Laguna Beach mansion was about to be sold for $10million before California wildfire
A beautiful mansion in Laguna Beach was just ‘one signing away’ from being sold for $10 million before a California wildfire ‘burned it to a crisp’.
The palatial Laguna Niguel abode was almost completely burned after a wildfire swept through the region Wednesday afternoon.
Rapporteur Leo Goldschwartz told the Orange County Registry that the 10,000-square-foot home at 5 Vista Court was about to be sold to new owners.
The mansion was the most expensive in the neighborhood, coming on the market for just under $10 million.
“You can’t duplicate that house,” he told the Register. The house had separate wings. The adults went on one side, the children on the other… It was like a palace. The house was a really beautiful house. The finishes were impressive.
The $10 million Laguna Niguel mansion (pictured) was just ‘one signing away’ from being sold when the Coastal Fire engulfed the home, leaving a shell behind.
Only the main structure of the house remains after the fire swept through the upscale neighborhood.
The beautiful backyard that had an in-ground pool and grassy areas before the fire
The house was left in ruins afterwards with piles of rubble littering the once beautiful patio.
The house featured seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, with a separate ‘children’s wing’ and another ‘wellness wing’ for a meditation room, gym, Pilates studio, sauna and steam room.
The mansion also included its own backyard pool with views of California mansions on one side and Laguna Beach on the other.
Now, the custom-built 1999 home is among 19 others that were destroyed in the fast-moving fire, along with 11 others that were damaged.
The only part left standing is the central structure of the seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom home.
The gargantuan home featured its own “kids wing” with a game room and study room, as well as a two-story bedroom and “wellness wing” to house its own meditation room, gym and Pilates studio. with sauna and steam room”.
It also included a separate outdoor pool with views of the California mountains and Laguna Beach, as well as a four-car garage and home theater.
Property records show that it is currently owned by a shell corporation, which purchased the lavish mansion for $6.275 million in September 2020.
The homeowner, who was not home when the fire tore through the neighborhood, reportedly saw the flames take over his home on security footage.
The new buyers, who were also not identified, are said to be devastated to have lost the impressive property, the New York Post informed.
An aerial photo reveals how devastating the fire was to the exclusive community of Laguna Niguel
Firefighters worked tirelessly to put out the flames. A firefighter reported that he suffered an injury
Twenty properties were destroyed and 11 others were damaged in the fire.
Many homes were burned to the ground, taking precious belongings with them, as residents did not have time to grab their belongings before having to quickly evacuate the area.
The fire, dubbed the Coastal Fire, started near a water treatment facility in Aliso Woods Canyon, between Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach in Orange County, at 2:45 p.m. and swept through steep terrain amid strong gales. .
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but on Wednesday night the local power company revealed there was “activity on the circuit around the reported time of the fire” as residents say the power was cut before flames will erupt.
A state of emergency has now been declared as the Coastal Fire consumed nearly 200 acres and firefighters continued to battle the flames. It is not known how much of the fire has already been contained.
At least one firefighter suffered a medical emergency while battling the flames, authorities announced Thursday, and was taken to hospital. He is in a stable condition.
Nearby, Lynn and Keith Morey’s five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home with a two-story library and office burned to the ground, less than a year after the couple lost their business in another fire.
They had left the house early in the morning, ABC 7 reports, and they did not have time to take any of their belongings. As a result, Lynn lost the only photos she had left of her sister, who had died four years earlier.
“I’m more in shock than anything else,” Lynn said Wednesday night.
AN GoFundMe now he has set out to help the couple rebuild. It was later shared on Facebook by Lynne’s niece, Heather Balaban, who wrote: ‘My aunt Lynn and her husband Keith are the sweetest and most giving people I know.
‘Your mission in life is [to] help heal others,’ he explained, noting: ‘They invite people into their house to stay with them all the time.
“Unfortunately, their house burned to the ground last night and they didn’t have time to take any of their belongings because they were evacuated in Laguna Niguel.”
As of Friday night, the online fundraiser had raised $3,400 of its $50,000 goal.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Keith and Lynn Morey (pictured here) rebuild their home. Lynn Morey holds a wedding portrait of her and her husband that was recovered by a firefighter after the Coastal Fire destroyed homes.
A resident of the upmarket neighborhood sat with his cat as he watched the firefighters at work.
Another $6.6 million four-bedroom, seven-bathroom mansion at 35 Coronado Pointe also lost its entire roof to the flames as firefighters scrambled to save walls and neighboring properties.
Explosions were heard coming from a house, believed to be the sound of munitions detonating.
Another woman who raised her family in a house that has now been reduced to rubble said she wasn’t sure if they would try to rebuild her $3 million home.
“Maybe it’s too hard,” he said.
A married couple whose wedding photo was one of the few salvageable items from the fire said it was a huge blow after losing their business to a fire less than a year ago.
The community’s former mayor, Fred Minagar, described the once-quiet area as a “war zone” just a day after fire tore through the glamorous neighborhood.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has now approved federal funds to fight the growing fire.
Some homes continued to burn as late as Thursday morning, even after firefighters spent the night trying to douse the blaze.
The Coastal Fire swept through the affluent neighborhood of Coronado Pointe Wednesday night.
“This support will ensure that state and local authorities have the resources they need to continue to address this emergency to save lives and homes in our community,” Rep. Michelle Steel tweeted Thursday.
Hundreds of people were forced to evacuate their homes in the area of Coronado Pointe, Vista Courte, Pacific Island Drive, Via Las Rosa and Ranch Golf Course and Resort around 4 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies ran between each house to tell the people who left
Laguna Beach has been home over the years to famous faces like Diane Keaton, Bette Midler’s writer/producer Ryan Murphy, and Golden Age Hollywood star Bette Davis.