San Diego Just two miles from downtown Rancho Santa Fe and six miles from the beach is Buena Vista Farms, an exclusive 15-and-a-half-acre equestrian estate atop a peaceful oasis of exquisite Covenant land. Mature groves of lemon and olive trees, along with native California pepper trees, obscure the home from the road.
Once beyond the gated entry, a long driveway meanders by huge sloping swaths of emerald green grass on the left and horses grazing in the pastures near the world-class equestrian facilities on the right.
Designed in 1984 by local architectural visionary, Ken Ronchetti, and built by San Diego-based custom home builder Weir Bros.., the estate is a masterpiece of design that seamlessly fuses a tranquil interior with beguiling tableaus of nature from every room.
A recent renovation by award-winning San Francisco-based designer, Paul Wiseman, founder of The Wiseman Group Interior Design Inc., created a sophisticated, yet inviting, home in a serene Zen-like setting. The lines of the sprawling single-level home are reminiscent of a luxurious Japanese farmhouse with a distinctly modern American slant.
Linda Sansone, a realtor with Willis Allen Real Estate, has the listing on the 7,790-square-foot, three bedroom, three full and two-and-a-half bath home. The property also has a detached 1,933-square-foot two-bedroom, four bath guest house with a full kitchen and another detached 902-square-foot spa and exercise pavilion.
The home is at 6025 El Montevideo in Rancho Santa Fe and the asking price is $21 million.
“The property is on one of the best streets in the Covenant in a location with many of the largest grand estates with large parcels of land,” Sansone said. “This location is what I call ‘what Rancho Santa Fe Covenant is all about’ — large parcels of land with grand estates.”
Sansone, who has been in real estate in San Diego for 20 years, said this amount of acreage in the Covenant is rare among all other estates. In particular, it’s in an area of the Covenant’s largest estates that are all established properties that have been owned by the same people for quite a while, “those are the best properties, they were cherry picked in the beginning.”
The low slung roofline of the home comes into view above the mature hedges along the front when the long driveway ends in a circular parking area. A life-size metal sculpture of a horse is standing in the grassy center island — a prelude to the artistry ahead on the grounds and in the interior. A stone pathway leading to the front entrance meanders by a seating area with benches around two narrow raised planters. Ahead are custom, bronze-encased, glass doors that open to a welcoming foyer with large wall spaces to showcase art. Overhead massive beamed structures occupy the impressive vaulted space.
On each side of the foyer, two long galleries lead to separated wings of the house. At once the vibe of the home is palpable, the colors are muted and play off of one another from room to room.
The interior walls are Venetian plaster; the flooring is wide plank oak. Straight ahead, the formal living room has 16.8-foot high ceilings showcasing antique oak beams and a massive, floor-to-ceiling Palos Verdes stone fireplace with a custom-designed iron and bronze screen. Comfortable couches and chairs in muted colors complement the overall color scheme of the entire home, while distressed antique white oak and custom bronze windows draw the gaze to the landscape beyond.
The living room is flanked by a European country-style dining room on one side and a handsome, book-lined library with ultra-suede walls, impressive crown molding and large windows.
The open concept kitchen has two generous islands with flamed Absolute Black granite, a process whereby an intense flame is fired at the stone, causing the surface to burst and become rough, creating a visual contrast to the other surfaces and extensive tile work elsewhere. The entire kitchen and adjoining family room have massive vaulted ceilings with elaborate beams and crossbeams with views to the gardens.
The spa and gym are a short distance from the well-appointed master bedroom wing and is as sophisticated and inviting as any world famous spa. The path to the spa winds under a massive ancient tree sheltering the home as the bocce ball court comes into view. A resort-style pool, reminiscent of a clear mountain lake on a calm summer day, is elevated up a few stairs near the spa building. The vanishing edge pool flows into a shallow pond surrounded by natural boulders native to the area. A regulation size tennis court with a covered viewing pagoda is nearby.
The separate guest house with its own driveway has two en suite bedrooms and an enchanting sun-filled living room created by a clerestory window at the top of the wood-beamed vaulted ceiling.
On the lower portion of the acreage, a pristine horse facility on five irrigated, half-acre grass pastures includes a well-ventilated stable designed in the same style as the residence and includes six stalls, tack room, 10-foot high sliding oak doors, a European style walker and an award-winning agricultural equipment building.
To echo Sansone, it truly is without peer, a rare opportunity indeed.
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