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Home of the month – A Cherished Place, In Del Mar History

If a house were to have a soul, the Canfield-Wright House in Del Mar, known locally as the “The Pink Lady,” would certainly be a candidate. The home was built in 1910 by Los Angeles oil tycoon Charles Canfield with architect John C. Austin, of the Shrine Auditorium and Griffith Observatory fame. On the National Register of Historic Places, it was saved from demolition in 2002 by residential home builder Bill Davidson and Del Mar citizens motivated to save a piece of Del Mar History. Davidson and architectural

Photo courtesy of Barry Estates Inc.

firm R. Douglas Mansfield Architect Inc. began the restoration. It was sold in 2007 to San Diego real estate developer Douglas Allred, who continued on with the effort until selling it in 2014. Now home to a new family, its legacy stares out over the Pacific Ocean, still, after more than 100 years.


Address: 420 Avenida Primavera, Del Mar

Sale Price: $14.5 million, sold June 18, 2014

Listing Agent: Laura Barry of Barry Estates Inc.

Buyer’s Agent: Lisa Schoelen of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Built: 1910

Original Architect: John C. Austin

Renovation Architect: R. Douglas Mansfield Architect Inc.

Lot Size: 0.94-acres

Square Feet: 10,209

Bedrooms: Six

Baths: 10

Garage: Six-car

Fireplaces: Four

Features: Detached guest home, commercial elevator, quarter-sawn oak flooring, Cuban mahogany paneling, radiant heat throughout four zones, built-in music, gym with steam shower, dry sauna, professional media room, wine cellar, billiards room, fruit and raised bed organic gardens, pool, spa, private outdoor shower, outdoor cooking area with slab granite counters and bar, folding exterior doors.


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