First impressions in real estate start online. But the internet is no match for the visceral response of turning into a driveway or walking up the steps.
“When buyers first approach a home, what they see is going to shape their view of the property,” says Laguna Beach realtor Michael Johnson. “They spend a good amount of time outside, taking it all in.”
Yep, we’re talking curb appeal. It can be as simple as colorful flowers in attractive pots or something much grander—soothing water features, designer driveways, stately double-door entries, and more.
Turning off Apuesto Way and onto a tree-lined drive brings this hilltop Coto de Caza home into view. The roundabout arrival displays a fountain and bright blossoms, and passing through a gated archway and across a stone path leads to the front entry of the $4.7 million home.
This custom two-story Tuscan on 10 acres has five bedrooms with en-suite baths, extra full and half baths, and laundry rooms on each floor—8,000 square feet in all. The kitchen has a pair of islands—one with a butcher-block top and one with counter seating—and a trio of ovens, dishwashers, and sinks. The master suite’s bathroom and covered balcony have fireplaces, and the 2010 home has a six-car garage.
Listed by Stephanie Walling, 949-378-2579
A multi-hued, stone driveway flanked by foliage directs attention to this 2010 Irvine home on Seclusion. The two-story residence has a master suite with a balcony along with four more bedrooms and four more baths in 3,945 square feet. The Mediterranean home also has stainless steel KitchenAid appliances and a two-car garage. Paul Cubillos, 714-442-1406
Tucked behind a gated entry with a fountain arrival, this 1989 French chateau in Orange has gables, picture windows, and ivy highlighting the facade. The 6,500-square-foot residence on Mandeville Place has a master suite, an office with a fireplace and private bath, and guest quarters on the third level with a rooftop patio. It has an additional bedroom, four more baths, and a three-car garage. Hillary Thomas, 714-998-8300
Porticos define the arrival to this residence on Sycamore Circle in Villa Park. The 1996 two-story Mediterranean home has a double-door, marble-floor entry and five bedrooms and six baths in 5,387 square feet. Granite countertops grace the kitchen. The home also has an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and four-car garage. Cheryl Hansen, 714-743-9900