Timeless $26 Million Home In La Jolla Is An Instant Classic

The home at 1410 Inspiration Drive in San Diego's La Jolla neighborhood looks like a timeless classic thanks to its clean Monterey Colonial-inspired design (WILLIS ALLEN REAL ESTATE).

When well designed and built with quality materials, classic homes never go out of style. They can look as fresh down the decades as they did the day they were built.

This Monterey Colonial-influenced mansion in La Jolla, California, has such a timeless appearance. Hallmarks of the style include the second-floor balconies that face a brick courtyard with a koi pond. Sturdy columns continue from the ground to the gently sloping hip roof and emphasize the symmetry of the design.

red brick courtyard in front of a white monterey colonial home in san diego

Brickwork and classic Monterey Colonial details blend beautifully in the home’s courtyard (WILLIS ALLEN REAL ESTATE).

Constructed in 2013, the white-brick house is set on nearly 1.4 acres that take in ocean views. Gates and towering hedges provide privacy from the street.

Within the 11,404 square feet of living space are living, dining and family rooms designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber for both everyday living and entertaining. The widely published decorator is known for mixing periods and styles.

colonial san diego estate with sun setting int he background

Constructed in 2013, the white-brick house is set on nearly 1.4 acres that take in ocean views (WILLIS ALLEN REAL ESTATE).

The white-and-gray kitchen centers on large island with bar seating and a sink.

The well-thought-out floorplan includes a main level choice for the primary bedroom, a second floor option and guest quarters above the car garage for a total of six bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two powder rooms.

swimming pool with underwater speakers in san diego

The swimming pool invites a summer party with its spa and underwater speakers (WILLIS ALLEN REAL ESTATE).

A sweeping staircase connects the two floors. An elevator also accesses all the levels.

The upstairs primary suite has sitting areas, a fireplace, dual closets and toilets, and a balcony with a spa and fireplace. A large bathtub sits in a window nook. There’s a separate shower.

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Pocket doors off of the family room open to this covered patio for ease of indoor-outdoor living. Above is the main bedroom and its outdoor area (WILLS ALLEN REAL ESTATE).

The main bedroom deck shelters an outdoor living area below, which also has a fireplace. Pocket doors off of the family room open to this covered patio for ease of indoor-outdoor living.

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Purple walls envelope the formal dining room, providing the interior with a splash of color (WILLIS ALLEN REAL ESTATE).

Below grade is a wine cellar, a theater room with bar and storage.

Perhaps the most unexpected feature is the 18-plus car showroom, which currently houses a museum-like collection of vintage convertibles and sports cars. The space could be converted to others uses such as a bowling alley, a gym, a recording studio or a shooting range.

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The kitchen is a chef’s delight. Custom cabinetry, high-end appliances and modern fixtures are among details of note (WILLIS ALLEN REAL ESTATE).

Extensive brick patio space opens to lawn and a swimming pool with underwater speakers. The estate is large enough to accommodate a pool house, a sport court or even an additional ocean-view house.

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The front courtyard (WILLIS ALLEN REAL ESTATE).

Smart home technology, hidden in-wall speakers and heated bathroom floors are among the countless amenities.

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An 18-plus car showroom, which currently houses a museum-like collection of vintage convertibles and sports cars, could be converted into a bowling alley, gym or recording studio (WILLS ALLEN REAL ESTATE).

Drew Nelson and Tim Nelson of Willis Allen Real Estate are the listing agents for 1410 Inspiration Drive, San Diego. The asking price is $26 million.

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