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An Entertainer's Wish Come True

The renowned Ken Ronchetti was both the architect and the interior designer for this spectacular, seamless oceanfront estate in Del Mar, California. His wife, Mary Kate Ronchetti, a specialist in fabrics, assisted with the interiors. The contemporary 10,000-square-foot estate is situated on 120 feet of ocean frontage and is an enclave of five structures. The buildings include a family residence, a health spa, a theater, greenhouse, and two guesthouses. There's a sculpture garden, pool, stadium-sized tennis court, and complex sea walls, designed in conjunction with oceanographic engineers from Scripps Institute and constructed with fiberglass, rebar, and concrete in a continuous glass wall. All buildings have disappearing glass walls, which create a tropical feel, melding the interiors with abundant landscaping designed by Yasuda Landscaping. The landscaping includes specimen palms and bonsai. Ronchetti used the finest woods and stones, including mahogany and clear fir cabinetry, lattia ceilings, imported limestone flooring, classic oak sandstone patios, and Getty stone accents. All floors have radiant heat.

With four bedrooms and 5.5 baths, the main residence is an entertainer's dream because it is surrounded by patios with access to the beach. On the oceanfront patio, a 10-person Jacuzzi overlooks a firepit with seating for sunset views. While offering complete privacy, the estate is still within walking distance to the Del Mar Village for dining and shopping.

ABOVE, TOP: Overlooking the tennis court, the 2,800-square-foot spa includes a living room with two fireplaces, kitchen, gymnasium, therapy whirlpool with a water feature, sauna and steam rooms that accommodate up to 10 people, and his-and-her shower and dressing rooms.
ABOVE, MIDDLE: The kitchen in the main house has granite counters and lattia ceiling made of wood from Nogales, Arizona. Like all of the kitchens in the estate, the cabinets are made of clear fir with hand-distressed mahogany detail. All appliances are top of the line, and there is a commercial hood for cooking.
ABOVE: In the main house living room, as in every room, all furnishings were custom made to scale and design for the estate and feature exotic woods and fabrics.
RIGHT: With a fireplace and media center, the family room overlooks the 10-person Jacuzzi and ocean to the west; the pool and interior courtyard to the east. A hidden pocket door (and there are others throughout the house) can make this room private from the main living room.
BELOW: With its own private garden, master bedroom highlights include a built-in limestone bureau and a built-in mahogany bureau. The wall behind the bed features Getty stone accents, quarried for the Getty Museum.
ABOVE: Informally known as the "Buddha Bedroom," this peaceful and charming guest room in the main residence overlooks the pool and interior courtyard of the home. The statue sits atop the pool waterfall. Photo by Mary E. Nichols.
LEFT: The master bathroom features an exotic sculpture, palm garden, and limestone drawers and sinks. The wall behind the spa tub is accented with Getty stone.
Story by Jacqueline Shannon
Photography by Roberto Zeballos except where noted

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