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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

25 Montage Way Laguna Beach, CA 92651

$22,995,000
6 Beds
8 Baths
8,315 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NP14248331
Property Type Single Family Residence
Situated on a private parcel at one of the world's most prestigious resorts, this newly constructed custom estate heightens every experience making life truly extraordinary. Spanning Pacific Ocean & Catalina Island views set the backdrop for every luxe detail in this 8,300+ square foot masterpiece, which was expertly designed by architect Chris Light to take full advantage of the residence?s close coastal proximity. A glass bridge invites you to this meticulously considered floor plan boasting a Great Room, formal dining room & master suite on the upper living level. Traversing to the lower level reveals grand living spaces encompassing a state-of-the-art game room, full theater room, stately library, wine cellar and tasting room & exercise room. This elevator-serviced residence is defined by zero-transition indoor & outdoor living spaces that surround the property, enticing you to indulge in the loggia, patio or courtyard as you take in color-soaked sunsets over the coast. The perfectly manicured exterior offers luscious landscaping and tranquil fountains to create the ultimate in grand-scale entertaining. This resort-style estate offers coveted access to all luxurious amenities of the resort including personal concierge services, spa & private dining.

345 S Via Las Palmas Palm Springs, CA 92262

$7,990,000
7 Beds
14 Baths
11,080 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 15893605PS
Property Type Single Family Residence
Houston South -- an extraordinary 11,000 + square foot mansion in celebrity-laden Old Las Palmas. Skillfully executed by superior craftsman, this one of a kind estate took 3 years to complete. Liberal use of the finest materials available imported from a variety of countries, this grand estate boasts features such as a Crestron automation system, elaborate security system, numerous water features, voluminous ceilings, full height pocket sliders, custom mill work, walk in closets (Master has a fully automated dry cleaner style conveyor system) , climate controlled wine storage room, abundant closet/storage, caretaker quarters, 2, one-bedroom guest houses and a four car air conditioned garage accessed by a gated & protected motor court. Sited on 1.5 acres of lush gardens, this is a remarkable venue for entertaining family and friends to dignitaries and socialites. Swimmer's pool, Koi pond surrounded by Taihu rock from Lake Tai, China. Impossible to replicate @ price.

325 Whispering Pines Drive Arcadia, CA 91006

$7,880,000
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.

11 Pelican Vista Drive Newport Coast, CA 92657

$13,980,000
4 Beds
9 Baths
7,644 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NP15171032
Property Type Single Family Residence
A modern masterwork in Newport Coast, 11 Pelican Vista represents a perfect intersection of architecture, design, and technology. Ocean and harbor views perfectly complement a contemporary interior, featuring a spacious floorplan and an abundance of natural light. The light that fills this stunning home is what defines it. From the thousand-crystal chandelier that dominates the massive entryway, to the customizable LED system subtly installed in every room, light is what makes this home unforgettable. Control the light with the flick of a finger on any one of the Crestron panels throughout the home: raise and lower shades, change colors, and set custom profiles with ease using the intuitive system. The lighting effects are amplified by the gleaming white finishes throughout the property; premium materials on every surface create an incomparable meeting of modernity and luxury. Bang & Olufsen multimedia equipment can be found in every zone of the property, creating amazing audiovisual experiences that follow you from room to room. Miele appliances and Dorn Bacht fixtures complete the sense of pervasive luxury that make 11 Pelican Vista such an unforgettable property.

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. Neighborhoods: Rancho Santa Fe Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL,RSLP Bed 2 Dimension: 12x12 Bed 3 Dimension: 0 Dining Room Dimen: 10x6 Family Room Dim: 0 Kitchen Dim: 10x8 Living Room Dim: 18x14 Master Bedroom Dim: 12x12

3191 17 Mile Drive Pebble Beach, CA 93953

$9,900,000
5 Beds
9 Baths
10,537 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81549014
Property Type Single Family Residence
Set in a stunning location on almost 3 acres of land in sight of the Pacific Ocean and protected by the only native, first-growth majestic Monterey Cypress tree forest in Pebble Beach, StoneGate epitomizes the harmony of sea and land. Situated along the famous 17 Mile Dr. between the renowned Cypress Point Club and the legendary Lone Cypress, is where the owner envisioned a home congruous with nature and human endeavors. The estate is centrally positioned where visitors can play golf at the world-class Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course. The owner shared his vision with the master architect, John Matthams, to design an estate with inspirations from Newport RI mansions, English manors, and French Chateaux. Sculpted by the hands of 122 craftsmen over 2 years, the details and quality emanate throughout the property. Featuring 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 3 half bathrooms, plus a guest house with its own bedroom, StoneGate is a destination to reflect, to play, and to share.

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.

6415 Meadows Court Malibu, CA 90265

$5,450,000
6 Beds
6.5 Baths
9,331 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 16107938
Property Type Single Family Residence
A superb blend of elegance and exceptional craftsmanship unite in this stately Mediterranean-style estate with stunning ocean views. Located in a private and gated enclave with seven other exceptional residences, this home offers a grand, two-story foyer that flows into a sun-filled formal living room with fireplace and hardwood floors. A gourmet island kitchen w/butler's pantry & breakfast/lunch dining area that's open to a cozy family room w/fireplace. Formal dining room, library/office w/granite bar & projection family/media room w/kitchenette. Ocean view owner's suite with sitting area, fireplace, private deck, vast double closet and luxurious bath w/spa tub & shower. Massive hotel-style, outdoor covered sitting/dining area w/fireplace that's open to manicured grounds w/ocean view pool/spa & multiple entertaining/sitting areas. Gated with circular, fountain driveway, 3-car garage & an abundance of guest parking. Close to shopping, award winning schools, & beautiful Malibu beaches.

33 Monarch Bay Drive Dana Point, CA 92629

$15,995,000
5 Beds
7 Baths
10,900 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # LG16086496
Property Type Single Family Residence
This stunning oceanfront home is angled on an elevated promontory capturing miles of uninterrupted coastline and cerulean blue ocean as far as the eye can see. Built in 2003, the spacious 10,900 square foot contemporary home unfolds with an impressive entry, wide gallery halls, volume ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass, wonderful natural light and warm ocean breezes. The breathtaking ocean views extend past broad limestone terraces while a secluded central courtyard is perfect for entertaining with outdoor fireplace, cook center, and spa. Five en suite bedrooms include well-designed guest quarters, a chef-grade kitchen with Butler?s pantry and caterer?s entry, dramatic living room with wrap-around views, two elevators, wine cellar, and oversized motor court leading to three car garage. Monarch Bay is a guard-gated community with 24-hour security, tennis, private Beach Club on the sand, and rests in close proximity to Monarch Links Golf and the St. Regis, Ritz Carlton and Montage Resorts. Considered the premier oceanfront location in Monarch Bay, this fine residence offers unmatched space, design and coastal views above the crashing surf.