Architecture

Architecture, Real Estate

ECO-CENTRIC

A Corona del Mar home earns LEED Platinum certification while making a seriously stylish design statement. While sustainable home design may be the wave of the future, for many, technology may be more evolved than green aesthetics. But when it comes to melding green-building goals with stunning design features, this Corona del Mar home sets a new standard. “A lot of people have the preconceived idea that a sustainable home isn’t going to look amazing […]

Architecture, Lifestyle

Iconic OC: MCAS TUSTIN HANGARS

What are the most important buildings in OC—the most historic, architecturally significant, and the most beautiful? What built spaces and public places make us unique? These are the questions that Blue Door Magazine explores as we tour Iconic OC. The two World War II-era blimp hangars in Tustin are arguably Orange County’s most striking and superlative structures. Built in 1942-1943, they remain two of the largest freestanding wooden structures on the planet, according to the […]

Architecture, Design, Real Estate

GRAND SCHEME

An expansive estate in Crystal Cove goes big on open flow, sweeping views, and effortless opulence By Alexandria Abramian Building a 22,000-square-foot home comes with its own set of design challenges. There are not only massive amounts of coordination and time involved, but the sheer volume of materials required can also boggle the mind. Such was the case with this recently completed Crystal Cove estate, a hilltop compound positioned amid the property’s half-acre of coverage […]

Architecture, Art, Design, Real Estate

ESTATE OF GRACE

A sprawling Laguna Niguel property commands attention from its eight-figure, bluff-top position By Alexandria Abramian PHOTOS BY THE LUXURY LEVEL // ATEAM  With more than 13 planted acres, the property is one of the largest estates in all of Orange County. And the home fittingly comes with its share of boast-able stats: A 500-foot driveway with circular motor court; 95 solar panels; 20 skylights; an 8-car garage. Then there’s the not-inconsiderable 14,500 square feet of […]