Home of the Week: Equestrian Estate in Rancho Santa Fe

Lying just beyond the groves of eucalyptus trees draping the hillsides just 26 miles north of San Diego, there lies a hidden enclave that is the envy of all affluent equestrians: Rancho Santa Fe. The scenes blanketing the rolling green valleys inspire a sort of rural reverence: families ride horses on picturesque trails crisscrossing elegant mansions and stables while golfers leisurely tee off on the challenging Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course. The residents here come to escape, to spread out, to shroud themselves in natural beauty and privacy.

A newly listed $21,500,000 equestrian estate by Gloria Silveyra-Shepard of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Rancho Santa Fe captures that pastoral promise beautifully. Aptly named The Belmont (perhaps in a nod to the famous thoroughbred racing facility in New York), the property rests on eight meticulously groomed acres —known as the “Crown Jewel” of the Del Rayo Triple Crown estates.

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The Design Legacy Team of Fleetwood Joiner (Avalon Architecture, Inc.), Steve Sharratt Construction, interior designer Connie Noah (1926-2012), and Theresa Clark (Theresa Clark Landscape) spent years planning and implementing the meticulous renovation of the massive 15,546 square-foot Mediterranean villa. The culmination of their efforts is a pristine estate that echoes the richness of the Mediterranean tradition in a comfortably livable space for anybody whose pursuits require the best that life has to offer.

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A colonnade of Canary Palms flanking the estate drive sets a refined tone from the moment you enter.

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Immaculately manicured grounds reveal a world-class equestrian facility, complete with an Olympic-size dressage arena, a superb 2,300 square-foot barn with office above and an expansive barn service building.

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Rich, mature landscaping creates an intensely private personal playground. Old World charm and grace define each interior space—from the thoughtful great room open from the kitchen and billiard room, to theater and formal dining room. Entertaining—for gatherings both large and small—was considered at every turn.

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An arcade, fitness center and art galleries are only some of the unique rooms awaiting discovery at The Belmont. There is also a two-bedroom guest house.

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The graceful villa “is much more than a beautiful equestrian estate,” says Silveyra-Shepard. “It’s a serene and private family estate that embodies the Rancho Santa Fe lifestyle of timeless elegance and equestrian tradition.”

The Belmont can be yours for $21,500,000. Call Gloria Silveyra-Shepard at (619) 417-5564.