Laguna Beach home of Wrigley heir and longtime Catalina Island leader for sale at $11.9 million

A historic, oceanfront Laguna Beach home owned by an heir to the Wrigley chewing gum fortune who was a longtime Catalina Island leader and conservationist is on the market at $11.9 million.

Set on a bluff in Woods Cove, the house belonged to Paxson “Packy” Headley Offield, property records show. Offield, great-grandson of William Wrigley Jr., had been battling leukemia. He died in June at age 63.

The four-bedroom residence, built in the early 1920s, was designed by architect Jean L. Egasse and is “one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts style in Laguna Beach,” according to John Stanaland of HOM Sotheby’s International Realty, who has the listing. The house has been preserved and is eligible for the National Registry of Historic Places, Stanaland said.

With 2,000 square feet of living space, the two-level home has a kitchen updated in keeping with its original style, a separate carriage house and private access to the sand.

Offield was the board chairman, president and CEO of the Santa Catalina Island Company for 30 years, according to The Catalina Islander. Wrigley Jr. had acquired the company, which controlled the island, in 1919 for $3.5 million. The company still owns much of the island’s roads and parks, the Islander reported, and subsidizes the cost of running the city of Avalon.

The founding chairman of the board of the Catalina Island Conservancy, Offield also had directed the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California and sat on numerous boards of organizations dedicated to preservation, earning awards for his work.

He “took every chance he could to promote the beauty and importance of healthy oceans, lakes and rivers,” his obituary stated.

Egasse, the architect of the Laguna home, originally was from France but spent the last decade of his life designing what became landmark Laguna Beach buildings, according to a historic resources inventory undertaken in the 1980s.

They included homes in Crescent Bay and on North Coast Highway, as well as some commercial structures.

The North Coast Highway home, with turrets, gables and gothic arches, was described in the document as “in that category of dream houses which lends a delightful fairy tale ambiance to Laguna Beach.”

View From the Pier: Cost of Arduous Move Worth Sentimental Value

The View from the Pier By Herman Sillas

The View from the Pier By Herman Sillas

By Herman Sillas

We moved! The first day two “packers” came and put our possessions into boxes, but they ran out of boxes. The packers assured us the “haulers” would bring boxes the next day.

The “haulers” arrived with a big truck…but no boxes. “Haulers never bring boxes,” they said. Finally, a fellow from the company’s warehouse came out with more boxes. The four haulers carried boxes and furniture from our unit to the truck until late in the afternoon. Then I was told the truck was full, and I still had a garage filled with boxes and paintings.

What do you mean, you have no more room?” I asked. “Your guy came out and took notes of what was included,” I said with irritation.

I slowly explained that everything had to be out today because the buyer was moving in the next day. They said it was not safe to put anything more on the truck. Options were explored. All were unsatisfactory to me. After 30 minutes of discussion, I reluctantly agreed to pay extra for a second trip on the same day. My father’s words came to mind, “It is only money.”

Then as we prepared to take the first load, the truck wouldn’t start. I could only laugh. If I didn’t, I would have cried.

This can’t be happening, I thought. I felt I was in some kind of a reality show. This was too funny. With the use of a battery cable, the truck started and followed me to our new home. The night return trip to get the rest of our goods was without incident, except that a good neighbor called me on my cell phone to tell me that a big truck was in front of my garage and guys were taking everything out of it. I thanked him for the call and let him know I was there. Cora and I were in our new home with boxes and an assembled bed by 10 p.m. that evening. Our bodies had checked out around 7 p.m.

The next day two “un-packers” came. They emptied the boxes and placed the contents where Cora directed. When they finished, their boss spoke to me by phone. He had read my written evaluation sent with the haulers and apologized for the mistakes. He offered to reduce the charges. I accepted his gesture. As Cora and I retired that evening, we looked at each other and agreed we would never move again.

A lot of time had passed from the days when we were a young couple and called on family and friends to move us. What happened in between?

Over the last 50-plus years, Cora and I have accumulated “stuff.” Why? Preparing for this move, I went through boxes, drawers and shelves. The contents took me on a memory journey. I saw photos of family, friends, events, letters, greeting cards and items that brought back past incidents—some pleasant, some not so pleasant.

Why save all this? Was I afraid to offend the sender? On the one hand the items are part of history. I have letters my dad and mom wrote to each other while courting. The writings reflect an era.

I think when we save items, we intend to review them later and get rid of what we don’t need. We don’t really “need” any of the stuff, but tossing out these items is like throwing away a part of us. We convince ourselves that maybe someone else might be interested in the contents or in our lives. Historians love this kind of material. It gives an insight into the times of regular people. Who knows, maybe in the future all a family’s “stuff” will be stored in an Internet cloud somewhere and all that need be moved are clothes and furniture. That’s the view from the pier.

Herman Sillas can be found on most early morning weekends fishing at the San Clemente Pier. He may be reached at

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San Clemente Oktoberfest at Elks Lodge Saturday

. . A scene from last year's San Clemente Oktoberfest. Photo: Courtesy A scene from last year’s San Clemente Oktoberfest. Picture: Politeness San Clemente Times The third annual San Clemente Oktoberfest is established for Saturday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Elks Lodge parking area, 1505 N. El Camino Real in San Clemente. The occasion includes food vehicles– offering authentic German price, sandwiches, tacos as well as deals with– craft beer, games, competitions, prizes and also live music. Local craft breweries Pizza Port, Left Coast, Artifex and Ballast Factor will get on hand. Bands consist of Schwaubapower, Tunnel Vision, Common Sense and Flashpants. Presale tickets($9 to$25)as well as a complete occasion schedule are offered online at

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Orange Diocese’s former home to become gated home community

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. ORANGE– Strategies to knock down the Marywood Pastoral Facility, formerly residence to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, were accepted by the Orange City board on Tuesday, progressing a task to create a single-family gated community on the commercial property.

The Marywood Pastoral University at 2811 East Villareal Drive was constructed in 1961 and was run by the Siblings of Divine superintendence as an all-girls Catholic institution until purchased by the Diocese of Orange in 1979 for usage as its main area.

After relocating to Christ Cathedral – previously Crystal Sanctuary – in 2013, the Diocese listed the 16-acre commercial property for $2.75 million. The New House Co., a programmer, purchased the apartment in 2013 and also has actually spent the interim functioning to get the documents necessary to change the location right into 40 separated homes in a gated neighborhood.

The council approved the last ecological impact report and also tract map for the job Tuesday, providing it the go on for demolition in early 2016.

The layout for the new community consists of 40 two-story homes ranging 4 to five bed rooms and 3,800 to 4,400 square feet. The community would certainly have a house owners organization. Vice head of state as well as local supervisor of The New Residence Co., Douglas Woodward, claimed he expects the residences will market in an array of regarding $1 million to $1.5 million.

“I see the steeple from my backyard,” said neighboring resident Peter Homer at Tuesday’s meeting. “I think New House Co. is visiting be a great neighbor, yet there are a several points they could enhance. We (close-by homeowners) are not a fan of gates … If you have to have entrances, maintain ’em open throughout the day.”

Homer was one of a number of residents who spoke out at the conference with issues regarding the commercial property. Some had problems with the layout, such as gates, while others expressed fear that the apartment would certainly trigger traffic problems nearby.

Woodward stated to attend to these worries, The New House Co. would certainly keep an open pedestrian entrance for area members to walk through as well as prepares to repaint the neighboring road and also add a stop indication to alleviate feasible web traffic problems consisting of speeding.

As a result of the site’s historical importance, The New Residence Co. also intends to have a historical website at the entryway of the area including a plaque with Marywood’s history and also some items of the building’s design. The Diocese of Orange is also recycling parts of the structure as well as tarnished glass in parishes in Orange Region.

Demolition is anticipated to begin in very early 2016, and also the initial model houses are slated to be complete in very early 2017.

Photos: Anniversary Tribute Held in San Clemente

A special tribute and plaque dedication was part of the ceremony today, dedicated to the memory of the fallen Marines of HMLA-469. Thank you to our grateful community for being part of this special ceremony and for your ongoing support of San Clemente’s adopted units, the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines and the HMLA-469..

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