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Joseph Sfeir fused modern Spanish architecture

Timeless elegance in Del Mar

A little piece of Xanadu: the pool reportedly features tile taken from Hearst Castle.
A little piece of Xanadu: the pool reportedly features tile taken from Hearst Castle.

The 3900-square-foot estate at 545 Rimini Road in Del Mar exudes “timeless elegance situated on an oversized lot highlighting private grounds, stunning terraces and ocean views,” according to listing materials retrieved from realtor.com.

“Rich in charm and elegance, this extraordinary Spanish Retreat remains a signature property in Del Mar’s History.” The house was built in 1929, and the original exposed wood beam ceilings and floors have been restored to their original glory, while other elements of the home have been “fused with the modern Spanish architecture” of local expert Joseph Sfeir.

A patterned-brick driveway and blue-and-white-herringbone-tiled walkway lead to an arched front door made of iron and glass, while the entry hall opens to a living room with vaulted ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace, one of several on the property. The requisite chef’s kitchen features a farmhouse-style sink, oversized center island, and professional six-burner range and hood.

“In uncertain times, home has never been so important!”

With an owner’s suite on the main level along with all living areas, the home can live like a single story. But there are also three additional “private villas with en-suite bathrooms and a bonus room ideal for a music, art, office, or fifth bedroom” featuring a full-wall mural of nude women swimming. One of these villas “is a detached casita which can be leased for additional income or offered to extended guests who would like ultimate privacy.”

Outside, “the grounds are beautifully maintained with private spaces to relax and meditate,” including more than 1200 square feet of covered outdoor living space featuring an outdoor fireplace, water features, and “breathtaking sunsets” over the ocean located less than a half-mile away. “The Himalayan trees with greet you with a pleasant aroma and add to the beauty of the lush landscaping throughout” the third-acre parcel.

The “sparkling pool” and spa reportedly feature tile taken from Hearst Castle in San Simeon, the lavish mansion constructed between 1919 and 1947 by tabloid tycoon William Randolph Hearst.

“This coastal compound is a sanctuary, a place to unwind and impress your guests,” the listing concludes. “This property is unmatched and ready for a true Real Estate Collector! What are you waiting for? In uncertain times, home has never been so important!”

Public records indicate ownership of the Rimini villa lies with Gala Yayla, who is listed in a photoless LinkedIn profile as a CFO. Yayla purchased the home in 2000 for a reported $1.72 million. The tax rolls also reflect a discrepancy in square footage, reporting an improved square footage of 3115 compared to the 3922 displayed in the listing.

After nearly two decades off-market, the property was offered for sale beginning in mid-September. While ranging as high as $7,995,000 and as low as $7,250,000, the current asking price sits just under $7.4 million.

  • 545 Rimini Road | Del Mar, 92014
  • Beds: 4 | Baths: 5 | Current Owner: Gala Yayla | List Price: $7,388,000
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A little piece of Xanadu: the pool reportedly features tile taken from Hearst Castle.
A little piece of Xanadu: the pool reportedly features tile taken from Hearst Castle.

The 3900-square-foot estate at 545 Rimini Road in Del Mar exudes “timeless elegance situated on an oversized lot highlighting private grounds, stunning terraces and ocean views,” according to listing materials retrieved from realtor.com.

“Rich in charm and elegance, this extraordinary Spanish Retreat remains a signature property in Del Mar’s History.” The house was built in 1929, and the original exposed wood beam ceilings and floors have been restored to their original glory, while other elements of the home have been “fused with the modern Spanish architecture” of local expert Joseph Sfeir.

A patterned-brick driveway and blue-and-white-herringbone-tiled walkway lead to an arched front door made of iron and glass, while the entry hall opens to a living room with vaulted ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace, one of several on the property. The requisite chef’s kitchen features a farmhouse-style sink, oversized center island, and professional six-burner range and hood.

“In uncertain times, home has never been so important!”

With an owner’s suite on the main level along with all living areas, the home can live like a single story. But there are also three additional “private villas with en-suite bathrooms and a bonus room ideal for a music, art, office, or fifth bedroom” featuring a full-wall mural of nude women swimming. One of these villas “is a detached casita which can be leased for additional income or offered to extended guests who would like ultimate privacy.”

Outside, “the grounds are beautifully maintained with private spaces to relax and meditate,” including more than 1200 square feet of covered outdoor living space featuring an outdoor fireplace, water features, and “breathtaking sunsets” over the ocean located less than a half-mile away. “The Himalayan trees with greet you with a pleasant aroma and add to the beauty of the lush landscaping throughout” the third-acre parcel.

The “sparkling pool” and spa reportedly feature tile taken from Hearst Castle in San Simeon, the lavish mansion constructed between 1919 and 1947 by tabloid tycoon William Randolph Hearst.

“This coastal compound is a sanctuary, a place to unwind and impress your guests,” the listing concludes. “This property is unmatched and ready for a true Real Estate Collector! What are you waiting for? In uncertain times, home has never been so important!”

Public records indicate ownership of the Rimini villa lies with Gala Yayla, who is listed in a photoless LinkedIn profile as a CFO. Yayla purchased the home in 2000 for a reported $1.72 million. The tax rolls also reflect a discrepancy in square footage, reporting an improved square footage of 3115 compared to the 3922 displayed in the listing.

After nearly two decades off-market, the property was offered for sale beginning in mid-September. While ranging as high as $7,995,000 and as low as $7,250,000, the current asking price sits just under $7.4 million.

  • 545 Rimini Road | Del Mar, 92014
  • Beds: 4 | Baths: 5 | Current Owner: Gala Yayla | List Price: $7,388,000
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