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San Pasqual Has a Perfect Fit for Our Mediterranean Climate

When my three kids were little we had annual passes to what was then called the Wild Animal Park, now known as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. It was a godsend, and some of our fondest memories were around our time there, especially at Christmas.

The home featured here is 1.23 miles from the Safari Park in an ideal location in the San Pasqual Valley. Up on a hilltop nearby the Safari Park, are a country Mediterranean main house and a guest house. Both are finished in extensive stonework, etched concrete flooring and countertops, soaring ceilings with sophisticated trim and finishes.

The San Pasqual Valley is in northern San Diego County. Named for the Kumeyaay Village of San Pasqual, it is bordered on the north by the city of Escondido, the east by unincorporated land within the County, on the south by the city of Poway and Rancho Bernardo.

Of note in the area, in addition to the Safari Park, is the San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park, which honors the soldiers who fought in the battle between the U.S. and Californio forces on Dec. 6, 1846, in the midst of the Mexican-American War. The battle was only one of the military encounters in California in the war, and not without its controversy. Today the park exists not as a monument to war but as a reminder of the human ideals, actions and passions that can drive nations to bloodshed, according the marker at the historic park — a uniquely relevant notion to our nation right now.

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The current owners moved to the home in 2004 to be near aging parents in Rancho Bernardo, and the couple’s wife said it was “not what was in what I would describe as a completed project.”

They hired local architect

Jon Steinhilber to redesign the master bedroom, bathroom, gym and closet spaces. In addition, local mason

Kurt Stryker completed all the stonework around the home. Craig Wagner of Timber Point Construction in San Diego was hired to remodel and facelift the home for custom woodwork and detail. Nature Designs Landscaping in San Diego was hired to do all the exterior landscaping and irrigation. Murrieta-based Refined Interior Design was the interior designer.

“We love the home we have created here, and we have found a very happy side benefit in the terrific group of neighbors that we share,” the owner said.

She describes how the amazing sense of space, the peacefulness and beautiful vistas are truly wonderful.

“It’s not many places in San Diego where you can go outside and the only sound you hear are birds singing,” she said.

The other main benefit is to have the land to entertain large groups of people and that they have taken full advantage of that, she said.

The owner is an avid gardener, and the 2-acre lot affords a lot of room for fruit trees, vegetable and rose gardens.

“There is always something in bloom or ready to be picked in this yard,” she said.

The home is 5,100 square feet with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. This includes a bonus/game room. There is a second dwelling used as a guest house with an additional 1,400 square foot of living space.

Some of the many other special touches in the home are a heated master bathroom floor, all new tankless water heaters in the main home and the guest house, new air conditioning (including in the shed), a newly remodeled kitchen and family room. The best of all is that the acreage has a well on the property for landscaping water.

A vanishing edge pool looks out over magnificent vistas near an entertaining area under a charming “old world” vine-covered arbor. The arbor leads to a meandering pathway through the gardens to an outdoor fireplace where family and guests may relax.

In a recent check of the surrounding area no homes have sold in the 92025 ZIP code, which encompasses a large area, in the past six months. The listing prices for the 23 properties on the list range from this home at the highest at nearly $2.5 million to a few lots ranging from 11 acres to 3.31 acres. There are only four homes, including this one, of more than $1 million.

A bargain indeed. Now that my kids are grown and producing the next crop of youngsters for our family, driving out through the San Pasqual Valley is one of our favorite things to do. I guess my husband I will have to check into an annual pass again here soon.

Send luxury home information to Stephanie R. Glidden at sglidden@sdbj.com.


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