Half a mile as the crow flies from the Pacific Ocean, Casa Del Mar, in San Juan Capistrano, is a virtual private resort -- one and a quarter acres of palm fringed, rose scented paradise.
"This is outdoor living at its absolute finest," says Lee Ann Canaday of Re/Max Fine Homes and the Canaday Group, listing agent for the property.
Exceptionally private, the 9,000 square foot Spanish Colonial estate is a fantasy of California living, featuring spectacular ocean and mountain views from trumpet-vine twirled balconies and a central patio with infinity pool, spa, outdoor kitchen, and a fireplace to enjoy the southern California climate.
"In California you don't get a gated estate with an ocean view unless you pay $20 million," says the broker. Here you can lie in bed and watch the waves for $5.99 million.
The eight bedroom, eight bath home, features formal living spaces that rival those of its Hollywood neighbors, a gourmet kitchen with crystal chandeliers and a vast Italian marble island. For casual living, there's a family room and a home theater, with theater seating, bar, and kitchenette.
The master retreat is the crown jewel, "a tranquil haven, with a marble fireplace and a balcony showcasing the hillside and ocean views," says Canaday. The bath boasts a Jacuzzi, steam shower, and sauna.
A separate 1,200 square foot, 2-bedroom casita plays luxurious host to guests.
The area is alive with history. San Juan Capistrano itself was built around the eponymous mission, a main attraction in Orange County.
Contemporary pleasures also abound, says Canaday. The city of Laguna Beach is minutes away, as is whale-watching in Dana Point Harbor, golfing on the best greens, dining at world-class restaurants, or taking a spa day at the St. Regis Resort or Ritz Carlton.
And with the freeway and train station close-by, it's a quick hop to the glitter of Los Angeles.
Interested buyers can contact Lee Ann Canaday by visiting www.canadaygroup.com.