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    Laguna Beach home east of PCH hits new city benchmark, selling for $18.3 million
    • May 29, 2024

    The hillside home has set a record in Laguna Beach for the all-time highest price sale east of Pacific Coast Highway. (Photo by Brandon Beechler)

    Disappearing corner glass walls extend the dining room onto the pool terrace. (Photo by Brandon Beechler)

    The kitchen opens to the great room. (Photo by Brandon Beechler)

    The ultra-luxe gourmet kitchen. (Photo by Brandon Beechler)

    The barbecue center just outside the kitchen. (Photo by Brandon Beechler)

    The primary walk-in closet. (Photo by Brandon Beechler)

    The infinity-edge pool. (Photo by Brandon Beechler)

    Completed in 2023, this home that sits on an oversized 1.24-acre lot with an infinity-edge pool sold for $18.25 million. (Photo by Brandon Beechler)



    A hillside home has set a record in Laguna Beach for the all-time highest price sale east of Pacific Coast Highway.

    The 6,738-square-foot house with six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and disappearing corner glass walls that extend the dining room onto the pool terrace sold May 24 for $18.25 million, $255,000 over its asking price.

    Listing agent Seth Nelson of the Eklund | Gomes Team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate noted that this level of high-end sale is uncommon for the non-ocean side of PCH. “From our research, there have been two sales east of PCH that have achieved $11 million, and they were the benchmark up until this point,” he said by phone.

    According to PropertyShark, the home bested an $11.118 million sale in April 2014 and an $11 million sale in August 2020.

    “Records are meant to be broken — and this sale did just that. By a mile,” the buyer’s agent, John Stanaland of the John Stanaland Group at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, wrote in an Instagram post.

    Records show the property previously sold for $3.75 million in January 2017. The existing home was later reimagined by Laguna Beach-based Anders Lasater Architects, which won a 2020 Gold Nugget Design Award for transforming a “mish-mash of architectural styles” into one “tailored to its site and optimized for coastal living,” reported.

    The same project, which the architectural firm described on its website as a “substantial remodel” dubbed “Cocktail Party,” also received a 2020 AIA Merit Award.

    Completed in 2023, the home sits on an oversized 1.24-acre lot. It features a privately gated driveway in the front and an infinity-edge pool with a 180-degree view from downtown Laguna Beach to the Channel Islands in the back. There’s also an outdoor barbecue center.

    Natural light pours through floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights into the open-plan living space.

    Highlights include an ultra-luxe gourmet kitchen with a large walk-in pantry, a center island with seating and a breakfast nook. The kitchen opens to the great room.

    Walnut stairs, limestone floors and gold and black fixtures add to the house’s fit and finish, which the listing describes as “a perfect blend of Hollywood Hills chic meets contemporary coastal warmth” and “a work of art.”

    In the primary suite, a walk-in closet that Nelson likened to a Chanel boutique boasts custom cabinetry, lighting and herringbone wood flooring.

    Nelson co-listed the property with Fredrik Eklund of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, while Stanaland teamed up with Logan Montgomery of Douglas Elliman Real Estate to represent the buyer.

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    ​ Orange County Register