Our Laguna: Beautiful properties honored

Council names commercial, residential winners for adding visual charm to the city.

July 18, 2013|By Barbara Diamond
  • The house on Sunset Ridge was recognized by the Laguna Beach Beautification Council.
The house on Sunset Ridge was recognized by the Laguna… (Scott Alan )

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder — and Laguna has some very dedicated beholders.

Laguna Beach Beautification Council members scour the city for homes and businesses that add visual charm to the city for all to enjoy. Winners selected by the council are awarded certificates of merit.

The 2013 awards were presented recently at the Laguna Art Museum, following a brunch at Las Brisas.

Council Vice Chairwoman Eleanor Henry picked the business winners. Scott Allen and Chloe Echternacht chose the residential winners. Echternacht and Barbara Ring photographed the residences.

Commercial winners:

Bank of America — for its rose garden

Hotel Seven4one — for contemporary esthetic

580 Broadway, owned by Jane and Joe Hanauer, for the recent remodel

Foster Karicofe — for the plants that brighten Laguna Canyon Road opposite the ACT V Parking Lot.

Laguna Beach County Water District — for the "Water-wise and Fire Safe Garden" in front of the offices on Third Street


City of Laguna Beach — for its mini parks

Mayor Kelly Boyd and Councilwoman Toni Iseman attended on behalf of the city.

Residential winners:

The Peter Halper home, High Drive

David C. Mercer, Ledroit Street

Craig and Cindy, Pfent, Dunnegan Place

Lynn and Melissa Stanton, Weymouth Place

Sunset Ridge LLC, Sunset Ridge

Henry gave a "Black Thumb Award" to a blue gum eucalyptus on the corner of Agate and Glennerye Streets, for its poorly done maintenance.

"Given all the issues with views, this is how not to get one through a eucalyptus," Henry said. "You don't chop it apart.

"If you want to see good examples, look at the eucalyptus at the Sawdust Festival. Wouldn't it be nice if they put the whole grove on the Heritage Tree list?"

A first-ever Harry Lawrence Star of Excellence Award, named for the council founder, was presented to Montage Laguna Beach, "in appreciation for its stellar example of Laguna beauty and landscape/tree maintenance."

The council was the twin of Lawrence's passion for the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and Civic Assn. — parent to the council until the relationship was severed last year.

Lawrence called the group a council to differentiate it from any bureaucratic agency, according to a 20-year-old newspaper commentary attributed to Lawrence by Joanne Sutch, council secretary.

Lawrence viewed the council as a city-wide enterprise.

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