This elaborate Mediterranean style mansion is located at 6019 Avenida Cresta in the Lower Hermosa area of La Jolla, CA. Built in 1924, this lavish home was patterned after ‘La Fenice’ opera house in Venice, Italy. It boasts approximately 10,000 square feet of living space with 6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, Venetian chandeliers & sconces, sculptured plaster & an original Italian fresco & murals throughout, 5 courtyards, wine cellar, home theater, swimming pool, 3-car garage and more. It is listed at $14,950,000.

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  • Limedaiquar

    Okay….This house is pretty awesome. I would never live in it. But it’s neat.




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  • Daniel

    Wow. Overdone in so many ways, but I think it works for a good portion of the home. Can’t help but think most of the furnishings are simply kitsch and not antiques. I do like the outrageous tile pattern in the courtyard.




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  • Grrrowler

    There’s a saying in decorating (and other creative endeavors): There’s a fine line between magic and tragic. This house not only crosses that line, it leaves it somewhere beyond the horizon. Cherubs should never be used in any house, other than maybe in a little girl’s room. Ever. Blackamoors should never be combined with cherubs, which of course should never be used in the first place (see above). Over the top design can be stunning, but first and foremost it must be tasteful. This is just tacky.

    I don’t see any resemblance, inside or out, to La Fenice, so the inspiration has apparently been completely lost in translation to the reality that is this house. This has none of the grace, lightness, or simultaneous exuberance and restraint of Venetian architecture.




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  • Joejoe509

    Once again I’ll agree with Grrrowler. I’ve seen better Italian decor in an Olive Garden. Okay maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but this doesn’t have much appeal to me whatsoever. It’s over the top in all the wrong ways. I would take a beige Mediterranean McMansion over this.




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  • Barney

    The “decor” is SO literally PSYCHOTIC that it obliterates any legitimate observation of (what I’m sure is beautiful) the house’s structure itself. It looks like Liberace came back to life as a FLAMING VAMPIRE, and is hustling his fellow-vampire “working” boys outta’ this place ONLY during sunset and sunrise!

    I can just see the Louis the sixteenth burial chamber & coffins in the cellar of this monstrosity.




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  • lambskin

    I love the pool and the house sans the interior decor.




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  • NOVA Ben

    I have to agree with Grrrowler and Barney on this (who knew I’d ever be able to put THEM in the same sentence!!)

    This is just complete visual sensory overload, there is TOO MUCH going on here, and it just comes out looking like a mess. I love historic homes, but they’ve gotta feel right, and this one doesn’t.




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  • South Texas Dreamer

    I thought this was the stage set for The Best Little Whore House in Texas?




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