From the outside, the main home on the property is beautiful but unassuming, most likely because the Spanish Colonial exterior is eclipsed by the incredible surroundings. The front door of the primary home is mere feet from the beach. But step inside the property and a flood of charm and history awaits.
Built in 1923 in what was then a rural coastal town, the estate has only belonged to three families, the last of which secured the property in 1956. A pair of prominent La Jolla doctors —William Doyle, La Jolla’s first pediatrician, and his wife, Anita Figueredo, San Diego’s first female surgeon — moved with their seven children to the house and quickly set about making it a home. They would ultimately raise nine children there.
“We have always felt just absolutely blessed [to live here],” said Anita Doyle, the family’s sixth child, who currently lives on the property.
“We thought we were the luckiest kids in the world,” added her older brother, Charles Doyle, who also lives on the site and has helped maintain and preserve the home for more than 30 years.
During a recent tour of the home, the duo recalled fond memories of their parents.
“When they got here, they were told, ‘La Jolla is a place for old people and their parents — there aren’t children here. It will be hard for you to make a living. You might want to think this over,’” Anita Doyle said. “But they stuck with it and they just loved it so much they decided to stay.”
It was Figueredo who set the plan in motion to purchase the home from its second owner after she heard a rumor that it might be going on the market. Rather than wait for the official listing, Figueredo knocked on the door, Anita Doyle said.
“This old woman answered the door, and she had her hair half up in curlers, and Mom just said, ‘Hi, I’m Dr. Anita Figueredo, and I heard you might be selling the house.’ The woman said, ‘Oh, Dr. Figueredo, you saved my brother-in-law. Please come in!”
The women hit it off that afternoon, and soon the Doyle-Figueredo household had moved into the new space. In addition to the main home, the estate also includes a three-bedroom guesthouse that Figueredo used for her surgical offices and a one-bedroom apartment over the garage that Doyle used as an art studio.
“My father was the lover of beauty and art. She [her mother] was a very practical woman and he was an artist,” Anita Doyle said.
The interior of the primary 4,500-square-foot home, which has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, is well maintained, allowing guests to focus on the unique architecture and Spanish stylings. There are dark hardwood and tile floors throughout, and a wooden staircase with a wrought-iron railing connects the family areas on the first floor with the bedrooms on the second level (adventurous visitors can also use the home’s elevator, which was installed before the pair of doctors moved in). The passages between the many common areas are marked with arched doorways. High ceilings are accented with dark beams.
But perhaps more impressive than these features is the second-floor balcony off the master bedroom, which offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, especially at sunset, Anita Doyle said.
Buyers interested in the rare property will have to dig deep. The home is listed at $11.5 million. For more information about the home, or to contact the listing agents, visit www.417coastboulevard.com.