Go Abode & Beyond

By Alexandria Abramian, Andrea Bennett and Ann Wycoff

Jun 13, 2018

Whether you have mile-high aspirations or aspire to live a mile high, S.D.’s booming real estate market, awe-inspiring new buildings and amenities to match serve both camps.


Home Court Advantage
Perhaps you’d like to invite 200 friends to watch your doubles match. This unique home was built for sports fanatics.

This 15,000-square-foot estate is loaded with enough sports amenities to rival any gym: There’s a fully lit professional tennis court and two basketball courts with viewer seating for 200, as well as a swimming pool, spa, full gym, dry-heat sauna and shuffleboard court. But it’s the bragging rights that come with the eight-bedroom, 10-bath home that truly take it over the top: Guests have included everyone from Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan to Larry King and Frank Sinatra. Sports legends Wilt Chamberlain, Rod Laver and Ilie Nastase have all played at the home, currently owned by Dr. Leonard Bloom, the sports and entertainment insider who once owned the San Diego Conquistadors. Bloom transformed the home to accommodate large-scale entertaining with its movie theater with full-service bar, as well as an atrium room with seating for 100. Another 50 people can occupy a massive exterior balcony that runs the length of the main house, while an entire upper floor is dedicated to a sprawling master suite accessible by either circular staircase or elevator. $14.5 million, Sandra Hardcastle-Taylor, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


Get the Look
Interior designer Kristianne Watts terms her aesthetic “Cali perfect,” a blend of clean, modern lines with natural materials and a few unexpected features—at play here in a client’s coastal Del Mar kitchen.

“The majority of our projects can be called ‘modern coastal,’” says Watts, principal of Solana Beach-based KW Designs. She was called in to soften the contemporary lines of this Del Mar kitchen with texture and classic materials like marble, Shaker-style cabinetry and washed oak floors. “It’s no-fuss design that still makes a statement and highlights the archictecture,” she says.

1. Wolf 48-inch Pro-Style gas range and wall oven, PIRCH
2. Custom cabinets in Pure White 7005 paint, Sherwin-Williams
3. London Calling Collection wall tiles in Trafalgar Square and Cloudy Mosaic, Alyse Edwards
4. Washington pendant in polished nickel, Hudson Valley
5. Classtone countertops in Estatuario, Neolith
6. Pre-finished wood panels in Mystery Oak, Shinnoki


Moving on Up: Bankers Hill 
History meets the ultramodern in one of San Diego’s most sought-after neighborhoods.

In its early heyday, an address in affluent Bankers Hill represented the pinnacle of success, as this coveted uptown neighborhood, developed in the 1890s, was home to the moneyed set who resided in elegant Craftsmans, Victorian mansions and early-modern homes designed by luminous architects like Irving Gill, Richard Requa and Frank Mead. And while its popularity waned over the years as San Diegans moved seaside and into suburbia, a recent revival marked by the restoration of historic buildings and an influx of luxury living projects has elevated Bankers Hill’s prestige once again. Couple that with a vibrant culinary scene, walkability and the greenery of nearby Balboa Park and it’s easy to see why Bankers Hill shines as the city’s finest urban neighborhood. You can stroll to The Old Globe for Shakespeare in the summer, take in the bay views from the 1905-built Quince Street footbridge, sip Champagne on the deck of Mister A’s eye-to-eye with airplanes, and trot from one exciting eatery and watering hole to the next. When it comes to settling in, housing ranges from posh aerial perches and historic homes to modern row houses and lofts.

Newly completed by Zephyr, The Park Bankers Hill stands out as one of the most architecturally significant and beautiful buildings in San Diego. This modern midrise, with its sophisticated interior design, high-end finishes and massive outdoor living spaces, has Balboa Park as its front lawn, offering residents unrivaled views and easy access to both nature and dynamic culture. With prices from $1.2 million to $5.9 million, the 60-unit building also sports a second-floor pool terrace, club room for entertaining, yoga studio, wine room, billiard and poker tables, on-site concierge, dog wash, fire pits and two guest suites for overnight friends. “I got lucky and landed in Bankers Hill—a high point in our beautiful city overlooking the Bay—which inspired every detail of the concept, architecture and design of 41 West,” says AJ Tangsoc, developer of the highly anticipated high-rise. Set to be completed in late 2018, this boutique-style luxury development rises 10 stories and shelters 41 condominiums, ranging from $1 million to $4.8 million. Airy and deluxe, every unit has 10-foot soaring ceilings and floating glass creating seamless indoor-outdoor living, so owners can drink in the Balboa Park and bay views.

If it’s historic elegance you’re seeking, there’s 435 West Thorn St., a 1926 Palladian-style home whose design nods to the grand villas of Lake Como, Italy. Originally built for lumber baron N.N. Herriman, the striking house features arched French doors, Venetian windows, a domed dining room, verandas with wisteria-vined trellises, and sweeping views of Point Loma and the twinkling cityscape, all yours for $2.69 million. The perfect contemporary foil for this opulence, The Louie, brainchild of award-winning architect Lloyd Russell, offers superchic studios and large lofts, and its very own coffee shop. The award-winning Greenstone Rowhomes—three-story digs with stunning roof decks that recently sold out at an average of $596 per square foot—further prove the popularity of Bankers Hill these days. Turns out, more than 100 years later, this uptown ’hood is still the place to be.


Broker Confidential
Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Clinton Selfridge is the ultimate San Diego closer.

After crushing it in New York City selling $7 million townhouses at the age of 26, Clinton Selfridge landed in San Diego in 2001. Today, he’s regarded as the go-to agent for luxury coastal and equestrian properties like 100 Stratford Court, the Del Mar cliffside manse whose $21 million purchase price broke records as the highest local transaction since 2007. Selfridge, part of the team that closed the deal, sees the sale as a reflection of a greater San Diego trend.

“People are starting to go after the trophy properties again. I feel like there is consumer confidence on the high end.” One of those trophies is Crown Manor, a 23,000-square-foot house in Coronado. “Sitting presidents like Clinton and Carter stayed there. It feels like Downton Abbey meets Coronado,” he says. He’s also got an architecturally significant Covenant estate, two First Avenue Coronado stunners on huge parcels and an Encinitas cliffside beach house just south of Beacon’s surf break. Selfridge also cites a return to Rancho Santa Fe. “A lot of people forgot about the area after the recession, when everyone wanted to downsize. Today, my clients are moving from coastal communities like La Jolla and Del Mar. You can have a guest house, a tennis court and property for the kids to play on. You get to enjoy that estate feeling, yet you’re still so close to the coast.”

But Selfridge, who’s lived in both La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe, is living proof of another local trend—the gravitation toward urban living. “It’s an exciting time to be here. Our city continues to gain global exposure as a desirable place to travel, work and live. And there’s such an extreme range of beautiful communities—The Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe, high-rise living in downtown and La Jolla. Where else can you find this kind of variety so close to the coast?”



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