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The return of the Anaheim White House after a devastating fire in 2017 took the concerted effort of the city, historians architects, builders and contractors. KTGY Architecture + Planning in Irvine was responsible for the complex redesign of the restaurant’s new exterior and expansive porch.
The restaurant reopened in May.
Owned by Bruno Serato, the White House is a fine dining establishment that also prepares more than 3,500 free dinners daily to for children around Orange County. The 1909 Colonial-style mansion’s exterior resembles the U.S. president’s residence.
“It was a great opportunity to turn tragedy into triumph by renovating and restoring the entire property,” Serato said in a statement. “It took so many different companies and people all working together to create this masterpiece of perfection! KTGY’s expertise and financial contributions were invaluable.”
A fire in February of 2017 ravaged the majority of the roof, the entire front porch of the restaurant and many architectural details. Because the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the city required the exterior be restored to its original architectural design.
San Francisco-based Architectural Resources Group Inc. was hired to prepare a report assessing the damage to the historic features of the building and strategies for their repair. The report provided a general framework for planning the building’s restoration. KTGY’s design for the exterior had to follow the parameters that were set by ARG.
“We worked closely with the city, Architectural Resources Group and the general contractor La Placa Construction to painstakingly salvage as many architectural elements as we could during the demolition process,” said Brandon Wernli, director of production with KTGY. “We also removed all non-historic elements that had been added to the building’s façade over the years that were not true to the original 1909 design.”
KTGY said one of the biggest challenges in the restoration was accommodating the city’s requirement of keeping the large front porch rooms open, even though the area was used for dining. The firm found a solution by using folding glass panels that maintain the visual transparency but allow protection from inclement weather.
The 6,265-square-foot building footprint remained unchanged.
Curt Stalder of Lee & in Newport Beach represented Craig Arrojo in the $7.9 million sale of his industrial building at 11841 Monarch St. in Garden Grove. The seller, David & Wendy LLC, was represented by Greg Diab of Lee & Associates in Orange.
Mike Long of Lee & Associates in Newport Beach represented Freeway Industrial Park in the $2,989,200 purchase of an industrial building at 1375 N. McCan St., Anaheim as part of a 1031 exchange. The seller, Dwyer Instruments, was represented by Sean Ward and Keith Greer of CBRE and was the prior occupant of the property. Freeway Industrial Park will do a minor remodel, then lease the building to a new tenant.
The Koll Co. in Irvine has acquired a 65,000-square-foot office building in Corona. Terms were not disclosed by the company. The building, at 2280 Wardlow Circle, is 96 percent occupied. Anthony DeLorenzo of CBRE represented the seller, while The Koll Co. represented itself in the transaction. The lender was California Bank & Trust.
Don Nourse of Lee & Associates in Newport Beach, in association with Rick Sherburn of CBRE, represented CIG Financial in the 60-month renewal of its lease at 6 Executive Circle, Suite 100 in Irvine. Terms were not disclosed. The company leases of 21,083 square feet with the Irvine Company.
People in Real Estate
Ann Caruana has joined WNC in Irvine, a national investor in real estate and community development initiatives, as senior vice president of acquisitions for the company’s preservation equity funds. Before joining WNC, Caruana served as senior vice president of acquisitions with a California-based real estate private equity firm where she closed $250 million in affordable, multifamily transactions.
Pacific Hospitality Group in Irvine has appointed Melanie Bucci as its chief financial officer, and Ajeet K. Anand as its vice president of sales and marketing. Stephen Schackne joins the firm in a newly created role of regional food and beverage director.
Katherine M. Sandstrom has been appointed an independent board director for HCP, a real estate investment trust in Irvine that serves the healthcare industry. Sandstrom also will serve as a member of the board’s Compensation & Human Capital Committee and the Investment & Finance Committee. Her career spanned more than two decades at Heitman LLC, a real estate investment management firm, where she held a series of senior leadership positions.
Robert Chavez has joined the Capistrano Beach office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an affiliate agent. Chavez previously worked for Covered California, the state’s insurance program under the Affordable Care Act. Before that, he was in real estate sales, listing and selling homes in the South Orange County area.
Tom Hagan has associated with the Yorba Linda office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an affiliate agent. He previously was involved in coaching sales for Tom Ferry and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
Christopher J. Ververis has joined the Huntington Beach office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an affiliate agent. Previously he was a business broker with Boss Group International. Before that, he was the owner of an independent insurance agency for 12 years.
The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals has recognized Frank Del Rio as being among the most successful Latino real estate agents in the country for 2018. Del Rio works at the Yorba Linda/Tustin office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. NAHREP ranked Del Rio No. 23 in the Latino Real Estate Agents by Individual Volume list; No. 41 in the Top 100 Latino Real Estate in The West list; and No. 147 in the Top 250 Latino Real Estate Individual Agents list. Each year, NAHREP recognizes the United States’ leading Hispanic real estate agents and brokers who have closed an exceptional number of transactions, thus increasing the rate of sustainable Hispanic homeownership in communities across the country.
$300,000 townhomes for sale
Orange-based RC Hobbs Cos. has opened sales at Harris Farm, an infill community in the city of Riverside.
The developer said three furnished models are available for tours. Harris Farm will have 36 townhomes when completed. In a nod to its name and farming heritage, residents will have access to a community garden and vegetable planters.
Harris Farm includes four floorplans with three to four bedrooms, a loft and up to three baths. The two-story homes range from 1,456-1,939 square feet, include two-car attached garages and a private year yard.
Pricing starts in the mid-$300,000s. Address: 4105 Jefferson St.
For more information, go to rchobbs.com/harris-farm/
Here’s a look at this week guests on Jeff Lazerson’s radio show on KLAA 830AM:
–Joel Laucher, deputy chief insurance commissioner from the California Department of Insurance, wants you to check before you buy a home to see if its insurable, especially in high and very high-risk areas. Joel will take your calls and questions.
–Dave Stevens, retiring Mortgage Bankers Association president, will give his farewell thoughts and tell you what it was like to work with President Barack Obama as FHA Commissioner.
Lazerson, a contributing writer on mortgages for the Southern California News Group, airs a one-hour talk show on the Angels radio station. His weekly “Mortgage Grader” radio show airs at 10 a.m. on 830AM.
If you have a question for Lazerson’s radio show, keep this dial-in number handy: 714-283-0830.
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