How many Laguna Beach fireplaces do you get for $20 million?

Home is where the hearth is

It may lack the crackle of a wood fire, but using gas or electricity is cleaner, easier, and, with the occasional ban on burning logs, suitably versatile for your fireplace. But homebuyers who prefer wood fuel can still find what they’re looking for.

“Most homebuyers are fine with a gas fireplace, but having the potential for both gas and wood adds more value to a home,” says Laguna Beach real estate agent Shauna Covington. Location, she says, matters, too: One in the living room, family room, or master suite does more for the bottom line than elsewhere.

This Ed Lohrbach-designed contemporary in Laguna Beach has five fireplaces, including one in the master suite. The 1987 home, known as Rockledge by the Sea, sits on nearly an acre off South Coast Highway. The 10,000-square-foot interior has elevator service to its three levels, which include six bedrooms, eight baths, and a kitchen with granite countertops. There’s also a three-car garage, and a pool and spa. Sylvia Tino, 949-279-4430

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