$43.5M Emerald Bay mansion is OC’s highest price for new construction – Orange County Register

  • The open kitchen. (Photo by Toby Ponnay)

  • The patio next to the kitchen has a built-in barbecue and...

    The patio next to the kitchen has a built-in barbecue and dining area. (Photo by Toby Ponnay)

  • The view from the master bedroom.  (Photo by Toby Ponnay)

    The view from the master bedroom. (Photo by Toby Ponnay)

  • A look at the bathtub, the dressing room of the master suite...

    A glimpse of the master suite’s bathtub, walk-in closet and private terrace. (Photo by Toby Ponnay)

  • The gym.  (Photo by Toby Ponnay)

    The gym. (Photo by Toby Ponnay)

  • The inground spa.  (Photo by Toby Ponnay)

    The inground spa. (Photo by Toby Ponnay)

  • A view of the house from the beach.  (Picture by...

    A view of the house from the beach. (Photo by Toby Ponnay)

A 4,981 square foot home in the Emerald Bay neighborhood of Laguna Beach has sold for $43.5 million, making it the highest price for new construction in Orange County – per square foot.

That’s $8,733 per square foot.

According to Redfin and based on data from the Multiple Listing Service, it is also the most expensive home sold in Orange County this year. He beat a six-bedroom, 8,140-square-foot home in Laguna Beach that fetched $29.9 million, or $3,672 per square foot, in February. That same month, a Newport Beach home with four bedrooms and 6,008 square feet of living space sold for $27 million, or $4,494 per square foot.

Newport Beach-based architectural firm CJ Light Associates designed the mansion with five bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and luxury amenities such as a wellness center with an outdoor shower, an in-ground spa and a hot tub. Nordic infrared sauna. It is accessible by floating stairs or a four-stop elevator.

There is a gym, a state-of-the-art media lounge and a temperature-controlled wine wall.

The open kitchen features designer walnut cabinetry, high-end appliances, and a titanium granite island with an integrated sink and live-edge walnut table. It opens out to a beachfront balcony and a terrace with a built-in BBQ and dining area.

Inside the master suite, pocket glass doors open to create an open-air spa bathroom with a soaking tub, steam shower, and heated floors. Other master suite features include an oversized walk-in closet with laundry room and a coffee station.

Over 1,000 square feet of outdoor living space, oceanfront balconies, and a four-car garage with basalt stone floors, two electric vehicle chargers, and a built-in food station round out the list.

The house is opposite Emerald Bay Beach, a half-mile-wide stretch of sand accessible on foot only to residents of the guarded community, where the sale price is also the highest on record. It took in 11% less than May’s initial request of $48.995 million.

Property records show the sellers to be Jennie and David Wojtaszek. He is the founder of Divita Builders, whose Laguna Beach-based company spent six years developing the 4,020-square-foot land he bought for $8.45 million in 2017.

The buyer’s identity is concealed behind JMB Crown Holdings LLC, a Nevada-based limited liability company with a Las Vegas P.O. box, according to the deed of grant filed August 12 and accessed at PropertyShark.com.

Tad Baltzer of Triibe Real Estate represented the buyer.

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