Entrepreneur Mike Gray and his wife, Lori, are chasing rarified air in Newport Beach, listing their waterfront compound for $47.5 million. If they get their price, it’ll be among the priciest sales in Orange County history.
The current record-holder sits a stone’s throw away in Newport Coast, where a 19,000-square-foot mega-mansion traded hands for $61 million in 2020.
Gray, who spent 25 years as an executive for luxury fashion brand St. John Knits and also founded the baked goods company Sweet Life Enterprises, paid $12.547 million for the property in 2017 and extensively remodeled the mansion in the years since.
The biggest justification for the price tag is the space. The compound claims three parcels and 105 feet of harbor frontage — a rarity for waterfront properties in the coastal city. It’s found in Lido Isle, a man-made island filled with luxury homes with a population of roughly 1,800.
The waterfront home. (Toby Ponnay)
The entry. (Toby Ponnay)
The dining room. (Toby Ponnay)
The living room. (Toby Ponnay)
The view. (Toby Ponnay)
The kitchen. (Larry Faulk)
The office. (Larry Faulk)
The bedroom. (Larry Faulk)
The bathroom. (Toby Ponnay)
The indoor-outdoor family room. (Toby Ponnay)
The pool. (Toby Ponnay)
The lawn. (Toby Ponnay)
The dock. (Toby Ponnay)
Inside are four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a handful of lavish living spaces decorated with designer finishes. Suede and silk cover the walls, and the ceilings alternate between river rock and wave porcelain tile.
Nearly every room takes in views of the harbor, and the indoor-outdoor living room opens directly to an infinity-edge pool and spa right above the water. Another highlight comes in the primary suite, where the sky-lit bathroom features a hammock bathtub suspended from the ceiling.
Out back, a cabana with heated floors leads to a private dock with room for three boats.
Tim Smith of Coldwell Banker Realty Newport Beach holds the listing.