Real Estate


On the market: A Smithcliffs custom estate offers unparalleled ocean vistas and incredibly rare amenities.

By Alexandria Abramian

This four-bedroom, nine-bathroom home also responds to its unique location by integrating Smithcliffs iconic pine trees into its design. Coastal pines provide natural coverage for a series of outdoor areas, including an outdoor dining area off the kitchen as well as a series of patios, decks, and hidden gardens, which are found on both floors.

“You walk into this home and you are truly transported to another place,” says listing agent Amy Calvert of The Smith Group. “To see that cove from above with the boats coming in an out? It’s one of the best views of Emerald Bay.”

The grandeur of the location is reflected within the home itself where an array of settings effortlessly connect, welcoming both grand-scale entertaining and relaxed everyday living. Sand-colored stone and natural woods are used throughout the open-concept main level living areas, which include a foyer with a floating spiral staircase, a great room that opens to the main terrace via glass sliding doors, and a fully appointed kitchen with custom wood cabinetry. A formal dining room opens to the outdoors via newer Fleetwood French doors.

But Calvert is quick to point out that it isn’t just the views, along with the Italian villa-inspired design and craftsmanship, that make the home exceptional. There’s also the little detail of its sprawling, 11-car subterranean garage. “Only four homes have sold in Laguna Beach with more than a 10 or more car garage. Add to the fact that this is located in a gated community and you have an exceptional opportunity to purchase a large estate home where homes are typically smaller,” says Calvert of the area that has fewer than 25 homes in Smithcliffs, a tight-knit community known for its privacy and security.

And for the non-car collecting home buyer? Calvert adds that the garage level also includes a gym, bathroom, kitchenette as well as—wait for it—indoor pickleball court. “The current owners only park two cars there and use the space for a variety of other activities.”  

The home is listed for $12.9m by Amy Calvert of The Smith Group.

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