San Diego The gated entry to the Spanish Revival-style home on the northwestern edge of Rancho Santa Fe winds past elegantly landscaped gardens to a circular parking area with a welcoming gated portico.
The home at 5026 Linea Del Cielo is set back approximately halfway on the ample acreage from the main road and is not visible from the street or by neighboring homes.
Once up the drive, the home with varied-colored terracotta roof tiles with no overhang, ornamental shutter-framed windows and stucco walls with terracotta tube inserts define the classic Spanish architecture.
The entrance is through wrought iron gates anchored in white stucco walls that are crowned by a whimsical, scrolled ironwork arbor. The tiled entry has a two-tiered water fountain at its center and leads to the leaded glass front door that opens to gleaming floors in the entry.
The interior is a meticulous layout of graciously scaled rooms that are reminiscent of the trend beginning in the 1920s when Hollywood movie stars fled the glare of the spotlight to find respite in a peaceful, private retreat in Rancho Santa Fe.
“This owner really has tried to tie in the ultimate in historical Hollywood flair with the Spanish design architecture,” said Dane Soderberg, a broker associate with Compass, who has the listing on the home.
Natural elements of wood, plaster and stone are used throughout. Many of the rooms have wood-beamed ceilings. The comfortable living areas are designed for relaxing with a good book on a quiet afternoon in front of the fire. All of the bedrooms and baths are contemporary in a timeless, sophisticated style.
Two protected loggias create a seamless indoor/outdoor connection. A large, finished, below-grade room serves as a multipurpose media/game room with Ping-Pong tables, craft tables, and enough space and separation from the main living areas for family and friends.
The home is on a boot-shaped, 4-acre lot with its broadest width on Linea Del Cielo. The back part of the property jags to the west to front on El Camino Real and serves as a second entrance for service and is where the riding ring, six-stall barn and pasture are — providing easy access to the horse trails of Rancho Santa Fe.
“The location is a very desirable west end of covenant, Del Mar and surrounding areas,” Soderberg said. “A lot of people have an issue with Rancho Santa Fe — getting in and out of the Ranch — and this is the very west end, almost closer to Solana Beach than the Ranch.”
Indeed, it’s just four miles to the beach, two miles to grocery/retail shopping and Interstate 5.
The listing price for the seven bedroom, six-and-a-half bath, 8,173-square-foot home is $4.425 million. A detached one-bedroom guesthouse provides privacy and space for family and visitors.
Soderberg said the north side of the property has beautiful walking paths, a gazebo and a natural stone water feature with a stream that runs through the property and pools in a small pond.
“There are all kinds of paths through the property,” Soderberg said. “It has at least an acre of manicured gardens and paths.”
One of the gently curving walking paths leads to an arched wooden bridge that spans the stream and leads to an inviting gazebo. Between the putting green and the riding arena is a Hansel & Gretel-inspired treehouse carved out of one enormous, ancient tree trunk with stairs and slide. A baby swing hangs from a tree limb that is attached to the children’s fantasy playhouse.
A balustrade-lined terrace stretches across the entire back expanse of the home. A set of stairs leads down from the terrace to a massive pool and spa area designed for entertaining. Lights are strung over the whole area adding an element of romance for enchanting evening events.
“The home is an iconic property in the Ranch and is great for entertaining,” Soderberg said. “The homeowner is an event planner; I’ve had parties there for 350 people, it holds it well.”
Soderberg said every bit of space has its own purpose, sometimes it’s for privacy, sometimes for entertaining “it’s all very intentional.”
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