SU CASA Our Sneak Peak Inside Gorgeous Local Homes
Listed With Willis Allen Real Estate
Written By: Jessie Setkus Su Casa: A Sneak Peak Into Living in Coronado
Marilyn Monroe once walked the famous Coronado beaches; the wind whipping through her hair, the sand beneath her toes, all the glitz and glamour of 1950s Hollywood followed her every move, and the cameras loved every second of it. The infamous film was “Some Like it Hot, ” and the location was The Hotel del Coronado. Some say the ambiance of that time never quite left the island; vacationers still flock there, walk the same beaches, buy memorabilia commemorating the blonde bombshell, and soak in all the beauty that Coronado has to offer. Imagine if you never had to leave this island, imagine if you could stay in this serene, picturesque, gem of an island forever, enjoying all of the peace and serenity it has to offer.
Coronado is nothing more than a hop, skip and a jump from the city of San Diego; just an on ramp to the 75 South for roughly three miles and you’ve arrived. The streets are aligned with homes, shops, restaurants, boutiques, people chatting up the streets holding gelato, Segways with smiling tourists drive down the sidewalks, the beaches are busting at the seams with eager out-of-towners trying to take advantage of every last ray of sun. It is a happy place. The Hotel del Coronado being the very epicenter of it all; the downstairs bar is filled to capacity, drinks are merrily poured, people spill out to the patio overlooking the pool and gardens, and there is the infamous beach—the one where Marilyn stood. Twilight approaches, overtakes the day, and the San Diego skyline takes your breath away.
This leads us to our featured property. Completed in 2002, humble is not a word to use when describing this home; the words I would use are exquisite, elegant, sublime, utopian…you get the picture. The home is nestled discreetly off of 1st Street and will “blow you away with what it has to offer, ” insists Realtor Deb Weir from Willis Allen Real Estate, the listing brokers for this property. This beautiful three-story home has a contemporary flair with a touch of whimsicalness and amenities to boot. “Typically when I say a house is contemporary, I find it very cold and full of sharp lines, but not this home. I find it very warm and endearing. There are murals painted on the walls; the features just make it so homey and welcoming, ” Weir admires.
The first noteworthy feature is the bronze door that is shaped like an oak tree as you enter this stunning and proud home. Move through to a lush courtyard, a sparkling lap pool that beckons to be swum in, and a stunning bronze water feature that leaps out from the house and cascades into the pool. A separate spa with inlayed gold art pieces within is also part of this home’s package deal. A three-car garage as well as a small boat garage is at the owner’s disposal as well as a boat ramp leading directly to convenient bay access. Did I mention this house includes a private beach? The pièce de résistance of this wondrous outdoor space is the front-row seating. Artistic finishes through the entire seating area allow spectators to comfortably sit and watch the breathtaking view of the San Diego skyline, transforming from day to night.
At this point, I am sure your head is spinning at the thought of all these amenities along the property’s exterior, but that is only the beginning. “The owners purchased this property and had a vision to create a dramatic and comfortable home where solitude and grand entertaining could all be enjoyed. They, along with their designer Mary Quigley, from Alpha Design Group, were responsible for creating this masterpiece, ” Weir explains. Stairs are so yesterday; this home features a central elevator to easily access all three levels of the home. The home consists of four bedrooms and four full baths along with two half baths. The lower level of the home consists of a beautiful media room complete with a fabulous kitchen, and, of course, a temperature controlled wine room. What better space for entertaining? Imagine having guests over to your home and wowing them with a bottle of your finest wine from your own personal wine room?
“The house was built to both entertain and be a place to come home to that is comfortable and easy to live in. Grand scale entertaining occurs several times a year and the floor plan allows for several areas where service can be accommodated. Just coming home, one is beckoned to the ever changing view and welcomed to plop down on a comfy chair or patio to enjoy in solitude or with others, ” Weir adds.
The main level opens to where the beautiful lap pool and front bay patio sit as well as the fabulous courtyard. “The feeling of home is casually elegant and well thought out for every day living as well as entertaining, ” Weir says. There is also a wonderful guest room with its own separate entrance; who would expect anything less from a house so posh. Lastly, but certainly not least, there is a gourmet kitchen fit for any major food enthusiast. There is an extensive use of custom glass, bronze, stone, Venetian plastered walls, stone flooring, mother of pearl, stainless kitchen countertops, and an antique, stained glass dome which highlights the staircase; the home is loaded with the most exquisite materials.
The last stop is the third floor. The spectacular master suite is located within this marvelous space, the tranquility being its best feature. “The view is to die for. I have seen the sunset all over California, but I have not seen the ocean change as much as I have seen it change here at this house. You can see the boats float by; the city becomes immaculate. It is truly breathtaking, ” Weir glows. There is a sauna for the owners’ enjoyment, and they cannot help but soak in the salty sea air. The master bath will not disappoint either; “I can only describe the bathroom as one you would find on a luxury cruise ship, complete with infinity mirrors. It is amazing, especially for the space they had to work with, ” Weir describes. The master suite extends into an extra area that is used as an office space; perfect for all of the owners’ at-home business needs. This floor is also complete with two more en suite bedrooms, a balcony, as well as a laundry room to maintain the ultimate convenience in this home.
When asked why she loves selling in the San Diego area so much, Weir does not hesitate to reply, “I love sharing America’s Finest City with those who do not know all it has to offer. Born and raised here, I have a great passion for my hometown and I love the diversity of the homes and people I am blessed to work with. We offer the highest level of international exposure to our clients whose homes are listed for sale. Willis Allen is a locally owned company celebrating it’s 100th year in business in 2014. In addition to our affiliations with Luxury Portfolio and CHRISTIE’S, we have a local network that is far reaching throughout our county.”
This home along with the skill and expertise of Willis Allen has made this family very happy. The pristine design of this bustling Coronado Island home is one for the books, and would make any young Marilyn- like starlet want to hang out poolside.
Willis Allen Real Estate
1131 Wall Street
La Jolla CA 92037
877. 515.7443 | www.willisallen.com
T R E A S U R E /// Island. A Contemporary Masterpiece on Coronado.