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From the Vault: Torelli Realty TV Ad Circa 1987

We’d like to share a little something from the Torelli Realty vault– a commercial we filmed throughout Costa Mesa in the 1980s.

In planning the commercial, I was intent on highlighting how great Costa Mesa is by featuring all the city’s hot spots during that time (which still are hot to this day!) and so we made it happen–entirely filmed in only two days and with a custom song just for us. With a pink convertible, big hair, a “run-in” with Costa Mesa police officers and cruising to all the great places the city has to offer, the commercial came out just like we wanted. To this day, I enjoy watching it, reminiscing and feeling proud that the city was so great and that it’s only improved since! (Also, as a mom, I love seeing my son, Alec Torelli,  onscreen as a baby. See him at 0:13 in the clip.)

Our commercial features lots of places throughout Costa Mesa. Do you recognize them all?

*You can also watch our commercial on Torelli Realty’s YouTube channel.

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.

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.



Impressed By “Canstruction”

Say Costa Mesa and most people think of South Coast Plaza (SCP), one of southern California’s largest malls.  Nothing makes the Realtor in me happier than to hear about SCP helping the community.  A strong community encourages a healthy real estate market.  Costa Mesa’s Torelli Realty wants to let everyone know about the “Canstruction” competition being held at SCP right now.

Costa Mesa’s South Coast Plaza displays sculptures each year that are made out of canned goods by local engineers and architects.  A lot of creativity goes into the displays and this year viewers will have the chance to see a stiletto and banana split made out of cans!  Over 46,000 pounds of food went into the competition and at the end it will all get donated to the Orange County Food Bank.

On September 13 the Costa Mesa shopping center will award winners for their hard work and creativity.  Hurry up and take a look – the sculptures will come down head over to the Orange County Food Bank on September 27.   And here’s a hot tip for all those shoppers headed to Costa Mesa – offer up your own canned food donation and take a free ride on the carousel!

Read more inThe Orange County Register’s article about “Canstruction.”

*Costa Mesa has a lot of great homes and neighborhoods near South Coast Plaza that are highly sought after.  Feel free to check with Torelli Realty to find out more.