After an intense auction on November 30th, 40 N La Senda in Laguna Beach sold for $10,147,500 million.
December 14th marked the closing date of one of Laguna Beach’s most historic, distinguished properties. 40 N La Senda has always served as a preservation of coastal life in 1929—immortalizing the dreamy lifestyle of director, producer, and architect Edward H. Griffith and his adoring wife America Chedister.
After having sat on the market for several years at over $20 million, however, the home was in need of a strategic, experienced buyer. Meital Taub—with over $90 million in volume this year alone—utilized her extensive knowledge of Laguna Beach properties to bring her buyer to 40 N La Senda. Meital previously pursued the property in the past, making her better advised about how to counsel her client on the true, current value of the estate. Her tenacity paid off. With several parcels of prime, oceanfront property, the home was bought by Meital’s client for almost $10 million less than previously listed—proving her talent at striking impressive deals for her clients. Having been from the East Coast, her buyer was in the market for a second home in coastal Southern California, and Meital’s knowledgeable presentation of the Three Arch Bay coastal masterpiece was the perfect match.
The property showcases a nautical-style main house of 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a guest cottage of 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom, and another guest cottage of 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom that was constructed with materials from an old-fashioned boat. The nautical theme carries throughout the home, embodied in its porthole windows, ship-staircase, wood-beamed ceilings, and expansive ocean vistas. The multi-parcel layout of the estate allows for privacy, even when hosting family and friends.
While the interior of this magnificent beachfront estate charms all, the home’s backyard retreat serves as a fairytale fantasy. Mature trees, green grass, and cobblestone pathways, surround the three structures, serving as a guide to the sprawling oceanfront terrace. Undoubtedly, the most notable and cherished feature of the property sets it apart as a historic treasure: the lighthouse. Stark against the blue Pacific, this enchanting, Rapunzel-like tower stands as a sentinel above the cliffs. In the private cove below the lighthouse, secret caves, warm sand, and the soft surf frame a large concrete pool that is naturally filled by the ocean at high tide.
Such a unique estate could only be found by a unique REALTOR®. Because Meital is detail-oriented and has extensive knowledge of coastal communities, her clients know they can trust her with their real estate goals: “Meital was wonderful,” explained the buyer of 40 N La Senda. “As she guided us through the process from start to finish, looking out for our interests and answering every question, we felt that she really came through for us, even when things got complicated.”
Meital presents a heightened level of service and hard work that is unrivaled in her field. “I know what to look for and where to guide my clients,” stated Meital. Her strong coastal presence has earned her recognition in Laguna Beach, in addition to her place as a Hall of Fame agent. First Team’s affiliation with top luxury brands like Christie’s International gives Meital an edge on the market that continues to help grow her business. “I act as a consultant to my clients,” explained Meital. “Most of my business is based on referrals because I take good care of my clients—always being hands-on and proactive.”
Meital’s exemplary service resulted in a fairytale ending for the purchaser of 40 N La Senda: thanks to Meital, the buyer got an impressive deal on a beloved home and will start the New Year in the house of his dreams.