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Location: Avalon, Calif.
The Skinny: It's hard to beat the beautiful views from this estate, which overlooks Catalina Island's busy and historic Avalon Bay. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom estate was built in 1985 and forgoes Catalina's typical Spanish Colonial Revival style in favor of a contemporary post-and-beam design. The current owners have squeezed a lot of activity into the space, creating a music room, a darkroom, and a gym. Interior luxury touches include Brazilian cherry floors, Catalina tile, and artisan fireplaces, not to mention a pretty awesome library complete with rolling ladder. Outside, the home takes full advantage of the island's Mediterranean climate, with a feature set that includes a grotto with waterfall, outdoor entertainment spaces, and a pool. In addition to the main house, there's also a guest house with its own lounge and private lanai, and then, of course, there are the views of Catalina Casino, the town of Avalon, and the Pacific Ocean. The home, which sits on one and a half landscaped acres, is asking $7.5M.