Oceanfront San Clemente home once owned by surf media legend John Severson for sale at $16 million – Orange County Register

An oceanfront San Clemente house that once was the home of Surfer Magazine founder and filmmaker John Severson is for sale at $15.995 million.

Set in the gated Cyprus Shore community, the bluff-top, 3,361-square-foot house sits on a third of an acre.

Five bedrooms include a master retreat “tucked into the side of a cliff,” as the agent describes it, evoking the feeling of being on a boat.

The house, built in 1965, includes midcentury modern post and beam construction, travertine floors and a chef’s kitchen with a large island, two sinks, upscale appliances and a wine fridge.

More than 1,500 square feet of wrap-around deck envelop the home, at 405 Calle Alicia, located up the beach from the famous Trestles surf spot.

Gary Ward of Century 21 Award is the listing agent.

Severson, who died last May at age 83, is known as the father of surf media.

In addition to starting Surfer Magazine, his films included “Surf,” “Surf Safari” and “Big Wednesday.”

Life on the bluff became less peaceful and secluded after President Richard Nixon and his large entourage moved to nearby Cotton Point in 1969.

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Severson sold Surfer Magazine in 1972 and moved with his wife and two daughters to Maui, wrote Drew Kampion, a former editor at the magazine.

Severson released a book called “Surf” in 2014 and was inducted into San Clemente’s Sports Wall of Fame in 2015.

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