Cliff Robertson's magnificent La Jolla estate, Casa de la Paz, is back on the San Diego real estate market.
Named by La Jolla native, and academy award winning actor, Cliff Robertson, as a sanctuary, Casa de la Paz, truly is a house of peace.
The authenticity of this trademark Spanish Colonial architecture makes Casa de la Paz one of the most memorable homes in Jolla. And I could not help but get goose bumps when I finally had the opportunity to see the inside. Located on Dunemere, an incredibly quaint and narrow street in La Jolla, this sprawling 1.4 acre estate has mesmerizing views of Windansea Beach. And viewing the sunset from the rich and expansive emerald green lawn, it's tempting to consider the ocean your own front yard.
Built in the 1920's, the architecture of Casa de la Paz became an immediate trendsetter, evoked by visionary owner Phillip Barber, namesake of The Barber Tract.
The independently wealthy steamship entrepreneur, Barber, arrived in La Jolla in 1921 from New York via the Panama Canal. He quickly snatched up 12 acres of undeveloped La Jolla land: south of Neptunia village from La Jolla Blvd., bordered west by Windansea Beach, north to Sea Lane, and south to Fern Glen. Upon arrival, he was aptly inspired to build his own home in lieu of what was to be a ballpark. This gave the bang to the boom of the 1920's that spawned other large scale real estate developments such as The Muirlands.
Robertson purchased the neglected property previously known as the Dunes, eventually given an address in 1933. In 1963, he then contracted architect Thomas L. Shepherd, known for his work at La Valencia, to set his digs straight.
The soulful, historical, and spacious estate, at 6153 square feet and partner to the sea, is a perfect La Jolla property. I adore the open, airy tone that Spanish architecture affords, enabling residents to embrace the greatest qualities of La Jolla: the air, the wind and the sea. The house is a perfect balance of comfort, class, and sophistication. Truthfully, I am concerned that a strong overhaul in the wrong hands will cause a loss of what can never be restored.
Island Architects group plans to include: 9748 square ft, 5 bed, 6.5 baths, den, exercise room, sauna, cabana, 4 car garages, including the already existing 1 bed, 1 bath guest house, and 2 car garage.
This home comes with a mighty price tag of 28 million; however, it will be valued by those who appreciate a quality that cannot be duplicated without history, land in La Jolla unmatched in size and location, exclusivity and privacy, all within walking distance from the attractions that make La Jolla the San Diego neighborhood that inspires you to create, appreciate, connect, and be.