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As the home of California’s oldest residential neighborhood, called Los Rios, and “the oldest in-use building in California, the Serra Chapel in the Mission,” said Wikipedia, San Juan Capistrano carries the weight of history. As a coastal hamlet just north of Dana Point, the area boasts one of the most revered and desirable locations in southern California. As “the only romantic spot in California,” so deemed by author Richard Henry Dana, Jr., San Juan Capistrano attracts seekers of luxury, of lifestyle, and of lush surroundings.

For some, it is the draw of the authentic Spanish architecture found throughout the city. For others, the call of the hills inspires and captivates.

Seeing 31922 Paseo Monte Vista, it’s not hard to see why.

This six-bedroom, five-bath home offers a unique combination of rustic elegance and modern luxury in a rare setting spread out over two-plus acres. Behind stately iron gates is a magnificent estate property boasting of a surprising level of privacy and peacefulness. Designed as an exceptional retreat from the outside world, the 9,500 square-foot home offers the ultimate in comfort, luxury, entertainment, and leisure.

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Inside the country-style estate, soaring ceilings, plank floors, and numerous crackling fireplaces create a feeling of rich warmth. In the enormous great room, separate areas allow for lounging by the fire, reading, and casual dining.

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The gourmet kitchen with custom two-tone cabinets is the ideal spot for creating culinary delights. The  captivating master suite with its coffered ceiling and fireplace feels like a private getaway. Entertaining the home take center stage in the billiard room, wet bar, and home theater.

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Numerous terraces afford serene views of the expansive grounds, which include a complete offering of nature’s bounty, with mature oak trees, an incredible koi pond, a lush pasture, and blooming rose gardens. On the property, a full array of amenities for entertaining family and friends are also included, with a large pool, a built-in stone spa, an outdoor kitchen, a stone fireplace, and a pickleball court. The estate also has a stable, a greenhouse, its own windmill, comfortable guest quarters, a sauna, a library, and a four-car garage.

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31922 Paseo Monte Vista is offered for $6,500,000 by Tim Smith of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Newport Beach Fashion Island.

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