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Egg-Citement Entertains Costa Mesa Residents

This past weekend Costa Mesa residents enjoyed Egg-Citement at Tanager Park in the Mesa Verde section of Costa Mesa.  Torelli Realty has hosted Egg-Citement for over 15 years and each year we get more and more people.  This year we had the largest crowd ever – over 500 children participated in the Easter egg hunt and families had a chance to enjoy the bounce house, petting zoo, pony rides, and coloring contest.  The Estancia Booster Club was there helping the Estancia High School Cheer Squad as they cheered and sold concessions to raise money for their team.  Plus the Easter Bunny posed for photos with the happy children.  It was a fantastic morning!

Costa Mesa Real Estate Company Easter Egg Huny

Egg-Citement 2010

Every year Torelli Realty brings in attractions for the crowd and all the money raised at the event goes right back to the local schools.  This year the Estancia Cheer Team made over $500 for their squad and an extra $200 was raised for the schools through the pony rides and petting zoo.

We’re proud to announce the winners of the contests from the event:

Coloring contest winner: Bridget Schoenberger

Costa Mesa Real Estate Coloring Contest Winner

Bridget Schoenberger

Jellybean contest winner: Emily Schneider

Photo of Costa Mesa Real Estate Jellybean Winner

Emily Schneider

We’d also like to congratulate John Braun who also had a very close guess.

*There were 1525 jellybeans! 

Thanks to everyone who came to the event and all the contributors.  We know that Costa Mesa looks forward to Egg-Citement as part of their Easter celebration and we look forward to bringing it back to the community next year.  Next up we have the Mesa Verde Garage Sale on May 15.  Later this year we’ll have more events including The Pumpkin Patch and Snow Hill.  Feel free to check back for more events and news.

Torelli Realty Supports Prince of Peace Country Day Fair

Costa Mesa residents should mark Saturday, April 17, 2010 on their calendar.  That’s the date for the anticipated Annual Country Day Fair put on by the Prince of Peace School.  The community will have the chance to enjoy rides, games, prizes, an international food fair, silent auction, live music and so much more!  Our real estate company is excited to help sponsor the event, which goes from 10am-3pm.

Pictures of fair

Previous Prince of Peace Country Day Fair Photos

Admission to the fair is free so this is a great way for everyone in the Costa Mesa community to plan for some budget-friendly fun!  Rides and food will come at a cost that’s for a good cause – helping the Prince of Peace School.  These funds will help cover much needed school supplies, like desks, computers, and playground equipment.  The money will also help pay for their Meet the Masters Art program and assembly programs, which are positive tools to help the students learn and grow.

We’re big supporters of the Costa Mesa community, schools, and educational programs.  Prince of Peace has been a part of Costa Mesa since the early days of Orange County and their events are always a big success.  The Annual Country Fair is a great way to support our students… And bring a day of fun to Costa Mesa at the same time!

Egg-Citement is Back in Costa Mesa for Easter

Spring is here and that calls for some Egg-Citement! Our annual Easter celebration for Costa Mesa will take place on Saturday, April 3 over at Tanager Park. This is the perfect event for the whole family to enjoy. The main activity is the Easter egg hunt that starts at 10am. There’s also going to be train rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, and face painting. We’re also thrilled that the Estancia High School Cheer Squad will be in attendance to add spirit and sell refreshments. And don’t miss a special appearance from the guest of honor – the Easter Bunny!

Picture from Egg-Citement

Former Egg-Citement with the guest of honor - the Easter Bunny!

We love being a part of Costa Mesa and hosting fun events for the community is something Torelli Realty looks forward to presenting year after year. This is also a wonderful opportunity to support our local schools and Boosters. Come on out and join your neighbors in the fun – we hope to see you there!

Costa Mesa Real Estate Sees Highest Priced Home Sale in 8 Months

We’re proud to announce the sale of the most expensive Costa Mesa home in the last 8 months!  2717 Starbird Drive in the Mesa Verde neighborhood sold for $1.25 million.  Considering that the median price for all homes in the Costa Mesa real estate market is $649,000, it’s noteworthy that this home sold for nearly double that amount.

Picture of house on Starbird

2717 Starbird, Costa Mesa

Currently, there are 125 homes for sale in Costa Mesa. This house was originally listed for sale in October 2009 because the sellers were looking to downsize.  Since they were not in a major rush to sell, they were able to bide their time and wait patiently for an offer.  In the real estate market we’re facing now, homes over a million dollars don’t typically sell as fast as homes closer to the median price point, which are more affordable to buyers.   The buyers were set on this location, proving again that real estate is all about “location, location, location.”

The Mesa Verde section of Costa Mesa is a desirable neighborhood for many reasons – it has wonderful parks, well-kept homes, and a strong sense of community.  This home is located in a section that is specifically known as the Upper Bird Streets because the streets are named after birds.  It’s a great area near one of Costa Mesa’s best parks, Tanager Park.  Mesa Verde homes retain their value well, as the median home price here is $639,000.  Homes here are often in high demand and right now there are only 25 homes for sale in Mesa Verde.   Buyers who are anxious to get into this prime location do not have that many to choose from.

The sale of such a high-priced home reveals some useful information about the Costa Mesa real estate market.  For one, there is a solid demand for homes where the buyers can deliver the title in a timely manner, in this case due to paying in cash.  Also, homes in lower price ranges, specifically homes under $500,000, have bottomed out and are difficult to find (unless the home needs major work, is a short sale, or isn’t in a desirable area).  Finally, the old axiom that location is key played a huge role in this home sale.

Costa Mesa Pop Warner Sign Up Event on Sat., April 17

Costa Mesa is a community where youth recreational programs are a priority.  We’ve blogged before about some of the programs at Estancia High School, Costa Mesa High School, and through the Costa Mesa Community Athletic Foundation. Here’s another great program: Costa Mesa Pop Warner (CMPW), a youth football league and youth cheerleading squad for boys & girls ages 5-15. The team, called the Costa Mesa Eagles, is holding an Open House/Registration/Preliminary Weigh-In event on Saturday, April 17, 2010.  Check out the Costa Mesa Pop Warner Facebook page for more information.

Pic of CMPD Logo

For years CMPW has made it a mission to serve as the benchmark for Southern California youth football and cheer programs.  Under the direction of  Steve Mensinger, President of the Estancia Sports Booster Club, the emphasis of the program is not just on smart coaching. An orderly administration and professional structure helps keep the CMPW ahead of other teams and sets a good example for the kids.

Costa Mesa Pop Warner is a great opportunity for our youth to have fun, understand teamwork, accept responsibility, and again – HAVE FUN!  And according to the professional journal Athletic Insight, youth sports offer additional benefits like improved motor skills and increased self-esteem. CMPW also supports “no work, no play” so students must perform adequately in the classroom or they can’t play.  Education first!  Our youth are so fortunate to have recreational opportunities such as these available to them – go Eagles!

Congrats to Valerie Torelli – Nominee for 2010 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award

Each year the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ) hosts several awards to recognize the people who impact the OC business community in a positive way.  Our very own president and owner, Valerie Torelli, is one of the nominees for the 2010 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award.  Way to go Valerie!

Picture of Valerie Torelli

Valerie Torelli

Expert business coach Michael Gerber says that, “The

entrepreneur is our visionary, the creator in each of us.”

The accomplishments that got the attention of the OCBJ acknowledge Valerie’s vision.  In addition to remaining the number 1 real estate office in Costa Mesa year after year, Valerie also makes it a priority to support the community.  Her mission for Torelli Realty includes interaction and integration within the city.  To that end, the company hosts seasonal events like Snow Land that have become a welcome tradition, as well as sponsors local schools and organizations.

This year there are over 100 nominees up for the award.  In a thriving county with so many successful entrepreneurs it’s a privilege to be considered for such a distinction.  On March 17, 2010 five winners will be chosen.  Best of luck to everyone!

Spotlight on a Local Hero – Costa Mesa Deputy Fire Chief Kirk Dominic

Costa Mesa’s deputy fire chief Kirk Dominic is a wonderful role model for our community and The Daily Pilot featured him in a recent article about his good deeds.  Not only does he serve our town through his work with the fire department, he also recently returned from helping in Haiti.  From January 24-31, Dominic provided medical assistance with the group Hope Force International, which is a non-profit organization that offers assistance in disaster-stricken areas.

Pic of Kirk Dominic

Deputy Fire Chief Kirk Dominic

Dominic felt compelled to lend a hand after the earthquake struck Haiti in January.  He selflessly treated the injured and helped his group aid hundreds of people in the few days they were there.  Now that Dominic is back home here in Costa Mesa he is working to train others so that more volunteers can assist in Haiti.

Costa Mesa’s fire department and police department have a strong presence in our community and we are thankful for their commitment to the residents of Costa Mesa.  More than that, our city has great individuals like Dominic who are willing to put the needs of others up front.  Values like these deserve recognition – thank you Kirk Dominic!