April 7, 2017 (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) The Dalzell Group, of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, announces a sale in the highly coveted community of Rancho Santa Fe that represents one of the highest priced transactions since 2008.

Remarkably this transitional contemporary estate was on the market for just 32 days.  “While it’s a term that is often overused in real estate, this truly is a one of a kind home that luxury buyers are searching for in Rancho Santa Fe,” says Ryan Dalzell, of The Dalzell Group.  “There clearly is strong demand in the area for new construction that has this element of design and striking architecture.”

Set in a premier location, just a short walk from the historic Rancho Santa Fe Village and offering unobstructed views, this stunning Spanish designed property is loaded with contemporary features, and boasts the ultimate in indoor and outdoor living.  Pocketing lift and slide doors running the length of the Great Room showcase an outdoor oasis with vanishing edge pool and panoramic southern vistas allowing for entertaining on a grand scale.  From the front stone clad entry with honed limestone flooring and decorative water feature, to the clear storied windows that bathe the living space with an abundance of natural light showcasing the solid timber ceiling beams, no detail was overlooked in creating a luxurious, warm and open home that is remarkable in every way. Other high end amenities include rich distressed white oak floors, a dramatic floating fireplace, and state of the art chef’s kitchen with professional appliances and ample wine storage space.


Rancho Santa Fe is well known for its pristine lifestyle, magnificent homes, upscale equestrian properties, the renowned Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, top dining and shopping, nationally recognized private schools as well as its prized Max Behr designed golf course at the exclusive Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.“Of late, Rancho Santa Fe has experienced a resurgence of high-end buyers,” says Ryan Dalzell.  “It’s a community that offers a rich history, picturesque scenery, lots of space and privacy”.  Ryan adds that the buyers were originally looking for homes in the La Jolla area, but were immediately taken with this new luxury estate with 180-degree views and close proximity to the Village.


The Dalzell Group is a family real estate team that has been representing San Diego buyers and sellers since 1992.  Jim Dalzell, a perennial Top 1% Producer among San Diego realtors throughout his career, partnered with his sons, Kevin, who was the listing agent, and Ryan, who heads the Luxury Marketing Program for the group.

According to Steve Games, Chairman of the Board, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, “It’s this kind of insight by our top teams at Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, who understand the shift in the luxury market and the desires of the modern buyer, that have propelled our company to achieve the number one market share in a community like Rancho Santa Fe.”

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has quickly become the market leader in the sale of luxury homes in San Diego County. With 22 offices in San Diego and North County, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty offers exceptional service with years of experience and in-depth market knowledge combined with the resources and international reach of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. For more information visit  

Home Buyers Cozy Up To Fireplaces


1904 Estrada Way, La Jolla, Italian Renaissance estate home tucked away on a private cul-de-sac with spectacular ocean views and a two story great room featuring a grand fireplace.


While San Diego enjoys some of the most mild and enviable winters in the country,  home buyers still cozy up to properties that offer fireplaces despite our warmer temperatures. In fact, many still consider a working fireplace a worthwhile investment, and while San Diegans may not care much about this feature as a heat source, it adds ambiance, comfort and luxury to a room like no other amenity.  

Fireplaces have changed dramatically through the years, especially with the revolution in home building and design.  Classic wood burning fireplaces are still extremely popular and used primarily for its rustic charm, while more modern design uses other materials such as concrete and stone veneer.  Also in demand are long, linear fireplaces that boasts a clean, contemporary look.

According to the Census Bureau latest data, almost half of new homes in the United States include a fireplace. The majority of buyers who opt to purchase a home without one, have been willing to pay on average $1,400 extra according to the National Association of Realtors, which is more than they would pay for a kitchen island or walk in closet.  In the past several years, outdoor fireplaces have continued to grow  in  popularity and are an added focal point to the yard making dining alfresco or sitting outside on a cool evening, all the more attractive.

If you are in the market this year for real estate, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty offers a variety of properties at all price points.  Here are just a few with incredible fireplaces designed to bring warmth and style to your home.


6885 La Valle Plateada, Rancho Santa Fe – This stunning Spanish Colonial Revival In sought after Rancho Santa Fe, offers not one, but 14 fireplaces, including an outdoor fireplace for year round comfort. Truly spectacular.


1019 Oldham Way, Encinitas – Beautiful home on cul de sac with ocean views has multiple fireplaces throughout the home including a two way fireplace in the dining and living area as well as outdoor.


16568 La Gracia, Rancho Santa Fe – This stunning contemporary Spanish estate sets a new standard for custom new construction and design. The modern fireplace is large enough for friends and family to enjoy.


Video of the Week: Holcomb designed Spanish Colonial Revival Estate in Rancho Santa Fe, CA


$9,200,000 USD | 6855 La Valle Plateada, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 

This Holcomb designed estate is set on grounds designed by famed landscape architect, Kate Sessions, in the 1930’s. Masterfully built with 10 foot wood beamed and corbelled ceilings, antique mesquite doors, 14 fireplaces, double framed archways,  and smooth plastered walls. The 5 bedroom, 8 bath main house plus detached 2 bedroom, 1 bath guest house features a Chef’s kitchen with Carrera marble counters and center island, wood burning pizza oven, butler’s pantry and attached office alcove. Nearly all rooms open to outdoor spaces, including an expansive outdoor living room. Luxurious master suite with gas fireplace, his-and-hers bathrooms, and an oversized sitting room opening to an outdoor patio. Two additional bedroom suites are connected by a glass-roofed conservatory. Two-story library with built-in shelving and 18’ corbeled ceiling. Lower level features a full sized gym, billiard room, dance studio, and climate controlled wine cellar. In addition, there are two bedroom suites including a full guest wing with separate kitchen and living area. Outdoor kitchen with built in BBQ and dining area overlooks the sparkling pool and spa. Charming pool house features an outdoor living room, full bath and bocce ball court. 

Listed by Deborah Greenspan+1 619.972.5060,

Significant Sale: Landmark Estate in Rancho Santa Fe, California


One of the most iconic homes in Rancho Santa Fe, California, is officially off the market. 16270 Via De La Valle, also known as “Hacienda de las Palmas,“ was sold a short time after it was listed with Seth O’Byrne of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. K. Ann Brizolis and Jennifer J. Janzen-Botts, also of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, represented the buyer. The sale, which is the highest sales price in Rancho Santa Fe in 2016, further reinforces Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s position as the leading local force in San Diego luxury real estate.

“It is an incredible honor to have played a role in this historic sale,” says O’Byrne. “Being part of an internationally recognized and respected brand with such a strong local marketing presence has enabled me to provide my clients with unmatched opportunities for success.”


The majestic estate, which spans over 16,000 square feet of living space, offering nearly six private acres of understated Southern California luxury, has long been recognized as one of the most historically and geographically significant properties in San Diego.

“I have been intimately familiar with the property for many years and it was truly wonderful to have represented the buyer, in collaboration with my associate, Jennifer Janzen-Botts,” said Brizolis. The Hacienda is one of the most iconic homes in The Ranch and we are delighted to welcome the new family who love the home and have a true appreciation for the beauty of the landscape and the amenities the property offers. We appreciate the opportunity to have assisted them in fulfilling their lifelong real estate dream.”


According to Steve Games, Chairman of the Board, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, to achieve the most significant sale this year in the Rancho Santa Fe market required an innovative and all-encompassing approach. “Our marketing team encouraged the owners to incorporate the sophisticated resources of Sotheby’s International Realty in partnership with Concierge Auctions, the world’s most recognized luxury auction company.”

Recently, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty launched its in-house Auction Division, led by Brittany Hahn and Anna Houssels, providing additional marketing avenues to benefit sellers who have unique properties or situations that may not fit the mold of the traditional real estate model.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Launches Equestrian Division


Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, one of San Diego’s largest, privately owned luxury real estate companies, is pleased to announce the formation of the company’s new Equestrian Division. Headed by Equestrian Real Estate expert Roblee Valentine, the division will focus on the representation of Equestrian Properties, Horse Properties, Commercial Ranches and Farms, and Luxury Estates. Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Equestrian Division will provide its clients with the professional and experienced direction and specialized marketing strategies needed to effectively represent Equestrian and Ranch properties.

“San Diego is one of the most desirable Equestrian locations in the world and there is a tremendous opportunity to provide our clients with extraordinary representation for these properties,” says Steve Games, Chairman, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty. “Roblee has the proven leadership and experience in the equestrian real estate market to successfully lead this division.”



Roblee Valentine, Executive Director, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Equestrian Division


Roblee Valentine brings over 25 years of real estate experience and a true passion for the Equestrian lifestyle to her new role as Executive Director of Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Equestrian Division. She has a solid reputation as a well-respected leader and expert in her industry and has represented numerous clients in the successful sale of equestrian and ranch properties as well as luxury estates. Prior to joining Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, Valentine was the Founder and CEO of The Ranch EQ, a top-ranked real estate firm specializing in Equestrian Real Estate throughout Southern California, the Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe and Greater San Diego.

“Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s new Equestrian Division will offer the perfect strategic partnership,” says Valentine. “By combining qualified experts who understand the intricacies of equestrian, farm and ranch properties, with access to uniquely qualified buyers and the unprecedented global representation of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, we will be able to provide our clients and our agents with unrivaled marketing advantages to meet the growing needs of one of the world’s finest Equestrian communities.”

Valentine remains extremely active in Southern California’s English and Western Equestrian community. In 2014, Valentine created the Equestrian Almanac, bi-annual Equestrian lifestyle publication that has grown to be one of the industry’s most valued resources, offering coverage of all aspects of equestrian life in Southern California. Additionally, her Equestrian column Horsing Around is featured in Ranch and Coast Magazine, Pacific Coast Journal, Horseman’s News, West Coast Horsemen, and California Riding Magazine.  She served as Chairperson for Teens, Dreams and Jeans Team Penning Event, which raises funds to support the San Pasqual Academy and looks forward to serving the Rancho Santa Fe Trail Committee in 2017.

For more information about Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Equestrian Division contact Roblee Valentine, 858.437.4778, or visit


Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty celebrates record sales and growth in 2015 and forecasts continued expansion in 2016


Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, San Diego’s largest locally-owned and operated real estate firm, continued to experience unprecedented growth in San Diego County during 2015, closing out the year with a 31.7% increase in sales volume over the previous year, by far the greatest growth among the top five real estate companies in the county.

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Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty maintained the highest market share in several key communities across San Diego County and ranked as the number one company, among San Diego’s large real estate firms, for most per agent transactions. The company continued its office expansion, adding several key associates and locations across the county bringing its 2015 numbers to over 500 agents in 23 offices.

“2015 was a great year for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, our sales volume exceeded our expectations and has positioned us for another amazing year ahead,” says Brian Arrington, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “Our continued growth is a combined result of the hard work of our experienced agents, the power of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and our extensive local, national and global marketing efforts.”

During the past twelve months, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty continued to increase their footprint in San Diego County by expanding with offices in the Inland Corridor, Rancho Santa Fe and Carlsbad.

Pacific Sotheby's International Realty's New Del Rayo office location

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s New Del Rayo office location in Rancho Santa Fe

In February 2015, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty launched their Architectural Division, offering clients distinctive representation and specialized marketing strategies needed to effectively sell historic and contemporary architect-designed properties.


Architectural Division Lecture Series

Zillow veteran, Chris Crocker, joined Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty as its Chief Operating Officer in 2015, to help drive further company expansion and enhance the company’s online media strategy.

Chris Crocker, COO, Pacific Sotheby's International Realty, pictured center, during International Real Estate Congress panel

Chris Crocker, COO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, pictured center, during International Real Estate Congress panel

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty was recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as one of San Diego’s Fastest Growing Private Companies as well as one of San Diego’s Largest Private Companies and was named San Diego’s Best Real Estate Company in 2015 by San Diego’s Best Union Tribune’s Readers Poll. Additionally the San Diego Association of REALTORS (SDAR) awarded Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Broker of Record, Rick Hagen the 2016 Broker of the Year Award of Excellence and Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s General Manager, Mike Marmion received the 2016 Manager of the Year Award.

Mike Marmion, General Manager and Rick Hagen, Broker of Record during the SDAR Awards of Excellence event

Mike Marmion, General Manager and Rick Hagen, Broker of Record during the SDAR Awards of Excellence event

“Our company has experienced rapid growth by continuing to attract top agents who recognize the importance of the brand’s global marketing reach, technology tools and professional environment,” says Steve Games, Chairman of the Board, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “It’s simple, when you have the very best on your team, you give them the very best.”

Several of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s top agents attribute their growth and success during 2015 to the vast marketing and referral programs offered. Realtor K. Ann Brizolis, K. Ann Brizolis & Associates at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty believes, “the association with Sotheby’s International Realty and the truly dynamic and innovate marketing platform they provide has been a tremendous asset to my clients and has helped our team lead the local luxury market while providing the ultimate combination of local strength, showcased on an international stage.”

K. Ann Brizolis (left) participating in Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty's Regional Networking conference

K. Ann Brizolis (left) participating in Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s Regional Networking conference

“When I joined Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty I already knew the power of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. The most respected name in luxury real estate comes with perks that have helped me gain more clients and created real connections to get our client’s properties sold,” says Seth O’Byrne, The O’Byrne Team at Pacific Sotheby’s Realty. “Having the local leadership of Brian Arrington, Steve Games and Nyda Jones-Church has resulted in a level of personal drive that is nearly unstoppable. Combining the local leadership with the global innovation of the brand has created a powerful company that simply cannot be matched by any other local brokerage in San Diego.”


Seth O’Byrne featured in Top Agent Magazine for his unique marketing and Aerial VIP services

New office locations set to open in 2016 are already in the works, including the new premier flagship office located at the iconic 1111 Prospect Street location in the heart of La Jolla, California, as well as in San Diego’s North County with the expansion of the Carlsbad and Del Mar offices.


“This is an exciting time for our company and residential real estate in San Diego,” adds Games. “The biggest real estate change in San Diego history is coming and it will redefine San Diego’s residential real estate landscape.”


Pacific Sotheby’s Realty is comprised of over 500 agents in 23 offices throughout San Diego County. Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s listings are marketed on global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and their clients benefit from the association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. The Sotheby’s International Realty luxury network has 17,000 sales associates located in approximately 800 offices in 61 countries and territories worldwide and has established itself as a leading brokerage specializing in the luxury market niche but proudly serving all property types and price points.