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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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5 Touche Outside Area (inside Ca), CA 93923

$5,900,000
5 Beds
7 Baths
5,721 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81673211
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Stunning LEED home crafted of steel and glass set on a bluff in the Santa Lucia Preserve. Casual yet elegant, this home offers the quintessential lifestyle of indoor and outdoor living. Four bedrooms and five bathrooms with spacious living areas are highlighted by an indoor covered courtyard featuring a fireplace encouraging impromptu gatherings after a sunset swim in the outdoor pool. Complete with a separate guest suite, this property is over 18 acres with spectacular 360 degree views giving you the ultimate in privacy.

7010 El Camino Del Norte Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

$24,000,000
4 Beds
9 Baths
8,148 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170044062
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Price Reduced! Del Dios Ranch presents an outstanding opportunity to acquire one of the most expansive tracts in coveted Rancho Santa Fe, California. Located in this affluent community, the property comprises some 49.56 Covenant acres. The residence itself is a magnificent redwood, glass, and marble structure, with foundations and framework of poured-in-place concrete commanding 360-degree views from its private hilltop location.

9950 Cotharin Road Malibu, CA 90265

$18,000,000
7 Beds
8 Baths
-- SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 17272226
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Striking James Bond-esque compound, artfully located on 20 acres of prime Malibu land overlooking the coastal landscape w/ convenient access to private aviation,blending architectural excellence w/the highest standards of engineering.An architectural feat incorporating sustainability w/pristine design.The main home feat. 5bd/6ba,media room,wine cellar,library,office & safe room.The exterior boasts an infinity pool, rooftop helipad, 5 car garage w/electric charging stations. The guest house features 2 bd/1ba w/kitchen living & dining rooms. Pool house feat a wet bar, outdoor kitchen w/wood fired oven, sundeck & outdoor shower.Possibilities of the compound have been designed to include a high-tech Industrial Multi-Use Shop w/Mezzanine for creative space, horse stable or 22 car garage. Platinum LEED certified & engineered to double the earthquake code,the property is self-powered by Lumos panels & lithium batteries, fully automated,stainless steel waterlines. Completed price:$24,000,000

1 Motu Moie Island French Polynesia Outside Area (inside Ca), CA

$6,500,000
5 Beds
5 Baths
-- SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 17283150
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
For those looking for tranquility in an unspoiled and natural environment, where vibrant blue water meets the great blue sky - look no further. Experience the swaying palm trees and the powdery white sand beaches of an island, all surrounded by the warm waters of the turquoise lagoon. This is the lush tropical island 'Motu Moie. Accessible yet secluded, it covers an expansive 20 acres; the perfect place to unwind, relax, and/or entertain. Traditional French Polynesian accommodations pepper the island; there are three beautifully constructed beach front guest suites across the property with their wide-open windows allowing the south pacific breeze to permeate the houses. There is on-site caretaker's accommodations, and sports bungalow. The 'big' house is where you will entertain with a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, and living area. Fresh water is supplied by the island's natural coral-filtered well, and electricity for lightning and refrigeration is solar-powered.

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.

135 Farm Road Woodside, CA 94062

$6,995,000
5 Beds
5.5 Baths
5,485 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81688256
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
This classic estate is located on one of the area's premier streets in the highly desirable Hidden Valley neighborhood on approximately 4.18 acres. The sprawling 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath residence spans over 5,000 square feet and offers generously proportioned rooms characterized by high ceilings, expansive windows, hardwood floors and natural stone surfaces. Outside, magnificent trees frame the grounds, ensuring a wonderful sense of seclusion. Equestrians will delight in the 8-stall stable, separate barn, paddock, training ring and proximity to trails. Tennis court, sports court, and swimming pool with adjacent dressing room with full bath and kitchen facility complete the outdoor areas. Offering an array of exciting opportunities this extraordinary property is also convenient to local shopping and dining, and excellent public and private schools; and easy access to Stanford University, venture capital centers on Sand Hill Road, and major commute routes to Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

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 --
Please call the Madison Club Sales Team for more information.

1086 Channel Drive Montecito, CA 93108

$25,000,000
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,746 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 18329322
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Spectacular Mid Century Contemporary Residence with stunning spaces and walls of glass overlooking world renowned Butterfly Beach. Absolutely sensational ocean and island views. Perfect location for enjoying Montecito, Wonderful Coast Village Road shops and dining, The Four Seasons Biltmore and The Coral Casino are a short stroll. Gated and Private. A truly remarkable Montecito property.

31742 Contijo Way Coto De Caza, CA 92679

$5,899,000
6 Beds
7.5 Baths
8,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NP17253122
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Located in the Los Ranchos Estates, behind the gates of Coto de Caza, this vineyard and equestrian estate spans nearly three acres. The vineyard is comprised of 385 plants, currently yielding about 12 cases of wine a year, with up to 50 cases in 3 years. The wine cellar can hold 1,700 bottles and all the equipment to make the wine is included. On the sprawling property, there is also a state-of-the-art equestrian area with a riding arena, fully-equipped 4-stall barn and tack room, an upstairs office with a balcony, and a downstairs western saloon. There is direct access to riding trails and a short ride to the Equestrian center. The main residence of approximately 8,000 square feet features 2 master suites, one on each level, and 3 ensuite guest rooms. The modern floor plan creates a beautiful living space with a chef-inspired kitchen that opens to a formal living room and dining area, family room with a fireplace, and full bar perfect for entertaining. The private guesthouse, overlooking the pool, includes its own living area, ensuite bedroom, laundry room and outdoor kitchen. The manicured grounds include alfresco dining areas, fruit trees, a koi pond and water feature, built-in barbeques, and a sparkling pool and spa. For added security, there are 12 cameras on the property as well as plumbed Southwest Security monitoring.

32101 Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651

$9,500,000
5 Beds
8 Baths
4,690 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # OC18027767
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
BEST VALUE ON OCEAN SIDE OF COAST HWY.SELLER MAY CARRY 1ST TD....welcome to the Home of the Beautiful Voice of the Sea. Breathtaking Italian Villa opens onto magnificent ocean, sunset & Catalina views with terraced grounds. Entertainer's dream home includes infinity pool, lion head spa, fountains with Koi and alfresco dining areas terraced down to the ocean just feet from 1000 Steps in Laguna Beach's most desirable coastal community. World renown architectural features make this a dream come true. Spectacular views from three levels including the Cabana which has walls of glass open onto the infinity pool, spa & sun splashed deck. Enter on the ground floor to a world of elegance overlooking the beautiful pacific with white sandy beach. First floor includes living, formal dining, gourmet kitchen & luxurious master suite. Arched staircase up leads to a private study with en suite bath. Staircase down leads to phenomenal entertainer's dream bonus/family room, roaring fireplace, walk behind wet bar, gaming tables and walk in wine tasting room, separate cold wine cellar & en suite bath. Library/man cave has en suite bath, walk in wine cellar+humidor, built in day bed & fireplace+flat screen TV. Guest suite with ocean front veranda opens to the blue pacific. 3rd level down enjoys an ocean front cabana with en suite bath, sunny veranda, granite counter bar & opens out to the sparkling infinity pool & spa. 20,000+sq.ft. lot has stone steps down to additional Alfresco dining area.

570 Allendale Road Pasadena, CA 91106

$7,800,000
8 Beds
11 Baths
12,711 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # WS18033950
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Hidden in Pasadena’s prestigious Huntington Langham Hotel area, this contemporary style mansion is both a beautifully secluded escape and a perfect venue for large scale entertaining. Step inside the main house to a dramatic open concept living room that extends into an outdoor courtyard, sleek restaurant style kitchen, master suite with spa style bath, two additional bedroom suits, den area, wet bar, and executive office suite with separate entry. Upstairs, enjoy a billiards lounge that overlooks the pool, second master suite and three additional bedrooms. A 2-lane bowling alley, home theater, private fitness center, room massage studio, and multimedia room are just a few of the amenities in this home! Outside, you will find an expansive backyard with a salt water pool, spa and cabana. This extraordinary mansion is perfect for entertaining and chic California living!

27405 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265

$7,750,000
5 Beds
8 Baths
9,394 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 218001911
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Newly Priced! Malibu at it's Finest! This magnificent Villa is situated in a gated and private enclave of only 4 homes. Just a short stroll to the sand and beautiful ocean view from both the Master bedroom and 2nd floor balcony as well as the guest house balcony! This amazing 2 (approx.) acre property is a nature lover's retreat accented by an array of fruit trees and lush grassy area. This 5 bedroom, 8 bath home with a 1 bed, 2 bath guest house is perfect for entertaining. Featuring a billiard room, a temperature controlled wine cellar and a private movie theater, this home is sure to impress. Take advantage of the luxurious Malibu lifestyle, with a dip in the custom aqua marine pool and spa and then relax with a dry sauna. With 2 rustic outdoor fireplaces, an outdoor kitchen , you will never want to leave! This home is a must see!