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Villa's very own Shana Spitzer and Laura Roche have been named the listing agents of 21 Montage Way, a unique property in the ultra-exclusive enclave of Montage Laguna Beach. 

A once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy 5-star resort amenities in the privacy of your own custom estate. This unparalleled property is situated in the exclusive enclave of the Montage Resort and just steps away from the beach. Architecturally stunning expert craftsmanship was put into every aspect of the design, construction and landscaping. Contemporary concrete gives the home a modern feel, warmed with rich mahogany and stone flooring, custom walls of polished wood, artisan finishes, and bronze-encased floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. The 7,500 sq.ft. residence has

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Summer is quickly approaching, and though it’s not technically here yet, Memorial Day marks the “unofficial” start of Summer for many people. So as Memorial Day weekend closes in, we are definitely feeling those Summer vibes, and it’s not too late to get into a home with a pool as part of your beautiful summer retreat.

Here are a few homes listed by Villa’s agents that feature a luxury summer retreat, perfect for a warm afternoon by the pool.

2 Windemere Court, Newport Coast, CA 92657

2 Windemere Court, Newport Coast. Listed by Bob and Mary Ellen Weglarz.
This multiple award-winning home is set on a nearly 1/3 acre lot in prestigious Pelican Ridge. Featuring 4 beds, 4.5 baths, in over 5,500 square feet of living space. The rear yard offers extended living space with chiseled

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Featured Image: 35767 Beach Road, Dana Point. Co-listed by Steve High and Tami MacDonald.

When done right, the coffee table can be a beautiful, inspiring focal point of your living room. To help you out, we have compiled a few tips and principles you can follow when decorating your living room coffee table.

SURVEY YOUR SPACE
One of the greatest things to consider is the space your coffee table will be occupying. If you have a small space, you might want to go with a smaller one; a small, round coffee table can go a long way in a small space. On the other hand, if you have a large space and you want to fill it out, 2 coffee tables that either match or complement each other might serve you well. No matter your situation, consider your space

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Pictured above: 2095 Temple Hills Drive, Laguna Beach. Listed by Mike Johnson.

First things first: staging your home is almost guaranteed to get you more money.

In fact, according to a study done by the National Association of Realtors, 96% of real estate agents representing buyers agree that proper staging has a positive effect on the buyers’ view of the home. 71% of Realtors® believe that home staging increases the actual dollar value of the home. And of those, 34% believe that it increases the dollar value of the home by at least 10% or more.

As we discussed in our previous article about home staging, it is designed to bring out the property’s good qualities and give potential buyers a better canvas on which to imagine their future lives in

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There’s no doubt about it: home improvements are a good idea most of the time. The added enjoyment you get out of your house, plus the additional value your home gains—which turns into a higher price when you do eventually sell—all make most home improvement projects worth it.

But let’s face it: not all projects are created equal.

The kitchen and bathroom are the most popular rooms to renovate. They are also the most expensive. In some housing markets and neighborhoods, these are good renovations to make, with a high return on investment. But in others, they only return as low as 50% of their initial cost. So, when considering your future home improvements, think about your local housing market, and ask an agent who specializes in your area.

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VITAE is a collection of new, modern homes now under construction in Costa Mesa.

Planet Home Living and Villa Real Estate are proud to announce Vitae, a new modern home community coming soon to Costa Mesa. Villa's very own Sean and Lisa Casey have been named the exclusive agents for Vitae's 20-home development currently under construction. Vitae will fill a hard-to-find requirement of home shoppers looking for something new in a walkable location close to it all. Vitae, near Bernard Street and Harbor Blvd., will feature two and three story homes with a modern design.

Being developed by Planet Home Living, an Orange County-based development firm that specializes in small lot, single family residences, Vitae will start in the high $700,000's. The

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Two words: Mimosa Bar.

Even though Spring technically started on March 20th, we all know sunny springtime isn't really here until you're brunching al fresco with a mimosa in hand. And what better time to break out the bubbly than Easter Brunch, when you're gathering with family and friends you haven't seen since New Year's Day?

But before we dive into creating the perfect Mimosa Bar, let's curate the right environment by making sure the rest of the brunch party is set to go.

1. GET YOUR HOUSE (DECOR) IN ORDER
Take a few tips from HGTV's 35 Easter Decorating Ideas, House Beautiful's 30+ Beautiful Easter Decorating Ideas, or Elle Decor's 20 Best Easter Decorations for People Who Like to Keep Things Chic.

2. PREPARE THE TABLES
Elle Decor

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Spring is here! And Easter is right around the corner. With that comes a whole new set of decor trends and ideas. One of the best ways to get into the spirit of this brightly-colored and pastel season filled with bunnies, eggs, and flowers is to refresh your home decor accordingly. To help, we’ve put together this guide and compiled articles from top trendsetters to help you elegantly traverse this Springtime. As expected, flowers are a huge recurring theme in Spring Decor.

1. MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION
With a well-done Spring themed wreath on the door, your home will surely make a great impression on guests and radiate with the bright, welcoming impression of Springtime. Here are 30 Spring Wreaths from House Beautiful. Use these to draw

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The term “Chef’s Kitchen” gets used a lot, and means different things to different people. To some, it means having the perfect flow for indoor/outdoor entertaining. To others, it means having the perfect restaurant-style layout. And to others, it could simply mean having the best tools and appliances available to work with. No matter your personal definition of a “Chef’s Kitchen,” we are confident you will find something you like in our Pinterest Board, Kitchens for the Chef. 

Here, we are giving you an inside look at some of our favorites.
5 Dream Kitchens for the Home Chef:

109 VIA MENTONE, NEWPORT BEACH
Listed By: Juli Ackerman

This stunning Lido Isle home is the perfect balance of an entertainer’s dream and a private retreat. The

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Have you ever been looking through listings and seen images of a home where the home's layout and decor just look so nice, perfect even? Chances are, that home has been staged.

According to a study done by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), 96% of Agents representing buyers agree that home staging positively affects potential buyers' view of the home. 81% of buyers say that it is "easier to visualize the property as a future home" when it has been properly staged. And we know that when buyers can visualize their lives in the home, they are much more likely to make an offer. When properly staged, even a flawed home has hope. Almost a third of buyers (28%) are willing to "overlook property faults" when the home is staged.

Staging is designed

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