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Great Homes: The Jewel of the Lake

Welcome to another edition of Inside the Great Homes of San Diego, presented by Willis Allen Real Estate.

Today, we take a trip to Alpine to visit a home known as “The Jewel of the Lake.” This Mediterranean home offers over eight thousand square-feet of living space and sits on four and a half park-like waterfront acres. Built in the early 1970s, but totally updated with the finest craftsmanship and attention to detail, this property lacks in nothing.

The pastoral grounds offer expansive lawns and breathtaking views. The curve of the shoreline creates a sense of privacy and seclusion that is only increased by the overall size of the property.  The exterior of the house is stucco and Cantera stone, and all decks are covered in reclaimed French pavers. This home may well look familiar, as it was featured on the cover of San Diego Home & Gardens lifestyle magazine in December of 2014.

Coming inside the home, we see a floor treatment with bas-relief tiles on risers of shallow steps in cross-cut travertine from the living room to the front door. We also are treated to one of the home’s six large fireplaces. This stunning bathroom, one of five full and two half baths, is both large and luxurious. Hand-carved walnut, including custom made cabinetry is featured here, and throughout the home. Note the crystal chandelier over a tub surrounded by travertine and faced with a diamond-shaped marble pattern.

In one of the four bedrooms, we see more of the hand-carved walnut and are also treated to specially sourced fabrics seen in the gold-print linen window treatments. Murals are also featured throughout the home. The largest mural adorns an entire wall of the dining room. The space also features a bronze, gold and silver painted ceiling and a crystal chandelier hanging above a 12-foot Italian custom walnut burl table. The large gourmet kitchen also makes use of the handmade custom walnut cabinetry alongside custom countertops and professional-grade appliances. With an attached morning room this space is more than large enough to cater to entertaining on a large scale, but warm and friendly enough to feel at home anytime.

The large and impressive wet bar is located alongside the stairway to the 2,000 bottle refrigerated wine cellar. In addition to the main home, there is a separate 3,000 square-foot garage building that can store a motorhome or any other toys that you may fancy.  This building also features a one-bedroom guest apartment. The Jewel of the Lake is offered for 4.4 million.  But even if you are not in the market for this home, you can take some of the design ideas we saw today as inspiration to help your home be one of the great homes of San Diego.

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