Rich With History, This Cliffside Classic Is a Step Above the Rest
Written By: Susan Krupa
Photography Provided By: Cameron Acker
Willis Allen Real Estate | Co-Listed By: Andy Nelson, BRE #: 00458472
Melissa McNally, BRE #: 00958197
Imagine falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves, taking a morning swim in your private pool, spending an afternoon in a secret garden, and then throwing a lavish dinner party overlooking the sea. A Georgian-style home located in the Lower Hermosa neighborhood of La Jolla offers all of these experiences, and then some. This seaside sanctuary located at 6210 Camino De La Costa provides an idyllic home situated where the cliffs meet the sea.
Camino De La Costa, known as the “Street of Dreams, ” is the address for several beautiful La Jolla estates. However, the nearly 10, 000-square-foot house located at 6210 is more than a home; it is a property with a delicious history. Designed in 1939 and first owned by the California legend Jack Vietor — a Yale graduate, WWII hero, famous champion backgammon player, and heir to the fortunes made by Jell-O desserts. Vietor was also active in California politics and was a close friend of John F. Kennedy. In fact, photos of Kennedy’s time at the home will continue to be passed on to the future owners as part of the property’s history. In addition to Kennedy, 6210 Camino De La Costa has seen its fair share of social events; from a presidential kick-off for the campaign of Mitt Romney, to an Eagles concert and charity events for various San Diego art museums.
The home was designed by Richard Requa, an architectural legend in his own right in the San Diego area for his involvement in the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935 (held in Balboa Park), The Old Globe Theatre, Del Mar Castle and several homes in La Jolla. The home at 6210 Camino De La Costa is a departure from his more commonly seen blend of Mediterranean and Mission styles and instead is designed in a Neo-Georgian style. The outside of the home contrasts black shutters against milky white brick walls, and a wrought-iron gated entry opens into a red brick laid garden area flanked by large trees and lush perimeter greenery. The effect is that you have left the outside world behind and entered a tranquil, private oasis.
Walking through the double doors and into the house, a regal foyer welcomes you with chandeliers and inlaid wood floors. The main living space opens to vistas of the ocean below and decorative crown molding above. Built-in bookcases line one side of the room and large windows flood the room with plenty of natural light. An ornate fireplace makes this room a perfect spot for curling up with a good book during both the sunny days of summer or a chilly spell in winter.
The formal dining room is large enough to comfortably hold a table for 10 and continues in the home’s Georgian style. Features in this room and throughout the house were inspired by White House designs as well as the Blair House (the president’s guest house for visiting dignitaries and heads of state), giving the space an elegant air. A dinner hosted in this room would surely not soon be forgotten by any guest. Throughout the house, there are also various, less formal, smaller dining areas (both indoor and out) suited for a leisurely Sunday brunch with family or afternoon tea with friends.
There are three kitchens in the home. The two main kitchens are adjoining with one primarily for china and storage and a second, larger space for cooking and preparation. Granite countertops paired with snow white cabinets work well with the Georgian styling of the formal spaces, yet provide the modern conveniences needed to make it any cook’s dream kitchen. The third full kitchen located downstairs is a party and bar area and is closer to the pool for a meal while sunbathing or for al fresco dinners in the evening under the stars.
The seven generously portioned bedrooms vary in design — from the Georgian-style replete with ornamental draperies and wall coverings to more modern layouts. Many of the bedrooms have ocean views and lavish en-suite baths. The home has a total of 10 bathrooms of varying size and design. The larger bathrooms have bathtubs, vanities and sitting areas overlooking the ocean, making them comfortable spaces to enjoy a long bath after a hard day.
Unique features of the house contribute to its charm as well as provide added functionality. For instance, a wood paneled sauna provides an unexpected place to relax alone or with family and friends. A walk-in safe has been repurposed as a pantry and storage area, but the safe door (complete with the spoked handle for access) has been left intact. Lastly, an artistically decorated elevator provides easy access to all floors of the home.
With such beautiful interior spaces, a rainy day indoors would never be unpleasant. However, with nine patios and seating areas attached to the house facing the ocean as well as gardens to amble through, the outdoors beckons. This home was built on one of the best pieces of land in Lower Hermosa, allowing for generous open-air spaces, as well as a walkway to a private sand beach. The outdoor grounds include an Olympic-size swimming pool, multiple poolside cabanas and tables, and plenty of space to seat hundreds of guests for parties and dancing. The immaculately landscaped green spaces also include an herb garden and large, grassy areas.
While the world at large is hectic and stressful, 6210 Camino De La Costa provides a retreat away from it all. This home is an architectural treasure with a classical, regal style coupled with modern functionality destined to become a historical landmark. It is a perfect seaside estate for living, entertaining and dreaming.