Chuck Buscemi—current operating head of First Team’s Buscemi, Noonan & Associates, the preeminent real estate experts within the niche marketplace that comprises Belmont Shore, Seal Beach, Surfside Colony, Sunset Beach, Huntington Harbour and downtown Huntington Beach, with consistent annual transactions in Newport Beach, Corona del Mar and Newport Coast—is a hardworking individual. So much so, that when asked what he enjoys doing for fun, he quips about selling homes. When asked a rephrased version of the question—the second time, on how he and his family enjoy spending their free time—he speaks fondly to two of his greatest passions, which in his mind remain inextricably connected.
“We love to travel,” Chuck reveals, “and although we live on the water, in Surfside, our vacation destinations almost always involve a beach. We were recently in Puerto Vallarta, and soon we’ll be headed to the U.S. Virgin Islands. About four years ago, we took the kids to explore Italy, which they’d never done before. We love short trips, too—Hawaii, Austin, Scottsdale and Palm Desert are our favorite destinations for quick getaways.”
Whether you ask Buscemi’s family, his clientele or his peers, the man deserves a moment away from the grind once in a while. Having sold more than $1 billion in residential real estate over the course of his career, his name is practically synonymous with the real estate markets that line Orange County’s coast. When he’s not leveraging his more than 40 years of highly focused local experience to help clients buy and sell homes, he’s providing mentorship to his team, which over the years has grown to include a total of 10 agents.
“About a year ago, we moved into our new boutique office in Sunset Beach,” Buscemi said. “Because the space took longer than anticipated to finish, we ended up postponing a trip to Spain we had planned—but that’s okay! We’re thrilled to be located directly in the heart of the community we serve. And we’ll make it to Spain one day soon.”
Canceling a Spanish holiday certainly sounds ill fated—if you’ve never paid a visit to the community of which Buscemi speaks. At its northern end, there’s Belmont Shore, the jewel of Long Beach best known for its vibrant shopping and dining scene. At its southern end, there’s the Newport/Corona del Mar area, which offers some of the most luxurious oceanfront living in the world. In between lie several of Orange County’s best-kept secrets. Situated just south of Belmont, Seal Beach is famous for its pier and charming downtown area. Surfside Colony—the gated enclave Buscemi calls home—is set against the crashing waves of its own semi-private beach and encompasses its own post office, along with just 282 houses. Sunset Beach, the quiet seaside town in which Buscemi’s office is located, is revered for its off-the-beaten-path surf spots, its picturesque green belt, and the seafood restaurant Captain Jack’s. Huntington Harbour offers residences on a handful of tiny islands, while downtown Huntington Beach—a place that’s undergone an incredible resurgence over the last decade—is known as Surf City USA.
“Cathy and I built our beach front home in Surfside in 2004, and have lived here since 1997. Before that, we lived in Huntington Harbour for over 20 years,” Buscemi noted. “We’ve not only worked in this area for more than three decades—we’ve resided here for the same amount of time. Throughout these years, we’ve focused first and foremost on giving our clientele the kind of attentive real estate service we’d want to enjoy ourselves. To say that doing so is a privilege would be a tremendous understatement. We love these communities so much that what we do for a living never really feels like work.”
In the 40-plus years Buscemi has lived and worked in coastal Orange County, he’s worked for only one brokerage—and because of this, he’s tremendously proud. The exclusive Orange County affiliate of Christie’s International Estates and the largest independent real estate brokerage in California, First Team offers its agents and brokers a level of support that remains unmatched—a fact Buscemi firmly believes gives his team an edge in the pursuit of their clients’ most important objectives. Considering they maintain the majority market share (and have for roughly 15 years) in their area of focus, it’s undeniable that the unique blend of knowledge and expertise offered by Buscemi, Noonan & Associates—strengthened by First Team’s many resources—is a winning one.