“This was amazing, it was a fairytale,” said Corona del Mar resident Julie Means, who had just completed a tour of a 14,000-square-foot home on Shorecliff Road in the Shore Cliffs neighborhood. “The way they brought in the ocean views on every level, the attention to detail, the finishes and textures…amazing.”
The home’s architect, Brion Jeannette, said fairytale was the exact style he intended when designing the home, which features a turret, home theater, wine cellar, elevator and his-and-her powder rooms off the entryway.
“We picked the storybook feel, which is straight out of Hollywood, bringing in European elements,” he said. “It’s the material, the iron work, the diamond glass…It’s intended to sort of meander. You have funky little elements, but they flow.”
Other homes on the tour included another Jeannette-designed home in Beacon Bay, two homes in Irvine Terrace, a Port Streets home and a home in the 3400 block of Ocean Boulevard.
The event began at 8 a.m. at Fashion Island at Le Pain Quotidien, where participants checked in and enjoyed coffee, tea and pastries.
“It’s nice to have a fun day in a place like this and realize you’re doing something for education,” said Fran Taroliff of Laguna Hills.
“I like to see the decor in the homes and get ideas for my own home — not that I’ll ever execute them,” said her friend, Gail Roy, of Irvine.
Kathleen Nielsen of Newport Beach, who co-owns the Corona del Mar shop Party All the Time, said the shop had sold 20 Home Tour tickets, which made her think it was time for her to check out the tour.
“It’s my time,” she said. “I’m going to do it right.”
Nielsen and seven friends had a limo to take them on the tour.
“I like seeing what other people are doing with their homes,” she said. “I like to dream big.”
The event includes a lunch at Sherman Library & Gardens and a reception at Bliss Home & Design from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Tickets can be bought today at Sherman Library & Gardens at 2647 East Coast Highway.
Last year’s tour netted about $150,000 for school programs.