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We could all use a little design help from time to time. And for those times, we have super helpful designers, like Betsy Van’t Hof of Art By Design. Betsy very graciously let us in on some tips for designing with the “Mod Cod” look, a type of traditional Cape Cod cottage style that integrates modern aesthetics and technological features. She designed the staging for a home listed by Villa’s own Tracy Bowie and Tim Carr of the Tim Carr Group, 201 16th Place, Costa Mesa. Betsy also offered her thoughts on another home the two have listed at 1620 Orange Ave, Costa Mesa, which also showcases the style.

Here are her thoughts on the “Mod Cod” interior style:

What is “Mod Cod”?
The “Mod Cod” look draws from the charm of vintage California

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August Move-Ins Set for Modern, Detached Single Family Homes

Vitae by Planet Home Living, a new community of 20 detached single-family homes offering two and three stories of modern living, have begun pre-sales with move-ins and a model grand opening slated for August. The interest list for Vitae, a development of new modern homes in Costa Mesa, is more than 150 homebuyers and growing.

Designed with the latest in energy efficiency and smart home technology, Vitae boasts standard features such as a Ring doorbell, Kevo keyless entry, Nest thermostat, USB port outlets, a garage door that can be opened from your phone, pre-wiring for EVC and solar panels, Low-E energy efficient windows, and more.

Vitae’s two floorplans range from 1,620 to 1,707

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Summer is here and so is the surf! During this time of year large tropical storms from the far south hound Orange County’s fifty-mile stretch of coastal beaches, bringing in warm water and world-class waves. Surfers flock to Orange County during the summer months from all corners of California to try and score on these seasonal waves. With hundreds of options of surf breaks to choose from, coupled with the age-old question of where to eat post surf, it's often hard to make the right call on where to paddle out. Have a spot in mind? If not, don’t stress, your friends at Villa have made a guide to the best surf spots in Orange County to help you fully capitalize on this summer’s swell.


Huntington Beach, otherwise known

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We are less than a week away from the 4th of July! What’s on your calendar for celebrating the holiday? In case you haven’t decided what to do yet, we put together a list of some of the top things to do to celebrate this Independence Day.

Check out some of the top 4th of July events in Orange County:

Every year, American Legion Yacht Club hosts a boat parade that starts off at Collins Island and goes throughout Newport Harbor. This year’s theme is “America - Where Freedom Sails.”

Time: July 4th, 1:00 - 3:30PM
Venue: Newport Harbor
Phone: 949 673 5002
Here is a link to the parade map.
For more information visit the American Legion Yacht Club website.


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There are beaches, and then there are beaches. The latter can be found plentifully on the Seychelles islands (pronounced "say-SHELLS") a tropical 115-island archipelago suspended in the Indian Ocean, many miles east of Kenya and north of Madagascar. The collection of islands is so beautiful that early British explorers thought they had stumbled upon the Garden of Eden. We wrote briefly about the destination in our post about the top luxury vacation destinations for 2017 earlier this year.

With its remote location and exclusive access, the Seychelles islands usually attract visitors looking for the ultimate romantic getaway. And it’s understandable, given the fact that there are few places in the world that are more isolated than this heavenly cluster

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Summer is basically here, and with it comes one of our favorite events of the year: vacation.

Perhaps the best part about vacationing (besides being away from the office) is just having a change of pace from your every day, and being in a completely different environment, with a totally different look from your own home. Maybe your vacation this year consists of a Caribbean escape, or an Italian villa with vineyards and Italian countryside as far as the eye can see. Maybe a Greek cliffside, with whitewashed walls, blue doors, and an infinite pool in Santorini, overlooking the Mediterranean is on your agenda for this year. Whatever your vacation plans and dreams, there are ways to bring parts of it home with you.

Here are some tips for bringing your

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Just part of the allure of living along the coast is outdoor entertaining, al fresco dining with family and friends, and simply enjoying living and dining rooms that seamlessly flow from indoor to outdoor. To set the scene for a beautiful and relaxing space, here are design tips and tricks for creating a peaceful feng shui garden, from experts at Pottery Barn, as published by House Beautiful: You Can (and Should) Feng Shui Your Garden

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Memorial Day was just this past weekend! That marks the unofficial start of Summer and brings with it a season of getting together with friends and family for barbeques, beach parties, and brunches. And the beautiful climate of Coastal Orange County is perfect for these types of events. Are you prepared? If not, you will be soon. We have compiled a list of tips and things you can do to prepare your home for hosting any of the season’s choice of get-togethers.

Check out these tips to prepare your home for an awesome summer party:

These are an easy way to bring the comfort of inside to your outdoor party. For one, they literally bring comfort by providing cushion and can provide back support when paired with a bench or

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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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