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A Listing That Illustrates Gratitude For Coastal Luxury Living

25 Montage
Laguna Beach

Offered at $29,995,000

Situated on a private parcel at the prestigious Montage Resort, this newly constructed custom estate heightens every experience making life truly extraordinary. Spanning Pacific Ocean & Catalina Island views set the backdrop for every luxe detail in this 8,300+ square foot masterpiece, which was expertly designed by architect Chris Light to take full advantage of the residence’s close coastal proximity. A glass bridge invites you to this meticulously considered floor plan boasting a Great Room, formal dining room & master suite on the upper living level. Traversing to the lower level reveals grand living spaces encompassing a state-of-the-art game room, full theater room, stately library, wine cellar and tasting room & exercise room. This elevator-serviced residence is defined by zero-transition indoor & outdoor living spaces that surround the property, enticing you to indulge in the loggia, patio or courtyard as you take in color-soaked sunsets over the coast. The perfectly manicured exterior offers luscious landscaping and tranquil fountains to create the ultimate in grand-scale entertaining. This resort-style estate offers coveted access to all luxurious amenities of the Montage including personal concierge services, Spa Montage & private dining.

To schedule a private showing please call 949-717-4711.

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The Smith Group Pick For A Memorable Holiday Meal: Taco María

Community matters and supporting local restaurants is a perfect place to contribute. We have found a fantastic new restaurant tucked away in Orange County’s South Coast Collection (SOCO). Taco Maria promises to tantalize your taste buds and stimulate your senses. Like art, their presentation will orchestrate an atmosphere for a distinguished meal with your holiday guests soon to arrive.

Their menu changes seasonly, offering a Prix Fixe Wednesday through Saturday evenings with four courses. A wine pairing for each course is also available. Tuesday evenings and lunches offer À la carte with a selection of enchanting tacos served on handmade tortillas. Sunday brunch is flawless with all the cozy comforts. Smith Group Films paints a picture of what you can expect (all footage filmed on an iPhone).

The Smith Group and Taco Maria's Buttermilk Pancakes

“In our family, María is the proper first name of every mother, sister, tía, and abuelita going back generations. Ours are the flavors of their lost kitchens: traditions into Southern California’s multicultural soils, alongside local produce and regional meats and seafood, by a Michelin-starred chef raised here in Orange County.

We call it ‘Chicano Cuisine,’ a mezcla of Mexican and American cultures, a conversation between our generation and the generations of humble cooks who nurtured the traditions of our home table.

Chef Carlos Salgado spent a decade in San Francisco and Oakland, learning in many of the Bay Area’s best kitchens. From Vernon Morales’ cutting-edge Winterland, to Daniel Patterson’s ambitious Coi, and James Syhabout’s intimate Commis, Carlos worked his way through some of the most thoughtful and innovative restaurants in Northern California before settling back home in Orange County.”

Taco María
3313 Hyland Avenue, Suite C21
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Lunch | Tuesday through Saturday | 11AM to 2:30PM

Dinner | Tuesday through Saturday | 5:30PM-9:30PM

Brunch | Sunday | 11AM-3PM



Smith Group Open Houses, November 22 & 23

You’re invited to one of our Open Houses this weekend. The Smith Group is passionate about telling the story of your home. We know open houses matter to the success of your real estate transaction. For more information please call 949-717-4711.

Saturday | 1PM-4PM

This gorgeous light & bright Searidge residence is newly remodeled and updated throughout to include beautiful finishes in every room. Ideally located just moments from the water, this 2-3 bedroom, 3 bathroom Harbour home offers new laminate flooring, new windows, new garage door, new sliding doors, new appliances and new bathroom fixtures. The master suite offers a large walk-in closet, peaceful balcony and cozy fireplace for ultimate relaxation. An open floor plan creates ease of living in this idyllic seaside setting as the spacious living areas seamlessly flow together – from the gourmet kitchen to the oversized living room and downstairs to the family room. A sun-drenched patio on the lower level is the perfect space for entertaining guests. Deluxe amenities of this gated community include a sparkling pool & spa, tennis court, and close proximity to the Harbor. Boat docks are usually available for lease.

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3377 Bandit Circle Huntington Beach








Saturday & Sunday | 1PM-4PM

This darling & quaint cottage epitomizes the quintessential Laguna Beach charm in every room! Located just two blocks from Thousand Steps beach, the inviting residence is filled with light coastal influences to create a tranquil ambiance. Upon arrival you are greeted by a white picket fence and meticulously landscaped yard boasting great curb appeal. The single-story home offers an open floor plan containing 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room fit with a cozy fireplace & beamed ceilings and kitchen/dining area. Spend your evenings relaxing on the grandfathered rooftop deck – the perfect space for enjoying soothing sea salt breezes and beautiful sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. The detached garage contains a large laundry/storage room. Never before on the market, this lovely South Laguna home represents a unique opportunity to own this picturesque slice of paradise.

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31982 Virginia Way Laguna Beach








Sunday | 1PM-4PM

This beautiful single-story residence has been updated and remodeled throughout every room! The welcoming open layout was designed with the entertainer in mind and features gorgeous travertine flooring, crown molding, recessed lighting and custom window coverings. The spacious living room was recently remodeled to offer a Stack Stone cozy fireplace & entry wall. A fully remodeled kitchen is complete with granite slab countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a desirable wine fridge. The open floor plan allows an easy transition from the expansive living areas to the three spacious bedrooms with large closets. The third bedroom has been set up as a full office with custom built-ins. Spend your evenings relaxing on a pristine back patio – the perfect space for hosting casual or intimate gatherings around the outdoor fireplace, in-ground spa or outdoor kitchen. Home is complete with luscious landscaping, a beautiful front yard and attached two car custom interior garage. This 11,000 sf oak-shaded property includes a beautiful grove of avocado and assorted citrus trees.

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461 Granite Avenue Monrovia








Sunday | 1PM-4PM

Lovely remodeled Seagate Townhouse with gorgeous bay views and a boat dock (at least 30 feet). Enter through a private courtyard and you’ll be greeted by warm cherry hardwood flooring and bright living spaces. The custom kitchen has been remodeled with custom cherry cabinets that have pull outs & self-closing drawers and black granite counters. The living room is complete with a cozy fireplace and offers direct access to the brick patio with spanning Harbour views. The remainder of the downstairs is fit with a dining room and bedroom and a 3/4 bath. The second floor master bedroom boasts gorgeous views and a completely remodeled bathroom. 2 other bedrooms complete the second level. One bedroom was added on and adding 250 square feet (permitted). The third floor (not permitted) is set up as an office but could double as a bedroom with stunning views! It also includes a half bath, closets and a large storage attic. This level adds an additional 200+ square feet. This residence sits close to the main channel with partial views and an easy out to the ocean for boaters. This very custom home is at least 2200 square feet and truly one of the finest units in Seagate.

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3448 Windspun Huntington Beach








Sunday | 1PM-4PM

This gorgeous 5 bed, 3.5 bath Dover Shores residence epitomizes luxurious coastal living in one of Dover Shore’s finest locations offering a large view lot. All interior spaces have been completely remodeled and upgraded throughout all levels to create an open and comfortable living environment. Desirable amenities include new HVAC, distressed walnut wood flooring, travertine finishes, built-ins and lanai doors. The gourmet kitchen is a chef’s dream fit with all Wolf & Sub Zero appliances and a large kitchen island with built-in wine fridge. Beautiful cabinetry was built on-site and offers custom lighting features. The kitchen seamlessly transitions to a formal dining area & large Great Room offering a new fireplace, built-in media center and direct access to a large balcony for enjoying cool ocean breezes. The large master suite is complete with high ceilings, spacious balcony, walk-in closet, and deluxe bathroom with dual vanities and spa-like soaking tub. The home is fit with large windows on every level to allow for ample natural lighting and panoramic views spanning Back Bay and Fashion Island. The backyard entertaining area features a sparkling pool, built-in spa and expansive deck to create the perfect space for hosting intimate or casual events.

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Tim Smith Shows 53 Strand on NBC’s Open House

On Saturday November 15 Tim appeared on NBC’s Open House to show 53 Strand of Dana Beach. Open House showcases the hottest homes on the market, interior design tips from the experts and everything you need to know about stylish living, hosted by Sara Gore.

Rare to come to the market, this breathtaking oceanfront estate is located on an oversized lot at The Strand, one of Orange County’s most coveted guard-gated communities. Boasting nearly 9,000 square feet of pristine architecture, this striking estate offers every lavish amenity to satisfy those with the most distinguished taste. Upon entrance into the estate, you are instantly captivated by the meticulous attention to every detail, including the hand-carved beamed ceilings, custom stone flooring, and wrought-iron staircase connecting each level of this impressive property. Ocean views spanning beyond Catalina Island abound from nearly every state-of-the-art room, including a grand kitchen equipped with designer appliances, an extravagant Great Room with vaulted ceilings, and five spacious bedrooms ensuite with gorgeous bathrooms. This estate offers the ultimate venue for entertaining, as it is graced with extravagant outdoor living spaces complete with an infinity pool and spa, outdoor fire pit, and stone terraces. The private neighborhood beach club offers a resort-like pool, fitness center, private lockers and world-class dining. Don’t miss the opportunity to own one of the community’s most prestigious properties.

Offered at $19,995,000

For more information or to schedule a private showing of 53 Strand, please call 949-717-4711.

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Watch the entire episode of Open House.

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New Smith Group Listings, Luxury Orange County

Selling a home in today’s market can be challenging. The Smith Group understands. While the market can be challenging, hundreds of homes are sold each month in Orange County. What’s the difference between selling your home or failing to do so? The Details. Whether it’s our proven sales approach, effective marketing campaigns, or utilizing our existing network, at The Smith Group, no detail is overlooked. Take a look at several new Smith Group listings.


11 Ritz Cove Drive
Dana Point

Offered at $14,750,000

Proudly poised in one of the most exclusive enclaves of Dana Point, 11 Ritz Cove boasts a level of grandeur only seen by few. Every meticulous detail of this 7,100+ square foot oceanfront estate has been hand-selected to ensure ultimate luxury. Upon entrance through the grand arched doorway, you are transfixed by every elegant touch that graces all aspect of the elevator-serviced estate. Soaring ceilings and travertine flooring of the foyer entice you through the solid mahogany doors to a media room boasting a media center with designer maple cabinets & coffered ceilings. The artful kitchen is a one-of-a-kind oasis complete with a honed Carrera countertops, Thermador appliances, and an oversized kitchen island. A custom wrought-iron staircase invites you to the upper living level, which was intuitively designed to include 3 en-suite bedrooms. The master suite provides a harmonious blend of luxury and escape, perfectly accentuated by raised ceilings, intimate seating area with a custom fireplace & French doors leading to a glass-enclosed balcony overlooking the coastline and golf course. The outdoor entertaining area is complete with an infinity spa, a sun-kissed terrace to enjoy cool ocean breezes and several seating areas for hosting the ultimate soiree.

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174 Shorecliff
Corona del Mar

Offered at $8,900,000

Whitewater views and refined elegance await you at this Mediterranean-inspired villa, located in the prestigious enclave of Shore Cliffs. This 5-bed, 6.5-bath elevator-serviced estate made by renowned builder Tony Valentine leaves no fine detail to the imagination. Enjoy a quiet end-of-cul-de-sac location offering superlative features including a hand-carved stone grand staircase, soaring coffered ceiling, custom silk draperies, 2 wet bars, imported limestone & walnut flooring, exquisite Lalique, Baccarat and Schoenberg chandeliers, 24 karat gold plated P.E. Guerin hardware, imported Italian solid mahogany doors and windows by Albertini. The meticulously designed layout includes a walnut-paneled library, full theater room, wine cellar, formal dining room w/ hand painted ceiling, elegant family room with a hand painted fireplace, and a luxurious chef’s kitchen with entertaining island, butler’s pantry & designer appliances. The expansive master retreat offers a grand fireplace, exquisite onyx and limestone bathroom & intimate balcony for enjoying the sea salt air of the Pacific. A sparkling pool & spa grace the outdoor entertaining area downstairs, while the rooftop deck offers an outdoor kitchen, panoramic ocean views and unlimited sunsets over Catalina.

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22761 Misty Sea Drive
Laguna Niguel

Offered at $4,995,000

This brand new custom estate located in the coveted Monarch Point community is a true achievement of fine craftsmanship. Boasting over 6,100 square feet, this prestigious residence sits at the end of a private cul-de-sac on an expansive 16,000+ square ft. lot complete with spanning ocean views. Constructed with Mediterranean influences, the open floor plan is elegantly accentuated by beautiful finishes throughout including marble flooring, a custom wrought-iron grand staircase, French doors, and crown molding. The main living area is home to the Great Room, a beautiful study/office with dark wood built-ins, and an elegant formal dining room. A world-class chef’s kitchen is the perfect oasis for the bon vivant as it offers a large kitchen island, the finest stainless steel appliances and exquisitely crafted custom cabinetry. After spending the evening relaxing around the outdoor fireplace or one of the sprawling balconies, retreat to one of the 5 spacious bedrooms for a quiet escape. The tranquil master suite offers stunning views of the coastline, a grand walk-in closet, and deluxe bathroom with spa-like soaking tub. Undoubtedly one of the finest estates in Laguna Niguel, this landmark residence represents a unique opportunity to own a slice of paradise.

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20 Vista Del Sol
Laguna Beach

Offered at $4,349,000

Nestled on a quiet street in the private community of Three Arch Bay, this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath residence is filled with deluxe amenities throughout to mirror its prestigious address. Boasting spanning ocean & hillside views from nearly every room, this coastal retreat offers a quiet oasis as it is situated against the scenic hills of Laguna. Upon entrance, you are immediately greeted by a Great Room fit with expansive windows to offer an abundance of natural lighting and views stretching beyond Catalina Island. A cozy fireplace and high, distressed beam ceilings create an inviting ambiance for carefree communal gatherings. No expense was spared in the gourmet chef’s kitchen, complete with 2 Wolf ovens, a 6-burner Wolf range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine refrigerator, and spacious kitchen island. All levels of the home offer large patios/decks to allow for ease of entertaining, including a deck on the main level featuring a built-in BBQ and fireplace.

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2260 Park Avenue
Laguna Beach

Offered at $3,995,000

This contemporary 5,500+ square foot custom estate is located on an expansive lot near the end of secluded street bordering the canyon. The gourmet kitchen is fit with beautiful granite counters, a spacious kitchen island and the finest quality appliances including a Sub Zero refrigerator, double oven & 6 burner stove. The large living room, located conveniently off the kitchen, includes a cozy fireplace and built-in media center for easy entertaining. The open floor plan allows for carefree transition to every room including the formal dining room, bonus room, or one of the 6 relaxing bedrooms. Several balconies and decks on the property offer the perfect oasis for enjoying stunning views of the canyon, Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean. This superior residence also offers a large backyard complete with a private pool & spa, citrus trees & beautiful hardscaping all around the exterior.

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