The priciest property in Carmel Valley

Is this the ultimate San Diego address?

This pool won an award.
  • This pool won an award.

4991 Rancho Del Mar Trail (Site 18), Carmel Valley, 92130

Beds: 7

Baths: 9

Current Owner: Hodsdon Family

Asking Price: $12,975,000

“Your search for the ultimate San Diego address will end” at 4991 Rancho Del Mar Trail, promise marketing materials for the seven-bedroom, nine-bath Carmel Valley estate boasting 12,100 square feet of indoor living space.

Before entering, an “impressive stone-clad porte cochere heralds the visitor to a most special estate” accessed through 11-foot dual-entry doors imported from Italy.

Entryway includes stone-clad porte cochere

Entryway includes stone-clad porte cochere

The game room

The game room

Wine cellar

Wine cellar

The bathroom has marble and travertine mosaic flooring

The bathroom has marble and travertine mosaic flooring

Sit down and enjoy the view

Sit down and enjoy the view

Interior features and finishes include a “stately wood-paneled executive library,” sound-proofed theater with leather reclining seating for ten, “impeccable custom stonework” inside and out, 20-foot-high ceilings, “widge plank hand-set walnut flooring, custom crystal and wrought iron lighting fixtures . . . stately fireplaces, a majestic spiral staircase, and hand-set wood paneled archways.”

The chef’s kitchen features a center island, walnut cabinetry, as well as “Marcelo granite countertops with Medici medallions.” The game room includes a “pub-style wet bar, stone finished wine cellar,” and retractable glass doors that open to more outdoor living space.

The “master wing” of the residence includes a professional-quality gym with sauna and steam room. The 540-square-foot bedroom itself features “custom ceiling details” and a “handsome fireplace,” one of two on site described as such. The suite also contains two “enormous” walk-in closets and a “gorgeous bath with marble and travertine mosaic flooring.”

Rooms throughout the house have panoramic sit-down views ranging from the Pacific Ocean about three miles to the west to the links of the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in the valley below. The home is also equipped with state-of-the-art Lutron and Apple Home Automation technology.

“On par with the most exclusive private 5-star resort,” the grounds “showcase a wide variety of custom attractions.” There’s an “award-winning” pool with waterfalls, slide, and grotto, stone outdoor seating area surrounding a gas fire pit, a “child’s dream of a playhouse,” five-hole putting green, fruit orchard, organic home garden, and an outdoor living area comprising 1700 square feet of covered space boasting its own “handsome fireplace, music and TV systems, and a Mugnaini wood-fired pizza oven imported from Tuscany.”

The estate also includes a “fully self-contained guest house, built to the same exceptional specifications as the main house,” and garage parking for six cars with additional storage “set behind the gated motor court.”

The Rancho Del Mar estate, built in 2006, has never before been offered for sale. Public records indicate the owners of the home to be the Hodsdon family — patriarch Steve Hodsdon is the founder and CEO of San Diego Auto Connection, a Mission Valley used-car dealership.

First listed in late September, the residence carries an asking price of $12,975,000, making it the priciest offering currently available in San Diego’s 92130 zip code.

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