Paul R. Williams home on National Register

243 Avenida la Cuesta
$ 3,393,000
Last Updated:
Contact Agent
MLS #OC17254257
Contact nameDena Van Slyke
Contact phone949-233-7982
Year built1928
Architectural Styles Spanish Revival
Home area4,800 sqft
Lot Area0.65 acres


“The Goldschmidt House” is one of the three most historically significant homes built in San Clemente after “Casa Pacifica” aka the Western Whitehouse and “Casa Romantica”, Ole Hanson’s home. It was built for Adlai Goldschmidt, a Jewish German vintner who owned all the San Clemente land before selling it to Hamilton Cotton, who then had Hanson develop it. Goldschmidt had this house on the hill built as a weekend getaway from LA by the world famous architect, African American, Paul R. Williams, aka the “Architect to the Stars”. So exemplary of the Spanish Colonial Revival style that it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. CLASSIC features include an intricately carved 11’ coffered ceiling, arched windows and doors, picket tiles, beautiful hardwood floors, fantastic lighting fixtures, coved ceilings, corbelled arches, original door and window hardware, wrought iron curtain rods and stair rails, red tile roofs and with four balconies and three patios a sense of expanded living areas. The third largest historic home, it boasts 4800 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a library, wet bar, family room, panoramic ocean, hills, city and Catalina views from its .65 acre fully landscaped gardens. DRAMATIC property tax benefits from the Mills Act transfer with title, saving you over $28,000 per year in taxes compared to non-historic homes! LOVERS of history and architecture with character will cherish their years as the fifth owner of this magnificent property and continue the Legacy of Paul Williams, the Goldschmidts and the founders of San Clemente. Listed for $3,393,000 by the local specialist in buying, selling, restoration, preservation and tax advantages of Historic Properties since 1997.


Additional Buildings / Amenities

  • Barn/Stable
  • Carriage House
  • Dock/Pier
  • Finished Basement
  • Gazebo
  • Greenhouse
  • Guest Cottage