Ivory Tower High-Rise Living in the OC

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Costera Luxury Properties DRE# 01390168

Coldwell Banker View Magazine - August 21, 2007 

For years, high-rises have been the "pied a terre" living choice of the affluent around the globe, and the current feeling of real estate investors and developers is that Orange County should reflect that trend. A tremendous surge of high-rise living in Orange County communities has emerged and from the looks of it, there is no slowing down.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Irvine office top agent James Hoppe, who is also a licensed California architect, has worked directly with other architects and engineers who are pioneering this new Orange County high-rise lifestyle. He believes that this trend won't be short lived. John F. Kennedy once said, "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."

Hoppe explains, "Just like higher gas prices, people are slowly but surely getting used to the fact that this type of metropolitan lifestyle is not inexpensive; it's nothing Orange County has ever seen, yet it's here to stay and it's just the beginning of a great and exciting future for Orange County!" There are innumerable benefits to living in a high-rise complex in Orange County. For those seeking the urban lifestyle, these new high-rise buildings offer luxury amenities in a centrally located setting. Homeowners enjoy the perks of metropolitan living while indulging in unobstructed city views.

The type of people flocking to these high-rise lofts and condominiums are those who have a taste for the finer things but also enjoy the accessibility of city living. The ability to live, work and play in the same neighborhood is something that many suburban dwellers lack. These high-rise homeowners also enjoy the luxury of lower commute times and decreased maintenance coordination as well as chic amenities.

"Many buyers revel over the fact that they can have a home with such modern and sleek style with virtually no maintenance," says Hoppe. These urban dwellers also appreciate the lock and leave lifestyle that high-rises of fer. Residents who want to jet set around the world don't have to worry about maintaining their yards or hiring a house sitter. High-rise living in Orange County appeals to the full gamut of people; from young, upwardly mobile professionals to retirees looking for security and handicapped compliant/barrier free accessibility; and everyone in-between. James Hoppe says, "We have seen a lot of corporate professionals flock to these high-rises in Irvine because of the pr oximity to J o h n Wayne Airport and the quick commute."

The majority of these high-rise buildings sprouting all over Orange County offer top-of-the-line modern appliances as well as contemporary design layouts. Some, if not all, current and future high-rises have a 24-hour concierge service that will deliver dry cleaning, make dinner reservations and call for cab service. The buildings offer premiere security with closed circuit television and 24-hour on-site guard service. The high-rise lofts and condominiums listed range in price from the low $700's to the $2M plus for breathtakingly beautiful penthouses. Most complexes feature 2 or 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, some with an additional den or home office set up.


James & Margret Hoppe, Architect / e-Pro / Realtors
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
6833 Quail Hill Parkway, Irvine CA 92603
Email: Info@PreviewOC.com
Website: PreviewOC.com
(949) 400-1072 Direct

Comments (2)

Shannon Ziccardi
"A Quick Note" ...in Tennessee! - Clarksville, TN
"A Quick Note" Mobile Notary ...in Tennessee!

Great post!!

Refer these "high-rise" borrowers to a notary signing agent who is a professional. 

"A Quick Note"


Oct 25, 2007 01:12 PM
Alix Pinzon
Open Mortgage, LLC NMLS # 2975 - Downey, CA
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Jan 22, 2008 11:14 AM