An architectural dream home on one of the most coveted streets in Rancho Santa Fe’s ‘The Covenant’ which came on the market in late 2015 for $60 million, recently took a $15 million price cut and now can be yours for $45 million.
The 26,000 square foot modern residence was built over a 7-year period for Qualcomm co-founder Andrew Viterbi. Designed by Guy Dreier, the home sits on a 22.22-acre estate with grounds carefully designed and thought out by renowned landscape architect Theresa Clark.
The estate is built around a beautiful spine wall with all rooms open to the exterior with walls of glass framing the stunning mountain and valley vistas. The pool and water features were designed with seamless integration between the home and landscape in a manner that creates tranquility. The great room boasts voluminous ceilings with incredible thought for entertaining and flows into the oversized Dining Room. The kitchen is ideal for any entertaining situation yet maintains a warmth and good feel for such a large room. Not surprising is that the home is completely self-sufficient with solar panels fully powering the home and amenities, resulting in little to zero cost on the electricity bill.
The collection of gardens were designed to respond to the broad range of outdoor experiences that relate to architectural settings, points of destination, areas to observe outward or contemplate within, and open spaces to gather and entertain. Two gardens were specifically designed to evoke moments of contemplation. The Gallery Garden is an awesome design of a singular plant form and flowers from the regions of South America, South Africa or Australia seen at the Botanical Garden display. The expansive west citrus orchard and the west, north and east succulent installations sweep the eye out to the broad valley vistas surrounding the property. The majority of the gardens use a low water to drought tolerant palette found in Southern California, Australia and South Africa.
It was the design intent that the gardens illustrate exotic plant culture is not needed in Southern California to achieve beauty. It is wonderful to see that the selection of native or naturalized plant communities have created a habitat for the indigenous butterflies, bees and humming birds.
The Owner’s interest in technology resulted in designing the architecture as a smart house, meaning energy and waste is monitored closely. The garden design incorporates this approach with the LED lighting systems and a site specific watering system.