Rancho Santa Fe’s new Rancho Belvedere development offers spectacular high-end, luxury estates


home1By Kelley Carlson

There’s a new development on the rise in Rancho Santa Fe.

Consisting of two estates and 14 buildable lots, Rancho Belvedere — which means “beautiful view” in Italian — is situated on about 40 acres of rolling hills, just southeast of The Bridges off Aliso Canyon Road. The residential parcels and homes in this guard-gated community are currently on the market.

According to Jason Barry of Barry Estates, the project was three years in the making, and much of the homes’ design was inspired by the owners’ Italian heritage. The estates incorporate stone from the southern European country, and have large windows and skylights that permit abundant natural lighting.

“These are high-end, amazing luxury estates,” Barry emphasized.

The larger of the two is Villa Italco, at 18138 Pacifica Ranch Drive, which is listed for $15.995 million. Its developer is Pacifica Enterprises.

Inside the spacious main house are six bedrooms, plus additional rooms that can be converted for such use as an exercise room, office, and game room. A spiral staircase in the play room leads to a loft, and a series of steps leads to a subterranean wine cellar. Other indoor features include electronically-controlled lift and glide doors that surround the outdoor living room, a fresh filtered air system, high ceilings and double insulated walls with a sound board. A self-contained, two-plus-bedroom guest house is attached, which also has a full kitchen and living room.

An outside recreation room has many of the amenities of a restaurant kitchen, such as steamers, a pizza oven, a salamander, bread machine, commercial ovens, a steak grill, filtered water and a cooktop.

From the south-facing patio, owners and their guests can see all the way to La Jolla’s University Towne Centre while lounging by a pool that incorporates waterfalls, a grotto spa, “lazy river,” water slides, underwater music and a children’s area.

Also on the 2.06-gross-acre property is a detached secondary guest house, a seven-plus-car garage and a 27-camera security system.

The other home for sale is a Tuscan-themed estate at 7222 Pacifica Ranch Hills Road, priced at $12.995 million. The main residence includes seven to eight bedroom suites, a theater, full prep kitchen and gourmet kitchen, and an office. In addition, there is a resort-style pool on the crest-top site that encompasses 2.646 gross acres and features expansive views.

Along with the properties that contain the estates, there are 14 lots and parcels that are buildable and “ready to go,” according to Barry. Planned with families in mind, they average between 2 and 2 1/2 acres, at prices between $1.549 million and $2.999 million. Horses are permitted.

Among the benefits for those who purchase one of the properties is a fully paid membership into The Bridges, which includes access to the golf course and restaurants.

“It’s like an extension to The Bridges, but a different level,” Barry said.

Children in the community may attend elementary school in the Rancho Santa Fe School District and high school at Torrey Pines, according to Barry.

For more information about Rancho Belvedere, go to, or call (858) 756-4024.