‘Splendor By The Sea’
9696 La Jolla Farms Road, La Jolla, California
While browsing the September 2004 issue of Unique Homes I came across a full page advertisement for this stunning ocean bluff estate in la Jolla, California. It was described as a one-of-a-kind, 3.8 acre ocean bluff contemporary estate with panoramic-view grounds that included a three-hole golf course, plus a putting green and ocean-view lit tennis court. It offered nearly ever imaginable amenity including a unique indoor pool, spa and wading pool, a two-lane disco bowling alley with lockers, racquetball court, and games room. It was listed with Maxine & Marti Gellens of Prudential California Realty for $22,750,000. I decided to do a little investigating to find out what happened to this unique estate. After a day of research it turns out the estate sold and was demolished. The new owners not only demolished the entire mansion but they took out the professional tennis court and let the three-hole golf course and putting green turn to shambles. The new place may look impressive from the sky, but go check it out on Google Streetview, there is absolutely no curb-appeal and the dual entrances were removed. It’s a shame this unique estate had to come down.