810 Sarbonne Road, Los Angeles, Calif., is currently listed for $10.995 million. (Photo Credit: Mercer Vine)

Attention Bel Air buyers on the hunt for the next big thing! This. Is. It. When Los Angeles-based luxury real estate firm Mercer Vine dropped this exquisitely restrained Bel Air beauty in my inbox, I was floored.

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Cary Grant

Cary Grant called this Palm Springs, California, compound “Villa Paradiso” for good reason.

He called it “Villa Paradiso,” and the pool house at this eight-bedroom, 14-bathroom, 15,000-square-foot compound in Palm Springs, was designed just for Cary Grant, who was just one of several old Hollywood royalty to vacation at the lush abode.

According to listing agent Marc Lange with Hom Sotheby’s International Realty, the nearly four-acre compound sits in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood, and has everything — an amazing backstory, hundreds of trees, well-manicured grounds, and “the most commanding panoramic mountain views in the entire desert.” (more…)

1118 Tower Road Beverly Hills, CA 90210, currently listed for $9.995 million by Mercer Vine

What is the essence of a modern Los Angeles home? According to the folks at Mercer Vine, the answer lies in the reimagined Spanish colonial at 1118 Tower Road Beverly Hills 90210.

“This extensive redesign brings a modern edge to an already stunning property. From the outdoor entertaining spaces right down to the details of the wrought-iron balconies, every element of the home has been meticulously designed,” said Mercer Vine co-founder Adam Rosenfeld, who shares the listing with agent Coley Lafoon and Mercer Vine co-founder Kyle Giese. “This home truly combines California luxury with the warm elegance of a Spanish villa.”

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Thirty miles from the grind of Los Angeles, in the middle of the dense woods of Santa Anita Canyon, sits a tiny cabin. Like where this is going?

Built in 1918, the cabin was home to Mike Pauro — a musician known as ‘Ajax Moon’ — a poet and fiddler for whom the spot is now named. Fiddler’s Crossing. Reminds us of something out of a folk story. And if rustic is your thing, you could buy a place in that story for a mere $50,000.

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California’s coastline has certain towns, as well known as prime wine varietals, with names that have become shorthand for wealth, luxury, golden light fading into soft rose at twilight, and sparkling off the water in the heat of the day. Montecito has drawn celebrities for decades, but what lures Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, and a bevy of executives to Santa Barbara County?

Montecito’s unique position provides a host of microclimates, and some of the most prized real estate isn’t along the coast. Instead it’s above East Valley Road, where a combination of gentle breezes, warm sunshine, and ocean views provide an idyllic setting. In this area you will find the most extravagant estates often boasting exemplary gardens.

Montecito’s reputation as a garden paradise began at the end of the 19th century as the East Coast wealthy began to seek out the restorative effects of a Southern California winter.

A modern example that has a similar appeal to some the George Washington Smith homes in the areas is 710 Picacho Lane. The home was built in 1996 and has been created for modern living with commanding ocean and mountain views.

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Pebble Beach Golf Links. Photo by Bart Keagy

7th Hole, Pebble Beach Golf Links. (Photo Credit: Bart Keagy)

Trade representatives from Monterey County, Calif., hosted a media dinner I attended recently, making an excellent case for the coastal area two hours or so south of San Francisco, plying us with agricultural products from the region.  It was a knockout meal, not surprisingly, as the area is home to the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Salinas Valley (nicknamed the “Salad Bowl of the World”),  and numerous California-caliber restaurants and wineries.

Eating local here is as good as it gets.  (Full disclosure: the dinner included fabulous abalone, lamb, artisanal cheese, glorious produce, fine wine — and, yes, it was comped.)

Today’s post features one of the premier residential communities in Monterey County: Pebble Beach.  It’s a bucket list golf destination for many, with more than half-a-dozen golf courses, including  Pebble Beach Resort’s famed Spy Glass Hill, The Links at Spanish Bay, and Pebble Beach Golf Links,  rated the No.1 public course in the U.S. by Golf Digest Magazine,  and a frequent setting for the U.S. Open.

Much of Pebble Beach is gated, open to the public willing to pay the $10 toll to drive the renowned 17 mile scenic route that winds along its shoreline. Homeowners and resort visitors on this road enjoy some of the most spectacular oceanfront views in the country. Housing prices in the area reflect the stunning beauty.

Soak it up, viewing housing options in a range of prices:

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Photo: Sotheby's International Realty

Photo: Sotheby’s International Realty

Napa County may get the lion’s share of the California wine country press while Sonoma County sometimes seems lumped in as an afterthought. But Sonoma has its own quiet magic. Falstaff Grove looks like it could be a resort or bed and breakfast, but it is a private home located approximately 4 miles west of downtown Sebastopol, a popular spot for Sonoma wine country tourists, known for its arts as well as its fine dining.  The area itself is known for apple farms and pinot noir grapes.

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