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Pioneering Rocky and Bullwinkle animator tied to pair of Corona del Mar homes on the market

Pioneering Rocky and Bullwinkle animator tied to pair of Corona del Mar homes on the market

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The home at 3047 Ocean Boulevard in Corona del Mar was owned by acclaimed animator Jay Ward. COMPOSITE BY MARILYN KALFUS; INSET: FILE ART; HOUSE COURTESY OF CASEY LESHER

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3047 Ocean Boulevard, Corona del Mar COURTESY OF CASEY LESHER

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3047 Ocean Boulevard, Corona del Mar COURTESY OF CASEY LESHER

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3047 Ocean Boulevard, Corona del Mar COURTESY OF CASEY LESHER

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3047 Ocean Boulevard, Corona del Mar COURTESY OF CASEY LESHER

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3047 Ocean Boulevard, Corona del Mar COURTESY OF CASEY LESHER

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3036 Breakers Drive, foreground, and 3047 Ocean Boulevard, above, Corona del Mar COURTESY OF CASEY LESHER

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3036 Breakers Drive, Corona del Mar COURTESY OF CASEY LESHER

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3036 Breakers Drive, Corona del Mar COURTESY OF CASEY LESHER

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3036 Breakers Drive, Corona del Mar COURTESY OF CASEY LESHER

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The home at 3047 Ocean Boulevard in Corona del Mar was owned by acclaimed animator Jay Ward.COMPOSITE BY MARILYN KALFUS; INSET: FILE ART; HOUSE COURTESY OF CASEY LESHER

Two oceanfront homes in Corona del mar tied to the late, trailblazing animator and producer Jay Ward – of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame – are being sold together at an asking price of $ 6.69 million.

The upper home is located on Ocean Boulevard; the home right below it is set on Breakers Drive, a private, gated street along Corona del Mar State Beach.

At 3047 Ocean Boulevard is a 2,000-square-foot, mid-century modern-style house with post and beam construction, soaring ceilings and large glass walls. Though the three-bedroom home has been updated, several original design features remain.

Ward, who died in 1989, built the Ocean Boulevard house in 1965, according to Casey Lesher of Hom Sotheby’s International Realty, the listing agent for both properties. Ward’s wife Ramona lived in the home until 2007, then decided to build the house at 3036 Breakers Drive. That home was completed in 2009. Ramona Ward died earlier this year, Lesher said.

The home on Breakers Drive is a 2,551 square feet, with two bedrooms, a den and an elevator. Interior features include wooden floors throughout and Carrara marble in the bathrooms. The master retreat spans the upper floor and has a spacious deck. Another main-level deck was designed for entertaining.

As to the nearby beach parking lot, Lesher said he didn’t think it was an issue, what with every room in each of the homes offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and crashing white waves.

“Being on the ocean front in Corona del Mar is rare and that’s the big deal,” he said.

In addition to Rocky the flying squirrel and Bullwinkle the slow-witted moose, other enduring cartoon characters that Jay Ward and his production company brought to the little screen included Boris Badenov, Natasha Fatale, Dudley Do-Right and Snidely Whiplash.

The New York Times has described Ward this way:

In 1949, a pioneering cartoon serial produced expressly for television made its debut. It was called ”Crusader Rabbit,” and the man who brought it to the screen was Jay Ward. Since then, almost all television cartoons have utilized the techniques Mr. Ward devised, and his original pieces are widely respected as masterpieces of the genre.

A CNN story in November 2009 titled, “Happy 50th birthday, ‘Rocky & Bullwinkle’ ” noted his offbeat sense of humor:

Ward was a one-man public relations machine, churning out first-rate promos in the days before PR companies were entrenched in the system.

In (one) promotional stunt, Jay Ward tried to buy an island between Minnesota and Canada that he named Moosylvania (he leased it instead). In efforts to have Moosylvania made into the 51st state, Ward traveled cross-country by bus, collecting signatures along the way.

When Ward reached the White House gates, he asked to speak to President John F. Kennedy about statehood for Moosylvania, but guards brusquely turned him away. As it turned out, Kennedy was dealing with the Cuban Missile Crisis on that exact day.

The Orange County Register – News Headlines : Real Estate News