safe but releases a wonderful fragrance in your home. Choose scents like vanilla or spices, smells that remind people of home cooking and sweet treats.


Be sure your fragrance isn’t overwhelming, however, and don’t use it to mask other odors like cat litter or food smells. Buyers will know right away you are trying to hide something!


Let The Light Shine In


Clean your windows and open all of the blinds and curtains to let the sunshine into the home. The warm feeling will make your buyers want to settle in and bask in the glow. A brightly lit home looks bigger, too, while a dark home will appear smaller.


Be sure you replace burnt out light bulbs so your home will be fully lit and have a welcoming glow even in the evening or on a cloudy day.


Set The Table


It may seem odd, but a table set as though a family is about to sit down to a meal makes the home feel lived in and comfortable without being cluttered or too personal. Set the table with matching dishes and a nice but simple centerpiece, to give the dining room that ready to sit down feel.


Making buyers see your house as a home is important in getting them really interested in making it their home. With just a few simple adjustments, you can create a feeling that welcomes buyers to settle in—they will want to make an offer so they never have to leave!

Read full post

Making a Zen Garden is one way to create a meditative space in the yard. While some gardeners exploit color theory, taking advantage of the calming effect of "cool" colors, such as blue and lavender, you can achieve the same purpose with a more elaborate design for enjoying serenity in the backyard.
 

A gardener who idolizes nature and who likes to interpret the world symbolically is a good candidate for Zen Gardens. But lovers of low-maintenance landscaping should think twice before installing such a design. Zen Gardens may look simple (which is part of their appeal), but they're a lot of work—both to make and to maintain. Nor is this style a great choice if most of your gardening fun comes from growing showy plants, which immediately disqualifies most of us (growing plants being almost synonymous with gardening for most people).


What Is a Zen Garden?


Japan is a mountainous nation of islands jutting out of the ocean. This natural setting is awe-inspiring, and the Japanese people value the raw beauty of nature that surrounds them. It's this appreciation, in part, that accounts for their innovation of the Zen Garden.


Developed by Buddhist monks in ancient Japan (with some Chinese influence), Zen Gardens are often dubbed "miniature landscapes" because their components symbolize aspects of nature. Most notably, the expanse of white gravel (which is easier to work with than sand) raked to have ripples represents ocean waves, and the tall, narrow boulders jutting out vertically represent mountains. Meanwhile, the shorter, more rounded rocks or the flat ones in the "sea of sand" represent islands.


Plants, too, are part of nature and therefore have a place in the design, although their use is restrained by Western standards. But short, green plants may be grown on or around the "islands" to represent island vegetation, and architectural plants can serve as accents. Any short trees or shrubs that are included in the design must be pruned meticulously. In fact, shrub topiaries can be pruned in such a way that they represent islands (instead of using rocks for this purpose).


Zen Gardens can be characterized in several different ways. Because of their stark, artistic quality, they're quite abstract when compared to, say, English cottage gardens. Along the same lines, they can be considered minimalistic. Their symbolic use of raked gravel to represent water leads to the characterization of being "dry landscapes." Their heavy reliance on rocks leads some to refer to them as "Japanese Rock Gardens," although the intent (meditation) behind making them differs from that behind other rock gardens.


Since Zen Garden design evolved over the course of centuries, it's pointless to try to ascertain a single "authentic" set of components for it. Most gardeners interested in the topic who live in lands far away from the far East are content to incorporate enough of its classic components in their construction to suggest a true Zen Garden.



Tools and Supplies You Will Need


  • White gravel (calculate amount needed)
  • Rocks in a variety of sizes and shapes
  • Steel garden rake
  • Wooden Zen rake
  • Shovel
  • Hoe
  • Tape measure
  • String, string level, and stakes
  • Tamper
  • Landscape fabric
  • Edging stones
  • Back brace, work gloves

Site Selection and Preparation


Select a flat area in your backyard and mark out a rectangular portion of it. Size can vary; on a small property, a 12 foot by 18 foot rectangle may be appropriate. You can reduce your workload (which is significant) by settling for a smaller space. If you'll be growing plants in your Zen Garden, their sunlight requirements factor into your site selection, so decide ahead of time whether you will be growing sun-loving or shade-loving plants and locate your meditative space accordingly.


The traditional Zen Garden was a walled-in space. The seclusion thus attained was conducive to meditation. For most homeowners, building a masonry wall for a meditative space in the backyard is either undesirable or unaffordable. Substitute a lattice fence to achieve inexpensive privacy. Consider this a separate project, to be undertaken before you make the Zen Garden (but include a wide gate to make it easy to bring supplies inside).


Best Plants for a Zen Garden


How to Make a Zen Garden

  1. Clear the selected rectangular space completely of anything sticking up out of the ground (plants, weeds, stones, etc.).
  2. With a shovel, remove the top layer (a few inches) of the existing soil.
  3. Check for level by pounding stakes into the ground end-to-end (both lengthwise and widthwise within your rectangle), tying string between them, and making use of your string level.
  4. Using the steel garden rake, rake out uneven spots.
  5. Tamp down the soil.
  6. Run stone edging along the lattice fence. Cobblestone is a good choice. This edging will retain the white gravel.
  7. Dig holes for the rocks you'll be using to represent mountains and/or islands. Arrangement is subjective, but, for some guidance, consider how these features occur in nature and arrange the rocks accordingly (definitely not in symmetrical patterns, circles, straight lines, etc.). Also, dig holes for any plants you'll be installing.
  8. Install the rocks and plants in their holes. Much of the length of those tall, narrow rocks (representing mountains) should be buried. This tip-of-the-iceberg placement will make them look more natural.
  9. Lay landscape fabric over the soil, making cuts to accommodate rocks and plants.
  10. Apply a few inches of the white gravel. Spread it with the hoe to distribute it. Rake ripples or swirls in it with the wooden Zen rake. Part of Zen Garden maintenance is to rake these designs back into the gravel after the elements have disturbed them.


Read full post

Living In A Gated Community



A gated community is a neighborhood that is enclosed by fence or wall, surrounding the entire community- with a gated entrance. Some gated entries have a 24 hour guard, and some just have a security gate.  Many people choose to buy a home in a gated community because of the many benefits. Others choose no gates, because of a few drawbacks. Is living in a gated community for you?

Perception of living in a gated community


 While you are house hunting, keep in mind the key advantages of living in a gated community.  This will help you determine if life behind the gates is worth it.  Although the perception exists that gated communities are expensive, they actually come in many price brackets and housing styles.  Gated communities are no longer just for the super rich or wealthy.  There are less-expensive gated communities that might just fit the bill.


Security in a Gated Community


If feeling secure in  your neighborhood matters the most to you, being surrounded by gates might be a priority, however not all gated communities have the same features and crime statistics vary by region.  There are usually extra security measures taken to ensure the safety of the residents.  It’s not unusual to see security cameras in a gated community or neighborhood watch groups.  Gated communities typically have a lower crime rate than other non-gated neighborhoods and communities.  Also, because of the gates and walls, homeowners experience a more private and secluded living experience.


Lifestyle


If you like to be active or entertaining guests is a priority, living in a gated community might be the choice for you.  Some of the larger gated communities offer amenities like golf courses, tennis courts, pools and clubhouses.  Some communities even offer lakes with boat docks.  Gated communities regularly coordinate sports activities like golf and tennis tournaments, and neighborhood parties, too.


Eco-Friendliness and Surroundings


Today, many gated communities are green neighborhoods where the focus is on designing homes for energy efficiency, using advanced building science with eco-friendly materials to promote things like water conservation, indoor air quality, and just healthier living in general.  They are able to do this by integrating natural sources of energy, such as solar, wind or water, into the architectural design of a home.  Traffic and noise are also taken into consideration, when planning and building gated community homes.  Since you are enclosed from other outside neighborhoods and areas, you generally don’t hear a lot of noise from roads and other outside sources.

 

Gated Communities In Orange County


Gated Communities In Orange County


Here in Orange County, we have many different gated communities, suited to all lifestyles and homeowners.  Please click here, to search for more information on specific gated communities in Orange County.  Contact Ron Evans today, to set up your consultation.  We are ready and available to assist you in your next gated community homes search.

Read full post

I have sold a property at 27301 Mondano DR.
WOW! Stunning, Gated Hilltop Estate in Pacific Hills...Phenomenal Views; Olympic Length Lap Pool; Solar Power...Truly One of a Kind! 4+ Office.Situated at the very end of one of the highest culdesac streets in Pacific Hills, this home sits perched at the end- with a private gated drive leading to a fabulous modern masterpiece. UDC Built- this tract is one of the newest and is known for architectural appeal and functional floorplans. This home has been beautifully updated. Solar energy means you save up to $200/month on electric bills! There are fire sprinklers and a private sauna. The beautiful spa sits at the outer corner of the property overlooking awe-inspiring views! A BBQ center and dining patio offer the ultimate entertaining space. Granite kitchen and amazing bathroom remodels...Many fruit trees.
Read full post

I have sold a property at 147 Avenida Florencia.
Rare opportunity to own a multifamily/duplex with tremendous potential to use the extended land to build your own ocean view paradise in San Clemente. 2 Identical 3 bedroom 2 bath units. Large living room open to the kitchen and counter seating, great for entertaining or cozy nights with the nostalgic fireplace. Spacious master bedroom with walk-in closet, ensuite bathroom with dual sinks, tub and shower. 2 secondary bedrooms and secondary bathroom is great for family or roommate living. Laundry is conveniently inside each unit. Great backyard space with plenty of land to build on. 3 garages can be private or open. Excellent North Beach location with new restaurants and shops coming soon! Ocean breezes and walks await!
Read full post

I have sold a property at 23 Blue Oak #87.
Rare Single Level Condo with a HUGE patio awaits you in Rancho Santa Margarita. This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo is near RSM Lake. The home has updated granite counters, new appliances, plantation shutters in living room and newer carpet. You will be able to entertain and enjoy Southern California Living on the large patio. There is a one car, detached garage. Mission Courts has many amenities, including a pool, spa and playground, plus abundant guest parking. Centrally located in Rancho Santa Margarita, you will be walking distance from shopping, entertainment and award winning schools and RSM Lake and Beach Club. In addition to the Beach Club, your SAMLARC membership includes 4 other community pools (some heated all year long), as well as several parks, sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, and the Bell Tower Community Center. With the refrigerator, washer and dryer included in this sale, the only thing missing is you.
Read full post