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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!

Orange County’s New Lyon Air Museum

Costa Mesa, nicknamed City of the Arts, has gained another attraction in our neighbor city of Santa Ana – The Lyon Air Museum.

Picture of Lyon Air Museum

Lyon Air Museum

The museum is next to the John Wayne Airport and displays aircraft and autos from the 1930s and 1940s.  Major General William Lyon opened the museum as a way to teach people in his home area about the efforts of American servicemen during World War II.  Military veterans will serve as docents and a lot of them even served during WWII.

The 30,000 sq. ft. Orange County museum broke ground in 2007 and opened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009.  Lyon Air Museum  serves to educate the public about the “Greatest Generation of Aviation.”  There are plenty of amazing features like a 1939 Mercedes-Benz Model G4 Offener Touring Wagon used by Adolph Hitler during World War II, as well as an authentic truck from Helms Bakery, which was used locally in the 1940s.

One of the greatest missions of the museum is to provide services to local school districts so that our youth will have a chance to learn first-hand about WWII.  Costa Mesa students and the surrounding communities are very fortunate to have so many fantastic resources at their disposal.  Make sure to visit the Lyon Air Museum and take advantage of yet another wonderful  treat near Costa Mesa.

Tis the Season – Costa Mesa’s Torelli Realty Talks Holidays

Torelli Realty would like to announce this year’s Snow Land, fun-filled holiday celebration that the Costa Mesa real estate company is sponsoring at Balearic Park.  For the past 15+ years Torelli Realty has hosted the event that came to be known as Snow Hill.  In the beginning Torelli Realty brought in snow to create a children’s play area for a crowd of about 200 people.  Its success captured the attention of the City of Costa Mesa, who offered to resources to blow in 60 tons of snow on the hill in Balearic Park.  Over the past five years nearly 2000 people have enjoyed the festivities at Snow Hill, which are due to the generous contribution and vision of Torelli Realty along with the staff help provided by the City of Costa Mesa.

Sadly, due to financial constraints this year, the City of Costa Mesa will not be able to assist with staffing the event.  Undaunted, Torelli Realty plans to bring back the original snow area, which will be called Snow Land. Torelli Realty will proudly sponsor the event on Saturday, December 12 at Balearic Park from 12-3pm.

Snow Land will offer an area with snow for children to play, a cookie decorating booth, crafts, pony sweep, train rides, entertainment provided by the Estancia High Cheer Squad and of course Santa! Santa may not come by helicopter this year, but be there he will.  Food, refreshments, and popcorn will be available as well.  As always the event will be free to the Costa Mesa community and all proceeds from the food booths will go to local schools.

Even though Torelli Realty funds the event event every year, without the help of the City of Costa Mesa, Torelli Realty does not have the necessary manpower to blanket the hill with snow but the Snow Land at the bottom will still supply enough snow for snowmen and snowballs.  Though the event will be smaller than the recent ones, Torelli Realty still wishes to encourage the spirit of the holiday season. Hopefully the city will have the finances to rejoin the holiday event in the future but for now it’s time to get out there and enjoy the meaning of the holiday season at this year’s Snow Land!

WHAT: Torelli Realty presents SNOW LAND

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009.

TIME: 12pm-3pm

WHERE: Balearic Park.  1975 Balearic Dr., Costa Mesa (Adams/Mesa Verde Drive West)

INFO/COST: (714) 540-7355.  Free!

Costa Mesa Real Estate Snow Hill

Costa Mesa's Torelli Realty Snow Hill of the past

Costa Mesa Real Estate Santa

Santa visits Snow Hill

Another holiday tradition is also taking place in November – the annual tree lighting at South Coast Plaza. This year’s 96-foot tall white fir tree has arrived from Mt. Shasta, which is nearly 700 miles from the palm tress of Costa Mesa.  Costa Mesa residents and anyone else who wants to check out the annual tree lighting are invited to attend the official ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6pm.  Santa Clause will be present and the Orange County High School of the Arts will perform for the public.

WHAT: Costa Mesa’s Annual Tree Lighting

WHEN: Thursday, November 19, 2009.

TIME: 6pm

WHERE: South Coast Plaza



Torelli Realty is looking forward to ringing off the holiday season and Costa Mesa always has wonderful festivities.  Events like this develop a strong sense of community, spirit, and pride.  These are some of the traits that make Costa Mesa a prime real estate choice for so many buyers.

Veterans Day Event at Local School

Veterans Day is celebrated every November to commemorate our country’s veterans.  More than that it’s a day dedicated to world peace.  In Costa Mesa local students had a chance to meet a very special veteran – Army staff sergeant Walter D. Ehlers, one of 21 living World War II recipients of the Medal of Honor.  The Medal of Honor is the most prestigious U.S. military decoration that is awarded for valor and bravery in actions that go above and beyond the call of duty.

On June 9-10, 1944 Ehlers served as the spearhead for an attack against the enemy defenders and assumed a huge risk as he exposed himself to deadly fire.  Throughout the fight he remained a courageous and heroic leader.   He single-handedly defeated a German gun unit and in spite of his wounds he rescued a fellow wounded soldier, bringing him to safety.  As a leader Elder acted fearlessly; he will forever be an inspiration for all.

Ehlers is a resident of Buena Park, a community that is about 20 miles northeast of Costa Mesa.  Special guests and lessons such as this are a privilege for students in our community.  As a local real estate company we are always happy to see when local schools provide special programs for the students as it encourages learning and offers unique opportunities for our children. This event at Mariners Christian School in Costa Mesa will surely impact the audience who was so fortunate to have met with Ehlers.

Costa Mesa Real Estate Veterans Day Event Photo

Veteran Walter D. Ehlers

For more info, read the article on Walter D. Ehlers on OCRegister.com.

South Coast Plaza Gives Back

Our Costa Mesa real estate company wants to highlight a recent event presented by South Coast Plaza, which is one of the main attractions Costa Mesa has to offer. South Coast Plaza isn’t just a place to go for a wonderful shopping experience, it’s also a community advocate. On October 1, South Coast Plaza put on a luxury fashion show for the Harvesters 17th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. The Harvesters ( http://www.feedoc.org) is a support group that raises money for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, which provides food to over 200,000 people in Orange County every month.

Costa Mesa’s South Coast Plaza brought in clothing and designs from high-end fashion houses like Chanel, Gucci, Christian Dior, Fendi, and more. Over 300 guests attended the show and caught a glimpse of the latest fall/winter fashions.

What’s so great about this event is that South Coast Plaza represented Costa Mesa and all of Orange County by contributing to a worthy cause. This event raised awareness about the local food bank and brought in needed funding.

Selling real estate in Costa Mesa, we like to see the spirit of community alive and well and South Coast Plaza did a great job giving back. Thank you for that!


Costa Mesa Real Estate Highlights South Coast Plaza Fashion Show for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County

Costa Mesa Real Estate Highlights South Coast Plaza Fashion Show for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County

Read more information about this South Coast Plaza fundraising event on OCRegister.com.



Costa Mesa’s Nonprofit SOS

Torelli Realty is thrilled to hear about the efforts of Share Our Selves (SOS, shareourselves.org), a nonprofit organization that gave out over 1500 backpacks stocked with school supplies to low-income families in the area.  On Saturday, Aug. 29, hundreds of families lined up at the organization’s Westside Costa Mesa location and thousands of children went home prepared for the coming school year.  Share Our Selves, you get a gold star!

During a year when a lot of families are struggling to make ends meet financially, Share Our Selves provided a glimmer of hope.  In addition to this event they’ve been busy helping low-income families with other financial, medical, and social services too.

Thank you to the 40 or so volunteers who put in their time cramming backpacks full of school items.  Not to be overlooked are the local businesses who donated to the cause – such as Hyundai, Hot Topic, Experian, United Healthcare, local churches and others.  Due to your generosity Costa Mesa students and others throughout Orange County are starting the school year off right!  We’re thankful that Share Our Selves is contributing to the wellness of Costa Mesa and Orange County as a whole.

A+ to Share Our Selves, volunteers, and contributors to the event!

To read about it yourself check out the article by Briana Bailey in The Daily Pilot.