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Rural Retreat Offers Perfect Setting to Savor Life’s Successes

The open-concept kitchen was recently remodeled and includes an island and breakfast area at 4326 Vista de la Tierra in Del Mar.
Fragrant wisteria vines adorn charming arbors that lead to the extensive outdoor space in a home at 4326 Vista de la Tierra in Del Mar.

The family home is more than just a street address, the right floor plan or the perfect yard. It’s a place where lifelong memories are created one day at a time, where triumphs are celebrated and challenges faced. But, most importantly, it’s a welcome refuge for friends and family from the frenetic pace of life.

Lisa Stennes-Laikind, a Realtor with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, has a listing on a house that has been just such a home to a large family for the past 22 years. It’s a 6,273-square-foot home at 4326 Vista de la Tierra in Del Mar. The asking price is $3.395 million.

Stennes-Laikind sold the Vista de la Tierra home to the current owners in 1995.

“We were standing there in the yard looking out over the property and he slid his arm around his wife’s waist and said, ‘we’ll take it,’” Stennes-Laikind said.

The couple raised four children on the property; it has been the “go-to” place for everybody to meet: birthdays, graduations, weddings, family reunions, anniversaries and even prom parties.

“It’s been a low-key, casual, comfortable gathering spot for friends and family for years,” she said. “When you have children, you want to be the ‘go to’ house.”

Stennes-Laikind said the home is in Rancho Del Mar and is in the 92014 ZIP code, even though it’s somewhat removed from the seaside village of Del Mar along Highway 101.

“It’s really the rural area of Del Mar where Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar and Solana Beach kiss,” Stennes-Laikind said. “It’s truly a sweet spot in North County; it’s the hub of the wheel where the spokes go off to all the unique and special offerings of the area.”

Stennes-Laikind has been selling real estate in San Diego since 1992 and knows the area well. She reiterated that this area is a more rural part of Del Mar where the lot sizes are larger and there is less congestion than is found closer to the beach, yet with easy access to the freeways and shopping.

It’s in no way a “cookie-cutter” house, Stennes-Laikind said. She described it as more of a European farmhouse, Mediterranean style.

The property has seven bedrooms and five baths and is on 1.29 acres. The home is set back from the street, which is a cul-de-sac with no through traffic. A long sidewalk flanked by palm trees and shrubbery leads to the front door. A separate driveway curves around to the back of the house to a two-story, four-car garage with a guest house on the second floor with two bedrooms, a living area, kitchenette and bath.

“It’s almost like being in a tree house when you’re up there,” Stennes-Laikind said. “It’s got a very comfortable, soothing environment, conducive to an art gallery, an office or a writing studio.”

Plus, the guest house has its own address; 4326 is the house, 4328 is the address for the guest house, whether it’s renting for income, an onsite caretaker, extended family or running a business out of the home, “it’s very beneficial,” she said.

As the years went by and the family needs changed, the owners added on with rooms that have a lot of flexibility.

A recently remodeled and award-winning eat-in kitchen has a farmhouse sink with oil-rubbed fixtures, quartz countertops, custom antiqued cabinetry, an island with a copper prep sink and a rich walnut countertop. Adding to the efficiency are double Wolf ovens and a four-burner gas cook top with griddle, two dishwashers, a SubZero refrigerator, two KitchenAid dishwashers, and additional freezer/refrigerator drawers. The space stays true to the country farmhouse style with a custom tile backsplash, custom hood and wood accents.

Upstairs in the main house are four bedrooms, including the master. Two of the bedrooms have a “jack and jill” bathroom and both rooms open up to a pleasant breezy balcony.

When the owners added on to the garage, it created a big bonus room and a charming flagstone courtyard where family and friends gather.

The pool and spa is on the far end of the property down a paved pathway that runs along a grassy area large enough for all manner of activities. There is also a chicken coop and vegetable garden, adding to the authenticity of the European farmhouse vibe.

Surrounding the courtyard, fragrant wisteria and jasmine vines adorn arbors. Romantic twinkling lights are strung everywhere for an inviting theatrical effect in the evening.

“It’s magical at night with that wisteria,” Stennes-Laikind said. “At the photo shoot, the wisteria was in full bloom, the jasmine was in full bloom; it was a hot breezy day and I thought ‘this is what heaven must smell like,’— it’s absolutely intoxicating.”

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