Sojourn to Italy through three levels of architectural splendor that rise to a rare and spectacular 35-foot build height atop the highest point of Crystal Cove.
The fascinating visual journey inside this five bedroom, nine bath residence begins with classic details borrowed from centuries of Italian innovation and continues with 180-degree coastal vistas reserved for the very pinnacle of Newport Coast. The stunning result? A triumphant collaboration of uninhibited talent, master craftsmanship and artful vision. Its setting from this approximately 21,984 square foot lot affords breathless views of Catalina Island and the harbor by day and the city’s own constellation of twinkling lights by night.
Dramatic rooms scale and soaring ceilings sing an aria fit for the palace halls of Old Europe. Epic proportions and quietly elegant environments complete a flowing, open floor plan that leads gracefully from land to sea. The moment one eases open the dual mahogany doors into the two-story foyer, an unmistakable air of divine grandeur takes hold. Under the towering almost 26-foot high entry with a Bleu Chinois limestone checkerboard underfoot, the ocean is already in view, casting its trance-like allure. Past the fireside library/office, formal living room, and jewel box dining room with silver-leaf ceiling, more casual living quarters border the sea. Here, like a relic borrowed from the Colosseum’s façade, a trio of formal arches accented by Corinthian columns frame the mighty Pacific. On one side, relax in an airy family room with pocketing doors, flanked by a guest suite and chef’s kitchen with a bay window and breakfast nook. On the other, savor vast views from the covered loggia with barbeque, freestanding spa, heated Italian cabana and infinity-edge pool.
No expense has been spared in the flawless execution of this custom masterpiece. Miele appliances, a laundry room with twin Electrolux washers and dryers, an elevator and a subterranean eight to ten-car garage keep fine company with an array of intricately coffered ceilings and ornately tiled floors. Like a silk scarf on the breeze, an unfurling swirl of a floating staircase connects the downstairs wet bar, game room/den, temperature- controlled wine cellar and private home theater to the upstairs retreats. In the master, dual bathrooms present steam showers, freestanding tubs and a pair of French doors to catch the balmy ocean air.
From the subtle shimmer of metallic grasscloth, the flash of star-shaped chrome knobs and the reflected prisms from morning sun glinting off custom chandeliers to the juxtaposition of rustic wood ceiling beams—longitude in one room, latitude in the next—each evocative detail adds to this distinguished gallery of residential achievement. Year round, the multiple outdoor loggias and balconies inspire spontaneous al fresco vignettes. This one-of-a-kind estate reveals itself over time, encapsulating the best of Italian architecture and California coastal ease in one magnificent destination.