I have a friend who calls them Champagne Problems. You’ll get all huffy and puffy, complaining about something that is ruining your day, or worse, “your life”, and he’ll shake his head and say “champagne problems”… and put you in your place. You know, when your cordless vacuum won’t hold a charge for more than 5 minutes or when your Apple Watch makes a rash on your wrist. Champagne Problems. When 3 days of hot weather “ruins” pumpkin spice season, or when the laundry is in the garage. Yes, Ophelia is guilty of complaining about Champagne Problems!
Really, aren’t we all lucky that we aren’t headed down to the river to wash our clothes on a rock? (I’m not even sure how that works, but I’ve heard stories that people do that) And when the dining room is “too far” from the kitchen, aren’t we lucky that both of those rooms exist and that the house is big enough to allow them to be so far apart? Real Estate is a rapidly appreciating asset, especially in our area! Even if our houses aren’t our ideal dream, they are increasing in value every day and are a roof over our heads every night. How lucky we are!
I’ve written about the deal breakers, but here’s the flip side. There are things that may seem like a negative feature but, really? If you take a step back, they’re really just Champagne Problems.
My first “Champagne Problems” house for the week is 2593 Willo Lane in Costa Mesa. Despite being located on a street with an odd spelling of a word we all thought we knew, this house has a lot going for it! It is spacious, spacious, spacious, without feeling cavernous or pretentious. The city is Costa Mesa but the property is a few blocks from the Newport Beach border, Back Bay, and all that area has to offer. The 8,400 square foot lot has a beautiful majestic tree that is the centerpiece of the backyard and was one of my favorite features. It is described as “Cliff May inspired” and the house holds great architectural appeal. The vaulted ceiling in the living room has clerestory windows that give both the living room and the upstairs master an open, airy feeling. So what exactly are the Champagne Problems? The biggest is that it is located under the take-off pattern from John Wayne airport. Was there noise? Yes, but the house was still oddly peaceful. I couldn’t quite understand the contradiction of this house so close to the airport having such a private and serene “feel” to it. It may have been that giant tree in the back yard that watches over the house with it’s long branches, stretching out for protection. The house has recently been updated and the cabinets and counter tops didn’t have the highest quality feel. That said, they are brand-new cabinets and counter tops, as well as appliances. It’s hard to complain about that. The master suite has a bit of a quirky layout, with some bright yellow and blue tile in the giant tub and separate shower. Champagne problems. It’s a huge tub, separate shower, has a great big closet, some built-in drawers, and a balcony off the bathroom! Yes, the laundry was in the garage. And there was no direct access from the garage to the house. I started making mental plans to move the laundry inside, perhaps up to the big quirky master bath, but until that happened, I could walk myself out to my clean, carpeted garage and be grateful that I wasn’t hefting my laundry bag over my shoulder and getting on the city bus to the laundromat with a sock full of a quarters.
I give 2593 Willo Lane an easy 7 hearts out of 10. It is welcoming, interesting, full of details and interest, and lives much larger than it’s 2182 square feet. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
The second house of the week that is experiencing a few Champagne Problems is 1535 Caribbean Way in Laguna Beach. This home is “contemporary ranch” style and holds great appeal for anyone who appreciates minimalism. Gallery white walls, polished concrete floors, an unexpected surprise pool in the front courtyard and serene ocean views from the other side of the house. One of my favorite features was the transom window above the front door that can pivot open with the door or swing independently if desired. At “only” 1524 square feet, it’s not for everyone (although most of our parents grew up in far smaller with plenty of siblings!) There were plans laid out in the kitchen for an expansion plan that capitalized on the hillside part of the lot, allowing the house to have a “proper” master suite, in case you were insulted by the current one. The minimal aesthetic meant that storage felt a little tight, especially in the kitchen, where there were no upper cabinets. An easy fix would be open shelving, but there was certainly room to install upper cabinets if you desired. Secondary bedrooms were on the “pool side” of the house, but only had windows in that direction. I’d love to have sliders out to the pool. The house was fairly high in the hills, up some windy roads, but did I mention the fabulous ocean views and breezes? And if I really wanted to nitpick the details, I would wish that the pool were on the side of the house that had the ocean views, but that is a definite Champagne Problem!
I give 1535 Caribbean Way 7 hearts. The house had a great feel, gorgeous views, a nice pool and jacuzzi, and some beautiful quality finishes and details. The exterior was somewhat nondescript and the floor plan didn’t hold any real excitement but it didn’t have any glaring flaws either. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
Despite the recent hot spell, Fall is here. Thanksgiving is approaching, but do we need to wait for the end of November to be grateful for all of the luxuries in our lives? If you are purchasing a home, any home, aren’t you already living the American dream? If you are reading this blog, you must have some sort of electronic device that allows you to do so – how lucky you are! If you have the privilege to be surfing the web on a personal computer or laptop, you are, indeed, more privileged than 95 percent of the world’s population. If you still aren’t convinced that you are lucky, here is another statistic for you: More than 80% of the world’s population lives on $10 a day. The next time your problems get you down, ask yourself if perhaps they are just Champagne Problems. Enjoy our lovely weather, hug a loved one, and have a great week!