Located in the ritzy neighborhood of the Covenant in Rancho Santa Fe, California, Del Dios Ranch is a 50-acre retreat that was once one of the 25 most expensive homes for sale in the U.S. In 2016 the property was listed for $85,000,000 (back then it encompassed 210 acres), but after a series of price drops and periods off the market, the four-bedroom, nine-bath property is now asking $19,995,000.
The home was designed in 1972 by the late modernist Fred Briggs, a Southern California architect known for his lavish residences and for designing the Main Beach—and the much-photographed lifeguard tower—in Laguna. The main house is a sprawling structure made from California redwood and glass, with foundations and framework of poured-in-place concrete. Interior designer Arthur Elrod, better known for his designs in Palm Springs, added midcentury touches to create a temple-like oasis that accentuates the home’s cathedral-like ceilings.
Those vaulted, exposed-beam ceilings dominate the interior, but the home also features radiant-heated, grout-free marble floors, mammoth fireplaces, and glass skylights. An almost 4,000-square-foot wing is dedicated to an indoor pool and spa, while the master suite takes center stage on the second level. Other perks include a Valencia orange grove, lake, guest house, tennis court, and equestrian facilities. Love what you see? 7010 El Camino Del Norte is on the market now for $19,995,000.