1540 Virginia Way-BLOGAs we celebrate Independence Day and the birth of our country’s democracy this week, it seemed appropriate to feature a California property with historic significance. Low and behold: this historic estate in San Diego’s affluent La Jolla community quite literally landed in our inbox! Built in 1936 for Captain Johan Johanson and wife Grace Scripps (daughter of James E. Scripps, a well-known philanthropist and newspaper publisher), the luxurious and private three-bedroom home rests on two lush lots in the heart of La Jolla village and is a designated historic landmark. As such, the property is protected under The Mills Act Historical Property Contract Program, which “allows qualifying owners to receive a potential property tax reduction and use the savings to help rehabilitate, restore and maintain their buildings.”  How’s that for history? You could live in a home that is real, bonafide historic landmark!

Now, onto the story of the home (and every great historic home has a story). The 4,853 square-foot residence has been restored to it original grandeur and updated with modern conveniences. Details throughout the three-level home, such as portholes, pay homage to the Captain’s maritime life. It is evident that this home was built with respect for materials and workmanship. For example, the capped arches that mark the entryway to rooms located off the foyer reveal master woodwork. The library’s molding, wall panels and built-in bookcases are all original. Other comforts include an elegant foyer, large eat-in kitchen, wet bar, elevator, library, sunlit formal dining room, as well as fireplaces in library, great room and family room. Contemporary buyers will appreciate the home’s remote controlled front entry, closed circuit security monitors, surround sound and flat screen TVs. And who can overlook the beautifully landscaped grounds with a pool, spa and various fruit trees and balconies, patios, BBQ areas and sitting areas with spectacular North Shore views to Torrey Pines Bluffs and Scripps Pier?

Represented by Joan Huffman for $4,995,000 USD.