With summer now fully upon us, it’s difficult not to be tempted by visions of afternoons at the beach, the smell of salt hanging in the air and the cool coastal wind gently whipping your face as the hypnotic roar of the waves lure you into a daydream in the sand. “This is living,” you murmur to yourself, before realizing your subtle mistake. “No, this is California living,” you offer again.

If only you could own a home of your own right here on this very land, with these very ocean views, with this very white sand just steps from your imaginary (or shall we say future?) beachside haven. Summers could turn into autumns and autumns could…well let’s just say the California dream lives on season after season inside its doors.

The search for your timeless coastal masterpiece just might begin and end with this incomparable 8,200 square-foot Tudor Revival on Carmel Highlands Coast. Situated a few steps from a private beach and set above a scenic cove overlooking Yankee Point, this grand estate reveals European elegance and grace at every turn. With dramatic ocean views as its backdrop, this home tells a story in exquisite detail: elaborately detailed stone carvings, hand hewn beams, gleaming wood paneling and floors, decorative chandeliers and more than 25 fine art tile murals. The interior offers a flexible arrangement of rooms including a gourmet kitchen, six bedroom suites, formal dining room, library, 2-story great room, and several offices and dens. The finished basement of 1,920 square feet is where you’ll find the wine cellar and bonus rooms with gaming area. Outdoors is equally impressive with meticulously kept English gardens, expansive stone patios, waterfalls, statues and artist’s studio. And what could be said of thoughtful considerations such as an elevator, five garages, solid front gate and completely private setting shrouded by mature cypress trees?  Only the words, “This is California living,” immediately come to mind.

Represented by William Smith for $14,900,000.