This $ 35 million San Diego mansion was modeled after Monet’s garden in France

Villa Nafissa, a once-in-a-generation property, is 42 miles north of downtown San Diego in Rancho Santa Fe and features nearly 40 acres of park-like grounds, a private lake, waterfalls, more than 3,000 species of flora and idyllic gardens that remind of the famous water garden of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet in Giverny, France.

The property, which is on sale for $ 35 million, reflects a decade of effort that transformed the property from a dirt field into a lush oasis that is huge yet full of intimate spaces. Hidden behind gates and largely hidden by the surrounding hills, the park-like property gives the feeling of a modern secret garden.

While there is plenty of large open space, the property is pretty hidden and something to discover, says Hilton & Hyland’s luxury real estate specialist Jerome Kerr-Jarrett, who runs the property along with Willis’ Jeff Hyland and Monica Sylvester. has listed Allen real estate.

“I got lost walking around the property a couple of times,” Kerr-Jarrett says jokingly, pondering the size and size of the property. “I can’t remember exactly where the fireplace is; you have to go different ways to find it. “

Getting lost on the premises is a magical experience, says Kerr-Jarrett. “In a minute you’ll be down by the lake in a French garden. The spa area is hidden under the pool and you have to walk down a natural stone path to get to this large spa with a waterfall and walled gardens. Walk down one more path and you’ll feel like you’re in England with rows of arches and climbing roses over your head. “

Think the gym, athletic fields, kids’ playground, jogging path, yoga area, and organic vegetable and orchards, and there’s little reason to ever leave the property, says Kerr-Jarrett. “It has everything you could want.”

The main residence, approximately 16,000 square feet in size, has been purpose built and positioned to occupy the lake and the gardens below. The residence is a showcase for fine materials and craftsmanship, combining contemporary and European design elements for a timeless look.

Two separate guest houses together offer an additional 10,000 square meters of living space. Privatized in its own environment, with landscaping and a view of the pool area, the guest residences were designed in such a way that they are completely self-sufficient from the main house and include several bedrooms, living areas and kitchens.

A dedicated clubhouse is located near the pool area and includes a large dining room, commercial kitchen, media room and office on the upper floor. A garage for eight cars and a truck stop for 13 cars complete the award-winning offer.

San Diego County’s real estate boom

The property comes on the market at a time when luxury properties, especially those with lots of space, are selling at a high price. In general, San Diego County’s home records are being broken every month. In April, the county’s average home price surged past previous highs to hit $ 700,000 – a price increase of 17.8% in one year, according to CoreLogic data.

The surge in the market was fueled by a combination of record-low mortgage rates and continued demand for more space that emerged for many during the COVID-19 pandemic, explains Sylvester.

“During the pandemic, I think the mindset of buyers was, ‘I can live anywhere in the world and I can work anywhere in the world and be just as productive,'” says Sylvester. “It put Rancho Santa Fe, North County and the San Diego Coast on the map because [buyers] See the value there. “

The emphasis on remote working and flexible living has helped create a larger pool of buyers for San Diego’s luxury markets. Many now know they can get more bang for their buck in areas like Rancho Santa Fe, says Sylvester.

“The same lot in Beverly Hills, Atherton, or Woodside would cost over $ 80 million. The San Diego area, especially Rancho Santa Fe, is great value for high-end buyers. ”

If one thing seems certain, the San Diego County’s luxury market looks set to see even more activity this year.


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