A storybook Victorian estate in Cambria on the market for years sold recently.
Joshua and Cathie Brown’s Leffingwell Ranch Estate — a 9,760-square-foot, six-bedroom, 61⁄2 bath mansion on about 117 rolling acres along the east side of Highway 1 just north of Cambria — was listed in 2006 for $13.5 million.
The most recent listing price was $9.9 million, Joshua Brown said Tuesday. In April 2010, an auction company advertised the minimum bid for the property would be $5.9 million.
Steve Miller of Cayucos confirmed Tuesday that he and a business partner, Andre Souang, purchased the Jordan Road property in the March 28 sale. Neither Miller nor Brown would reveal the purchase price. Miller said he plans to resell the estate as quickly as possible.
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Sale and document-transfer tax information on the deal were removed from the grant deed, according to the county Clerk Recorder’s Office.
The county’s assessed value on the property for the 2010-11 tax year is nearly $4.2 million.
Miller also owns the former Rod & Reel Trailer Park on Main Street in Cambria, among other properties.
He has been a real estate investor for years, buying, selling and developing properties in Long Island, N.Y., Boston, Dallas, Chicago and other areas.
The Leffingwell Ranch Estate was listed with several real estate brokerages through the years.
Those contacted with firsthand knowledge of transaction details said confidentiality clauses guaranteed their silence.
In the end, Brown sold it himself.
The gabled and turreted mansion has six fireplaces, arched and mullioned stained-glass windows, five dining areas, a crystal chandelier, billiard room, conference room, gym, office-library, gourmet kitchen, a secret room and a hidden staircase to a railed rooftop platform with a view.
The property across Highway 1 from Moonstone Beach offers acres of Monterey Pines, a 1,200-square-foot day cottage, a 5,200-square-foot drive-through barn, fenced pasture and golf pitching area with putting green.
The project has been a labor of love for Josh Brown, the former CEO of America West Worldwide Express. It took him more than a decade, including hearings at the county and state Coastal Commission level.