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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.. Neighborhoods: Rancho Santa Fe Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL,RSLP

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

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 --
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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 that’s spans the width of the third floor and includes a fireplace, a large covered deck with an outdoor soaking tub to enjoy the Harbor, city light and bayfront views. Revel in year-round indoor and outdoor living in the large sun-filled entry atrium courtyard and on the expansive Bayfront terrace, which includes covered and open areas on all three levels. Four generously sized guest suites with beautifully appointed bathrooms makes this the perfect home for entertaining or full time living on the bay. A detached guest house on the neighboring parcel completed this historic offering in a landmark location.

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.

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

2088 Green Oaks Way Outside Area (inside Ca), CA 94060

$17,500,000
7 Beds
10 Baths
17,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81698243
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
One of a kind property on the Northern California Coast. On nearly 50 acres this is a compound like no other. With approximately 17,000 sq ft of living space this is one of the largest homes on the coast.Ocean views, luxury, privacy. Must see to appreciate the workmanship of this unique, custom property.

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!