April 17, 2024


Elegant home interior

Experience the ornate opulence of the Coronado Castle’s Spanish Revival

If you’ve got Vader standing in the wings, does that make you the Emperor?

If you have obtained Vader standing in the wings, does that make you the Emperor?

It’s not solely uncommon for rich people today to name their homes — just in the previous year, we have frequented La Casa de los Suenos in Del Mar, Maravilla in Rancho Santa Fe, and most likely a few other folks. But if you’re heading to title your dwelling Coronado Castle, we’d much better be searching at something quite darned opulent. “Echoing with the variety of extravagance that underscored the 1920s, ‘Coronado Castle’ flawlessly captures the era’s zeitgeist, rife with opulent tile flooring, ornate ironwork, and stained-glass touches,” the Zillow listing for the 14,242-square-foot mansion at 11227 F Street features. And which is just the very first sentence.

Great for relaxed outdoor dining!

The household was originally crafted in 1925 by famed community architect Richard Requa at an believed expense of $57,000 (a little bit above $9 million in today’s pounds). Additional lately, a staff of designers and builders performed a four-year transform supposed to combine modern know-how even though retaining the century-aged Spanish Revival truly feel. YouTube has not just one particular but two films showcasing the dwelling. The first is the usual slide-show design tour, but the second is a mini-documentary showcasing the remodel crew speaking about how extraordinary their do the job is. (There are also a lot of photos in the listing, which give us a good deal of possibilities to gawk.) The shorter tour online video opens with some exterior drone footage setting up that sure, this is indeed a enormous house set just a block from the beach front on the south side of Coronado, a dwelling that likely enjoys some excellent water views from the higher ranges. And at just around a fifty percent-acre, the great deal is also reportedly a single of the major household parcels on the peninsula.

We’re a quarter of the way through the tour when we lastly get to the entrance door, a darkish-wooden-and-wrought-iron affair with an arched prime established at the conclusion of a stone hallway, and it seriously does appear like a little something you’d find in a castle. When that door opens, we’re in an “impressive turret that functions as an entry corridor,” with large, exposed-beam arched ceilings and plenty a lot more personalized iron operate, the two on the stair railing and in the candle holders on the wall. They’re most likely LED replicas, but they however mesh effectively with the house’s aesthetic. The living and eating rooms have even more of these iron fixtures, like some huge chandeliers. The videographer looks to reads my brain when I want to pause and admire the personalized carved wood ceilings in the eating space, even heading so considerably as to zoom in on some of the much more intricate operate.

The “capacious kitchen is poised for entertaining, appointed with an 80-inch La Cornue assortment and rotisserie, double Sub-Zero fridge, Miele steam oven and espresso station, additionally wet bar.” The range is large, with sufficient spacing between burners to let for multiple huge pots and pans at at the time. I want this vary. Also bad it is basically larger than the longest wall in my kitchen.

Next we’re going to head outdoors to the pool deck and walled garden. We do not see it in the movie, but the lined loggia off to a person side of the pool capabilities a significant outside eating space with seating for 14, additionally a residing room the place couches wrap close to a fireplace and wall-mounted Television. Just exterior, there’s a secondary kitchen area with developed-in grill, island bar, and (when once more) a pizza oven.

Back again to the movie: we get to see some of the other outdoor features, including “an 18-hole chipping and putting green” surrounded by olive trees that are now over 100 several years old. Returning to the inside, we climb stairs and end to admire some far more hand-carved and painted woodwork on the way to the most important bedroom, wherever we obtain far more ornate woodwork on the ceiling and what seems to be to be a marble fire. The lavatory is larger than any lavatory has a suitable to be, with a freestanding tub in the center of the place. Relocating on, we occur to an business office at the top of the turret and cease to peek at the ocean views ahead of we go out on the roof. “Evoking a 5-star experience with firepit lounge, moist bar, and dining location, the turret’s third-floor roof deck affords panoramic ocean views,” the listing claims, and the deck does not disappoint.

Finally, we’re back again inside of and descending to the “lavish basement…boasting a golfing simulator, massive terrific place, 26-seat motion picture theater, gymnasium, and spa.” Adhere all that in a basement and I suppose you’ve attained the right to use adjectives like lavish – there is even a daily life-size Darth Vader and a couple of storm troopers tucked into cutouts in the theater, and a wall lined with surfboards in the health club.

Originally developed for “business magnate” W.A. Gunn (a historical plaque denotes the residence as the “W.A. Gunn House” — fancy homes may possibly get a name but this 1 is so outrageous it gets two!), community documents suggest current ownership lies with Brian Mariotti, CEO of the pop tradition toy firm Funko. The previous described gross sales cost in 2017 was $12.2 million, but thanks to the Mills Act, which gives generous assets tax breaks to entrepreneurs of historic houses, it’s taxed on a benefit of just over $3.6 million. Coronado Castle (or Gunn Dwelling) went back again on-marketplace in late March its inquiring price tag of $39 million remains unchanged to date.

  • 1127 F AVENUE| Coronado, 92118
  • Present operator: Brian and Shannon Mariotti | Listing rate: $39,000,000 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 9 | Household size: 14,242