Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Exalta Farms

Thirty million dollars will buy you Exalta Farms, a 7000-square-foot villa on 403 acres in Pala.
Thirty million dollars will buy you Exalta Farms, a 7000-square-foot villa on 403 acres in Pala.

9256 Old Pala Road, Pala, 92059

Previous residents: Brian and Helga Fritz, Chino Greenhouses

Listing price: $29,950,000

Beds: 5

Baths: 9

House size: 7019 square feet

Sometimes the desire for privacy goes beyond the seclusion offered by a guard-controlled, gated community. For those folks, tranquility might be easier to find on a $30 million, 403-acre ranch tucked into the hills of the northeast San Diego County community of Pala.

Exalta Farms is the name given to the estate at 9256 Old Pala Road, a couple miles east of Interstate 15 off Highway 76. While little farming appears to take place on the estate, the sellers’ representatives suggest that the property might make a good luxury golf resort or horse-breeding facility.

The main house on the property has over 7000 square feet of living area, including “a solarium, library, large master suite with his and her bathrooms, chef’s kitchen with Miele appliances, fountains, [and] eight fireplaces.” Two of the three additional bedrooms also have attached bathrooms and outdoor patios.

The backyard, or at least the portion of it adjacent to the house, features a vanishing-edge pool that looks upon “sprawling views of the ranch and nearby hills . . . includ[ing] majestic oaks, olive, and eucalyptus trees situated along gently rolling farm land,” a terrace deck, and a 600-square-foot “pavilion retreat” with a water feature and spa.

The gated driveway to the house leads to a motor court off of which sits a three-car garage with workshop, another two-car garage, an equipment barn, and a horse barn. The estate has detached employee housing as well as a guest house with its own patio and views.

The two-and-a-half-acre fish pond is filled with water from the three onsite wells.

Three wells supplement the municipal water supply and fill a two-and-a-half-acre fish pond. Groves of persimmon and avocado trees are maintained on the property.

An online brochure advertising the ranch brags that seven golf courses (three private) are within a 15-minute drive, as are four casinos and the San Luis Rey Downs racehorse-training facility.

Exalta Farms is currently owned by Brian and Helga Fritz. According to a San Luis Rey Municipal Water District board of directors profile of Helga, the couple are the longtime owners of Chino Greenhouses, an Encinitas nursery “which has over 350,000 square feet of greenhouse nursery devoted to indoor tropicals,” as well as Coast Research, a nursery-supply company. Both businesses have been turned over to the Fritzes’ children, and now operate under the name Grow Master in San Marcos.

Not surprisingly, it can take time to find the right buyer for a property this unique (and pricey). Exalta Farms was listed for sale nearly two years ago, on April 21, 2011, with an asking price of $36 million, which was reduced about a year ago to the current list price of $29,950,000, making it the third-highest-priced single-family residence listed in all of San Diego County.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies, uncovered

Nudity does more to advance an actress’s career than it does the plot
Next Article

Space Truckin’

Ace Frehley, Travis Barker, Tolan Shaw, Andy Robinson, Thousand Below
Thirty million dollars will buy you Exalta Farms, a 7000-square-foot villa on 403 acres in Pala.
Thirty million dollars will buy you Exalta Farms, a 7000-square-foot villa on 403 acres in Pala.

9256 Old Pala Road, Pala, 92059

Previous residents: Brian and Helga Fritz, Chino Greenhouses

Listing price: $29,950,000

Beds: 5

Baths: 9

House size: 7019 square feet

Sometimes the desire for privacy goes beyond the seclusion offered by a guard-controlled, gated community. For those folks, tranquility might be easier to find on a $30 million, 403-acre ranch tucked into the hills of the northeast San Diego County community of Pala.

Exalta Farms is the name given to the estate at 9256 Old Pala Road, a couple miles east of Interstate 15 off Highway 76. While little farming appears to take place on the estate, the sellers’ representatives suggest that the property might make a good luxury golf resort or horse-breeding facility.

The main house on the property has over 7000 square feet of living area, including “a solarium, library, large master suite with his and her bathrooms, chef’s kitchen with Miele appliances, fountains, [and] eight fireplaces.” Two of the three additional bedrooms also have attached bathrooms and outdoor patios.

The backyard, or at least the portion of it adjacent to the house, features a vanishing-edge pool that looks upon “sprawling views of the ranch and nearby hills . . . includ[ing] majestic oaks, olive, and eucalyptus trees situated along gently rolling farm land,” a terrace deck, and a 600-square-foot “pavilion retreat” with a water feature and spa.

The gated driveway to the house leads to a motor court off of which sits a three-car garage with workshop, another two-car garage, an equipment barn, and a horse barn. The estate has detached employee housing as well as a guest house with its own patio and views.

The two-and-a-half-acre fish pond is filled with water from the three onsite wells.

Three wells supplement the municipal water supply and fill a two-and-a-half-acre fish pond. Groves of persimmon and avocado trees are maintained on the property.

An online brochure advertising the ranch brags that seven golf courses (three private) are within a 15-minute drive, as are four casinos and the San Luis Rey Downs racehorse-training facility.

Exalta Farms is currently owned by Brian and Helga Fritz. According to a San Luis Rey Municipal Water District board of directors profile of Helga, the couple are the longtime owners of Chino Greenhouses, an Encinitas nursery “which has over 350,000 square feet of greenhouse nursery devoted to indoor tropicals,” as well as Coast Research, a nursery-supply company. Both businesses have been turned over to the Fritzes’ children, and now operate under the name Grow Master in San Marcos.

Not surprisingly, it can take time to find the right buyer for a property this unique (and pricey). Exalta Farms was listed for sale nearly two years ago, on April 21, 2011, with an asking price of $36 million, which was reduced about a year ago to the current list price of $29,950,000, making it the third-highest-priced single-family residence listed in all of San Diego County.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

North Park – the prime quartier

30th Street parking, Georgia Street bridge, PSA crash, water tower, North Park Main Street
Next Article

Dennis Caco's Mission Valley missing Midori

Max Boost creator finds car near Sweetwater Road
Comments
1

Anyone who can afford $30 million for a house can buy land and custom-build what they want. It can't be easy to sell a property like this... there's a very tiny market of very discriminating buyers. I doubt they'll get very close to their asking price any time soon. But I will wish them luck before the inevitable posts start... "That's outrageous, that much money could feed X number of starving kids in Africa or homeless people, nobody should ever be able to have a house like that, let's seize it and redistribute the wealth fairly!"

April 19, 2013

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close