Top Resorts in Southern California | Melissa Sims | The Boutique Real Estate Group

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Recently, Conde Nast magazine released their annual ‘Top Resorts In Southern California’ list.  Four of the resorts in the top ten are right here in Orange County, believe it or not.

Just making it in to the top ten, the St. Regis Monarch Beach received the #9 spot on Conde Nast Traveler’s list.  With numerous awards, from Forbes five-star, AAA Diamond, Travel & Leisure Top Spas, it is no wonder that this resort has withstood the test of time.  Probably best known for it’s challenging, award-winning Robert Trent Jones golf course, the resort has been a staple in Orange County for decades.  Rumor has it that the sand in the bunkers has crushed abalone to help give it that ‘sparkle’ that no other resort around has.  Designed with impeccable detail, the St. Regis has a Mediterranean flair, complete with grand fountains and courtyards.  The entire resort and golf course have spectacular views of the gorgeous Orange County coastline.  Visit http://bit.ly/Hd6Lda to reserve.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point is #7 on the list.  Located atop a 150-foot bluff, the Ritz-Carlton encompasses luxury.  It evokes a kind of romanticism that feels novel-worthy.  The resort’s impeccable design, coupled with its gold standard of service, have given it an impressive track record of success.  World-class surf just below, amazing restaurants and some of the best weather anywhere, and views up and down the coastline of Orange County make you realize just how special the resort is. http://bit.ly/Hd6IxZ

Almost topping the prestigious Conde Nast list is The Montage in Laguna Beach, making it to the #2 spot. Perched on a cliff in the arts and crafts city of Laguna Beach, the Montage lends a sense of serenity and artistry that is, in my opinion, unmatched.  Laguna Beach began as an artist’s colony in the 1800s and continues its tradition of creativity through art festivals and galleries, a world-renowned outdoor theater and spectacular restaurants.  No hotel could fit the mold of this town more perfectly than The Montage.  From the bungalows, to the chic pool, to the 5-star dining, the Montage lends an air of sophistication that leaves its guests feeling elite and its onlookers feeling mystified.  To make reservations, visit http://monta.ge/H8rizc

I have saved the best for last…The Resort At Pelican Hill embodies everything that is Orange County: extraordinary, awe-inspiring beauty, exclusivity, and elegance without being ‘stuffy.’  The list of awards received is too numerous to detail here; Pelican Hill has not only received the #1 resort in Southern California but also the #1 resort in the entire US.  Having been built in a Palladian style, the resort appears as if it is nestled in the rolling hills of Northern Italy.  Pelican Hill is located in the prestigious and exclusive Newport Coast, home to some of the world’s most spectacular views and exquisite homes.  With a 36-hole Fazio designed championship golf course, award winning dining, enviable views and a location unmatched by any other resort in Orange County, it is no wonder that Pelican Hill has received the honor of the number one spot.  To learn more about this exclusive resort, visit http://bit.ly/18GZFax

I am not surprised that Orange County is home to some of the most beautiful resorts in the world; after all, it has earned the nickname “The Golden Riviera.”  Today, I may just take a moment to enjoy this paradise I am so fortunate to call home.  Drive down the coast, stop by one of these amazing resorts for a spa treatment, a round of golf with a friend, or a bite to eat.  Or maybe I’ll just drive past and be immersed in a sense of tranquility and beauty that is incomparable – a tranquility and beauty that is Orange County.

For more information, please contact Melissa Sims at 714-616-6442 or www.TheBoutiqueRE.com/Melissa-Sims

40th Annual Corona Del Mar Home Tour 2013 | The Boutique Real Estate Group | Beth Sparks

 

Corona Del Mar Beach

BREAKFAST AND GUIDE DISTRIBUTION:

LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN  8am-10am

LUNCHEON BY PASCAL, AND BOUTIQUE AT SHERMAN LIBRARY & GARDENS

Luncheon from 11am-2pm; boutique from 11am-3pm

HOME TOUR 10am-4pm

AFTERNOON RECEPTION AT BLISS HOME &DESIGN 4PM-6PM

Corona del Mar or CdM (Spanish for “Crown of the Sea”) is a town in the affluent city of Newport Beach, California.  Nestled on the foot of the San Joaquin Hills and fronting the Pacific Ocean, Corona del Mar ranges along a bluff at the south end of Newport Beach and includes some of Orange County’s most prestigious residential areas.  Also known for its fine beaches, tide pools, cliffside views, Corona Del Mar features world renowned restaurants, quaint village shopping and unique business services.

A $75 ticket includes a light breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien, lunch by Pascal of Cafe Jardin at Sherman Gardens, fabulous afternoon reception at Bliss Home & Design, and six beautiful homes to tour.

Home #1:  800 Bison Road, Newport Beach

Home #2:  1999 Port Nelson Place, Newport Beach

Home #3:  1942 Port Carney Place, Newport Beach

Home #4:  604 Acacia Ave, Corona Del Mar

Home #5:  203 Heliotrope, Corona Del Mar

Home #6:  109 Bayside Place, Corona Del Mar

The following are sponsors of the event:

  • Orange Coast OBGYN

  • Premier Dermatology Associates

For more information on any of the featured homes, please contact Beth Sparks at (714) 348-6276 or www.TheBoutiqueRE.com/Beth-Sparks


 

 

 

 

Wanderlust

By:  Melissa Sims | The Boutique Real Estate Group

October 15th, 2013

Some may call me a wanderer, a nomad, a gypsy.  I can’t say that I ever stayed in one place too long…enduring the desert weather of New Mexico, the humidity of Texas, the sub-zero temperatures of New York & Wisconsin, and basking in the sunny days of Southern California.  In fact, my current home is the longest I have stayed in one place. Before I moved here, my longest stint in one city was – wait for it – three whole years!  That’s a lot of moving for someone as young (at heart) as me.

But those days are over.

Foothill Ranch does that to people.  It lures you in with its rolling hills, beautiful natural landscapes, sense of community and that certainSOMETHING you can’t quite put your finger on.

Perhaps it’s the proximity to just about everything?  ‘Foothill’ as residents call it, feels far enough removed from the hustle and bustle, but close enough to everything to not feel burdened by the quiet.  Just a five-minute drive away, the Irvine Spectrum has amazing dining and shopping.  Or, if you aren’t in the shopping mood, Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park has some of the best hiking, mountain biking and wildlife-watching in all of Orange County.  Maybe you feel more like skateboarding or BMX riding?  Well, you’re in luck – Foothill Ranch is home to the world-famous Etnies Skate Park, a free-amenity to all Foothill residents.  Looking for a California Distinguished School that is in the top 5 in the district?  Yeah, we have that too.

Or, maybe, just maybe, you feel like sitting in your own backyard, relaxing and listening to the peaceful sounds of nature.  You won’t hear traffic, or freeways, or sirens around here.  It’s a little slice of paradise.

My wanderlust is staying at bay for now.  Nine years in, and I may just spend the next twenty happily trying to figure out just what it is that makes this place so special.

To meet Melissa Sims please visit www.TheBoutiqueRE.com/Melissa-Sims

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Getting Business Done. Everywhere.

Customer Story: Jeremy Lehman

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You always hear about how technology can solve this problem or that problem, or help you do something better or more efficiently. While it might seem like there are endless possibilities – sometimes knowing how to leverage technology or “use it” can be more of a challenge than finding the right solutions.

Meet Jeremy Lehman – he really “gets it.”

Jeremy is a technology enthusiast turned real estate agent in Orange County, California who is always on the go. I gave Jeremy a call the other day as he was in-between a quick stop at the Apple store and picking up his kids from school. “I would say that I am on my mobile devices ninety plus percent of the time,” Jeremy told me.

 

Having his phone on him 15 hours a day  is not uncommon for Jeremy. “I am rarely on a computer and it’s not that my mobile devices have completely replaced my computer because it is necessary, but it’s because I am on the go so much it makes sense to use my mobile devices to get things done rather than waiting until I get back home or wherever,” Jeremy said, adding with a chuckle “I spend almost no time in the office, almost to the dismay of my team.”

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Jeremy is a Realtor and CTO of The Boutique Real Estate Group in Orange County, California.

However, just because Jeremy’s not in the office doesn’t mean he isn’t working, in fact he sees it as just the opposite. “I don’t believe that someone who’s always in the office is doing incredibly well, because the reality is business gets done everywhere but the office these days,” Jeremy said. He still prefers doing business “belly to belly” with his clients because after all real estate is a service-based business. Being mobile allows him to be more efficient with his time and proactive with his clients. “If I am driving my car and I get a call from my assistant, client or another agent who needs a specific document for a deal, I need to be able to access any document from the road at any given time,” Jeremy said. He added that it doesn’t matter if he is on vacation or on the golf course – he never has to tell a client he is too busy doing personal things to get back to them. “I don’t think those sort of answers are acceptable these days,” Jeremy said, adding it’s okay if he’s using his time for personal reasons because he can still get the job done and is not delaying transactions.

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I asked Jeremy what sort of mobile tools he uses while on the go and he said he uses an iPhone, iPad and a stable of core apps that included Cartavi and DocuSign. He also said his group, The Boutique Real Estate Group, uses mobile forms that are tablet compatible and that he uses DocuSign Ink as a signing solution for his iPhone and PDF Expert for his iPad. He said PDF Expert allows him to write on the contract through his iPad to add additional terminology. He also uses MLS Touch, which allows him to access MLS listing at all times. Jeremy’s suite of mobile solutions is pretty impressive and allows him to do everything on the go, which is what I meant when I said “he really gets it!”

Jeremy does not just use technology to stay on the road though; he also uses it to get more business. He maintains a significant web presence and uses social media to market his offerings. “I think it is important that we have profiles on any place that a client is going, so if clients are going to Zillow then you need a presence on Zillow, if they are going to Realtor.com – then you need a presence there.”

Jeremy said most of the people in his group also have personal websites and are very searchable. His personal website is http://about.me/jeremylehman and came up immediately when I searched his name on Google.

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Jeremy also said he is doing mostly listings now even though his business used to be more 50/50 buyers and sellers. “We are in an extreme sellers market,” Jeremy said. He also added that shifting business models’ is difficult but he has used the internet to establish himself and develop a steady stream of listings. “I guess it is marketing the whole negotiating dynamic, using technology, but also offering a high personal level of customer service,” Jeremy said. I asked Jeremy how he got into real estate and he said was actually working with a title company but a Senate bill would have gotten rid of the services that he offered so in 2007 he decided to get his real estate license and become an agent, and as he puts it, “I always sort of ‘got’ real estate.”

Jeremy is also very involved in leadership and serves on the Board of Directors at the Pacific West Association of Realtors and the California Association of Realtors. He is also a technology trainer and mentor, and occasionally does real estate technology workshops for Apple. He will tell you though, for as savvy as he is with technology, “I’m not nearly as technical as people think I am. I just sort of understand technology and how to use it.” Even though Jeremy has figured out how to use leverage technology to his advantage, he still prides himself on providing “likable” customer service, fast response times and doing a very professional job.

If you are thinking about listing a property in Orange County, just look-up ‘Jeremy Lehman’ and you’ll find him at his Personal WebsiteFacebookTwitterLinkedinTrulia,YourSoCalAgentInstagram… the list goes on and on. He is not hard to find, trust me.