A Mediterranean-style Laguna Niguel house on the market for $3.24 million doesn’t just look out on rolling hills and the Pacific Ocean. The home also offers a view of the cosmos – from a custom-built, private observatory.
The 6,073-square-foot home at 19 Poppy Hills Road in Ocean Ranch at Bear Brand has four bedrooms, a formal living room with a 28-foot ceiling and an expansive great room that includes a bar with a pass-through window. The swimming pool and spa boast a waterfall and grotto, and the grounds of the home, on a third of an acre, include a fire pit, rose garden and fruit trees.
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Upstairs a fireplace, large balcony, Crema Marfil marble bathroom floors and a double steam shower are part of the master suite.
A spiral staircase in the richly appointed office leads to the observatory. There, a large, heavy telescope is aimed skyward through an opening in the motorized window at the top of the rotunda.
The telescope, mounted on a column sunk into the home’s foundation, has a GPS feature to help track the planets and stars. An astronomy buff – or a parent teaching a youngster about the universe – also can buy a camera that transmits the images to TV screens throughout the house, said Dana Wall of Prudential California Realty, the listing agent.
Wall said the original owner built the home along with the observatory in 2000. The unusual stargazing bonus was a selling point for the current owner, whose son was 8 years old at the time.