Stunning, mediterranean/classic-inspired retreat

Stunning, mediterranean/classic-inspired retreat


Mar 2011

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 10
5 Bathrooms

About our home

Our stunning home is used frequently for entertaining, with over 5,000 square feet, a fabulous back yard with large outdoor wrap-around bar/kitchen, surround sound, pool w/ spa, firepit, lush grass, fruit trees, and mountain views galore. From the upstairs balcony, you can see the ocean. Typical of the Southern California lifestyle, we live outside as much as inside and are very casual! Our home has wood floors throughout plus hand-made terra cotta floors in the foyer and laundry room, 2 staircases, custom lighting, formal dining room that seats 12, original art and antiques, and is impeccably maintained. (We also have an Xbox in the playroom for the kids!)

We live in Rancho Santa Fe, one of the most exclusive areas in Southern California and in the US, and have easy access to all of the amenities of San Diego (golf, beaches, world-famous San Diego Zoo, theme parks, professional sports, shopping, dining, night life) as well as quick access north to Orange County and/or Los Angeles. While our home has a fabulous pool and back yard, which most people never want to leave, our neighborhood does have a wonderful central clubhouse with state-of-the-art gym, jr. olympic-sized pool, parks and outdoor kitchens. For peace of mind, we live in a guard-gated community. We have a gardener and housekeeper that come weekly, however the housekeeper may be available more frequently.

I (Kate) am a Sr. Executive with a large cap public company, and my husband (Dale) has the flexibility of staying home with our kids: Grant (20, college junior), Gavin (18, college freshman) and Lael (15, junior), while managing his own business. We take great pride in our home, as do our kids, and would treat another's home the same as we do ours.

We are interested in traveling to Europe as well as the US, (primarily during the summer, holidays and depending on work, and school schedules).


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More about us

  1. We're a couple with 3 great children (10th, 12th and college sophomore)

  2. Kate is a sr. executive with a large cap company; Dale owns a security systems business

  3. We love the theater, running; sports, art, music and travel...We love great beer and great wine!

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Where is it?


Buzzy restaurants
5 star restaurants close by in the Village of Rancho Santa Fe (Mille Fleurs; the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe); or Solana Beach, Del Mar, Encinitas; La Jolla; Downtown San Diego
Cool bars
Solana Beach for live music; Rancho Santa Fe for great wine; La Jolla for both; Downtown San Diego for absolutely everything!
Cozy cafés
Head toward the beach for perfect casual fare - 15 minutes - the San Diego area is famous for fish tacos!
Retail therapy
All boutiques by the beaches - Solana, Del Mar, La Jolla
Bit of culture
Balboa Park has dozens of museums and parks; live theater downtown San Diego, La Jolla and Balboa; Concerts; Famous Del Mar Thoroughbred Club open late July thru early Sept. San Diego happens to be the largest feeder community of original productions for Broadway (i.e., Jersey Boys, Memphis etc)
Walks in the park
Lots of options - in neighborhood; tons of hiking trails, mountains, beaches
Spot of exercise
This area is where many professional cyclists from around the globe train; hilly terrain and temperate climate make it perfect year-round for any form of exercise
Day tripping
Sea World; Legoland; Zoo and Wild Animal Park; Professional Sports; Beaches; Golf; Orange County (about an hour); Los Angeles (about 2 hours)

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