This landmark Estate, known as Pyne Castle, is located at 770 Hillcrest Drive in Laguna Beach, CA. E. Walter Pyne, who was a Santa Ana-based piano company owner and oil millionaire, built the mansion in 1927. It is situated on 3.5 acres of prime ocean view property. The 18,300 square foot estate was originally a 62 room mansion and has since been converted into 16 apartments. It boasts a total of 17 bedrooms and 18 bathrooms. Surrounding the Castle, the grounds are just as stunning as the house itself, with elegant residences or guest cottages in park-like setting of rose gardens, magnificent old trees, manicured sweeping lawns and fountains. It was once considered as The Western White House for Presiden Nixon. It is  listed at $15,000,000. Thanks to Dane Pavlik for the tip!

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  • Daniel

    Well this home is certainly a contender for spookiest home ever exhibited on HOTR. And the pictures taken at dusk certainly help. I can see Linda Blair crab-walking down those stairs right now….




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    • Kenny Forder

      lmao, I agree!




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    • Marie

      LOL, great post I have nothing to add 🙂




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    • Stewie

      haha true. And not to forget that former President Nixon lived in it at one point, which is enough to scare anyone off.




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      • Daniel

        Oh God. Probably wake up in the middle of the night to his apparition standing over you whispering “Not a crook”.




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  • KEV

    Might be hard to convert into a single family home now, I mean, does it have 16 kitchens, or is it like a bed and breakfast? 15 million is a lot to spend on a structure where the mortgage plus insurance and taxes would run in the 120 to 150,000 a month range, meaning rent would have to be 8 to 10 grand a month per unit!

    Hello, negative cash flow.




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    • Grrrowler

      It would cost far more than it’s worth to convert this back into a single family home. I’ve been in this place before; a friend once had an apartment in the building. It was interesting, but the apartments weren’t anything special. The unit wasn’t bad (1 BR ~1200 sq ft), but just nothing special.

      In addition to turning the house back into a private home, there would be extensive work needed on the grounds including tearing down several buildings. Even then you end up with an 18,000 square foot house surrounded by much smaller beach cottages in the neighborhood. There’s no bad part of Laguna Beach, but this location is not like living at Arch Bay or Lagunita (Victoria Beach).




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      • Stewie

        Question for you Grrrowler my good old friend. What do you think is better and more upscale, Malibu or Laguna Beach? And where would you rather own a beach house if you could afford it?




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        • Grrrowler

          I would pick Laguna any day. I still have friends who live in the Three Arch Bay area and I’ve spent some really enjoyable times there. Malibu is nice, but it has a different feel, and one that I don’t like as well.




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  • Sebastian

    I wonder if there is any previous owners who passed on and don’t want to leave. Nice and spooky place.




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  • I’m not Growler (so I didn’t use the reply), but I think it would be fun for all of us that are California based to reply to Stewie’s question.

    I would rather live in Laguna Beach any day over Malibu. The reason for this is traffic. I like to head down south as often as I can. Yes, Laguna Beach has lots of traffic (even cutting through the hill from Irvine), but every time I visit Malibu it’s just worse than I remember from the trip before. Everyone wants to come down from Sunset Blvd., but even in the middle of the week in October it’s still horrible.

    Laguna Beach still has the quaint feeling of an artist’s community that may have appealed to me 20+ years ago re: the ‘Bu. I’ll take Orange County any day! 🙂 I do agree with Daniel about this property & LB crab-walking!!! Down right spooky.




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  • farmer joe

    nixon never lived there first of all and it has to be one of the nicest places in all of ca. you obiviously never have been there amazing gardens the best view in laguna its all that and then some




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  • Carlene

    Well growing up, My uncle Merrick and aunt Lela owned the property as a single family residence. I remember many time staying there and never had any ghostly sighting.




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