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Private Peaceful Luxurious Ocean View Resort Home

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Above The Clouds - Luxury Resort Estate in North San Diego


Last updated: 02/17/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:24
  • Bedrooms:6
  • Bathrooms:5
  • Property type:Estate
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Estate, 6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12-22)

In the rolling hills of Elfin Forest, this breathtaking 5 acre totally private luxury resort nestled among horse ranches just 40 minutes North of San Diego is perfect for a family getaway, reunion or corporate retreat, although ABOVE THE CLOUDS DOES NOT HOST WEDDINGS OR RECEPTIONS.

You won't want to leave 'Above The Clouds', a serene gated 7000 sq. ft. resort with panoramic views from every vaulted ceiling room from the Native American Medicine Wheel in the courtyard to the library to the gourmet kitchen and master suite overlooking the infinity pool and waterfalls.

Enjoy the beautiful open living space with custom Mexican luxurious furnishings, 3 fireplaces, music system throughout and radiant heated stone floors.

The sound proof, state of the art Blu-ray theater is equipped with leather recliners, seating for 12, a kitchen, dvd and music library, Wii and computer Internet access.

The beautiful, serene library with hundreds of books, meditation garden, and a fully equipped gym with wet and dry sauna are just the beginning of the amenities.

The pocket doors melt into the walls, opening 3 sides of the house to merge the gourmet kitchen and dining room with the outdoor BBQ kitchen and lanai with a fireplace. You cannot tell where the indoors ends and the outdoor begins with point-to-point glass meeting the vaulted continuous roof line. The gourmet kitchen comes fully equipped with spices, oils, condiments, bar ware, linens and all the basics.

The roofed lanai with comfortable seating and dining areas overlooks a 60,000 gallon saline pool - your own private water park with grotto, 40' luge slide, 15 person jacuzzi with river, waterfalls and beach entry. Enjoy a drink at the swim up bar or at the fire pit while hot air balloons drift over the clear, clean sky at sunset.

This resort home uniquely feels cozy with just 2 to 4 people or comfortably accommodates a group of 24.

Private chef, full gourmet catering, limo service, massage, yoga and meditation can be made available to you for your stay at Above The Clouds.

We have access to a full array of premium resources and services to further enhance your Above The Clouds retreat experience.

The main master suite has a romantic fireplace, sitting area, and private access to the outdoor jacuzzi and pool. The marble master bath with towel warmer, jetted tub, and walk in closet has a stunning indoor/outdoor shower. The master suite level is complete with a fully equipped gym with free weights, elliptical, weight resistance training equipment, flat screen DVD/TV and sound system - all the bells, balls, whistles and barbells you could want to stay in shape plus a beautiful dry or wet sauna that comfortable seats 10-12.

Above The Clouds is uniquely open and spacious, yet cozy and private.

There is a 2nd master suite downstairs on the theater level with 2 additional beautiful, luxurious comfortable bedrooms with full baths and private entrances. There are 2 more bedrooms with one bath on a third level.

How does it get even better than this?

If you find it possible to leave, you can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding right from the property. Horse and bike rentals are nearby.

You'll be just minutes from Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, LegoLand, the Del Mar Horse Racing Track, Downtown San Diego, PetCo Park, The San Diego Convention Center, Gas Lamp Jazz District, Temecula wine tasting, museums, live theater, Scripts Aquarium, paragliding off the ocean cliffs and an endless list of entertainment and fine dining. Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm, sky diving and the ferry to Catalina with it's new zip line are all about an hour away.

Some of the best surfing in the world is just 15 minutes from the house with beautiful beaches for beach combing, kayaking, jet skiing, water skiing, scuba diving, boogie and paddle boarding. There is para-sailing, hot air ballooning golf, tennis, lakes, rock climbing and some of the best shopping in the world. The possibilities are infinite.

We provide the resources to access all of this and more, Above The Clouds also comes equipped with surf boards, boogie boards, beach chairs and coolers to chill your wine and beer to head for the beach!

Above The Clouds is an amazing experience for everyone who visits. There is a peaceful magic in the comfortable luxury of this magnificent resort home once experienced will be remembered for a lifetime.

We bought the land in 2000 as newly weds and custom built this dream home with the intention that it enhance the lives of every person who visits. We would love to share our very special resort home with you.

Above The Clouds easily accommodates a luxury vacation for 1-4 couples or families, a 12-24 person girlfriend getaway, family reunion or corporate retreat.

There are 2 master suites with walk in closets and full baths, 2 additional bedrooms with queen size beds and queen size sofa sleepers in each bedroom and full baths. There are also 2 additional rooms available with 2 queens, a bunk with a single and a double, and 2 additional single beds. The bedrooms comfortably sleep 16 plus an additional 5 people can be accommodated if you fill every bed. Plus there are 2 Queen airbeds and a pack and play for an infant or toddler.

We have more information about the area and what you can experience here in North San Diego County. Just ask!

Please give us a call to discuss your vacation or retreat and if Above The Clouds is not the perfect fit, we would love to help you explore the area.

Keywords: luxury estate, resort, San Diego vacation, Rancho Santa Fe, Elfin Forest, vacation rental by owner, vacation home rental, getaway, view, private, horseback riding, hiking, villa, retreat, saline pool, sleeps 24, gourmet kitchen, island home,
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/17/2017

Property Type

  • Estate

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 24
  • Children Welcome:

    The house is definitely kid friendly, but the pool is huge and not gated....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is NEVER allowed....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24, Beds for 17-24

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4


  • Bedroom 5


  • Bedroom 6


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • King size beds (2) Master Suite has King Bed with luxurious bedding. Additional King bedroom with a futon on Theater level., Queen size Beds (7) 2nd Master Suite Queen, plus 1 Queen Bedroom with a Queen sofa sleeper, and 2 additional Queen Bedrooms, 2 Queen Airbeds for setup in the library and theatre., Double Beds (1) 1 Double on bottom bunk, Twin or Single Beds (2) Total of 3 twins, Child Beds (1) 1 Pack & Play with child's mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) 1 Queen sofa sleeper in bedroom with a queen bed. 1 double futon in King bedroom. 2 Queen airbeds., Bunk Beds (1) 1 bunk bed with a twin on top and a double lower....moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Entertaining dream with beautiful fully equipped gourmet Dacor kitchen with pocket doors fully opening to indoor/outdoor entertainment lanai with BBQ, Fireplace, Fire pit, 60,000 Gallon Saline Water Park with Grotto, Swim-up Bar, 12-15 person jacuzzi, river, 40' luge slide, infinity edge overlooking incredible mountain and ocean views, beach entry, waterfalls, pool shower, whole house music system with satellite radio or your IPOD, sound proof state of the art Blu-Ray theater with kitchen, seating for 12 with 8 fully reclining leather chairs with sound shakers, dvd and music library, meditation garden, library, full gym with wet and dry sauna, master suite with indoor/outdoor marble/stone shower, jetted tub, towel warmer, stunning 180 degree views from every room for spectacular sunrises & sunsets, 5 acre gated with courtyard, dark sky, no city lights or city noise yet only 35 minutes from downtown San Diego & Sea World or the Airport....moreless


  • Music Library:

    Lots of CDs, IPOD Docking Station, Whole House Music System...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite TV and cable throughout the house with a whole house music system with controls in most rooms, Flat screenTV in the master and gym. Computer in the Theater....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Full State of the art Theater. Television in the gym and master suite....moreless

  • Video Game Console:

    Wii in the Theater. Playstation, video games and large screen TV in one bedroom sitting area....moreless

  • Video Games:

    Wii player in the Theater....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Huge selection of current Blu-Ray DVDs, hundreds of CD and an IPOD docking station ready for your music to play throughout the house with seperate controls in each room....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View:

    Incredible sunsets, hotair balloon sightings & ocean view to the West....moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    There is also outside dining - 1 table for 6 and 1 that seats 4 on the lanai ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    One in the laundry room and one in the master closet....moreless

  • Computer Available:

    Computer in Theater....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Full gym with sauna....moreless

  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace:

    Lanai fireplace...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Radiant floor heating....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Luxurious linens and bath towels and beach towels provided....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Plenty of Parking...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine:

    One in the laundry room and one in the master closet....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless Internet is available throughout the house....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    (4) Living room, Master Suite and firepit at swim up bar...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Tell us what you want and we'll assist you to create it!...moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    2 Twelve Cup Coffee Makers French Press Espresso/Cap...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Kitchen is full equipped: pots, pans, Waffle iron, blender, toaster, Coffee grinder, espresso/cap/press machine, as well as spices, oils, vinegars, condiments....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped gourmet kitchen with dishes, glassware, wine glasses, silverware, and linens....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Disappearing pocket doors open the house to roofed indoor/outdoor kitchens and living space with fireplace, sitting areas overseeing beach entry infinity edge pool waterfalls, grotto and swim up bar....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Beautiful stone jetted jacuzzi overlooking the pool with mountain and ocean views seats 15+ comfortably....moreless

  • Private Pool:

    60,000 Gallon saline pool with grotto, beach entry, waterfalls, swim up bar, firepit, 40' luge slide, infinity edge and river....moreless

  • Sauna:

    Dry Swedish Sauna seats 8 comfortably with a wet sauna option....moreless

  • Jetted Tub:

    Air jetted tub in the Master suite....moreless



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Jun 3 - Sep 2, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Cleaning $400
  • Property Damage Protection $99


Please inquire for rates for more than 12 Guests. Cleaning Fee is $400.

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Last updated: 02/17/2017
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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Diego
2.4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
San Elijo- Epoch Wine Bar, Ignite- Carlsbad
9 Miles
Nearest Golf
La Costa Resort
20 Miles
Nearest Train
Oceanside Station
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Freeway
2.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Epoch or Stoked! Bistro, San Elijo
90 Miles
Nearest Ski
Big Bear
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
Carlsbad State Beach

Car: Necessary

Wine Tasting & Winery Summer Jazz Program and Palomar Observatory are just 20 minutes away, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and sky diving are about an hour away and Sea World, Lego Land, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, museums, live theater and San Diego sites and events are all within 35 minutes. 20 Minutes to Palomar Airport private charters, helicopters and small commercial jets. Long Beach Ferry to Catalina and their new zip line is a little over an hour away.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: Randy Smith is a local custom home builder and Deb is an entrepreneur who loves to cook, write and entertain. We have 3 wonderful kids, a great dog and are blessed with a life filled with love, great health, wonderful friends, family and extended family. We love to scuba dive, ski and explore the world when we are not at home in Elfin Forest.

Why the Owner Chose Escondido, CA, USA:
We love Elfin Forest and the magic of the privacy and beauty of Above The Clouds. We found the land one magical day exploring North San Diego County in 2000 and immediately bought it. We'll never forget standing on the land that day, feeling the energy, looking down at the wild sage at our feet and the incredible view of mountains, horse ranches and ocean. We looked into each others eyes and said simultaneously 'This is it'. Our talented architect incorporated every amenity we could think of and designed a resort home that fits into the land like it grew out of the mountain. Randy is a custom home builder and over four years we developed the land bringing in the water, utilities and road. Deb designed the door, chose all the stone, fixtures and interior design and conducted Native American ceremonies to further bless the land. Above The Clouds earned it's name over time with too many experiences of serene, magical mornings watching the rivers of morning ocean fog drift into the canyon, reaching just to the base of the house, but never further. The fog always burns off to the perfect mild sunny San Diego weather. The hawks soar overhead as the humming birds dip their beaks in the waterfalls and we feel like we are truly above it all, even the clouds. Above The Clouds is the perfect retreat resort home where you can escape your earthly bounds. We love to share it with family, friends and VRBO guests. We have another home in Elfin Forest and love being available to meet our guests and make sure their stay is perfect.

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
Meditate or read in the big leather chair in the library with panoramic views. Relax over a sunset toast watching hot air balloons drift over the breathtaking view. Drink deep the clean fresh air. Relax in front of the living room fireplace while someone plays the baby grand piano... hand your friends one of the instruments you'll find in the library closet and make music! There’s chess in the game closet and comfortable leather chairs awaiting the masters among you. Push back the beautiful custom Mexican furnishings, put your favorites on the whole house music system and dance on the stone warm floors. Summer? Turn on the poolside speakers and dance under the stars, while guest enjoy the swim up bar, fire pit, 40' slide & jacuzzi. Head for the theater, select a movie from the great dvd collection, pull the wine from the rack, or beer from the frig, pop the popcorn and recline in the leather chairs for a full immersion entertainment experience. Step outside the master suite to the jacuzzi overlooking the incredible view and 60,000 gallon pool/playground.... romantic for 2 or 24. Have a pizza making party on the huge granite island in the gourmet kitchen. There's plenty of room for the finished masterpieces in the double Dacor ovens. Open the pocket doors on three sides of the house, throw your favorites on the grill, light the outdoor fireplace, turn up the whole house music system and kick back under the stars - no city lights, noise or immediate neighbors! Cleanse in the hot sauna, rinse off in the outdoor stone shower, then wrap yourself in a towel from the towel warmer....sheer luxury. Hike, horseback ride or bike from Above The Clouds' private gate. Explore Dry Creek Reserve and Conservancy, Harmony Grove Spiritual Retreat, the local nurseries, farmers markets, lavender and flower fields.

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Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/17/2017

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  • Above The Clouds - Luxury Resort Estate in North San Diego

    Above The Clouds - Luxury Resort Estate in North San Diego

  • Waterfalls Swim-up Bar, 40' Slide, Jacuzzi for 15, 60,000 gallon Water Park!

    Waterfalls Swim-up Bar, 40' Slide, Jacuzzi for 15, 60,000 gallon Water Park!

  • Dining and Living area

    Dining and Living area

  • The living area with grand piano and fireplace

    The living area with grand piano and fireplace

  • The view from one of the lanai sitting areas

    The view from one of the lanai sitting areas

  • The Above The Clouds Dream Kitchen

    The Above The Clouds Dream Kitchen

  • The Above The Clouds Master Bedroom Suite

    The Above The Clouds Master Bedroom Suite

  • Sauna


  • 2nd Master 'Sweet' Suite

    2nd Master 'Sweet' Suite

  • Romantic dip in the pool!

    Romantic dip in the pool!

  • Medicine Wheel Courtyard Entry to Above The Clouds Estate

    Medicine Wheel Courtyard Entry to Above The Clouds Estate

  • View from the lower level of the Estate

    View from the lower level of the Estate

  • Ocean View Hot Air Balloon Sunsets

    Ocean View Hot Air Balloon Sunsets

  • The amazing Above The Clouds ceiling and living area

    The amazing Above The Clouds ceiling and living area

  • Magnificent views from every window!

    Magnificent views from every window!

  • Looking out on the lanai through the pocket doors

    Looking out on the lanai through the pocket doors

  • Lanai Barbeque Dining Indoor/Outdoor living space at its best!

    Lanai Barbeque Dining Indoor/Outdoor living space at its best!

  • State of The Art Luxury Theater with kitchen, 8 fully reclining leather chairs

    State of The Art Luxury Theater with kitchen, 8 fully reclining leather chairs

  • Master Bath with indoor and outdoor showers, rain head & air jetted Jacuzzi.

    Master Bath with indoor and outdoor showers, rain head & air jetted Jacuzzi.

  • Full Gym and Sauna

    Full Gym and Sauna

  • Queen Bedroom with sofa sleeper

    Queen Bedroom with sofa sleeper

  • View of the lower level of the estate

    View of the lower level of the estate

  • Beach entry, infinity edge pool and Jacuzzi for 15 overlooking Paradise

    Beach entry, infinity edge pool and Jacuzzi for 15 overlooking Paradise

  • The Gym

    The Gym

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Thursday, April 27, 2017

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