Looking Like a Million — or Seven: Hilltop Home by Safdie Rabines

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When you’ve got it, use it: that’s the approach Safdie Rabines Architects takes to this Rancho Santa Fe, California, hilltop home just north of San Diego. Designed to maximize the 360-degree views, its façade features four cascading rooflines with clerestory windows as a key — to welcome in both light and air. Despite its being nearly 10,000 square feet of space — a large house by any standard! — the rooflines make it seem to float, indeed, to soar, and that’s just the beginning of the light-as-air ambience here. Plenty of space to spread out? It’s got that: six bedroom suites, eight bathroomss, an office tower, a library, a den, and a media room — and that’s not counting patios, terraces, and a six-car garage. Its asking price? In the millions…not a surprise.

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But while the price tag on the house may be a bit steep, your energy bills here don’t have to be. Reverse rooflines “drain off” summer heat, while fresh ocean breezes sweep through the high windows. Conversely, in winter, southern-aimed windows are an ingenious source of passive solar warmth; even on cloudy days, hydronic radiant floor heating does the rest! Just in case you want a cozier atmosphere, of course, you can always light one of the 5 fireplaces; it’ll help keep you toasty while you whip up a snack or meal in the state-of-the-art kitchen. Soaring wood ceilings, beautiful “sunny” décor, travertine and imported teak floors, and a pool and spa — at your fingertips is everything you need for entertaining, either just the family or a crowd. Luxury, space, and efficiency: it’s all here in this hilltop house.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).