Located on four lush acres, this warm and beautifully designed estate home is built in a guard gated community in Rancho Santa Fe, California. This home was designed by a couple who traveled extensively through Europe and especially France to create a memory of those experiences. It is south facing and filled with natural light. It was constructed utilizing hand selected and carefully sourced materials from Europe and the United States. There are two beautiful koi ponds and a small lake home to a family of ducks. The resort style pool has a beach entry. There is a separate spa, tennis court and delightful tennis pavilion with a bath, storage area and changing room. Hot air balloons fly overhead daily. The house is clad in red mountain stone and the patios are Idaho quartzite. The roof is made of antique slate sourced from an old church in Vermont and trucked to the site. A beautiful hand forged iron fence wraps the 4 acres. As you enter, the magnificent gates lead to a Ashlar pattern driveway interspersed with grass. The spectacular grand circular fountain welcomes you with a dancing water show. The garden produced organic vegetables and of course fruit from the grove year-round. The mature and gorgeous landscaping features specimen trees of Magnolia, Liquidambar, Jacaranda, Pines, Sycamores and Live oak. Magnificent front doors of cherry and Burl are 5 inches thick and weigh 1,000 pounds each operating easily and flawlessly on a hinged system. Throughout the home PE Guerin, Sheryl Wagner and Gerber hardware decorate the cabinets and doors. The interior doors are two and three-quarter inches thick. The outdoor fixtures are bronze. All gutters and downspouts are coppers. The floors are marble, lime stone and cherrywood and are unique and custom. There are five 18th century fireplaces purchased in Belgium and France prior to the beginning of construction. The fireboxes are herringbone pattern Chicago fire brick and antique stone. A breathtaking Baccarat chandelier graces the dining room. It is a room created for large family gatherings and entertaining. As you enter the library you will see it is made of ribbon cherry with beveled glass windows and a graceful saltwater aquarium. The warm open kitchen has a greenhouse ceiling and the finest handcrafted cabinetry. It opens to a large family room with a fallow deer chandelier dropping into the center of the room from antique beams. Not to be ignored is the imposing master suite its splendid bedroom leads to the elegant his and her bath with two walk in closets as well as a sunny and beautiful exercise room with its own washer, dryer and refrigerator. There is a charming wine room, hobby room and theater rom for the family to enjoy. The guest house has a cozy sitting area, there is a large bedroom and bathroom and although it is near the main house, it is very isolated and private. The garage parks 8 cars; one is a limo space. There is an electric charging station in the garage. This is a home of prestige and distinction. Truly unlike anything else. Do not loose the opportunity of a lifetime! It would be extremely difficult to recreate this magnificent estate.
Courtesy of Eric Iantorno
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