House of the Day: Hot Property May Only Get Warmer
It's a hot property and the former owner knew, perhaps before anyone else, that it's only going to get hotter -- literally. Located in La Jolla, Calif., the five-bedroom mansion shows that business magnates aren't the only ones who get to bask in luxury: The mansion was formerly home to renowned scientist Dr. Roger Revelle, who is considered the "father of global warming theory." It recently dropped onto the market to the tune of $12.5 million.
Revelle, who died in 1991, bought the estate in 1947, and it has been in his family ever since. Dating back to 1922, the historic home was built by Grace Scripps Clark, whose father founded the Detroit Evening News. It has a history of playing host to a range of dignitaries including Eleanor Roosevelt and Jonas Salk.
Sited on a 18,861-square-foot lot perched over Whispering Sands Beach, the home offers 115 feet of beachfront and uninterrupted panoramas of the Pacific. The main residence of the intricately landscaped lot has a breakfast room, oceanfront porch, sunroom and wine cellar, along with a guesthouse, fishpond and fountain.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has the listing.
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