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'Jewel Box' of the Village of Corona Del Mar

Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach, CA, USA
  • Villa2100 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay0 - 30 nights

French Style Chateau at the beach

As you enter this French style home, you walk into the Great Room full of color and style, which can be used as an office, an artist studio, entertaining, or just relaxing. The room expands out through French doors to the patio. There is a wet bar and powder room, located on the first floor of the great room. The second floor is the main living area of the house with the living room, fireplace, dining room with a balcony for enjoying cocktails or morning coffee while looking towards the ocean, the kitchen, pantry, Guest Room and adjoining Bathroom. The third floor is the Master Suite with two balconies, one with an ocean view, the other nestled in the trees for reading or meditation. The spa bathroom features granite counters, luxurious appointments in the shower includes body sprays as well as a rain shower, and a hand held shower. For an authentic spa experience, choose between the multi-function systems that invite relaxation, or invigoration along with the steam shower. The suite is complete with surround sound and HDTV on 46” screen for watching your favorite movies or TV shows.

One must experience the enchanting moods this very unique property presents depending on which time of the day you share it. The craftsmanship and attention to detail are exceptional. Style, high-quality, sophistication and, the most important word in real estate...'location, location, location' all rolled into one. Life in this home is like being on vacation everyday!


Jay Rifkin

Member Since 2012
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About Jay Rifkin

I fell in love with Corona del Mar after spending summers enjoying the beautiful beaches and activities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach and I couldn't wait to live here. I did so for 20 years and personally built this home.

Jay Rifkin purchased this Villa in 2005

Why Jay Rifkin chose Corona Del Mar

This home is so unique, it is called the Jewel Box, the Melon House, or the French Chateau of the Village. It is just one block from the ocean and because it is on a corner lot facing the ocean, it is one of the most photographed houses in Corona del Mar. This custom home is one-of-a-kind, a 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath residence located in the highly coveted heart of this famous seaside community. This property features hardwood floors, top quality construction, Venetian plastering in every room and bathroom, and the most up-to-date and superior quality amenities all the way through. State-of-the-art architecture, fabulous furnishings from all over the world, complete with marble and granite counter tops including brands: SubZero, Bosch, Miele and Jade. This property is in a class of its own! Luxury urban-beach lifestyle at its best! This property is less than one block from the beach, yet you can hear the ocean sounds at night from the balcony or patio or just lying in bed with the windows open. Unusual curved beams showcases the living room with matching curved window and fireplace hearth of travetine are just a few of the features that elevate this home above the rest.

What makes this Villa unique

Beautifully designed and furnished, this home is a total turn-key and only requires your suitcase and toiletries. As listed, the property features stained glass throughout, unique mosaic entry and TWO bedrooms—each with its own bathroom. The master bedroom, you’ll find a queen size bed made up with the finest linens, with two patios, one facing the ocean, and the other a secluded retreat with an ocean view. The master bath also has a built in steam shower, rain shower and body spray for the true spa experience. The other bedroom and bath on the main floor is uniquely different featuring a full size bed and travetine bath with etched glass on the shower walls and hand painted sink. The kitchen and dining room open up to a patio ideal for your afternoon cocktail, reading a book or watching the sunset. The dining room seats six and the eat-in kitchen is casual seating for two. The home is equipped with 46' LCD HD smart TV with surround sound in the master, ShowTime, stereo speakers throughout the house, the front patio and garage as well as TV's throughout the house. Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and cable TV and phone are available, as well as a security system. Two car garage with laundry facility (washer/dryer, ironing board) are available for your additional convenience. This is the perfect spot for up an executive, a couple, and family of 3-4 in transition looking for a relaxing beach vacation. The home is ideally situated for exploring all the wonderful sights that southern California has to offer, a yet a world far away from the hustle and bustle of urban traffic and congestion, but just 10 minutes to John Wayne Airport.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double, This bed is ideal for a couple, but not 2 older children
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, Master Bedroom
      • The villa/chateau - home has two beautiful bedrooms, both with flat screen TV's, adjoining bathrooms, and amenities that you find in the best hotels. Bedroom 1 is in a sea foam green Venetian plaster color and all the accents are green and white. The mattress is brand new with 500 thread count linens and comforter sets with matching shams and pillows. Extra linens and pillows included. Bedroom 2 is in Periwinkle Blue color Venetian plaster with white/cream accents. The queen bed has two side tables with leather base side lamps and suede lamp shades. The mattress is also brand new and is featured with 500 threads count linens and comforter sets with matching shams and pillows. Extra linens, comforters and pillows included. The master has a leather bench at the foot of the bed for sitting while putting on shoes or placing clothes while dressing.


      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, Powder Room
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Adjoins Bedroom 1
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower, Master shower spa with rain shower, body sprays and steam
      • 2 1/2 Bathrooms. Each bathroom is extremely unique, from the powder room with it's granite sink and basin, to the guest bath featuring the hand painted tulip sink, marble counters, and etched glass shower, to the master bath spa bathroom featuring granite counters, luxurious appointments in the shower includes body sprays as well as a rain shower, and a hand held shower. For an authentic spa experience, choose multi-function systems that invite relaxation, or invigoration with the steam shower.

      Location Type

        • Near The Ocean
          This property is located steps from CDM State Beach, which has ample parking, fire pits, volleyball and a half-mile long sandy beach.
        • Ocean View
          From the living room, and dining room, you can look down the street and see the Pacific Ocean, and on a clear day Catalina Island, 26 miles away!
        • Village
          The main part of town are the "flower" streets, Avacado down through Poppy (arranged alphabetically), with shopping, cafes, and restaurants from end to end.


            • Away From It All
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      There is a 5 ton A/C unit that was installed in 2013 for those extra warm days and nights.
                    • Fireplace
                      The fireplace burns natural gas
                    • Garage
                      The property does offer 2 car garage.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      There is forced air heating throughout the home.
                    • Internet
                      WIFI is secured and active throughout the house.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Kenmore Dryer is in the laundry area of the garage.
                    • Linens Provided
                      500 Thread Count Cotton Linens, plus extra pillows in the guest and master bedrooms, all with pillow covers.
                    • Living Room
                      One sofa, reclining chair and ottoman, and matching chair are in the living area along a with a SMART TV and a romantic gas fireplace.
                    • Parking
                      Street Parking is available throughout the neighborhood, except on street cleaning days.
                    • Telephone
                      (3) The phone is accessible for local and long distance calls throughout the United States.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Hotel Collection and Calvin Klein Brand towels are throughout the house.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Kenmore Washer is in the laundry area of the garage.


                        • Kitchen
                          The kitchen has the Tools Of The Trade Collection pots and Cuisinart pots and pans as well as iron skillets and every type of chef tool necessary for preparing a gourmet meal.
                        • Coffee Maker
                          The house has the Miele whole coffee bean system. It has a concealed handle that opens from the left for a 500g coffee bean of your choice container. In addition, the home as a Keurig coffee maker.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Bosch quietest in its class, runs in 4 cycles, includes sanitizes option to kill 99.9% bacteria and dry better too.
                        • Freezer
                          Sub Zero Freezer
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Full set of dishes, cups, water glasses, wine glasses, martini glasses, cooking utensils, mixing bowls, measuring cups, measuring spoons, everything you need to make your stay comfortable.
                        • Microwave
                          Sharp built in Microwave
                        • Pantry Items
                          The pantry has cutting boards, wooden salad bowls, plastic ware for storing food items, blender for both mixing dry and wet items, and waffle maker.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Sub Zero refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          Heavy duty Jade Range, gas, 36' wide, (4) 27,500 BTU open burners, 12' grill w/manual controls, convection oven, high shelf, 14 ga. s/s all welded construction, s/s legs, 164,000 BTU
                        • Toaster
                          The home has a toaster, as well as a toaster oven.


                            • Dining
                              Formal dining room table seats 6, with casual dining at the counter for 2
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Time Warner is the Cable provider
                                • Stereo
                                  The house has a Sony Digital Amplifer, and KEF Audio surround system in the Master Bedroom
                                • Television
                                  5 televisions located throughout the home, one in each bedroom, the living room, great-room and kitchen.


                                    • Balcony
                                      The second floor has a balcony with two chairs and a small table for morning coffee. The Master bedroom has two balconies - both with ocean views, the other more private for reading, and meditation.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      There is the front patio, with dining table and 4 chairs.
                                    • Golf
                                      For golfers, the renowned Pelican Hills Golf Course, home of two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Tom Fazio, is located only 5 minutes away
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      There is a Weber propane gas barbecue located under the awning of the house in the front patio.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • museums
                                            • botanical garden
                                            • cinemas
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • marina
                                            • churches
                                            • playground
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • synagogues
                                            • theme parks
                                            • zoo

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • photography
                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • whale watching
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • parasailing
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • surfing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • Book NOW! Enjoy the summer Jazz Concert Series with phenomenal guests at the Hyatt Newporter just 4 miles away: from June - September 2017. If you like the water, you can take a boat ride to see the California Gray Whales as it makes the most spectacular and longest mass migration of any marine mammal. Tens of thousands of gray whales migrate annually along the west coast of North America from the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the winter grounds of the Baja California lagoons and back again along the Orange County coast during the months of December-April. As you can see CDM is truly unique - with world class shopping close by within minutes, 5-star dining, walking, hiking, entertainment and close to Laguna Beach, San Diego, Palm Springs and Hollywood & LA.

                                                              16 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Great get away

                                                              melinda c.Carmel, Calif

                                                              As usual our stay couldn't have been better. This is our fourth year at this property. Location is great, 1/2 block to the beach and town. Walking distance to several great restaurants. If your a runner, this is ideal.

                                                              The house is beautifully appointed.

                                                              The house reminds me of a French chateau

                                                              marcyBoulder Co

                                                              I have been renting the house for 6 years it is a pleasure to be there every thing is so well done the kitchen has everything you could possibly need to put a gourmet meal together jay is a gracious host the house is a real jewel it is close to great restraunts that you can walk too I hope to return next year Marcy boulder Colorado

                                                              The was perfect as well as the location. More than we expected

                                                              robert c.

                                                              The experience was all positive.


                                                              Ani A.

                                                              We stayed there for a few weeks and it was just wonderful. The property has been taken care of to perfection and just looks and feels amazing. Will be returning!

                                                              Our Best Orange County Experience

                                                              eric h.fort lauderdale

                                                              My wife and son stayed at the Jewel Box for eight nights. We visit Orange County several times a year. It was easily our best experience so far. The house is simply beautiful. Jay was very attentive and everything was as indicated. We loved being able to walk the beach, the stores, the gym and the restaurants. We even met some of Jay's wonderful neighbors. We look forward to returning. Thanks Jay!

                                                              Great stay

                                                              KARLA H.

                                                              Thank you Jay for a wonderful Mothers Day weekend. We had a blast and enjoyed your home. We were very comfortable and will return ASAP. It was a perfect layout for us.


                                                              Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach, CA, USA

                                                              For those interested in Theme Parks, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Universal Studios in Hollywood are within a short drive from Corona del Mar. A beautiful day trip or overnight to Catalina Island is in reach by ferry from Balboa Island just minutes away, but you will feel like you are on a unique island as there are no cars allowed. If you are into history or art, don't miss the beautiful Mission at San Juan Capistrano, The Richard Nixon Presidential Library, or plan a day to visit the world renowned Getty museum in Los Angeles, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, or the Huntington Museum and Gardens in Pasadena.


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