Insider Insights


Blue Door Magazine members inspire with insights and insider info from their lives along the Orange County coast

Photos by Brett Hillyard


“My son Kyle and I are living and loving the island lifestyle of Lido. It’s summer year-round on this magical island. I enjoy teaching my son and protege Kyle what’s ‘sup’ regarding the real estate market as we paddle around the storybook island neighborhood.”

Jon Flagg | [email protected] | | 949.698.1910


“All my life, I’ve been intrigued by architectural design. I think I might have been the only kid on the block who ‘urban-planned’ his Tonka Toy village, and had accumulated enough LEGOs to construct a small city. Today, my living room is strewn with architecture books. Though I trained as a research engineer, I’ve always gravitated towards good architecture and design, and it was that gravitational pull that dragged me to a career in real estate. 

We have the good fortune of living in a magnificent locale. Now more than ever, home and how we live is hugely impactful in our lives and this is the moment when good design and good location can make a vital difference. 

Oh, and if you add orange to anything you’ll get my attention—for this I thank my kindergarten teacher Mrs. Ryan for putting me in the orange group in 1969. Who knew?!”

Mike Johnson | [email protected] | | 949.207.3735


The sculpture pictured is Slices of Heaven by artist Craig Gray. 

“I love this colorful sculpture in Newport Beach Civic Center Park. The arts in OC remain as vibrant and resilient as this sculpture, with the new OCMA building well underway, and local museum and gallery exhibitions continuing virtually.  It’s a joy to connect my real estate clients to local art resources and activities through Compass’ exclusive Agents for Art collaboration. Reach out to learn more!”

Carol Lee | [email protected] | 949.395.3994

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