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Historic, 12-bedroom Laguna Beach estate can be rented – for $95,000 a month

Historic, 12-bedroom Laguna Beach estate can be rented – for ,000 a month

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The dining room of the main house at Villa Rockledge boasts wrap-around ocean views. ROBERT A. HANSEN

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The home is set on a half acre that includes winding pathways and lush gardens. A separate building includes four villas. ROBERT A. HANSEN

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The mansion has crystal chandeliers; wood ceilings and beams; heavy, carved doors; and wrought iron accents. ROBERT A. HANSEN

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The house has access to a 120-foot private beach, and most rooms face the ocean. ROBERT A. HANSEN

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A view of the living room from the cigar loft at the 12-bedroom estate. ROBERT A. HANSEN

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Construction on the Mediterranean Revival-style house began in 1918. The estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. ROBERT A. HANSEN

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A staircase at Mariona leads down to a private cove and crashing waves. ROBERT A. HANSEN

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Perched on a bluff, the gated estate at 2529 S. Coast Highway in Laguna Beach overlooks a private beach. ROBERT A. HANSEN

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The original name of the estate — Mariona — built by Mission Inn developer Frank Augustus Miller as a wedding gift for his second wife, Marion, appears over an entry way. MARILYN KALFUS

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The dining room of the main house at Villa Rockledge boasts wrap-around ocean views. ROBERT A. HANSEN

Can’t cough up $ 100,000 a month for Orange County’s priciest rental – auto tycoon Fletcher Jones’ spread on the Balboa peninsula?

How about an oceanfront, 12-bedroom Laguna Beach estate with a private cove?

It’s Orange County’s second priciest lease offer in the Multiple Listing Service, going for $ 95,000 a month.

The gated estate at 2529 S. Coast Highway sits on a half acre amid winding pathways and gardens. The main house, including two villas, and four villas in another building occupy 8,065 square feet of living space.

At the back of the property, a staircase leads to a 120-foot-long private beach and crashing waves.

The home, known for many years as Mariona and later, Villa Rockledge, was built nearly 100 years ago by Frank Augustus Miller, developer of the famed Mission Inn in Riverside.

In its heyday, the Laguna Beach residence drew Hollywood royalty. The listing drops a few of those names, including Bette Davis, Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino.

When we toured the property last year, we noted that the main house looks so unlike a modern property as to have the ambience of a movie set, with its cigar loft, heavy, wooden, carved doors, wrought iron accents and cloistered windows.

The home remains on the market at $ 30 million.

The Orange County Register – News Headlines : Real Estate News