Cali Comparables: What $5.6 Million Buys in Orange County

You set a certain budget for your house hunt — and you can’t go a penny over it. But what if you want to expand your search a wee bit beyond a specific neighborhood? We decided to play the comparison game by exploring what you can buy for a certain dollar value in various California neighborhoods in a series called “Cali Comparables.” We’re crisscrossing the Golden State to give you an idea of how far your dollar goes in certain areas.

This week, we’re heading to a Southern California coastal locale — Orange County — to find out just how far $5.9 million (and slightly under) will take us in places like Coto de Caza, Corona del Mar and Newport Coast.

31381 Trigo | Coto de Caza, CA 92679 | $5,599,000

You won’t want to miss the chance to tour this extensively remodeled gated European estate in the heart of prestigious Los Ranchos Estates. Taking full advantage of the flat 2-acre lot, the authentic hacienda offers horse facilities, a lighted tennis court, a sprawling covered pavilion with a full kitchen, plus a Koi pond, pool, spa and waterfall. Bountiful palms and mature trees provide plenty of shade. The 9,000-square-foot home features a state-of-the-art $500,000-plus Vantage home automation system and 5 spacious bedroom suites, each with private baths and huge closets. Still need more space? No problem. There’s also a 1,200-square-foot one-bedroom guest house.

248 Driftwood Road | Corona del Mar, CA 92625 | $5,499,000

This fabulous two-story Shore Cliffs estate with sumptuous indoor and outdoor living spaces leaves little to be desired. Its striking features are countless, including arched and beveled windows and detailed wood moldings. The recently updated residence boasts a mahogany-laden library with a marble fireplace, a wine cellar/tasting room and a dazzling chef’s kitchen. The magnificence extends to the second level, where you’ll find an elegant master suite with a stone fireplace and a private terrace. And just when you think you’ve seen everything, step onto the incredible rooftop deck and take in the breathtaking views of the channel, Catalina Island and the ocean. Completing the residence is a patio with a built-in barbecue area and a flourishing backyard for relaxing or entertaining beside the beautifully updated pool and spa.

15 Marciana Street | Newport Coast, CA 92657 | $5,498,000

You’re in for a rare treat when you visit this exquisite hilltop Mediterranean-style estate in the exclusive Ocean Heights community. After passing through a private gated entry and lovely courtyard, you enter a foyer showcasing an artistic floor mosaic medallion, one of the home’s many custom touches. The 4,645-square-foot residence features a main-floor master suite with a stunning floor-to-ceiling fireplace, two cedar-lined walk-in closets and French doors leading to a patio and gorgeous rose garden. Similarly, the formal dining area opens to a private verdant courtyard and the oversized gourmet kitchen and great room open to an elegantly landscaped patio/backyard with an impressive stone fireplace. Outdoor seating is plentiful, so relax and relish the spectacular panoramic views of the ocean and Catalina Island.