A tall wall blocks â€œVilla Serenitaâ€ from view on Pacific Coast Highway, but it stands out among the bluff-top beach houses when viewed from the beach below.
A private stairway winds from the sand, through a locked gate and up the rocks, first to a private gazebo, then to the high, stucco walls, balconies and tile-roofed tower on the ocean side of the property.
Last year, Laguna Beachâ€™s Villa Serenita became Orange Countyâ€™s fourth-highest home sale.
The price, according to county records: $30 million.
Reportedly, the buyers purchased some of the furnishings, and the Orange County assessorâ€™s office is still evaluating the total value of the deal.
While other properties may be more valuable or are being offered for sale at higher asking prices, Orange County has had just 12 homes sell for $20 million or more.
The highest sale price for O.C. on record was $35 million paid for actor Nicolas Cageâ€™s home on the water in Newport Bay. Just two other O.C. homes had sale prices greater than $30 million.
According to the assessorâ€™s office, the one-acre property consists of two lots, with two three-story buildings on it. The size of both structures is a tad shy of 20,000 square feet, consisting of 10 bedrooms and 14 â€” count them â€” 14 bathrooms. You could fit four average-sized homes onto the first floor of the main building alone.
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