The Irvine Co. is offering a special opportunity for home buyers in Crystal Cove: Purchase a barren plot of land, enlist an architect and build an expensive residence from scratch.
The only catch is they’ll have a tough act to follow.
Last week, the Philharmonic House of Design — one of the first two homes to be completed in the Irvine Co.’s custom development in Crystal Cove — opened for public tours. Twenty-three designers worked on different rooms in the house, which features four bedrooms, an art studio, a pool, a game room and a starting price tag of $11.9 million.
Every year, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County finds a newly constructed house and enlists members of the American Society of Interior Designers to decorate it. The society uses the project as a fundraiser, with admission from public tours going to support music education in schools. This time, House of Design visitors not only get to enjoy the interior decoration, but also the start of an upscale new community — and that ocean view doesn’t hurt, either.