Donna Medrea

Donna Medrea

Donna Medrea, of Prudential California Realty’s La Jolla office, has just listed superstar NFL quarterback Drew Brees‘ home for sale. Drafted by the Chargers in 2001, Brees played for the team from 2001-2005. He was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2004, the Offensive Player of the Year in 2008, and the 2009 Super Bowl XLIV MVP. He also has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times. He proudly wears his 2009 Super bowl championship ring.

Drew and his wife, Brittany, purchased the 6,000+-square-foot elaborately customized estate within the gate-guarded neighborhood of Fairbanks Highlands when Drew was playing for the Chargers. Located on the border of Carmel Valley and Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Highlands is a private enclave of only 93 estate residences on expansive home sites averaging one acre. Many of the neighborhood’s 368 acres are dedicated to open space.

“Fairbanks Highlands is one of the lowest density, privately gated communities built within the last 10 years in north coastal San Diego,” said Medrea.

The location offers excellent access to coveted schools and universities, freeways, shopping, fantastic golf courses, hotels and world-renowned hospitals. It is just five miles inland from the sparkling waters of Torrey Pines State Beach and Park between Del Mar and La Jolla. For the avid traveler, it is 20 minutes to the train station and approximately 35 minutes to San Diego International Airport.

“We chose Fairbanks Highlands because of the excellent location, large lots and privacy of a gated community,” said Brittany Brees. “It offers a wonderful lifestyle with close proximity to all of the amenities San Diego has to offer. We will always have precious memories of our house in Fairbanks Highlands because it’s the home we bought to start our family.”

“One can enjoy family entertainment just moments away at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack, polo fields, Lego Land, SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and beautiful beaches. It’s also a quick ride to Rancho Santa Fe for shopping and dining, horse stables, golf courses, country clubs and tennis,” said Medrea. Carmel Valley is host to a myriad of educational institutions and fast becoming San Diego’s premier academic hub.

This palatial, customized, 5-bedroom, 6.5-bath, 2-story estate has an abundance of impressive appointments, designer touches and commanding views. It is located on a generous home site of approximately 23,000 square feet of usable land. The entry is graced by a welcoming staircase and soothing fountain.

“Architecture in Fairbanks Highlands harkens back to the early California Gentlemen’s Ranch-style homes where you can retreat into your own oasis,” said Medrea. “You can truly enjoy indoor/outdoor living in this temperate climate.”

Exceptional interior appointments include elegant separate living and dining rooms with French doors, two-sided fireplace shared by the living room and custom sports/wet bar, wine closet, two separate staircases, and a gourmet-inspired kitchen with oversized chef’s island, designer espresso cabinets, granite countertops, and convenient walk-in pantry. The great room, which opens to the kitchen, is perfect for family entertaining with fireplace and built-in media niche. It is prepared for state-of-the-art audio and video enjoyment.

Upstairs there are four additional bedrooms with ensuite baths, bonus room (shown as home theater) which may convert to a sixth bedroom, gallery hallway and home office. The inviting master suite offers two spacious walk-in closets with organizers, and a spa-like bathroom with over-sized shower and separate relaxing soaking tub.

The amazing backyard features covered loggias, outdoor fireplace, blooming gardens, gracious yard areas for play, 16-hole putting green, and resort-style pool and spa with slide and cascading water features. An outdoor custom lanai boasts a full kitchen and guest house/casita (shown as game room), which offers a separate sauna, steam shower and full bath.

The oversized 6-car garage features epoxy finish floors, roll-up doors and plenty of storage.

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