When we consider what exactly makes a multimillion-dollar home, we generally think of things like square footage, custom finishes and ocean views. What we don’t usually think about are observatories, because let’s face it, that would be way too cool. But among a sea of trophy homes in Laguna Niguel, one property dares to transcend modern amenities with a simply unworldly private observatory and telescope installation.
“The observatory is certainly one of the most unique amenities I have seen in a home,” said listing agent Dana Wall of Prudential California Realty. “The exclusivity of this feature only adds to the value and appeal of this gorgeous custom home, especially for the right buyers.”
Accessible via a spiral staircase in the office, the observatory offers not only a prime vantage point for viewing the stars, but also the required hardware. A mounted, motorized telescope has been anchored to the home’s foundation and comes equipped with a star-mapping GPS feature for tracking celestial bodies.
The telescope can also be wired to transmit video to televisions throughout the house.
“It’s perfect for an astronomy enthusiast,” said Wall, “but even for home buyers not in the market for their own in-house observatory, it’s so much more than its most distinctive selling point.”
Built in 2000 and extensively updated in 2010-11 with over $400,000 of upgrades, the Ocean Ranch estate now lists for $3.188 million, and it is not without luxe touches. The aforementioned executive office boasts custom built-ins, hardwood flooring and a fireplace; the master suite comes complete with a Jacuzzi tub and steam shower; and a sprawling balcony overlooks a “tropical oasis” filled with citrus trees, rose gardens and a saltwater pool spread sporting its own host of highlights — spa, waterfall, fire pit, and more.
“I have seen some amazing things on higher-end homes,” added Wall, “but this one definitely takes the cake.”
This listing is presented by Dana Wall of Prudential California Realty.
This article was originally published by Neil J. Leitereg on Realtor.com. For the article source and more pictures of this listing, click here.