Sundial is considered a residential landmark in the tony town of La Jolla. It was designed by and for the world-renowned architect Chong Wan “C.W.” Kim, as his personal residence. Kim’s other noteworthy projects include Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Emerald Plaza in downtown San Diego.
He spared no expense or creativity on his own home, which has been called his “finest and most personal work of art.”
Records show it was completed in the year 2000, on a prime La Jolla lot, with views of sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. The large parcel was purchased for $940,000.
Taking full advantage of those ocean views, Kim built the house with unique, curved, beamed ceilings and voluptuous curves throughout, from the round platform bed in the main bedroom to the circular kitchen with its granite island in the shape of a grand piano.
One of the home’s most interesting features is the entryway. The front yard and backyard feel as though they’ve been flipped.
Once visitors pass through an arched gate, they find a front courtyard with dining areas, a fountain, and a pool. The large pool features an island fire pit, as well as a bridge hovering over it, which leads to the front door.
Luxe materials including Brazilian cherry, granite, marble, and other rich finishes were liberally used in the creation of the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom, 6,700-square-foot dwelling. A wood back deck is an ideal spot for soaking in the Pacific Ocean vistas.
Other high-end amenities include a sauna, a wine cellar, and an upstairs office wing that could prove very popular with new buyers who want to work from home.
The custom-designed space was created as a design studio/office with a spectacular view. If a buyer doesn’t have a need for an office, the space could easily be repurposed as a second master suite.
Sundial has bounced on and off the market several times over the last three years. Prices have ranged from a high of $8,495,000 in 2018 to a low of $6,395,000 in 2019.
Perhaps the time is finally right for the shapely structure to change hands in 2021.
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