Nellie Gale Ranch, Laguna Hills, CA
This Orange County castle demands attention. This unique property towers over neighboring lots and commands a breathtaking panoramic view of the Saddleback Mountains during the day, and sparkling city lights at night. The palatial home boasts 7 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms throughout its spacious 12,500 square feet. When crossing the threshold of this fortress one is greeted by luxurious tiled floors, rich wood paneling, and gorgeous drapes ceiling to floor, reminiscent of old European decadence. Imagine your next social gathering surrounded by the highest forms of elegance and refinement. Your guests will enjoy the twelve seat theater, rich library, subterranean wine cellar, and full scale piano bar. Or they can venture outside and experience the tranquil sounds provided by the tranquil stream that runs throughout the grounds. They can then cross the bridge to partake in a game of miniature golf, join others in the pool or hot tub, or simply stroll across the stone terraces and enjoy the panoramic view of the Saddleback Mountains during the day, or the city lights at night. Day or night the breathtaking views are accented by the lush greenery, natural waterfalls and rock facings, and the beautiful lighting provided by the Old World lamps which line the pathways. Every detail of this home has been meticulously recreated to match its European counterparts. The main gate of the castle was the original west gate of the Buckingham palace in London which was shipped to California together with London Bridge in Lake Havasu around 1970. Entering the gates of this castle is a magical experience which transports the visitor to another place and time.