As far as dream summer rentals go, this Balboa Peninsula Point estate in Newport Beach offers the ultimate vacation fantasy that transports you right from the shores of Southern California to the peaceful beauty of the Mediterranean.
Impeccable in scale and design, the Mediterranean-style manse is a singular achievement, “even among the great coastal estates,” according to Kim Bibb of Coldwell Banker Realty in Newport Beach, who recently listed the property for sale at $32,000,000 or $95,000/month. Notable for its one-third acre bayfront site, the compound enjoys an ever-changing harbor panorama of Corona del Mar and the Newport Coast from nearly every room – perfect for savoring those long summer days and nights.
The 9,478 square-foot residence is masterfully curated and constructed to blend traditional materials with the open floor plan, abundant natural light and sophisticated amenities of a very contemporary lifestyle. Rough-hewn stone, soaring arches, and hand-finished wood and metalwork are complemented by lush finishes and antique architectural features.
With cathedral ceilings, imported fireplaces, and generous use of glass, the interiors are comfortable for large or intimate gatherings. The beautifully appointed chef’s kitchen opens into a large dining area with a fireplace, which in turn opens onto a wide collonade and the terraced backyard and water views.
The manicured grounds offer numerous picturesque settings for dining and entertaining on a grand scale. Along with a spacious private yard, the home has a harborfront infinity pool, an outdoor kitchen, a detached guest house and a private dock that can accommodate two approximately 60-foot yachts. The guest house is complete with a living room, kitchenette, bedroom, bath and sauna.
Amenities abound. There is a plush home theater, a handsome office, and a lower level complete with wine tasting room, walk-in cellar and bar. On the upper floor, the primary suite is a private retreat with its own living room/office, two fireplaces, two harbor-view terraces, a walk-in closet and dual baths.
This is Newport Beach living at its most palatial and luxurious.