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California mansion was almost sold before wildfire destroyed it

California mansion was almost sold before wildfire destroyed it


A palatial California abode with breathtaking ocean views was just “one signature away” from being sold for nearly $10 million when it was gutted by the Laguna Beach wildfire this week, according to its real-estate agent.

The mansion’s owner was abroad at the time — and helplessly watched as security cameras showed the property being destroyed.

The 10,000-square-foot pad — known as the crown jewel of a luxury gated neighborhood in Laguna Niguel — “burnt to a crisp” as the wind-fueled brush fire ripped through the ritzy region,  the listing agent told the Orange County Register.

“It’s a very special property. You cannot duplicate that home,” said Realtor Leo Goldschwartz. 

“The house had separate wings. The adults went one way, the kids went another way. … It was like a palace. The house was a really beautiful home. The finishes were impressive.”

The nearly-sold $10 million mansion was gutted by the Laguna Beach wildfire.
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Destroyed home.
The 10,000-square-foot home was known as the crown jewel of its luxury gated neighborhood.
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Firefighters spray water on a structure burning.
At least 11 homes were damaged and 20 destroyed by the fast-moving wildfire.
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The custom-built house, on the top of a ridge in the Coronado Pointe neighborhood, had a pool, an elegant parking area and canyon-side twin wings overlooking the beach.

Built in 1999, it was designed by a French architect with feng shui values and likely the priciest home in the gated community.

“It’s a very exclusive neighborhood … very quiet,” Goldschwartz said. “It’s an under-the-wire, luxury community that’s little-known.”

A firefighter uses a hose to put out hot spots.
The custom-built house had a pool, an elegant parking area and canyon-side twin wings overlooking the beach.
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A firefighter works to put out hotspots.
The home’s would-be buyers are devastated, the realtor said.
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A plane drops fire retardant onto the Coastal Fire.
A plane drops fire retardant onto the Coastal Fire.
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At least 11 homes were damaged and 20 destroyed by the fast-moving wildfire that overtook the tony Southern California area Wednesday, fire officials said.

Prices for the fire-ravaged homes along Coronado Pointe ranged from $2.8 million to $9.6 million, according to the most recent Zillow estimates. Most of them were 4,000 to 6,000 square feet.

The owner of the $10 million mansion, who also has a home in Canada, was insured, Goldschwartz said — although wildfires have made insurance harder to get and more expensive in California.

Fire damage.
The luxury estate was built in 1999.
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A burned Porsche sits outside a destroyed home.
A burned Porsche sits outside a destroyed home.
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Burned canyon.
Wildfires have made insurance harder to get and more expensive in California.
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The abode’s would-be buyers are devastated, he said.



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