Sun Ranch Estate
17111 El Vuelo
Sun Ranch Estate
After moving from Beverly Hills in the 80’s Gene Klein, the then owner of the San Diego Chargers, chose one of the most spectacular sites in Southern California to build his Estate atop 33 pristine acres. In that same period, Qualcomm was being co-founded by Dr. Andrew Viterbi who revolutionized communication technology throughout the world. It is amazing that a little more than a decade later, Dr. Viterbi would purchase Gene Klein’s Rancho Santa Fe Estate and commission Guy Dreier to design a brand new organic modern masterpiece that blended gracefully with the natural terrain taking over 7 years to complete.
The Estate is located on one of the most coveted streets in the Covenant and is built around a beautiful spine wall with all rooms open to the exterior with walls of glass framing the stunning mountain and valley vistas. The pool and water features were designed with seamless integration between the home and landscape in a manner that creates tranquility. The great room boasts voluminous ceilings with incredible thought for entertaining and flows into the oversized Dining Room. The kitchen is ideal for any entertaining situation yet maintains a warmth and good feel for such a large room. Not surprising is that the home is completely self-sufficient with solar panels fully powering the home and amenities, resulting in little to zero cost on the electricity bill.
The grounds were carefully designed and thought out by renowned landscape architect Theresa Clark. "The Owner was interested in having technology, art and the property¹s natural beauty direct the design of the home. The Owner¹s collection of Sculptures by the artist Fletcher Benton were thoughtfully considered when designing the landscape. The collection of gardens were designed to respond to the broad range of outdoor experiences that relate to architectural settings, points of destination, areas to observe outward or contemplate within, and open spaces to gather and entertain. Two gardens were specifically designed to evoke moments of contemplation. The Gallery Garden is an awesome design of a singular plant form and flowers from the regions of South America, South Africa or Australia seen at the Botanical Garden display. The expansive west citrus orchard and the west, north and east succulent installations sweep the eye out to the broad valley vistas surrounding the property. The majority of the gardens use a low water to drought tolerant palette found in Southern California, Australia and South Africa. It was the design intent that the gardens illustrate exotic plant culture is not needed in Southern California to achieve beauty. It is wonderful to see that the selection of native or naturalized plant communities have created a habitat for the indigenous butterflies, bees and humming birds.
The Owner’s interest in technology resulted in designing the architecture as a smart house, meaning energy and waste is monitored closely. The garden design incorporates this approach with the LED lighting systems and a site specific watering system. The watering system utilizes a drip irrigation system that is monitored by a satellite weather station responding to the specific needs in each garden area per soil, moisture, sun aspect and plant palette. To create the dream, every minute detail was considered throughout this Modern Masterpiece and in the 33 thoughtfully manicured acres of lawn, gardens, citrus, tennis court, basketball court with commanding panoramic mountain and valley views.