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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

$89,000,000
-- Bed
-- Bath
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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

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.

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

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.

955 Vista Ridge Lane Westlake Village, CA 91362

$8,900,000
6 Beds
12 Baths
15,835 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
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.

1 Motu Moie French Polynesia Outside Area (outside U.s.) Foreign Country 98709

$6,500,000
5 Beds
5.5 Baths
3,200 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # SR18068690
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Constructed in 1993 and remodeled in '08 and '09, Motu Moie is located 15 miles from Bora Bora. This reef protected 20 Acre Private Island in the Tahitian Island chain of French Polynesia comes complete with 3 Guest Beach Bungalows, 1 Owners Bungalow, 1 Caretakers Bungalow, 1 Kitchen and Entertainment Bungalow, 1 Maintenance and 1 Sports Bungalow. The islands electricity for both lighting and refrigeration is Solar Power and fresh water is provided by the islands natural coral filtered well. The Sports Bungalow includes equipment for snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, fishing, spearfishing, water skiing and sailing. Living space sqft unknown. The village of Patio on the island of Tahaa is a 5 minute boat ride away where you will find shopping for food and necessities, government offices and a doctors office. French is the official language but English is taught in the schools and is widely spoken. The Raiatea airport is a 25 minute boat ride from Motu Moie with daily flights to Tahiti and Bora Bora. The nearby city of Uturoa is the cultural center and the country's 2nd largest city. Here you'll find most everything you desire, including various shops, restaurants, supplies, and a community hospital. Markets offer products and food from France and around the world. Flights from Los Angeles to Papeete arrive daily. A 40 min local flight brings you to Raiatea/ Tahaa then a short boat ride brings you to Motu Moie, or should we simply say..., paradise! LIFE IS SHORT

8157 Laurel View Drive Los Angeles, CA 90069

$5,350,000
4 Beds
4 Baths
4,860 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 18339358
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Tucked away just moments above the Sunset Strip and Chateau Marmont, this ultra-private contemporary in the Hollywood Hills marries classic California Spanish Colonial charm with cutting edge attitude. Outside, weathered doors, wrought iron fixtures and terra cotta tiles hark back to another era. Inside, a different world unfolds. The main level is one large, flowing expanse with soaring ceilings, eat-in chef's kitchen, dining area and an array of entertaining environments. Vast windows surround the space, filling it with light. French doors here open to the leafy grounds, set with a shimmering pool, trellis-shaded seating area and upper patio dining terrace. On the home's upper level, three luxurious bedroom suites surround an expansive family room with high, skylit ceiling. Some suites adjoin a secluded rear stone patio with a soothing fountain; both the master and a second suite open to covered front balconies with airy rooftop and treetop views. Welcome to your paradise!

12830 Deer Creek Lane Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

$9,980,000
5 Beds
6.5 Baths
7,525 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # ML81707830
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
A masterpiece of architectural and interior design in a new subdivision of brand new custom homes, this exquisite new home exudes a sleek and stylish ambiance, while walls of glass frame sweeping views of the western hills. Thoughtfully designed to embrace the setting as well as a variety of lifestyles, the property combines contemporary style with energy efficient green building principles. The pervasive use of extraordinary materials establishes a rich, meditative tone throughout that works in harmony with the surrounding natural beauty. With everything needed for the utmost in luxury from the home theater to the wine cellar, elevator, and heated terraces featuring beautiful water fountain with etched designer glass, this is truly an unrivaled place to call home in Silicon Valley. Separate Guest House with its own 2 car garage. Located in top Palo Alto schools. Close to top Silicon Valley companies. Owner offers one year free membership in the Fremont Hills Country Club.

6545 Redwood Retreat Road Gilroy, CA 95020

$13,200,000
6 Beds
6.5 Baths
4,144 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81711859
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
NEW PRICE for Priceless Ranch! Just south of Morgan Hill, a few miles from Watsonville Road and on the Santa Clara Wine Trail is the turn off to Redwood Retreat Road and the way to Bates Ranch Vineyard. A 932 acre private haven that has been in the same family since the late 1950s, with a beautifully preserved William Wurster designed main house that watches over the park setting, surrounded by heritage oaks & serene gardens that greet you as you pull up the classic gravel drive. The award winning 22 acres of vineyards produce some of the best known and sought after Santa Cruz AVA wines. The opportunity to increase the vineyards, plant olive groves, & create a farm to table lifestyle is all there! Bring your horses, explore the trails, round up your own cattle . A number of optional settings await your new dream home. These private lands & vineyards await the next steward who values the private yet close location to enjoy as week-end retreat, summer place, a full-time ranch or retreat.

6545 Redwood Retreat Road Gilroy, CA 95020

$13,200,000
6 Beds
6.5 Baths
4,144 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81712044
Property Type Farm
Price Type --
NEW PRICE for Priceless Ranch! Just south of Morgan Hill, a few miles from Watsonville Road and on the Santa Clara Wine Trail is the turn off to Redwood Retreat Road and the way to Bates Ranch Vineyard. A 932 acre private haven that has been in the same family since the late 1950s, with a beautifully preserved William Wurster designed main house that watches over the park setting, surrounded by heritage oaks & serene gardens that greet you as you pull up the classic gravel drive. The award winning 22 acres of vineyards produce some of the best known and sought after Santa Cruz AVA wines. The opportunity to increase the vineyards, plant olive groves, & create a farm to table lifestyle is all there! Bring your horses, explore the trails, round up your own cattle . A number of optional settings await your new dream home. These private lands & vineyards await the next steward who values the private yet close location to enjoy as week-end retreat, summer place, a full-time ranch or retreat.