4541 Brighton Road

Welcome to the OC, visitor. In this land of coastal sage scrub, citrus trees, and salt water pools, where conspicuous consumption has always, in certain circles, cultivated a following, allow me to present a front-row, cliffside, stripped down, minimalist Balinese manse, complete with a central, sunken, interior courtyard containing a twenty-nine-foot tall waterfall that empties into the turquoise waters of an infinity vanishing-edge swimming pool, all of which is located within Corona del Mar’s enduringly en vogue Cameo Shores neighborhood, teeming with long, lean, low-slung homes with forever ocean views. This is tasteful consumption—consumption done right.


From the street, 4541 Brighton Road offers you a visually and physically pleasurable experience; twin louver-inspired, two-car garage doors bookend a space filled with sleek stone-colored stucco, coarse California native grasses, small toyon trees with their sienna boughs, agaves, an entry gate sheltered from the elements by wood and steel, an interior olive tree, all crowned by a crisp, pressed metal roof. It is a heavenly composition and a true joy for the senses.

Once inside the wooden gate, the vast interior courtyard enfolds before you, presenting a living wall filled with annuals, tall French doors, swaths of glass, disappearing doors, the luscious, sunken interior pool, the intimate interior spaces of this otherwise expansive, outward-centered, a home meant to peer out from, a place of escape, perhaps reflecting on the reflections in the glass, perhaps not, it just depends which episode in the season of your life we’re talking about. The pool is stunning—it is truly awe-inspiring in its luxurious simplicity and ingenuity. This sunken courtyard enables you to engage with a truly private haven, a place away from the awesome ocean vistas.

Once the staged furniture and accessories are removed, I would feel completely at ease simply moving in as is; this home is truly turn key—my highest compliment maybe bestowed only once before. The floorings, railings, beams, windows and cabinets all reveal a harmonious design relationship that simply exists and exudes from the bones of this home. And, from the principle rooms, this is all topped off by the arresting ocean view.

The master suite is a refuge in its own right, and, arguably, of equal importance as the sunken courtyard. The creamy walls, flooring, and fireplace create the perfect backdrop for future blue-chip impressionists and Warhol Factory prints, while also enabling the genuine star of the room, the view, to shine through. The en-suite, marble-bathed bath is also centered on the view, being positioned behind massive pocket doors. The ceiling fan, the same design is carried throughout the home, is striking, modern, and reminiscent of a great wooden biplane propeller—I can just imagine watching cartoons of Snoopy fight of the Red Baron beneath their gently turning arms.

The other bedrooms and intimate spaces continue the theme of subtle, yet substantial wealth and luxury with their spa-like features, amenities, and ambiance.

The subterranean, pool-side entertaining level is accessible either by a magnificent floating, glass enclosed staircase or amply sized elevator is quite the space, and is complete with a private theater, wine cellar, lounge, and exercise room.

Once outside, and in the sunken courtyard, poolside, is one truly sheltered from prying eyes and gusty sea winds; the soothing, seamless water is a wonderful foil to the ever churning sea just on the other side of the living room.

The rear façade completes the exquisite, artful composition of this home. Glass, timber, metal, and stucco all come together in the most dynamic of ways, allowing each element to build from the others. All of this can also be taken in, along with the omnipresent ocean view, from the sea side spa.

4541 Brighton Road a roughly 7,000 square foot home with 4 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms located on a 19,602 oceanfront lot. The home is listed by Casey Lesher of Coldwell Banker for $27,995,000.

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