Hotel Laguna Press Release | January 11, 2019

Historic Hotel Laguna Lease Brokered by Aaron Valenty and Mark D. Simon

Of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

New lessees intend to restore and improve the downtown beachfront icon

The landmark Hotel Laguna in Laguna Beach is due for a grand makeover after the beachfront property was acquired in a ground lease brokered by Aaron Valenty and Mark D. Simon in the Corona del Mar office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

New lessees The Honarkar Family/Laguna Beach Company LLC plan a multimillion-dollar interior renovation and exterior upgrade to return the hotel’s original allure and essence. The new lease includes Cliff Village restaurant and bar; the Laguna Vistas mixed use 15-unit residential/retail property; several lots; and a parking lot.


“I am so pleased to have been a part of this historic transaction,” Aaron said. “This group of properties, and specifically the Hotel Laguna, represents many of Laguna’s most Iconic landmarks. The revitalization of this property will bring back Hotel Laguna’s original charm and luster, yet will include 21st century interior upgrades.

“I certainly will always be proud to say I played a role in making sure this historic property shines well into the 22nd century and beyond. The Hotel Laguna was one of the first hotels in town. I have heard countless people reminiscing with great fondness about vacationing there. And, of course, thousands have chosen Hotel Laguna as the site for their nuptials, as well. I can say from firsthand knowledge that Hotel Laguna is now in extremely capable hands. Under the Honarkar family’s guidance, I know that these properties will continue to be the heart and soul of Laguna Beach for generations to come.”

One of the only California beachfront hotels with a grandfathered liquor license for serving alcoholic beverages on the sand, the landmark 68-room oceanfront inn was built in 1930 in the Mission Revival style. It began in 1888 as a 14-bedroom inn by Laguna Beach pioneer Henry Goff, and was developed and expanded into the largest building in town in 1895 by Joseph Yoch, another early settler.

The hotel later became a popular destination for celebrity guests and local elite to gather and stay. It was a popular destination for Hollywood stars such as John Barrymore, Errol Flynn, Rosalind Russell, Humphrey Bogart, and Lauren Bacall, with many guestrooms named after them.

The new lessees are eager to restore and upgrade the downtown icon. “We look forward to working with our team on bringing the Hotel Laguna back to life for all to enjoy,” said Mohammad Honarkar of Laguna Beach Company LLC. “Working with Aaron, Mark, and the Commercial Division of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties made this a smooth, seamless transaction. Their market knowledge and professionalism throughout were greatly appreciated.”

Aaron and Mark are experts in commercial and residential properties in Orange County and beyond. Contact Aaron Valenty at 949-228-4148 mobile, and, or Mark D. Simon at 949-872-8322 mobile, and

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By CoastMag | August 14, 2015


The picturesque coastal hills of Crystal Cove offer a lifestyle that harmoniously combines luxury living with nature for the residents of these homes within this secure, gated enclave.

“You have the safety of the 24-hour guard gate and a shopping center featuring world-class restaurants within walking distance” says Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices realtor Aaron Valenty. “You are also neighboring California state beaches and can be assured those are never going to be developed.”

As a real estate agent who fell in love with the Crystal Cove community from its inception, Valenty is well acquainted with what these extraordinary and coveted Spanish-style homes have to offer. After previewing the model home phase, Valenty knew he wanted to dedicate his career to the neighborhood and its development.

“Whether you are a young single professional, retired or a family, it is a very inviting community,” says Valenty. “There are a lot of events in the community centered around kids, from their Easter egg hunt to their Halloween event.”

Available properties range from detached condos to custom homes, all nestled cozily between Crystal Cove State Beach and the El Moro Canyon Trails that separate Crystal Cove and Laguna Beach. Homeowners enjoy access to infinite open spaces and protected lands, thriving with marine and wildlife.

“The views are spectacular,” says Valenty, and with mostly single loaded streets, the exceptional planning of this community certainly capitalizes on them. “They are some of the best in all of Orange County!”

OC Register Article | January 12th, 2015

Scott MacDonald, regional vice president and managing broker for the Newport Beach office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, welcomes Aaron Valenty. A local small business owner with a background in the financial services industry, Valenty has been involved in real estate since 2004.

aaronHaving previously worked as a financial advisor and mortgage broker, Valenty is uniquely qualified to help his clients evaluate their options when considering a loan. Over the course of his career he has received several top sales accolades, a fact he credits to his focus on providing prompt communications and honest advice.

With a mother who was a real estate broker in Orange County, Valenty got his first exposure to the industry at a young age. “The insights and knowledge that I gained from watching my mom have proven to be invaluable,” says Valenty, who began his career as a real estate assistant for his mother.

Born and raised in Orange County with 10 years under his belt specifically in Newport Beach, Valenty has strong ties in the local neighborhoods and a vast understanding of the nuances that each have to offer. “As a native Aaron has a strong knowledge of our community. That’s the kind of strength that he brings to his clients,” acclaims MacDonald.

Outside of real estate, Valenty has opened two restaurants. “Staying active and being healthy is very important to me,” adds Valenty.

Aaron Valenty can be contacted through Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ Newport Beach office at 949-228-4148, or via e-mail at