416 W. Las Palmas Drive
6,849 square feet
➜ Hacienda Las Palmas was designed for energy efficiency in 2005, with solar power, radiant floor heating, and 16-inch-thick insulated walls that help with temperature control. The two-story, Spanish-style house has four bedroom suites, six baths, and a vaulted-ceiling kitchen. Maury Oglevie, 714-334-1432
908 Quivera St.
3,622 square feet
➜ With two electric-car chargers and a long-lasting polyurethane roof that’s high in insulation, this contemporary 2018 home is designed to reduce its impact on the environment. The three-story, ocean-view home has four bedrooms, four baths, a marble-countertop kitchen, and white oak floors. Jim Watson, 714-342-4040
4141 Branford Drive
2,406 square feet
➜ Drought-tolerant landscaping and a tankless water heater combine to reduce water use in this two-story home, which also features Tesla solar panels. The 1968 midcentury modern has four bedrooms, three baths, a stainless-steel kitchen, and a pool and spa. Lauren Scott, 714-658-5590
Wisdom from a Green Educator
Sue Bierlich, who ran the Little Naturalists Camp at the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, will direct its new Nature Preschool program.
Fostering a love of nature …
Unfortunately, many children are not getting outdoors every day. We need to encourage this to happen more. We also need to teach children to take care of nature in sustainable ways, like recycling, reusing, repurposing, and composting.
Spreading the word …
One of the best parts of my job is when children teach other children something they learned at the ENC. That, to me, represents the rippling effect our organization is having in
Magic moments …
When a child crosses our creek for the first time, jumps across rocks, holds a snake, or lets a walking stick crawl up their arm, I feel truly grateful to witness that sense of confidence.
Green values …
My husband and I tried to be mindful about teaching our children to care for and respect all living things. I hope the Nature Preschool has the same impact on generations of families