La Jolla on the western slope of Mount Soledad

Nothing says “Watch what I’m driving!” like a glass garage door.

Sometimes houses become blurry. Over the years at Unreal real estatewe had the chance to look at some interesting and unique properties, such as the hospital turned into condos last week, a Queen Anne in Carlsbad once occupied by suspected smugglers and smugglers, or the funky Point Loma house with a waterfall in the middle of the living room.

But then it’s mostly a chronicle about the wealthiest people living in one of the most unaffordable markets in the country (only 14% of San Diegan residents can afford the house at the area’s median price , a worse number than any of the Bay Area’s notoriously expensive counties), we tend to see a lot about how these wealthy residents want to live. And it turns out that a lot of these people have very similar ideas about what constitutes taste and class. And so, after every dive into a quirky condo or a century-old artisan, I must return to the eight-figure odes to ostentation that litter the most desirable enclaves of our California coastline. Things can get tricky here, as each listing description is likely to refer to a “chef’s dream kitchen”, a list of appliances that each cost more than my car, or a “hotel quality swimming pool”. which usually involves a vanishing edge and/or a magnificent ocean view. Private movie theaters, air-conditioned wine cellars, multiple features described as “bespoke” that look like hundreds of others we’ve seen? Everything is normal for the course.

Plus, homes this expensive can often take years to sell, going on and off the market multiple times, with a new realtor posting new photos and descriptions of standard luxury features each time. More than once I’ve picked out a house, read a copy of the listing, browsed through photos, and then (hopefully before I get halfway through my story) spotted something that seemed like everything all too familiar. Then it went down the rabbit hole of the archives to make sure we didn’t already talk about this house three, five, eight years ago. Often it’s back to the drawing board from there.

Tired: sliding door. Wired: sliding wall.

Which brings us to 6545 El Camino Del Teatro in La Jolla: 4,643 square feet of living space including five bedrooms and a total of eight bathrooms – all built in 2022. It surely hasn’t been listed before, so I couldn’t have written about this already, right? Wrong – it was proposed in 2018 while construction was still underway. Luckily, I didn’t bite then. Let’s go inside.

Our first photo is a western shot of the Pacific, about a mile away from our perch in the Muirlands neighborhood on the western slope of Mount Soledad. There’s only a glimpse of the ocean from here, but the location is still nice. Then we get a twilight shot of the exterior, with many lit windows on all levels, as well as torches illuminating the wall near the pool deck. Even the garage door appears to be glass, so our cars won’t miss a look. Another westerly view overlooking the pool follows – to me this sells the seascape much better than the first.

“Built by the famed Marengo Coastal Development,” Zillow’s remarks begin, “this home boasts ocean views from every room, impeccable stone and tile work, an infinity pool with Jacuzzi, and an expansive deck rooftop ideal for large events or intimate parties.” Okay, that fits some of our buzzwords right off the bat.

A few other antennas focus on the outdoors, primarily the pool. The last two photos we get before going inside show the terrace and its oversized glass walls that completely open to the outdoors, which is a feature I’ve written about many times before, but also one that I really like and would appreciate even more if I lived a mile from the beach and could use it to catch a cool breeze blowing off the ocean.

When we get inside, we are confronted with a small white room decorated with a small table and a mirrored wall in which a door seems to have been cut out. What’s behind this door? How do we access it? There doesn’t seem to be a doorknob, and just pressing the mirror with our unwashed hands is going to leave a bunch of nasty marks. A mystery!

The description of how the “spacious kitchen boasts custom Navarro cabinetry, LeMans slide-out storage, and an array of kitchen appliances from a Wolf six-burner range to a sub-zero refrigerator and freezer” does not disappoint. not invoking the custom nature of appointments worthy of a home of this stature, and indeed, fancy appliance brands are duly checked. The first night shot makes things look too dark, but the tile backsplash is intriguing and the large center island offers plenty of seating at the bar for friends to relax, implying that it’s is a space where normal people can cook and entertain themselves, rather than one intended primarily for your chef-servant.

Another shot of the living room reveals that the fireplace is either extremely short but very long, or the TV mounted above is extremely tall and the fireplace is normal height but still very long. A half bath looks like it belongs in a fancy restaurant rather than a home, but the large slab countertop with integrated sink and semi-circular backlit mirror still looks great.

The photo of the master bedroom seems to confirm that these fireplaces are indeed small, and while many rooms are a bit white for my tastes, some clever tile choices (including the chrome flourishes on the bathroom wall surrounding the bathtub) do just enough to bring the space to life while being harmless to the wide variety of decor potential buyers might implement. There is “space for a dressing room” which I assume means there is currently no closet? Another mystery!

The rest of the photo gallery takes us quickly through a few more bedrooms and bathrooms, all of which are surprisingly modern and a little bland except for the choice of tiles and a collection of eye-catching fixtures, but all functional and nonetheless pleasant. The listing would also like us to know that there is a lift from the garage to the main level, a CCTV security system and alarm,” and an intercom system to ensure the house is never left unattended. All these features, along with the pool and fountain, can be controlled via iPhone or iPad And of course, there are “endless possibilities to further customize the home by creating a home gym, home office, cinema home and more.

“After years of construction, this unparalleled home is ready to welcome its unparalleled buyer!” concludes the list.

Public records indicate that builder Marengo Coast Development purchased the El Camino Del Teatro property in early 2017 for $1.955 million, when the site was home to a “classic 1-level Nantucket remodel” built in 1955. It went on sale unfinished in 2018 for just under $6 million and then again for $10.5 million in early January. After that listing expired, the home rebounded in March with a discounted price of $9,585,000 that remains unchanged to date.

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