Here's an idea that makes sense: instead of spending five million big ones on a vacation home, spend $515K. The Villas at Rancho Valencia are a cluster of twelve haciendas on an Auberge resort in North County San Diego (five minutes from La Jolla) where residents can buy-in for a 1/8 ownership. So, that's 3500 square feet of your own space AND all the amenities of a five star hotel, that by the way, is the #1 tennis resort in the world.
Rancho Valencia has 18 deco-turf hard tennis courts surrounded by lush greenery and citrus trees.
Chef Barclay Dodge gives a quick presentation on how to make his airy gnocchi in one of the Villa kitchens. Imagine having room service access to this guy's genius from your own house.
All Villa owners also have box seat tickets to the Del Mar horse track, a San Diego instituion, where you might see a few fellows like these guys (William Quigley, Bing Crosby and Pat O'Brien) and you might win a few bucks.