November 2014: O.C.’s Grandest Homes

Here’s what’s online from our November issue—for the full print or digital edition, get a copy on newsstands or in the iTunes store today!


The Ultimate O.C. Home Tour A wall-mounted Lamborghini? Four guest villas perched above a cliffside manor? A stony creek that flows through an entryway? Orange County has all that—and more. Come inside and take a look.

O.C. Confidential Another Orange County exists beyond the sunshine, surf, and shimmering national image as a safe haven from crime. But the county’s image as a low-crime paradise—reinforced by those FBI statistics repeatedly declaring Irvine as America’s safest city—is way more complicated. Its remote canyons and miles of coastline are convenient for disposing of bodies. Its miles of freeways promise for quick getaways and lead to dangerous police pursuits. And of course, there’s money here, lots of it, to seduce the black-hearted. Click here to look through the county’s most fascinating crimes, criminals, and trials throughout history up until today.

‘The Water Cures All’ With an estimated 22 American war veterans committing suicide each day, it’s clear the U.S. will be dealing with troubled vets for decades to come. The best among us recognize the need to reach out and help. Operation Amped is one of many local organizations designed to remind disabled vets that life goes on, and can even be fun. So what happens when some of those vets and their families gather for a surf weekend at San Onofre? Click here.

Dead People in My Phone Why can’t Martin J. Smith delete the 15 dead people in his smartphone’s contact list? “My lost, lamented contacts remind me that life is unpredictable, in ways that are both good and bad. Strangers become friends. Families survive the unthinkable. Tragedies sometimes befall even the most honorable people. The good die young, and sometimes for reasons that make no sense. The dead people in my phone are my personal Greek chorus, chanting over and over: Right now is all we’re guaranteed.” Click here to read.

Check out our Main Course review, a roundup of all the tasty eats at the still-new Anaheim Packing House. In Second Course, we visit North Left, in the Santa Ana space where The Crosby used to be. Find O.C.’s Best happy hours here, snatch up some sweet treats in Global Diner, and get the latest news about Oak & Aqua, La Vida Cantina, and Tortilla Republic in Bites.

Don’t forget to click over to our Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 180 recommended Orange County restaurants.

Meet our Person of Interest, jazz musician Kirk Andres Wilson. Explore the Neighborhood of Newport Coastas well as all our Neighborhood guides on a map here. Plan a quick weekend Perfect Getaway to Santa Fe, New Mexico, with this guide. And the always-entertaining O.C. Answer Man is here. Make sure you read about our Tastemakersthe women behind Out Inc., which started with pop-up stores but now has a permanent home on the Newport Peninsula.

Editor’s Letter
My O.C. Should you buy underwear for a stranger?
Rituals An 83-year-old running the Turkey Trot

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