While climbing onto the first rung of the property ladder is a tricky task for the average homebuyer, for billionaires, a sprawling mansion with an eight-figure price tag is a mere drop in the ocean – but what $50 million can buy you in Orange County might just come as a surprise. Let’s take a tour of some of Orange County’s most expensive homes on the hot hot hot market today.
1. $69,800,000 Listing Price: 6 Midsummer, Newport Coast, CA, 92657
Commandingly perched atop one of Southern California’s most desirable parcels of land, this custom designed crown jewel securely nestled at the pinnacle of Crystal Cove offers unobstructed views of The Pacific Ocean, Catalina, white water, Newport Harbor, Palos Verdes all the way up to Los Angeles. Resting atop a 26,600 sqft parcel, this 15,500 sq ft. estate with 3,640 sqft of decks and loggias spared no expense with the materials selected including bespoke chandeliers, interior and exterior white Jordanian marble floors and floor to ceiling onyx walls. An elaborate foyer showcases the only glass dome of this magnitude in a residence in the United States. Additional first floor areas include a dramatic office/library with spectacular ocean views, formal and informal living rooms with white oak flooring, en-suite guestrooms, a grand formal dining room with expansive wine cellar, gourmet SieMatic chef’s kitchen, a second fully equipped prep kitchen and an outdoor kitchen. The primary suite is a grand, oversized room enhanced with custom cove ceilings, kitchenette, fabricated walls and gorgeous ocean views. There are two enormous spa-inspired bathrooms with heated marble floors, Kohler Numi toilet and bidet, oversized glass showers and a Jason soaking tub. The two walk-in closets are exceptional and reminiscent of the finest luxury department stores. The property provides an impressive entertaining pavilion on the subterranean level equipped with a state-of-the-art theater, an impressive entertaining bar, a Life Fitness gym, and a zen massage room with steam shower, dry and wet saunas that create an oasis to focus on health and wellbeing. A climate controlled 3725 sqft 10 car garage with car turntable can easily convert to an event space and discotheque. Playing off the panoramic ocean views lies a one-of-a-kind mosaic custom pool masterfully crafted by UK based artisans, aptly named “Sunrise to Sunset.” Handmade tiles that have been meticulously assembled to create a stunning, functioning, aquatic piece of art. Your very own resort to enjoy sunrises from the vast, perfectly manicured backyard. Sunsets are even better. Magical evenings can be enjoyed walking through the impressive sculpture gardens. Perfectly planned outdoor seating and dining vignettes have been cleverly carved out along the property providing majestic vistas as the moon rises and dances on the Pacific Ocean.
Listing Agent: Rex McKowan with Compass
2. $65,000,000 Listing Price: 4100 Calle Isabella, San Clemente, CA 92672
This is the most significant oceanfront estate in Southern California. Comprised of two parcels totaling 5.45 acres, it features 480 linear feet of beach frontage. The entire compound sits behind private walls and fences. As such, it enjoys absolute privacy. The grounds are mostly flat with a garden that gently slopes seaward of the main residence. The majority of the estate lies between elevations of 60 feet and 73 feet above sea level. These natural elevations are ideally suited to maintain privacy and enhance the sweeping ocean, island, and sunset views. The beach below is easily accessible from a private gate. All of the essential elements of a true estate property – uncommon and exceptional grounds, impeccable improvements, and peerless privacy – can be found here at the water’s edge. With a lineage going back nearly one hundred years, the property’s illustrious history includes only three owners. Featured three times in Architectural Digest, the authentic Spanish Colonial Revival architecture masterfully balances elegance with a timeless appeal. The gleaming white structures contrast perfectly against the vibrant colors of the lush greenery that surrounds them. Stands of palms and Monterey Cypress sway in the breezes, connected by expanses of emerald lawns and impeccably kept seaside gardens. The various structures total 15,000 square feet of living area and include a modernized circa 1927 main residence of approximately 9,000 square feet, with beautiful public rooms, an expansive master suite, private office, screening room, exercise room, and wine cellar; a sizable poolside pavilion which includes a grand entertaining room, bar, guest suite, den, and view terraces; a two-bedroom guest house with sitting room; an ocean view pool and terrace; a regulation, lighted, north-south tennis court with spectators’ area; an enclosed gazebo on the oceanfront; expansive lawns and formal, vegetable and succulent gardens—many with exotic specimens; multiple garages; an independent catering facility; multiple staff buildings and garages; security annexes; a private well for landscaping; and auxiliary back-up power. Located in an area renown for the ‘most idyllic climate in the world’, the property is only a few miles from Laguna Beach, and easily accessible to Newport Beach, Los Angeles, and the best of Southern California’s amenities. Never to be duplicated, this is a singular offering and easily the most impressive oceanfront property in Southern California.
Listing Agent Robert Giem with Compass
3. $59,800,000 Listing Price: 31 High Water, Newport Coast, 92657
Located within the custom gates of Newport Coast’s premiere private community, Crystal Cove this estate offers timeless elegance and seclusion nestled on one of the largest custom parcels showcasing the most view frontages in the community. The panoramic views of the great pacific, white water crashing against the California coastline up to Palos Verdes, twinkling lights of Newport Harbor and year round sunsets with Catalina resting in the backdrop create a natural work of art that only accentuates the value and rarity of this property. Resting atop the gracious 28,000 sqft lot the approximately 15,000 sqft estate offers 7 bedroom suites and 12 stone clad bathrooms. No attention to detail or quality was spared in the thoughtful construction of this estate. Finely developed and curated by renowned builder, Rick Henricksen and designer Robert Ricker from the vision of master architect Richard Krantz, this property offers commercial grade construction and designer appointments fit for royalty. The calm coastal color pallet throughout evokes a sense of serenity for is inhabitants and guests that flow out to the expansive lush exterior grounds adorned with citrus groves, plumes of vibrant roses gardens, pool, water features, fire features, fine hardscapes and mature finely manicured landscapes. Offering every amenity one could dream of in a coastal retreat this home offers but is not limited to, Grand foyer and stairwell reminiscent of the finest hotels around the world, formal and informal living spaces, wood clad library, chefs kitchen, formal dining, multiple wine cellars, cinematic theater, gym, BBQ and exterior dining pavilion and covered heated decks and loggias throughout. The home is truly one of the finest Coastal California has to offer.
Listing Agent Rex Mckown with Compass
4. $48,850,000 Listing Price: 33 Smith Cliffs Road,Laguna Beach, 92651
Among the finest trophy estates to be publicly offered along the California Coastline, this newly reimagined and reconstructed Legacy estate is championed behind the ultra-exclusive gated enclave of Smithcliffs, sited on an expansive, front row bluff-front parcel spanning over half an acre. Completed in 2021, 33 Smithcliffs is ideally situated to optimize the unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean’s sparkling waters, Catalina Island’s rolling cliff-sides, and the coastline’s roaring white-water, nearly every room from the home enjoys this surreal backdrop. The newly constructed estate is a collaborative effort with creative architectural mastermind Carlton Graham, exceptional design elements by Michael Fullen, and unparalleled craftsmanship by Hill Construction; this property sets an unprecedented high standard for warm, modern, interior design through its careful selection of the richest materials, lustrous textures, and serene patterns. Boasting ~10,000ft of newly designed, on-grade living space, the entrance delivers a magnificent first impression thanks to soaring ceiling heights characterized by 20 foot high, motorized pocketing doors that seamlessly weave the indoor & outdoor living spaces together. A gourmet chef’s kitchen, highlighted by professional grade Miele appliances, exquisite custom cabinetry, full secondary prep kitchen, lies adjacent to the family room, which is complemented by delicately book-matched natural stone fireplace wall, incredible sit-down ocean and coastline views, and an abundance of natural light that permeates every corner of the interior. The 6 bedroom, 9 bath residence is generously appointed with a main-floor master suite, featuring a spa like master bath with steam shower and heated floors, dual walk-in closets with custom built-ins; gym, library, elevator, walk in glass-encased wine cellar, 6 car garage, awe-inspiring unobstructed ocean views from nearly every room, and an expansive ~1800ft sunbathing ocean view roof-deck, providing a level of accommodation rivaling the world’s best resort destinations. A property unlike any other, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own this generational treasure is a dream brought to life. Timeless. Irreplaceable. 33 Smithcliffs.
Listing Agent Paul Daftarian with Daftarian Group
5. $45,000,000 Listing Price: 1 Pelican Crest Drice, Newport Coast, 92657
Unquestionably one of the best single lots in all the California Riviera, 1 Pelican Crest Dr is The pinnacle of coastal living and is situated on a nearly 3/4 of an acre lot in Newport Coast behind its own private gates. This trophy estate is one of the most distinguishable homes in the entire zip code and is I deally positioned to enjoy 220 degree unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean’s sparkling waters, Catalina Island’s rolling cliff-sides, Pelican Hill golf course, and the glistening city lights that span the coastline all the way up to LA. Designed by renowned architect Fari and Constructed in 2010 and newly remodeled, no expense was spared with exquisite details such as imported Onyx slab floors, Cristalo slab counter-tops, fabric and wood paneled walls, artisan level Venetian plaster, and handcrafted fixtures throughout to name just a few. The thoughtful floor-plan offers ample formal spaces, Open concept living, chefs kitchen w/ secondary prep kitchen, dual offices, main floor guest suite, and a bedroom wing that is accentuated by a bonus room connecting 3 ocean view guest suites. Located on the North wing of the property, the grand master bedroom with split wings boasting unparalleled ocean and city light views, spacious private closets and bathrooms that create a sense of luxury and arrival. The grand estates amenities include a private gated circular motor court, hotel inspired foyer, true resort style backyard with pool + fountain, loggia, and cabana area, 13 seat Movie Theatre, 1200+ bottle Wine Cellar, Entertainment Bar + Lounge, Dance studio + gym, massage room, commercial elevator servicing all 3 levels, day-lit basement, 7 car garage, detached maids quarters, and an endless array of outdoor Ocean-view decks, balconies, & loggias providing a level of accommodation that rivals the world’s premier resort destinations. 1 Pelican Crest is legacy property to be enjoyed today and shared with generations to come.
Listing Agent Paul Daftarian with the Daftarian Group