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.
Cozy up to one of four fireplaces— gas, electric, or wood-burning with a gas starter—on this $4.4 million Laguna Niguel property, part of the Bear Brand Ranch community. Stone surrounds an outdoor fireplace on the chandelier-appointed patio, above, while a hand-carved 18th century surround frames the one in the living room. Retracting doors open the fireside family room to the backyard, which has an infinity pool and spa. The final fireplace warms the master suite.
The two-story home’s 8,000 square feet include five additional bedrooms, six baths, a teppanyaki room, a wine room for 450 bottles, a movie theater, and a bubinga-wood bar. The 1989 European-inspired home has ocean and canyon views, and the garage holds three cars. Listed by Michael DiPilla, 949-874-7077.