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It is a tough task in relativity to define a luxury home in San Diego.

One’s perspective has as much to do with the definition as does the opulence, location or architectural significance of a particular property. One persons simple home by the ocean is another’s castle, and vice versa.

Perhaps it is easier to consider what a luxury home in San Diego is not.

It is likely not a cookie cutter home in a subdivision tract, even if it is magnificently appointed. Why? It is probably lacking in presence, in architectural originality and may very well be lacking in coveted location.

New subdivisions throughout affluent communities are abounding in 4000 square foot stacked boxes with crown moldings, coffered ceilings and granite surfaces. The prices may reach seven figures, but do they really qualify as luxury homes? I have argued this with other luxury home specialists, and as soon as we agree upon a particular standard, exceptions to the rule emerge.

I am one of several directors with Windermere Exclusive Properties Distinctive Properties division. It is our task to collectively approve or disapprove a listed property for that coveted Premier Properties designation. It has proven to be a sometimes-difficult task. Price alone does not distinguish that status. It is location, property entry, architecture, decor, decadent amenities, entertainment capabilities, lovely grounds and myriad other details that help a home stand out from the ordinary. It can also take a great deal of luxury research.

A super-sized McMansion does not qualify as a luxury home, unless it has the requisite extras, superior location and a view¦perhaps. Or what about cute $2 million cottages in Del Mar, La Jolla or Rancho Santa Fe that lack both architectural clout and luxe surfaces? Does exquisite location make up for a dated or tired interior? Then again, an architecturally significant home in downtown San Diego or Coronado might qualify, even though it lacks in modern opulence.

As discerning, honest–and even developing luxury real estate professionals, we believe we know one when we see it especially when the home has all the markings of luxury, location and panache.

Want to find a San Diego luxury home? Set your own luxury parameters below and enjoy the results! Below that are San Diego luxury homes priced at and above $5 million.

929 Border Avenue Del Mar, CA 92014

$49,000,000
-- Bed
-- Bath
99 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 71064797
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Undeniably, a once in a lifetime opportunity, to own a fully approved VESTED TENTATIVE MAP for 5 oceanfront lots, just received (Pink Report). One of the most exclusive & unique properties in the US! Do not miss this extremely rare & remarkable opportunity to make this acreage in the heart of Del Mar your own. A spectacular waterfront property of over 6.9 acres atop the bluffs of Del Mar lays a beautiful canvas to build your very own vision of paradise.variance granted #71065978 [Supplement]: Three oceanfront lots ranging from $10,000,000 - $14,999,900. Two interior lots with phenomenal ocean & eastern views from $3,900,000 - $5,900,000. Sellers accepting non-binding reservations, buyers to receive copy of pink report and sign reservation form. Tucked away down a quiet drive just west of Highway 101 and secluded behind a private gate lays your ocean front oasis with over 396 feet of prime ocean front land. This 6.9+ acre property is perched on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is just across from the prestigious Del Mar Racetrack. Del Mar Village and the shops of Solana Beach are both a short walk away. Discover the perfection of living at the waters edge with the ocean as your front yard. TTM-14-001

6853 Rancho Valencia Road Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

$18,500,000
9 Beds
13 Baths
21,477 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 160047271
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
The crown jewel of Rancho Santa Fe’s Del Rayo Triple Crown Estates, The Belmont presents one of the finest, most exclusive living environments in the nation. Introduced by a phenomenal foyer with 2 curving staircases, the main home hosts 7 magnificent en suite bedrooms, including a main-level 4-room master suite. Soaring ceilings crown a grand salon that opens to a massive loggia, overlooking a lagoon-inspired pool with grotto, waterfalls, spa and slide. Enjoy an intimate dining room with private outdoor patio and fountain, a dedicated theater, a billiards room with pub bar and wine room, and an extraordinary island kitchen. A gated entrance mall lined with towering date palms provides an appropriate introduction to equestrian-themed grounds that are appointed with multiple patios and loggias with fountains; an outdoor entertainment pavilion; cooking stations including a pizza oven; a full bar and lounge; a self-contained 2-bedroom guest house; a separate gym and arcade building; a lighted and sunken tennis court; a secondary gated entrance; garage parking for 8; a 4-stall barn with tack, storage and office; a separate 6-bay garage for maintenance vehicles; full dressage or hunter/jumper ring; a round pen and gorgeous pastures.. Neighborhoods: Del Rayo Estates Equipment: Dryer,Fire Sprinklers,Garage Door Opener,Pool/Spa/Equipment, Range/Oven, Vacuum/Central, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

16242 Shadow Mountain Drive Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

$11,000,000
8 Beds
8.5 Baths
9,165 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 17202444
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Shadow Mountain is an enclave of 46 wonderful estates that enjoy 24 hour live-gated security just minutes from all that Pacific Palisades has to offer. This spectacular property was conceived and custom built to recreate a comfortable and lovely chateau from the south of France. Set on over an acre with stunning ocean, hillside and vineyard views, 16242 Shadow Mt. enjoys a huge flat yard, a wonderful custom paved pool and a great sports court. The owners/builders imported antique and reclaimed tile, stone and pavers from France and generously and creatively added these beautiful and timeless finishes throughout the house. The house is nearly 9,000 sq. ft. and has high ceilings, oversized doorframes, walls of French doors and gracious places to relax with family and friends or host huge gatherings.The kitchen has it all and is a true chef's paradise with Viking appliances, wonderful work surfaces and 2 large farm sinks. There is an oversized 3 car garage and an electric charging station

11495 Cypress Canyon Rd San Diego, CA 92131

$20,000,000
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,496 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 180011649
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of the last largest parcels in Scripps Ranch / Poway area. Sewer: Septic Installed, Sewer Available Topography: ,RSLP,GSL,SSLP

433 Paseo De La Playa Redondo Beach, CA 90277

$14,900,000
7 Beds
7 Baths
7,792 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # SB18049746
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
PRIVATED GATED ESTATE on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and entire coastline of the Santa Monica Bay to the North and Palos Verdes Estates to the South. A rare opportunity to own one of very few homes with private beach access. This property has a lagoon style pool, spa and basketball court on a 26,743 sq ft lot. 4 car garage and enough room to park 8 cars in the private driveway. There are 7 bedrooms, game room , theatre, sauna and a pool table room. A gorgeous chefs kitchen and dining room which also overlooks the coastline and Pacific Ocean. These type of properties are rarely offered for sale. Don't miss this chance to own your dream home right on the ocean bluff above Redondo Beach. Recent Planning commission approval for a remodel and addition

12834 Highwood Street Los Angeles, CA 90049

$31,400,000
6 Beds
8 Baths
-- SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 18382760
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Majestic CA Traditional on over 1.7 acres (74,870 Sq Ft) of gorgeous grounds w/ grt pvcy in the very finest BW Park location. Set off the st behind gates w/ mature gardens, towering trees, circular drive, this gracious estate reminiscent of Pasadena's Tournament of Roses Hse has been painstakingly restored, remodeled & expanded w/ no detail overlooked or expense spared. Beau proportioned main house organized around a ctyd includes formal entry, generous LR, fam rm, cozy library, cook's kitch; & fab master ste w/ sit area, fP, pristine bath & lg fitted closet. 4 addl BR's in the main hse + upstairs plyrm, 2 laundry rms & mudrm. Set in the garden is an equally charming 2-sty gst hse w/ gym, full kitch, liv rm, office/bedrm & two bths. Expansive park-like grounds include terraces, outdr FP, fountain, rolling lawn & lg pl/spa. Extremely rare oppty. Note: The 1.7 acres/74,870 Sq Ft consists of 2 lots (12834 & 12846 Highwood) each over 37k sq ft, w/ 12846 Highwood being vacant/unimproved.

495 Paseo De Montejo Outside Area (outside U.s.) Foreign Country, CA 97000

$18,000,000
10 Beds
8 Baths
32,292 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # PW18241604
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
The Casa Gemela has more than 32,392 sqf of living space on a 13,477 sqf lot. The design was created by the architect Gustave Umbdenstock, Master of Architecture at Beaux-Arts, who designed the famous Pont du Carrousel bridge among other icons of Parisian architecture. From the marble of Carrara, to columns, ironwork and stained glass windows were made in France and imported for the Casa Cámara. The whole house preserves the furniture, art objects and lamps of original signatures that were chosen by the Architect Umbdenstock especially for the Casa Cámara. The plans of the House House obtained the 1st place in urban architecture of house in the world fair of Paris of 1900. Casas Gemelas are just two of many architectural gems that line the famous Paseo de Montejo in Merida. Local Hacienda owners bought up streetside properties in the late 1800s and early 1900s along this Champs d’Elysees look-a-like and main avenue in Merida. The French and Italian Renaissance-inspired homes are more like palaces that single-family dwellings. Casa Gemelas, the twin houses, are the starting point of Paseo Montejo and the architectural journey found on this famous Merida avenue. All the furniture and art collection is included with the sale.

3874 Puerco Canyon Road Malibu, CA 90265

$6,495,000
6 Beds
6.5 Baths
6,400 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 18399860
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Panoramic Ocean & Mountain Views - Castillo Del Mar all redone in 2011. Contemporary Villa with over 6400 Sq ft. Five Bedrooms plus a detached ocean view, Recording studio that can be converted back to a guest house. This beautiful villa offers a Great Room with limestone floors, full bar, opening up to a gourmet island kitchen. First floor oversized master suite with fireplace, and huge walk-in closets. Ocean view Master bathroom with marble counters and floors, spa tub and steam shower. Adjacent is an ocean view bedroom with bath. Walnut floor staircase leading to the upper level Theater and Music room with state of the art sound systems. Two additional bedrooms and bathrooms with ocean and mountain views, ocean view office with wet bar. Elevator, lap pool with Jacuzzi/waterfall. Outside entertainment area off the pool with outside fireplace, kitchen with BBQ and 4 car garage w/ large motor court lush landscaping on over 1.5 acres. Smart house gated & private.

771 Rivera Road Outside Area (inside Ca), CA 94037

$11,500,000
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,600 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81730915
Property Type --
Price Type --
245+ acres of your own private, sunny valley just 30 minutes to San Francisco or 45 minutes to Silicon Valley. Located in the coastal community of Montara, known for spacious, beautiful and uncrowded sandy beaches, this property has everything you need. Made up of twelve (12) individual parcels, this is one of the last privately-owned estate land parcels of this size in San Mateo County and certainly the largest so close to San Francisco International Airport. This property provides easy access to the more urban activities the SF Bay Area has to offer, while maintaining a wonderfully rural feel. The valley is surrounded on two sides by protected GGNRA lands. The forested hills surrounding the valley provide virtual complete privacy with only a few residential roof tops visible at the western edge of the entire estate. Development currently consists 0f 2 residences, apartment, 5 worker housing units, warehouses, offices, shops. Shown by appointment only - no drive-bys & no crashers

Los Altos Hills CA 94024

$14,999,999
6 Beds
11 Baths
9,677 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81731465
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Set atop a magnificent view lot with jaw-dropping panoramas of the San Francisco Bay, East Bay mountains and Silicon Valley, this architectural tour de force by the renowned Swatt Miers team showcases a site specific design adjacent to nearly 4,000 open-space acres of Rancho San Antonio. A private road leads to an expansive motor court and mini vineyard. Interiors feature 24-foot ceilings, sliding Fleetwood walls of glass to sunlit terraces and panoramic views, two exquisite master suites, a German-engineered kitchen and lower entertainers level with a theatre, walk-in wine cellar, family room with bar and fitness center. Expansive decks lead to a zero-edge infinity pool and spa, succession of terraced lawns and a guest house with its own pool. Immersed in nature yet just 30 minutes to SFO and SJC, the home is a showpiece of style and substance, affording its owner boundless space, privacy and pristine natural beauty in coveted Los Altos Hills, unincorporated Santa Clara County.

7411 Hillside Drive La Jolla, CA 92037

$5,500,000
5 Beds
7 Baths
6,246 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 190005392
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Amazing gated estate with jaw dropping panoramic ocean views of La Jolla Shores from almost every room. Remodeled with contemporary Mediterranean feel. Very open and bright, new custom wood flooring, new remodeled kitchen and family room, private office, huge living/dining room with floor to ceiling glass, main level master suite, four bedrooms on lower level, third level game room & wine cellar, elevator, large decks on each level with panoramic ocean views, spa on lower level, 3-car attached garage. Huge street frontage with circular driveway with double gates, Master suite on main level with double walk-in closets and separate tub and shower, ocean views even from in the master bathroom, dramatic circular staircase to lower level, outdoor terrace with private spa with ocean views, lowest level is game room area along with room for wine cellar. Equipment: Vacuum/Central Sewer: Sewer Connected, Public Sewer Topography: ,SSLP Frontage: Canyon

14200 Calle Real Goleta, CA 93117

$27,500,000
5 Beds
11 Baths
-- SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 19434318
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Villa della Costa overlooks Santa Barbara's Gaviota Coast and its vast panorama of spectacular untouched seaside landscape with breathtaking 360 degree views of the mountains, pastoral countryside, Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. The estate was conceived to reflect a passion for privacy, quality and the ever-inspiring drama of this remarkable setting. Newly built and completed in 2014, by architect J.M. Sewall & Associates with interior finishes designed by Mark Weaver & Associates, the result is a perfect fusion of early California style with today's demand for modern technology, convenience and comfort. Surrounded by large coastal ranch properties, all 106 acres were hand-picked for optimum privacy and views, an ultimate hideaway.