Why Our Family Calls Mesa Verde Home, An Interview With Jim and Isabel Kerins

Jim and Isabell Kerins, Mesa Verde residents for the past 15 years, know a wonderful community when they see it. That’s because this property power couple are among the nation’s leading experts in community design and development. Jim’s company - Kerins Color Design - works with leading homebuilders to select the exterior materials and home hues that will appeal to homeowners today, and for years to come. As Director for John Burns Real Estate Consulting and curator of its renowned Design Lens residential community design trend service, Isabell also has her fingers on the pulse of what’s new, next, and enduring when it comes to exterior and interior design. Jim is an important part of the Miraval development and design team, leveraging his exterior colors and materials expertise - and his love for the Mesa Verde community he calls home - to create warm and inviting homes that will have an instant sense of place and belonging in this beloved neighborhood. We recently sat down with Jim to get his thoughts on why he loves calling Mesa Verde “home.”

Q:  How long have you lived in Mesa Verde? Why is Mesa Verde a great place to live?

A:  We’ve lived here for 15 years, but I’ve spent the last 40 years in and around Mesa Verde for its casual, informal lifestyle, amazing local amenities and wonderful, friendly neighbors who love the community like we do. I like to bicycle to the store everyday or to the beach on the river trail or to SOCO on the weekends. I also enjoy being near the freeway so I can be anywhere in OC in 15 minutes.

Q:  Where are your favorite places to go near Mesa Verde?

A:  I like riding my bike to Sprouts every evening to get fresh food for dinner. I also enjoy riding with my kids to the Farmers Market at SOCO on Saturdays. SOCO/OC Mix is a great place for design inspiration or to just hang out. It is modern and minimal in style, but not sterile or industrial, just casual and cool with a lot of new places to eat. Mesa Verde is very bikeable and The Camp and The Lab centers are just a few miles away. The Mesa Verde Library is cool place to hang out, too. Studio 1980 in Westside Costa Mesa is nearby and great for figure drawing and Taco Mesa on 19th Street is delicious.

Q:  From a design perspective, how is Mesa Verde unique among other Southern California communities?

A:  Mesa Verde is unique and desirable for many reasons. I love the casual, unpretentious feel of Mesa Verde, with its low-profile homes, large back yards (up to a quarter acre) and curvilinear streets. In Mesa Verde, floor plans are classic L or T shape so the homes are filled with natural light. Driveways are straight and turn in to avoid repetition. The diverse materials and colors on all the common walls, the large, tree-lined streets, and the unique personalization of each home through color, architectural accents - even handmade gates - give Mesa Verde charm. One of my favorite homes in Mesa Verde has a miniature working lighthouse on the roof!