California mansion nearly sold out before wildfire destroyed it

A luxury California home with stunning ocean views was just “one signature” of selling for nearly $10 million when it was devoured by the Laguna Beach fires this week, according to her real estate agent.

The mansion owner was outside at the time – and watched helplessly as security cameras showed the property being destroyed.

The registry agent for the Orange County Register said the 10,000-square-foot board — known as the crown jewel of a gated luxury neighborhood in Laguna Niguel — “burned to brittleness” as wind-fed brush fires raged in the privileged area.

“It is a very private property. “You can’t duplicate this house,” said realtor Leo Goldschwartz.

“The house had separate suites. The adults went one way, and the kids went the other way. …it was like a palace. The house was a really beautiful home. The finishes were great.”

A wildfire in Laguna Beach destroyed a mansion that nearly sold for $10 million.
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destroyed house.
The 10,000-square-foot home was once known as the crown jewel of its gated neighborhood.
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Firefighters spray water on a burning building.
At least 11 homes were damaged and 20 homes destroyed by the fast-spreading bushfires.
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The custom-built home, on top of a ridge in the Coronado Pointe neighborhood, had a pool, stylish parking area, and valley-side twin suites overlooking the beach.

Built in 1999, it was designed by a French architect with feng shui values ​​and is probably the most expensive home in the gated community.

“It’s a very exclusive neighborhood … very quiet,” Goldschwartz said. “It is a luxurious community that is little known.”

A firefighter uses a hose to put out hot spots.
The custom-built home had a pool, stylish parking area, and twin valley-side suites overlooking the beach.
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A firefighter works to extinguish hot spots.
The real estate broker said potential home buyers were devastated.
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Airplane drops fire in coastal fire.
Airplane drops fire in coastal fire.
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At least 11 homes were destroyed and 20 destroyed by the rapid wildfires that swept through the Tony District of Southern California on Wednesday, fire officials said.

The prices of homes destroyed by fires along Coronado Point ranged from $2.8 million to $9.6 million, according to Zillow’s latest estimates. Most of them were 4,000 to 6,000 square feet.

Goldschwartz said the $10 million mansion owner, who also owns a home in Canada, is insured — even though wildfires have made it more difficult and more expensive to get insurance in California.

Fire losses.
The luxury property was built in 1999.
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A burnt Porsche sits outside a destroyed house.
A burnt Porsche sits outside a destroyed house.
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Burned Valley.
Wildfires have made insurance difficult and expensive to obtain in California.
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He said potential homebuyers were devastated.

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