Magnificent in every regard, from its fascinating history and authentic adobe craftsmanship to its view-enriched private setting, this one-of-a-kind estate in Rancho Santa Fe’s prized Covenant is unlike any other in the region. The home reflects the vision Corinne Griffith, an Academy Award nominee and silent film star of the 1920s who fell in love with two movie sets during a film shoot. The sets were genuine missions, which she collected ideas and artifacts from to create and build this one exceptional residence. An original mission bell still hangs above the entrance gate, setting the stage for a lifestyle only a select few will be able to enjoy at this estate, which is nestled on a hilltop that provides panoramic 180-degree mountain and valley views stretching to the horizon. Wood-beamed ceilings, hand-crafted tile and 7 adobe fireplaces adorn nearly every room of the home, which graciously displays 5 bedrooms, formal living and dining rooms, a grand family room, a glass-walled sunroom, and a spectacular kitchen with brick archways and a recessed dining nook. Authentic details, many retained from the two missions, include original handcrafted shutters and light fixtures, hand-laid wood floors, genuine latillas and vigas ceilings, stained-glass skylights, illuminated art niches, hand-carved details by craftsman David Frisk, shepherds' lofts, and an abundance of French doors that create an indoor/outdoor living environment. A sumptuous master suite with dual baths and dressing areas encourages relaxation. Family and friends will appreciate a separate and equally impressive 3-bedroom, 2.5- bath 2-story guesthouse with full kitchen. Grounds invoke the feel of a secret island oasis with lush tropical palms and plantings that enrich a natural rock spa with waterfall, a grotto-style pool, meandering paths, extensive verandas and patios, a BBQ station, a gently winding driveway, motorcourt and 5-car garage.
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