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Palacio Oceano - San Clemente, California

4130 Calle Isabella, San Clemente, California 92672




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Joel Goodrich
An iconic Riviera-style estate on the California coast.
Palacio Oceano is, without doubt, one of the most impressive oceanfront estates in Southern California.

The residence, situated on a nearly three-acre compound in guard-gated Cotton Point Estates, contains a multitude of spacious rooms within its nearly 13,000 square feet of living area.

The expansive parcel with 450 feet of ocean frontage affords an eminently livable arrangement of these spaces that captures amazing garden, ocean and sunset views from every major room. Grand two story spaces with beamed ceilings and intricate brick + stone walls are situated to take in ocean views through bronze framed windows. Limestone floors, walnut millwork, and Venetian plaster complement the architecture and setting. The rustic motif creates a casual elegance perfect for living and entertaining in this seaside setting.


"Enjoy the ultimate luxury resort lifestyle in one of the world's great oceanside estates!"

ighlights include an enormous master suite with sitting room + private terrace, 3 bedroom guest house, sport court, 55 foot oceanfront pool, event lawn, and a 9 car garage.

The residence is surrounded by generous terraces, broad lawns and mature gardens set above the ocean. Designed without compromise, this offering includes every imaginable amenity in a setting that is private, spacious, and surrounded by ocean views.

* Seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms
* 12,854 square feet
* 2.6 acre parcel

Guests first arrive at the gated entrance to the property. Behind these massive iron and wood gates, a long private drive meanders through gardens to the main residence. A circular motor court is set with antique European granite cobbles and surrounded by mature foliage. Through a colonnade, guests see their first glimpse of the ocean through private gardens that lie beyond.

The formal entrance to the residence is a stately, two-story reception hall. The formal living room is immediately in view. It is anchored by an oversized antique limestone mantel, and a magnificent picture window that perfectly frames the garden and ocean views beyond. The formal dining room, which seats 16, is complemented by French doors that open to a sea view dining terrace and the gardens. An adjacent informal serving bar creates another conversation area for larger gatherings.

The main hall, which is designed in a series of intersecting barrel vaults, forms the spine of the main level and continues to the informal areas of the house. It leads first to the kitchen, which is perfectly located in the central area of the house, adjacent to but shielded from the formal areas, while opening to and perfectly blending with the informal areas. The commodious kitchen features texted black granite counters and hand finished walnut cabinetry. A wall of windows floods the kitchen with natural light, while also bringing in the ocean breezes. The informal dining room sits next to the kitchen as well as the two-story family room. Anchored by another wall of hand-set brick and stone, the handsome room opens on two sides: on one to the lushly planted Mediterranean courtyard, and the other to the main ocean terrace.

Continuing along the main hall, this floor includes another guest bath, a ground floor guest suite opening to the rear garden, the main laundry room, and very large media and games room. The media and games room opens to two covered terraces; one with a full service outdoor bar/kitchen and multiple seating areas warmed by an outdoor fireplace.

Also found on the main level are a temperature-controlled wine storage area, three guest baths, a pool bath, an exercise area, and direct access to the nine-car two-story garage with expansive extra storage and a very large workshop area.

From either of the two main staircases, the second story private areas of the home are easily accessible. Three secondary bedroom suites, all generous in size and opening to ocean view balconies, are set in the central section of the upper floor. There is also a study, an office, a billiards room, and upstairs laundry. At the southern end of the second floor lies the master suite. This spacious and quiet retreat includes a sitting room, fireplace, and opens to amazing ocean views through both a large picture window and French doors. The master suite also has a large and private covered viewing terrace. The master bath and dressing areas are quite large and completely finished with imported limestone and hand finished walnut cabinetry. Open on three sides to the ocean, there are views from throughout the entire suite.

Attached via a long arcade, there is a two story, multi-use structure designed for extended stay guests as well as working in-residence. On the ground level, the “guest house” includes a living/dining/kitchen area in one room, all opening to a large ocean view terrace. Inclusive to the guest house are two bedrooms and full bath. Upstairs, and separate from the guest house, is the office. Reached either via the arcade, or via another private entrance, the “office” includes a large living room with sea views, as well as a dedicated office with an adjacent bath. The workspace is perfect for meetings as well as for expanding the options to remain in-residence for extended periods.

Certainly one of the most compelling features of this property is its magnificent site and setting. Occupying the southernmost parcel in all of Orange County, this striking 2.6-acre oceanfront parcel has a nearly 270-degree panorama of ocean views from Point Loma to Dana Point. 450 feet of ocean frontage make this one of the largest private oceanfront properties on the Southern California coast. Elevated and exceptionally private, the site has only one neighbor directly adjacent to the main gardens and residence. The structures are Ideally located in the rear-central portion of the property. They are surrounded by broad lawns and enveloped in mature gardens specimen gardens. The spectacular ocean garden is lined with a series of exceptional, stone-paved viewing terraces. The central feature of the ocean garden is the 55’ long swimming pool set parallel to the ocean. A long pool terrace adjoins it on two sides, both opening to the ocean views. At the end of the ocean garden is an enormous event lawn. Ideal for large parties and events, the ocean garden has been host to gathering of hundreds of guests.

The south garden overlooks the ocean is set at the far end of the property. Anchored by sport areas and another specimen garden, it includes a romantic ocean overlook.

The fore garden is divided by the entry drive. On one side, it is a vast swath of lawn. On the other, it transitions from a lawn to a rose garden, to a citrus garden, to a raised vegetable garden, and then concludes at the sport court. A chicken coop and remnants of a home built half-pipe are vestiges of the many years the current owners’ children and friends enjoyed this amazing property.

Throughout the gardens, there is evidence careful thought was given to its design. The site was maximized to create a prized, usable, and admirable garden for living and entertaining in the warm California sun. Torrey Pines, Monterey Cypress, specimen cacti and succulents, and a multitude of indigenous and exotic plantings create a coastal European Mediterranean garden-scape on an impressive scale not seen anywhere else in Southern California.

Designed without compromise, this offering includes every imaginable amenity in a one-of-a-kind setting that is private, spacious, and surrounded by ocean views.

Without doubt, this one of the most impressive oceanfront estates in Southern California.

- Joel Goodrich



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