Fleur de Newport
Say Hello to Sheer Elegance With This Vintage French Quarter Estate
Written By: Angela Hatcher
Photographed By: Bowman Group Architectural Photography
At first glance, you might be tempted to call it traditional, but that wouldn’t begin to tell the story. The property is mostly hidden from view and makes a discreet impression from the street; however, once on the other side of the wall and nestled in the heart of one of Newport Beach’s finest neighborhoods, you will discover the surprising spaciousness of this extraordinary 3, 145-square-foot French Quarter inspired estate and the serenity of the spectacular and expansive manicured park-like grounds. Add the excitement of entertaining in the elegant and casual style of Southern California with a gorgeous backyard and patio, sparkling swimming pool, and private jacuzzi. Toss in the fun of owning your own sport court, and this extraordinary space is nothing less than poetry in motion.
A rare find, and located on one of the city’s largest lots, this generous vintage Mid-Century style single family beauty has been lovingly embraced and meticulously cared for by its owners. Impeccably updated and completely redone from top to bottom, this two-story stunner has everything on your wish list, and some things you haven’t dreamt up yet. From the details of the built-in cabinetry throughout the home and fine wood flooring to the hidden vintage record player and carefully concealed old-fashioned radio, not a single detail has been overlooked. With eye-popping appeal, this one-of-a-kind property lies in the heart of one of Southern California’s most desirable locales and features three generously sized bedrooms and three baths.
The clearly defined aesthetic space throughout the home is its own private domain within a well-manicured and pristine setting. A cool vibe embraces you as you enter the premises, and the soft green neutral-colored walls seem to immediately transcend you from the frenzy of the outside world to a welcoming zen-like spiritual haven that begs you to leave your worries outside its gates. From the foyer, and leading to the second level, on your left, you’ll see an inviting three-tiered staircase with decorated wrought iron railings. On your right is a large entry leading down to a magnificent great room boasting solid oak flooring set in a herringbone pattern. The space draws your eye towards a spectacular wall of clear glass that overlooks a magnificent view of the courtyard and tropical pool area. Natural light streams in from front and back with enormous windows flanking both sides of the space.
With floor to ceiling magisterial built-in book shelves bordering both sides of a massive black marble fireplace, the versatile step-down great room is a perfect library, an ideal gathering spot to catch up with family, a perfect place to hang out with friends for a game of cards or charades, or simply somewhere to unwind with a cocktail or cool glass of lemonade on a warm summer night. The separate dining room overlooks the patio, and while it is the most traditional room in the home, it maintains a nostalgic presence that hungers for a strong sense of the 21st Century family along with new traditions. There are ample built-in cabinets, while there is also plenty of room for your own style of dining room furniture with room for a china cabinet, hutch or full-sized baker’s rack. An elegant hanging chandelier light fixture centers the space, and a stately wall of windows overlooks the outdoor dining area and patio area as well.
The combined kitchen and family room features a wide open floor plan concept with an up-to-the-minute seating area, additional built-ins, and plenty of storage. Top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances flawlessly complement each other in terms of function and fit within the modernized kitchen. Featuring a highly desirable and sleek Bertazzoni range, energy-efficient Liebherr refrigerator, spacious butler pantry, refrigerated beverage/wine cooler, oversized farm-style sink, and marble backsplash and countertops, the hub of the home is efficient, welcoming, airy and bright. A uniquely designed fireplace adds charm to an inviting family room at the opposite end of the space.
Once upstairs, the elegant master bedroom awaits you in grand style. A third enjoyable fireplace, more custom built-in cabinetry and shelving, open spaciousness and a door leading to the balcony makes this a retreat that promises to embrace you with all the comforts of home. As light filters in, the sitting room adds graciousness and charm to yet another heavenly refuge in the home. Anchored by a free standing soaking tub, the master bath is outfitted with custom hardware and lighting fixtures throughout, bright white tiles, and accented with unique forest green countertops and dark wood shelving. There are two more equally impressive bedrooms with a convenient Jack and Jill bathroom running between them.
The home, itself, features accessible full-length balconies running along both sides of the property that overlooks one of the most amazing park-like settings in Orange County. From all perspectives, the panoramic balcony views of the grounds are a spectacular sight, and the incredible sights and sounds of nature are all part of your own private solitude. You may experience what it’s like to be perched high above the trees and dropped into the awe-inspiring world of nature’s beauty. This environment is not to be mistaken for quiet nights with quiet stars if that is not your cup of tea. This exclusive property has the backdrop and all the makings of a fabulous party, a gala event, an ideal spot for an outdoor wedding or reception, a great pool party with shish kabobs on the grill, or a good old-fashioned game of hide and seek with the kids.
The backyard pool area is rich with lush full-grown shrubbery and well-established foliage that not only encompasses the space but also provides privacy on all sides. There is a dramatic olive tree that stands handsomely in the front courtyard, and throughout the property, there are colorful flowering plants and an abundance of fruit trees that provide beautiful and sweet oranges, mangos, pears and more. The backyard shaded patio is inviting and a great place to share some crudités or a bowl of fruit, perhaps? The property is loaded with special amenities, and there is a workshop/toolshed on site as well. A classic vintage silver Airstream travel trailer holds its own prominent place on the property and has been completely renovated. It is currently used as the owner’s main office, and is available for offer if desired.
The spotless home has been impeccably updated and is a sentimental throwback to simpler times. With all that it has to offer, this sparkling gem is punctuated with the distinct advantage of giving you the best of both worlds. It is a sanctuary, a place of stately serenity and your own private world in a neighborhood that is not only appealing, but also highly desirable. Spacious views of the park-like grounds are beyond matchless; however, that’s not all. With this property, you are freeway accessible and airport close. Newport’s Back Bay trails are nearby. Is shopping, scouring boutiques or bookstores, marketing, discovering new restaurants, surfing, beachcombing, sailing, or working out on your radar? They are all here, and you will find Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Plaza, and some of the finest schools and colleges a short drive away. The neighborhood itself is alive with joggers, cyclists and dog walkers, and your turn-key oasis is a home that encourages you to live life to the fullest, make memories and surround yourself and your loved ones with a magical setting where dreams are made. No need to head down to New Orleans to experience a grand manor such as this. C’est magnifique to Newport Beach’s French Quarter inspired estate.