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1961 ranch rebuilt into modern stunner for $14.8M

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Located in Laguna Beach, California

A ranch house. The facade is wood and glass with a white staircase. The roof is flat. There is an assortment of shrubbery in front. Photos by Chris Snitko

The Pacific Coast Highway is the longest state road in California, a scenic journey atop cliffs and through charming oceanside towns. And because top-notch real estate is drawn to picturesque locales, any trip down Highway 1 also delivers epic architecture eye candy.

Located two blocks from the ocean, just south of the Pacific Coast Highway, this four-bedroom, four-bath stunner features plenty to ogle at. Originally constructed in 1961, the midcentury ranch was rebuilt in 2016 by California architect Chris Light.

The remodel took advantage of the home’s long horizontal lines and incorporated disappearing walls of glass for indoor-outdoor entertaining. Ocean views dominate the home’s southern side, while the northern side features a large yard with barbecue and patio area.

Inside the 3,050-square-foot space, a modern kitchen boasts Calacatta Borghini marble, lacquered cabinets, custom lighting, oak flooring, and a great room with marble fireplace. A giant bathroom accompanies the master bedroom, and a one-bedroom guest house sits across from an outdoor fireplace.

California real estate prices being what they are, the Laguna Beach home doesn’t come cheap. 2538 Monaco Drive is on the market for $14,800,000.

The exterior of a ranch house with windows that showcase the interior. On the inside is a kitchen and dining area. On the outside are palm trees and a lawn.
The interior of a ranch house with a living area that has a marble fireplace, couches, and a window overlooking a body of water.
The interior of a bedroom area in a ranch house. There is a bed with a cushioned headboard, a circular light fixture, and a window overlooking palm trees and a body of water.
The interior of a ranch house. The room has a circular light fixture, white cabinetry, a patterned area rug, bathtub, and seating.
The interior of a bedroom area in a ranch house. There is a bed with white and blue bed linens, a window overlooking a body of water, and a geometric light fixture.
An outdoor seating area attached to a ranch house. There is a fire pit, chairs, and shrubbery.