State-of-the-Art Amenities Make This Modern Farmhouse a Perfect Home
Written By: Elysse James This Back Bay Farmhouse-Style Home Will Leave You Breathless
Photographed By: The Stanfield Group
This sumptuous dream estate on a corner lot in an upscale Newport Beach neighborhood near the Back Bay surprises and delights visitors with its unexpected modern farmhouse architecture, elegant landscaping and state-of-the-art technology. The 5-bedroom Orange County home is a perfect spot for indulging in outdoor entertaining on these warm fall nights, with an awe-inspiring yard featuring plenty of space to host any event.
This striking house was built in 2015 using top-quality materials on an elevated 9, 583-square-foot lot walking distance from the picturesque Back Bay and only a short drive to the iconic luxury shopping center Fashion Island or the Balboa Fun Zone on the Peninsula. The single-family home itself is a majestic 4, 752 square feet—5, 470 including the roomy three-car garage which possesses handsome wood cabinets, air conditioning and can fit a limousine—and boasts five luxurious bathrooms and one half-bath, plus abounding windows each with a gorgeous view of the property and the surrounding East Bluff neighborhood. “The aesthetic of the architecture from the exterior makes the house a focal point of the neighborhood, ” says Ross Savage, the owner of Costa Mesa-based custom residential construction firm KRS Development Inc.
The estate, designed by architect Eric Olsen Design of Newport Beach, provides an open floor plan that seamlessly transitions to each room on the first level, which includes three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one half-bath, and a grand room encompassing the family room, kitchen, butler’s pantry, laundry room and sit-down bar area. The master bathroom is stunning with a corner bathtub, two vanities and a walk-in closet that connects to additional storage space and a dual master across the hall. But the piece de resistance is the cast glass in the closet door and encasing the shower, based on a custom art piece.
Just outside the master bedrooms, charming wood cabinets in the kitchen mirror the home’s farmhouse theme and a welcoming center island features a built-in wine fridge and, as in the rest of the house, a plethora of storage space. “Everywhere we could possibly fit storage in, we did, ” Savage says. Bar stools at the island provide a cozy seat for a quick meal. The sunken bar area is tucked into a corner with seating for social gatherings or relaxing hang-outs and has windows that provide an impressive view of the home’s dazzling outdoor space, and a passthrough window that opens to a ledge on the patio for easy drink serving during pool time.
The entire house has Control4 and Ra2 built-in, state-of-the-art home technology allowing residents to adjust lights, temperature, audio-visual systems, security systems, landscape lighting, pool and spa, window shades and more from keypad control panels in each room. Residents can even adjust the home from their smartphone or iPad, letting them seamlessly move a dinner party to the home, or prepare the spa before they pull their car into the garage.
“When you pull up and everything is on and running, that makes it really nice, ” Savage says. The home has five zones with independent climate control, making temperature customization so easy. “In a home of this size it’s efficient to be able to tailor the climate to the area you’re using, ” Savage says.
Once you’re ready to explore the second level, notice the two-story window and smooth French white oak banisters evoking the farmhouse vibe as you walk up the stairs. There, you’ll find an office/guest room, balcony, two large bedrooms, two bathrooms and an observatory bonus room that includes a kitchenette. The balcony has mahogany handrailing, overlooks the courtyard and has a splendid view of Orange County—a perfect spot for sipping a glass of wine. The upstairs bedroom lights feature dimmers on a delay, so you can turn down the bedcovers as the lights slowly fade, preparing you for a deep sleep. The upstairs master bathroom has an interesting custom barn door-style shower door and farmhouse sink, and neighboring upstairs bedroom has a built-in desk. There’s another small office space built into the hall, and the game table in the office/guest room easily transforms into an L-shaped desk. A small kitchenette allows the upstairs to function as an independent living area or guest house if desired.
Almost every room of this gorgeous place has a view of the sunny and inviting central courtyard—contributing about 1, 500 square feet of space—that features a magnificently beautiful pool and infinity spa that’ll have you begging to walk down the staircase into the exquisite, perfect-temperature water before lounging on one of the comfortable chaises basking in the warmth of the day. At night, colorful tinted underwater lights lend a lavish hotel feel to the pool and spa area. The lights have the added benefit of showcasing the waterfall that cascades down into the swimming pool, with its deepest spot at 5.5 feet. And, if you desire to fit more than about 10 people in the spa during a barbecue (there’s an outdoor refrigerator, too), the pool can be heated to spa levels and has its own jets that create a current for swimming. Carefully chosen palms and olive trees lend a tropical feel to the space, and when it gets too warm, an automated sun shade brings up to 400 feet of cool to the courtyard, and extends over the outdoor TV and electric space heaters. Outside the downstairs master bedroom, a trellis lends the same cooling effect. The landscaping has nine zones of control to allow for low water consumption and ensure plants are not overwatered, an important feature during the current drought.
Look closely at the home’s exterior and you may notice attractive stainless steel touches, including the top and kick panel of the side gate, the rain gutters, and the metal trim waterproofing between the foundation and the frame of the house. The board-formed concrete walls reveal a wood-grain design, and a trellis in the front yard connects the ambiance of the front yard with that of the patio. Battenboard exterior siding and over-grouted limestone soften the look of the natural handcut stone to make the house even more inviting. The external barn lights and standing seam metal roof, a rare find in Orange County, provide an extra wow-factor. “You don’t see metal roofs too often in this area. It modernizes the modern farmhouse look, ” Savage says. It’s this type of meticulous attention to detail that creates comfortable touches in every nook and cranny of the house, making it an ideal place to call home.
Native Knowledge: The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve is known to Orange County locals simply as the Back Bay. Locals can hike, bike, kayak and even stand up paddle board in the picturesque ecosystem.
The Stanfield Group
HOM Sotheby’s International Realty
1200 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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