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Written By: Lauren Pettigrew
Photography Provided By: Willis Allen Real Estate Coronado Crown Jewel
Classic, refined and elegant—each of these fittingly portray the Coronado lifestyle. The city’s character effortlessly blends its legendary past with the relevance of today’s Coastal Southern California living. Lining the island’s sparkling shores is the iconic Hotel Del Coronado; a charming destination with centuries of stories to tell, luring the likes of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Marilyn Monroe over the years. Steps from this historic treasure lies one of the most prominent homes in Coronado: Crown Manor. Known for its rich history, intricate interior details and regal architecture, this legendary, Tudor-style landmark home embodies Coronado living at its finest.
Built in 1902, Crown Manor has been home to politicians and played host to celebrities, presidents and military diplomats. Many deals have been made on the grounds that have bettered San Diego and California throughout time. The entire estate is recognized under the Mills Act Historic Preservation Program, protecting the architectural and historical integrity of the English manor, which remains intact today. Alongside the grandeur of the estate lies an intimate feeling of community, family and history.
Facing the Pacific Ocean with coveted views of crystal clear water and the Point Loma peninsula, the Crown Manor is the Enchanted Isle’s grandest oceanfront estate. A sturdy brick wall lined with palm trees encases a meticulously kept lawn, flanked by the only Torrey pines on Ocean Boulevard. A tranquil fountain trickles into a koi pond, adorned by a replica of Monet’s “Water Lilies.” This front yard is home to community Easter egg hunts and Christmas snowball fights. Snow is imported to Crown Manor for kids to enjoy some “wintertime” fun before heading off to ice skate at the Hotel Del Coronado, a holiday tradition.
The three-story English Tudor-style mansion is comprised of dark red brick sourced from the Coronado Brick Yard and is lined with its very own “Crown Manor” paint. A large, central entrance lies just past two massive lion statues. It boasts marbled floors and jeweled chandeliers, which lead into the sprawling 22,997-square-foot interior.
Adjacent the foyer lies a ballroom where prim and proper ball gown-adorned guests once danced upon the parquet wood floors. An interior designer’s dream at every turn, no detail has been spared. Antique light fixtures and ornate paintings hang from the walls. On one side sits a classic Steinway piano and to the other, a 1938 Porter music box, which when wound fills the estate with crisp music that evokes childhood memories. At dusk, orange and pink hues spill into the entertainment room. Residents can soak in the sunset while playing a game of pool and enjoying a drink from the old-style bar imported from Italy.
The space opposite the foyer inhabits the Grand Salon, resplendent with a 24-karat gold ceiling and lush, velvety green couches. An additional pair of lion statues line each side of the Calacatta marble fireplace. Just past another sizeable threshold, the formal dining room exudes refined elegance from the decorative wall fabric to the impeccable detail of the crown molding. To serve in style, the kitchen has been redesigned to host dinner parties of up to 250 people and encompasses a beautifully tiled butler’s pantry, a full staff office and top-of-the-line appliances.
Crown Manor’s Presidential Suite wing has hosted the most prestigious of guests, including Governor Jerry Brown and the Clintons during Bill Clinton’s presidency. Pundits even dubbed the estate the “Western White House.” And like the White House, the attention to detail here is exquisite. Each light switch, vent and thermostat has been hand-painted to blend seamlessly with the wallpaper in every suite. The bathrooms feature malachite flooring, 22-karat gold sinks and claw-foot bathtubs.
A half dozen bedrooms on the second floor have been transformed into an expansive master bedroom and bath, complete with a family room and breakfast room overlooking the ocean. Numerous rooms on the top floors have been redesigned to serve different purposes. All the luxury amenities of an exclusive vacation are available right here at home. Residents and guests can enjoy the sauna room, gym and home theater. There’s even a beauty salon with the works—hair services, facials, massages, a manicure station and more. Business can be smoothly accomplished in the multiple in-home offices where former resident and US Ambassador Larry Lawrence once worked. State-of-the-art security is available throughout the estate, providing the ability to close off entire wings of the house if you have guests or need added security or privacy.
Each guest room is complete with ensuite kitchenettes, stocked snack areas and private patios that open up to a completely private backyard paradise. Boasting a saltwater pool, duplicate Jacuzzis and Matisse reproductions, these grounds rival the best Better Homes and Garden spreads. Home to 134 species of flowers and plants, pops of orange and yellow blooms complement the vibrant blue rocks found throughout the property. This wonderland comes complete with an outdoor grill and patio area facing a beautiful brick fireplace where the family can make smores.
Whether you’re looking for a space to hold extravagant dinner parties or spend quality time making memories with family, this estate checks every box on the dream home wish list. Crown Manor provides the perfect combination of historic beauty mixed with today’s modern lifestyle for the epitome of luxury living.
Island Colors: Former resident party planner and internationally-known interior designer Elsie de Wolfe’s custom green and white lawn umbrellas later inspired the official city colors of Coronado.
Polo, Anyone? In 1913, Coronado was the polo capital of the West. Former owner, Walter Dupee commissioned an expansion to the manor so that he could entertain and provide living quarters for polo players.
1015 Ocean Blvd
Coronado, CA 92118
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Lauren Pettigrew is an experienced specialist with a demonstrated history working in the fashion, marketing, and media industries. She moved to San Diego in 2013 to pursue a Merchandise Marketing Degree at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She holds a passion for all things music, travel, fashion, art, and culture. You can find her constantly engaging in anything that is artistic and expressive to better understand herself and the world around her. Follow her professional endeavors on Instagram at: @laurenashleypro.