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Upgrades Were Fine Finishing Touches on Descanso Treasure

The scale of development that is happening just a few miles west of Interstate 15 out Rancho Bernardo Road is stunning. Once past the fully developed 4S Ranch community, there is a proliferation of new housing development — some sold out, some in process. In addition, there’s new shopping centers, schools and community centers nearly all the way to the borders of Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch.

This ongoing development is all part of the city of San Diego’s 5,100-acre plan for Black Mountain Ranch approved in 1998.

This area of formerly undeveloped wilderness has a rather storied past that involves the Teamsters Union, a Christian university and environmental activists. Ultimately, in 1987, the land was purchased out of bankruptcy by Potomac Investment Associates that formed Black Mountain Ranch LLC and named the area “Del Sur.”

Initially led by Fred Maas, a partner in the investment firm and president and CEO of the Black Mountain Ranch LLC, who worked with the Sierra Club and other governmental entities to come up with a community plan that would satisfy the diverse viewpoints of all parties.

Open Space Plan

The city’s plan for Del Sur designated that nearly 70 percent of the area would be parks and open space. The area is distinctive in its topography with flat-lying mesas, gently rolling hills and rugged, steeply sloping hillside terrain. It incorporates 14 parks, 18 miles of trails and open space.

During the ensuing years, several builders bought plots of land from Black Mountain Ranch LLC to develop homes. Among them was Brookfield Residential San Diego that launched the community of Descanso at Del Sur in June 2014. It was sold out a mere 18 months later in December 2015.

Descanso at Del Sur has 39 homes with plans ranging in square footage from 3,423 to 3,940.

Edith Broyles, an affiliated agent with the Rancho Bernardo office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, has a home in Descanso listed from $1.599 million to $1.699 million. A sale for the five bedroom, six bath, 3,796-square-foot home at 15466 Tanner Ridge Circle is currently pending.

Set at the farthest edge of a singular circular street that forms its own private cul-de-sac, the home is on a prime canyon lot with panoramic sunset views.

“That cul-de-sac loop of Descanso adds some level of exclusivity to it,” Broyles, a San Diego native, said. “It really is, for the floorplan that it is, the most highly upgraded in that part of the development.”

Broyles said the larger Del Sur community has many small neighborhoods with lots of elevations to choose from, some with homes of more than $2 million. Her sellers put close to $250,000 just into the backyard of the home on Tanner Ridge Circle.

Unusual ‘Water Feature’

“The sellers picked everything, and they have very nice taste,” said Broyles, who has been in real estate for 23 years. “They dug the vanishing-edge pool two feet deeper than the six feet which is normal, and they had to get a permit to do that.”

Broyles described lots of details the sellers attended to like upgraded casing around the windows and epoxy finish on the tile floor downstairs.

“In fact, I’ll tell you the story of that — early on, when they first moved in, he dropped a bottle of red wine and it’s a neutral color tile; he didn’t want that to be a problem,” she said. “He said ‘how are we going to get the red wine up off the tile floor.’”

The answer was to epoxy the floor, but (making sure) that it “doesn’t look like a garage floor,” which also has an epoxy coating, Broyles said.

Even the neighbors who typically come through during open houses were more than impressed by the home.

Broyles also represents the buyers currently under contract for the home. She said the buyers had been looking in Rancho Santa Fe and other areas as well, but really liked the community of Del Sur.

Family-Oriented Community

“They liked that you’ve got all the different parks and pools, and all the hiking trails,” she said. “It’s such a family-oriented community and they’ve got two boys.”

This transaction is a part of Broyles’ relocation specialty. “I am relocation certified, assisting corporate transferees with their transitions to and from San Diego,” Broyles said. “I have the special training required to handle the intricate details that are specific to corporate relocations.”

Broyles also said another part of her specialized expertise is that she particularly enjoys is helping active and retired military with their real estate needs as a USAA and Navy Federal Credit Union Preferred Agent.

Of the house on Tanner Ridge Circle, the sellers really upgraded everything that they could upgrade in the home, Broyles said. “I think it’s pretty fabulous and the buyer does as well.”

Send luxury real estate items to sglidden@sdbj.com.

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