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Inside Mega Dream Homes:
Portabello, a Study in Sensuous Curves

Portabello — the name of this lavish estate — means "beautiful door" in Italian, and Portabello opens new doors to grand-scale living and entertaining beyond that of a five-star resort. Sited on three oceanfront lots in the Cameo Shores area of Corona del Mar, California, Portabello is a study in sensuous curves. Almost every room offers a breathtaking panorama of the Pacific Ocean, serene beach coves, and the coastline from Dana Point to Palos Verdes.

ABOVE: The living room features walls of glass with views of the grotto and oceanfront and disappearing glass doors open to the oceanfront terrace and lawn. Other highlights include soaring ceilings, limestone floors, motorized draperies, custom furniture including a large leather banquette sofa, and a freestanding fireplace sculpted by Jesus Morales.
This soft contemporary masterpiece, designed by architect Brion Jeannette, unfolds as a nautilus shell, with an immense grotto with pool at its center surrounded by chambers that include eight opulent bedroom suites and living areas that open seamlessly to the seafront. The two-story grotto has a pool, two spas, a swim-up bar, tunnel slide, poolside lounge room, and barbeque. Other highlights of the estate include an entertainment level with bowling alley, an Art Deco theater, an automotive museum, café, full exercise facility, and a 2,000-square-foot, two-bedroom master suite. In addition, Portabello offers an immense oceanfront lawn and terraces.

ABOVE: The kitchen amenities include slab granite counters (heated) and backsplashes. The large center island has a range and custom art-quality stainless steel hood suspended from a large, nautical, compass-inspired skylight. There are dual sets of professional-grade stainless steel appliances. The Anagre wood cabinetry includes a built-in plasma TV cabinet with motorized door.
Story by Jacqueline Shannon
Photography by Tony Ponnay

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