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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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33754 East Carmel Valley Road (fox Creek Ranch) Carmel Valley, CA 93924

$19,000,000
8 Beds
9 Baths
8,603 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # ML81700225
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Welcome to Fox Creek Ranch, where 276 acres of unparalleled natural beauty & over 14,000 square feet of exquisite craftsmanship meet in the most breathtaking way. Situated only 4.5 miles from Carmel Valley Village, 16 miles from Carmel-by-the-Sea & 18 miles from the Monterey Regional Airport, this spectacular retreat is secluded yet so very accessible. Slip away from time as you wander through vineyards. Entertain your guests in the newly built main house elegantly designed to maximize your indoor-outdoor living experience. The world-class equestrian facilities includes a barn w/ 9 stalls, tack room, hot/cold water wash bay, office, laundry room & full bath. Built with stacked Montana fieldstone, this barn was masterfully designed take care of all your equestrian needs. Nestled among mature oak trees guest house exudes the charm & warmth of a true rustic ranch home. Fall in love with the serenity of space & add your name to the legacy of Fox Creek Ranch.

277 St Pierre Road Los Angeles, CA 90077

$49,900,000
8 Beds
20 Baths
36,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 18333754
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
A regal compound, just moments through the prized Bel Air east gate, this is a residence of sophistication and incomparable opulence. Concealed behind private gates on a rare flat acre parcel, it is a world apart - where every comfort and luxury has been accounted for and no expense has been spared. From the vaulted entry, with its high windows and sweeping staircase, to the lavish wine cellar, this is truly a resort oasis providing the perfect environment for lavish entertainment and exceedingly gracious living. On the lower level the majesty of this home reveals itself, opening to the approx. 20,000 square foot entertainment space that includes a resplendent indoor full resort spa and pool, with massage room, sauna and steam bath, game rooms, bowling alley, expansive cinema, full bar, basketball and racquetball court, as well as gracious guest living quarters. The gorgeous grounds include an in-ground swimming pool, attached spa, outdoor kitchen, and dining area. Truly majestic.

1042 W Bay Avenue Newport Beach, CA 92661

$9,995,000
6 Beds
4.5 Baths
4,256 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # LG18089341
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
This nautically-inspired, Contemporary-style, Balboa Peninsula bayfront home was a collaboration between its “hands-on” owner and the late architect, Kurt Donat. Located on a prime corner lot with spectacular harbor, turning basin, Saddleback mountain and Fashion Island night light views, the home features stunning architecture, an extraordinary blending of indoor and outdoor spaces and a thoughtfully designed open floor plan. The downstairs of the home features a wall of floor to ceiling retracting doors to the outside, a huge great room with polished concrete floors and a metal fireplace, a large island kitchen with stainless steel appliances, English Sycamore cabinets and marble countertops; a downstairs bedroom with an ensuite bath, a powder bath and a huge 3-car attached garage. The upstairs of the home has a large waterfront master suite that extends the full width of the home and has a fireplace, built-in desk, and an elegant limestone bath complete with a Jacuzzi tub. In addition, there is a loft space, four large bedrooms and two generous sized baths. The palette of finish materials includes Maple ceilings, English Sycamore cabinets, Mahogany floors, limestone, marble, stainless steel railings, Venetian plaster, a Zinc roof, and Brazilian Blue granite. The 43 foot wide bayside patio features a firepit, lush succulent landscaping, and a private pier and slip for several boats. All the fun of Balboa is at your door, swimming, sailing, paddleboarding and more.

648 Canyon View Drive Laguna Beach, CA 92651

$5,500,000
5 Beds
6.5 Baths
6,800 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC18063437
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Rare opportunity to purchase one of Laguna Beach's premier estates nestled on a 1.24 acre lot and includes the plans for an Anders Lasater designed re-imagination of the existing property. Behind a private gate and tucked into the canyon walls, at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, 648 Canyon View enjoys views over downtown Laguna Beach with expansive vistas to the Channel Islands and beyond. Upon completion of the project your modern marvel will include large, multi-panel folding doors that dissolve the corner of the dining room and blurs the boundary between interior and outdoor spaces. The pool terrace extends the living space across the site to take advantage of the spectacular views. Anchored against the hillside, the kitchen forms a service spine along the back of the house and enjoys views across the great room, which can easily accommodate large gatherings while the tight furniture groupings keep the space intimate. Made up of interconnected office, bedroom, bathroom, closet, and private deck, the master suite is fully integrated into the main living space on the mid-level and enjoys stunning views. A rare four car garage is integrated with auto court parking out front for up to 10+ vehicles. Currently as an option, the property can be sold fully built out for $9,000,000. Consult with the listing agents for details on build and approvals status.

7515 Los Osos Valley Road San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

$6,900,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,200 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # PI18086716
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Historic ranch on edge of San Luis Obispo. Approximately 468 acres with three legal parcels. Parcel 1 has 165 acres of irrigated farm ground with about another 30 acres available for planting. Parcel 2 is 230 acres of grazing land with awesome building sites. Total of eight wells producing approximately 700 GPM and 3 agriculture ponds. The main Ranch House was built in the 1930's and is in move in condition. There are 6 rentals on the property. Other structures include a Hay Barn, Pole Barn, Dairy Barn, Workshop and a couple additional small buildings. All this with views from Morro Rock to Islay Hilll. Amazing Opportunity. Properties like this are rare. Two legal parcels.

1568 Sonado Road Pebble Beach, CA 93953

$10,900,000
7 Beds
5.5 Baths
9,600 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81702657
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Offering some of the most expansive and dynamic views possible from almost every room, this recently renovated estate on a two-acre street-to-street parcel enjoys extraordinary interior volume and space with a marvelous selection of formal and informal living places. Featuring seven bedrooms (with one as a caretaker's quarters), spacious view terraces, a comfortably large wine cellar, an overabundance of storage, and a four-car garage plus a work shop, this home has views, land, and amenities like few others. Entering through large iron gates, a gentle sweeping drive delivers you a grand double door entrance that presents broad ocean views from Pt. Lobos on the South, Stillwater Cove in the middle, and the horizon over Cypress Pt. to the North. In between there are views of the 6th green and a glimpse of the 18th with the Lodge in the background. With sunsets in the winter through early summer, there are entertaining views year' round to enjoy from nearly all rooms.

3485 Lone Jack Rd Encinitas, CA 92024

$5,995,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
3,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180022469
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Welcome to Lone Jack Ranch! Located in one of the most desired communities in North County, San Diego this 15.39 acre paradise just off Lone Jack Road in the exclusive North County Coastal community of Olivenhain! Accessed through a private gated entry, lies this scenic landscape with gentle rolling hills, private lake and an artesian well. The property provides a 5000 gallon water tank to collect water overflow from well. The landscape is like nothing else in Coastal San Diego. Neighborhoods: Olivenhain Complex Features: ,,,,,, Equipment: Water Filtration Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Septic Installed Topography: ,LL,RSLP,GSL

370 Mountain Home Court Woodside, CA 94062

$13,988,000
4 Beds
5.5 Baths
10,969 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # ML81704276
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
A Bucolic Masterpiece Perfectly Located. This splendid estate of nearly 3.93 acres (per county) sits on the most coveted street in Woodside and is walking distance to downtown Woodside. The home is every entertainers dream, and includes a recreation room, gym, and guesthouse, for a total of 4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and a living area of 10,969 sq. ft. (per drawings). Amenities include a pool, tennis court, exquisite landscape with lush grounds, pergola, and walkways that meander along the creek through wisteria-entwined arbors. Mere moments to Huddart Park, The Horse Park at Woodside, Highway 280, and extensive network of trails for equestrians, hikers, and bikers. Children may attend excellent schools, such as Woodside Elementary (K-8) (#13 Elementary School in California) (buyer to verify eligibility).

4095 Lomaland Dr San Diego, CA 92106

$18,995,000
7 Beds
7 Baths
7,328 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180024354
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Named to Top 10 Homes in the USA magazine, this custom built, masterfully crafted estate set on over 1.5 acres with unobstructed, coastal views is truly one-of-a-kind & cannot be replicated. First time on the market, this home blends timeless, traditional design with modern finishes, comfortable spaces with seamless indoor/outdoor living, privacy and the most DRAMATIC WHITEWATER views in Southern California. Live the dream & enjoy the 180 degree views from Mexico to Laguna Beach! Major price reduction! Neighborhoods: Sunset Cliffs Equipment: Fire Sprinklers,Garage Door Opener, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL,RSLP,GSL

21650 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265

$8,200,000
4 Beds
4 Baths
3,084 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # SR18105770
Property Type Duplex
Price Type --
This spectacular 120 feet* of ocean frontage property is all about the lot, which is one of the largest on La Costa Beach. The property is a legal duplex with two detached units connected by a breeze way. One unit is a 1 bed, 1 bath, kitchen, living room, and nook area. The other unit is a 3 bed, 3 bath, full kitchen, formal dining room, and living room. There is tremendous potential here to remodel and possibly add addition space or to build the trophy Malibu beach home to rival all others. There were previously approved plans (now expired) for a 7370 sq ft, two story estate. It is up to the buyer to investigate all aspects of the property and what improvements that can be made. *Measured at the PCH side of the lot. SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION OF ESCROW.

8157 Laurel View Drive Los Angeles, CA 90069

$5,350,000
4 Beds
4 Baths
4,860 SqFt
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 18339358
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Tucked away just moments above the Sunset Strip and Chateau Marmont, this ultra-private contemporary in the Hollywood Hills marries classic California Spanish Colonial charm with cutting edge attitude. Outside, weathered doors, wrought iron fixtures and terra cotta tiles hark back to another era. Inside, a different world unfolds. The main level is one large, flowing expanse with soaring ceilings, eat-in chef's kitchen, dining area and an array of entertaining environments. Vast windows surround the space, filling it with light. French doors here open to the leafy grounds, set with a shimmering pool, trellis-shaded seating area and upper patio dining terrace. On the home's upper level, three luxurious bedroom suites surround an expansive family room with high, skylit ceiling. Some suites adjoin a secluded rear stone patio with a soothing fountain; both the master and a second suite open to covered front balconies with airy rooftop and treetop views. Welcome to your paradise!

2144 E Oceanfront Newport Beach, CA 92661

$8,800,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,702 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NP18133894
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
2144 East Oceanfront is a contemporary architectural masterpiece combining concrete, glass and wide-open spaces with direct access to the Pacific Ocean. Located in Newport Beach’s famed Balboa Peninsula Point, renowned surf location the Wedge allows for extraordinary views, and sounds, of crashing whitewater, ocean and Catalina. Views impress at each level, culminating on the rooftop deck where a 360-degree perspective of ocean and city lights await, along with spa, fire table and audio. Gourmet kitchen includes Sub-Zero and Viking appliances, concrete counters, deep drawers, dual sinks, small appliance storage, open rail storage and auto shades. The living area floor-to-ceiling glass walls retract to the patio, built-in Lynx BBQ and direct access to the beach. Designed by Abramson Teiger and built by Gallo Corp, this home won the 2004 AIA OC Chapter Award of Merit. Featuring a spacious master retreat with sitting area, fireplace, private deck, auto shades, walk-in closet, shower, tub and steam shower; two en suite guest bedrooms; dramatic open stairwell; skylights; hardwood floors; a 14-station Sonos system; Lutron dimmers; Control4 system controlling lights, fireplaces, fire tables, shades, etc; security system with cameras; and an oversized two-car garage with EV charging. This home provides for modernity and individuality in an unrivaled beachfront location, secluded with no pedestrian boardwalk. This is a statement property, spectacular in the day, breathtaking at night.