A Craftsman built for Sunset Magazine in Ladera Ranch's Covenant Hills and inspired by the 1908 Gamble house in Pasadena is on the market at just under $3.6 million - follow the link for the MLS Listing:

Sunset's Idea House in Ladera Ranch

Set on a third of an acre, the 7,820-square-foot property has a front porch with white columns, large pocket doors and an island kitchen with a farmhouse sink. The master suite boasts his and hers bathrooms, a spa-style bath and steam shower. A soundproof home theater, wet bar and wine cellar make up the basement entertainment center. A guest studio sits above the garage.

Interior details include coffered and coved ceilings. Grounds include a swimming pool, and a full outdoor kitchen with a stone-fired pizza oven.

The home, completed in 2005, was designed by architects Eric Trabert & Associates of Santa Ana and built by Mulvaney & Co. of San Juan Capistrano for Sunset Magazine, as one its "Idea Houses." The series, which features public tours, was launched in 1998 as a way of promoting the publication and its sponsors.

Other Idea Houses were built in cities including San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and Denver. The Ladera Ranch home was a first for Orange County.

The house last sold in August 2009 for $2.17 million, according to property records.

Ronald Ellison of Keller Williams Coastal Properties is the listing agent.

The Gamble House in Pasadena, cited as inspiration for the Ladera Ranch house, was created for David B. Gamble of the Procter & Gamble company. It was designed by the acclaimed Greene and Greene architectural firm and later became a historic landmark and a museum.

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