The Bridges Private Golf Estate
Old-World nuance and innovative design meet the spectacular lifestyle of Southern California.
Photos by Brent Haywood
Christina Thomas Luxury Real Estate Agent In Rancho Santa Fe
In Tuscany this time of year, over the cypress trees and olive groves, you can see snow dusting the tops of hillsides. But snow has no place at this Tuscan-inspired estate safely guarded within the community of The Bridges of Rancho Santa Fe. Here, old-world nuance and innovative design meet the spectacular lifestyle of Southern California. This secluded location boasts incredible vistas unique to San Diego, while effortlessly appearing to have been plucked straight from the hills of Chianti. This custom-designed, single-story estate on 2.18 acres combines all the romance of Tuscan-style living with the extraordinary exclusivity The Bridges of Rancho Santa Fe has to offer, including the Prestigious Club, tennis pavilion, golf course, sports center, spa and four delicious restaurants—all within the gates of the community.
The primary residence features a spacious, flowing floor plan and regal foyer. Five bedroom suites and five baths provide family and guests abundant space to unpack, unwind and take in the incredible views. The lavish dining salon, game room with travertine-flanked bar, state-of-the-art theater and climate-controlled wine cellar are perfect places to entertain and impress guests with the luxurious amenities afforded by this 9,788-square-foot interior space.
Built in 2008, the exterior’s smooth Stucco with acid-wash finish blends with the natural beauty. A custom wood, double door entry into the courtyard opens to a stone and brick bridge over a calming Koi pond and waterfalls, setting the scene for more surprises. The rear yard brings the outdoors in as an exterior living and dining space, complete with summer kitchen, fireplace, heaters and pool, with three seductive grottoes and a spa. Every sunset captured from these incredible outdoor views reminds guests of a place far away—all from the comfort and safety of this extraordinary estate.
Custom wrought iron light fixtures, hand-laid stonework and custom-designed cabinetry are but a few of the unique features definitive of this space. Custom window treatments and drapes adorn stain-grade exterior and interior windows, complete with swing casements that are perfect for a summer breeze or keeping out the mild SoCal chill. Travertine flooring in the entry, hallways, great room, kitchen and billiard room feature a chiseled Tuscan gold tile in a magnificent Versi pattern, leading guests throughout the bedrooms, baths, library, home theater, game room and more.
The kitchen combines incredible functionality with impeccable taste. Custom travertine stone countertops provide instant drama to a kitchen any chef would envy. The 4.8-inch Viking Double free-standing range is the center of the scene, surrounded by elaborate cabinetry, personalized carvings and corbels. The built-in double oven, Sharp Carousel microwave, separate sub-zero refrigerator and freezer, along with an extra large butler’s pantry—featuring leaded glass windows in the cabinets, custom tile and garnet counters—are the epitome of opulence and provide more than enough room to entertain and explore culinary mastery.
A library with uniquely designed walnut panels, coffered ceilings and built-in bookcases is the perfect place to study or read a good book. The estate’s personal theater oversized with 15-person seating capacity, is custom designed with paneled wood and surround sound speaker system. Whatever the occasion, the Calle Ponte Bella estate inspires both familiar comfort and cultural depth.
The master bedroom and bath feature a fireplace, his and hers separate water closets with custom built-in cabinets and a two-person Whirlpool tub with armrests. Oversized walk-in closets throughout the home, complete with cedar-lined ceilings, provide abundant storage for a luxurious wardrobe and keepsakes. Whether relaxing into the evening or rising early in the morning, the spacious master suite is both intimate and functional, private and comfortable.
This luxurious estate is nested inside the exclusive Bridges of Rancho Santa Fe. When the creators of this stunning 550 acres first visited the site, they were struck by the landscape’s resemblance to the vistas of Northern Tuscany. They envisioned a beautiful, residential community and private country club that would preserve this natural beauty. The Bridges’ stunning terrain accommodates 240 residents, in 2,000-square-foot villas to more than 10,000-square-foot custom homes. The Bridges Country Club sets a standard above the rest with one of the most exclusive memberships in San Diego County. The gated community features a Tuscan village design throughout, with every home a distinct interpretation of the Italian countryside. The world-class clubhouse and naturally sculpted private golf course centers panoramic views of vineyards and two signature stress ribbon bridges that span 285 feet over deep canyons. Some of the greatest players ever to play the game have enjoyed the 18-holes at the The Bridges and have left feeling both challenged and inspired by the course.
Residences and visitors to this amazing retreat have an abundance of opportunities to explore the grounds in a variety of recreational ways, including botanical gardens, polo, horseback riding, tennis, golf, a sports center and spa, to name only a few. This exclusive community is also home to terrific schools, charming boutiques and fine restaurants, and actively supports charitable and educational organizations, cultural activities, live theater, art and music.
Nestled within the revered locale of Rancho Santa Fe, The Bridges is one of the most beautiful and prestigious designations in the country. Today, as a testament to good planning and respect paid to the natural beauty of the terrain, it is one of the most sought-after places to live among wealthy Southern Californians. The quaint and alluring charm of living among the Italian hillsides of Tuscany is available at The Bridges in Rancho Santa Fe for $8,195,000.