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!
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.”
The Strand at Headlands continues to break sales records with the recent sale of a $13.5 million Hampton-style home located in Orange County’s final beachfront community. The home, that sold for more than $2,000 per square foot is the second home on the 2nd row within the past few month to close above $2,000 per square foot. This most recent also sets a new record for “2nd row” homes at the Strand.
This recent sale brings the 2015 sales total to more than $90 million, confirming that the Strand continues to be Orange County’s most sought after, and valuable, oceanfront community. Check out the latest Strand listings and sales info here.
The 5 bedroom, 5 1/2 bathroom home, situated just above the Strand’s luxury private oceanfront Beach Club, enjoys amazing white sand, white water views. Constructed in 2014, the home features an elegant ocean view entry and a Great Room with high ceilings and folding doors that lead to an outdoor living area with stunning views of the Pacific. The home’s chef’s kitchen features Sub Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances. There is a formal dining room just off the kitchen and a lovely outdoor patio area off the living room for entertaining al fresco on warm summer nights. Upstairs, the ocean view Master Suite boasts a fireplace, elegant bathroom and an enormous walk-in closet with built-in cabinetry. The home enjoys ocean views from nearly every room including its posh roof top deck.
All Strand properties feature incomparable ocean views, 24-hour, guard-gated security, an oceanfront private Beach Club, five public parks and three miles of surrounding trails. For a private tour call the Strand Sales office at 949-487-2500, sales office is open daily 10 AM to 5 PM.
Homesites range from $2.975 to $14.750.
The Strand at Headlands, Southern California’s final beachfront community, enjoyed a robust first half of 2015 with more than $70 million in sales
Sales included 11 panoramic ocean view homesites and two custom homes. One of the homes, a soft contemporary located on the 2nd row in the North Strand, broke Orange County records for the highest price-per-square-foot home not located on the oceanfront. The family who purchased the Chris Light designed home is from Australia and divide their time between Dana Point and Australia.
Buyers from Minnesota purchased the second home to sell this year at the Strand. The craftsman-styled beach home designed by Bob White, and located in the South Strand, sold for just under $6 million. The family searched the Southern California coast for their dream beach house and finally found it at the Strand.
Nine North Strand homesites and two South Strand homesites also sold. Two of the recent buyers were existing Strand homeowners, who bought a homesite and built, and now are building again, confirming the Strand’s excellent value.
The recent buyers said that they appreciated the Strand’s easy access to the Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis Resorts, Monarch Links Golf Course and its oceanfront private beach club, with its lounge, beachside pool & spa and state-of-the-art fitness center.
The Strand is set on 121 acres with miles of coastal trails and five coastal parks including its 32-acre Conservation Park.
Custom ocean view homesites range from $2.9 million to $14.750 on the oceanfront.
SAVE THE DATE: 2014 Philharmonic House of Design at the Strand at Headlands From June 3rd to June 29th
The 2014 Philharmonic House of Design is in the spectacular oceanfront community of the Strand at Headlands in Dana Point. Orange County’s final beachfront community, The Strand epitomizes luxury living at its finest. The 2014 House of Design, currently in its final stages of construction, is an approximately 7,500 sq. ft. Mediterranean Modern masterpiece, featuring panoramic views of the Pacific from nearly every room. Nineteen premier interior designers have been invited to lend their vision and talent to create a stunning showcase.
There will be an onsite boutique featuring women’s clothing, jewelry, accessories, home décor and gourmet items as well as our Rooftop OceanView Café and Wine Bar, serving lunch and Thursday evening hors d’oeuvres.
Proceeds from the House of Design benefit the nationally recognized Youth Music Education Programs of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Tickets will be on sale in early March. Visit www.philharmonicsociety.org for more information.
Fall has finally arrived in Dana Point. Morning walks along the Strand boardwalk below the luxury custom oceanfront homes inspire thoughts of the holiday season. The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel and St. Regis, Monarch Beach, The Strand’s strategic partners, as well as the City of Dana Point have big plans for the holidays. Mark your calendar for some great holiday events. The Ritz will kick off its season with its Holiday Tea on 11/18 – 12/19, Surfing Santa Competition & Surfboard Auction on 11/23, Gingerbread Spectacular on 11/23 and its spectacular Holiday Tree Lighting on 11/24 –ritzcarlton.com. The St. Regis will host its Holiday Tree Lighting on 12/1, a Holiday Afternoon Tea, 12/5 and its annual Gingerbread House Academy on 12/7– stregismb.com. Of course, don’t forget to sign up for Dana Point’s annual Turkey Trot on11/28 and its Winter Festival & Tree Lighting on 12/14 — danapoint.org.