Paul Crouch and Trinity Broadcasting Network tied to Newport house on market for $4.6 million

Orange Country Register/July 21, 2016

By Marilyn Kalfus

A "flamboyant" 5,200-square-foot Newport Beach estate once owned by Trinity Broadcasting Network founder Paul Crouch is for sale at just under $4.6 million.

Dubbed "Villa Cielo," the four-bedroom house sits on an ocean-view hilltop in guard-gated Harbor Ridge, and boasts Calacatta marble, two kitchens and a "secret room," according to the listing.

Paul and Jan Crouch, his wife, started Trinity Broadcasting Network, billed as the world's largest Christian network, in Costa Mesa in 1973. Paul Crouch died in November 2013; Jan Crouch died in May.

The house, rebuilt on the 8,000-square-foot lot, was completed in 2014. Property records show that Trinity Christian Center, TBN's owner, sold the home to a married couple in June of that year for $3.05 million.The house has been on and off the market and most recently was relisted in June.

The two-level home includes a sunken living room, library and media room, as well as an elevator, arched, floor-to-ceiling windows and an assortment of elaborate fireplaces and chandeliers.

Susan Sinclair of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is the listing agent.

A previous agent shot this video of the property last year, when it was for sale at just under $4.5 million.

TBN is headquartered on an elaborate campus in Costa Mesa, and the network's religious programming can be viewed around the globe. But family disputes led to public feuds and lawsuits. The empire is now in the hands of the Crouches' younger son Matthew.

A Register review of its most recent tax filings shows Trinity’s revenue has dropped, from $207 million in 2006 to $121.5 million in 2014.

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