Estate, 6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps up to 24)
About Deb Smith
Randy Smith is a local custom home builder and Deb is an entrepreneur who loves to cook, write and entertain. We have 3 wonderful kids, a great dog and are blessed with a life filled with love, great health, wonderful friends, family and extended family. We love to scuba dive, ski and explore the world when we are not at home in Elfin Forest.
Deb Smith purchased this Estate in 2000
Why Deb Smith chose Escondido
We love Elfin Forest and the magic of the privacy and beauty of Above The Clouds. We found the land one magical day exploring North San Diego County in 2000 and immediately bought it. We'll never forget standing on the land that day, feeling the energy, looking down at the wild sage at our feet and the incredible view of mountains, horse ranches and ocean. We looked into each others eyes and said simultaneously 'This is it'. Our talented architect incorporated every amenity we could think of and designed a resort home that fits into the land like it grew out of the mountain. Randy is a custom home builder and over four years we developed the land bringing in the water, utilities and road. Deb designed the door, chose all the stone, fixtures and interior design and conducted Native American ceremonies to further bless the land. Above The Clouds earned it's name over time with too many experiences of serene, magical mornings watching the rivers of morning ocean fog drift into the canyon, reaching just to the base of the house, but never further. The fog always burns off to the perfect mild sunny San Diego weather. The hawks soar overhead as the humming birds dip their beaks in the waterfalls and we feel like we are truly above it all, even the clouds. Above The Clouds is the perfect retreat resort home where you can escape your earthly bounds. We love to share it with family, friends and VRBO guests. We have another home in Elfin Forest and love being available to meet our guests and make sure their stay is perfect.
What makes this Estate unique
Meditate or read in the big leather chair in the library with panoramic views. Relax over a sunset toast watching hot air balloons drift over the breathtaking view. Drink deep the clean fresh air. Relax in front of the living room fireplace while someone plays the baby grand piano... hand your friends one of the instruments you'll find in the library closet and make music! There’s chess in the game closet and comfortable leather chairs awaiting the masters among you. Push back the beautiful custom Mexican furnishings, put your favorites on the whole house music system and dance on the stone warm floors. Summer? Turn on the poolside speakers and dance under the stars, while guest enjoy the swim up bar, fire pit, 40' slide & jacuzzi. Head for the theater, select a movie from the great dvd collection, pull the wine from the rack, or beer from the frig, pop the popcorn and recline in the leather chairs for a full immersion entertainment experience. Step outside the master suite to the jacuzzi overlooking the incredible view and 60,000 gallon pool/playground.... romantic for 2 or 24. Have a pizza making party on the huge granite island in the gourmet kitchen. There's plenty of room for the finished masterpieces in the double Dacor ovens. Open the pocket doors on three sides of the house, throw your favorites on the grill, light the outdoor fireplace, turn up the whole house music system and kick back under the stars - no city lights, noise or immediate neighbors! Cleanse in the hot sauna, rinse off in the outdoor stone shower, then wrap yourself in a towel from the towel warmer....sheer luxury. Hike, horseback ride or bike from Above The Clouds' private gate. Explore Dry Creek Reserve and Conservancy, Harmony Grove Spiritual Retreat, the local nurseries, farmers markets, lavender and flower fields.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
The property was awesome for a family reunion (4 families). The house is immaculate and has every convenience you could possibly need. The views are also truly breath taking.
Wonderful house, was perfect for family reunion. Well equipped house, and helpful gracious host.
Perfect family Reunion
Gorgeous house and pool, plenty of space for 14 of us. Loved it! Thanks Deb!
Above the Clouds is Exceptional!
We can't share enough positive comments about our experience at Above the Clouds. The owners, Deb and Randy, have created a beautiful and tranquil home with numerous amenities that made our stay very enjoyable, luxurious and comfortable. They were absolutely terrific from start to finish! The lanai/pool area is spectacular and the views breathtaking. Even though there were 16 of us there to celebrate our parents 60th anniversary, we never felt crowded and had plenty of room to roam throughout the very spacious indoor and outdoor areas. The home is incredibly well-stocked with everything and much more than you would expect from a rental. We made memories that will last a lifetime and are grateful to have had the opportunity to experience life, if only for a week, above the clouds. Highly recommend!
We had a wonderful family vacation which consisted of 22 people including 2 elderly parents.
We never had to worry about any amenities! It was fully loaded. And with our group we were never without!
We enjoyed the beautiful pool, scenery and the lanai which was our favorite hangout. We cooked every night in the gourmet kitchen except when we hired a private chef for our last nite. What a treat!
Our host, Deb Smith, was wonderful to work with, very thorough, always available throughout our planning!
This was a huge endeavor for all of us! So this trip was the most memorable vacation ever! Thank you Deb.
Highly! Highly! Recommend this peaceful resort!
My family (18) had a wonderful time celebrating our Mom’s 80th birthday. We loved the layout of the beautiful home, which was well decorated and furnished to include the awesome kitchen which was fully stocked with all we needed. The pictures of the home just didn’t do it justice! We also enjoyed the spectacular views . Most of us stayed in the pool while others enjoyed the peaceful surroundings by just relaxing and reading or talking with one another.
Deb and Randy were gracious hosts and welcomed us with a gift basket and a tour of the house. Anything we needed; any questions we had, they were accessible by phone. We also enjoyed the restaurants and shopping in San Elijo Hills and Encinitas.
We made many wonderful memories at the “Above the Clouds”. The weather was beautiful! Our Mom and Dad loved just sitting on lanai watching their children and grandchildren. It was a time we all truly needed and cherished!
Thank you Deidra! It was a pleasure meeting your family and we are so pleased you had a special experience at Above The Clouds! Come back and see us!
Wine Tasting & Winery Summer Jazz Program and Palomar Observatory are just 20 minutes away, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and sky diving are about an hour away and Sea World, Lego Land, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, museums, live theater and San Diego sites and events are all within 35 minutes. 20 Minutes to Palomar Airport private charters, helicopters and small commercial jets. Long Beach Ferry to Catalina and their new zip line is a little over an hour away.