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  • Daniel

    Really getting a clubhouse or mini-hotel vibe from the exterior. Not exactly pretty. Love the size of the living and dining rooms. I’d scrub the walls and ceiling of all that chintz and start fresh. Kitchen and family room ceiling is lovely – would have worked well in the dining room. Hate how the kitchen has furniture leg cabinets – great place for roaches and snakes to hide.

    • AR

      Roaches and snakes? This is Rancho Santa Fe, I am a lifelong resident..you must be thinking of “Santa Fe, NM”, you crazy pleb..

  • Grrrowler

    Oh, the house I posted in my comment on the last RSF house. You’re welcome. 🙂

    I think the house is gorgeous. The view of the house from the putting green isn’t its best angle, but I think the exterior is lovely. I love the central courtyard.

    Inside there are some decor changes I’d make: the living room in pic 4 needs a rug; the chaise lounge and desk arrangement in pics 6 & 7 is weird; and, the kitchen is too busy and would look better with either intricate cabinetry or an intricate ceiling, but not both.

    But, it’s generally a lovely house. It’s surprisingly close to the village too, which I like.

  • Teddi

    Grrrowler, it’s your RSF house!!!

    So much better than the other one. The only things I don’t care for are the breakfast room and the screening room(?) It needs more seating. Two lounging chairs aren’t enough. Because no one is going to want to sit at the desks on the office chairs unless they’re working.

    21,000sf, 9 acres, newly renovated. Guest house. Spacious rooms. Great flow. And love the ceiling details in the dining room and great room. Also love the long, private landscaped driveway so that the house isn’t visible from the road. Outdoor living and eating areas to die for.

    This may very well be the only Spanish style house I’ve ever loved. Decor, architecture and all. Good going, Grrrowler.

    • Grrrowler

      I agree that the breakfast room isn’t overly exciting, but just look at that ceiling! There is so much more that could be done in that room.

      I can’t figure out if the room in pics 6 & 7 is supposed to be a screening room or just an office with space to stretch out and relax when you need a break. The space itself is interesting, but I just can’t get into the desk/chaise lounge combo.

      When I think of RSF, this is what I think of.

      • Teddi

        I think I have to go with office. What I thought was a bar in the corner is actually a kitchenette.

        It’s Cali. If you’re in the movie business, this set up for an office would make sense. And now that I think about it, two desks side by side, only two lounge chairs in the room, I’m thinking this is a husband and wife team that work together.

        You’re right about the breakfast room. I didn’t pay attention to the ceiling before, and they certainly didn’t show much of it. But it is stunning. Coffered AND barreled with detailing. I don’t think I’ve seen many homes that put that much effort into the breakfast/morning room. Especially a home that’s fairly relaxed like this is.

        Change out the concession stand window shades, get rid of the fake plants, bring in some nice furniture and that breakfast room would look more stunning than most dining rooms.

  • opinionfree

    Staircase is GORGEOUS!!! I’ll never understand putting a round table in the foyer. I get the utility of it, but it’s a pain in the arse. It creates a very narrow, convoluted walkway. Being mirrored helps, the light reflection will lessen the likelihood of people crashing into it. Although, I’m not really into mirrored furniture. However, in this application, if it was a mirrored, rectangular pedestal table (think console width), and placed in parallel to the staircase I would love it. Otherwise, loose one of the settees, and place it there.
    Those nine arches on the rear of the house, I’m not feeling. They are somehow, visually cheapening to the exterior architecture. The house is very rectilinear and the arches look like an addition. If they were squared off, instead of being arches, I would like the rear of the house much more.

  • Teddi

    Who was it that said that when they open the screenshots it freezes their screen? Well now I’m having that problem as well. I have to reload the page just to clear it. I just cleared out cookies yesterday and ran updates. Shouldn’t be having these compatibility issues

    • Sam

      I’m having the exact same problem.

    • Allen

      That was me – I tried different browsers, cleared cookies, and it still acted up like this for a couple of months. I even e-mailed Kenny and he responded back by saying to clear my cache (didn’t help). Suddenly yesterday, it worked fine again. It HAS to be the HOTR site, because I am on my computer all day and this does not happen to me on other sites. Go figure.

      • Teddi

        It’s definitely this site. My PC doesn’t freeze up anywhere else. Clearing the cache doesn’t help at all. And I don’t think I had these issues here before the site upgrades were done. It definitely wasn’t freezing before. That’s new for me. But it’s gone from not updating the site, so I couldn’t see any new posted homes, to eating my posts, and now to freezing. I may have to call it quits. I’ll put up with a lot, but freezing is a big no-no

  • Bill_in_NY

    Have you tried a different host site? Instead of Google Chrome (as an example) I use OPERA and have never had a problem here.

    I like the sit-down table in the kitchen, but not sure if I’d have it in that exact spot. It looks like it would hinder the flow of traffic.

    And I agree with opinionfree about the table in the main hall. Maybe two half-moon tables, one against each wall. Either way a stainless steel table is all wrong for that place. It would be better suited in an ultra-modern home.

    I can’t say anything about the house in general because I really dislike Spanish architecture. I’m prejudiced against it before I even start looking at it.

    • Teddi

      The point is, we shouldn’t have to. If I prefer Chrome and Chrome works on every other site I visit (which is a lot since I live on my laptop), then the issue is this site and it needs to get fixed. It’s a serious problem when a site causes your screen to freeze.

  • Tony

    The walls an the moldings look cheap to me. Some of the woodwork on some of the ceilings looks ok but the walls and moldings look cheap.

  • Limedaiquar

    The rear looks nice and I like most of the rooms, just the rest of the exterior looks like a motel or something. Very commercial.

  • andi

    Love this home; however, the interior design is really bad? Is the furniture rented? It looks like a great place to live.

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