A rare chance to own history

Henry Hester home comes on the market

The La Jolla mansion and its multi-tiered backyard sit on the northwestern slope of Mt. Soledad.
  • The La Jolla mansion and its multi-tiered backyard sit on the northwestern slope of Mt. Soledad.

7400 Hillside, La Jolla, 92037

Current Owner: Richard & Laura Anderson

Beds: 7

Baths: 10

List: $15.5 million

Promotional materials for the estate listed for sale at 7400 Hillside in La Jolla promise to deliver “one of the most amazing homes you will see.

“Start your journey on a quarter-mile gated driveway that will make you say WOW!” At the top, a mansion with seven bedrooms, 10 baths, and over 9500 square feet of living space sits on the northwestern slope of Mt. Soledad, offering “incredible ocean views and privacy” from an “exquisite three-acre compound.”

The home was built in 1983 and designed by noted local architect Henry Hester (trained under Lloyd Ruocco, dubbed “the father of modern design in San Diego”), offering what listing materials present as “a rare chance to own history.” Design cues “blend clean modern lines with warm woods” that “provide so much opportunity for you to create, embellish, and design your very own private sanctuary.

Living area

Living area



The bathroom

The bathroom

“Double-entry doors welcome you” into the residence, where “superior craftsmanship is apparent in every detail of this distinctive work of art” from the “hand-carved detailing to custom cabinetry by Mueller Turner.”

A chef’s kitchen is “flooded with natural light and showcases stunning Hawaiian Koa wood cabinetry, Tuscan travertine and curvilinear elements.” It’s joined on the main level by “luxurious living areas” with sit-down ocean views facing La Jolla Shores and “her office, the exercise room and fully-equipped guest quarters.”

The office

The office

View of La Jolla

View of La Jolla

“His office” is downstairs, along with a “magnificent wine room,” another en-suite bedroom, and the master’s quarters. Another guest suite occupies the entire upper level, including a private sitting room, a wet bar, and a covered deck.

Outdoor amenities on the terraced lot include a private, tree-lined “tennis pavilion,” putting green, and disappearing-edge pool with spa designed to make “you feel like you are floating on top of La Jolla with full command of your personal sanctuary in the sky.” Multiple decks and patios offer outdoor entertaining options, including a diamond-shaped terrace that extends dramatically from the home’s main level, suspended above the hillside and La Jolla Village below.

Public records indicate the current owners to be Richard and Laura Anderson. The couple purchased the property in 1999 for $7.2 million after Richard sold his company, Progressive Electronics, for $90 million. They, and their home, made the news in 2002 when they sued a neighbor accused of hiring a landscaper to kill several Torrey pines in order to force their removal and improve her view.

At that time, the Andersons said they spent the majority of the year at another residence in Arizona in order to avoid paying California income taxes — they still maintain a Phoenix mailing address.

The Hillside estate has been listed several times in recent years. It was originally offered in August 2012 for $17 million and re-listed at the same price in January 2014 when the initial listing expired. After the second listing failed to draw a buyer a third went active in April 2015, this time with the price reduced to $15.5 million. After that listing’s expiration, the property was once again re-listed in mid-December — the $15.5 million asking price remains unchanged.

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