Summer always seems to bring out the “party” in people. Chalk it up to rising temperatures and the slower pace in which everyone seems to operate during the warmest months. It’s that time of year when carefree equals invitations, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a hectic social calendar filled with barbecues, all-white galas and weddings. Enjoy it while it lasts. With all of these summertime bashes on the brain, we decided to take a look at four reception-ready California estates currently on the market and listed by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Some of them have views. Some of them have party-perfect parking. But all of them have enough sprawl and sophistication to accommodate one mammoth mid-summer’s soiree — whether it’s nuptials or no-darn-good-reason you want to celebrate this season.
19251 Black Rd | Los Gatos, CA 95033 | $4,500,000
Wanted and found: an entertainer’s paradise in the heart of Silicon Valley’s Los Gatos. As seen on HGTV Dream Builders, this grand, gated 30-acre estate features plenty of room to park 50 cars and accommodate hundreds of guests. In fact, it’s already been the site of large private IPO launch parties, charity, wedding, concert and executive off-site events. Impress your guests with the formal entry and family room with vaulted ceilings, and head out to the private backyard where they’ll get that “wow” moment with sweeping hill views of Lexington Reservoir and all of Silicon Valley. A state-of-the-art custom pool with a professional water slide, cascading waterfall, spa and gas-lit fire pit adds the perfect touch to your picture-perfect day. Say “I do” on the massive terrace and host a cocktail hour next to the serenity of the waterfall pool.
3100 Benedict Canyon Dr | Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | $21,995,000
Who needs a destination wedding in Tuscany when you can spend your special day in a brand-new Italian Villa overlooking Benedict Canyon in Beverly Hills? Villa Grande Bellezza is a magical and private setting with soaring ceilings, stunning entertaining spaces and an outdoor pavilion with a one-of-a-kind infinity pool featuring dazzling accent lights — perfect for tying the knot. As the party or reception winds down, head into the entertaining spaces on the lower level, which feature a state-of-the-art movie theater, wine bar, game room and outdoor fire pit. There’s also plenty of parking, thanks to an expansive motor court.
19475 Black Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95033 | $7,600,000
Just a few blocks down from the last fantasy of fetes, another Los Gatos gem invites the most social of homeowners to enjoy both architectural design and grandeur. This secluded Tuscan estate offers a grand drive and parking for more than six cars in 2 garages. The formal gardens are designed for botanical beauty in the foreground with spectacular views beyond. The cascading terraces lead guests to the pool and gardens, perfect for entertaining inside and out. (Can you picture your first dance, under the twinkling lights near the pool?) Other party pluses include: game rooms, elevator and multiple living/entertainment rooms. The chef’s kitchen is also set up for grand scale food preparation with a Wolf gourmet range, two ovens, two sinks, two dishwashers, walk-in pantry and Sub-Zero refrigerator.
23795 Serreno | Temecula, CA 92590 | $5,000,000
A Santa Barbara-inspired 11,050 square-foot fully furnished luxury estate in the foothills of Temecula immediately conjures up images of a dreamy wine country wedding. Nestled amid verdant landscaping and rolling hillsides, the spacious estate surrounds a watery oasis and entertaining mecca, proving to be the perfect party palace. Organize your event around the gorgeous resort-like pool and spa, complete with waterfalls and swaying palms, and let your guests congregate around the courtyard surrounded by the main residence and two guest casitas. Parking is easy, thanks to 8-car garages plus RV garage and a two-bedroom guest apartment. This Temecula jewel is an entertainer’s fantasy inside and out.