Category Archives: Laguna Beach Real Estate

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It’s the perfect time to say ‘Thanks’

Santa has it pretty sweet in Laguna and OC. And so do we.

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Thanks so much for a wonderful, wonderful year.

I hope you enjoyed the local stories.  Each one is read by about 800 to 1,000 people and I appreciate the great feedback from many of you saying how much you liked them. It means a lot to me. And thanks to many of you who have sent to your friends who’ve consequently subscribe to them.

For those of you who get the Laguna and OC real estate newsletters I take it they are worthwhile since there are about 600 consistent monthly readers. In addition to the Laguna and OC real estate newsletter there are now specific ones for Dana Point, Laguna Niguel and Woods Cove which is read by 150 folks each. 

After 3 years Laguna Friends of Architecture has over 1,400 members (signed up with emails) and has had 20 events over the year usually attended by 50 to 80 locals.  Many friends have come out of this group and good times and learning were had by all.

But most of all, it is a great pleasure to do find or sell a home for friends and super nice people. It makes a stressful and important job so fulfilling to communicate every day for a smooth transaction and to have people I care about moving on to a new phase of their lives.

Here are a couple short testimonials from such people:

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Lastly, I’d like to thanks Surterre Properties – a company that is too good to be true – and a consistent leader in the industry.

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A message I got from Pat Hawley’s daughter

I am Pat Hawley’s daughter.   I have many articles and I remember everything that was going on at that time and specifically related to the Claim Dad made and how he got the idea to do so.   I found it of interest that you had a picture of him from movie The Choppers…had a good laugh.  However, his first break was given to him by Frank Sinatra on his weekly TV show.   Dad was able to get his Screen Actors Guild card because of Mr. Sinatras invitation to be the actor bartender while He sang “One For The Road”.  My Dad was an amazing man, WWII vet and saved lives during floods in the east coast in the 30s and i watched him pull doors off a burning car and save 2 kids and family in Garden Grove. Dad came to the US from England.  He had a 6th grade education and endured severe poverty, hunger and the depression   My Dad and John Crean were best friends.  John Crean told me before he died in 2007 that he wished he had helped Dad with the claim of Laguna Beach.  By the way, I have the recorded deeds in my possession.   My mom, Mrs. Helen  Hawley, passed away in June 2015 at the age of 92.   She gave me all of the records regarding LB claim etc.

I would love to share you the real story since I was there and had the first row seat.


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One of Laguna’s best kept secrets, Architect Fred Briggs

The more I do these Laguna human interest stories the more I’m interested in people and families that have shaped our blessed town by designing the most iconic buildings and landscapes that Laguna is known for.

 Fred Briggs is one of those people and is probably one to the best keep secrets in town.

 From Main Beach’s design, to the library, to the most outrageous modern homes in Laguna, he did it all.

 And he’s one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 architects ever.

Fred Briggs was one of the early, pioneering, modern architects in Southern California. After serving in the Navy during World War two, he settled into Laguna Beach shortly after graduating from the USC school of Architecture in 1948.

He went on to establish what would become an extraordinary and successful architectural practice of 52 years which would impact architectural concepts will beyond California’s borders.

Fred’s innumerable contributions to the field of architecture were not limited to the spectacular and timeless residences for which he is best known.

One of his most successful and memorable contributions was the design of Main Beach in Laguna whose charm and warmth has drawn millions of visitors and residents alike, and the Lifeguard Tower is said to be one of California’s most photographed structures.

Fred also designed the Laguna Beach Library and the Dana Point Library. He sat on numerous boards, was instrumental in the early planning and design of the Master Plans for Laguna Beach and was directly responsible for the sign ordinance which continues to greatly enhance the look of the city today.

A 52 year member of the American Institute of Architects, Orange County Chapter, his work brought him extensive honors and recognition including being named one of the top one hundred residential architects in the world by Architectural Digest , AD100 Issue, professional awards and media attention, but Fred was most taken by the respect and admiration of his peers.

Some of his best well known projects in Laguna Beach are the Jeffries house at Rockledge, the downtown library and the fire station at the Top of the World.

Fred also completed significant projects outside of Laguna Beach, such as the Bornstein residence in Beverly Hills and the Sahm residence on Rancho Santa Fe.

Orange Coast article on Fred

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