$10.8M Rancho Santa Fe mansion ‘a total loss’ after catching fire

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A $10.8 million Rancho Santa Fe mansion was destroyed in a two-alarm fire that ignited Sunday night. The cause is under investigation
(Courtesy of Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department

A Rancho Santa Fe mansion in a gated community, listed for sale for $10.85 million, was deemed “a total loss” after a two-alarm fire broke out Sunday night, Nov. 17, a fire official said.

Four members of a cleaning crew were inside the 20,000-square-foot home on Spyglass Lane, near the Farms Golf Club, when the fire ignited shortly after 8:20 p.m. They were all able to escape safely, said Rancho Santa Fe Fire spokeswoman Julie Taber.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames coming from the back of the sprawling estate. Crews worked for hours to put out the fire, with flames initially being knocked down around 10 p.m., Taber said. Crews worked past midnight to make sure the fire was out.

Firefighters from several agencies, including Del Mar, Encinitas, Solana Beach and San Diego, fought the blaze. Firefighters remained on scene through Monday morning, Nov. 18, to make sure hot spots didn’t reignite.


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A two-alarm fire destroyed a Rancho Santa Fe mansion Sunday night.
(Courtesy of Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department

No injuries were reported and no other structures were threatened.

“The home is a total loss,” Taber said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, she said.

According to the Zillow website, the seven-bedroom, nine-bath home, located in the Spyglass Estates community, has been listed for sale four times since 2013, most recently in May.


Photos of the home on Zillow highlight such features as gleaming tiled floors and crystal chandeliers, a movie theater, a bowling alley and gym, a pool and tennis court.

The home, which apparently is called “the Grand Chateau at Rancho Santa Fe,” was profiled by the San Diego Reader in 2014. According to the Reader, the home underwent multi-million dollar renovations in 2013 and was styled by Warren Sheets Design, Inc., a full-service interior design and architectural interiors firm.

According to county property records, John A. Isaac transferred ownership of the property to Spyglass Estate Planning LLC in February. State records show Isaac is listed as CEO/manager of the Spyglass Estate Planning limited liability corporation; no other partners are listed.

— Karen Kucher is a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune

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