Orange County is one of the nation’s most densely populated areas, ranked 18th among U.S. counties with the most people per square mile. What we lack in space, we make up for in our irrefutable connection to nature—miles of coastline, mountainous terrain, and cooling ocean breezes. And we have homes to help us make the most of it all, designed with retractable doors, outdoor fireplaces, and sparkling pools—blurring indoors and out.
“Sitting by a fire, relaxing in your pool, letting the breeze come in your bedroom, digging your hands into the soil—things that connect you to nature bring a sense of peace and calm,” says Orange County interior designer Brittany Stiles. That’s what “the majority of us want to instill in our living environments.”
Situated on more than 2.5 acres, this 2007 San Clemente home is rooted in the earth element. Large picture windows in the 12,765-square-foot, two-story residence showcase the property’s oceanfront land, including a private walkway to the beach.
The $55 million Spanish-style home on Calle Isabella has seven bedrooms, seven full baths, three half-baths, and a rustic kitchen with a six-burner stove. The garage holds four cars, and the property has a basketball court, a pool, and a spa.
Retractable doors fl anking the interior open-air courtyard allow the coastal breeze to flow throughout this Ocean Boulevard home in Corona del Mar. The courtyard has a spa, and oceanview patios border the living spaces, including four bedrooms and six baths in 4,662 square feet. The kitchen has a double oven, and the garage has space for three cars. Ron Millar, 949-673-7600
Reclaimed limestone from France surrounds the living room fireplace of this 2013 Laguna Beach home, with a second fireplace in the family room. The two-story cottage on Linden Street has three bedrooms and four baths in 2,880 square feet. The property includes a tile-lined patio and a two car garage. Gloria Jewell, 714-749-7476
An infinity pool overlooking the hills and an accompanying spa make water central to this 1996 San Juan Capistrano property. The master bathroom follows
suit with a Jacuzzi tub, steam shower, and bidet. The two-story adobe-style Hilltop Way home has four additional en-suite bedrooms, two stand-alone baths, a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, and a three-car garage. Melissa Davies-Crispi, 949-374-7830