Tresor Properties Builds First LEED Homes on the California Coastline

Tresor Properties Builds Eco-Luxe Homes on Laguna Beach Oceanfront

Laguna Beach has long been a source of inspiration for artists (the Plein Air school of landscape painting), television producers (MTV's Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County), and other innovators.

Construction at Laguna Beach Oceanfront

Now, this picturesque resort town is the setting for a major development in the eco-building movement, as Tresor Properties - a premier Laguna Beach-based real estate investment, construction and brokerage firm - builds the first U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes registered project on the California coastline.

With these two luxury oceanfront residences, Tresor Properties is pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council's highest "green" building rating - a Platinum designation. According to the Certified Projects Database at, there are only 81 LEED for Homes-certified Platinum projects completed in the world as of October 2009.

Tresor Properties' "Pursuit of Platinum" project is newsworthy not only for bringing a new level of eco-friendly homebuilding to the West Coast, but also for raising the bar for green living.

"With our Laguna Beach oceanfront residences we're making a clear statement that you don't have to sacrifice luxury and quality when you build green," says Ken Fischbeck, Vice President of Construction and Founding Partner, Tresor Properties. "Not only are we building to the highest level of energy efficiency and environmental sensitivity, we're also building with functionality, longevity, quality and beauty in mind."

Other luxury home brands that are committed to sustainability have joined the "Pursuing Platinum" project, demonstrating their support of Tresor Properties ushering in a new era of luxury green homebuilding. These firms include renowned German kitchen manufacturer Poggenpohl and Italian door and window makers STR Infissi.

"Combining high-end design with state-of-the-art building technologies is our passion, and that is why we are partnering with Tresor," says Ted Chappell, President of Poggenpohl U.S., Inc. "These homes will be among the greenest in the world and the design elements are stunning."

Other "Pursuing Platinum" project sponsors include Coastal Concrete, Hillcrest Framing, and B and D Plumbing.

The two U.S. Green Building Council Platinum LEED registered homes-in-progress are located at 990 and 992 Ocean Front, in the heart of Laguna Beach's sought-after "Village" district. Gracing two prime parcels of oceanfront land, the residences will feature views of the coastline, crashing whitewater and Catalina Island. Designed by prominent Laguna Beach architect Mark Singer - who is known for creating award-winning contemporary homes inspired by nature - the homes will encompass 3,650 square feet and 4,500 square feet, respectively, of casually elegant beachfront living. They also will feature expansive oceanfront terraces, private steps to the beach, pools, spas, elevators, three-car garages and state-of-the-art home automation technology. In addition to their anticipated receipt of the USGBC Platinum LEED designation, the homes also are planned to exceed California's current strict Title 24 requirements for energy efficiency building by more than 58 percent.

"High-end homebuyers have been waiting for this product - a house that blends luxury living with a beachfront location and environmental design," says real estate agent Marcus Skenderian of eco-brokerage Surterre Properties in Laguna Beach, who is part of a team representing the homes for sale. "We already have an impressive roster of interested clients and the buzz surrounding the properties is tremendous."

Estimated completion for the homes is mid-2010. Both residences are offered for sale by Surterre Properties, a leading luxury real estate firm that also is a green company and the only eco broker in Orange County.


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