Best Of :: Shopping & Services
If you believe a top perk of city living is leaving the car in the garage and walking a minute or two to nearby shops, then the Residences at Bella Terra can't be beat. Located in the inland portion of Huntington Beach near the 405 freeway and Beach Boulevard, the relatively new luxury complex is a four-story visual delight. Units contain gourmet kitchens with stainless-steel appliances, porcelain-tile showers and floor plans that expertly use less-than-abundant space. There's also a 2-acre park, a fitness center, a pool and spa, a media room, and electric-vehicle charging stations in a multilevel parking garage. Back to the initial convenience point: A treasure trove of shopping, dining and entertainment is steps away, including Whole Foods, Costco, Kohls, Corner Bakery, Old Navy, Cheesecake Factory, Peets, Islands, Barnes & Noble, and Century Theatres. For those in a hurry to dine, Solita, a popular Mexican restaurant/bar, is located in the building.
Readers’ Choice: Astoria at Central Park West
It's really the only mall that showcases everything Orange County has to offer: ocean views, sunny skies, expensive restaurants and lots of dogs. On top of four major department stores—Bloomingdales, Macy's, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom—Fashion Island is home to more than 100 other retailers. From affordable wear, designer goods and body-care products to cars, furniture and electronics, this shopping haven has you covered. Not in the mood for shopping? Take a ride at SoulCycle, relax at Big Newport, or kick back and watch people nearly trip into the koi pond—it happens more often than you think.
Readers’ Choice: South Coast Plaza
All the boards UsedSurf takes in on consignment are in excellent condition and available via an online catalog—they have around 400 at any given time and will ship nationally. Or go to the San Clemente warehouse, a.k.a. the Factory, to browse in person or order a custom design from Edit Industries. UsedSurf stocks an extensive array of board fins and offers a board-rental service, too. Ask for Mo.
Readers’ Choice: The Frog House
The name says it all, kids: SAVAGE!
Readers’ Choice: E-cig Emporium
Ditch the time-consuming mess that happens daily with mascara and schedule an appointment with Megan Dunning at Luscious Lashes. Relax in a big, comfy recliner with a super-soft blanket while Dunning, who is somewhat of a perfectionist, works her eyelash-extension magic. When she's finished, be ready for all the compliments, as well as the questions as to where you got them done. The long, full lashes will last three to four weeks, and the best part is it looks as if you're wearing make-up when you're not.
A thousand pounds of Epsom salts will get anyone, no matter how dense the bones, a feeling of weightlessness. You will float. In your own private room, you step naked from the shower to the tank. The water is warm, and while you float, no sound or light will distract you from a trip into a theta-wave state of mind. Claustrophobes can float with the tank door wide open and advance to it being propped open a little bit with a towel. That zero-gravity sensation isn't only for space travelers.