Welcome to the era of the live, work, play retreat. Properties that have space and every amenity under the sun hold special allure for affluent buyers right now as they seek refuges for safe social distancing. This bright, reimagined traditional estate offers such a promise in Newport Beach’s prestigious guard-gated enclave of Big Canyon. Set behind a private gate of its own and shrouded by mature landscaping on nearly a double lot, this 1993-built custom estate by Tony Valentine and designed by Robert L. Earl brings together almost 8,000 square feet of living space, six bedrooms, seven full baths and two half baths, plus a guest house.
“It’s perfect for entertaining,” describes listing agent Georgina Jacobson of Coldwell Banker Realty in Newport Beach. “The lot is well over the average lot size in Big Canyon, plus it’s an elevated corner lot, offering the future buyer the utmost in privacy.”
Jacobson touts the superb outdoor setting, which was remodeled in 2015. The backyard space has a magical quality to it, featuring a pool, spa, firepit, outdoor kitchen, plus a large lawn, pool house and covered loggia with seating, heaters, surround sound and a TV.
The interiors were meticulously remodeled in 2004 with a traditional palette of finishes and materials that feel just as timeless and fresh today. Classic wainscoting, arched doorways, stone and hardwood flooring, Lutron lighting and custom French doors have been integrated throughout.
The floorplan balances formal spaces with casual rooms made for relaxed family living and a sought-after indoor/outdoor flow. A spacious great room, touched with a marble fireplace and built-in cabinetry, opens up to the gourmet kitchen featuring custom white cabinetry, a large center island, top-of-the-line appliances, a walk-in pantry and dining nook.
Meanwhile the gracious dining room and formal living room with fireplace lead out to serene patios highlighted by lush landscaping and a fountain.
Additionally, the home features a library or office with fireplace, and a craft room — which can both “serve as home work spaces,” says Jacobson. “Everything you need is included in this home. There is no reason to leave!” Among the standout features: a second great room upstairs, which offers yet another space to keep the kids entertained.
The primary suite is a haven with a bedroom, sitting room or office and grand bathroom suite for two. “Plus the pool house offers a separate building to do work in, if need be, but also plenty of space to exercise and relax,” she says. Two laundry rooms add convenience, especially for large families.
The owners have made many cosmetic upgrades and added designer touches throughout the years. A custom sound system inside and out, combined with a convenient backup generator, are among the many thoughtful enhancements offered with the home.
“It’s a place of undeniable distinction,” says Jacobson. “It’s not often that a property comes along in Big Canyon that offers this combination of amenities, privacy and scale. It has everything today’s buyers want.”