Category Archives: Costa Mesa Residents

Westside Costa Mesa – Westside Story

Westside Costa Mesa

Torelli Realty Presents Westside Story

When we first moved over here 12 years ago from Eastside it was originally a financial issue and then we discovered what was really over here. Not only do you have incredibly access to the ocean (a mile and a half – a 5 year old can bile there!), here you actually can ride down to the beach, to the sand, and going through the trails you never even have to go on a busy road. You can go through Canyon Park or you can just go straight down Victoria and take the Santa Ana River Trail. It’s an easy ride, in fact we never take our cars on a busy Saturday, Sunday or on a holiday.

For our budget we could not believe what we got over here. We found 100 foot trees, we found quiet streets because there wasn’t the traffic or the noise… There were 1,000 sq. ft. homes on 7,000 sq. ft. lots so the houses were really small and we decided for the same amount of money that we could go out and buy somebody else’s bigger house… We were able to basically do a tear down, go down to the studs, and build our custom home for what we would spend somewhere else.

It was different when we first moved in… But I have to tell you we have young people moving in… I’m not the only one who has customized my home. These neighborhoods are quiet streets, wonderful access, great parks, wonderful schools, and incredible neighbors… I got to tell you, the Westside is the Bestside.

What do you think of your neighborhood? Please share it on video by emailing holly@torellirealty.com today.

Thank you Greg Ridge!

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty deals with Costa Mesa homes, Costa Mesa apartments, Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied the most effective home staging techniques, as well as home values and markets locally and nationally. Torelli Realty is also an expert in Costa Mesa short sales and Orange County short sales. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

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Costa Mesa Room Makeover – After

Costa Mesa Room Makeover

Room makeovers are exciting and people often think they are pricey. However, they can be done on a budget. Inspired by an article in Better Homes & Gardens Magazine where a designer did a room makeover for $350, we put ourselves to the same challenge. We held a contest and selected a winner who wanted their master bedroom to get a makeover. Here’s the result and their reaction:

 

 

 

 

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How We Did It

First of all we want to give a big thank you to Yong with Crystal Painting and  Diane Gray Concialdi with DC Redesign Real Estate Staging & Conceptual Design.

Yong donated paint and and painted a neutral, beige accent wall that complements the furnishings and is a tasteful color in case the couple ever decides to sell their home in the future. (Home staging 101 – Neutral colors are best!) We call upon Yong’s painting team all the time when we are preparing homes.

Diane assisted with picking out the decor, helping us find amazing discounts through her contacts at Macy’s, and the final arrangements on the ‘Reveal’ day. Her company can help with staging for any budget and also uses the latest technologies to conceptualize how a room would look if remodeled.

A special thanks to Macy’s. Since the winners, Julieta & Ryan, had nice furniture, we were able to keep what they had in place and redecorate to fit their space. We focused on their bedding, which we got at a major discount thanks to the help of our friends at Macy’s. By shopping great sales you can save major bucks. In fact the comforter set and pillows we bought were discounted from $350 to $134.99. Plus the bluish-green color of the comforter is a very hot color this season and it’s also very peaceful and relaxing for a master bedroom retreat.

The euro sham pillows were bought at IKEA.  Since they are for show and not going to be used they really dress up the room for very little cost. Each one was only $6.99!

The curtains were found at Target and matched the bedspead perfectly. They are a blue-green sheer stripe that irons easily and helps create a light, airy feeling rather than a dark, weighed down one like the former ruby curtains created. Over by the bathroom, we decided to use matching curtains but used 2 to create a symmetrical look and then bought some traditional gold tassels to tie them back.

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We moved some pieces around to add more space and create a cleaner look in the room. For instance we moved the hamper and glider from the room to make it feel larger.

Also, we borrowed a photo of the happy couple that was in the hallway and put it next to the bed. They were thrilled when they saw it! It added a little of their spirit to the room.

Thanks so much to Julieta & Ryan for letting us help them!

Final Tally:

Macy’s Comforter set: (Originally $350) $134.99

Macy’s Sheets: (Originally $120) $79.99

IKEA 2 Euro Sham pillows: 13.98

Target Curtains (2 for the windows, 2 for the bathroom doorway): 59.96 each

Target 2 Gold Tassel Tiebacks: $5.98

Plus various taxes…

Grand Total: $325.70

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty deals with Costa Mesa homes, Costa Mesa apartments, Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied the most effective home staging techniques, as well as home values and markets locally and nationally. Torelli Realty is also an expert in Costa Mesa short sales and Orange County short sales. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

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Eastside Costa Mesa – Eastside Story

Eastside Costa Mesa

Torelli Realty Presents Eastside Story

Eastside Costa Mesa has a fine establishment called The Goat Hill. The reason behind the name is that Costa Mesa used to be a bean field and goats used to roam around. Broadway is the widest street in Costa Mesa. Broadway has the former homes of the officers from El Toro Marine Base and was originally designed to go to down to the beach. Eastside has so many things. We’re here at Eat Chow – they were able to encompass the genius of “and”: great food and low cost and they are expanding into Newport Beach. We have a 17th Street that is thriving – they don’t let a place go vacant. We have live music at Skosh Monahan’s, The Harp, Pierce Street Annex, the Little Knight, and Le Cave. Hi-Times Liquors too.

The neighborhood is amazing. I grew up on the East Coast and never thought I’d be able to replicate my experience of playing with kids in the neighborhood. We walk to a Blue Ribbon school… People on the Eastside are proud of their homes. It’s an eclectic neighborhood of diverse homes and there’s a restocking of families with children over here. People are always fixing up their homes. Broadway just got a million dollar ‘Safe Routes for School’ and will put a sidewalk all the way down. They’ll get 40 new trees and a bike lane. We’ve been able to site destination bike routes to improve bike-ability, walk-ability, and because it’s Costa Mesa skate-ability!

I believe that Eastside Costa Mesa is a sustainable community because it’s a grid-like system: it has transportation nodes, it has south facing homes to take advantage of the sun and Mesa Water’s 50th Anniversary tells us that we have a local water supply. Thank you for letting me share my passions about the Eastside.

What do you think of your neighborhood? Please share it on video by emailing holly@torellirealty.com today.

Thank you Jim Fitzpatrick!

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty deals with Costa Mesa homes, Costa Mesa apartments, Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied the most effective home staging techniques, as well as home values and markets locally and nationally. Torelli Realty is also an expert in Costa Mesa short sales and Orange County short sales. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

WEBSITE
SHORT SALE WEBSITE
TWITTER  – FACEBOOK – COMPANY BLOG

NEW – 365 THINGS TO DO IN COSTA MESA

Company License #: 00878443 – Valerie Torelli License #: 00668297

Costa Mesa Award Recipient – Julian Jackson-Brunning

Congrats to Julian Jackson-Brunning for being the August 2010 recipient of Orange County’s Heart & Soul Award. We reported on our blog earlier this summer that Julian was sacraficing his birthday gifts in order to help out a local animal rescue that is near to his heart. He received an overwhelming amount of donations to help the cause and had a fantastic birthday party too!

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The Birthday Boy!

Word got out about Julian’s altruism and Orange County’s Heart & Soul Award has decided that he would be a prime recipient.

Julian is being honored at a reception presented by O’Connor Mortuary. The Heart & Soul Award supports many outstanding non-profit organizations. We’re proud of you Julian – thanks for being a source of inspiration and a great role model for Costa Mesa!

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty deals with Costa Mesa homes, Costa Mesa apartments, Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied the most effective home staging techniques, as well as home values and markets locally and nationally. Torelli Realty is also an expert in Costa Mesa short sales and Orange County short sales. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

WEBSITE
SHORT SALE WEBSITE
TWITTER  – FACEBOOK – COMPANY BLOG – 365 THINGS TO DO IN COSTA MESA

Company License #: 00878443

Valerie Torelli License #: 00668297

 

Costa Mesa Coffee, Donuts and Raffle Fundraiser for Local Family in Need – POSTPONED!

COSTA MESA RESIDENTS ARE BANDING TOGETHER – PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WE WILL UPDATE YOU WHEN IT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED!

FYI: For anyone wishing to donate to Colin Murphy in lieu of the “Coffee/Donut Fundraiser” please send donations to Chase Bank 1455 Baker St. Costa Mesa c/o Colin Murphy and reference acct. 441-069-9502. Donating is voluntary and this message serves only as information.

Costa Mesa residents are banding together this weekend to help raise money for a neighbor in need. Local friend & neighbor Lisa Salyer needs to raise money to cover expenses for her son’s medical supplies. Her 11-year old son Colin had to get emergency surgery to take out his large intestines, which resulted in a permanent colostomy. Unfortunately his care medical expenses are not covered by Lisa’s insurance.

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COME HELP

Come help the Salyer family by visiting the Coffee, Donuts & Raffle Fundraiser. Coffee & donuts will be free! There will also be a raffle with a chance to win bicycles, clothing, pet products, gift cards and even a Bounce House for the kiddies.

EVENT DETAILS

Saturday, September 18, 2010 9am-12pm

3101 Loren Lane, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

This is a worthwhile fundraiser and a fun, yummy way to wake up on Saturday. Be a supportive neighbor to the Sayler’s during their time of need. Lisa Salyer is a mother of four and the PTA President at Killybrooke Elementary in the Halecrest neighborhood of Costa Mesa, CA.

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty deals with Costa Mesa homes, Costa Mesa apartments, Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied the most effective home staging techniques, as well as home values and markets locally and nationally. Torelli Realty is also an expert in Costa Mesa short sales and Orange County short sales. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

WEBSITE
SHORT SALE WEBSITE
TWITTER  – FACEBOOK – COMPANY BLOG – 365 THINGS TO DO IN COSTA MESA

Company License #: 00878443 – Valerie Torelli License #: 00668297

Fairview Park Costa Mesa

Fairview Park Costa Mesa

Fairview Park is the largest park in Costa Mesa with over 200 acres. It’s a place where many people from all over the area come to relax, hike, bike, and much more. Learn about the Harbor Soaring Society, Costa Mesa Concert in the Park series, the Santa Ana River Trail, the indigenous Indians, the OC Model Engineers and more from Realtor Jim Fisler.

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty deals with Costa Mesa homes, Costa Mesa apartments, Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied the most effective home staging techniques, as well as home values and markets locally and nationally. Torelli Realty is also an expert in Costa Mesa short sales and Orange County short sales. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

WEBSITE
SHORT SALE WEBSITE
TWITTER  – FACEBOOK – COMPANY BLOG

NEW – 365 THINGS TO DO IN COSTA MESA

Company License #: 00878443 – Valerie Torelli License #: 00668297

Costa Mesa Residents – Plenty of Neighborhoods to Choose From

Costa Mesa Neighborhoods

There are plenty of neighborhoods in Costa Mesa to call home. Each neighborhood has distinguishing characteristics and some are larger than others.  In a city with over 100,000 residents, small communities within the city help neighbors get to know one another. Click here for a list of some Costa Mesa neighborhoods.

What Makes Costa Mesa Neighborhoods Special

Many of our real estate agents are faced with clients who want to know about their options… Whether they’re looking for a quiet, safe place to raise a family or they’re looking for a peaceful place to retire, they’re in search of the perfect neighborhood. One thing that makes Costa Mesa neighborhoods special is that the residential neighborhoods are spread out all over the city in pockets. Within each pocket there are neighborhood schools and parks for residents to access easily. The pockets are pretty isolated from lots of heavy traffic and stores. Therefore, most of the residential areas are quiet and don’t have a lot of heavy traffic passing through them. In fact, many of the communities are set up to enhance the quality of life of the residents. You’ll find a lot of areas have a main entrance with a nice sign and the streets inside the community or tract are cul-de-sacs or quiet side streets.

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Focus of Costa Mesa

Senior Environmental Land & Resources Paralegal Robert Dickson, a Costa Mesa resident, knows all about the city layout. He noted that the focus of Costa Mesa is to increase residential ownership. With so many neighborhoods to choose from, the only thing left to ask is which neighborhood is your pick?

Related Stories:

Costa Mesa Neighborhood – Mesa North with Colin McCarthy

Costa Mesa Neighborhood Spotlight – South Coast Metro With Former School Board Member Linda Sneen

Costa Mesa Neighborhood Spotlight – South Coast Metro – Plus A Poll!

Costa Mesa Neighborhood Spotlight – Mesa Del Mar – An Interview With Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Katrina Foley

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty deals with Costa Mesa homes, Costa Mesa apartments, Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied the most effective home staging techniques, as well as home values and markets locally and nationally. Torelli Realty is also an expert in Costa Mesa short sales and Orange County short sales. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

WEBSITE
SHORT SALE WEBSITE
TWITTER  – FACEBOOK – COMPANY BLOG

Company License #: 00878443 – Valerie Torelli License #: 00668297