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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
-- SqFt
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

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.

6853 Rancho Valencia Road Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

$18,500,000
9 Beds
13 Baths
21,477 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 160047271
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
The crown jewel of Rancho Santa Fe’s Del Rayo Triple Crown Estates, The Belmont presents one of the finest, most exclusive living environments in the nation. Introduced by a phenomenal foyer with 2 curving staircases, the main home hosts 7 magnificent en suite bedrooms, including a main-level 4-room master suite. Soaring ceilings crown a grand salon that opens to a massive loggia, overlooking a lagoon-inspired pool with grotto, waterfalls, spa and slide. Enjoy an intimate dining room with private outdoor patio and fountain, a dedicated theater, a billiards room with pub bar and wine room, and an extraordinary island kitchen. A gated entrance mall lined with towering date palms provides an appropriate introduction to equestrian-themed grounds that are appointed with multiple patios and loggias with fountains; an outdoor entertainment pavilion; cooking stations including a pizza oven; a full bar and lounge; a self-contained 2-bedroom guest house; a separate gym and arcade building; a lighted and sunken tennis court; a secondary gated entrance; garage parking for 8; a 4-stall barn with tack, storage and office; a separate 6-bay garage for maintenance vehicles; full dressage or hunter/jumper ring; a round pen and gorgeous pastures.. Neighborhoods: Del Rayo Estates Equipment: Dryer,Fire Sprinklers,Garage Door Opener,Pool/Spa/Equipment, Range/Oven, Vacuum/Central, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

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

11495 Cypress Canyon Rd San Diego, CA 92131

$20,000,000
5 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,496 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # 180011649
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of the last largest parcels in Scripps Ranch / Poway area. Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Septic Installed, Sewer Available Topography: ,RSLP,GSL,SSLP

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.

433 Paseo De La Playa Redondo Beach, CA 90277

$14,900,000
7 Beds
7 Baths
7,792 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # SB18049746
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
PRIVATED GATED ESTATE on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and entire coastline of the Santa Monica Bay to the North and Palos Verdes Estates to the South. A rare opportunity to own one of very few homes with private beach access. This property has a lagoon style pool, spa and basketball court on a 26,743 sq ft lot. 4 car garage and enough room to park 8 cars in the private driveway. There are 7 bedrooms, game room , theatre, sauna and a pool table room. A gorgeous chefs kitchen and dining room which also overlooks the coastline and Pacific Ocean. These type of properties are rarely offered for sale. Don't miss this chance to own your dream home right on the ocean bluff above Redondo Beach. Recent Planning commission approval for a remodel and addition

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.

6500 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.

12834 Highwood Street Los Angeles, CA 90049

$31,400,000
6 Beds
8 Baths
-- SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 18382760
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Majestic CA Traditional on over 1.7 acres (74,870 Sq Ft) of gorgeous grounds w/ grt pvcy in the very finest BW Park location. Set off the st behind gates w/ mature gardens, towering trees, circular drive, this gracious estate reminiscent of Pasadena's Tournament of Roses Hse has been painstakingly restored, remodeled & expanded w/ no detail overlooked or expense spared. Beau proportioned main house organized around a ctyd includes formal entry, generous LR, fam rm, cozy library, cook's kitch; & fab master ste w/ sit area, fP, pristine bath & lg fitted closet. 4 addl BR's in the main hse + upstairs plyrm, 2 laundry rms & mudrm. Set in the garden is an equally charming 2-sty gst hse w/ gym, full kitch, liv rm, office/bedrm & two bths. Expansive park-like grounds include terraces, outdr FP, fountain, rolling lawn & lg pl/spa. Extremely rare oppty. Note: The 1.7 acres/74,870 Sq Ft consists of 2 lots (12834 & 12846 Highwood) each over 37k sq ft, w/ 12846 Highwood being vacant/unimproved.

495 Paseo De Montejo Outside Area (outside U.s.) Foreign Country, CA 97000

$18,000,000
10 Beds
8 Baths
32,292 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # PW18241604
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
The Casa Gemela has more than 32,392 sqf of living space on a 13,477 sqf lot. The design was created by the architect Gustave Umbdenstock, Master of Architecture at Beaux-Arts, who designed the famous Pont du Carrousel bridge among other icons of Parisian architecture. From the marble of Carrara, to columns, ironwork and stained glass windows were made in France and imported for the Casa Cámara. The whole house preserves the furniture, art objects and lamps of original signatures that were chosen by the Architect Umbdenstock especially for the Casa Cámara. The plans of the House House obtained the 1st place in urban architecture of house in the world fair of Paris of 1900. Casas Gemelas are just two of many architectural gems that line the famous Paseo de Montejo in Merida. Local Hacienda owners bought up streetside properties in the late 1800s and early 1900s along this Champs d’Elysees look-a-like and main avenue in Merida. The French and Italian Renaissance-inspired homes are more like palaces that single-family dwellings. Casa Gemelas, the twin houses, are the starting point of Paseo Montejo and the architectural journey found on this famous Merida avenue. All the furniture and art collection is included with the sale.

3874 Puerco Canyon Road Malibu, CA 90265

$6,495,000
6 Beds
6.5 Baths
6,400 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 18399860
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Panoramic Ocean & Mountain Views - Castillo Del Mar all redone in 2011. Contemporary Villa with over 6400 Sq ft. Five Bedrooms plus a detached ocean view, Recording studio that can be converted back to a guest house. This beautiful villa offers a Great Room with limestone floors, full bar, opening up to a gourmet island kitchen. First floor oversized master suite with fireplace, and huge walk-in closets. Ocean view Master bathroom with marble counters and floors, spa tub and steam shower. Adjacent is an ocean view bedroom with bath. Walnut floor staircase leading to the upper level Theater and Music room with state of the art sound systems. Two additional bedrooms and bathrooms with ocean and mountain views, ocean view office with wet bar. Elevator, lap pool with Jacuzzi/waterfall. Outside entertainment area off the pool with outside fireplace, kitchen with BBQ and 4 car garage w/ large motor court lush landscaping on over 1.5 acres. Smart house gated & private.