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Enjoy “effortless living” with Samuel Amoia design

Includes private putting green to alleviate any stress caused by quarantine

Take the floating staircase, or better still, float upstairs in the glass elevator!
Take the floating staircase, or better still, float upstairs in the glass elevator!

This week, we visit what’s billed as “the highest standard of California coastal living,” a 6532-square-foot oceanview mansion at 516 Stratford Court.

According to listing remarks retrieved from Trulia, the home is “ideally situated on one of Del Mar’s quietest oceanfront locations,” just north of Torrey Pines State Beach.

“Created in collaboration with designer of the stars Samuel Amoia and built by Zephyr Development,” Stratford’s contemporary construction “is both stunning and state of the art.”

Modern improvements to the home —originally built in 1987 as two units but extensively remodeled as a single-family home in 2020 — include “fully incorporated smart home features” that “offer effortless living,” while “access is easy for everyone,” thanks to a commercial-grade glass elevator offering an alternative to the floating staircase for passage between the home’s levels.

Your guests haven’t been marveled until they’ve been marveled by this seamless outdoor living.

“Entertainers will appreciate a chef-grade kitchen equipped with designer finishes and top-of-the-line appliances,” as well as the game room, marble bar, and “director’s theater” with seating for ten. There’s also a temperature-controlled wine cellar with glass walls that “allow the stylish display of your private collection.”

“Guests will be marveled by the seamless outdoor living and ocean view pool” accessed via a series of vanishing pocket doors that open up more than 800 square feet of covered outdoor living space to the interior. The yard also features a separate spa area and private putting green to alleviate any stress that avid golfers may be feeling from being kept off the links by quarantine. A three-car garage with wood-and-glass custom doors adds to the outdoor parking space on the paver-lined, gated driveway.

The elevated master bedroom “feels like a resort within itself with a private veranda, massive walk-in closet, and spa-like bath with steam shower and ocean view soaking tub.”

For those “with health in mind,” the estate also includes “an oversized gym, dry sauna, and therapeutic steam room.”

The listing serves up a reminder of the great walkability of Del Mar, with dining and shopping opportunities available a short stroll away — once dining out and boutique-hopping become a thing again.

Public records show ownership of the home lies with an Encinitas-based limited partnership apparently set up for the express purpose of facilitating the home’s remodel and resale, though time to bring the home to market has been a bit long. The Stratford estate last sold in May of 2015 for a reported $10,250,000; the previous owners had sought a sales price as high as $13 million. Its current assessment of nearly $10.9 million carries an annual property tax bill in excess of $116,000.

After five years off-market, the new and improved Stratford was re-listed in late April carrying an asking price of $14,500,000. That price, which remains unchanged to date, is a full million dollars less than the last recorded mortgage against the home, which funded in 2017.

  • 516 Stratford Court | Del Mar, 92014
  • Beds: 4 | Baths: 7 | Current Owner: 516 Stratford Court LP | List Price: $14,500,000
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Take the floating staircase, or better still, float upstairs in the glass elevator!
Take the floating staircase, or better still, float upstairs in the glass elevator!

This week, we visit what’s billed as “the highest standard of California coastal living,” a 6532-square-foot oceanview mansion at 516 Stratford Court.

According to listing remarks retrieved from Trulia, the home is “ideally situated on one of Del Mar’s quietest oceanfront locations,” just north of Torrey Pines State Beach.

“Created in collaboration with designer of the stars Samuel Amoia and built by Zephyr Development,” Stratford’s contemporary construction “is both stunning and state of the art.”

Modern improvements to the home —originally built in 1987 as two units but extensively remodeled as a single-family home in 2020 — include “fully incorporated smart home features” that “offer effortless living,” while “access is easy for everyone,” thanks to a commercial-grade glass elevator offering an alternative to the floating staircase for passage between the home’s levels.

Your guests haven’t been marveled until they’ve been marveled by this seamless outdoor living.

“Entertainers will appreciate a chef-grade kitchen equipped with designer finishes and top-of-the-line appliances,” as well as the game room, marble bar, and “director’s theater” with seating for ten. There’s also a temperature-controlled wine cellar with glass walls that “allow the stylish display of your private collection.”

“Guests will be marveled by the seamless outdoor living and ocean view pool” accessed via a series of vanishing pocket doors that open up more than 800 square feet of covered outdoor living space to the interior. The yard also features a separate spa area and private putting green to alleviate any stress that avid golfers may be feeling from being kept off the links by quarantine. A three-car garage with wood-and-glass custom doors adds to the outdoor parking space on the paver-lined, gated driveway.

The elevated master bedroom “feels like a resort within itself with a private veranda, massive walk-in closet, and spa-like bath with steam shower and ocean view soaking tub.”

For those “with health in mind,” the estate also includes “an oversized gym, dry sauna, and therapeutic steam room.”

The listing serves up a reminder of the great walkability of Del Mar, with dining and shopping opportunities available a short stroll away — once dining out and boutique-hopping become a thing again.

Public records show ownership of the home lies with an Encinitas-based limited partnership apparently set up for the express purpose of facilitating the home’s remodel and resale, though time to bring the home to market has been a bit long. The Stratford estate last sold in May of 2015 for a reported $10,250,000; the previous owners had sought a sales price as high as $13 million. Its current assessment of nearly $10.9 million carries an annual property tax bill in excess of $116,000.

After five years off-market, the new and improved Stratford was re-listed in late April carrying an asking price of $14,500,000. That price, which remains unchanged to date, is a full million dollars less than the last recorded mortgage against the home, which funded in 2017.

  • 516 Stratford Court | Del Mar, 92014
  • Beds: 4 | Baths: 7 | Current Owner: 516 Stratford Court LP | List Price: $14,500,000
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