Christina Hall just can’t say no to Newport Beach, CA. The “Christina on the Coast” star recently put down some major cash on a nearly 7,000-square-foot modern mansion in the affluent coastal city. She bought the home for $12 million in an off-market deal, just weeks after selling her previous Orange County estate with ocean views.
The purchase apparently set a record for a nonview property in Orange County, according to real estate agent Keven Stirdivant, of KASE Real Estate.
Stirdivant says he was “honored to represent both seller and buyer on the ultimate architectural tour de force to never hit the market.”
This is the second multimillion-dollar Newport Beach house that Hall (who just changed her name from Haack) has owned. The first place was a sprawling modern farmhouse that she lived in with Ant Anstead from 2018 to 2021. She sold that property for $5.3 million after their divorce in 2021.
Now, the former “Flip or Flop” star apparently has a taste for über-modern design, considering this pad is pretty much the polar opposite of her other Newport Beach dwelling.
The five-bed, 5.5-bath mansion was built in 2021, and the design pays homage to the midcentury modern aesthetic with terrazzo stone, floor-to-ceiling windows, and clean lines. High-tech features abound, including an “interstellar” home theater and smart home automation. In the middle of the 0.37-acre lot is a lap pool and expansive lawn for the ultimate outdoor living experience.
For a second there, it looked like Hall and her husband, Josh Hall, were making the jump east to Nashville, since her new HGTV show, “Christina in the Country,” is set there and she also owns a home in Music City. But with the purchase of this new home, the couple clearly intend to keep an anchor in Southern California.
So, without further ado, let’s take a tour of Christina Hall’s new digs. Here are the details that caught our eye—and the parts of the house that made us go, huh?
1. We love the midcentury-inspired architecture
In a neighborhood full of Mediterranean-style McMansions, we fully appreciate Hall choosing what appears to be the coolest property on the block. The house’s sleek, sexy design was “inspired by mid-century icons, brought to life in 2021 by modern-day masters of the craft, Laidlaw Schultz Architects,” the listing notes.
2. We love that backyard
Summer is so close we can taste it, and Hall’s backyard looks like the perfect setup to enjoy that ideal SoCal weather. Once you get over the size of that lap pool, be sure to direct your attention to the part of the backyard we’re calling the pergola chill zone with comfortable seating and a big-screen TV.
Kudos to the architects for designing sliding doors that span the width of the kitchen for a seamless indoor-outdoor flow.
3. We love the abundance of entertaining space
Everywhere you look on this property, there seems to be a seating area that’s made for socializing with friends and family. From the pergola chill zone in the backyard to the cozy fireside banquette seating above, we’re guessing this home will be a favorite place for the couple’s loved ones to gather.
4. We love the flex space
Hall is a designer on the move, so we doubt she’ll need a dedicated home office. But in case she ever has to take a Zoom call, this flex space will come in handy. Now, if this were our house, we’d totally make use of this work-from-home room and take full advantage of the open shelving and patio access.
1. We don’t love the view (or lack thereof)
Some people buy houses for the functionality, and some people buy houses for the view. Christina and Josh clearly fell in love with the impeccable modern architecture and myriad amenities that came with this home. But it seems a little odd to us that they’d shell out $12 million in Newport Beach for a property that doesn’t come with an ocean view.
2. We don’t love the absence of warmth
True to modern form, the design of this house is minimal and angular. The floor-to-ceiling glass and stark stone accents pay homage to the home’s midcentury modern sensibility.
But the clinical vibe of this home’s interior design is giving us pause, and we can’t help but feel like the interiors could use a little soul. Right now, the house feels more like a modern art museum or a swanky gallery, aka a place that’s not exactly hospitable to children running around. But we have a feeling Hall has a plan to add some coziness to the space once she moves in.