When shopping for a new home everyone has a wish list, but does yours include a bathroom with a shower so large it is measured in square footage, or a secret entrance for your car, a closet bigger than a shoe store, your own pub and movie theater or ocean views from every room in the house? The following five homes for sale in Orange County were built on dreams that stretched the imagination. The creators of these exquisite homes definitely colored outside the lines and went beyond the average architectural design. If you want a home that is a conversation piece in Orange County, consider one of the following.
007 Style — Laguna Beach
Listing Price: $8,750,000
Bond, yes James Bond would be jealous of this oceanfront home. Hidden from plain view this striking contemporary beach/ocean-front residence takes living and entertaining to a new level. The home is situated on a quiet, private street and the entryway is only revealed to the owner and their guests via a “secret” entry. You will drive your car into a state-of-the-art, three-car garage that displays a commercial grade hydraulic lift with subterranean parking. Your car will serve as an art installation in the entry gallery. Once you arrive inside the gallery, you can enjoy the ocean views. The home is surrounded by disappearing walls and doors of glass, which open to terraces with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, the Laguna Beach coastline and beyond. Bond would be so lucky to have the rare direct beach access to beach coves via the secured staircase. The stylish floor plan includes four en-suite bedrooms, five baths, office, library, media game room and more. The master bedroom opens to a large wraparound deck with 180-degree views. The furnishings by Minotti Italy are included.
A Dream Closet and Garage — Newport Coast
Listing Price: $12,995,000
Set behind the guarded gated community of Chrystal Cove, this stunning Santa Barbara-style estate offers panoramic ocean views. On a sunny day, you can enjoy views of Catalina Island and Newport Harbor. The closet in this estate is made for a resident who can fill it to the brim. Set off the master bath, the master suite includes not just one bath, but two. The main level offers a wood-paneled library, office, living and dining great room. The beautiful kitchen opens to a family room with ocean views, an additional bedroom suite and separate guest casita. The subterranean area has a workout room, sports bar, recreation area, and a wine cellar with tasting room. The house does not stop there – it also features a powder room, a wrapping room, and large theater room, which features an approximately 135-inch screen, projector and 7.1, surround-sound AV equipment. A car enthusiast would love the garage that fits eight vehicles.
Fit For a Princess — Newport Coast
Listing Price: $35,000,000
This grand estate sprawls over two lots in Newport Coast’s Chrystal Cove community. This three-level home is close to 18,600 square feet with panoramic ocean views from every room on the upper level. The subterranean garage has enough room for 10 cars and a gym with a shower and steam room. The estate also offers a 16-seat theater, sports pub, wine room with enough storage space to hold 1,200 bottles of wine. The home is fit for a king or queen but a prince or princess could easily feel at ease in this grand home where many rooms are fitted with reclaimed antique fireplaces.
Medici Villa Style in the OC — Corona del Mar
Listing Price: $20,995,000
Villa Lungo Mare, was inspired by the 16th and 17th century Medici Villas found in Florence. This five bedroom, eight bath home has four floors accessible by two elevators and a garage with an elevator for nine cars. The home’s Italian architecture is finished with travertine from the Yucatan Peninsula on the exterior. The kitchen has granite counters, maple cabinets, travertine floors, walnut floors from Gaetano, teak doors, tilt-and-turn windows from France, and all bathrooms have stone counters. Crestron system lights, audio, window coverings, HVAC and alarms accessible by smartphone or iPad.
Landmark on the California Riviera — Linda Isle, Newport Beach
Listing Price: $24,500,000
This home is a true landmark in Newport Beach and it is for sale. Situated on the best swaths of the Bay front with more than 133 feet of Newport Harbor frontage, this home also has a dock for a 130-foot yacht. The home offers spectacular views of the Turning Basin and Main Channel. According to the MLS, gifted artisans working in the mediums of stone, tile, mosaics, iron, wood, plaster, paint, bronze and textiles, created this masterpiece in fine living. Sited on a large waterfront lot at the tip of prestigious, guard-gated Linda Isle, this home offers plenty of privacy and serenity.
Michelle Mears-Gerst is a writer in South Orange County and can be found at @sunnynsocal. Her dream home was the Medici Villa but since they all had great kitchens she would be thrilled to call any one of them home.