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Flavors of Fall Atop Rancho Santa Fe

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A new hacienda soars over Rancho Santa Fe

first-time visitor pauses to locate the “missing view� from the front gate of a newly completed dream home atop a 1,200-foot mountain in Cielo, a custom gated home community off of Del Dios Highway in Rancho Santa Fe. Descending along the circular driveway to the entry of the two-level, 10,000-square-foot hacienda, you realize the fog surrounding the four-acre parcel actually is the top of the early-morning marine layer.

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ABOVE: Entry fountains’ pleasing sounds of splashing water greet guests to this new residence high in Cielo, a gated community in Rancho Santa Fe. The façade is clad in drystacked ledge stone from Colorado. LEFT: The vanishing-edge pool and spa command sweeping views to the Pacific. San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles November 2008

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OPPOSITE: A Canary Island date palm overlooks the living room’s view above Rancho Santa Fe. ABOVE: Interior designer Maria Barry created the lush interiors of the home.

But within minutes those wispy clouds began to peel away like a sultan’s dancer shedding veils to reveal a spectacular vista behind the mansion with the red-tiled roof. This residence is one of eight custom homes that Blair Liggatt has built in hilly Cielo. Besides Liggatt, the human building blocks who put together this Mediterranean-style house include architect Bill Currier of locally based ColbournCurrier-Noll Architecture and interior designer Maria Barry of Le Dimora Design in Rancho Santa Fe. The site is remarkable. It offers a view of the Pacific from Carlsbad to the Coronado Islands. And, with the view is the panache of living in the Rancho Santa Fe zip code. The locale, however, also is in a fire zone. In fact, if it weren’t for the new county fire standards adhered to by Cielo’s management, Liggatt’s dream home would have gone up in smoke in October 2007, when firestorms burned around the then-construction site. text continued on page 65

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CLOCKWISE from top left: Douglas fir beams support the kitchen ceiling and mark the transition to the family room. Antiqued and distressed alder cabinets are stained a dark walnut color; floor is chisel-edged travertine. KITCHEN nook’s custom iron chandelier was designed to resemble fixtures found in Tuscan farmhouses; iron corner details in tabletop contribute to the distressed look. Outdoor living room’s furnishings include dark woven furniture and antiqued wood trunks and tables. POOL room is outfitted with a bar; door opens to a 12-seat home theater.

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LEFT: Dining room’s custom ceiling was hand-painted in shades of soft gold to resemble Old World design. Table’s inlaid top is composed of multiple wood species. Silk draperies line French doors. Stone archway leads to living room. ABOVE: Twenty-four-foot wall in family room brings outdoor finishes into the house. Archway on home’s second level with custom iron Juliet balcony recalls Old World castles.

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“The county’s shelter-in-place guidelines saved us,” Liggatt said. The new regulations require a 100-foot buffer fireproof landscaping around the home. The project defines current thinking in topend custom home building in Southern California. Here are a few examples: — The design team used real stone on the crescent-shaped compound (convex side facing the vista). Called Farmer’s Ledge stone from Colorado, it is dry-stacked throughout the project, keeping golden stucco walls to a minimum. — The windows have deep setbacks. There’s a stone lintel header above the casement windows. The entry and main window have elongated arches like many countryside churches in Spain and Italy. Stairs and passageways RIGHT and opposite: Travertine-faced tub in master bath commands magnificent views to the east and southwest. Iron wall sconces and amber candles are custom made. ABOVE: Designer Maria Barry’s attention to detail is evident throughout the house. San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles November 2008

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with its verdant green sheen. — Two quarried stone chimneys have the distinctive red-tile cap roof reminiscent of a stylish Spanish-Revival detail used by pioneering San Diego architect Richard Requa. At night twinkling city lights and stars above comprise a universal dome that challenges the views from moun-

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between the guest wing and the main house are complicated and indirect, and all the flashings and gutters have that patina of real copper. — A vanishing-edge pool visually disappears into a thick band of the Pacific Ocean and the western sky. Between the home and the sea is the rolling San Dieguito River watershed

taintops in the Sierra. And, as the sun sets, the aroma of sea and sagebrush engulfs you, and the breeze by your ears makes the only sound for miles. Even the crickets don’t dare intrude on the serenity of the moment. The interior has five bedrooms, six baths, a six-car garage and a two-story guest casita with gym. Amenities include indoor and outdoor full kitchens; walnut wood paneling and cabinetry throughout; a 12-seat home theater with a 200-inch screen and the latest in surround sound. The main kitchen and the family room are united in a great room with a 24-foot vaulted ceiling topped with huge Douglas fir beams. Also, there is a walk-in pantry; lower-level wine cellar; billiards room with sports bar and smart living hightech support systems, including the latest Crestron security and lighting control systems. Indeed, Liggatt’s head, heart and wallet are in the clouds, but his lasting legacy will be his craftsmanship and attention to detail. While many custom builders pride themselves on executing a Tuscan-style mode o’ day, this developer has taken his passion for quality to a high level. His latest custom home is a testament to his skills in team-building and old-fashioned respect and responsibility toward his clients and the communities, where dreams still are being built. ■ Where to find it, page 156

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Liggatt Development, "Above the Clouds." A new hacienda soars over Rancho Santa Fe.

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