You've got to love dreamers like John Fischbeck.
Fischbeck co-founded Laguna Beach-based Tresor Properties to develop single-family homes that are unique, high-end and super eco-friendly. It's a lofty vision, but what were its chances during the worst housing downturn in memory?
Fischbeck, 42, recently put his first Platinum LEED project on the market, a 3,600-square-foot oceanfront home in Laguna Beach that listed for about $13 million — reportedly the most expensive property per square foot ever listed in that ZIP code.
And it sold to the first potential buyer who walked through the door and escrow closed in five days.
"It was a groundbreaking project on an environmentally sensitive piece of real estate," Fischbeck said. "We turned it into an art piece that the community, and the new owner can be proud of."
I recently had the opportunity to tour the home, and it was easy to see why Tresor Properties' formula has worked so spectacularly. First, the property with an ultra-modern vibe is visually stunning, beginning with a dramatic entryway with cascading water down the Portuguese limestone steps that gives visitors the feel of walking on water.