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Living in Luxury: A collection of San Diego’s most exquisite homes

Spectacular design punctuates an already unparalleled Southern California lifestyle in this sampling of some of the most exquisite homes from the bluffs of La Jolla to the peaceful beauty of the Ranch.

The Razor House

Spectacular design punctuates an already unparalleled Southern California lifestyle in this sampling of some of the most exquisite homes from the bluffs of La Jolla to the peaceful beauty of the Ranch. State-of-the art kitchens, enviable outdoor spaces, artful décor, and indulgent touches take the term “dream home” to an entirely new level. By Deanna Murphy and Mia Park

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A Covenant Masterpiece

In the fall of 2018, Ranch & Coast sat down with Andrew Viterbi to discuss his decision to donate his Rancho Santa Fe Covenant modern masterpiece that year to UC San Diego and its Department of Ophthalmology. Much of the decision was very personal, rooted in a desire to honor his father, Achille Viterbi, an ophthalmologist who had escaped fascist Italy in 1939 to start anew in the United States. Currently listed with the Jason Barry Team of Barry Estates at $39,000,000, the 22,500-square-foot home is arguably the most spectacular contemporary house ever constructed in the Covenant. Perched atop 33 acres, rooms open to walls of glass that give way to stunning mountain and valley views. The home features six oversized bedrooms and a dedicated master wing. The gourmet kitchen is ideal for entertaining while maintaining a warmth for such a large room. The state-of-the-art smart home is completely self-sufficient with solar panels fully powering the home and amenities. Gallery gardens with exotic plants and flowers imported from the regions of South America, South Africa, and Australia surround the pool and water features. The grounds’ citrus orchards and flora have created a habitat for indigenous butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, and healthy living is encouraged between a cricket lawn, putting green, professional grade sports court, and private stadium-style tennis court. 858.756.4024, jasonbarryteam.com

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Modern Maven

Anything but your typical Ranch house, this modern beauty offers unrivaled sophistication on a stunning Rancho Santa Fe Covenant site with unobstructed views and brand-new construction. A massive glass pivot front door reveals a single-level floorplan that makes the most of seamless indoor/outdoor living. Top-of-the-line features include a chic gourmet main kitchen with a built-in breakfast bar and a back kitchen, both with waterfall quartz islands. Additional luxuries include a master spa bath, couture closets, and an oversized garage with a Wi-Fi-enabled car charging station. The guest home is appointed with a kitchenette, full suite, and a game room with a custom glass temperature-controlled wine storage and wet bar area, plus a stunning angular ceiling with furniture-quality wood finish. A resort-style zero-edge pool and raised perimeter-overflow spa include a floating bridge that leads to an island sundeck with a 15-foot-long fire pit, perfect for entertaining. The home is listed at $8,450,000 with Laura Barry and Jim Graves of Barry Estates. 858.756.2266, laurabarryluxuryestates.com

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Razor House

The San Diego community was abuzz this past fall when it became known that music legend Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz purchased La Jolla’s renowned “Razor House” for $20,800,000.  Designed by Wallace E. Cunningham, one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Designers, the masterpiece is constructed from white polished concrete and floor-to-ceiling glass, pushing the boundaries of ordinary living and commanding amazing unobstructed views of the ocean, open sky, and natural landscape. Resting high above Torrey Pines State Reserve, the 11,000-square-foot home features four bedrooms and six baths, a two-level guest house with the same breathtaking views, a six-plus car subterranean garage, and private access to Black’s Beach. Impeccable design, unparalleled quality, and paramount location make this property a true piece of art. The seller was represented by Douglas Elliman’s Josh Altman and Matt Altman, and the buyer was represented by the Altmans along with Stephen Sweeney, also part of their team. 310.819.3250, thealtmanbrothers.com

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Buena Vista Farms

“Buena Vista Farms,” a state-of-the-art equestrian estate in the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant, sits on a raised plot of more than 15 acres adjacent to horse trails. The single-story residence was recently renovated by San Francisco-based designer Paul Wiseman and presents a sophisticated yet casual environment perfect for indoor/outdoor living and entertaining. The home’s many exquisite features include antique oak beams, a floor-to-ceiling Palos Verdes stone fireplace with a custom designed iron and bronze screen, a handsome library of ultra-suede walls, and a state-of-the-art kitchen. A relaxation retreat comprised of a luxurious spa and exercise pavilion is located off the master wing, surrounded by olive trees and fronted by a bocce ball court. A gated pathway leads to the regulation tennis court with covered viewing pavilion and a resort-style pool, creating a quiet haven for peaceful enjoyment or elegant parties. The pristine horse facilities include the stable that houses six stalls, a tack room, office, and apartment. There are five irrigated, half-acre grass pastures and a European-style walker. The home is listed at $16,995,000 with Linda Sansone of Linda Sansone & Associates. 858.775.6356, lindasansone.com

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The Grand Outdoors

Why live surrounded by views if you don’t take advantage of them? This new Rancho Santa Fe home embraces its surroundings with 180-degree views and 2,200 square feet of covered outdoor space, set on nearly four acres. A full outdoor kitchen and a massive wet edge pool and spa are the perfect invitation to come outside, and ceiling space heaters and a sunken fireside lounge keep things cozy after the sun goes down. Inside, the sweeping use of stone in the oversized rooms creates a neutral, elegant backdrop for the beauty outside; well-thought touches like extensive lighting, a contemporary fireplace, and European white oak covered ceilings ensure the home’s great room size isn’t lacking warmth. When it’s time to entertain, a glass temperature-controlled wine storage is accessible off the formal foyer, and the formal dining room opens to the entry courtyard and firepit. Every room in the house takes full advantage of the beauty that surrounds this home. It is listed at $9,750,000 with Delorine Jackson of Compass. 858.822.9694, delorinejackson.com

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East Coast Flair in Del Mar

Bucking the contemporary trend, this Hamptons-style home designed in collaboration with Samuel Amoia and built by Zephyr brings a timeless luxury to the oceanfront Del Mar lifestyle, with all the modern touches to keep it at the forefront of smart home technology. No home this near the beach would be complete without indoor/outdoor living, and multiple vanishing pocket doors with more than 650 square feet of covered outdoor space and an ocean-view pool offer that in spades. Inside, a game room, bar, and director’s theater will keep any party lively, but when it’s time to retreat, the master suite offers peace and privacy with its own veranda and spa-like amenities in the master bath. The home is also ideally equipped for the health-focused — it boasts an oversized gym, dry sauna, and therapeutic steam room. If you must leave (would you really ever want to?), downtown Del Mar is just steps away. The home is listed at $14,995,000 with the Jason Barry Team of Barry Estates. 858.756.4024, jasonbarryteam.com

Image Credits Viterbi House: Photo courtesy of Preview First     Razor House: Photo by Gary Kasl     Linda Sansone: Photo courtesy of Scott Basile Photography     Delorine Jackson: Photo by Hay Blechynden     Jason Barry Zephyr: Photo by Christina Woods


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