Royal Hawaiian

Written by Wendy Bowman

Presented by Mark Todd, Surterre Properties


On a bluff overlooking Newport Beach, this grand yet casually elegant Hawaiian Ranch-style custom estate epitomizes the quintessential SoCal lifestyle

Secluded behind the private gates of One Ford Road, this tranquil single-story residence captures the soul and spirit of a tropical resort-style estate. But behind the understated façade is, in fact, an unrivaled 10,000-square-foot trophy compound. 

Upon entry through a courtyard with a rock wall waterfall into a refined foyer, this home emits a sense of boundless warmth and timeless style. The excellent flow of space leads to an open floor plan that flows into a lavish backyard with breathtaking views spanning from Fashion Island to Palos Verdes. 

 “What you see is not what you get; there is so much more,” says Mark Todd of Surterre Properties, who is listing the luxurious property for $12.85 million. “I love the fact that it has all of these floor-to-ceiling pocket doors and gives you an incredible open-air feeling; it feels like a Hawaiian resort. I also love the volume of the rooms and how everything soars. It’s the best entertainer’s home in the city. With 12 refrigerators in the home, pool house and casita, you should never go thirsty for a beverage.”

Situated in the East Bluff Harbor View area of Newport Beach, the home was constructed in 2005 by noted Newport Beach builder Bruce Rielly as his personal residence. No expense was spared in the development process, with highlights including soaring, 14-to-18-foot rough-hewn beam ceilings throughout; custom furnishings (available with the sale); sliding pocket doors that open to extensive grounds; and a motor court with parking for six cars that could be easily expanded to host more.

 From the street, a welcoming walkway and gated entrance lures one past pristine landscaping and into a sandstone-lined courtyard with a cozy sitting area and relaxing waterfall feature. Then, an attractive 10-foot-tall wood and glass front door introduces the home’s towering grand hall foyer. This is where it gets really interesting…: once inside, the options include taking the exquisite mahogany hardwood path either left or right to uncover a maze of rooms such as an office with dual desk areas and built-in bookshelves and a formal living room sporting an attractive fireplace. Traverse further into the luxe labyrinth to discover a professional-grade kitchen, delightful billiard room and more.

As for the home’s sleeping quarters, its original seven bedrooms have been reconfigured to suit the current owner, with a duo of secondary bedrooms combined to create dual master suites on either side of the home. The first master features an entry foyer, ocean-view sitting area and backyard access, along with a sizeable bath boasting his-and-her walk-in closets; a dressing area; water closet highlighted by a bidet; multi-head shower room; spa tub, dual vanities; and 90-degree mirrors. eanwhile, the second master also offers a walk-in closet, ensuite bath and sitting area. Yet other dreamy sleep options include the charming casita (accessible just off the front courtyard via stylish French pocket doors with a refrigerator, built-in desk and bookshelves, as well as a bath with a shower and walk-in closet) and the housekeeping quarters across the hall from a laundry room with dual washers and driers and a partial kitchen. The popular “Bunk Room” also offers a set of twin-over-twin stacked bunk beds.

As for living space, the lanai-adjacent family room features custom furnishings and lighting, an attractive fireplace, a large flat-screen TV and a built-in curio cabinet. Among the home’s most show-stopping features, however, is the nearby chef’s kitchen, which is outfitted with a breakfast bar that seats six; a spacious island; high-end KitchenAid appliances (including an eight-burner cooktop, double oven, microwave and two dishwashers); four refrigerated drawers; a built-in refrigerator and freezer; and ample storage space. There even are two walk-in pantries (one a butler’s pantry with a wine cooler and refrigerator, the other for storage). Meanwhile, the neighboring formal dining room sports a large custom circular table and floor-to-ceiling pocket doors, while the sunken formal living room off of the grand hallway provides a fireplace and tall flat walls ideal for showcasing art.

Perhaps the estate’s most outstanding draw is its numerous outdoor entertaining spaces filtered throughout the expansive 30,000-square-foot lot. Among them are a sandstone lanai with several seating areas, ceiling fans, commercial-grade heaters and a fire pit; a putting green yard surrounded by a glass fence; plentiful palm trees; and yet another waterfall feature. The backyard also offers gated access to a dog run on one side and a secret garden on the other (rife with citrus trees, herb and vegetable plants, and more than enough space for screening an outdoor movie).

The pièce de résistance is the swimming area. Here, one finds a sparkling basin replete with a sitting ledge; rigging for a volleyball net; a shallow children’s pool; and an elevated spa with a cascading waterfall and a prime vantage point to view all the surrounding area has to offer. Alongside the water, a covered kitchen cabana features a wet bar and built-in barbecue with a rotisserie, smoker and grill, while the adjacent pool house comes equipped with a lounge area; walk-in bar with dual dishwashers and refrigerators, an ice maker and a wine cooler; bath; and accordion-style doors that open up completely to let the outdoors in.


 Rounding out the home’s entertainment profile is an indoor billiard room complete with four flat-screen TVs and a fully equipped walk-in bar. And, upping the ultimate lifestyle quotient even more, residents of One Ford Road also are privy to a “Disney-like” neighborhood including two Olympic-sized pools; a fitness center; children’s playground; professional putting green; basketball court; volleyball park; croquet lawn; and more. There’s also convenient entrée to nearby attractions, such as Fashion Island, Balboa Island and Corona del Mar State Beach, along with the top-ranked public and private schools in the Newport Mesa School District.

And lest one think that this home is not fully entrenched in the 21st century, the property also showcases the latest in smart-home technology—including a Control4 system that operates climate, media, lighting and security. This amazing turnkey property’s all ready for a new owner to come in and just sit back, relax, have a cup of coffee, and listen to the peaceful waterfalls while taking in the glorious views and breeze. Just one word: Aloha!