This uniquely shaped Contemporary style mega mansion is located at 19101 Fortuna Del Este in Escondido, California. It’s situated on 18 mountaintop acres with spectacular coastline views from every room. Built in 1995, the home features approximately 25,000 square feet of lavish living space with 8 bedrooms, 9 full and 2 half bathrooms, grand marble foyer with double staircase, 2 living rooms, revolving formal dining room, gourmet eat-in kitchen, teppanyaki station, home office, game room, gym, home theater, subterranean garage that can accommodate 20+ cars and more. The crown jewel of this mega mansion is the massive central courtyard with swimming pool which the home was built around. The elongated pool is one of the largest residential swimming pools around. The rooms surrounding the courtyard feature glass walls that maximize indoor/outdoor living. It is listed at $16,500,000.

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  • Daniel

    I wanted to like this but can’t. Exterior screams plastic surgeon’s office. Interior is a jumbled mess with huge open spaces and no sense of scale. Dining room is my favorite part.




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    • Sebastian

      The fact that you comment in every damn article doesn’t mean anything.. your taste for awesome mansions is awful… or you just don’t have any good taste for anything!




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      • Daniel

        Ok. Life goes on. Have a nice day!




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      • Chris

        People do have different taste, and I do agree with Daniel on some of his comments. That being said Sebastian, I agree with your comments on this home below. Its f**king awesome!




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  • george

    I love this house. I know it has it’s faults, but the views are beautiful, the house is open and spacious, and the weather is better than heaven.




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  • Stephen

    According to virtual globetrotting this was once the home of Arnold Schwarzenegger




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    • Kenny Forder

      I could see that haha




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    • NOVA Ben

      Ah yes, suddenly the phallic pool makes sense.




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      • mrpickles

        It was never the home of Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is owned by American Sterling Insurance company and was used for entertaining and political fundraising.ASI owned Amerian Sterling Bank which was taken over by the FDIC. There are ten horrible speed bumps on the public road before the driveway. It is a massive water hog due to the landscaping, and all of the water must be pumped up to the storage tanks under the guest house. The guest house was never finished and is missing toilets and fixtures, light swithced, lighting and even an entry. House has no central vacuum system and all of the massive windows are single pane. (energy waste in the winter). The house has quite a bit of deferred maintainance, old non energy star appliances and old air conditioning/heating. NEEDS millions in updating. Look at the water stains on the roof!




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  • Grrrowler

    The site is nice in terms of views, but Escondido? It’s one of the most boring suburbs outside one of the world’s most boring cities. The exterior has too strong of a hotel/office building vibe for me and the interior is a hot mess. Someone has attempted to disguise the abject blandness of it with various “architectural” elements that looks stuck on in the different rooms. Both pools look practically useless for anything other than standing and soaking in tepid water. I suppose the exterior pool could be OK for swimming laps, but if one veers off course even slightly, watch out.




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  • lambskin

    Picture quality sucks-nice views.




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  • rob

    Parts of this look a little like the Getty Museum, but not nearly as well done. The best view of this is the aerial view, when you get on a plane with it it becomes a lot blander. This is a certain style, I do not know what it is called, maybe post-modern cubism, or something like that. You can see this in the Getty and in the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. I am not so sure it works very well in a house. I like the courtyard and the views. The furniture needs to be updated. This house would work as a home/office/conference center.




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    • NOVA Ben

      If it weren’t for the abundance of glass this would come across as pure brutalist architecture to me.




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  • Tony

    Looks cheap and tacky. Too contemporary for me. Looks like a giant office complex. The grounds look nice though.




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  • Chris

    Contemporary? Yes. In love? Hell f**cking yes!




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  • Sebastian

    This is literally my dream house.. it’s so speechless!!




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  • NOVA Ben

    Well, like Daniel I wanted to like this, but I don’t. And also thanks to Daniel, now all I see is a plastic surgeon’s office when I look at it 😉

    This just doesn’t work. Some contemporary architecture can age very gracefully, and some never seems to age at all. This, on the other hand, is aging viciously, particularly inside. There’s not a whole lot, besides the views, that I like here.




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  • marc22

    I rather like the house overall. Dont really mind the contemporary somewhat cold and stark exterior. The views and high elevation is what sets the place apart. The very large courtyard opening to the rear of the property contains some very nice spaces and is a great feature of the home. Like the dining room and open feel of the main living areas as well. Would take this over an excessively decorated, tacky and poorly designed chateau mcmansion anyday.




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  • James

    Luv luv luv!!! Its awesome i really like the courtyard and the glass living areas that are off the courtyard 🙂




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  • mak

    I like it. It has a very masculine feel to it. Revolving formal dining room? REVOLVING? How kewl is that? And a 20+ car garage? How can you guys NOT like a house with that kind of space for machine and man bonding? How about that track around the property? You could have go kart races on it! (BTW< what the hell is that for anyway? Security?)

    One thing that would bug me is the landscape guys with their leafblowers doing the palm tree courtyard at 6:30 in the morning. SHUT THOSE GODDAMN THINGS OFF!




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  • A.K

    I dunno how I feel about it, but I guess I’ll take it.




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  • Marie

    I’m late to the party but I don’t particularly care for this, there is nothing about it that feels personable or interesting. Dull and boring come to mind quickly.




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