This rare landmark estate is one of the most stunning, unique and impressive homes in all of La Jolla, California. Originally designed in 1929 by Thomas Shepherd, a brilliantly acclaimed architect whose masterpieces have continued to be coveted by true collectors of fine homes, this formal European mansion is beautifully positioned on a generous 18,000 square foot lot and located in the pristine and perfectly manicured neighborhood of Lower Hermosa.
Completely renovated and expanded from top to bottom to reflect the style and elegance of fine art, this 10,000 square foot estate has been historically designated to allow for the next owner to benefit from tax advantages. The home boasts of extensive use of marble, hardwood floors, coffered, carved and high beamed ceilings, Venetian leaded glass windows, beautiful hand-crafted wrought iron, formal rooms that include a grand living room with 14-foot leaded-glass bay window with coats of arms, flanked by glass display niches and imported marble fireplace, a magnificent dining room with fireplace and built-in curio cabinets, a beautiful chef’s kitchen and butler’s pantry that invites a more casual Southern Californian lifestyle and includes Viking, Miele, and Subzero appliances.
The home is also graced with Calcutta marble counters, French tiles, windows imported from Scotland in the rotunda breakfast room with a carved ceiling. This “smart home” features an integrated Crestron system and boasts a sumptuous master suite along with 5 en-suite bedrooms with private patios, 4 half-baths, wine cellar holding over 600 bottles and designated theater with seating for 8+.
Outside, a luxurious pool and spa/fountain await, accompanied by an extraordinary pool house with fireplace, changing room and kitchenette. The property includes formal gardens that are ideal for entertaining, 3 car garage…and more.