James Shields, former MLB pitcher, is listing this vast estate in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, for nearly $6.5M after purchasing the property in 7 years ago for over $4M.
The tunnel of trees escorting us to the front door is reminiscent of a walk through an olive grove with those ancient stonewall lay-lines in the surrounding forest. The interior holds true to that style. The tuscan-gothic home that greets us with what feels incredibly Italian, shows Californian luxury at it's roots.
The single-family house is over 10,000 sq. ft., featuring six bedrooms, seven-and-a-half bathrooms, a four-car garage, and a separate RV garage; all set on a 2-acre lot. The home's open floor plan showcases it's tile floors and luxurious dark wood finishes. That Tuscan-Gothic style is further upheld by the wrought-iron details throughout the home; like the light fixtures, furniture, and also the stone used throughout the interior.
The home includes a large kitchen with dual islands and high-level appliances, a master suite, a home theater, a fully-equipped gym, and a room designed for entertaining with it's bar and a pool table.
Out back we find a barbecue station and plenty of sitting and dining areas. The massive in-ground pool acts as a centerpiece with its own centerpiece; a waterfall. The patio also includes a swim-up bar, and off to the side the white sands serve as a beach volleyball court. Two things are clear; this home is rather impressive feat, and the architect must take a lot of coastal European/Caribbean resort vacations.
The residence is located in a guard-gated community called Fairbanks Ranch, which is surrounded by lakes, an equestrian center, tennis and golf courts, and natural trails for leg-friendly walks. The estate is also only 20 miles north of downtown. This is the perfect home for someone who wants to live the California dream, but from a position where they can retreat home and regroup in their own environment.
The 38-year-old former athlete played for the Chicago White Sox from 2016 to 2018. He began his career in 2006 with the Tampa Bay Rays, and was an All-Star in 2011.
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