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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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9918 Toluca Lake Avenue Toluca Lake, CA 91602

$5,195,000 - 5Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Toluca Lake
New
$5,195,000
5 Beds
5 Baths
4,394 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 20600258
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Enchanting lakefront Tudor overlooking Lakeside Golf Club. Located on one of Toluca Lake's most prestigious streets, this charming one-of-a-kind waterfront estate features picturesque gardens, velvet lawns and shade trees leading to a private dock and boat slip. Idyllic setting provides a respite from city life. The sprawling floor plan features massive entertaining spaces including formal living room, dining room, family room & bar, patio access, stunning water views, beautiful hardwood floors, leaded glass diamond-pane windows, vaulted ceilings, hand-hewn wood beams and two fireplaces. A spacious master suite on the main floor looks out at spectacular scenery through picture windows. Upstairs are huge family bedrooms and a media/game room or office. Inviting brick patios and pergolas are perfect for days on the lake or magical evenings under the stars. Includes separate guest/nanny's quarters with private entrance. Room for pool or to expand. Near Warner Bros, shopping and dining.

1749 Stone Canyon Road Los Angeles, CA 90077

$6,995,000 - 5Br/7Ba -  for Sale in Los Angeles
New
$6,995,000
5 Beds
7 Baths
5,275 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 20600294
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Modern Lake View Estate in the heart of Bel Air! Located at the end of a cul-du-sac street, this exquisite modern masterpiece has the feel of a mountain retreat just minutes above famous Bel Air Hotel. Private lush entrance leads you into explosive lake and mountain scape views. Refined light filled home creates a serene indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Luxurious interiors include chefs kitchen filled with top end Viking appliances and elaborate Macaubus stone counters. Master suite is an exclusive sanctuary with private balcony and a bathroom like a hotel spa. All the amenities you would expect from a luxury home like Lutron lighting system, plush movie theater and polished garage for your Bugatti.

283 Carne Road Ojai, CA 93023

$5,499,000 - 7Br/9Ba -  for Sale in Not Applicable - 1007242, Ojai
New
$5,499,000
7 Beds
9 Baths
6,500 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 220007000
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Secluded in groves of olive and citrus in the heart of the Ojai Valley, this strikingItalian villa is a beautiful escape. Surrounded by mountains and a view of the famousOjai 'pink moment', the 12.6-acre Omaggio estate is grower and producer of thefirst US extra virgin olive oil to win the LA County Fair international olive oilcompetition. Features a picturesque Mulberry tree-canopied drive; mature shade,palm and Cyprus trees; lavender and rosemary; formal gardens, fountains and pool.Inside, soaring ceilings and abundant natural light. Interior includes formal diningroom, library, 3 fireplaces, 7 bedrooms, 7 1/2 baths, bonus/flex room, and large livingand family rooms with French doors opening to front and rear patios and gardens.In addition: 3-car garage, Tesla charger, and hot tub; naval and Valencia oranges,grapefruit, guava, apple, fig, and walnut trees. Over 2,200 mature imported olivetrees for making of the finest extra virgin olive oils; a modern working olive mill;and tasting room/rental unit.

240 Morning Canyon Road Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

$5,900,000 - 2Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Shore Cliffs (shor), Corona Del Mar
New
$5,900,000
2 Beds
3 Baths
3,894 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # IG20125877
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
A precious gem situated in one of California’s most coveted oceanfront neighborhoods in Corona Del Mar, with whimsical views of the Pacific Ocean and Morning Canyon Creek. This home features two master suites along with an optional third bedroom or den on the first level. Picturesque windows with natural light complemented with smooth plaster walls and elegant details create a look of permanence and timelessness. On the main level you will find a gourmet kitchen with all the amenities that opens to a casual dining area and spacious family room. French doors line the back of the house with endless panoramic views. The master suites encompass the entire upper level, along with a sizable loft constructed with the same openness of natural light and design that is the theme throughout the house. In the quaint beachside community of Shore Cliffs you can take pleasure in the gentle sounds of the ocean and private beaches while enjoying the convenient proximity to all of the best restaurants and shopping Orange County has to offer. With almost every room overlooking intimate ocean and canyon vistas, this home truly has it all for the ultimate experience in coastal living.

1015 Monte Rosa Drive Menlo Park, CA 94025

$5,988,000 - 4Br/6Ba -  for Sale in Menlo Park
New
$5,988,000
4 Beds
5.5 Baths
4,140 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81799285
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Just around the corner from Sharon Park, and less than a mile to the greens of the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, this stately 4-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom home rests on a lot of well over one-third of an acre and enjoys a coveted address in Sharon Heights. Boasting like-new, high-end construction by Owen Signature Homes, one of the area's most preeminent builders, this home offers nearly 4,200 square feet of living space brimming with every conceivable modern luxury. Soaring ceilings (up to 12 feet) and excellent use of glass craft a bright, airy ambiance throughout, while lovely appointments at every turn wrap this home in elegance. Enjoy spacious formal rooms for entertaining, the gourmet kitchen fit for a Top Chef, and the handsomely appointed office. Every bedroom is en suite, giving this home added convenience. And the spectacular backyard abounds with colorful plantings and a cascading waterfall. Children may attend acclaimed Las Lomitas schools (buyer to verify eligibility).

601 Menlo Oaks Drive Menlo Park, CA 94025

$7,999,000 - 5Br/6Ba -  for Sale in Menlo Park
New
$7,999,000
5 Beds
5.5 Baths
6,788 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81799694
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Luxury, elegance & sophistication -- this stunning estate embodies all of these qualities & more, nestled on a lot of nearly 0.5 acre in Menlo Oaks. Fine craftsmanship, high-tech accoutrements & spectacular build quality are hallmarks of this incredible residence. Offering 5 beds, 5.5 baths & 6,788 sq. ft. of living space, this home presents high-end finishes at every turn. Expansive formal rooms invite entertaining on a grand scale, including the living room that doubles as a world-class music room, the kitchen is fit for a Top Chef & a fitness center provides convenience. The self-contained master suite presents a private retreat & 3 of the home's additional bedrooms are en suite. The backyard offers amazing space for outdoor enjoyment, with a covered patio, fireplace & drought-friendly synthetic grass. Topping it all off is a location close to Facebook, less than a mile to Flood Park, convenient to U.S. 101 & with access to acclaimed Menlo Park schools (buyer to verify eligibility).

1919 Webster Street Palo Alto, CA 94301

$12,999,000 - 6Br/6Ba -  for Sale in Palo Alto
New
$12,999,000
6 Beds
6 Baths
5,063 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81799711
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
New 2016 construction expresses the ultimate indoor/outdoor Silicon Valley lifestyle * High quality materials complement the architectural lines designed by Steve Simpson Design Group * Sustainable modern warmth created by award-winning designer Martine Paquin * Featuring rich western red cedar, large windows and structural steel I-beam accents, built by Mason Hammer Builders *OuterSpace Landscape Architects designed a water-efficient aesthetic including organic planter boxes.

121 21st Street Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

$5,750,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Manhattan Beach
New
$5,750,000
4 Beds
4 Baths
3,264 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # SB20130861
Property Type Duplex
Price Type --
Contemporary residence and detached guest house located 3 doors to the strand! Renovated designer home offers the best in beach living and modern amenities with incredible ocean views & flexible options for guests or rental income. A luxury retreat from the world that offers stunning ocean views of the sand, white water, Palos Verdes, Catalina & inspiring sunsets. Open floorplan designed for family gatherings and entertainment. The top floor has tons of natural light with 7 skylights & merging perpendicular stainless slider doors that open to wall free view corridor that flows onto the wrap around deck. Stylish Chef's kitchen has two-tone custom cabinetry, oversized island & breakfast bar. Custom built-in bar & cabinetry at dining room flow into the spacious living room which incorporates indoor & outdoor living at its best. Additional family room with office on the middle floor has built-in desk, entertainment center & modern linear fp with yet another ocean view deck! Spacious primary retreat has built in cabinetry & huge walk-in closet. Decadent primary bathroom has an enormous tub, lengthy vanity with dual vessel sinks, walk in shower and fabulous lighting. Décor and ambiance abounds with a total of 4 fireplaces, custom tile, stone, wood built-ins & wireless designer window treatments. Full street to alley lot allows for a total of 6 car parking. 2 oversized double garages each with driveway apron spaces. Fulfill your dreams, your opportunity to live beachside!