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Peek Inside Crystal Cove's Most Coveted Newcomer: 21 Spinnaker

By Allison Mitchell | January 6, 2020 | Home & Real Estate


If one were to analyze Crystal Cove’s latest luxury listing by the numbers, a dazzling display of data would be revealed. Five bedrooms and 7 ½ bathrooms sit inside an 11,431-square-foot, three-story estate, positioned on an oversize corner lot that clocks in at more than 20,000 square feet. Then there’s the price: a cool $18.5 million for a home that listing agent John Cain describes as the gated community’s next landmark residence. “21 Spinnaker is exceptionally special and unique, not only for its high-quality timeless design but also for its location,” he notes. “The property graces one of the best lots in the enclave on Crystal Cove’s smallest and quietest street, providing the most privacy and unobstructed views of the ocean.”

And the hits keep on coming—a climate-controlled glass wine cellar holds your finest vino; a billiards room and theater with full bar provide places in which to entertain; and an eight-car subterranean garage leaves space for all of your revved-up rides. Dual master suites—a junior edition on the ground level and a main version on the second floor—offer private quarters for residents and visitors alike. A sprawling terrace with ocean views, a sitting room with a fireplace, and dual spa bathrooms and dressing rooms help the main master rival the finest resort suites around.


Transitional design, executed by Irvine’s EBTA Architects, is featured throughout the space, making the manse feel luxe yet approachable. “This home honors European estate traditions while embracing the exceptional quality of life experienced on the O.C. Riviera. It beautifully melds traditional and modern styles—old-world and new—for the best of both at the height of luxury living,” shares Cain. “Transitional interiors are most in demand today as we yearn for the charm and sense of place of historical architecture and elements while wanting modern luxuries and amenities, and a more contemporary, sleek and refined style. Transitional design makes a home truly timeless.”

The result is a home awashin elevated accents and touches—rift oak floors and paneling, Portuguese limestone floors, slab marble countertops and lighting from some of the world’s top designers. “Each room has been developed with a no-stone-unturned approach to luxury, beauty and quality,” he adds. “Each finish and fixture has been chosen carefully so that all elements combine to create a sublime whole.”


Naturally, the vision for the outdoor space was equally thought out. Chaise lounges dot the edge of the sunken saltwater pool and spa, where an entertainer’s kitchen and fire pit are waiting to welcome a festive party—all with a pristine backdrop of the Pacific. “Nearly the entire ground floor opens seamlessly to the outside,” says Cain. “It feels like a true European coastal villa in this way and is some of the best indoor-outdoor living we’ve ever seen.” Perhaps the entire property could be described as some of the best living O.C. has ever seen. “The effect in total is a case study in how people want to live today,” Cain says. Welcome home.

Photography by: Chris Snitko