They’re everywhere. In addition to the connections we feel to friends and family, many of us establish strong connections to elements of our lifestyles. Design preferences, artistic sensibilities, travel, and our homes themselves. Our connections help define who we are.

What makes a house a home? Camilla McLaughlin’s Focus story explores how emotional connections can turn a property into the central part of our lives. She reports on how homes today are designed to help us connect with family, friends, and even ourselves. And she looks at how developments also are designed to enhance connections between residents, nature, the community and local culture.

Inside, a trio of designers share how they use their connections to inspire others. One is known…

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A majestic Tuscan ideal awaits, along one of the most desirable and scenic streets in Shady Canyon - where vistas fully capture the unique beauty of Shady Canyon. The views are awe-inspiring with rolling hills reminiscent of Tuscany with spectacular views of the golf terrain, city lights and distant mountains beyond. The elevated site distinguishes the estate, and the stone pathways lined with lush landscaping lead the way to the home through the stately, private interior courtyard.

The authentic use of rustic-luxe masonry – with hand-placed stones – sets the tone for the quality craftsmanship found inside the five bedroom, five-and-one-half bath estate. Composed of only the finest materials with spacious rooms enriched by vaulted ceilings, planks…

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NEWPORT COAST, Calif. – Jacqueline Thompson—one of coastal Orange County’s most accomplished luxury real estate professionals—recently facilitated the concurrent sale of two neighboring properties in Newport Coast, representing the buyer in both transactions, which were all cash closes.

Tucked away in the soft rolling hills of Newport Coast, the homes located at 24 and 26 Via Diamante—each listed for sale just under $5.3 million—showcase both incredible ocean views and stunning classical architecture. The former features a separate casita, a beautifully ornate foyer, and exquisite materials and finishes at every turn, while the latter offers a private courtyard, lush landscaping, and a lengthy list of luxurious upgrades.

A top-performing luxury real…

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view of Newport Beach from balcony of home in Pelican Crest

Jacqueline Thompson of Surterre Properties® recently sold one of Newport Coast’s most impressive listings.

Listed for sale at a little under $10.5 million, the gorgeous residence at 5 Oceancrest was designed with a rare level of craftsmanship and taste. With 5 bedroom suites, a widescreen movie theatre, a 5-car garage, and expansive grounds that encompass a pool and spa plus a spacious heated loggia, it raises the bar when it comes to opulence—even in the lavish private community of Pelican Crest.

Over the course of the past seven years, Jacqueline has leveraged her extensive experience and unmatched expertise to emerge as one of Southern California’s foremost luxury real estate experts, consistently outperforming her competitors. Since 2008,…

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One of Shady Canyon's most private estates, this 4 bedroom (optional 5th bedroom) residence is sheltered by scenic hillsides and canyons and offers a five-star resort-inspired setting for aficionados of fine living. Primarily single-level design with luxe indoor/outdoor living spaces. 8-car garage.

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