A few blocks from Soledad Park

No ocean view, but the place is still worth millions

Double doors provide entry from the street.
  • Double doors provide entry from the street.
  • Current Owners: Templeton Investment Assets, Inc.
  • Listing Price: $5,200,000
  • Beds: 6
  • Baths: 8

Not every home in the tony La Jolla neighborhood can boast sweeping ocean views, but that doesn’t stop many properties from commanding multimillion-dollar price tags.

The estate at 6397 La Jolla Scenic Drive South sits over a mile from the coast, but is just a few blocks from Soledad Park, nestled in the wooded Muirlands neighborhood on the western slope of Mt. Soledad. Built in 1958 but completely remodeled in 1990 and remodeled again with an expansion in 2011, the home features six bedrooms, eight baths, and over 6300 square feet of living space.

Huge wood-and-wrought-iron double doors lead to the grand entry from the street. Inside, “exotic solid merbau” wood flooring covers much of the home, with bronze accents embedded in the entry foyer and a “basket-weave border pattern” of merbau and travertine in the office.

Kohler jet tub in master bedroom.

Kohler jet tub in master bedroom.

There are two master bedrooms (plus three more with private baths) — the largest is nearly 400 square feet without counting the bath, which features “a Kohler jet tub, his and hers toilets, showers with jets, and separate sinks.” The bronze floor accents continue in the master bath as well. The bedroom itself features a granite slab fireplace made of Typhoon Bordeaux granite imported from Brazil.

The kitchen features cabinetry from noted La Jolla designer William Ohs, along with professional-grade appliances including dual chef’s ovens. In addition to the kitchen’s dining area, the home boasts a formal dining room and two outdoor gazebos with formal and casual outdoor seating options. The home also has two bars, one poolside and another adjacent to the living room.

A large game room upstairs leads to a separate guest suite, also equipped with its own bath and a private balcony with views of the surrounding hillside.

Outside, the half-acre estate features a unique palm tree fountain, a grassy yard with full complement of children’s playground equipment, and a lounge area with fire pit in addition to the aforementioned gazebos and poolside bar with built-in barbecue.

397 La Jolla Scenic Drive South

Tax records show that the house last sold in 2003 for $1.8 million, though there is a conflicting listing that shows the home as having sold for $2,650,000 in 2006. There is, however, a transfer noted without a sale price in December 2006, with the buyer, a Templeton Investment Assets, Inc., paying cash for the property. Both of these sales would have occurred before the most recent round of renovations, as the living area at the time was listed at just 4258 square feet, nearly 2100 less than at present.

The Muirlands estate was listed in early December, with the owner soliciting offers between $4,525,000 and $5,200,000, a price that remains unchanged.

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