Diane Keaton has an effortless elegance on screen and off. Her former Laguana Beach home has the same charm. It’s on the market for nearly 16 million dollars. The home boasts unique features, many of which were designed by Keaton herself when she renovated the home. If your looking for the ultimate beach retreat, look no farther than this cottage estate.
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Diane Keaton’s breakout role was the 1972 film the Godfather. She is a prolific actress, and has won a wide variety of academy awards. She’s known for her versatility, playing in moving dramas, romantic comedies, and providing the voice for the cartoon Green Eggs and Ham. She’s very authentic and brings her own trademark personality to every role she plays.
In addition to being a Hollywood star, Keaton has two adopted children. She’s written several books, enjoys photography, and has a love for real estate.
History of the Home
The home was originally constructed in 1928 for J. Roy Smith. Smith’s family owned a large orange grove, and beach houses were just beginning to gain popularity. When Keaton purchased the property in 2003, she began restoring the home. She added her own signature touches, while maintaining the classic feel of the home. She sold the home in 2006 for over $12.5 million, a huge jump from the $7.5 million she paid for the home. It’s now on the market again with no significant changes to Keaton’s design.
Stunning Views and Beach Garage
Where do you park your kayaks and paddle boats? In the beach garage, of course. The private staircase leads to the beach, and the area known as the beach garage where water toys are parked in the sand. The Mediterranean style home has a stucco exterior and several terraces. The view is absolutely breathtaking. The home is perched atop a bluff overlooking Shaw’s Cove. The terraces offer the feel of the trade winds and a view of the beach and ocean below, as well as a large outdoor fireplace for chilly fall evenings.
With a view like that, it may be difficult to bring yourself inside, but you’ll be glad you did. When you step into the foyer, your eyes are immediately drawn to the staircase. Colorful tiles adorn the stairs, while the detailed wrought iron railing brings a touch of class. The feel is whimsical and charming, without feeling over the top.
The home has four bedrooms, six baths, and a large cozy study. The color scheme is beige and white. This allows other features, like the tile backsplash in the galley kitchen to take center stage. Other rooms allow the large picture windows as the point of interest. When you have an ocean view right outside your window, sometimes less is more. Other notable features include hardwood floors, well chosen area rugs, and stained glass interior doors.
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