Enjoy jaw-dropping ocean views from this impressive estate resting on a bluff overlooking an intimate cove in La Jolla. 5840 Camino de la Costa was built by a father-and-son team and features exquisite finishes throughout. Hickory floors, teak windows and doors made in Italy and box-beam ceilings are just a few of the impressive details gracing this 8,692-square-foot masterpiece. Every surface in this home has been carefully detailed to create a warm and rich environment. A limestone fireplace in the living room, and metalwork on the curved-staircase handrail and lining the exterior walkways were made in Tecate, Mexico. The extraordinary kitchen boasts a copper exhaust hood, hand-painted plaster ceiling, a center island with a walnut countertop, a commercial-grade range and alder cabinets.
For Masterworks, designing and building the home complete with major elements including cabinetry, decks and stairs was reflective of the company’s philosophy. “We prefer to do two or three homes a year and play a bigger part in the process. It makes it more exciting,” said Salbato, an engineer whose past creative efforts included mechanized special effects for Broadway shows, including the Lion King.
Architect Justin Salbato of Masterworks Construction came up with an innovative solution that included adding a second story and dramatically remodeling the home’s interior as well as exterior. “The main living space is upstairs. I fought had for that,” noted Salbato. “You might as well live where the views are.” The result is a home with the ambience of an urban loft complete with towering views, ample use of wood, glass and metal elements, accentuated by Prairie-style architectural detailing.
At the edge of the coast in La Jolla (San Diego County) is a five-bedroom oceanfront estate built by a father and son brimming with finishes fabricated by international designers. Completed in July 2007 after roughly 21 months of construction, 5840 Camino de la Costa features individually designed ceilings in every room, abundant views of the Pacific Ocean and a home theater with a dozen motorized, reclining seats.
"A captivating property filled with custom metalwork, multiple fireplaces and hardwood details," said Justin Salbato of Sotheby’s International Realty and Masterworks Construction, who built the home with his father Philip Salbato, who runs Salbato Construction.
Then, on balmy evenings, when outdoor lanterns infuse the air with warm light and a romantic soundtrack intoxicates the soul, indoor and outdoor spaces merge magically as one.
Justin, in fact, found the home for the Berges and, with his real-estate brokerage license, closed the deal for them. The decision to remodel their new home was a given. The vision for its design was not. What started out as a utilitarian beach house somewhere along the way evolved into a 8,600-square-foot mansion that one might see in an Italian countryside.
Less than a mile long, La Jolla’s meandering Camino de la Costa has few peers on the West Coast for its collection of remarkable homes with breathtaking ocean views. Among the newest, near the Bird Rock end of the street, is a new tri-level compound of Brent and Debbie Berge.
This beautifully detailed Oceanfront Masterpiece gently rests on a bluff overlooking an intimate cove in La Jolla. Enter through the spacious Italianesque courtyard to this magnificent home of almost 8,700 sq. ft. There are 5 bedrooms, 10 baths, office, wine cellar, and one of a kind theatre. The exquisite master suite is located on the main level contributing to the comfort of this home. Every room has high, individually designed ceilings and each surface has been carefully and gracefully detailed to create a warm and rich environment. The oceanfront patios and lawn area provide great opportunities to enjoy every sunset with the beauty and sound of the surf.