A Prized Perch Atop La Jolla’s Mt. Soledad

$12-million contemporary home in La Jolla
Listed for $12 million, the updated contemporary residence features some 8,700 square feet of updated living space, a vanishing-edge swimming pool and a movie theater. (Willis Allen Real Estate)

Perched atop La Jolla’s Mount Soledad, one of the highest points in the seaside community, this updated contemporary residence pairs a wealth of flexible living space with commanding ocean views considered by some to be among the best in the area.

It’s a rare combination of size, location and coastal scenery that is commanding a premium in a highly competitive La Jolla market, according to Linda Daniels, a luxury real estate agent with Willis Allen Real Estate.

The view from the luxury home at 1904 Via Casa Alta in La Jolla, CA

Explosive views of La Jolla’s north coast are on full display from the property. (Willis Allen Real Estate)

“This is in the upper Country Club area — it’s very desirable,” said Daniels, who shares the listing for the $12-million home with fellow agent Marta Schrimpf. “Properties with views of the north coast are very coveted.”

Owned by a pair of creative types, the Mediterranean-vibe contemporary home has been exquisitely updated and enhanced with an emphasis on outdoor living and entertaining. Beyond some 8,700 square feet of interior living space is a network of outdoor spaces that create a world all in its own.

The swimming pool and spa at 1904 Via Casa Alta, La Jolla, CA

Outdoor living spaces surround the swimming pool, which incorporates a raised spa. (Willis Allen Real Estate)

“There’s a cozy fireplace, an outdoor kitchen with a bar, a dining area and a great yard for children,” Daniels said. “All of the outdoor entertainment areas overlook the blue Pacific and views of the north shore.”

Other perks of the property include an eye-catching dual-level, a vanishing-edge swimming pool that doubles as a lap pool. An outdoor meditation room opens to an expansive lawn, and as separate attached structure holds a gym with a sauna and steam room. A large outdoor kitchen and bar area has enough space to handle a party-sized crowd.

The two-story entry inside 1904 Via Casa Alta in La Jolla, CA

A 20-foot-high entry with an eye-catching modern chandelier sets the stage for the updated home. (Willis Allen Real Estate)

Inside, the interior unfolds as a series of open spaces that seamlessly connect. A 20-foot-high entry topped by an artistic chandelier kicks off the multi-level floor plan before opening to a voluminous living room lined with windows. A decadent chef’s kitchen is positioned above the family room area, and a nearby wet bar/wine cellar is cleverly carved out of what was previously enclosed corner.

“You step down into the living room and then out through these wonderful doors, and you don’t ever want to leave,” Daniels said.

The living room inside 1904 Via Casa Alta in La Jolla, San Diego, CA

Artistic wall tiles stand out in the family room. (Willis Allen Real Estate)

The home has five en-suite bedrooms that each have a private balcony. A dedicated office and a movie theater complete the floor plan.

Today’s luxury buyer in La Jolla

According to Daniels, an influx of residents from outside of California continues to fuel the high-end market in La Jolla. The real estate agent noted that she’s currently working with a client from Pennsylvania who sold their house in Philadelphia “lock, stock and barrel” and are renting until they find something in the area.

“My team had about 20 transactions last year, about $60 million in transactions that we closed, and a lot of them were out-of-area buyers,” Daniels said. “Many of them have come from parts of Northern California and Washington State as well as the East Coast.”

The living room inside 1904 Via Casa Alta in La Jolla, San Diego, CA

Daniels said most out-of-town buyers are looking for what has become a premium during the ongoing health pandemic — more space. “They want more square footage, a place to quarantine, and there’s an uptick in sales for the larger homes with land.”

Inventory scarcity creates seller’s market

Over the first few weeks of January, Daniels said there were roughly 37 homes under contract and 13 properties sold, including two sales of $13 million or more.

Daniels explained that the flurry of activity to start the year is primarily due to a lack of inventory.

The patio at 1904 Via Casa Alta in La Jolla, San Diego, CA

Flexible and outdoor living space has been in high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Willis Allen Real Estate)

“In a normal market, we would have anywhere from 180-220 homes on the market,” she said. “Right now, we only have [about 100] single-family residences on the market, which is not a lot,” she said.

Among those 100 or so homes available, 16 are priced at $10 million or more.

“Because we have no inventory, I think it’s going to remain a seller’s market for a while, which is going to result in an increase in prices,” Daniels said. “The luxury market is remaining strong.”

Author

Neal is the Chief Content Officer at Forbes Global Properties. A content strategist with more than a decade of experience in the sports, entertainment and real estate spaces he previously launched a sports real estate column and chronicled L.A.’s biggest home sales for the Los Angeles Times' award-winning “Hot Property” section.

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