The legendary Hearst Castle isn’t the only palatial estate on California’s Central Coast.
On the market for $40 million, the Retreat at Moonstone Beach is in search of a 21st century mogul ready to settle down along this coveted stretch of coastline.
The 78-acre estate is not likely to disappoint magnates, thanks to its unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and Hearst San Simeon State Park.
Within that acreage, you’ll find grassy rolling hills, a 6-acre Pinot Noir vineyard, equestrian facilities, uncrowded beach access, and pine-studded woods.
And those are just the outdoor highlights. Within its stately gates are luxury accommodations vast and varied. The most prominent is a 12,188-square-foot, hacienda-style main residence, fronted by a circular motor court with a grand fountain at its center.
That main residence was completed in 2008 but has been updated over the decade since.
It contains five bedrooms and nine bathrooms, and is loaded with European-style luxury, including arched windows, 12-foot-plus ceilings, marble floors underfoot, as well as multiple crystal and blown-glass chandeliers overhead.
All the rooms are spacious. Just as an example, check out the huge kitchen with professional-quality Viking appliances and an enormous island in the middle.
Other luxurious rooms include an elegant bar, which can serve dozens, a posh office/library with a conference table and a fireplace with a sitting area, and a primary suite with a deck that leads out to the immaculately landscaped gardens.
The main residence is just one part of the indoor living space in this estate. There’s also a guesthouse with staff apartments, which brings the total for the estate to 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.
For the nonhuman residents of the estate, there’s even a barn with a tack room and stables, as well as an aviary.
Additional facilities include a helipad for convenient comings and goings, two event halls that can be multipurposed, as well as showroom storage for up to 50 vehicles.
The location of the estate offers easy access to some of California’s most celebrated and bucolic areas, as well as some of the state’s finest wine tasting. It could be an ideal corporate retreat for a business titan who wants either to get away from it all or to gather his top executives for strategic planning.