Ever dreamed of having your own lighthouse? This historic oceanfront property, which is considered “a treasured landmark along the Laguna Beach coastline,” comes with one.
The property was originally owned by the filmmaker Edward H. Griffith, and it overlooks a private cove. Along with the main house and lighthouse, which was designed as a personal viewing tower, there are two guest cottages.
An auction for the property will be held by DeCaro Auctions International on Friday, November 30, so let’s take a look!
A Laguna Beach Property with Lighthouse For Sale
A view of the lighthouse and main house from the cove below:
“Panoramic ocean views surround this rare beachfront estate in the seaside community of Three Arch Bay.”
Original owner Edward H. Griffith directed 61 films from 1917 to 1946.
The main house was inspired by his love of the sea with porthole windows and a ship’s staircase.
Griffith was married to silent-film actress America Chedister.
He produced a string of successful romantic comedies in the ’30s with titles like Honeymoon in Bali.
According to the listing:
“Griffith’s deep love for the sea and cruises prompted their extensive use of teak wood, porthole windows, and other nautical appointments throughout the estate.”
This bedroom looks like something out of a movie (I could see it in this one, for example):
The staircase adds to the nautical feel of the home:
The listing says:
Gracefully situated above a private cove and completely immersed in nature, the magnificent setting includes cobblestone paths that wind through the grounds, an oceanfront terrace spanning the width of the property, and an awe-inspiring lighthouse complete with viewing room and bathroom.
“Built by Edward H. Griffith, a famous director and producer in early American filmmaking, this historically significant residential compound remains a treasured landmark along the Laguna Beach coastline.”
“In addition to the property’s celebrated lighthouse, the compound encompasses three separate living structures: two guest cottages and a nautical-style main house with reclaimed finishes including custom millwork, cage elevator, porthole windows, and a ship’s staircase.”
The Guest Cottage looks like a grown-up tree house:
“Edward and America extracted a boat’s cabin to create a wood-paneled guest suite.”
“A private stairway leads down to the sand and one of few swimming pools in Laguna Beach built into the cliffside that is refilled daily by ocean tides.”
“Accessible to only two properties, this secluded beach is an escape from the ordinary.”
“To feel as though they were always at sea, Edward and America constructed the lighthouse that still stands today.”
It’s a pretty special property. Those views alone are swoon-worthy. And I love that it doesn’t look like it’s changed much since it was built in the late 1920s! 🙂