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OPEN HOUSE - Modern Masterpiece in San Felipe

A Modern Masterpiece with European Sophistication

Price is $1,000,000.

This dream house was built in San Felipe because of the climate, atmosphere, cost of living, and easy access to Southern California and Arizona. Although it is an unusual house for the San Felipe area because of its contemporary style, size, and amenities, the owner/builders, Jack and Valentina Ragsdale, wanted these special features that contribute to a comfortable lifestyle.

Valentina is a formally educated Russian designer; she brought design and construction experience to their design conversations that began five years before construction actually started. She uses a software program that displays all levels of detail including a virtual walk-through feature. They knew ahead of time that they had a 180-degree view of the Sea of Cortez, what the sun angles would be at any time of day or season (hence the wraparound veranda), where the electrical outlets and switches would be located, and what the view would be from any room in any direction. These drawings and artists’ renditions were an important asset because the workers could then see what the final objective would look like during the construction process.

She also brought to the table a vast knowledge of European finishes and concepts that she used when designing and building upscale housing in Russia; features such as French Ceiling systems and Venetian Plaster finishes that are not well known or used in this part of the world.

It became necessary for Jack and Valentina to finish the final 20 percent of the house by themselves, so two years of dawn-to-dusk hard work were required to accomplish the final product.

The above ground building is 5,600 sq. ft. comprised of a 2,600-sq. ft. wraparound veranda, 2,400 sq. ft. of air-conditioned living space and a 600 sq. ft. interior patio. The subterranean area includes parking/storage for 3 to 4 vehicles, a separate laundry/pantry room, workshop space with 30 feet of workbench, a separate bedroom and bath for household help, and several large storage spaces.

Special features of the house include:

· 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms including 2 master suites, and a guest bedroom

· Open plan design with uncluttered 825-sq. ft. kitchen/dining/living area

· Travertine tile throughout except for master suites with laminate flooring

· Kitchen cabinets by Pedini, stainless steel appliances by Miele, Fisher-Paykel, and Kenmore Icon

· All rooms have either a patio or a veranda entrance

· Three-station dumbwaiter, pantry storage area in the basement, kitchen and rooftop entertainment area

· Built-in utilities for rooftop kitchen and entertainment area

· Retractable awning in central patio

· Swim-jet pool with sheer descent waterfall and granite waterwall

· Wraparound veranda provides shade on windows year round

· Entertainment-oriented flow-through design combines the central patio, dining/buffet area and exterior seating area. The design easily accommodates over 50 guests.

The fenced lot is slightly over 1 acre and could easily accommodate a separate building for a guest house or an additional pool house.

For more information, contact El Dorado Ranch at (800) 404-2599 ext 4062 or email Please refer to VDS 7200-027-13. This property is located in the community of Vista del Sol.

Living room 2

Living room

Kitchen at night.


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