Escape the noise and traffic of the city for the solitude of this very private estate on a beautiful mountain lake twenty minutes from San Diego. Elegant country living with great fishing and swimming on a bass stocked lake with very private personal beach and boat docks (even comes with fishing and party boats!). Catch bass and bluegill off your own dock and swim or sunbathe on your own white sand beach! Plenty of room for horses with a four stall barn, turnout pasture, and lighted riding ring. Clear span barn can be easily converted for other uses if desired. Spacious and beautifully landscaped grounds add to the rustic charm. Completely remodeled kitchen gleams with brand new stainless appliances, granite counters, and custom cabinetry. 7000 sq. ft. home designed and built with environmentally sensitive features including entirely passive (no pumps, fans, or motors required) solar heating and cooling. Owner says essentially no heating or cooling required year-round. Well with unlimited water. Large but cozy living areas include living room, dining room, game room/bar, media room, multipurpose room for crafts, laundry, walk in pantry, and office space. Upstairs office overlooks mature oaks, private "woods," and stream. Downstairs guest bedroom with private patio and full bath. Huge downstairs master suite complete with large walk in closet and sitting area. Four "loft" bedrooms on the third floor overlook trees and the beautiful lake. Ralph Lauren would feel right at home with the real used brick and hardwood flooring throughout as well as the open beam ceilings. This unique home is an entertainers dream.
PROPERTY: Property is located in Alpine, California…a small community East of San Diego in the Mountains and surrounded by the Cleveland National Forest. It is a lakefront property with waterfront on Palo Verde Lake…a privately owned recreational lake encompassing approximately 65 acres in size. This lake is for the sole use of homeowners. It is an excellent lake for fishing, swimming, and boating, with beautiful clear water and is maintained by the Homeowner’s Association for recreational use. The lake is restricted to sailing, windsurfing, or electric motors…no gasoline powered boats allowed. It is one of the finest Bass and Bluegill fishing lakes in California.
BEACHFRONT: Has private waterfront with its own private sandy beach and swimming area as well as two private docks for boat tie up, fishing, and swimming. The property has six boats, including a large canopied party boat for lake enjoyment, two fishing boats, two canoes, and sailboat.
TOPOGRAPHY: The property comprises just over three all usable and landscaped acres including a barn, a 3/4-acre horse paddock, a grassed riding ring, and a horse path through the woods to the riding ring. The entire property is irrigated, landscaped, and automatically sprinkled.
HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION: The entire ranch area is administered by the Palo Verde Ranch Homeowner’s Association which maintains a beautiful lakefront clubhouse with a large common beach, full workout room, family picnic area, riding ring, tennis facility, and family wilderness camping area.
THE HOME: This is a large home of approximately 7000 square feet. It is contemporary in outside styling with an interior marked by much “used” brickwork and open large beams and timbers. It is entirely solar heated and cooled. It utilizes an entirely “passive” (no pumps or valves or fans) solar system using thermal mass, carefully calculated shading, high level insulation, and controllable skylights in order to achieve remarkable temperature control and stability. Over 600 square feet of skylights in the large, open main living area give the home an open sunny feel in all seasons. There is a ski lodge or hunting lodge feel to the home, which is very warm and comforting. This home, despite its size, requires essentially no heating or cooling in summer or winter. Additionally, hot water is provided by solar collectors.
There are three stories, with the upper sleeping areas divided into second story bath and dressing area and third story “loft” type sleeping areas with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. The home has five bedrooms and four and ½ baths, with a large open main living area marked by heavy timber trusses and open beams as well as a tall (19 foot high) thermal wall built of authentic used bricks (salvaged from a San Diego warehouse building). There is a 19-foot high used brick wood-burning double fireplace, which opens into both the living and dining areas. In addition, the home includes an entertainment / exercise area with a large oak wet bar, a media room, a guest room with separate entrance and private patio, and a large open kitchen overlooking the lake which is equipped with double central islands. This kitchen has just been entirely redone with all new stainless steel appliances, all new custom cabinetry, and beautiful granite counter and island tops. There is a large kitchen “annex” room just off the kitchen, which can be used, for crafts, home office, food preparation, etc. There is a two-four-stall garage with a large work/tool room area, as well as a large second story garage space for storage. There is RV parking. The home is entirely custom designed and built.
EQUESTRIAN AREA: The property has a large horse barn with four indoor/outdoor stalls, inside tie racks and tack room, and inside hay storage. There is an outside wash rack as well as lighted trailer parking area. There is a ¾ acre turfed turnout paddock as well a separate grassed riding ring. Access to the riding ring is by means of a horse path (including bridge) through the wooded canyon area. In addition, the property has immediate access to an extensive system of riding trails owned and maintained by the Association as well as direct access to the California Riding and Hiking Trail system.
WATER: The property has a water well which delivers in excess of 125 gallons per minute of excellent water for irrigation or personal use. This provides sufficient water for all irrigation and home use.
FENCING: The entire property is fenced. This allows for personal animals to have free access throughout the property but still be controlled and confined to their home area.
ADDITIONALLY: The home is far from any heavily traveled roads and thus has no traffic or traffic noise. Being at the end of the lake valley and far from public access, the property enjoys absolute silence and is essentially surrounded by the Cleveland National Forest. It is deep within a very private and upscale development and enjoys both isolation and security. Many birds and other wildlife inhabit these areas as well as the shoreline areas of the lake. Of the 200 homes in this development, this property is
one of just 10 parcels, which enjoy lakefront footage and thus have private access to the lake. All other properties access the lake through the common area beach and dock area at the other end of the lake (1/4 mile away).