Coastal Castle

History Reinvented at This Dana Point 1928 Spanish Colonial

Written By: Angela Hatcher

Photos By: Brandon Beecher

If “a man’s home is his castle, ” then here, in a 1928 Spanish Colonial, must lie your heart. Renowned Hollywood builder, visionary and prominent leader in the early development of beautiful Dana Point, Sidney Woodruff, built this home as his personal residence. And with great attention to detail, he made his coastal dream home an idea come true. With the sound of the sea so very near, and gentle ocean breezes blowing softly in the summer wind, it is no coincidence that this breathtaking California-style two-level home in the quiet seaside town of Dana Point embraces one with its Spanish charm, beauty and timeless Spanish and native Mediterranean-influenced design style.

As you approach the stunning front exterior of the 3, 850-square-foot property on its 10, 000-square-foot lot, you will find yourself immediately drawn in by the simplicity and brightness of the crisp, white stucco, the signature low-pitched, burnt orange-tiled roof, and the seamless lines that caress the property. Also inviting is the landscaping that features a horseshoe-shaped tile-embossed garden area adding a serene visual effect to the frontage. Twin lanterns bordering the front walkway, the ornate ironwork decorating the full-length windows, a seating area, and soft lines of the arches and column continue to enhance the classic experience one has before ever entering this one-of-a-kind historic property.

Once inside, there is no question that this home is a fervent love letter to the classic Spanish Colonial of yesteryear. And when Denise and Robert Morrison once purchased the home, they made it their priority to restore the property to bring out the home’s “rich character” once again. Denise, a well-known interior designer said, “I think it is so important that the property is well-maintained and preserved but also updated.” She went on to say, “I hope it will forever be something important to our community.” She added her own personal touches to the home without losing any of the integrity of the original design, and therefore she lovingly ensured Woodruff’s beloved legacy. The house is filled with many special amenities, such as a state-of-the-art sound system, forced air, gorgeous built-ins and beautiful alcoves. Upon entrance, it becomes apparent that this exceptional home exudes the quintessence of timeless splendor reminiscent of more peaceful times.

Luxurious living combined with Old World charm is what sets this home apart and makes it much more than “just a pretty face.” Bringing a freshness to the space, the four bedroom, four bath home features smooth, cream colored plaster walls that leave plenty of room for the spicy colors of oranges, yellows, blues and reds that fill it with personality and splendor within its carefully selected tiles and accents throughout. Walking into the great room, a beautiful wood burning fireplace takes center stage. Two ornate, wrought iron lighting fixtures cast a glow on either side, and twin arched bookcases flank the fireplace as well. Overhead are strikingly beautiful dark, hardwood beams with carefully etched flower designed details. Original hardwood flooring completes the experience.


The home is filled with beautiful glass windows that bring the outdoors in from nearly every carefully planned vantage point. A hallway features an incredibly beautiful, dark wood beamed ceiling, two linen or clothing closets, and an arched entryway leading into a formal dining area. Your eyes are drawn to a massive wrought iron and amber colored chandelier and matching wall sconces. Once again, the open windows somewhat adoringly overlook the well-groomed grounds. A cozy entertainment room is next to the kitchen area, and it has French doors that lead directly out to the patio area.

Then there’s the splendid, gourmet kitchen. It has all the modern conveniences of a high-tech modern kitchen, but it also has the appeal of one of the most charming spots in the house. It features a Farmhouse sink with legs, marble countertops, a massive built-in wooden plate rack, wooden cabinetry, an ornate and festive blue, green and white backsplash, top-of-the-line appliances, a trio of hanging lighting fixtures, and a large matching hardwood island with a working sink, complete with drawers and a tiled shelf underneath.

Moving into the outdoor patio area, there are rows of overhead fairy lights casting a lovely glow on a moonlit evening, and a cozy seating area that is perfect for sharing a refreshing dessert with a special someone, spending time with family or friends, or having a nightcap at the end of a long summer day. A built-in barbecue makes it a perfect spot for firing up the grill and having couple of quick kabobs or a plate of ribs for a crowd. The courtyard and manicured gardens feature natural stone in the space and along the walkways. A private jacuzzi and various seating and lounging areas are pleasurable and inviting. There is a winding outdoor staircase leading up to the master suite as well.

Once upstairs, the large master emphasizes its outdoor terrace, providing the perfect flow from inside to out. It boasts its own bath with an open shower, a separate vanity area, a gorgeous copper bathtub, and walls of closet space that keeps clothing hidden away and in perfect condition. The bedrooms are all light and airy and continue to overlook the verandas, balconies and beautiful grounds throughout. The upstairs has special features such as built-ins, divine lighting fixtures, and a breeziness that is a recurring theme in this beautiful, vintage property.

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Angela is a writer who fell in love with live theatre at an early age. She majored in English in college, and it was then that she began corresponding with the late contemporary humorist, Erma Bombeck. After purchasing one of Bombeck’s books, Angela discovered that the binding was askew, and Bombeck convinced her that life did not end after page 190! Angela has written theatre reviews for about a decade, and an editor once told her that her “ebullience comes through her writing and is like watching a child whoop and holler on her first trip to an amusement park.” This is one ride she’s never getting off! Angela lives in Huntington Beach, is happily married to a drummer/percussionist and has recently purchased a great pair of ear plugs! She loves all the “girly” stuff - fashion, jewelry, and makeup, but her undying passion is theatre and travel. When not in a theatre, you will find her anywhere there is surf and sand.


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