Real Estate

People like to hunt for treasure along the Southern California coast. Amid the sunbathers, surfers and castle builders, it’s not uncommon to see beach hunters sweeping metal detectors over the sand.

But not all the great finds are hidden underneath the sunbaked surface. Some are in plain sight, such as this awe-inspiring beach house right on the sand in Del Mar.

Priced at US $14.95 million, the home combines appealing contemporary design, high-quality finishes and abundant outdoor space.

The ocean-facing façade makes an immediate impression with sleek clean lines, walls of glass and sophisticated accent lights. An oceanfront patio with dining and lounging areas abuts the beach. Lush walls of succulents flank the space. A planter-lined balcony with clear railings sits above.

Beyond the ground-level patio, glass doors reveal the open concept great room containing a living area with a dramatic fireplace with a floor-to-ceiling marble surround. The adjoining dining room yields to the kitchen where a massive center island has a honed marble countertop, electric cooktop and bar seating for four.

Floating stairs with clear railings rise two landings to the second floor. The upstairs primary suite opens directly to the balcony and takes in views of the crashing waves.

Its private bathroom features dual vanities with vessel sinks. There are a total of three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Other interior features include white oak flooring, custom motorized shades and high ceilings.

In addition to the 1,700 square feet of indoor space, the rooftop living/dining room adds another 1,300 square feet of open-air footage. A fireplace, built-ins and an outdoor sink are among the amenities. Elsewhere is a barbecue center and a wet bar.

Artificial turf along one side of the house creates a spot to practice one’s putting.

Shawn Rodger of Willis Allen Real Estate is the listing agent for 2048 Ocean Front, which was completed in 2019.

Del Mar, known for its famed racehorse track, is a popular second-home spot in northern San Diego County. At only about 2 square miles, restaurants, boutiques, breweries and services are all within easy reach. A mix of new and charming old construction, the hopping downtown area gives way to quiet neighborhoods.


Willis Allen Real Estate is an exclusive member of Forbes Global Properties, a consumer marketplace and membership network of elite brokerages selling the world’s most luxurious homes.

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