Orange County’s Luxury Real Estate Team Grows to more than 100

Newport Beach, CA – Villa Real Estate, Orange County’s leading luxury residential real estate firm, is thrilled to welcome Paul Hoffman, a seasoned and well respected realtor that has consistently ranked as one of Southern California’s top producers.  

As the company nears its second anniversary, Villa Real Estate is growing its team of real estate professionals specializing in coastal Orange County, including Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar and Newport Beach.  The company’s roster now includes more than 100 professionals.

Paul Hoffman joins Villa Real Estate

Paul prides himself on having extensive knowledge of the real estate market, innovative marketing and unmatched client dedication.  He is known for his integrity, friendly demeanor and professionalism. These qualities together with his proven negotiating skills and decades of successful experience have earned him a stream of referrals and repeat clientele.

After marrying into a family of real estate brokers and developers, Paul was licensed in 1993 and began buying and selling properties for his own personal investments.  His skilled eye for finding value properties quickly launched his career that brought hundreds of buyers and sellers together from all walks of life.  Over 22 years later, having handled over 500 transactions, Paul’s areas of expertise encompass all price ranges including multi-million dollar luxury estates, entry level homes, condos, investment properties, land and leases.  

About Villa Real Estate

Established in 2013, Villa Real Estate is Orange County’s leading luxury real estate team. Specializing in the region’s coastal communities, the firm has quickly grown to include four offices with locations in Laguna Beach, the Balboa Peninsula, the new location in Corona del Mar, and the company’s headquarters in Newport Beach. Known for its stellar service, Villa Real Estate uses multi-platform marketing on behalf of local, regional and international clientele. Villa Real Estate’s agents all have experience in the luxury sector, giving every client unparalleled service from start to finish.



The Irvine Cove Property (2495 Riviera Drive, Laguna Beach) Will Be Presented in a
Sealed Bid Offering on Thursday, June 27

Newport Beach, CA –  Now available, 2495 Riviera Drive, Laguna Beach is one of only five homes that opens directly onto the sands of Irvine Cove, a sought after stretch of Southern California coastline in a gated private community.  Unique property specialists Rob Giem and Tad Baltzer, top producing  agents at HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury residential brokerage firm representing fine properties across Southern California, will be presenting the property in a sealed bid.   The list price for the property is $41.5 million and the minimum bid is $28.8 million, which is also the published reserve.

Bids are due before 5:00 pm on Thursday, June 27 to Rob Giem (949.933.7046) at or Tad Baltzer (949.554.4140) at

“The property is spectacular,” says Rob Giem. “The local market for luxury property has improved significantly in this calendar year. This sealed bid offering is a compelling opportunity to acquire an exceptional, newly completed seaside residence.” To view photos and video of the desirable beach front property, as well as get additional information on 2495 Riviera Drive:

About 2495 Riviera Drive, Laguna Beach:
Featuring 115 linear feet on the beach, the approximately 7,200 square foot residence includes five bedrooms and nine baths. Completed in 2012, this striking residence perfectly embodies the promise of such an extraordinary oceanfront parcel.  The defining elements of California design – walls of glass, generously scaled rooms, a central courtyard, an informal plan, and correlated indoor/outdoor living – have been successfully incorporated into the design.

Clad in mahogany, bronze, limestone and glass, the substance of the structure is undeniable. Seamless transitions between interiors and exteriors evidence the transparent design complements this one-of-a-kind oceanfront setting. Offered well below the cost, this is an exceptional opportunity which will not come again. 

About Rob Giem:
Rob Giem has been representing clients in the sale and acquisition of fine coastal homes for over two decades. Clients appreciate his knowledge of the market, strategic marketing plans as well as his ability to negotiate favorable outcomes. His dedication has created lasting relationships with extraordinary trust. Rob has been involved in several record-setting transactions including the sales of the most expensive residence in the county, as well as the most expensive off-water and bay front residences. He has closed other record transactions in Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Laguna Beach and Shady Canyon. Recently, Rob was ranked by the Wall Street Journal and Realtrends as the 20th highest producing agent in the United States. Rob also serves as the Managing Director of HOM Sotheby’s International Realty. 


HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty is a luxury residential brokerage firm representing fine properties across southern California. With offices in Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Balboa Island, Palm Springs, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage and Desert Falls, the Corporate Office is located at 1200 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100, Newport Beach, California 92660  949.554.1200


 Lounge Wear, Accessories, Home Decor + More In Bold Graphic Prints

Ring Ching Ching, a Southern California merchandise company made in the U.S.A., offers Pillow CasesLaundry Bags, Cosmetic Bags, Pajama Pants and Boxer Shorts, Magnetic Boards, Picture Frames, Coin Purse and Key Chain and more in dozens of exclusive bright, graphic prints. Now offering over 500 products, including home décor, loungewear, accessories and more, Ring Ching Ching is sold online at or through boutiques stores nationwide.

Ring Ching Ching, created in 2009 by designer Jennifer J. Martin, was originally for modern sorority girls who needed college-bound must haves but now the line has found fans nationwide with kids, moms, teens and more thanks to the fun prints and bold colors.  There are 17 exclusive prints to choose from, including: Yellow Owl, Blue Anchor, Green Squirrel, Pink Rose, Green Ivy, Blue Dolphin, Pink Moon, Blue Arrow, Red Lyre, Yellow Kite, Pink Quatrefoil, Red Rose, Green Nautilus, Blue Fleur, Purple Heart, Turquoise Crown, and Blue Lion.

The Ring Ching Ching 2013 Collection includes: 
·         Cosmetic Bag ($20) – All toiletries and essential lotions and potions can be easily toted in this roomy cosmetic bag, which features a small handle and a large zipper. 9”x7”x4”; Made of natural canvas

·         Pillow Cases ($18) – Made of 100% cotton, Ring Ching Ching pillow cases are the cutest way for your camper to feel safe and snuggle up to their favorite color, animal or symbol (colors: pink, red, yellow, green, blue and purple; animals: owl, squirrel, dolphin and lion; symbols: anchor, rose, heart, rose, moon, arrow, lyre, crown, fleur, ivy, nautilus, and quatrefoil ).

·         Coin purse and key chain ($10) - Perfect for laundry money or late night snacks at the vending machine; Made of natural canvas

·         Laundry Bags ($22) – Measuring 21" x 34" and made of 100% cotton, this large Laundry Bag is a camp must-have.

·         Pajama Pants ($35) – Generous in sizing, these PJ pants are meant to be a relaxed comfortable fit for lounging or sleeping! The 100% cotton, elastic-waist Pajama Pants are available in two sizes: small/medium fits sizes 2-8, and large/extra-large fits sizes 10-14.

·         Boxer Shorts ($22) The 100% cotton poplin boxer short feature an elastic waist and are available in Small, Medium and Large.

·         Large Magnetic Board ($40) Covered with fabric with a white ribbon at the top to hang your board, the exterior measurements are 12.75" x 18" and comes with 6 incredibly strong magnets. Great for dorm room, bedroom, office or kitchen. 

·         Small Magnetic Board ($24) - Covered with fabric with a white ribbon at the top to hang your board, the exterior measurements are 8" x 12" and comes with 4 incredibly strong magnets.

·         Picture Frame ($20) – The Picture Frame is covered in Ring Ching CHing’s signature prints. Holds a 4x6 photo in portrait or landscape. Exterior measurements are 8x6 inches. 


 Wardrobe Slated To Open February 6

Costa Mesa, CA –Wardrobe Ltd., luxury fashion consignment company, will be opening its first shop at The OC Mix, an urban marketplace filled with over 25 owner-operated retail shops, gourmet food and drinks, all under one roof.   Slated to open on February 6, Wardrobe Ltd. will focus on women's and men's premier designer label clothing, shoes, and accessories. 

Previously only conducting online and private consignment nationwide since 2008, Wardrobe Ltd. owner, Austin Deppa, a Seattle native and fashion expert, chose The OC Mix as the location for the company’s first brick and mortar boutique due to the loyal Orange County customers that have been shopping with him for years.

“I am really excited to open my first boutique in Orange County. It will be a great place for clients to drop off their latest items and shop,” says owner Austin Deppa. “My goal is to really focus on quality, timeless designer clothing, shoes and accessories for those who appreciate fashion.”

With Wardrobe Ltd. primarily specializing in premiere designer labels such as Azzedine Alaïa, Chanel, Hermès, and Louis Vuitton, this will be the first store at The OC Mix featuring high-end clothing and accessories. At about 200 square feet, Wardrobe Ltd. will be more like a personal curated closet than a retail store.  The modern space, highlighted by classic accents, will only feature about 100 pieces at a time.

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Fashion Camp OC at the oc mart MiX in Costa Mesa, a skill-based camp focused on fashion, design, sewing, styling and creating, has just announced its summer camp dates for 2012.
Fashion Camp OC will host eight weeks of camp this summer, including: week long camps, including the original Fashion Camp, along with a new Advanced Camp for those returning, as well as two Sewing Camps, and a Teen Styling Camp. All camps are broken down by age: Kids (ages 7-9); Tweens (ages 10-12) and Teens (ages 13-18).
All camps are $295. Early birds can get a rate of $225 before April 30 and $265 before June 1.
Summer 2012 Camp Dates:

Week-long camps from June 25-August 17

Camps Include:

• Fashion Camp I - "The Original"

• Fashion Camp II - Advanced

• Sewing Camp

• Teen Styling Camp

More about Fashion Camp OC - Fashion Camp is a creative learning space for kids, teens and adults. Offering fashion classes in creating, designing, sketching, styling and of course, sewing, Fashion Camp OC is the brain child of Erin Bianchi, a 20-year fashion industry veteran, who also offers week-long camps that highlight all aspects of fashion, and encourage creating thinking.   Facebook:  


Costa Mesa, CA –The oc mart MiX, a marketplace for gourmet foods, coffee and wine with over 30 shops under one roof and purveyors of all things good, is proud to announce the addition of N’iceCream, specializing in freshly-made organic gelato and sorbet. N’iceCream is slated to open mid-March (more information about the official grand opening event to come – think free scoop from 12-4pm!).

N’iceCream makes about 16 batches from scratch every morning, and offers over 150 different flavors that they rotate between. Some of the company’s most popular flavors include: Salted Caramel, Raspberry Basil, Lemon Olive Oil, and Stracciatella.

N’iceCream gelato is made in their signature style, a bit lighter than what most gelato stores serve. Choosing to add less cream and sugar, the flavors of the gelatos and sorbets are not masked by the fat and sugar content in the product. A N’iceCream gelato or sorbet will always have a clean and crisp taste, and it is their goal is to use as many natural ingredients as they possibly can. All the gelatos are based on organic milk and they never add any color or artificial sweeteners to their products. The sorbets are dairy free and fat free, and are made with fresh local produce that follows the seasons. (ex. Look for a flavor made with Blood Oranges, which will be in season in March when the shop opens.)

Founded in 2008 in Venice Beach, CA. by Christian Toxboe and Laura Nielsen, The MiX location will be the fourth location for the family owned and run business, which also has shops in the LA area and will soon also be found in select Whole foods counters in Los Angeles.. Christian and Laura moved from Denmark during the spring of 2008 with the sole purpose of opening up a gelato and sorbet store in LA. They quickly fell in love with the Venice community and opened a shop on Abbot Kinney, with a second location on Venice Boardwalk opening up less than a year later.

"We are excited about opening at the oc mart MiX,” says Christian Toxboe of N’iceCream, “because it falls in line perfectly with our enthusiasm for locations with grassroots organizations, and a love for individualism and quirkiness.”

The N’iceCream Production
N’iceCream gelato and sorbets are all made using Italian gelato machines as they believe it gives a better texture and consistency. Every flavor is produced in micro batches, with the highest respect for the milk, fruit and other raw ingredients. Usually the producer gets up early in the morning to start the production of the day, producing one flavor takes between 15-25 min. to freeze, so making enough gelato for a hot summer day, can easily take 5 to 6 hours. Since all of their sorbets only contain fresh fruit, the variety can change, depending on the season.

Check out the company website, where you can see what flavors have been made in the different shops, what time they have been made and you can subscribe to your favorite flavor.

“We are thrilled to have N’iceCream be a part of the gourmet foods found at The MiX,” says Andrea Young, the owner of The Paper House and the store owner who spearheaded the oc mart MiX. “N’iceCream will be a perfect treat for shoppers, as well as a great desert to bring home.”


Long Term Success of Clients Fuels Owner Susan Tobiessen

Newport Beach, CA -- Body Design, Newport Beach's premiere athletic, wellness, Pilates and Gyrotonic center for women, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Specializing in individually designed fitness programs that bring professional attention to each client’s physical fitness needs, Body Design started in 1986 and has built an extensive and devoted clientele, while offering the best equipment and trainers the fitness industry has to offer.

Over the years, Body Design has grown in size and in the programs and amenities it offers, but the original goal of partnering with clients to help them obtain personal success has remained the same and is the core reason the fitness facility is so successful. Body Design got its start in 1986 on Pacific Coast Highway across from the Balboa Bay Club, moving to Newport Center Drive, next to the Newport Sports Museum, in 2000 to expand its growing business. Ready to expand their amenities and services yet again, Body Design moved in 2005 to its current location in the penthouse suite above Edwards Cinemas’ Big Newport Theaters with more than 6,400 square feet and panoramic ocean views.

“Since 1986, it has been our goal to provide a safe, healthy and positive environment, while empowering clients by giving them the knowledge and support to achieve their personal health and fitness goals,” says owner Susan Tobiessen. “We value our long term relationships with clients and feel blessed to have been in the fitness and health business for so long can see the difference we have made in our client’s lives over the last 25 years.”

With a loyal following throughout Orange County, Body Design boasts several clients that have been working out at the gym for the full 25 years. For those who have been frequenting the gym for decades, it has become almost like a private club full of support and camaraderie, and for many is their favorite part of the day.

Under the direction of Susan Tobiessen, the full-service athletic and wellness center boasts a stress-free atmosphere that allows clients to work out in a friendly, spa-like environment, and individually designed programs. The athletic and wellness center offers the following services and more:

• Pilates


• Weight Training

• Physical Therapy

• Fitness Classes

• Massage Therapy

• Spa Services, including Therapeutic Body Treatments, Skin Care and Endermologie

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Personal training. Personal attention.

210 Newport Center Drive, Ste 3, Newport Beach, CA 92660
phone: 949.719.2600
fax: 949.719.2626