5) 2681 Idle Hour Lane, La Jolla — $16.2 million
Coming in at 14,252 square feet, the house on Idle Hour Lane is the biggest home of the top five. It has seven bedrooms and 10½ bathrooms and sits on almost three acres.
The property is near Black’s Beach and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and has plenty of recreational amenities on the property. Features include a small lake, tennis court, rock-climbing arch, volleyball court, pool, outdoor fire place, a disco, theater, recreation rooms and a guest house.
4) 2932 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar — $16.5 million
This half-acre property in Del Mar features a 4,620-square-foot home designed by architect Sim Bruce Richards, who died a year after the home was built in 1983. He is celebrated by architecture groups and San Diego’s Save Our History Organisation for his “legacy in wood,” which was exposed and used frequently inside homes.
True to form, the Camino Del Mar residence is almost all exposed cedar and arbor and has massive windows to maximize the ocean view. The property sits on the beach and has a 60-foot oceanfront deck. Other features of the property include stained glass, stone masonry, a large courtyard and a pool and spa.
3. 3002 Sandy Lane, Del Mar — $18 million
This 3,880-square-foot mansion is in a gated community on the beach and is situated where the San Dieguito River meets the Pacific Ocean. It is a fairly new home, built in 2010, and has modern features throughout.
Amenities include a gourmet kitchen, private courtyard with a pool and spa, 50-foot oceanfront deck, gold marble countertops, built-in stereo system, motorized sunshades and drapes in every room, and Swarovski crystal chandeliers.
2. 100 Stratford, Del Mar — $21.5 million
This beachfront house in Del Mar was the biggest home sale in San Diego County in a decade — except for the No.1 sale that is more of a land sale (more on that later). The 6,299-square-foot mansion sits on a cliff overlooking the ocean and the property is 1.1 acres in size.
Features in the newly built home include a movie theater, elevator, office, walnut floors and cabinetry, walk-in master closet with a jewelry safe, plus radiant floor heating in the kitchen, dining room and outdoor patio. The home has six bedrooms and 7½ baths.
1. 8303 La Jolla Shores, La Jolla — $24 million
The biggest home sale of the year is really more about the value of the land than the modest house on which it sits. The massive property — 4.5 acres — might not seem large for a community like Rancho Santa Fe, but for La Jolla Shores, it feels like someone bought a big chunk of the neighborhood.
There is a 4,000-square-foot home, built in 1945, in the center of the property, but not much else. The house has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, but considering who the buyer is, it’s unlikely it will remain.
The manager of the limited liability company that purchased the property is listed as Louis Beacham, who is the president of Beacham Construction. The company is known for building high-end homes in La Jolla, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe. Beacham did not return a call for comment.