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The Experience at La Jolla’s Vista d’Oro: warm wood and whitewater view

The first kitchen is nice enough on its own, with its waterfall island

Warm wood, artful terraces, an infinity pool — and oh yes, ocean views galore.
Warm wood, artful terraces, an infinity pool — and oh yes, ocean views galore.

Can you believe it’s been almost four months since we’ve taken Unreal Estate for a tour in La Jolla? That’s a long time to stay away from one of the most established enclaves dedicated to housing San Diego’s wealthiest denizens. Let’s check in on the priciest pad currently up for grabs in the seaside village.

“Introducing The Experience@Vista d’Oro, Americas premier contemporary 180 ocean view estate,” opens the realtor.com pitch for 2585 Calle Del Oro, a 7800-square-foot mansion constructed in 2020 on a half-acre lot overlooking the Pacific. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover here, so let’s jump right into the tour.

We start off with an al fresco dining area looking out over the ocean. Even though we’re a half mile inland, the hillside location still affords a pretty darn pleasing whitewater view. From there, we get a couple of aerial shots before moving to the backyard. I like all of the exterior woodwork, which seems so much warmer and more inviting than the typical stucco and “any color you want, so long as it’s gray” aesthetic that has plagued modern design for the last decade-plus.

The cactus and succulent garden out front is also a quirky departure from the palm-heavy tropical landscapes we usually see near the beach. I’m also a fan of the terraced gardens out back next to the infinity pool — I did something similar in my own yard, but not nearly as opulent, and minus the pool, infinity or otherwise.

Where we’re living, we won’t need walls.

Staying outside for a bit, we get some sunset shots of a firepit lounge area that melds with the living room, thanks to “multiple motorized Fleetwood doors seamlessly blending 90 of indoor/outdoor living.” I know we’ve seen these disappearing walls of glass before, and while I might mock them sometimes, I’ve got to admit I’d love to have a set facing my back deck — if money was very much not an object. The motorized part is new to me, though — are all of these setups electrified on remote control and I never noticed, or is this a particularly fancy set of disappearing doors? Either way, I’m going to assume that the “90” in the quote refers to 90 horizontal feet of disappearing door in all, absent any meaningful explanation in the listing.

The living room itself isn’t bad, either — shades of gray form the base colors, but there’s natural wood to be found in the staircase, and the furniture — including a big retro-futuristic couch near the wet bar that looks more “amusingly designed” than “actually comfortable” — adds enough color to keep my gripes at bay. Photo-wise, we’re going to stay in this room for quite a while before heading back outside to look at the pool deck and ocean view some more. But eventually, we will make it back inside to look at the “gourmet chefs kitchen, a masterpiece of culinary excellence” that “seamlessly connects with a rear kitchen for exclusive chef events.” The first kitchen is nice enough on its own, with its waterfall island, enormous built-in refrigerator, and separate wine cooler, but I suppose you can never have enough kitchens, just in case there’s a chef event.

There’s another living area off the open kitchen/dining area, and beyond it, we see the second outdoor dining space, the one we saw in the first photo on our tour. What’s interesting about this spot is that the walls disappear in two different directions; when open, they leave just a solitary corner post to remind us that part of this space is a house and the rest backyard.

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Would you like to see more pictures of the patio and view? You’re going to get more. Many more. These are indeed selling points and everything we’re seeing looks great, but we’re running out of time, and we’ve barely spent any of it inside!

Okay, time for a quick peek at the “unrivaled home office” that I suppose is fine — while also, despite the adjective, being no rival to some of the wood-paneled, Gilded Age-esque studies we’ve seen in the past. There’s a bathroom with a vanity that seems to be carved, sink included, from a solid piece of stone, which I like.

Then we get a couple of peeks at secondary bedrooms and some more baths before getting to what I believe is the “resort-style primary suite with awe-inspiring vistas and a spa-inspired bathroom.” There’s so much inspiration here that we get three bathing options: a freestanding tub, an indoor shower the size of a full suburban bathroom, and another outdoor shower of similar size that also sidles up to a hot tub on the deck just beyond. The closet has its own dressing area and makeup desk, and is larger than any bedroom has a right to be, even though it’s a closet.

Next we’re on to what I think the listing describes as a “teen lounge,” with its coupe of computer desks and a guitar-pick-shaped game table. There’s another bedroom that I want to mention because it appears to be mostly occupied by a large platform housing two beds – one that would be appropriate height were it not for the platform that makes it look like a mattress thrown on the floor, and another that’s sunken into the platform and sits at ground level. This setup makes no sense to me, but I can’t say that I hate it, either. (My wife has informed me that the smaller one may be a dog bed.)

More bathrooms (nice), more bedrooms (unremarkable), more views (we get it already). On the way out, we briefly pass a home gym that’s better-equipped than most, and a miniature soccer field on a terrace below the main backyard space. We’re told there’s a yoga room and a “meditation sanctuary,” but I don’t think we’ve seen either of those spaces. Never mind, let’s go back outside for one last reminder that you can see the ocean from here.

Public records list a Klein family trust as the current owner of Vista d’Oro; it last sold for a reported $3.9 million in 2010, a decade before the current estate was built. It was listed for sale in mid-December with a tenfold asking price of $39,977,000 that remains unchanged to date.

2585 calle del oro | La Jolla, 92037

Current owner: Klein Trust | Listing price: $39,977,000 | Beds: 7 | Baths: 8 | House size: 7800 sq ft

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Warm wood, artful terraces, an infinity pool — and oh yes, ocean views galore.

Can you believe it’s been almost four months since we’ve taken Unreal Estate for a tour in La Jolla? That’s a long time to stay away from one of the most established enclaves dedicated to housing San Diego’s wealthiest denizens. Let’s check in on the priciest pad currently up for grabs in the seaside village.

“Introducing The Experience@Vista d’Oro, Americas premier contemporary 180 ocean view estate,” opens the realtor.com pitch for 2585 Calle Del Oro, a 7800-square-foot mansion constructed in 2020 on a half-acre lot overlooking the Pacific. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover here, so let’s jump right into the tour.

We start off with an al fresco dining area looking out over the ocean. Even though we’re a half mile inland, the hillside location still affords a pretty darn pleasing whitewater view. From there, we get a couple of aerial shots before moving to the backyard. I like all of the exterior woodwork, which seems so much warmer and more inviting than the typical stucco and “any color you want, so long as it’s gray” aesthetic that has plagued modern design for the last decade-plus.

The cactus and succulent garden out front is also a quirky departure from the palm-heavy tropical landscapes we usually see near the beach. I’m also a fan of the terraced gardens out back next to the infinity pool — I did something similar in my own yard, but not nearly as opulent, and minus the pool, infinity or otherwise.

Where we’re living, we won’t need walls.

Staying outside for a bit, we get some sunset shots of a firepit lounge area that melds with the living room, thanks to “multiple motorized Fleetwood doors seamlessly blending 90 of indoor/outdoor living.” I know we’ve seen these disappearing walls of glass before, and while I might mock them sometimes, I’ve got to admit I’d love to have a set facing my back deck — if money was very much not an object. The motorized part is new to me, though — are all of these setups electrified on remote control and I never noticed, or is this a particularly fancy set of disappearing doors? Either way, I’m going to assume that the “90” in the quote refers to 90 horizontal feet of disappearing door in all, absent any meaningful explanation in the listing.

The living room itself isn’t bad, either — shades of gray form the base colors, but there’s natural wood to be found in the staircase, and the furniture — including a big retro-futuristic couch near the wet bar that looks more “amusingly designed” than “actually comfortable” — adds enough color to keep my gripes at bay. Photo-wise, we’re going to stay in this room for quite a while before heading back outside to look at the pool deck and ocean view some more. But eventually, we will make it back inside to look at the “gourmet chefs kitchen, a masterpiece of culinary excellence” that “seamlessly connects with a rear kitchen for exclusive chef events.” The first kitchen is nice enough on its own, with its waterfall island, enormous built-in refrigerator, and separate wine cooler, but I suppose you can never have enough kitchens, just in case there’s a chef event.

There’s another living area off the open kitchen/dining area, and beyond it, we see the second outdoor dining space, the one we saw in the first photo on our tour. What’s interesting about this spot is that the walls disappear in two different directions; when open, they leave just a solitary corner post to remind us that part of this space is a house and the rest backyard.

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Would you like to see more pictures of the patio and view? You’re going to get more. Many more. These are indeed selling points and everything we’re seeing looks great, but we’re running out of time, and we’ve barely spent any of it inside!

Okay, time for a quick peek at the “unrivaled home office” that I suppose is fine — while also, despite the adjective, being no rival to some of the wood-paneled, Gilded Age-esque studies we’ve seen in the past. There’s a bathroom with a vanity that seems to be carved, sink included, from a solid piece of stone, which I like.

Then we get a couple of peeks at secondary bedrooms and some more baths before getting to what I believe is the “resort-style primary suite with awe-inspiring vistas and a spa-inspired bathroom.” There’s so much inspiration here that we get three bathing options: a freestanding tub, an indoor shower the size of a full suburban bathroom, and another outdoor shower of similar size that also sidles up to a hot tub on the deck just beyond. The closet has its own dressing area and makeup desk, and is larger than any bedroom has a right to be, even though it’s a closet.

Next we’re on to what I think the listing describes as a “teen lounge,” with its coupe of computer desks and a guitar-pick-shaped game table. There’s another bedroom that I want to mention because it appears to be mostly occupied by a large platform housing two beds – one that would be appropriate height were it not for the platform that makes it look like a mattress thrown on the floor, and another that’s sunken into the platform and sits at ground level. This setup makes no sense to me, but I can’t say that I hate it, either. (My wife has informed me that the smaller one may be a dog bed.)

More bathrooms (nice), more bedrooms (unremarkable), more views (we get it already). On the way out, we briefly pass a home gym that’s better-equipped than most, and a miniature soccer field on a terrace below the main backyard space. We’re told there’s a yoga room and a “meditation sanctuary,” but I don’t think we’ve seen either of those spaces. Never mind, let’s go back outside for one last reminder that you can see the ocean from here.

Public records list a Klein family trust as the current owner of Vista d’Oro; it last sold for a reported $3.9 million in 2010, a decade before the current estate was built. It was listed for sale in mid-December with a tenfold asking price of $39,977,000 that remains unchanged to date.

2585 calle del oro | La Jolla, 92037

Current owner: Klein Trust | Listing price: $39,977,000 | Beds: 7 | Baths: 8 | House size: 7800 sq ft

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