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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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21000 Mendenhall Court Topanga, CA 90290

$14,500,000 - 8Br/11Ba -  for Sale in Topanga
New
$14,500,000
8 Beds
11 Baths
12,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # SR19279115
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
HELICOPTER ESTATE! Stunning 16 Acre Estate situated between Malibu and Calabasas, surrounded by the rolling hills of the Topanga State Park. This 8 bedroom, 11 bathroom private compound comes complete with a guest wing and estate managers quarters, orchards, N/S Tennis court, 65’ pool with hot tub, gazebos and an outdoor loggia w fireplace. The home boasts luxurious finishings throughout, an extensive games room with remote blackout blinds for the retractable projection screen, gym room, and integrated smart home technology. Stunning views from every bedroom, Master bedroom includes 2 separate bathrooms and walk-in closets. Wet bar, wine closet and chef’s kitchen make this a true entertainer’s home. Yard is large enough for a football or soccer match and can accommodate multiple helicopters for executive travel. Home and landscaping costs greatly offset by solar array and water well. Separate 7 acre adjacent lot available for tandem purchase. Both parcels zoned for Horses. Water well supplies current landscaping entirely, and has capacity for a vineyard if desired. Helicopter accessible and complete with a free HELICOPTER with full price offer! Complete luxury and absolute privacy. Perfectly situated - 15 minutes from the PCH and 10 minutes to the Topanga Village Shopping Mall and the Calabasas Commons is just 12 minutes away.

13319 Mulholland Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210

$7,775,000 - 5Br/6Ba -  for Sale in Beverly Hills
New
$7,775,000
5 Beds
6 Baths
8,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 19535734
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Spectacular Mediterranean estate located behind private gates on the coveted Mulholland Drive. The home is extremely sophisticated with incredible scale, dramatic design and open floor plan. The property consists of 5 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms with over 8,000 square feet and features high ceilings, light open spaces and walls of glass throughout. No detail has been spared including the romantic fountains placed throughout the home to create the ultimate peaceful setting while the enormous rooftop deck allows for the 360 degree city views to complete this gorgeous estate.

30826 Broad Beach Road Malibu, CA 90265

$15,500,000 - 4Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Malibu
New
$15,500,000
4 Beds
4.5 Baths
3,655 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 19536008
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Most people dream of such a place, while others dream of owning it! This is your chance to experience the Malibu life at this impeccable beach compound. Designed to entertain, situated on a deep lot with sandy beach. The home was stripped to the studs and reimagined by an acclaimed AD100 celebrity designer, Michael Lee, who brought a unique blend of modern finishes & integrated rustic touches, all giving it that elegance throughout while still maintaining the comfort of the coastal living vibes. A light-filled Moroccan masterpiece with open spaces, 12-14' ceilings, a master suite you would never leave with views of the famous Zuma Beach, a Chef's kitchen, large outdoor patios including lush gardens & a courtyard w/ a moorish shaped pool. In addition, it has a very rare direct access to the ocean, without rocky obstacles. Other amenities include a secure gated entry, built-in bbq, solar w/ a Tesla charger & 3-car garage. For sale or lease - can be sold furnished.

5546 Jed Smith Road Hidden Hills, CA 91302

$22,995,000 - 7Br/11Ba -  for Sale in Hidden Hills
New
$22,995,000
7 Beds
11 Baths
13,895 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # SR19278294
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Completed in 2017, this spectacular custom estate shines! Step through the entry doors into a world of true luxury and elegance. Highlights include a stellar gourmet kitchen that opens to the opulent family room, plus adjoining game room with wet bar, state-of-the-art movie theater, custom paneled formal office, as well as a beautiful, light and bright two-story gym complete with massage room. The sumptuous master suite offers an all-stone bath, steam shower and large, dual custom closets. Additional amenities include an elevator, sauna, refrigerated wine cellar, programmable lighting system, security system complete with cameras, outdoor living room with fireplace, indoor/outdoor bar, pizza oven, BBQ center, and fire pit. There is also a guest house with second kitchen, and an additional 7-car garage (square footage shown includes main house & guest house). The lushly landscaped grounds include a beautiful zero edge pool with Baja entry & color-changing LED lights, large spa, circular driveway with entry fountains, and a wine producing vineyard. The quality sound system lets you enjoy your music the way you’ve always wanted and if you want to create your own music, step into the newly-completed, ultra-modern recording studio. Come enjoy this gorgeous one-of-a-kind estate.

2405 Glendower Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027

$12,750,000 - 6Br/7Ba -  for Sale in Los Angeles
New
$12,750,000
6 Beds
6.5 Baths
15,391 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 19534522
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
A legacy residence of majestic proportions and impressive pedigree, this Los Feliz estate was custom built in the glamorous era of silent movies. Luminous and welcoming, with superb handcrafted quality throughout, it is uniquely suited to luxurious living and sophisticated indoor-outdoor entertaining. For decades it was the site of lavish and storied parties for hundreds of guests. With panoramic city, treetop, and ocean views, formal gardens, movie theater, wine cellar, secret passages, tranquil patios, beautiful swimming pool, and generous interior space, every aspect of this Tudor Revival expresses quality and romance. Magnificent chandelier entry with parquet floors and wraparound mezzanine. Gracious public rooms detailed with glossy woodwork, beamed ceilings, leaded glass, magnificent built-ins, and Tudor arch doorways. Expansive master is a private sanctuary with fireplace and breathtaking vistas. Lovely guest house has private entrance. Truly a masterpiece, timeless and elegant.

2187 Summitridge Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210

$5,350,000 - 5Br/6Ba -  for Sale in Beverly Hills
Open House
New
$5,350,000
5 Beds
5.5 Baths
4,095 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 19535078
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Located at the top of Summitridge Drive adjacent to Beverly Park, stands this Sleek modern custom gated home. Designed around the art of entertaining and set on a private street this newer built home features a flawless open floor plan with floor to ceiling walls of glass that showcase canyon and city views. Entertain in style from the open kitchen that is anchored by an oversized island with a cascading stone counter top, a built-in cappuccino maker and side by side oversized stainless-steel fridge and freezer. A formal dining area and large living room all framed in to capture the stunning tranquil views of the city and canyons. With 5 bedroom and 6 baths including a private master suite with a private balcony, spa like bath room lined with Carrera marble and a shop-acholic walk in closet. The resort like back yard features a sparkling pool with a lounge area and grassy area. Private in every way with designer finishes at every turn, this Zen like setting is truly breathtaking!

1558 Miramar Beach Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93108

$6,100,000 - 4Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Santa Barbara
New
$6,100,000
4 Beds
2 Baths
1,186 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 19534694
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Now you can be sailing or cruising in your own personal boat without ever leaving Montecito. This tri-level custom beach front contemporary home is truly a work of art. The unique dcor provides its residents with expansive views of the white sandy beach, Coastline, Islands and Pacific with the feeling of being on the water.The Brazilian and teak hardwood floors, custom teak cabinets, high-end appliances, radiant heated floors on all three levels, recessed lighting, sliding glass doors, plaster walls and a barrel roof with an observation deck, all contribute to this one-of-a-kind residence.Located two properties west of the newly completed Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort affording nearby residents such as these, the amenities of its 5-Star rating. This home offers a master, guest room and bath on the top level; a full open kitchen/dining/living room on the second level; and two guest bedrooms and a bath on the beach level, all with retracting glass sliding doors and incredible views.T

9040 W Sunset Unit 902 West Hollywood, CA 90069

$5,150,000 - 2Br/3Ba -  for Sale in West Hollywood
New
$5,150,000
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,856 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 19536006
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Created by renowned architect John Pawson, The Residences at The West Hollywood EDITION are inspired by the unique spirit of Los Angeles. Indoor and outdoor living elegantly intertwined in this 2 bedroom unit facing the iconic Hollywood Hills. Walls of windows glide along tracks until they virtually disappear while bronze-hued louvered screens filter sunlight. With ceiling heights over 10' and a 128 SF outdoor terrace, this unit redefines vertical living.

15 Sailcrest Newport Coast, CA 92657

$12,995,000 - 6Br/10Ba -  for Sale in Pelican Crest (ncpc), Newport Coast
Open House
New
$12,995,000
6 Beds
10 Baths
12,147 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC19279080
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Championed on the front row street behind the exclusive gates of Pelican Crest, this trophy estate has recently been redesigned and reimagined. Ideally positioned to optimize unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean, Newport Harbor, and the California coastline, 15 Sailcrest characterizes chic, coastal living at its finest. Masterfully crafted by the world-renowned team at Rodeo Homes, no detail was overlooked nor expense spared. With over 12,100 sqft (approx.) of transitional, bright living space, the home accommodates large-scale celebrations and intimate gatherings alike. The soaring foyer welcomes guests with a sense of magnificence, before introducing a spacious guest suite and wooden-paneled executive office. A gourmet chef’s kitchen, highlighted by a sizable island, professional-grade appliances, and butler’s pantry, lies adjacent to the family room, which is complemented by coffered ceilings, imported European flooring, and an abundance of natural light. Large paneled, glass sliding doors seamlessly weave the indoor and outdoor spaces into one, creating an ambiance of grandeur on par with the world class resort just down the road. The lavishly appointed master bedroom, complete with a private retreat and dual closets, enjoys breathtaking views highly sought after but seldom found. The lower level offers an indoor basketball court, media room, gym, steam room, and sauna. Immediate proximity to world class shopping, dining, and schools complete this dream estate.

5833 Rutgers La Jolla, CA 92037

$8,900,000 - 7Br/9Ba -  for Sale in La Jolla, La Jolla
New
$8,900,000
7 Beds
9 Baths
8,586 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 190064595
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Finished in 2012 (designed by Galvin Architecture), this villa is where the warm Mediterranean lifestyle meets the cool contemporary living of Southern California. Escape to 8,586 square feet of panoramic ocean view living, guest house, 1,700 square feet, 6 car garages, North star pool with swim up bar, water slide, water features, home theater, lighted tennis court, double gated driveways, endless view decks and almost completely off the grid with 8700 kw of solar all sitting on almost an acre. See supp