La Jolla’s Foxhill estate is up for sale for $49 million

La Jolla’s sprawling Foxhill estate is well placed to make local real estate history.

The approximately 30-acre property at 7007 Country Club Drive has been listed for sale for $49 million, making it the most expensive residence ever sold in San Diego County. He is listed with Drew and Tim Nelson of Willis Allen Real Estate in La Jolla.

The estate includes Foxhill Manor, which was built in 1959 by San Diego Union and Evening stand editor James Copley and has 10 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, additional guest houses, a swimming pool and sports courts, as well as walking paths and a 12-car garage.

Two additional “development sites” are the Romero site (off Romero Drive) and another off Country Club Drive, Drew Nelson said.

The Romero site is 22.4 acres containing native vegetation and approximately four developable acres. A concept plan for the site calls for the construction of a 20,000 square foot home with six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, two powder rooms, a gym, games room, theater and guest house. hosts, Nelson said.

The site “is probably the best undeveloped ocean-view real estate in La Jolla and possibly San Diego or even Southern California,” he said.

The Country Club site is 1.77 acres with a coastal development permit. “There are about six months left until we have ready-made plans to build” a 10,000-square-foot, six-bedroom, six-bathroom home with a pool and garage, Nelson said.

Foxhill Mansion was built in 1959.

(Lucas Parodi Ronalds)

The three sites are unique, Nelson said, because they “all offer incredible privacy but also phenomenal ocean views” — two qualities that are difficult to combine in La Jolla.

Nelson said the estate’s current owner, Doug Manchester – the former owner of San Diego Union-Tribune and La Jolla Light which bought the property for around $27 million in 2015 – approved the possibility of each site being purchased separately.

The choices for buyers are:

• The three sites for 49 million dollars

• The Foxhill house and its 6.24 acres for $28 million

• The Romero site for 24 million dollars

• The Country Club site for 8 million dollars

The Romero and Country Club sites would come with their respective development plans “as they are made and approved,” Nelson said.

Noting the extensive work Manchester has invested in the property to improve its value, Nelson said the price, although potentially record high, is “very low compared to what this house would be listed in places like Los Angeles and the county. of Orange. … The topography is truly conducive to … the grandeur and intimacy of Foxhill.

A house in Del Mar set the San Diego County record for the most expensive sale – $48.2 million in 2007. The same house was sold in 2020 to Bill and Melinda Gates for $43 million.

The record in La Jolla was set by a home at 8466 El Paseo Grande, which sold for $24.7 million at the end of 2020.

A new home in Bird Rock is listed at $32.5 million.

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