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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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16 Ritz Cove Drive Dana Point, CA 92629

$12,850,000
5 Beds
5.5 Baths
5,075 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NP18043184
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Located in prestigious gate-guarded Ritz Cove, this stately oceanfront residence occupies the premier location within this established coastal enclave. Situated on an elevated corner parcel, the classic Mediterranean architecture has two full, ocean-facing exposures. By day and by night, the ocean and coastline views are simply unsurpassable. Inside, an elegant and relaxed atmosphere defines the home. Warm tones, rich materials, and a spacious plan provide the optimal environment for living and entertaining. Imported limestone, artisanal finishes, and exquisite craftsmanship are the hallmarks of the design. A series of informal rooms flow from one to another and then open to seaside terraces and a pool overlooking the ocean. 70' feet of ocean frontage ensure that all main rooms have views. The kitchen is light, bright and detailed with top-of-the-line appliances. The perfectly appointed master suite is a relaxing retreat and includes a sumptuous bath and large oceanfront terrace. This property also has direct, gated access to one of this coast's best swimming beaches. Located adjacent to Monarch Beach's 5-star rated Ritz Carlton, its amenities complement the resort setting. The region's finest dining, shopping and recreation are but minutes away.

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.

39 Pronghorn Run Outside Area (inside Ca), CA 93923

$5,400,000
7 Beds
10 Baths
8,935 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81694733
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Overlooking the 8th fairway of the Santa Lucia Preserve Golf Course, this stunning 7 bedroom retreat on 3.5 acres offers the best of Preserve living. The Hacienda style single level main house affords a master wing with 2 offices, media room, large living room, formal dining room, gym and sauna, wine cellar, expansive enclosed patio with kitchen area, and 3 guest suites with private access to the pool patio. Perfect for entertaining, the home offers complete privacy and resort living with an infinity pool, spa, and cabana all overlooking the rolling hills of the Preserve. Seller will review all offers at or above $5.25M on September 3rd.

279 Crescent Bay Drive Laguna Beach, CA 92651

$10,995,000
3 Beds
4.5 Baths
5,263 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NP18056785
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Presenting some of the finest oceanfront views in Laguna Beach, this meticulously maintained residence designed by famed architect Chris Abel features private concrete stairs to the beach below, appx. 50' of frontage, and the soothing sound of crashing waves from within the preferred neighborhood of Crescent Bay. Captivating vistas of the beach, Twin Points, Two Rock Point, Dana Point, and colorful skies from a setting sun are enjoyed from all 3 levels of the home, which encompasses 3 ensuite bedrooms, 4.5 baths, an elevator, and approx. 5,263 sq. ft. A spacious deck and large mahogany-framed picture windows complement awe-inspiring views on the main level, where a fireplace-warmed living room and formal dining room are enriched with gleaming wood flooring and open-beam ceilings. Freshly updated, a custom kitchen displays refinished cabinetry, new quartzite countertops and a stylish new backsplash. Upstairs, another deck complements a luxurious ocean view master suite with fireplace, office nook, and an elegant bath with dual vanities and large shower. The ground level reveals a second family room or bonus room, patio with built-in BBQ, gym and two secondary bedroom suites, one of which looks out over the sea. A 3-car garage and 3 uncovered spaces in the driveway provide plenty of parking, while the home’s convenient location affords enjoyment of Crescent Bay Point Park, relaxing on the beach below, or exploring the galleries, restaurants and boutiques of Main Beach.

300 Morning Star Lane Newport Beach, CA 92660

$7,495,000
5 Beds
4.5 Baths
6,015 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC18061969
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
COURT ORDERED LIQUIDATION!! $500K REDUCTION FROM ORIGINAL PRICE! With over 145’ of waterfront, this Spanish Villa is located on one of the largest, premier lots at the end of a cul-de-sac in Dover Shores offers stunning views of the Back Bay and city lights from Fashion Island. Paddle board in the calm waters, enjoy the community’s sandy beaches or cruise to a favorite waterfront restaurant. Your private dock accommodates up to two 55’ yachts with possible expansion of another 70’ of length along the sea wall with city approval. Stone terraces wrap around the waterfront to a pool with elevated spa overlooking the bay. A granite BBQ island with refrigerator, beer keg and fire pit creates an ideal entertainment venue. A courtyard with putting green gives way to an upgraded home with Travertine floors, custom cabinetry and multiple bi-folding doors to create the ultimate indoor/outdoor waterfront living experience. A Great Room offers a fireplace and French Doors on 3 sides opening to the bay front terraces. The kitchen overlooks the harbor and features granite counters, Sub Zero refrigerator and wine unit, double stainless ovens, 6 burner cook top, island breakfast bar, breakfast nook and salt water aquarium. The family room offers bi-fold doors to the waterfront pool area. A guest bedroom with full bath is on the main level. A master suite with fireplace, vaulted ceilings, opulent bathroom and bi-folding doors to a deck with bay views. A game room includes wet bar and sauna

4840 El Secreto Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

$13,950,000
7 Beds
14 Baths
12,417 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180015561
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
2 Million Dollar Price Reduction! This timeless classic has been freshly modernized while still highlighting the extraordinary architecture & seamless indoor/outdoor living. The spacious floor plan separates family, guest, & staff bedrooms into private wings & the master retreat offers his & her closets & vanities, exercise rm, 2nd office, & perfect proximity to the kids’ rooms. Set on 12+ acres complete w/equestrian facilities, tennis ct, sand volleyball court, & resort-style pool & spa. Neighborhoods: Covenant Equipment: Dryer,Fire Sprinklers,Garage Door Opener,Pool/Spa/Equipment, Range/Oven, Satellite Dish, Vacuum/Central, Washer, Water Filtration Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL,RSLP,GSL

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

3256 17 Mile Drive Pebble Beach, CA 93953

$32,000,000
9 Beds
18 Baths
21,851 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # ML81698907
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Described in 1925 as A Spanish Palace by the Sea, Villa Eden Del Mar has long been considered one of the most renowned homes on the Monterey Coast and a treasured landmark in Pebble Beach. The majestic courtyard entry leads to a sumptuous living room with unparalleled views of the Pacific, beyond which is the Terrace Room, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking 180-degree views of the Pacific and rugged coastline. The rich, meticulous craftsmanship throughout features custom laid marble-tiled floors, high, carved wooden ceilings, and massive stucco walls within which the likes of artists, celebrities, business tycoons and international royalty have been entertained. This impressive 2.8-acre oceanfront compound includes four structures: the main house, a masterpiece to behold, with 15,418 sq ft of living area; an oceanfront Lyceum with 3,651 sq ft; a 2BR/2BA penthouse guest apartment with 1,806 sq ft; and a separate 2BR/1BA caretaker's cottage with 976 sq ft.

38 Sky Ridge Road Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

$12,995,000
4 Beds
6 Baths
13,800 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 218011190DA
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
This exceptional estate in Rancho Mirage is an architectural masterpiece, designed to make you feel on top of the world. From its award-winning exterior landscape design by Wayne Connor, exquisite interiors by Randy Patton, to architectural design from by Prest-Vuksic, this modern& elegant property epitomizes luxury desert living. The home is built with unique distinctive and handcrafted elements, with each space offering unique details by the finest artisans; it is clear no expense was spared. The property offers dramatic unparalleled city&mountain views while maintaining privacy. The Earthen hues throughout the house juxtaposed against a lush landscape create a balanced& cohesive space. Every aspect of this estate emanates sophisticated elegance, yet is warm& inviting. With nearly 14000 SQFT on 2.86 acres, this designer furnished estate features a full guest house, unique one of a kind art installations and breathtaking views , and the finest materials sourced from around the world.

3208 17 Mile Drive Pebble Beach, CA 93953

$30,000,000
4 Beds
4.5 Baths
7,403 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81700086
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Exquisitely crafted and exceptionally private, this commanding oceanfront estate is one of a select few on Sunset Point, a majestic promontory facing due south with views as far as Point Sur in Big Sur. The exclusive 2.5+ acre property is magnificently situated on 17 Mile Drive, one of the worlds most enchanting gated roads, amongst the planet's oldest grove of Monterey Cypress trees. Designed for sophisticated living and sumptuous entertaining, the home is crafted inside and out with the exacting beauty and hand-picked materials reflecting the location with cobblestones from London, slate roof, handmade leaded-glass windows, coffered ceilings, rough-hewn exposed beams and trusses, mahogany doors, walnut cabinetry, limestone floors, seven fireplaces from castles in England and France, wine cellar, and a fountain from Roman aqueducts. In addition to the three-bedroom main residence, there is a pool and spa, and a one-bedroom guest house with a full kitchen.