June 2018 - Rancho Santa Fe Jewel

The Scripps’ luxury equestrian property is a horse owner’s dream.

The name “Rancho Santa Fe” rightfully conjures images of luxury, leisure and everyday immersion in the equestrian lifestyle. Any home in this unique San Diego County community reflects those appealing attributes to varying degrees. A few, however, are simply off the scale. One of those, the Scripps’ Ranch at 4840 El Secreto, is now on the market and represented by Sotheby’s International Realty Realtors Scott Robeson and Cathy Gilchrist-Colmar.

Scott’s expertise is design, strategic marketing and digital engagement. Cathy is an equestrian and a veteran in representing equestrian properties. Together they form an ideal partnership for reaching the wide audience to which the unique property appeals.

Custom designed for an iconic San Diego family, this timeless classic has been freshly modernized while still highlighting the extraordinary architecture and seamless indoor/outdoor living. The spacious floor plan separates family, guest and staff bedrooms into private wings, while the master retreat offers his and her closets and vanities, an exercise room, second office and perfect proximity to the kids’ rooms.

The 12-plus acre property features a tennis court, sand volleyball court and a resort-style pool and spa. The lot is comprised of two parcels, which enables separate access to the perfectly-appointed stable and riding facilities. A stunning barn features six stalls with turn-outs and every convenience and amenity a horse or human could dream up. These include automatic waterers with water consumption gauges, security cameras and an alarm system, an indoor wash area with hot water, washer and dryer sized for horse garments and gear, two feed rooms, a tack room and interlocking rubber pavers in the aisleways.

Three grass paddocks complement an approximately half-acre of level ground where an arena for any discipline could easily be built. A separate equipment garage can hold four cars, horse trailers or equipment or be refitted to add more stalls.

Of all the estate’s remarkable attractions, access to the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant’s 50-plus mile network of trails and the property’s prime location may be its biggest assets for equestrians. “It’s right in the middle of the Covenant,” explains Cathy, a lifelong rider and a Rancho Santa Fe resident. And access to the trail system without having to cross any roads or car traffic is rare and wonderful, Cathy notes.

The iconic Scripps’ Estate is a horseman’s dream and is now offered for sale

The location is ideal for a buyer who wants to keep their horses at home yet still have easy access to top instructors. The Rancho Riding Club is barely a block away and offers training in hunter/jumper, dressage and western riding, from beginners to advanced competitors.

When the riding is done and the horses are tucked away, the stable has a unique rider’s lounge designed as an authentic Old West style saloon. Lift-and-slide doors open to a covered BBQ patio overlooking the beach volleyball court.

“This property stands out like no other,” Scott states.  Unrivaled quality distinguishes the home and its equestrian amenities. “Cutting edge technology and the utmost in modern luxury are evident throughout this one-of-a-kind estate.” These touches include property-wide multi-zoned sound system, Crestron home automation, Lutron lighting with one-touch options, and radiant heated floors.

Gorgeous award-winning landscaping provides the ultimate backdrop for the tropical, resort-style pool area that features a fireplace, waterfall and cabana with a kitchen, sauna and bath. The home’s location is not only convenient for riders: Its west side location is a short walk from the soccer and baseball fields.

Ideal Representation Partnership

A San Diego native, Scott is a highly motivated and accomplished sales and marketing leader with 10 years of experience in direct sales, strategic partnerships, project management, client development, marketing and digital engagement. He is a socially fearless salesperson with proven ability to cultivate relationships, engage customers and align interests in order to successfully close deals.

Combined with his passion for sales, Scott leverages his eye for high-end design to deliver the whole package when listing a client’s property or helping them find their dream home. Cultivating relationships, social media, marketing, and top-level sales are a few of skills Scott brings to the table as a Realtor.

Representing Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, San Diego’s leading Real Estate Company, Scott has the remarkable education, training, support and marketing power to handle clients’ buying and selling needs. Combining his sales and negotiating expertise along with his social media branding connection to millions worldwide is one of many uniquely effective tools he wields on clients’ behalf.

Cathy Gilchrist-Colmar’s love of riding drew her to Rancho Santa Fe over 25 years ago. After becoming completely enamored with the area, she combined her love of horses and real estate.  Her broad base of knowledge gives her a valuable edge in providing clients with top-level advice.  A Certified Negotiation Expert, Cathy is skilled in navigating complex negotiations and guiding her clients confidently and professionally through the process of purchasing and/or selling their homes. This has led to long-term personal relationships with her clients as well as numerous accolades throughout the industry.

Cathy has been individually ranked among the top agents nationwide with her former company, and was presented with the “Chairman’s Circle Diamond Award” in back-to-back years.  She is also a 2016 Official Award Winner of the Recognition of Excellence at a Gold Level of Achievement, an honor given to agents who had more than $25 million in sales transactions within a 12-month period. She is a founding member of The Fellowship of Realty Professionals, an organization recognized by REAL Trends, The Wall Street Journal and other credible sources as among the most experienced and successful real estate professionals in the country. Her transactions include sales ranging from $238,000 to $28 million.  In the last 10 years, she has participated in sales totaling over $235 million, and is currently representing over $39 million of property.

When asked what sets her apart from others in her profession, Cathy says, “Developing and maintaining great relationships with my clients has always come first.  This is built on a foundation of trust. My clients have seen my perseverance and tenacity in working toward their best interests - whether it is in regards to negotiating, aggressive marketing, or in implementing creative solutions.  They trust that I will work hard on their behalf.”

Cathy believes in giving back to her community and actively participates in fundraising efforts in support of Feeding San Diego, San Pasqual Academy, San Diego Humane Society, and World Housing in collaboration with Pacific Sotheby’s Realty.


For more information on this property, visit www.sothebysrealty.com.