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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.

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6710 El Montevideo Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

$19,995,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,460 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 150060589
Property Type Detached
Variance granted 150060590. A spectacular and rare 16.5 acre all usable parcel in Rancho Santa Fe. Stunning views of the mountains, 8 separate parcels, on a non-covenant island surrounded by covenant properties. Lots of possibilities...large estate, family compound or development opportunity.

5292 Avenida Maravillas Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

$5,900,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
5,638 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160061941
Property Type Detached
Enriched with an unparalleled view-oriented homesite that captures gentle ocean breezes, this custom Provencal Farmhouse in Rancho Santa Fe presents a sun-filled single-level floor plan by Island Architects that was awarded the 2003 Lilly Award for its centuries-old authenticity.

5515 N Saguaro Scottsdale, AZ 88888

$5,495,000
6 Beds
6.5 Baths
10,084 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170006794
Property Type Detached
VIEWS & LOCATION! Great value at the base of Camelback Mtn with stunning views in all directions! A rare chance to own 4.3 acres in Paradise Valley's premier location! Built 2000 by Nance Construction, 10,000SF. Attention to architectural detail & decorative finishes to create a gracious estate that quietly speaks of harmony in materials, including fabulous custom tile, wood & plaster. 5 bedrooms, 8 baths,8 fireplaces, media rm, study, private master suite w/balcony, charming guest casita,

5965 Camino Del Rey Bonsall, CA 92003

$9,950,000
4 Beds
4 Baths
3,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170013937
Property Type Detached
Remarkable 190+acre property in Bonsall, equestrian area close to San Diego, offers sophisticated farm living without isolation. Gardens, 3 ponds & lawns surround owner's 4 bedroom/4 bath hacienda w/pool. Enjoy mountain vistas across alfalfa fields, horse paddocks,+citrus/avocado groves. Amenities include extensive indoor tennis pavilion, separate 3/bd guest house, large equip dwelling facilities, + a separate managers residence w/pool. Gated & private w/character and country beauty. Exceptional property!

6560 La Valle Plateada Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

$5,850,000
5 Beds
7 Baths
7,255 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170016824
Property Type Detached
Gracious private treasure! As you enter through grand gates and experience the wonderful wide driveway surrounded by tremendous, verdant landscaping you encounter an unrivaled Covenant estate. A truly authentic Southern French Country masterpiece originally designed by Tim Wilson Architect & built by Emilio & Sons. Every inch has been lovingly & masterfully updated. Newly installed reclaimed hardwood floors & stone floors set the stage for a sense of pure comfort and consummate taste. (See Suppl't)

16528 Los Barbos Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

$8,995,000
4 Beds
4.5 Baths
8,083 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170017957
Property Type Detached
Privately situated one of the most premier view sites in all of Rancho Santa Fe, no expense was spared in creating this Wallace Cunningham custom designed 5BR Estate. As a crucial element in his designs, light was brilliantly incorporated to define, fragment and animate space. The Great Room is stunning with walls of glass opening on both sides: overlooking the stunning view beyond the zero edge pool on one side and the entertaining courtyard on the opposite side...see suppplement

595 San Antonio Avenue San Diego, CA 92106

$7,900,000
5 Beds
7 Baths
6,186 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170020741
Property Type Detached
Opportunity knocks on the Bayfront! Prominently positioned on 100 feet of prime bay frontage in the coveted La Playa area of Point Loma, this exceptionally private residence rests upon a spacious, corner lot surrounded by beautiful landscaping. The expansive floor plan boasts 5 en suite bedrooms, 7 baths, his & hers offices, and a bonus room. Large living areas open onto a generous pool patio providing the perfect environment to dine al fresco while enjoying exquisite panoramas of the yacht-filled marina.

519 Ocean Blvd Coronado, CA 92118

$12,900,000
8 Beds
5.5 Baths
7,140 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170037345
Property Type Detached
Amazing opportunity to own a trophy property!! Coronado's most remarkable water front estate, named SEASHORE has the most ocean frontage of any Coronado home with approx 250' along Ocean Blvd!! Designed by the famous San Diego architect, William Hebbard, this grand mansion with its stately rooms and gardens, takes advantage of spectacular beach views!! Unique opportunity to own an extraordinary estate on the ocean front. Combined lots total approx. 25,000 sf.

5229 Avenida Maravillas Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

$5,895,000
4 Beds
6 Baths
6,662 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170045310
Property Type Detached
EXTRAORDINARY LIVING... This single level contemporary Mediterranean sits on a premiere, 2 Acre elevated site overlooking the legendary Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course 13th Fairway, the Lake and the Bridge to the Green. Almost brand new, used as a second home. This Covenant jewel is just the right size. Open floor plan bathed in natural light, using finest materials and design. Detached Guest House, Detached entertaining Loggia w/Summer Kitchen. Luxury living for formal and informal entertaining...Sup.

7010 El Camino Del Norte Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

$28,000,000
4 Beds
9 Baths
8,148 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170044062
Property Type Detached
Del Dios Ranch presents an outstanding opportunity to acquire one of the most expansive tracts in coveted Rancho Santa Fe, California. Located in this affluent community, the property comprises some 61.24 acres (Covenant and non-Covenant). The residence itself is a magnificent redwood, glass, and marble structure, with foundations and framework of poured-in-place concrete commanding 360-degree views from its private hilltop location.

6372 Las Colinas Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

$8,900,000
7 Beds
9.5 Baths
11,325 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170044500
Property Type Detached
Thomas Jakway custom designed Mediterranean inspired Estate in the Covenant of RSF. Resting upon an elevated 5.99 acres w/ enchanting koi ponds, water falls, citrus groves, olive trees, massive, open & flat grass area, resort-style pool with cabana & entertainment area. This 11,325 sqft sprawling single level offers 6 bedrooms, 9 baths, grand office, hobby room, plus a detached Casita with Pool Cabana and bath, and a 9-car motor court. Cross the bridge… pass the lions… your castle awaits…

6045 La Jolla Scenic So. La Jolla, CA 92037

$9,250,000
6 Beds
8 Baths
7,165 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170048281
Property Type Detached
Spectacular Santa Barbara Coastal Classic new custom estate situated on approx. one acre with unparalleled quality & design. Featuring private gated entry, courtyard w/water fountain. This home boasts 6 bed/8 bath, open floor plan, F/R opens out to covered veranda, dual master suites, covered terrace, wood floors, custom wood cabinetry, gourmet kitchen. Smart Home & Audio/visual system. Leed Silver Certified, photo-voltaic panels. Featuring resort living backyard, pool, spa, BBQ & roof deck with views.