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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

$6,250,000
9 Beds
9 Baths
14,173 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 11513899
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Waterfront! 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.

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
Price Type --
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.

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
Price Type --
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.

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

5760 Christian Valley Road Outside Area (outside Ca)

$15,000,000
17 Beds
20 Baths
10,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC17173881
Property Type Commercial/residential
Price Type --
This 500 acre estate is surrounded by thousands of acres. Seeing the Main House “Kudu House”, the Guest House “Bunkhouse”, the Manager’s House, and the Event Center, you will soon realize that you are entering something uniquely special in this 29 room estate with a combined total of 17 bedrooms and 20 bathrooms. The Kudu House with expansive great room encompasses an inviting foyer with an incredible view of the property. Bunkhouse with beautifully decorated western theme to compliment the nearby event center. Manager’s residence is designed with the same quality and attention to luxurious detail as the main house and is a 3 bedroom,4 bath home. Here you will also find custom solid handpicked cabinetry, granite countertops and customer pecan flooring. This home is also environmentally controlled with radiant floor heating. A short drive or adventurous walk brings you to the custom yurt surrounded by woods in a perfect blend of form and function. With approximately 10,000 square feet, the Event Center is the perfect venue for parties, corporate meetings, or family gatherings. There is also a nearby barn which includes a “Tack and Tackle” room equipped for horseback riding and fly fishing enthusiasts, corral with 10 calving stalls, and an arena that has enabled the owners to host parties and corporate events and also the Canadian Professional Bull Riding Association.

23754 Malibu Road Malibu, CA 90265

$28,000,000
5 Beds
5.5 Baths
3,857 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 17295082
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Located on sandy Malibu Colony beach, this stunning architectural four bedroom residence plus guest studio evokes the essence of Malibu sophistication on the beach. Gated for privacy, one enters into a large fully landscaped courtyard complete with a modern stone water feature leading to a large glass enclosed sky-lighted entry. The beautifully furnished dining and living area featuring retractable buffets, soaring ceilings, art walls, and ocean side wall of glass boast impressive ocean views. A private stairway takes you to the ocean view master bedroom and bath equipped with a glass privacy partition, skylights that allow you to look at the stars in bed as well as a sitting area and oceanfront patio. The spacious beachfront patio with pool, spa and umbrella topped tables is the ideal location for entertaining friends or a peaceful retreat for relaxing. The detached studio is complete for live in staff or visiting friends. Experience the perfect combination of luxury and location.

53713 Ross Avenue Unit 37a La Quinta, CA 92253

$11,000,000
7 Beds
9 Baths
12,105 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 218002464DA
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Please call the Madison Club Sales Team for more information.

6 Rockledge Road Laguna Beach, CA 92651

$9,995,000
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,457 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # NP18041484
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Live Luxury Auction - Bidding to start from $9,995,000 Auction. This enclave has everything - Premiere Location PrivacyStunning ViewsEasy AccessSolitudeand so much more! Perfect parcel to build 2 separate homes, a compound or for the savvy investor. The ocean is the star of this oceanfront estate. Entering the gate of this private oasis, a secluded retreat is revealed in the lush, tranquil gardens and breathtaking shoreline. Astonishing 180 degree views include stunning vistas of Catalina and San Clemente

16 Ritz Cove Drive Dana Point, CA 92629

$12,850,000
5 Beds
5.5 Baths
5,075 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NP18043184
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Located in prestigious gate-guarded Ritz Cove, this stately oceanfront residence occupies the premier location within this established coastal enclave. Situated on an elevated corner parcel, the classic Mediterranean architecture has two full, ocean-facing exposures. By day and by night, the ocean and coastline views are simply unsurpassable. Inside, an elegant and relaxed atmosphere defines the home. Warm tones, rich materials, and a spacious plan provide the optimal environment for living and entertaini

1709 E Bay Avenue Newport Beach, CA 92661

$10,995,000
5 Beds
7 Baths
4,253 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NP18045853
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
One of a kind this unique Balinese inspired Peninsula Point bayfront home offers the very rare opportunity to have a separate guest house on a neighboring parcel. Custom built in 2010 seaside elegance adorns all three levels; offering quality craftsmanship, inviting sunlit rooms, clad in tasteful finishes - no detail has been overlooked. Spanning over 4,200 sq. ft. this 5 bedroom 7 bathroom residence is truly one of a kind and cannot be duplicated. The master retreat offers a large-scale private suite tha

955 Vista Ridge Lane Westlake Village, CA 91362

$8,900,000
6 Beds
12 Baths
15,835 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 218002386
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Located in the prestigious private community of North Ranch Country Club Estates, this Mediterranean inspired home is a luxurious yet comfortable home defined by a wealth of spectacular custom design elements. The approx. 15,835 sq. ft. 6 bedroom, 11 bathrooms estate that sits on 4.3 acres includes a family room, living room, formal dining room, a spectacular 2 level library with impressive architectural detailing, a playroom, indoor racquet ball court / basketball court, a subterranean temperature controlled wine room, & an impressive two-level theater/game room. The magnificent rear grounds are completely private & serene, offering a variety of distinctive & separate areas to enjoy a vacation-like escape; including a tropical lagoon with a cascading waterfall & 120' slide, pool house,full tennis court with a viewing pavilion, streams, lounging terraces, two fully equipped grilling/kitchen stations with a pizza oven. An extraordinary property!

10985 Bellagio Road Los Angeles, CA 90077

$8,450,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,485 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 18319402
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
First time on the market in over 50 years, the 28,281 square foot Bellagio Road promontory overlooks the magnificent 15th fairway of Bel Air Country Club and features magnificent views! There are only a handful of original remaining homes in Bel Air waiting to be redeveloped. This California ranch home features a pool and huge motor court.