Inside The Retreat At Moonstone Beach

Known for its sandy coves, rocky bluffs, and the eponymous semiprecious stones that often wash up on its shore, Moonstone Beach is one of Southern California’s most beloved stretches of coastline. On an emerald perch high above, this consummately private 78-acre estate is an elegant, self-sufficient sanctuary encompassing a 12,000-square-foot residence, an inviting guesthouse, staff quarters, garaging to showcase up to 50 cars, two event halls, a helipad, equestrian facilities, six acres of rolling pinot noir vineyards, expanses of equestrian land, and open space and pine forests threaded with private trails. Nearly every vantage point enjoys dramatic sweeping views of the ocean, sunsets, and the horizon.

Cambria, California | Eric Lavey & Dusty BakerSotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage

Introduced by a regal motor court with a stunning classical fountain and majestic palms, the residence is filled with Old World finery and offers spaces ideal for the grandest of entertaining. Highlights include a magnificent formal living room, a well-outfitted cocktail bar, a welcoming family room, a chef’s kitchen, a breakfast room ringed with windows, a home theater, a primary suite with an oversized walk-in closet and a sauna, and a spacious office sure to please the busy professional. Covered and open-air outdoor spaces give way to colorful gardens and landscaping, and steps away is an entertainment lounge with an oenophile-approved wine room. The guesthouse provides four bedrooms, an office, an eat-in kitchen, its own living and dining rooms, and a relaxing arbored patio.

With all its allures and amenities, the estate is a bastion of solitude and convenience. Other than an auto enthusiast’s drive along the iconic Pacific Coast Highway or a hike in the enveloping state park lands, a need to leave should rarely arise. If it should, though, all the delights of the charming towns of Cambria and San Luis Obispo are mere moments away.

Article originally appeared in the Extraordinary Living Blog, Sotheby's International Realty.

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