Entertain or retreat

Combining the grandeur of the Pacific Ocean with this 1/3-acre, four-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath beachfront estate, Villa al Mare Carlsbad, this world-class property is only minutes from McClellan-Palomar Airport. Located in the secluded Tierra del Oro enclave, the home is elegantly appointed in a European style, integrating natural and exotic elements throughout. The gently tiered exterior descends from the broad patio and spa level with a built-in barbecue, a full-size swimming pool and 60 feet of oceanfront. The resulting ambience is completely unexpected, offering privacy as well as tranquillity in a home capable of being an entertainment mecca or a refuge of solitude in a busy world.

Located: 5019 Tierra del Oro, Carlsbad

Price: $9.9 million to $10.8 million

Contact: Prudential California Realtors Patricia Kramer, (858) 945-4549, and Patricia Lou Martin, (858) 735-9032;