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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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177 Shorewood Drive Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352

$6,500,000
11 Beds
9 Baths
14,173 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 11513899
Property Type Single Family Residence
Only 1 and a half hours from Los Angeles to Paradise! LAKEFRONT!The Ultimate Lake Arrowhead Lakefront! Not another like it. Surrounded by water on 3 sides. Custom Built. Presidential Master Bedroom Suite with 2 Fireplaces and Wet Bar. Entirely Separate Guest Wing within residence with 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Grandscale Living/Game Room with Bar. Gentleman's Sports Bar and Lounge. Elevator. Grand Patio Area. Double Dock. Spa and Sauna. Separate 2 Bedroom Guest House. Total of 9 Bedrooms and 8 baths. 2 Garages. Wonderful Guest House as well.

15668 Bohlman Road Saratoga, CA 95070

$5,950,000
4 Beds
5 Baths
5,255 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81330724
Property Type Single Family Residence
Sits on a picturesque 5.07 acres in Saratoga Hills, boasting spellbinding Silicon Valley & San Francisco Bay views. Recently extensively remodeled! Soak in the sights relaxing in your oversized spa, work out on the sport court or enjoy a round on the putting green. Cabernet Vineyards, just 2 miles to Downtown Saratoga/15 miles to Levi's stadium or short drive up HWY 280 to Stanford.

1002 S Kamini Hydra Piraeus Greece Outside Area (inside Ca), CA 18040

$6,825,000
5 Beds
-- Bath
4,830 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 13708901
Property Type Single Family Residence
One of the islands that are most near Athens, is Hydra, renowned for its cosmopolitan lifestyle, its natural beauty, its supply of Greek Ministers, and of Greek Navy admirals.Many a celebrity can be seen in Hydra every summer, most of them proud owners of properties.We are very proud to say, that for the first time ever, the villa of one of the most famous Greek Patriots from the 1821 successful revolt of the Greeks against the Ottoman Empire, is on the market. The villa of the beloved and much admired and revered admiral Miaoulis, has been painstakingly restored to its original glory by the famous Greek architect Varangis. With dreamy, unobstructed views of the Hydra straits, this unique piece of history, built in 1808, is something not to be missed by those who can truly appreciate an one of a kind property when they see it. Agents please read Private Remarks

325 Whispering Pines Drive Arcadia, CA 91006

$7,180,000
6 Beds
8 Baths
9,074 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # AR15123709
Property Type Single Family Residence
This beautiful luxury property is situated in the exclusive Whispering Pines Estates in Arcadia with its award winning school district. With 24 hour gated security and patrols, safety and privacy are priceless features and offer peace of mind. The prime location reveals a 270 degree view of the entire LA landscape, which is enjoyed throughout the custom home and infinity pool. The two story mansion designed by a local renowned architect is sophisticated and contemporary, offering over 9,500 square feet of living space . Upon entering the front door, a grand two story foyer greets the homeowner and guests, and the open floor plan features a living room and dining room right off the main hall, perfect for entertaining. The spacious family room and custom kitchen with Viking appliances and imported marble create a perfect area for family and guests, while a large office and two bedrooms completes the ground floor. A custom staircase and interior elevator lead to the second floor, which features a grand master with large walk in closet and bath spa, three bedrooms, family area, and attic gym. Homes do not appear on the market often in this exclusive community, and this is truly a unique opportunity for a signature piece of real estate in the neighborhood.

34520 De Portola Temecula, CA 92592

$5,695,000
8 Beds
8.5 Baths
11,000 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # SW15194420
Property Type Single Family Residence
The CRC Ranch... includes a sprawling main home encompassing approximately 11,000 square feet with 8 bedrooms and 81/2 bathrooms of rustic charm with multiple entry points and designed for extended family use. The home is mostly on one level with a two bedroom suite on upper level. Commercial grade appliances in the kitchen, an elevated train track in the game room over the bar, open beamed ceilings, fireplaces in the family room, living/dining room and master suite, views overlooking the ranch and Temecula Valley are just some of the features of this unique estate. There is a swimming pool and garages for 10 cars and we haven't even started on the equestrian facilities. A state of the art covered riding arena, a secondary covered arena, a secondary arena adjacent to the main barn and office area, multiple paddocks and pastures, a large mare motel, outside riding arenas, hay barn and more. There is a guest house and workers quarters to round out the offering. Adjacent 33.85 acres is also included with a 2238 square feet home that sits on the bluff over looking the ranch and city beyond along with additional building pads . Additional outbuilding, storage barns for equipment water and electrical throughout make this a compelling ranch/development story. These fall in the wine country equestrian zoning. Seller will sell the 33.85 acres separately for $2,495,000.

6710 El Montevideo Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

$19,995,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,460 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 150060589
Property Type Single Family Residence
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.

16421 Pacific Coast Highway Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

$25,000,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
-- SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 16101700
Property Type Single Family Residence
The largest residential property South of Sunset Blvd in the entire Los Angeles basin. 33 magical acres, 8 horse stalls and turnout several acres level, a small 3 bedroom 2 bath ranch home. 600 feet frontage on Will Rogers' Beach with unobstructed Queen Neckless views, year round streams. This property is almost one mile long. Best suited for one large estate. Nothing compares.

2600 Walnut Ave. Brentwood, CA 94513

$5,000,000
3 Beds
1.5 Baths
1,208 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 40733349
Property Type Single Family Residence
Older home that has been updated shows a lot of charm in country setting. Huge barn, tons of parking, out buildings. Part of the property is rented to strawberry farmer, part is rented to Nursery and the home is rented. Home has full basement and fenced yard.

23795 Serreno Temecula, CA 92590

$5,000,000
7 Beds
12 Baths
11,050 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # SW16174402
Property Type Single Family Residence
A Santa Barbara inspired 11,050 sq ft fully furnished luxury estate in the foothills redefines elegant country living. Nestled amid verdant landscaping and overlooking the rolling hills is the area's pre-eminent family compound or corporate retreat. The home was built surrounding a watery oasis and entertaining mecca. The resort like pool and spa are the centerpiece of the courtyard surrounded by the main residence which is a 3 bedroom, 2 guest casitas, 8 car garages plus RV garage & 2 bedroom guest apartment. The port corchere and campanile bell tower with antique bell signals a guests arrivals. Detail abounds throughout the estate, from the palm grove to the rose garden, avocado grove with approximately 1370 trees and family fruit orchard. Architecturally resplendent exterior details of the home are matched on the inside with impeccably designed immense hand crafted beamed ceiling, individually selected granites and vessel sinks, 4 wet bars, pool cabana, gymnasium, and of course a wine cellar and theater room with a 100 inch projector screen. This home puts the word great into great room with an incredible combination of gourmet kitchen, wet bar & indoor/outdoor entertaining. Nothing else compares unless you go to Santa Barbara or Rancho Santa Fe at double the price. Solar!

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
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

20303 Fairmont Boulevard Yorba Linda, CA 92886

$6,488,000
5 Beds
8 Baths
9,637 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # OC17039706
Property Type Single Family Residence
One in a lifetime opportunity to purchase an original style Tuscan Estate in Orange County. Extremely rare parcel sits atop a sprawling 5 acres with breathtaking 360 degree views of gorgeous city lights, The Catalina Islands, as well as Disneyland’s majestic fireworks display. Lush grounds feature towering palm trees and exotic greenery planted in strategic locations. Custom iron gates opens up to private driveway. Interior displays opulent one-of-kind design including custom floors, wrought iron railings, and made-to-order mill-work thru-out. Grand Chef’s full granite kitchen with altitudinous 30’ barrel ceilings, exquisite custom built cabinetry, complete with top of the line appliances. Executive office/library suite with fireplace and partitioned additional office. Main floor master suite features a private deck, personal gym and retreat. Master bath boasts dual wet and dry sauna and automatic fireplace. Other amenities include state-of-the-art 10 seat home theater, billiard and poker parlor enters onto private deck with views. Luxury salt water pool includes swim-up bar and Baja Shelf low end. Outdoor covered kitchen and living areas near pool equipped with built in BBQ, refrigerator, 1.5 bath with shower and regulation tennis court. Use of the finest materials and masterful design evident thru-out palatial home that includes liberal use of marble, granite, travertine and distressed wood.

1401 Creston Road Paso Robles, CA 93446

$7,200,000
3 Beds
1 Bath
1,544 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NS1075661
Property Type Commercial/residential
+/- 10 acres multi-family residential land. Existing improvements include a +/- 1,544 sf residence. Perfect for multi family development. All utilities available to site. Asking $7,200,000.00