FANTASY BREAK: Your “someday” Laguna house

Conventional wisdom says to never look at homes you can’t afford… but who wants to be conventional? So let’s take a break and enjoy what might be one of the better views in all of Laguna Beach. But what makes this home really special is how well the home is designed to the site and how well the outdoor space is organized and utilized for maximum enjoyment. 

We love the interior of this home, too (and yes, if you purchase this home, it simply MUST come with that ship model by the front door). And I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and maybe some of the finishes are looking a little dated. This home was the extensively (pretty much completely) remodeled and reimaged in 1994. And it shows mostly in the color palette. But the hallmark of good design is timelessness and I feel like a lot of the design choices still work today. What makes this home special, above the others, is the attention to detail. 

Take something almost silly and insignificant, for example. The side fences. Laguna Beach does not typically offer huge lots with tens of feet between the houses. Fences provide privacy, but they also emphasize how little land you have when you look at the side window and see a fence 5 feet away. This home has frosted glass side fences — genius! (But expensive). And the interior is full of great micro-design. If you are a fan of Susan Osanka’s “Not So Big House” movement, you’ll appreciate the string of clever details that make you think this home has spaces designed for moment — these aren’t big spaces meant to impress others, but spaces designed for specific purposes. The views are maximized from each window and there are nice touches like a master bath with glass block for lower windows and clear glass above to showcase a coastline vista.

Don’t be fooled by the maple — well, maple everything. This home is a stunner that just needs a tiny tweak to its color palette and finish materials. 

And if you can afford this home…you should really give us a call. 

1405 Coral Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (MLS # PW17218048)

(all data current as of 8/16/2018)
Price $2,296,000
Beds 3
Baths 3 baths
Home size 2,111 sq ft
Lot Size 6,120 sqft
Days on Market 43
Status Sold
Introducing Coral Drive! This 2100+ square foot single-level home is the epitome of luxury and coastal lifestyle living! Nestled high up in the Laguna Hills, you can enjoy the combination of the city life and beach living in your peaceful sky top retreat. The panoramic, unobstructed coastal views from every room will simply take your breath away. The house was completely rebuilt 1994 with top of the line upgrades and custom feature including slate roof, stone patio deck, maple hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings throughout. The kitchen is complete with granite counter-tops, sub-zero refrigerator, GE appliances, and built-in round breakfast bar. Light beams through the clerestory sunlight windows and skylights in every room. The expansive deck that extends from the guest suite to the master bedroom is as functional as it is stunning! There is a 2-car garage with built-ins plus over 300 sq. ft. of storage under the deck.

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 11/4/2017 Tract Mystic Hills (MH)
Year Built 1965 Community LV - Laguna Village
Garage Spaces 2.0 County Orange
Total Parking n/a


School District Laguna Beach Unified

Additional Details

Lot 6120 sq ft Area LV - Laguna Village
HOA Dues 0.00 Parking Spaces: 4.00
Pool Description None Sewer Sewer Paid
Stories 1 Subdivision Mystic Hills (MH)
Utilities Sewer Connected,Water Connected View Description Canyon,Catalina,City Lights,Coastline,Ocean
Water Public


Air None
Appliances Dishwasher, Double Oven, Electric Stove, Garbage Disposal, Microwave, Self Cleaning O
Construction Concrete, Stone
Fireplace Yes
Garage Driveway, Garage - Front Entry, Yes
Heat Central Furnace, Fireplace
Interior Balcony, Beamed Ceilings, Built-Ins, Cathedral-Vaulted Ceilings, Copper Plumbing Full, Crown Moldings, High Ceilings (9 Feet+), Living Room Balcony, Living Room Deck Attached, Open Floor Plan, Storage Space
Lot Description Front Yard, Landscaped, Sprinkler System, Yard
Master on Main Yes
Style Contemporary
View Yes


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Listing provided by : Christy Di Leo, Coldwell Banker Coast Alliance

(view all details for MLS #PW17218048)

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