Every other Wednesday thru the end of August, Strand at Headlands owners, family and friends come together at the Strand’s fabulous oceanfront Beach Club to “wine” down with a refreshing glass of wine, delicious appetizers from Craft House, one of Dana Point’s most popular new restaurants, and enjoy the cool ocean breezes Orange County beaches are so famous for. “Wine Down Wednesdays” is a way to welcome new neighbors to the community and reconnect with old friends. This week, August 3rd, the get-together takes place by the Beach Club’s pool. Enjoy!
The Strand at Headlands only partners with the best. The St. Regis Monarch Monarch Beach, one of the Strand’s premiere luxury partners and neighbors, is holding its new Food, Wine and Jazz Festival from August 27 – 30. The event will feature the culinary talents of world-renowned chefs to bring three days and nights of decadent fare, vibrant wines and full-bodied fun to Dana Point this summer.
The festivities begin on Thursday, August 27 with a VIP Dinner with Chef Michael Mina in his acclaimed Stonehill Tavern restaurant. The six-course dinner features dishes from Mina’s famous Tuna Tartare and Lobster Pot Pie, to a Stonehill Tavern Jazz Fest Jambalaya and Rosemary Crusted Rack of Lamb. Beverage specialists from Belvedere, Veuve Clicquot and Stella Artois will be on hand to craft the beverage pairings for each course.
Friday and Saturday will feature the Grand tasting, featuring 50 chefs as well as 30 wineries and boutique vintners. Sunday will conclude the event with a champagne Jazz brunch.
The St. Regis is minutes from The Strand on Niguel Road at 1 Monarch Beach Resort. Tickets for all events can be purchsed here and range from $100 to $195 per person. For reservations, please call the resort at (949) 234-3900.
This is a love story. As in any love story worth the time it takes time to read, this one has it all: a dramatic setting, likable characters, romantic tension and a satisfying conclusion. Such is the case for Lynn and Gary Hanson who recently completed building their dream home at The Strand at Headlands.
“Lynn and I were searching for the perfect piece of property to build our home. When we landed at The Strand, we knew it was a match made in heaven,” explains Gary, from the balcony of his breathtakingly beautiful 7,600 sq. ft. “beach house” perched above Strand Beach. “It was love at first sight.”
Falling in love was the easy part. Building a home from scratch has it’s challenges, Gary admits. But the challenges of designing and building a home from the ground up not only intrigued the Hansons, “it egged us on.”
“All it took was one look at the Strand’s beachfront setting and its panoramic ocean views to know that it would be worth the effort. Lynn and I are entrepreneurs. We love this kind of thing.”
Lucky in love, lucky in life, the saying goes but for the Hansons, choosing the perfect homesite was more deliberate. Out of a 118 homesites at The Strand to choose from, the Hansons chose a site located in the South Strand on Shoreline Drive. It was the homesite’s 180 degree unobstructed views that they fell in love with.
In fact, the views from the Hanson’s property encompass the Strand’s 32-acre Conservation Park and expand all the way to San Diego, Catalina and Palos Verdes. The homesite even has magnificent views of Saddleback Mountain eastward.
But it wasn’t until they actually framed their home that they realized that every room would have breathtakingly beautiful ocean, city lights and mountain views.
“Picking such an amazing property had a lot to do with dumb luck,” says Gary, who is humble to the core. “Every lot at the Strand is unique and has great views so it wasn’t that easy zeroing in on the lot that was right for our family. I give Chris Light, our architect and Russ Schwimm, our builder a lot of credit for positioning the home on the lot in a way that captures the best views from every room.”
The inspiration for the Hanson’s home came from The Strand’s 9,000 sq. ft. oceanfront Beach Club designed by iconic Laguna Beach architect Mark Singer. The Hansons incorporated the Beach Club’s use of limestone floors and walls, 18-foot high, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows that seamlessly connect the indoor and outdoor spaces. An almost lot line to lot line pool and barbecue area complete the outdoor space.
Sustaining a love affair takes time and attention. One look at the Hanson’s newly completed home tells you that this romance took nurturing. “We put our heart and soul into designing this home,” says Lynn, who, along with Gary, did all of the interiors without the help of a designer. “We took a less-is-more approach to the entire project. We think that approach paid off.”
The couple focused on the huge amount of volume and open space in the home and selected furnishings that would enhance the space and views not detract from it. The Hanson’s instincts scored. Artist Leroy Neiman lithographs add splashes of color throughout the home while soft subtle whites, beiges and blues accent the home’s architectural features like it’s sweeping mahogany staircase and stone floors.
It’s been two years since the Hansons first fell in love with The Strand and any objective observer can see that the honeymoon is far from over.
“There is no place like the Strand,” Gary smiles. “We love our home, we love the setting and we especially love our new neighbors. It’s a great place to call home.”
Nestled away on an immaculate stretch of white sand beach along the magnificent Pacific Ocean, The Strand at Headlands embodies the best of coastal luxury. Create your perfect lifestyle with custom homesites, a private beach club with panoramic ocean views, and direct access to the breathtaking Strand Beach. Nature’s majesty surrounds you with 70 acres of open space, three miles of coastal trails with ocean-view lookout points and more than 1.5 miles of shoreline leading to the prominent Headlands landmark. Please call us today to schedule a tour of our beautiful community at 949-487-2500.
The Strand at Headlands Sales Office
33971 Selva Road, Suite 100
Dana Point, CA 92629