The Best of All Worlds in Laguna Beach, $16MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 989 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach
What: Originally built in 1928, this graceful Mission/Mediterranean home occupies a coveted oceanfront outcropping on the edge of much-photographed Shaw’s Cove. Entry to the home is through a series of terraced gardens shielded from public view; another cascade of terraces provide direct beach access on the ocean side.
Mexican tiles and the wrought iron stair rail are original to the house.
Truly one-of-a-kind, the home has been lovingly restored and augmented over the years by the current owners, keeping the spirit close to its original roots. While it’s laid back and relaxed, this is not surfer decor– it’s a surprisingly elegant, restrained dwelling where the view is the star attraction.
What We Love: You’d have an excuse for gazing dreamily out the window all day and night. Aside from the lovely view down the coast, whales (apparently due to warming ocean water this year) are feeding and breaching closer to shore, putting on a show.
More: Check out this seductive video; there’s additional information and images at the listing. The property is co-listed by Hanz Radlein of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Michael Johnson of Villa Real Estate.