Castello della Costa d'Oro, Estate of the Day
There is only one Hearst Castle, right? Just to the south of the estate built for William Randolph Hearst sits the Castello della Costa d'Oro, a worthy rival of riches that captures the larger-than-life essence of Hearst's palace even if its on a more modest scale. It is listed for sale at $58 million, and there are no tours coming through to see where Charlie Chaplin once slept.
Gallery: Castello della Costa d'Oro
Located on 80 acres in coastal Cambria, the 33,500-square-foot Venetian-style Castello della Costa d'Oro -- Castle of the Gold Coast -- has unobstructed 180-degree coastline views and a half-mile of frontage across a pristine beach. The museum-quality main residence has a 30-foot-long onyx bar in the Grand Ballroom, which is a dizzying expanse of crystal, murals and marble.
This is an entertainer's palace. There is a 4,500-square-foot entertainment hall for gatherings of up to 400 with a full bar, Murano glass chandeliers, a professional sound system, grand piano and a wrap-around Italian vineyard mural as a backdrop. An even larger 9,000-square-foot pavilion with a musician's balcony, backstage prep room and modular stage serves for large fund-raising events and large-scale private gatherings. The Pavilion was configured to house up to a 30-car automotive collection as well.
The private East Wing of the estate houses the master suite with a sitting area, fireplace, dressing room, whirlpool tub and sauna, a 12-head steam shower and a two-story walk-in closet with a wet bar. The functionality of a two-story closet eludes me but perhaps this just involves a lot of clothes and a very tall ladder. A wall of French doors open from the master suite to an ocean-view terrace.
There are murals painted on the domed ceilings, marble baths, over-sized wardrobes and expansive views of the ocean or vineyards below from virtually every window. The West Wing has a theater room, an executive office suite, a formal family room with a fireplace and dining alcove, and something called the morning room, which we presume would be gauche to use after the stroke of noon.
The wine cellar includes a built-in 3,500-bottle rack, a tasting room with a trompe l'oeil painted ceiling, and room for storing wine by the cases. Hopefully no curfew on use of this room.
Castle kitchens are often baffling to the untrained eye. Certainly the owners want nothing but the finest professional quality dream kitchen, but let's face it, they don't really even pour their own glasses of warm milk, do they? This castle has a complete catering kitchen plus what we will euphemistically call the owner's kitchen with two full-size refrigerators, a wine cooler, two convection wall ovens, two warming drawers and a six-burner gas range with griddle and two ovens. There is a large marble-topped prep island with a deep sink and a 50-inch flat screen TV. The TV was my first clue that this is perhaps an owner who knows her way around the kitchen, at least on the way to the Morning Room.
There is also an outdoor kitchen on one of the ocean-view terraces, equipped with a wood-fired stone pizza oven, under-the-counter refrigeration, wine coolers, a resort-size grill, a beer tap and a gas fireplace.
Touch screen monitors control all lighting, sound and security systems and there are flat-screen televisions in such abundance that even the folks at Best Buy are doing high-fives.
And the good news for those without $58 million in the sofa cushions is that the owner will consider financing or a trade. Your castle for his.
Lori McGuire of Re/Max Select One in Orange County is the listing agent.
Owner may consider financing/trades.