The brick driveway leading to a home at 5826 Lago Lindo in Rancho Santa Fe. Photo courtesy of Compass

The brick driveway leading to a home at 5826 Lago Lindo in Rancho Santa Fe. Photo courtesy of Compass


The large family room with a wall of built-ins and breakfast nook off the open-concept kitchen. Photos courtesy of Compass


The front door leads through the foyer into the formal dining/living room with views of the expansive pool/entertainment area. Photo courtesy of Compass

— At the entrance to a lovely family home on Lago Lindo in Rancho Santa Fe is a low slung, white stucco wall framed with mature bougainvillea and towering eucalyptus trees. Only the roofline of the home is visible from the street. A brick driveway laid out in a basket weave pattern leads to an iron security gate. The drive is wide and sweeps in a gentle curve down to a single level home on a 2.45-acre lot nestled on the backside of the property.

Chris Remsen, a realtor with Compass, has the listing on the 6,633-square-foot, six-bedroom, eight-bath home at 5826 Lago Lindo that is near the village of Rancho Santa Fe. The asking price is $3.65 million and the owner has recently accepted an offer.

The charming home feels like it’s alone, given its position on its expansive lot with just a few other homes visible across the way.

Remsen, originally from Maine, earned degrees in business and design while competing as a Division I athlete, said his favorite thing about the home is the floorplan, because the pool is “kind of the heart and center of the home.”

From the moment the double doors swing open into the foyer, the inviting dining/living area has a view of the expansive limestone-tiled courtyard with a large pool, outdoor kitchen and multiple seating areas for enjoying the indoor/outdoor California lifestyle. The pool area is private and protected from the wind.

Three en-suite bedrooms and a large utility/storage room wrap around to the right and to the left is the master wing and “they all kind of hug the pool area,” Remsen, who has been a full-time realtor since 2008, said. One of the three bedrooms on the right also has its own fireplace.

The formal dining room, open to the living room, has a soffeted ceiling that is inset with mirrors. In the day, it reflects the sunlight and at night candlelight and the glow from the living room fireplace creates a relaxing ambiance.

The living room fireplace surround is a beautiful, blue-veined, white marble with an intriguing design — perfect for gazing at and warming by on chilly nights.

The living room/dining area is steps from the expansive kitchen. A true family retreat, the kitchen is open to a large living space for the family to gather, including a breakfast nook overlooking the property in the back.

The stone slab off the center island in the kitchen is similar in design to the fireplace surround, but a different, more intricate blue-veined white marble. The other counters are white marble with subtle gray streaks. The kitchen can accommodate large numbers of people for meal preparation and festivities. A long wall of built-ins in the family room includes an entertainment center that provides plenty of storage.

The kitchen seems to have two of everything: ovens, dual dishwashers, double Sub-Zero fridge, as well as a full fridge-size freezer and Viking range. A beautiful blue and yellow mosaic tile display is on the wall behind the range. Elsewhere the back splash above the kitchen counters is a narrow strip of small blue mosaic tiles topped by white subway tiles.

The home is a 1970s ranch, classic to Rancho Santa Fe for that era, but has been completely redone, top to bottom, in the last few years.

Along the back, a walkway meanders along the entire expanse of the sprawling home that includes doors to each room along the way, ending at the master wing. Wide brick stairs lead from the walkway down to a guest suite with its own laundry and kitchen.

The term “wing” for the master bedroom area is befitting because it’s a large space with an office/library, another sitting area with an inviting fireplace and an expansive master bath with walk-in closets. Another bedroom is down the hall from the master wing.

It’s outdoors where the term “family home” is palpable. There are toddler swings dangling from tree limbs, a classic tire swing is nearby a delightful tree house for older kids. A split-rail fence along the northwest property line may include a visit from the friendly goats next door that come to beg for someone to lower a tree branch for a snack.

A full regulation tennis court, recently redone, is along the brick pathway to the fruit orchard and formal rose garden.

“They’ve done a nice job of maintaining the home,” Remsen said. “It’s been a pleasure getting to know the home; I don’t want to leave.”

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