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April 20, 2018

Come Enjoy Delicious Vegan Pastries & Tour Our Open House In The Bluffs

403 Vista Grande

OPEN HOUSE at 403 Vista Grande, Newport Beach 92660

Offered for $1,259,900

Saturday 4/21 . 1-4 PM

Enjoy sweet and savory pan dulce and pastries from Vegan by Victoria's Bakery!

Remodeled throughout, move in ready. Formal Living room with high open beam ceilings, and cozy fireplace. Gourmet kitchen with Stone counters, stainless steel appliances. Newly updated bathrooms with stone counters & custom tile showers. Large Master with high ceilings. Permitted bonus/ great large room with high windows, huge walk-in closet, and bath, perfect for guest suite or home office. Large finished garage with new epoxy flooring. Sliding doors open to the cozy enclosed patio with views of bluffs greenbelt. Minutes from schools, shopping, daycare, parks, pools, tennis club, golf courses, Fashion Island, nearby Beaches. The perfect location for the perfect lifestyle.



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Posted in OC Living
April 16, 2018

OC Market Snapshot March 2018

Orange County Market Snapshot for both attached and detached homes in Orange County in March 2018

April 10, 2018

Katie's Bakery - A little piece of heaven for Vegans

I visited Katie’s Bakery when I was in the Pasadena Area. I was searching for a vegan cafe and bakeries that I can eat at lunchtime. The bakery itself was unnoticed-able on the street, I assume most people would pass it, not knowing there was a bakery inside. The bakery didn’t have a lot of desserts on display but what caught me was how friendly the owner was.

Ms. Lynn

Ms. Lynn

We started chatting about how hard it is to find vegan dessert places and taste good. Mr. Lynn, the owner, told me she started this business because of her daughter who has celiac disease and is sensitive to gluten, and she wanted to make pancakes for her but couldn’t. She said they choose their ingredients very carefully and promise that 99% of people who have food sensitivity will not have a problem eating their desserts, it's a promise. They offer gluten free, nut free, dairy free and vegan. We also talked about supporting the vegan community and promote the business so it can grow bigger. She mentioned that the vegan community is the most supportive communities out there, if anything, they will have your backs. That I believe.  I think for most of us, we started being vegan because we do not wish to kill animals and it’s a firm belief when it’s about saving lives. (I'll admit I used to cheat when I go out to eat because I couldn't resist the temptation of cakes, ice cream, and cookies that are non-vegan but I made a promise to myself to be responsible)

dessert display

I asked Ms. Lynn to give me everything that’s vegan on the display to show my support. Ms. Lynn asked me if I was going to eat everything on the same day because if there are some that I want to eat tomorrow or the next day, she has frozen ones for that purpose. How awesome is that! Ms. Lynn packed the frozen banana muffin for me and wrote the baking instruction on the box.

vegan desserts

350 degrees for 18 minutes and let it sit for 10 minutes. The muffin must be in a hot oven so the center won't be frozen when the time is up.

After I got home, I couldn’t wait to try them. They were delicious! I wouldn’t be able to tell if they are vegan if someone didn’t tell me. The texture was the same as any other regular cakes. The next morning, I put the banana muffin as Ms. Lynn had instructed. It did not disappoint! Yummy!

vegan banana muffin

Ms. Lynn told me if people with food sensitivity want to try her delicious dessert, they better hurry because Katie’s Bakery is a test kitchen to test out her gluten-free and vegan cake mixes. Now all her cake mix lines are all developed, this brick and mortar bakery will close soon. The online store will open in 2 to 3 weeks, so if you missed the bakery, the cake mix would be available online. Ms. Lynn said the recipe is so simple, you don’t even need a mixer, and they taste exactly like what she sells in the store. Yes, Please!

chocolate chip cookie

I think Ms. Lynn is a hero to me because she wanted to do something for her daughter and for all the people who have the same problem, she set a goal, and she did it. 

Katie's Bakery

(626)714 - 7400

11 West Dayton Street, Pasadena, CA 91105


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April 9, 2018

Travata - 55+ gated community in Irvine


Recently I had a chance to tour the Grand Re-Opening of Travata by Lennar, the only 55+ gated master planned community in Irvine, with low taxes, no Mello Roos. Travata offers three single-level living neighborhoods.

The models that I viewed were Castillo :


Castillo (Release 4/7)

Approx. 1,281 - 1,975 sq. ft.

 2 - 3 bedrooms / 2 - 2.5 bathrooms / 2-bay garage

 Single & two-story

 From the mid $700,000s 



Palencia (Release 4/7)

Approx. 1,848 - 2,567 sq. ft.

2 - 3 Bedrooms / 2.5 - 3.5 bathrooms / 2-bay garage


From the low $1 millions

Approx. Monthly HOA Assessment $285 per month

Master Suite

The homes have a variety of floorplan designs that have open-concept living areas, gourmet kitchens with center islands. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design™ and package includes voice control by Alexa-enabled products; whole-home automation by Samsung SmartThings. The homes are well designed and making the age 55+ lives better in mind. All the master suites are downstairs as most elderly have trouble with taking the stairs. 

Smart DoorSmart Light

Ring® Video Doorbell allows you to answer the door anywhere.

Lutron Caseta® wireless in-wall dimmers allow you set the brightness in rooms.


The community also offers exceptional amenities such as The Travata Club that has a pool, spa, fitness center, bocce ball area,


Saltwater Pool with Lap Lanes


Fitness center with group exercise rooms and on-demand coaching

I felt grateful while touring the homes that Lennar had built a well thought out community for the age 55+ clients, to give them convenience, comfort, and a better quality life.



Castillo - Residence 2, Approx. 1,566 sqft is temporarily sold out.

Palencia - Residence 4, Approx. 2,425 sqft is temporarily sold out

Palencia - Residence 5, Approx. 2,567 sqft is temporarily sold out

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Posted in Communities, OC Living
April 6, 2018

Irvine Great Park Adventure Guide

The design is so cute! Fun ways to get the total Great Park Neighborhoods experience.

From state-of-the-art schools for super awesome kids to Pavillon Park Green House!

Irvine Great Park adventure guide

Irvine Great Park adventure Guide

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Posted in Communities
April 2, 2018

Common Fair Housing Issues

1. I have a "no pet policy" as a landlord. Is that legal?

Yes. A landlord may have a "no pet policy" included in the lease. However, when requested by a current or prospective tenant or occupant to waive such policy as a reasonable accommodation for his or her disability, the landlord has a legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodation and allow the animal to remain on the premises.

Source: California Association of Realtor®

Posted in OC News
March 26, 2018

Cadence Park Grand Opening

Cadence ParkBeautiful homes and trails, Cadence park, is a neighborhood where residents can walk and bike to community amenities and parks. 3/24 is the grand opening of Cadence Park neighborhood in Irvine. There were a lot of families with kids on an opening day. Currently, none of the models are ready for viewing, but 20 homes are already sold.

Cadence Park information centerGreat Park Neighborhood information centerinformation center

Great Park Neighborhood information center

Lennar information center

Lennar Information Center

KB Homes information center

KB Homes Information Center

Aussie Coffee

Free Aussie Bean coffee for all

Free coffee mug and pop tart

Gift mug and complimentary strawberry pop tart


Cadence Neighborhood homes information:



Deco | K. HOVNANIAN | 2-4 bed | up to 3.5 bath | Approx 1,616-2,230 sq.ft | OPENING APRIL 14


Evoke | LENNAR | 2-3 bed | 2- 2.5 bath | Approx 1,651-2,408 sq.ft | COMING SOON FROMTHE MID $600,000s 


Lyric | TRI POINTE HOMES | 3 bed | 2.5 bath | Approx 1,667-2,346 sq.ft | COMING SOON 


Muse | TAYLOR MORRISON | 3-4 bed | 3 to 3.5 bath | Approx 1,867-2,017 sq.ft | COMING SOON


Prado | KB HOME | 3-4 bed | up to 4 bath | Approx 1,733-2,766 sq.ft | COMING SOON 


Adagio | LENNAR | 3-4 bed | up to 4 bath | Approx 2,080-2,393 sq.ft | COMING SOON FROM THE MID $900,000s


Cabaletta | RICHMOND AMERICAN HOMES | 3-4 bed | 2.5 - 3 bath | Approx 2,330-2,450 sq.ft | COMING SOON 


Duet | PULTE HOMES | 3-4 bed | 2.5 - 5.5 bath | Approx 2,338-2,900 sq.ft | COMING SOON FROM THE $1,100,000s


Encore | LENNEAR | 4 bed | up to 4 bath | Approx 2,826-3,116 sq.ft | COMING SOON FROM THE HIGH $1,100,000s


Cantata | LENNEAR | 3-4 bed | 3.5 - 4.5 bath | Approx 3,039-3,507 sq.ft | COMING SOON FROM THE HIGH $1,300,000s 


Marcato | LENNEAR | 4 bed | 4 - 4.5 bath | Approx 2,891-3,575 sq.ft | COMING SOON FROM THE LOW $1,400,000s  


Serenade | LENNEAR | 4 - 5 bed | 4 - 4.5 bath | Approx 2,983 - 3,432 sq.ft | COMING SOON FROM THE LOW $1,400,000s    


Capella | LENNEAR | 4 - 5 bed | 4.5 - 5.5 bath | Approx 3,740 - 4,097 sq.ft | COMING SOON FROM THE MID $1,600,000s  


Crescendo | LENNEAR | 4 - 5 bed | up to 5 bath | Approx 4,102 - 4,585 sq.ft | COMING SOON FROM THE MID $1,800,000s  


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Posted in Communities
March 23, 2018

Morning Lavender - Tustin

A cute little cafe called Morning Lavender, just opened in Tustin not so long ago, half of the store is a clothing boutique and the other half is the cafe. I went before work to get a wake me up tea and wanted to see if they have some options for a quick breakfast. At 10 am, the cafe was packed. So many ladies and girls chatting over tea, made me wonder if anyone was working that day. 

Rose almond black milk tea

I ordered the Rose black milk latte and asked for almond milk instead of whole milk. The Barista said the foam contained milk but I think you can get it without the foam. The drink was really nice. I haven't had a drink except for coffee that made me want to get seconds because usually, they taste like sugar water but this tea had just the right amount of sweetness. I wasn't sure if I tasted rose but it's alright, still good.

Lavender Macaron

The pastry display area sadly didn't have many options. I got a Lavender Macaron to try. Again, I didn't think I tasted Lavender flavoring, maybe there was something wrong with my taste bud but nevertheless, it was still a good macaron. 

Definitely going back in another time of the day to see if there will be more options for pastry and try the lavender latte and milk tea. 


Morning Lavender

(714) 486-1429

330 El Camino Real

Tustin, CA 92780

March 22, 2018

Lucca Homes in Orchard Hills, Irvine

I had the pleasure of touring the Lucca model homes in Orchard Hills today. It was an exclusive tour event for Surterre Agent, and it was great to see old friends and to get to know new friends.

There are 40 homes ranging from $1.9M to $2.2M and about half of the homes are sold already.

Homes sold


Here are the details:

Starting at $1,973,627 

5Bed/4.5Bath / 2 ¾ Car Garage / 4,189 Sqft/ 5,775 Lot 


Starting at $2,070,495  

5Bed/4.5Bath / 2 ¾ Car Garage / 4,189 Sqft/ 6,246 Lot 


Starting at $2,243,201 

6Bed/5.5Bath / 2 ¾ Car Garage / 4,624 Sqft/ 6,900 Lot 


Many options and upgrades can still be selected from appliances, flooring, and solar panels, etc.

Homeowners Association would be approximately $279 per month

The Tustin Unified School District serves residents of Orchard Hills. These are among the most prestigious schools with student performance well-above state and national comparisons.

Elementary School: Hicks Canyon Elementary

Middle School: Orchard Hills School

High School: Beckman High School


Here are the photos I took from PLAN 2AR (4,624 - 5,180 Sqft/ 6-7 Bedrooms, 5.5 - 6.5 Baths)

The home feels very spacious and I like the wide corridor. 

Great room + Nook, open living space

Great room

Gourmet Kitchen with Wolf Appliances

Children's room


Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom, European frameless style cabinets, Restoration Hardware plumbing fixures

Lucca Backyard

Hello, neighbors in the backyard...yes, you'll see them.

Posted in Communities
March 20, 2018

My Experience with University Veterinary Center


Chinese Version

I have a Cat sister named Kitty aka Mei Mei (Little sister in Chinese). I never called her Kitty myself, just a name I use when going to the Vet. She had been with me since college, the “person” I wanted to see the most when I get home. Mei was around 19 or 20 years old, and that would be equivalent to the human age of 96 to 100 years old. She had kidney disease due to old age as well as hyperthyroidism. My old vet told me there’s not much he can do due to her age, the kidney failure would happen eventually to all cats but what I can do is try to give her a quality of life. He told me he wouldn’t be able to treat hyperthyroidism because it would worsen the kidney, so his suggestion was to go back every few months and do blood tests to monitor her. That’s what I did, and every time I go back, the result would be receiving a call from the assistant that the result is not good with no solution in sight. I started to wonder what is the point of going back to the vet only result in stressing the heck out of Mei every time. 

I found University Veterinary Center based on great reviews and I wanted a second opinion. The minute I stepped into the office, I was so surprised, it was the first time I saw Mei so calm in the hospital. She let the assistant held her! Later the Vet told me they use Feliway (feline pheromones diffuser) to make the cat’s visit less stressful. I really appreciated that because the old vet would just give her a shot to calm her down and I saw Mei threw up afterward. I hated going to the vet to see her in discomfort as much as Mei herself.

The University Veterinary Center was clean with a professional facility. I never had to wait long, and to me that was impressive.

Dr. Ash listened patiently to what I have to say, and I didn't feel rushed. He explained to me what was going on with Mei’s body and wanted to know what would be my goal for Mei. Fast forward, Mei passed away during the Chinese New Year, but throughout the treatment period, non-stop crying, it felt everyone tried their best and wanted to make Mei feel as comfortable as we can. What I most appreciated from this hospital was they cared, and you can feel it. It felt different from all the former vet hospitals I been. Not just Dr. Ash, the whole staff members were patient and kind. I thank Mei for her existence and thank Dr. Ash as a caring human being with professional knowledge.

Mei Mei

University Veterinary Center

(714) 551-9911

1716 W Glenoaks Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801