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Cozy Up To These Romantic Fireplaces

Valentine’s Day is upon us and with the fast-paced lifestyles we live these days, there’s nothing some of us would like more than to spend quiet, alone-time with our Valentine. So, this Valentine’s Day, order-in and cozy up with your loved one next to the romantic glow of a crackling fireplace.

Although Southern California boasts some of the most favorable weather in the country, there is still something unique and special about the ambiance that a fireplace adds to a home. Fireplaces can also increase a home’s value. According to a study by the National Center for Real Estate Research, “fireplaces have a strong, positive effect on selling price with each fireplace adding about 12 percent.”

While wood-burning fireplaces are often thought of as the most classic option, recent advances in technology and design have made it possible for every homeowner to have a gorgeous fireplace that fits their style.

Whether you’re touring homes this year or simply thinking about updating your own home, check out some of our extraordinary properties with fireplaces that will warm your heart.

17775 Calle Mayor, San Diego

In case one fireplace just isn’t enough for you, this world-class estate has eight! You’ll enter the grand residence through a spacious new front courtyard with impressive entry gates and an inviting wood-burning fireplace. Once inside, you’ll revel in over 13,000 SF of luxurious living space with every possible amenity, including gorgeous new hardwood, marble and travertine floors, walls of new bi-fold doors in the living room and family room for true indoor-outdoor living, a lavish main-floor master suite with fireplace, handsome paneled office with fireplace and conference area, nine-seat theater with new projection equipment, stone-clad wine cellar, large game room and bar, and an attached one-bedroom guest house, accessed from indoors or out. The incredibly private resort-style grounds include a sparkling pool and spa with waterfalls, rolling lawns and garden areas, and expansive new flagstone patios with both covered and uncovered gathering areas around four outdoor fireplaces! Ideally located on a quiet, interior lot in guard-gated Fairbanks Ranch, this special home is just a short stroll from the community lake, clubhouse, tennis courts, and park.

407 W. E Street, Encinitas

Fireplace finishes have changed over the years but a common theme in newly constructed homes is a sleek and minimalist approach to fireplace design. Materials like white marble or neutral tile – in the case of this home – are simple, classic and streamlined for a contemporary living or family room that will work well with almost any furnishings or design preferences. Located above the beach in the charming village of Encinitas, this newly built waterfront estate blends modern style with warm finishes to create a tranquil contemporary oasis. Approximately 5,422 square feet, the multi-level design incorporates 4 ensuite bedrooms, dual family rooms, an office, and a bar and a wine wall. This open-concept home is further enriched by a massive kitchen with sleek custom wood cabinetry, a full-size wine refrigerator, island, stainless steel appliances, and a large dining area. The estate also boasts four fireplaces including a custom fire feature adjacent to a pool, BBQ, and backyard entertainment area. Enjoy ocean views with your loved one while lounging by this modern fireplace.

41 Calle Loyola, San Clemente

Outdoor fireplaces are one of the biggest trends for homeowners who want to find new ways to enjoy the beautiful weather that San Diego has to offer. Standing apart from the rest, this exquisite Cazadero residence at Talega in San Clemente reveals extensive interior and exterior upgrades that unite in creating a custom-caliber turnkey masterpiece. Five bedrooms and four-and-one-half baths offer style and comfort, with a main-level ensuite opening to the backyard, a second-floor ensuite displaying a Juliet balcony, and the opulent master suite boasting a fireplace, built-in dresser, generous walk-in closet, a covered deck, two vanities, a jetted tub and a walk-in shower with dual spray heads. Grounds of about 6,086 square feet are land- and hard-scaped with stone pathways, mature trees, private side entry with fountain, large driveway off a split three-car garage, a covered rear patio, custom built-in BBQ bar with mini-fridge, and a custom stacked-stone fireplace.

74380 Palo Verde Drive, Indian Wells

This timeless and spectacular estate situated on three and a half lots within the desert homes enclave provides maximum light exposure while offering scenic views of the landscape waterfalls, sprawling lakes, and a lazy lagoon. Built with the highest quality craftsmanship, design and attention to detail, this incredible home at the Vintage club offers the perfect environment for grand-scale entertaining. Structures include the main residence with a master suite and two guest rooms, an entertainment pavilion with a guest house featuring two bedrooms and 2 baths and a dwelling for staff and overflow guests. exceptional outdoor amusement areas plus 20+ car garage.

6611 Neptune Place, La Jolla

This classic brick, wood-burning fireplace brings a warm and romantic feel to this beautiful living room. This property boasts a spectacular oceanfront location above La Jolla’s Iconic Windansea Beach. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets, panoramic ocean views, and crashing waves from this charming gem! The home features three bedrooms and four bathrooms. Approximately 2,596 square feet of space, the design offers two possible separate living areas. The lower level includes two kitchens, two laundry rooms, one bedroom, one kitchen, and a living room. Upstairs, there are two bedrooms and a second kitchen and a large living area. Take your morning coffee to a new level!

Featured on Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Blog.