This Corona del Mar home is so drought-friendly, the trees are made of steel!

nufvsl-20995763405e40b2a904ckSome listings for homes on the market in Orange County reflect the trend toward water-wise landscaping. Instead of lush, green lawns, the photos show front yards with drought-tolerant or native plants.

A Corona del Mar homeseller takes it a step further.

In the front yard at 606 Marguerite Ave. is not a tree, but a 15-foot high steel sculpture of a tree.

The courtyard holds a second tree, one fashioned from stainless steel and bronze.

Built in 1949, the 1,485-square-foot, mid-century modern home listed at $1.75 million is currently configured as a duplex, with each unit having one bedroom and one bathroom. The remodeled front section includes a kitchen with top-of-the-line European appliances and hardwood floors throughout.

Listing agent Kim Walker of Surterre Properties said the place also could be converted back into a two-bedroom house.

The environmentally-friendly residence includes low LED lights, water-efficient faucets and bathroom fixtures, green insulation (denim jeans) and Energy Star appliances. The lawn was replaced by drought-tolerant and California native plants, grasses and succulents.

Homeseller Sarah A Wilkinson, an artist, said her contemporary garden was inspired by the coastline, with “seven bands of green–blue pebbles and white shells and grasses to reflect the waves of the ocean.”

Prominently displayed in the front yard is the steel tree, titled ‘Uprooted.’ The sculpture, Wilkinson said, “represents how our natural and man-made environments are uprooted by disasters – tsunamis,earthquakes, hurricanes, storms, tornadoes, floods, wildfires and oil spills.”

The piece was displayed as part of an exhibit at the Port of San Diego.

In the courtyard, Uprooted II, the other sculpted tree, also functions as a love seat. It formerly was on display in Sydney, Australia and outside the Newport Beach City Council chambers.

Wilkinson said both trees are negotiable.

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Written by: Marilyn Kalfus


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