Paint Mountain Mansion

Escondido, CA

Luxury Auction® Date

October 2015

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Property Specs

8 BD / 9 Full BA / 2 Half BA

23,787 sf

Lot Size: 18.21 acres

Built: 1995



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The Property

SOLD IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO AUCTION!  This sale represents the highest-priced residential sale in the entirety of Escondido, California within at least the most recent, 10-year period. Per San Diego County records, prior to this sale the highest residential sale in Escondido within the most recent, 10-year period was $2.8 million, and only 9 properties sold above $2 million during that 10-year period.

This mountaintop estate is one of the most unique and intriguing homes in all of San Diego County! Perched atop Paint Mountain on more than 18 acres, the Property offers striking, 360-degree views of Southern California, with vistas stretching all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Sunsets are especially spectacular when viewed from one of the estate’s many terraces, or while soaking in the one-of-a-kind lap pool.

The mansion’s unique design was custom-created by its original owner, a wealthy inventor, investor, and physician. Materials and craftsmen were imported from all over the world to produce the sprawling residential structure. In fact, the development of the estate became quite a local attraction, with random visitors constantly driving onto the project site just to capture a peek of the work in progress.

An immense, 288,000-gallon lap pool is perhaps the residence’s most striking feature, as it runs through the property’s central courtyard and out towards its back lawn, where it seems to disappear over the edge of the mountain. It is purported to be one of the longest residential pools in the world!

Massive walls of glass, unique water features, and a striking central courtyard with a pool and spa allows for a seamless integration between the estate’s indoor and outdoor living spaces. Many features of the home seem well beyond their time, such as 10-ft by 10-ft doors that gently swing open on special, hidden hinges, and oversized, electronically controlled sliding glass doors that open the main level’s hallways to the central courtyard.

The tri-level estate offers more than 23,000 interior sq. ft. with 8 bedrooms, 9 full and 2 half baths. The master suite alone measures 4,300 sq. ft., and opens to a large rooftop terrace. There is also a separate guesthouse, which adds 2 beds, 2 full baths and approximately 1,200 sq. ft. of living space, an ideal location for on-site staff. (Note: The guesthouse is presently unfinished.)


Additional features of the mansion include two living rooms, a game/media parlor, formal dining room with glass walls and a revolving floor (designed to allow all dinner guests to enjoy the panoramic views during their meal), a dedicated theatre, fitness center, executive office, and sauna. The commercial-grade kitchen includes a Teppanyaki station, Viking and Wolf appliances, and a separate prep room. There is also a wine cellar and a garage capable of accommodating more than 20 cars.

In addition to its incredible pool, the estate’s water features include two 900-gallon salt-water aquariums, gentle stone “wall waterfalls,” and various koi pools. There is even a custom rock waterslide that slopes down the edge of the mountain, terminating in a small plunge pool. Other outdoor features include a gated entry, circular driveway with porte-cochere, and a private jogging path that encircles the estate.

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Property sold in cooperation with K. Ann Brizolis & Associates, of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty (Lic# 01767484). Listing Agent Katherine Ann Brizolis (CalBRE# 00751535). Platinum Luxury Auctions LLC is a licensed California Auction Firm (CA Bond#750521). Sotheby’s International Realty, the Sotheby’s International Realty logo and affiliate logos are registered (or unregistered) service marks used with permission. Neither Sotheby’s, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, nor any of their affiliated companies provided any product or service in connection with this event other than as required by applicable law.


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