Bedrooms: 6 | Bathrooms: 7 | Square Feet: 5,431 | Lot Size: 10,816
Improving on Perfection at One Ford Road: Unusual Upgrades Galore
All of the showpiece homes in the renowned family-friendly guard-gated community of One Ford Road in the heart of Newport Beach are special, but extremely rare upgrades in the well-sited, beautifully balanced, all-ensuite five-bedroom manor at 29 Gleneagles Drive with a semi-attached wholly independent one-bedroom au pair/guest/mother-in-law townhome, have transformed a great home into an absolutely ideal one.
The classically designed 5,431 sq. ft. home, including a 640 sq. ft. townhome, and expanded 5.5-car garage and extra-large motor-court driveway are situated on a spacious 11,130 sq. ft. lot at the end of a scenic cul-de-sac that radiates serene neighborly friendliness, a hallmark of One Ford Road. An exquisitely landscaped yard, which segues seamlessly with the home's interior, includes a full outdoor cabana kitchen with a fireplace and large flat screen TV; a 10-jet salt-water spa/pool with fountains; and Mediterranean-picturesque terraced hillside rich with grape vines, vibrant bougainvillea, olive trees, and rosemary.
This open, airy, light-filled home's easy-function ground-floor flow is specifically configured to accommodate reserved, formal entertaining via elegant step-down living and dining rooms with exterior access to tranquil marble-paved side patios and garden paths to the rear yard. Yet the same interior doors that discreetly hide informal family and food preparation areas can be opened for a virtual open floor plan when desired, perfect for comfortable living and classy-casual entertaining in the family room and expansive, Viking-equipped, fully appointed gourmet kitchen at the rear of the home.
The ground floor, rich with such touches as extra-high ceilings, oversized windows, slightly distressed cherry wood built-in cabinets and cupboards, gorgeously practical five-inch plantation shutters, fabulously textured designer hardwood flooring, tumbled stone, and lush creamy marble, is mostly dedicated to dining and living areas with fireplaces, both formal and informal. It includes a powder room, an ensuite bedroom with French doors into the back yard, a laundry, and a front study that, in one of many upgrades that make this home particularly special, opens fully onto an enclosed front patio for an exotic lanai effect.
The beautiful symmetry of the Arts and Crafts architectural movement is ever-so-subtly suggested in the wood-crafted railing of the open stairwell to the upper floor. It is a charming introduction to another unique aspect of this home: a splendidly laid-out second story with four ensuite bedrooms including a sprawling master suite, plus a playroom with indirect access via an upper breezeway and spacious exterior deck, to a fully self-contained, beautifully styled, marble-floored townhome home with its own address of 29.5 Gleneagles Dr. One of only 15 such approved units in Newport Beach and requiring nearly three years to design and build, it is perfect for in-laws, an au pair, or other long-term guests. French doors from its interior open onto the upper deck of the main home shared by the playroom and one of the ensuite bedrooms, yet its pretty Dutch front door, where the top half can opened to enjoy the mild climate beneath a sheltered porch stoop, is accessible only by a separate exterior stairway off the garage.
The upper floor ensuite bedrooms are equipped with either showers or tubs, except the Master, which has both a jetted tub and a very large walk-in double-headed shower, all tucked in amid stunning marble and highlighted by designer tile medallions. The Master also has multiple closets plus a large walk-in with natural light; a bay-shaped sitting room with a fireplace; a private commode and a bidet; and a separate nursery/massage room with a refrigerator.
Practical, forward-thinking touches abound, from designer ceiling fans in several rooms and a built-in Electrolux vacuum system throughout the house, to Surround Sound in the family room's built-in entertainment center, to extra-thick walls for excellent sound and climate insulation.
Outside, the space beneath the stairwell to the townhome's entrance doubles as a locking storage area. The east-facing upper deck shared by the playroom and the townhome is regularly drenched in cheerful morning sun, so it is extra-wide for plush outdoor furnishings, has multiple electrical outlets, and a water spigot for easy container gardening.
Exterior illumination includes recessed lighting as well as strategically placed, spectacular extra-large four-bulb sconces. The open-beam cabana kitchen has copper-covered end beams to protect against the weather. Hidden rock speakers with separate volume control, hard-wired internet access, five gas outlets to power natural gas heaters, and multiple electrical outlets are among many convenient amenities in the backyard.
Extra-special care was taken with upgrades to the nicely expanded garage. A true auto aficionado's delight, the main garage has room for four cars, and includes extra-high ceilings for potential elevated lifts that could easily convert it into an eight-car garage. There is plenty of extra workspace and brilliant lighting from eight separate overhead fixtures and the natural light from extra-large windows in the garage doors, so car buffs can see every fine engine detail. Two side windows can open to bring refreshing breezes into the space without having to open the garage doors. The garage also includes a separate door for the townhome vehicle and a golf cart.
Perfecting this lovely home is its location within the exclusive One Ford Road neighborhood of approximately 350 homes ideally located near the freeways, Fashion Island, and less than a mile from Corona del Mar middle and high schools. The 24-hour guard-gated One Ford Road community, which has no Mello Roos fees, is famous for its family-friendly lifestyle and extensive grounds including three swimming pools, a social-hub-central fitness center, putting green, basketball court, club house, and assorted parks and greenbelts. There are swim teams, social activities, a croquet lawn, poker nights, block parties, and even a secret garden, among other things; the address of 29 Gleneagles is ideally located within this dream community.