L.A. Angel Justin Upton Lands Orange County Home

Mark David

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Just before L.A. Angel’s outfielder Justin Upton sold a gigantic contemporary mansion in Arizona last month to fellow professional baseball player David Price — more on that in in a minute, property records (and Realtor.com) show he splashed out a tetch more than $4.7 million for a substantially smaller home in one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Orange County’s ritzy Newport Beach community.

Built in 2015, the casually upscale home — let’s call it a Caribbean-inspired modern farmhouse — offers five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms in a mite more than 5,600 square feet. Bespoke finishes include imported floorboards reclaimed from a 125-year-old barn and 3” solid oak treads on the eye-catching, steel-and-glass floating staircase that serves as the centerpiece and central traffic exchange of the three-story home. Unsurprisingly, the family-sized home also has snazzy bevy of high-tech accouterment that includes a comprehensive lighting system and two integrated sound systems.

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The entrance gallery steps down to open plan living areas where vast expanses of glass sliders allow for an effortless transition to the courtyard-style backyard. Rustic wood doors in the not-so-formal formal living area slide open to a study/office, and the kitchen, evocative of an old-fashioned farmhouse with an apron sink and barn-door inspired cabinet details, is fully up-to-date with top-grade appliances and a combination of butcher block and lava stone countertops. The kitchen is open to a spacious dining area and family room under a vaulted exposed wood ceiling with a raised hearth fireplace set into a wall of pale, rough cut stone.

Guest bedrooms, one of which is dominated by a huge, rough-cut stone fireplace, are all en suite, and the master retreat offers a sitting area with fireplace, a fitted walk-in closet and an elegant, spa-style marble bathroom. A subterranean level finished to the same exacting and expensive standards as the rest of the house includes a glass-enclosed wine cellar, a media lounge with surround sound and a small kitchen complete with a beer froster and popcorn maker. Back upstairs, the living room and family rooms flow out to a not particularly large and mostly decked, courtyard-style yard that’s cleverly arranged to include ample dining and lounging areas around fire pit, a built-in grill and a wee patch of lawn.

The property was listed with Art Heckman and Dean Lueck of Compass; Upton was repped by Celeste Gilles at Villa Real Estate.

As mentioned, the former Arizona Diamondback (2007-2012) sold a pristine, 14,000-plus-square-foot, industrial-inspired contemporary mansion with panoramic mountain views in posh Paradise Valley, Ariz., last month for $9.5 million to L.A. Dodger’s pitcher David Price. Completed in 2013and located about 10 miles from Chase Field, the sprawling home, offers five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a plush home theater and a swimming pool surrounded by lush lawns.

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