Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cima del Mundo

Located on the pinnacle of Lemon Heights in North Tustin is a house that I have christened Cima del Mundo (Top of the World in Spanish). Originally built by the prominent Utt family who owned many citrus groves, this home embodies the California ideal during the 1920's (it was built in 1928), a house in a country setting yet in the city. Originally priced at $8,900,000, the house and its 3 remaining acres were subdivided into 3 parcels. The main parcel with the approximately 7,000 square foot main house as well as the back mountain view parcel were purchased for a combined $4,000,000. This leaves the front parcel, offering 270 degree views from Irvine to the Palos Verdes Peninsula on the market for $2,499,000.
The lines on the facade were caused by the material used to construct the house, concrete. You can even see the grain of the wood used to mould the concrete up close!
This home has seriously watched Orange County grow-up from its front door!
This B-E-A-utiful beamed ceiling was salvaged from an old church in Mexico and reassembled to create this stunning room.
The dinning room could use a little sprucing up, but the bones are fantastic!
This fully enclosed courtyard is wonderful! Bedrooms radiate off the covered loggias and invite you to sit and relax a little. This is a superb escape from the vast panorama that can be seen from the front of the house.
From the front door you can see the blimp hangers on the old Tustin Marine Corps Air Station that is now being redeveloped into homes and shopping centers by the Irvine Company. On the horizon you can see the buildings that make up the Irvine Company's Newport Center and Fashion Island. And as an added bonus you can see the ocean, 12 miles away, shimmering in the distance on clear days.
I would be willing to do whatever it takes to get that house! As of today it is being renovated, hopefully it will be a non intrusive renovation that will leave the original house intact.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice. I like the imprint of concrete forms and this isn't brutalist. I don't know much about California but I'm not wanting a "...superb escape from the vast panorama..." Thanks.