When Villa Rockledge was built in 1918, Laguna Beach was unspoiled and idyllic. Plein air painters had arrived at the turn of the century to capture the scenic beauty of the seaside community, and Hollywood’s upper echelon had started driving the couple of hours south to film and vacation.
Completed in 1921 with no use of machinery, the 12-bedroom, 11-bathroom estate (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) is a Mediterranean Revival work of art, with no identical nor perfectly rectangular rooms. Heavy, carved, wooded doors and wrought-iron detailing immediately send visitors back in time, while newly installed electric, Wi-Fi, and a Nova Smart Home system ensure 21st-century conveniences. The home’s half-acre lot is its keynote, offering unobstructed ocean views from nearly every room. The appropriately named “Rockledge” cascades down several stepped grades from the bluff to a private sandy cove. Up to 28 people can stay at the 8,065-square-foot home, cleverly split among a five-bedroom main residence, four private villas, and two guest rooms. Two garages and four carports accommodate up to 16 cars.
Best Nest Living currently rents the villa for $250,000 per month or $95,000 per month with a one-year lease. For $30 million, Villa Rockledge can be yours. (Sales, lease, and rental inquiries: Ashton Ramsey, 323.828.3657, firstname.lastname@example.org; bestnestliving.com)