From sea to shining sea…

Since the beginning of the United States of America, eager colonists left Europe’s aristocracies to pursue their dream of owning real estate in the land of the free. Politicians have campaigned and debated, in hopes of being elected as President, to help Americans realize their dream of homeownership. Many people are curious about how political parties have impacted home prices in the past, how changes in 2017 may impact real estate and predictions in the luxury market. We read and we discuss.

The American dream of homeownership is still alive, and we thank Seven Gables Real Estate Agents for helping the community achieve their real estate dreams. What a time to be alive.

When you shyly ask yourself, what’s the difference between modern and contemporary design?

Well, everything. Lets break this down.

When a design style is Modern, we are referring to the specific time period between the 1920’s-1950’s. Modern was probably the contemporary of that time. Modern really refers to Mid-Century Modern, which is recognized by clean, unadorned interiors that use natural materials such as wood, leather, teak and linen. This includes stripped down, simple lined aesthetics of cube shaped structures with flat roofs and a greater use of exposed steel and concrete. In Modern architecture, form follows function and building designs are inspired by surrounding nature, see Frank Lloyd Wright for example. Modern design is set, defined and unchanging.

Mid Century Modern; notice the Eames lounge chair, use of wood and plants

Contemporary design is ever changing as a shifting group of recent styles and trends. Contemporary encompasses a range of styles developed in the second half of the 20th century, some are more playful with bright colors while others are more dramatic with a black-and-white palette. Contemporary by definition means “existing, occurring or living at the same time” and basically refers to what is in-style.

Contemporary Interior Design with a sleek black-and-white pallet

An Analysis of 2016 home listings through September said luxury homes described as Contemporary had a lower median listing price than Modern homes. Many ultra luxury buyers are drawn to Midcentury Modern but are opting for a blend of styles. “They want a modern home but with a little more of a soul, the cold minimalistic white box is on its way out”.

When your friend asks where to find Mid-Century Modern in Orange County…


Look no further than 1672 Sirrine Drive, North Tustin. With awe-inspiring architecture, grand custom pool and truly exquisite finishes, Sirrine Drive is a cinematic accomplishment.