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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

$7,880,000
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. 13; 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. 13; 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.

34520 De Portola Temecula, CA 92592

$5,695,000
8 Beds
8.5 Baths
11,000 SqFt
Status Active
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. 13; 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.

33 Monarch Bay Drive Dana Point, CA 92629

$14,995,000
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 8217;s pantry and caterer 8217;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.

35351 Carmel Valley Road Carmel Valley, CA 93924

$45,000,000
6 Beds
8 Baths
10,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81593357
Property Type Farm
Rana Creek Ranch: This incomparable and beautiful property is the largest private holding in Carmel Valley. It consists of 14,000 acres, including owner, manager, guest and staff residences, agricultural buildings and a 2900 ft private air strip. Property includes 12 legal parcels. Primarily agricultural with cattle grazing (300-450 head) and horse facilities. This private ranch is 7 miles from Carmel Valley village and 19 miles from Carmel-by-the-Sea and the world famous Pebble Beach golf links.

42 Pelican Point Drive Newport Coast, CA 92657

$15,995,000
4 Beds
5.5 Baths
8,800 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NP16154478
Property Type Single Family Residence
This European Baroque-inspired-masterpiece was created in just under four years to fit the means of impressing visitors and expressing triumphant. The architectural craftsmanship, fabrics and stones were imported and created by artisans throughout Europe to give it a true essence of exuberance and grandeur of the Baroque time period; all of this artistry produces drama, warmth and elegant sophistication. 13; 13; The entry immediately transports visitors to costal 16th Century Europe. The spectacular master features a spa that opens on to a spacious veranda with surrounding views of the beautiful landscape with a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Modern amenities with meticulous European artfully designed mosaics, stone work, hand blown glass windows and trompe i oeil style paintings are found throughout the home and continue into the gourmet designed kitchen, plush theater, wine cellar and subterranean five-plus car garage. 13; 13; The sounds of waves crashing on the accessible beach nearby and the views of the 12th hole at the prestigious world renowned Pelican Hill Golf Course make this one of a kind estate exudes coastal luxury. 13; 13; Interiors and Furnishings by Michael Amini. Sold separately...

22 Beverly Park Terrace Beverly Hills, CA 90210

$24,000,000
5 Beds
6.5 Baths
-- SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 16145864
Property Type Single Family Residence
Amazing development opportunity in Beverly Park. Private and gated Mediterranean with over two acres of sprawling lawn and view corridor. This is the perfect opportunity to customize home within one of Beverly Hill's most exclusive neighborhoods.