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John Whitledge of Trovata: Having an apartment above a service station isn’t something most people would desire — unless, of course, that station services classic cars and is in a building that's a protected landmark in Laguna Beach, California. Such is the life of Trovata's John Whitledge, who with his wife, Manuela, scored a two-bedroom apartment with ocean views in a building locals call The Boathouse. “I love running down to the beach for a quick surf or for a relaxing read on the sand,” he says. “Afterwards, I feel like I just came back from a nice vacation.”