Massive household estates are notoriously personal and private. Foxhill, a newspaper household’s midcentury manse with sweeping ocean views above certainly one of San Diego’s most revered communities, seamlessly embodies each.

Its privateness derives from the hilltop location. Foxhill sits on 32 acres, making it the biggest contiguous residential website in La Jolla. “Privateness abounds, and there’s no different property like this in San Diego,” stated Andrew E. Nelson, CEO of Willis Allen Actual Property

The non-public is obvious within the French country-style design, inside and outside. Within the Fifties, when some excessive rollers had been selecting smooth trendy dwellings, the late James and Helen Copley, homeowners of The San Diego Union-Tribune and the San Diego Night Tribune, went their very own means. The Copleys tapped architect Roy Drew to channel the French countryside for what would turn out to be their eight-acre residence, accomplished in 1959. 

It was a departure for Drew; he and Robert Mosher had created a few of the San Diego space’s most enduring Modernist landmarks, such because the Coronado Bridge and the San Diego Museum of Artwork in Balboa Park.

For the Copleys, the low-profile, sprawling home with dormer home windows and modified mansard-style roof fulfilled their imaginative and prescient. 

The following homeowners of the $55-million property will seemingly really feel in a different way — and have a number of choices to pursue. 

The primary home sits on 6.24 acres. Extra tons embody a ready-to-build website of 1.68 acres; a 22.4-acre website, with a chosen constructing space restricted to 4 acres presently landscaped as a golf course; and an adjoining 1.77-acre parcel that may accommodate a ten,000-square-foot new residence. Every has gated entrances in addition to ocean views.

Given this flexibility, new homeowners could select to go away the property as is, re-envision it as a brand new multi-family compound by redoing the prevailing home or constructing on the three further tons, or develop the tons and dump every one. 

“Alternatively, there’s something about maintaining Foxhill as a single property that will attraction to the inner-land baron in the kind of particular person or household that may afford an asset like this,” stated itemizing agent Tim Nelson. “Both means, the particular person will recognize La Jolla, worth the flexibleness, privateness, views and house and have the worldly perspective to know what an exceptional website that is.”

Those that like the unique French vibe will discover well-maintained grounds with quite a few gardens, together with orchard and terraced vegetable gardens in addition to wooded paths and a greenhouse. The property is gated with a safety gatehouse and a storage parking for 12 vehicles that options visitor rooms above. The property features a pool space plus quarters for employees.

Inside, crystal chandeliers, hardwood flooring and wooden paneling, and murals in step with the house’s theme abound. Usually a gathering place for noteworthy sorts and different high-society, dinner events had been held within the formal eating room, which includes a hand-painted mural and built-in cabinetry, or generally open air in one of many gardens. Helen Copley as soon as hosted President Richard Nixon at Foxhill.

The Copley’s publishing empire began in 1928 when Ira Copley purchased the 2 newspapers. The corporate handed down within the household to James, who died in 1973; after which to his widow, Helen Copley. Helen began on the newspaper as a secretary earlier than her rise to owner-publisher. She contributed hundreds of thousands of {dollars} to the San Diego Symphony and funded a library on the College of San Diego. She lived at Foxhill till her loss of life in 2004. Her son, David Copley, who went into the household enterprise, inherited the property and lived at Foxhill till he suffered a deadly coronary heart assault whereas driving a couple of mile from his residence in 2015. David Copley had no heirs, and the property went up on the market.

Enter Doug “Papa Doug” Manchester, who constructed a few of San Diego’s tallest buildings and at one time owned the San Diego Union Tribune. He purchased Foxhill and added a contemporary kitchen, racquetball courtroom, pickle ball courtroom and made different modifications. The house of just about 23,000-square-feet grew to 10 bedrooms and 14 bogs.

Earlier than the sale, an vital query arose that would have dramatically affected Foxhill’s destiny: Ought to the house be declared historic? The San Diego Historic Sources Board in 2015 voted towards it. Foxhill failed to fulfill requirements of “French eclectic” design, an American model after World Warfare I that borrowed closely from the allure of French nation life, nor did it deserve the designation for being the office of the highly effective business-minded and philanthropic Copleys. Most of their work was linked to the Copley Library in La Jolla. The shortage of historic designation means the property could also be redeveloped.

The elegant hilltop property at 7007 Nation Membership Drive adjoining to the La Jolla Nation Membership golf course is a standout in La Jolla, identified for pure sea caves, 300-foot cliffs and the scenic Windandsea Seaside. Market developments present that the typical gross sales value in the neighborhood has elevated to greater than $2.36 million, up from roughly $2.15 million simply six months in the past. 

The itemizing brokers are Drew and Tim Nelson of Willis Allen Actual Property.


Willis Allen Actual Property is a founding member of Forbes World Properties, a shopper market and membership community of elite brokerages promoting the world’s most luxurious properties.

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