‘Casa de las Joyas’ in La Jolla Shores, “The Taj”
Poised to be treasured by the connoisseur of unique art and architecture, this historically significant 1927 home offers gorgeous sea views, dazzling beach pebble mosaic flooring, impossibly intricate hand-carved doors and woodwork, and wondrous design by architect, Herbert Palmer, (believed to be son of King Edward VII.) Legendary 'Casa de Las Joyas" or 'House of Jewels,' offers mystical charm with tiled pool and lovely grounds, and Palmers' philosophical musings can be found carved into wood and stucco throughout the house. Must SEE. Treasured as 'The Taj,' by locals and renovated to include modern systems and luxuries, the residence offers natural materials formed into three graceful domes and pillars and archways reminiscent of eastern architecture, complemented by pebbles and stones carefully collected at local beaches in the '20s. With its beautiful white domes visible from Torrey Pines Road, Casa de las Joyas stands as an important punctuation mark of distinction in La Jolla's rich and varied history. Gorgeous grounds offer courtyards, fountain, patios and a mosaic tiled pool bringing family and friends outdoors, and the large dome accessed via a charming pebble mosaic stairway creates a meditation space for quiet reflection. Living areas open seamlessly to join outdoor terraces and courtyards and are designed for intimate ambience, though a newer, spacious kitchen/family wing offers state-of-the-art luxury. Must see to understand this jewel box.
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