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From San Francisco to San Diego and beyond, California’s white-hot market is showing no signs of cooling down.

The Strand at Headands

Located at The Strand at Headands in Dana Point, Twin Palms boasts ocean views throughout the 9,300-square-foot home, incuding this stunning vista from the airy living room. The expansive abode exemplifies indoor-outdoor living, with patios and entertaining areas seamlessly accessible through sliding glass doors. 

The Strand at Headands


The Strand at Headands

Workshop Residence in Dogpatch

The Strand at Headands

Clinton Selfridge 

The Strand at Headands

The Origami House

1. The 1,200-square-foot master suite features a private balcony, a 500-square-foot dressing room and a closet by Rimadesio. Other notable upgrades include a master bathroom with cabinetry by Antonio Lupi and a tub that encourages soaking in the peerless promontory views that span across the L.A. basin.

2. L.A.-based British designer Elizabeth Fogarty curated the sophisticated open-concept ground floor and lush exterior landscaping to provide seamless indoor-outdoor living. Floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls connect the Italian Dada kitchen to the sumptuous terrace and pool perched high above the Sunset Strip.

3. Designed for entertaining and pure relaxation, Origami House has a stunning infinity pool, Jacuzzi and fire pit on the vista-focused veranda, a daylit basement that houses a gym, a home theater with a built-in wet bar and seating for 12, and a 750-bottle glass-enclosed wine tasting room by Chateau La Coste.

Located mere steps from the sand, this Monarch Beach stunner offers much more than meets the eye.

When it comes to luxury beachfront communities, The Strand at Headlands is one of California’s most coveted, and its not hard to see why. Besides the incredible location, the Orange County development—which stretches between Dana Point Headland and Salt Creek Beach—includes a private beach club, top notch security and massive lots with dreamy vistas. With six bedrooms and nine bathrooms spread over 9,300 square feet, Twin Palms (39 Strand Beach Drive, Dana Point) is a standout current listing. The airy and open turnkey home by architect Bob White and builder Carl Akins has an organic elegance that can be difficult to find in other properties in the area. The perfectly balanced aesthetic—an effortless mix of classic and contemporary styles with statement-making staircases and a heavy dose of natural materials like wood and stone—is timeless. Seemingly designed with entertaining in mind, the meticulously crafted space defines indoor-outdoor living thanks to numerous floor-to-ceiling bronze windows and soaring ceilings that enhance the vacation vibes. A tricked out media room, wine cellar and exercise room adds to the home’s appeal, as does the extensive outdoor space, which features covered dining areas, an outdoor kitchen and an infinity pool that looks out onto the ocean waves. What more can one want? $27.9 million, Rob Giem, Compass, 949.933.7046

New residential community Estancia is making waves in Santa Barbara.

Filled with tasting rooms, boutiques and restaurants, downtown Santa Barbara seemingly has it all. But until recently, the laid-back beach town lacked fresh vertical living options. That’s all changing with Estancia (from $1,125,000). Offering 72 residences and townhomes in a peaceful, parklike setting—including the area’s first single-story units in more than 30 years—with traditional Spanish Colonial exteriors and clean, modern interiors, the community is a collaboration between two Santa Barbara firms: Franciscan Developments and The Cearnal Collective. “The vision for Estancia was born out of a desire to take what is most loved and cherished about Santa Barbara and create a residential experience that takes full advantage of the city’s… active lifestyle,” says John Schuck of Franciscan Developments.

You know a neighborhood is hot when people start coming to its defense. “It’s always been cool” is a recurring response when we take a temperature read of the Dogpatch, a former industrial area on the city’s eastern edge. In the ‘80s, artists trickled in, seeking cheap rent and lofty studios. Now it has campfire Old-Fashioned’s, valiant young art dealers, and 500 new parking meters. Contributing to its cred is the Minnesota Street Project, an expansive complex of galleries, alongside design destinations like Workshop Residence, a purveyor of functional home goods, and Industrious Life, a contemporary and vintage design shop. Plus, there’s Bryr, a local brand making clogs cool again. Meanwhile, there’s no shortage of buzzworthy eateries to feed starving art lovers—Serpentine (415.252.2000) is industrial chic, Piccino Café (415.824.4224) is a neighborhood classic, and modern Hawaiian restaurant ‘āina inc. (415.814.3815) has island spirit. And if you think Saturday nightlife is social suicide, Traci Des Jardins’ weeknight-only bar School Night ( may be right up your alley. Can you say boomtown three times fast?

After selling $7 million townhouses in New York at the age of 26, Clinton Selfridge landed in San Diego in 2001. Today, he’s regarded as the go-to agent for luxury coastal and equestrian properties like 100 Stratford Court, the Del Mar manse whose $21 million purchase price broke records as the highest local transaction since 2007. “People are starting to go after the trophy properties again,” he says. Take, for example, Crown Manor, a 23,000-square-foot house in Coronado. “Sitting presidents like Clinton and Carter stayed there,” he notes. Selfridge cites a return to Rancho Santa Fe—“You get to enjoy that estate feeling, yet you’re still so close to the coast,” he explains—and a growing trend toward urban living. “There’s such an extreme range of beautiful communities—The Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe, high-rise living in downtown and La Jolla,” he says. “Where else can you find this kind of variety so close to the coast?”

Patrick Fogarty knows that an unrivaled view is L.A.’s ultimate luxury, so when the 28-year-old developer nabbed a corner property on Hedges Lane with citywide views, he imagined the sublime. “This is the best location in the city, so the architecture had to make a statement,” he says. Belzberg Architects delivered The Origami House, a 7,000-square-foot masterpiece consisting of intricate angles that mirror the Japanese art of paper-folding, rendered in cement, steel, glass and Carrara marble. The five-bedroom house features five baths and one half-bath, frameless glass doors, a glass-enclosed wine cellar, a floating staircase leading to the triangulated 1,200-square-foot cantilevered master suite and A-list neighbors (such as billionaire investor Peter Thiel). And it can be yours for a cool $15.9 million. Patrick Fogarty and Tyrone McKillen, Hilton & Hyland, 310.779.2415