This magnificent 30 acre estate, dubbed Suncatch, is located on El Camino Real in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. The 26,000 square foot estate is owned by  billionaire Charles Brandes, the founder of Brandes Investment Partners. It was designed by Norm Applebaum Architects.

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  • Iemand

    Nice. I like it. Interior is very nice to.
    But I hope it looks better (less cluttered) from eye-level;
    the roof/house looks very busy.

    But the garden; get some go-carts and you can have a race there.




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  • George

    For my taste this house is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too extreme.




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    • Barney

      Totally agree with you George……HUUUUGELY too “avant garde” experimental, and gargantuan for me. It looks like a Frank Lloyd Wright airport or museum that was just built in China or Japan. And it has all the warmth and relateability-of-scale of an aircraft carrier. The dozens of protruding beams (or whatever they architect calls them) are ridiculous and overpowering ad naseum.

      Love the concept, but the scale is literally overwhelming & utterly non user/owner friendly.




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      • architect 121

        I completely agree with everything you two said, too overwhelming.




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  • Daniel

    Eh. It’s as if the whole house was dedicated to the exterior woodwork. I mean its nice wood and all, but come on. The home actually reminds me of Wrightian architecture…200 years from now. Personally, I think this place would make a cool office, but it isn’t somewhere I would want to raise a family or really consider livable. Also, does this place not have any furniture? Honestly, the place was built as a “oh, look at me and my odd angles that challenge the mind nonsense BS” kind of place. No thanks.




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    • Daniel

      Place X4…I really need to proofread before I hit “Submit Comment.”




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    • Chance

      Just curious as to what you think of Guy Dreiers Rancho Sante Fe Estate, which is on the bottom of the main page of his website, http://www.guydreierdesigns.com

      It’s my favorite house of all time.




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      • Daniel

        I love anything Guy Dreier comes up with. Another brilliant architect. He does crazy contemporary, but I would kill to live in one of his homes. My personal favorite is the Robb Report home, but they are all beautiful. The R.S.F. house is nice, but I would have chosen a warmer color scheme. The grey looks a little cold in some places, but I’m sure in person it is stunning. His exteriors I’m puzzled by though…some I like, some I don’t, most I just can’t figure out. I also love the way he uses pools extensively. I’m always flip-flopping between his homes and Jeff Smith’s…depending if I’m in a contemporary or classical mood.

        If you like Guy Dreier, I also recommend Narendra Patel. His home have the same feel as Dreier’s, but they aren’t as dramatic with the use of angles. Still some VERY nice homes:

        http://www.patelarchitecture.com/




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        • Chance

          It’s like you’re a mind reader Dan, cause I’m a huge fan of Narendra Patel. His Eagle’s Wings estate is also in my top 5 favorite homes 😀

          My favorite “normal” home builder is John Finton. I know he does some contemporary stuff like the Zada house, but generally he does more classical stuff.

          Also, what do you think of Campbell Cliffs. I’m not a huge fan of it but it has some good elements. It reminds me of this Suncatch Estate to be honest.




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          • Daniel

            Well to be completely honest, I would never live in the desert. I realize this style of home is “desert contemporary”, but ya, no desert for me. I’ve never heard of Campbell Cliffs, but it looks similar to something N. Patel would design. It’s nice, but a lot of it is Ikea-esque in my opinion. I think that style of home should have polished limestone, marble and onyx anywhere and everywhere (along with gigantic sheets of glass and a touch of polished stainless steel). The exterior is a little kooky. I actually don’t like homes that are made to look like part of the landscape. That’s why I think the extreme contrast of one of Dreier’s homes would look 10X better with an oceanfront or bayfront setting than in the desert.




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      • Onions

        Kinda reminds me of Jackie Treehorn’s place…




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  • tony

    I’m a fan of any home with a pool you can basically drive under.




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  • Tay

    That pool is so epic… I remember seeing this house on bing maps and wondering: “what is this place/thing?’




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  • Oliver

    I like it. Its nice that its not a “typical” mansion… more a one-of-a-kind work of art. That pool is a pretty cool idea, nice looking grounds too. Very impressive home.




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  • mattc

    Chance mentioned California builder John Finton.
    The guy builds an amazing home.
    You MUST check out his web page at http://www.fintonassociates.com
    Just the intro to the site is unbelievable !
    Contains hundreds of pics of homes he has built over the years from traditional to contemporary, and everything in between.
    If you have an hour to kill, grab a cup of Java and check it out..you won’t be disappointed.




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  • Stewie

    It’s a piece of art. Personally however, I would much rather live in a real ‘home’ as opposed to something like this. It’s nice and unique but not for me




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  • Onions

    I LOVE the grounds but not a fan of the home itself. As mentioned above, it doesn’t really convey comfort.




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  • Venom

    Amazing exterior, not so amazing interior.




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