Classic Beachfront Home in La Jolla Lists for $12.5 Million


La Jolla, CA – October 3, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The home of famed scientist Dr. Roger Revelle, father of the global warming theory, has been re-introduced to the market by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Linda Marrone in the Barber Tract, a well known historic neighborhood in La Jolla for $12.5 million. Originally built by Grace Scripps Clark in 1922 – whose father was the founder of the Detroit Evening News and niece of La Jolla philanthropist, Ellen Browning Scripps – the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home currently owned by the remaining Revelle family, was one of the first beachfront homes built in Barber Tract. Clark sold the home to her daughter, Ellen Clark Revelle, and her husband, Dr. Roger Revelle, in 1947.

Remodeled and expanded over the years, the two-story property aptly coined “Casa del Lido” (Home on the Beach), has served as a gracious venue for entertaining dignitaries such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Jonas Salk along with other Noble Prize-winning academics from around the world.

“All homes tell a story about their owners, but few are connected to the same family legacy that spans 90 years of history,” said Marrone, luxury agent with Coldwell Banker, which holds the listing. “The home’s original footprint was expanded throughout the years to accommodate the Revelle’s growing family. Today, the casual elegance of this classic beachfront home is a perfect complement to La Jolla’s dramatic coastlines and spectacular views.”

Located in the historic Barber Tract neighborhood, the 18,861-square-foot lot with accompanying guest house offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the white sands of Whispering Sands Beach while sharing nearly a ½-acre lot bordering 115 feet of sandy beach. The home includes an intimate living room, formal dining room, breakfast room, an oceanfront lanai overlooking the beach, family room, sunroom/office and a wine cellar. The second floor master suite enjoys panoramic views of the ocean and beach, as well as the garden. Additionally, the detached one-bedroom, one-bath guesthouse has ocean views and a large living area.

A shady canopy of mature trees, landscaping, flowers, verdant green lawns and a pool area greet you as you enter the property. Entrance to the home is through a walled, lushly planted garden with a fish pond, fountain and swimming pool and the gardens continue wrapping around the north and south sides of the home. The backyard holds a private deck and lawn area where the beach and ocean views can be thoroughly enjoyed.

Dr. Revelle, who was one of the first scientists to recognize the dangerous global warming effects of rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, won numerous awards in recognition of his vast scientific research, which includes a Presidential appointment by John F. Kennedy and the National Medal of Science from President George W. Bush. He died in 1991, leaving a prestigious body of scientific work as his legacy to the world.

For a home video tour, please visit or for more information, Linda Marrone can be contacted at (858) 456-3224.

About Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in San Diego and Temecula Valley

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a leading residential real estate brokerage company, operates 24 offices with approximately 1,200 sales associates throughout the Greater San Diego and Temecula Valley Regions. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ( is part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company. NRT, a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, operates Realogy’s company-owned real estate brokerage offices.


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