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A Trip to an Italian Farmhouse in Del Mar

Wednesday, Sept 21, 2011 I had read a few things about this new Italian Farmhouse but still wasn’t totally prepared for what I found.

Last Sunday afternoon I took a trip north . As I’m driving through the hills and windy little roads of olde Del Mar I always get the feeling I have entered another world; a woodsy and serene place that feels so secluded and quiet yet I know I just got off the freeway a minute ago. The gorgeous blue Pacific Ocean backdrop gives me a reminder of where I am. It all always just surprises me in the best way.

What also surprises me are the homes here. I know they must be incredible being that this is some of the most prime coastal real estate anywhere but the hills and the trees keep each estate sheltered from passing eyes. So I jumped at the chance to check out an Open House for one of Rande Turner’s Del Mar Homes.

I had read a few things about this new Italian Farmhouse but still wasn’t totally prepared for what I found. What struck me the most, the level of detail and luxury done in such a pitch perfect manner as to never feel cold or ostentatious but utterly warm, welcoming and like home… a home transported in memory from the Italian countryside. I will direct you to some much better photos at the end but here are just a few of the many many details I was awed by.

A16th century Florentine fireplace surround frames the kitchen cooktop. This is where sometimes things can get cold and museumy but the opposite was true. It brought the warmth and history of a family fireplace and was simply beautiful & complimented by loads of buttery white marble.
My photography skills get a fail this go round. What I wanted to bring you a sense of was the time and care taken in the details like the tile. In the kitchen, baths, everywhere the perfect tiles were chosen for each space, each wall, each floor. Like these clean white subway tiles on the walls of the master bath, classy and classic.
The courtyard is like a scene from a movie.
The perfect watchdog greats you as you enter the courtyard.

 

 

Thank you to Rande Turner and Jenny Janzen from Willis Allen Real Estate for taking a minute to chat with me.

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