Not a day goes by that retired tech entrepreneur Gary Dinkin doesn’t marvel at the breathtaking ocean and mountain views from his 14,500 square foot hilltop mansion in the Bear Brand. Laguna Niguel upscale ranch.
He can even see Mission San Juan Capistrano from his room.
“They literally take my breath away,” said Gary Dinkin, the former CEO and founder of the SmartClixx gift card platform who, along with his wife, Lindy, helped design the home that just be announced for $50 million. The deal was first reported in the Wall Street Journal.
Property records show the Dinkins bought the 13-plus-acre property in 2013 for $2.5 million to build the estate. It has six bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and ultra-luxury resort-style amenities.
There is an ocean-view game room that opens to the cinema room and contains an indoor-outdoor wet bar.
Outdoor amenities include a lounge with fire pit, negative edge pool with Baja shelf and glass bridge to the pool fire pit with seating for 25 people, two putting greens and a BBQ area with a full kitchenette.
Hundreds of fruit trees and vegetable gardens grow on the hillside.
The Dinkins said the town and guarded community of Bear Brand Ranch initially wanted them to build a Mediterranean-style home. Yet the couple – who worked directly with an architectural draftsman, a structural engineer and the towns of Laguna Niguel and (as a courtesy) San Juan Capistrano – got the go-ahead and built the estate in a contemporary style.
Construction ended in 2017.
Inside, the home features seamless limestone flooring and oversized Fleetwood windows and doors that blur the line between indoors and out.
One-of-a-kind design elements and artwork fill the space, from a blue sculpture by Jon Seemans next to the porte-cochere pierced by three slanted columns to the pivoting iron door and 18-inch laminated glass. wide feet designed by Lindy Dinkin.
“She won an award for the glass design of that front door,” Gary Dinkin said proudly of his wife. “It’s driven by a single piston so it can be operated by a child, which is incredible considering the weight associated with it.”
The front door opens into the 27 foot grand entrance lit by 20 giant skylights.
In this house, all the ceilings are high.
“I took great care with the ceilings to differentiate them in so many rooms,” said Lindy Dinkin, who designed a series of interconnecting triangles in the library ceiling to represent her immediate family. “My husband is the main triangle, then I’m a smaller triangle in that triangle. And then I interconnected it with the one representing our two daughters and our two dogs.
There is a hand-carved male and female lion in the 10-by-5-foot door to the master bedroom, a custom-designed hide rug by Kyle Bunting that matches the ceiling in the family room, and a glass mosaic of 27,000 parts by Christopher Guy assembled above the stairs.
Rocco Borghese chandeliers adorn the grand entrance and dining room.
The dining room table, made of blue agate and stainless steel, took a dozen men and a crane to bring it into the house. But the table like house has become too big for the empty nesters.
“I know we’ll be so sad to leave, but there are two of us and our two golden doodles, and we don’t use our house that much,” Lindy Dinkin said. “We’ve created this amazing vision, and we’re just not living the lifestyle that someone at this resort should be living. It should be a party palace.
Josh Altman, Matt Altman and Andy Stavros of Douglas Elliman and John Stanaland of Villa Real Estate are the listing agents.