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Building green project

A groundbreaking ceremony for two Laguna beachfront residences took place July 23, with construction already underway. The two homes, developed by Tresor Properties, are designed to be highly eco-friendly and could be the “greenest” homes on the California coast, according to Tresor.

More than 100 people attended the ceremony with several dignitaries also in attendance, including Mayor Kelly Boyd and other city council members. Darren Moore, host of Planet Green Television’s “Alter Eco,” hosted the event.

“The Oceanfront project is the harmony of resource responsible building and luxury,” Moore said. “Now you can have both.”

Many involved in the project feel the new developments are a perfect match for the ideals of Laguna Beach.

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“In order to preserve the unparalleled natural beauty of Laguna, our community has long been on the forefront of environmental issues,” said Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson. “That’s why I commend Tresor Properties for this green development, one of the first of its kind in our city.”

The homes, located on prime coastline real estate, will offer views of Catalina Island and showcase numerous amenities, including terraces, pools, spas and new technology. But the luxurious benefits will be coupled with “green” sensibility.

“Upon completion, we expect the ultimate rating — a Platinum LEED certification — from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes Program,” said John Fischbeck, president of Tresor Properties.

The houses, which will be at 990 and 992 Ocean Front and will span 3,650 square feet and 4,500 square feet respectively, have been designed by architect Mark Singer of Laguna Beach, who is known for designing modern homes inspired by nature.

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The groundbreaking ceremony, matching the theme of the project, used eco-friendly procedures to power the event, which featured solar-powered sound equipment, and refreshments served in reusable glass containers.

Officials say the estimated completion for the residences is mid-2010, with grading on the half-acre site set to begin soon.

Surterre Properties, which is offering the homes for sale, is based in Newport Beach and Laguna. For more information on the properties call (949) 464-3200.



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