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Go Abode & Beyond

By Allison Mitchell, Kelsey Ogletree and Michelle Pulfrey

Erica Bryen photo by Ryan Garvin


Dream big, Orange County—local living quarters are getting grander and more luxurious by the year. Here, a glimpse at the current state of realty in our seaside paradise.

At 18 Coral Ridge, the Sylvester team proves bigger is better.

The completion of 18 Coral Ridge, a 12,628-square-foot stunner in Newport Coast, has been 3 ½ years in the making for father-son duo Spencer and Jim Sylvester. And they weren’t going to call the six-bedroom, 11-bathroom beauty done until perfection was achieved. Acting as the interior designer, Jim took his time sourcing top-of-the-line trimmings, including a $45,000 candy bar for the impressive theater room (that’s accessed via a secret pivoting door, natch), a $100,000 custom golf simulator and an eight-car garage that Sylvester stocked with restored Porsches and a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320A Cabriolet flown in from Germany when previewing the home. Be sure to curl up in your nearly 2,000-square-foot master bedroom after a game in the billiards room. Oh, and the price tag? A cool $22.888 million. So go ahead, step through the French mahogany front doors, grab a bottle of wine from the 550-bottle cellar and kick back by your 70-foot pool. Does O.C. living get any more lavish? 

Beloved interior designer Barclay Butera plots his next winning move with an expansion into real estate.

“We have been at the forefront of high design and the home industry for 25 years, so this seemed like a most natural extension of another level of service for our clients,” says Barclay Butera of Barclay Butera Properties, a new real estate firm he co-founded with Garrett Calacci. “We are going to focus on personalized service, and our firm will have a very boutique feel. Our areas of expertise will be the very coastal properties in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach and the entire Newport Coast.” It’s somewhat serendipitious for the local, as he’s spent his career showcasing his signature flair for luxury coastal design, and the two businesses sit just steps from one another on Pacific Coast Highway. “Being in the Newport Beach area really gives us a leg up on the wealth of knowledge [we have in] regard to the property values and neighborhoods,” he notes. And yes, the team is also available to hire for home staging and design for your on-the-market or just purchased abode.

Erica Bryen Design

Erica Bryen Design

Just call her the queen of color. For Erica Bryen, design is all about leaving your comfort zone.

Remember the name Erica Bryen—R.D. Olson Development’s Bob Olson sure has. “My work on the Lido House hotel cottages has been a real milestone,” says the visionary behind Erica Bryen Design, who was chosen as one of five designers to work on the buzzing new venue. “Not only is it the first time I’ve worked on a hotel, but as a native and resident of [Newport Beach], I am so thrilled to have this amazing boutique hotel in our backyard.” Known for her sleek aesthetic with pops of bright hues and eclectic art, Bryen has been prettying up homes from O.C. to L.A. for years and is currently designing the personal residences of construction aces Jason Gonterman and Michael Reeves. “It’s always exciting to work with homebuilders because they know how to [craft] gorgeous homes and are willing to push the boundaries,” she notes. While she maintains an appreciation for netural color palettes, it’s her vibrant eye that has clients flocking. “I say bold is beautiful and on trend.” Let’s take a peek inside her artful mind, shall we? Listen in below.

With enticing properties and luxe retail spots, Surf City is becoming one of O.C.’s most coveted ZIP codes.

The trendiest “new” spot isn’t new at all, according to Jody Clegg, who amassed more than $120 million in sales with the Jody Clegg Team in 2017. Clegg says Huntington Beach is now the place to be. “The demand is strong for homes by the water, [especially] in Seacliff,” she shares. “Many clients are seeking to live within walking distance of Pacific City and Main Street.” Clegg adds that “custom and turnkey homes are still outselling all others.” While clients primarily seek downtown dwellings, Clegg’s property pick of-the-moment is 16672 Intrepid Lane, a $1.65 million waterfront Sunset Island abode with plenty of room for your next boat.  

Drew D’Angelo Hoda Hajirnia

“Millennials are flooding the market,” notes Hajirnia. “It’s new builds in Rancho Mission Viejo, Baker Ranch and Hidden Canyon that are attracting first-time buyers.”

After appearing on Bravo’s Real Estate Wars, Drew D’Angelo and Hoda Hajirnia prove the battle is more important than the war. Their fierce competition isn’t with each other—it’s within them.

Last year, the best-dressed team in real estate exceeded their sales goals and kept pushing each other to reach higher. Meet Drew D’Angelo and Hoda Hajirnia, known as Team HD at the McMonigle Group. “We each provide qualities that support a successful strategy through balance,” says Hajirnia, who clocked $30 million in only her second year. For D’Angelo, there’s more than $400 million under his belt, with 16 luxury development properties under construction between San Diego and Orange County. “The root of our work is to facilitate the deal in a way that graciously represents our clients’ dreams and wishes for their lifestyle,” D’Angelo explains. That includes a list of must-haves that don’t fall short of perfection. “Clients want turnkey large, open floor plans, and, of course, dead-on ocean views,” shares Hajirnia, and they’re willing to pay a premium. While both D’Angelo and Hajirnia say their goal for this year is to top last year’s sales record, they also agree that the harder they work, the luckier they get.

Oceanfront views on a private road and a resort-style living experience are just a few of the magnificent offerings at 3 Montage Way.

Commanding a spot on the coveted front row of Montage Residences, 3 Montage Way, listed by John Stanaland, is an undeniably impressive six-bedroom, 10-bathroom residence boasting high ceilings and an airy flow to its 7,900-square-foot interior. Retractable mahogany and glass doors offer seamless indoor-outdoor living spaces throughout the custom estate (priced at $25.995 million), while craftsmanship is top of mind for its thoughtful details. Comfort combined with a chic sensibility abounds throughout the light and thoughtfully curated decor. Tech enthusiasts will delight in the convenient electronic monitoring systems that control lighting, audio, visual and environmental functions. And ownership has its privileges—enjoy full access to all the perks of calling Montage Laguna Beach your neighbor. The concierge, housekeeping and engineering crews are all just one call away, as is Spa Montage; the picture-perfect Mosaic pool, bar and grill; and dining at the Loft or Studio restaurants.