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Newport Beach home, once owned by Dean Koontz, nabs $10.3 million



A bayfront Newport Beach home once owned by bestselling author Dean Koontz and revisited in his 2009 book “A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie” has sold.

The circa-1933 house fetched $10.325 million.

Designed by pioneering “Architect to the Stars” Paul R. Williams and later remodeled, this 3,400-square-foot residence with three bedrooms, five bathrooms and seamless indoor-outdoor living areas makes the most of its Balboa Peninsula Point location.

The two-story traditional-style home sits on an oversized 45-foot lot with a patio, dock and dock pavilion.

Most rooms offer a view of the harbor.

Koontz and his wife, Gerda, bought the house in September 1995, property records show, while the couple’s Newport Coast mega-mansion was under construction. In April, the compound sold to Stearns Lending founder Glenn Stearns for an all-time Orange County record of $50 million. The Koontzes held onto the smaller “beach house” for six years and spent “just 30 nights” there, the author wrote in “A Big Little Life.”

Kim Bibb of Villa Real Estate handled both sides of the deal.

The listing initially sought $16.65 million for four lots when it landed on the market in March. But Bibb had two buyers. And so, the three lots across the street that accommodate a garage, garden and private tennis court sold separately for $6.15 million.

Irv Tons of Coldwell Banker Realty represented the second buyer.

Koontz, 75, has sold more than 500 million copies of his books to date.

Source: Orange County Register

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