Impeccable and chic, this incredible gated custom Encinitas estate offers modern living in a central location and a life of leisure. An entertainers paradise bursting with a luxurious and smart design, the home comes complete with its own detached guest house retreat. Across its 1.24-acre lot, discover winding pathways lined by manicured grounds, lush landscaping, and palm trees outlining the perimeter. Admire the tasteful fusion of massive windows, stone, stucco, and IPE wood design elements characterizing its exterior, inviting you to explore inside. Upon passing through the captivating, covered entry, step into an immaculately crafted interior defined by soaring ceilings accentuated by thick wood beams, beautifully matching the exceptional millwork on show. Appreciate the gorgeous, engineered wide-plank white oak flooring and crisp white tones. Multiple windows with custom treatments allow radiant sunlight across the casual and formal gathering areas, creating fabulous spots for entertaining. From the sunlit great room with a sophisticated fireplace to the dining room that basks in stylish lighting’s glow, plenty of extravagances await your lucky guests. Newly remodeled to please the most discerning of cooks, the chef’s kitchen highlights Gaggenau and Miele appliances with a steam oven, quartz countertops, matte black cabinetry, and an oversized island.
Relax in the well-sized bedrooms, topped by a grand primary suite graced by its own fireplace and double walk-in closets. Escape the day’s stresses in its renovated, spa-like ensuite with heated floors, a soaking tub, and a large shower. Whether you’re hosting get-togethers or spending your weekends leisurely, you’ll have an array of bonus rooms, including a game room, sports areas, and a gym. Among the best places to relish the breathtaking ocean panoramas are the balconies, each overlooking a unique angle of spectacular scenery. For a resort-style outdoor experience, the fully fenced backyard treats you to a 13′ saltwater pool!
Our good friends Gary and Cindy sold their house in Carlsbad and moved to Scottsdale in 2020. The house they bought in Estancia at Troon North was a super-custom 6,580sf ‘elegant-rustic’ that was painstakingly-built over five years. Somehow, the visionary original owner wasn’t that good with finances and he got foreclosed. Our friends bought it for $1,759,000 from the bank on April 9, 2020 – just as covid was getting started.
Sensing an opportunity, they put the home on the market in July of this year for $4,725,000. They got a lowball offer right out of the gate for $3,000,000. But after plenty of showings, a spry 81-year old man paid $4,150,000, plus another $125,000 for the furniture, in the first month on the market. It closed on August 25th.
Hat tip to Rob Dawg for sending in the news that one of the most engaging architects of our time has passed away at age 97. Harry lacked formal architecture training, but that didn’t stop him from designing 100+ houses. My favorite is the Sandcastle (above), the house he built himself from reclaimed woods and other parts found at the junkyard. He lived there for the second half of his life, and he used to sit up in the tower to do his designing!
Here are quick interview questions plus a Vimeo film linked at the bottom with clips of the Sandcastle interior (at the 9:15-min mark) and his 1958 Mercedes Benz 190SL that he converted to electric power:
I cold called a storage facility in OK - older lady had 3 properties, full occupancy, and a great business.
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