Landmark Coastal Estate in California

Just six miles south of the estate built for William Randolph Hearst sits Castello della Costa d'Oro, the Castle of the Golden Coast. This spectacular Venetian-style castle is a masterwork of bold design, luxury finishes and exquisite embellishments that elevate it to the ranks of the very finest homes in the world.

Set on 80 acres of California coastal paradise, the castle revels in 180-degree unblockable views of one of the most pristine and protected coastlines in California. With a half-mile of ocean frontage across from the uncrowded sands of legendary Moonstone Beach, the power and beauty of the great Pacific is never more than a few short steps away.

The lavish, museum-quality ambiance of the ocean-view Main Residence supports a regal lifestyle and provides an incomparable setting for entertaining on a grand or intimate scale.

Served by the stylish 30 ft-long Onyx Bar, the Grand Ballroom is the heart of the Castle- a glittering expanse of marble, crystal, and fine mural artwork. In the nurturing privacy of the East Wing, the romantic Master Suite will take your breath away. This serene retreat features a sitting area, fireplace, dressing area, whirlpool tub, traditional sauna room, steam shower with 12 showerheads and drench, two story walk-in wardrobe with wet bar, and a wall of French doors to the ocean-view terrace.

Additional guest suites are equally exquisite, graced with mural domes, marble baths (one with steam), generous wardrobes and expansive ocean or vineyard views.

The West Wing includes the impressive Theatre Room, the stately Executive Office Suite, Butler's quarters, Morning Room, and a formal Family Room with fireplace, dining alcove, and southern-facing ocean-view terrace. The splendid Wine Cellar features a tasting room, case storage, built-in 3500-bottle rack system, and delightful trompe l'oeil painted ceiling.

Kitchen facilities include a professional-quality dream kitchen with Viking Professional appliances-two full-size refrigerators, wine cooler, dishwasher, 6 burner gas range with griddle and two ovens, 2 convection wall ovens, 2 warming drawers, trash compactor, immense marble-topped prep island with deep sink and 50 in. flat-screen television. An additional complete catering kitchen with butler's pantry is adjacent to the Morning Room.

On the ocean-view Vineyard Terrace, the outdoor kitchen is the perfect gathering place, equipped with a wood-fired stone pizza oven, under counter refrigeration, wine coolers, warming drawers, gas burners, resort-sized grill, beer tapper and gas fireplace.

Touch-screens in all rooms control lighting, sound and security systems, allowing complete environmental control and visual monitoring of the residence from anywhere in the world. Flat-screen televisions of generous dimensions are featured throughout.

Across the vineyard motor courtyard, the 4500 sq ft Entertainment Hall stands ready for gatherings of up to 400. A full bar, Murano chandeliers, sound system, grand piano and wrap-around Italian vineyard murals make an unforgettable backdrop for formal dinners and dances.

A multi-use 9000 sq ft Pavilion can accommodate even larger events. This imposing space features soaring ceilings with massive beams and custom medallions, a penthouse apartment, ocean and estate-view observation lounge, musician's balcony, backstage prep room and modular stage. This awe-inspiring flexible space is excellent for fundraisers or large-scale private gatherings. The Pavilion was also configured to house up to a 30-car automotive collection, with full supporting equipage.

Additional structures include a reception lounge/administration office, 4-bedroom guest house, estate manager's residence, and full equestrian facilities.

Castello della Costa d'Oro enjoys a castle seat of surpassing beauty. Monterey cypress trees frame white-water views and forever sunsets. The lush landscaping around the residence and along the quarter-mile-long driveway is accented by bronze fire urns and mature 30 ft tall Canary Island palms.

The estate's 80 acres are in Pinot Noir grapes, olives, fenced pasture, riparian corridor and rare Monterey pine forest-one of only three such stands in the world. A National Marine Sanctuary offshore protects abundant sea life and important ocean habitat.

Located along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, midway between the gentle environs of Santa Barbara and the wild Big Sur coast to the north, nearby Cambria is an artist's colony tucked into pine-covered hills, graced with a relaxed quality of life and fine restaurants.

Two regional airports with commercial jet service within 25 minutes and the estate's helipad and helicopter storage facilities welcome your guest's arrivals by air.

California Polytechnic State University is in nearby San Luis Obispo. It is consistently rated among the top universities in the country and its graduates are highly sought after.

Just inland is the exciting Paso Robles wine country. As California's fastest growing wine region, the territory encompasses more than 26,000 vineyard acres and more than 180 premium and ultra-premium wineries. Day-tripping and fine dining opportunities in the near vicinity of the Castle are varied and abundant.

Deep-water fishing, surfing, exploring beach towns, wine tasting, kayaking, wind-surfing, hiking, upscale shopping-the recreation opportunities of this unspoiled part of California are unlimited.

Yacht mooring and guest dock are available at the Morro Bay Yacht Club in scenic Morro Bay harbor, just 15 minutes south.

With large neighbouring parcels, including 250,000 acres of state park lands adjoining the castle's meadows, forests, streams and hills, this property's combination of privacy and heart-stopping beauty will never be duplicated.

Architects Christopher H. Belknap, David Brown and Stephen R. Sutherland have crafted a 32,500 sq ft estate of transporting beauty on this sublime coastal parcel, hewn of the finest natural materials and now embellished with magnificent fine art and regal furnishings.

Castello della Costa d'Oro is indeed a worthy compatriot to its neighbour to the north, William R. Hearst's castle on a hill.

For further details please contact Peter Stone, Principal, Real Estate of Distinction on +61 413 111 621 or email to



Notable Features

  • Venetian-style Castle
  • 80 acres of California coastal paradise
  • Half-mile of ocean frontage
  • Legendary Moonstone Beach
  • Additional guest suites
  • Formal Family Room
  • Executive Office Suite
  • Butler's quarters and Morning Room
  • Wine Cellar with 3500-bottle rack system
  • Whirlpool tub
  • Traditional sauna room
  • Steam shower
  • Theatre Room
  • Viking Professional appliances
  • Vineyard Terrace with a wood-fired pizza oven
  • 4500 sq ft Entertainment Hall
  • Motor courtyard
  • Touch-screens control lighting, sound and security
  • The 80 acres are in Pinot Noir grapes and olives
  • 180-degree unblockable views
  • Grand Ballroom for 400 guests
  • Formal Family Room with fireplace, dining alcove,
  • Ocean-view terrace
  • Additional structures include a reception lounge/administration office, 4-bedroom guest house, estate manager's residence, and full equestrian facilities.

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