Peer Inside the Stunning George Gonzalez Home in Laguna Beach
Written by: Jeff Cooper Venture Inside the Home Where Laguna Beach Meets the Hollywood Hills
Photography Provided By: Brandon Beechler
The drive through downtown Laguna Beach on Pacific Coast Highway is flanked by the ccean views that made the city famous and the restaurants and art galleries that make the city unique. Turning up the hill with Catalina Island in the rearview mirror, you are greeted by the modern façade of 444 Ashton. A sleek gate slides open and you roll up the driveway—you are home. The .38 acre lot size has space for small and oversized cars on the front patio and in the oversized two-car garage—a rarity in Laguna Beach.
o detail in this home was overlooked by award-winning developer George Gonzalez; even the garage is pre-wired to host an electric car charging port. The home’s focus on green design was developed with current environmental trends in mind: lighting inside and out is powered by low wattage fixtures and the landscaping features drought tolerant succulents and high-quality faux grass on the lower lawn.
Due to the large lot size, there are several walkways meandering down the hill to an amphitheater space, which serves well for an outdoor yoga studio or a sunset view over Catalina and San Clemente Islands. For more intimate encounters, there is a secluded viewing deck which features a “fire and ice” fire pit and the same stunning view. And just a short walk away is Victoria Beach.
You enter the property on the second floor, and a stunning one-of-a-kind light sculpture sets the mood as you walk upstairs to the master. The crown jewel of the property is the spa-like master bedroom, which occupies the entire third floor. The bedroom flows outside to the expansive patio with a new vantage point on the same amazing view you weren’t finished seeing downstairs. The bathroom continues the high-end spa ambiance featuring backlit vanities and mirrors and a wall-to-wall steam shower encasing a large soaking tub.
Down a central spiral staircase, two bedrooms with private outside access offer guests the luxury of their own beach getaway. Thoughtful use of windows and angles maximize the view exposure from every living space. The entire home is armed with a Wink System, security cameras, Nest Thermostats and Sonos music system—all of which are controlled by touch screens and mobile devices.
Gonzalez prides himself on the perfect finishes he hand selects, from the porcelain tile flooring with clean industrial lines to the custom European cabinets in the kitchen—no detail is spared. Offered with pride by Seth Nelson of The Stanfield Group, this home is a treat for the senses that’s not to be missed. The open floor plan between the living room, kitchen and dining room compose a spacious, simple space. The Max Fine Porcelain counters in the kitchen are the durable alternative to fragile marble, and the Miele appliances are known as the Rolls-Royces of kitchen support. A large built-in barbecue features the same high-end finishes and a large Max Fine fountain caps off the entertaining space. There is also a bedroom suite on the main floor, and an office with a large wall of glass providing an executive vantage point to watch the swells of business and waves alike.
The living and dining room pour out onto patios overlooking the ocean—California living at its finest. Looking into the home, it shows like a Hollywood Hills entertainer’s dream. But looking out from the home affords a Pacific Ocean view just not possible in LA.
The home was originally built in 1988 and was re-imagined in 2015. Creative re-configuring of the interior spaces maximized the views and the openflow that the modern customer demands. The home is now 3, 250 square feet and is listed as a four-bedroom, four-bath property.
Offered at $4.988 million, this home provides unlimited entertaining and relaxation opportunities to its residents. It’s one of few properties available in Laguna within walking distance to the beach while offering the seclusion and exclusivity of compound style multi-level living. Have the best of Hollywood Hills style with the ease and beauty of the Orange County coast.
Hidden Treasure: In 1926, California Sen. William E. Baldwin built a summer and holiday home right on Victoria Beach, but nowadays it’s known by locals as Pirate Tower. After retired Naval officer Henry Kendrick bought the residence in the 1940s, he would dress up as a pirate and hide coins for neighboring children to find.
Greetings from Laguna! For 135 years, Laguna Beach has been home to a series of local characters called Greeters. The original Laguna Beach Greeter was a Portuguese fisherman named Old Joe Lucas followed by a Danish wanderer named Eiler Larsen (Laguna’s most famous and beloved Greeter), then No. 1 Unnamed Archer (not a fake name) and currently a man in a red glittered vest named Michael Minutoli.
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