The Razor Residence – 9826 La Jolla Farms Way, San Diego, CA – Profile by Day
The Razor Residence is a remarkable architectural marvel of design and inspiration; it is a true definition of timeless luxury and modern elegance.
The unparalleled geometric presence of this incredible 11,000 sq. ft. translucent glass pavilion luxury home is set high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the La Jolla community of San Diego, California.
This celebrated estate is considered to be one of the most unique and exclusive “trophy properties” in the world today.
The Razor is sited in a hollow bluff cut out of a mountain on the edge of California’s Torrey Pines State Park in the prestigious and exclusive La Jolla Farms near the famous San Diego area Black’s beach.
Perched on a cliff, the shimmering monolithic concrete and glass estate appears to be honed into the landscape as if it was an amphitheater to the stunning uninterrupted panoramic views of the ocean below.
As a testament to its landscape, this avant-garde sculpture like cliff-top estate in La Jolla was named for one of the natural sandstone monuments along the coast.
Described as much a work of art or sculpture as it is a home, visual impact of The Razor’s invigorating and daring design is the epitome of escapism and one of the most impressive testaments to an exclusive luxury lifestyle.
The perennial and awe inspiring views from this remarkable state-of-the-art La Jolla estate make it one of the most significant and pinnacle luxury properties on the California coast.
Designed by San Diego architect Wallace Cunningham, one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 designers, The Razor is his crowning achievement of form, function and style as an ode to the spectacle of the everlasting ocean views and beauty of the natural setting that lies before it.
A feeling of serenity, tranquility and freedom permeates throughout the Wallace Cunningham designed home.
The Razor was designed to embrace the cliffs with infinite ocean views through floor to ceiling translucent sheets of glass providing a serene yet abundant connection with the water and sky.
As you gaze out at the endless views, the home is so transparent that sometimes it feels as if you are viewing a spectacular transforming picture before you.
The awe-inspiring design of The Razor is a unique union between the home’s linear architectural elements and a harmonious blend of the cliff top natural setting and breathtaking views of this monumental site.
Commissioned over ten years ago, architect Wallace Cunningham was given a free hand and an unlimited budget by the original owner to design and construct this 11,000 sq. ft. La Jolla masterpiece. As it now stands, The Razor Residence has a construction cost in excess of $34 million.
The gleaming polished concrete and floor-to-ceiling translucent glass walled structure is a magnum opus showcase to the stunning ocean views.
The jaw dropping ocean views are framed within The Razor as if to compliment and capture them throughout the residence. The building was designed as if it were a filter for the view and the light it captures.
The Razor residence with its 4 bedrooms and 6 baths within 11,000 sq. ft. was designed to embrace the amazing uninterrupted ocean views, providing a lifestyle that suspends the boundaries of imagination and ordinary living.
The incomprehensibly breathtaking panoramic ocean views dominates the senses and link every design facet of the The Razor residence to the surrounding natural elements with stunning clarity.
As an architectural statement, the most prominent design element of this home is its relationship and alignment to the ocean views. It pays homage to the spectacular views with the transparency of floor to ceiling glass walls and purposed light filtering stepped glass window side lets.
Nowhere is the natural connection of the design and its inspiration more evident than with the magnificent 60′ infinity pool. Capturing the surreal reflections of the sun, sea and sky, the infinity pool saturates The Razor in the glow of those elements.
In an Architectural Digest magazine article, Architect Wallace Cunningham said, “The whole concept of the house was about organizing the view. The house doesn’t offer a series of vignettes but a large sweep. The idea of extending usable spaces everywhere to capture the view, that was really the big thing.”
“In 100 years the coast will move in, but even if the house looks and acts like a glass pavilion, the structure and its weight give it a sense of permanence. The glass offers the view, but it’s the concrete that makes it feel timeless,” added Cunningham.
Cunningham achieved his vision and in the process created one of the ultimate expressions of modern luxury available in the world today.
As if designing a sculpture, Cunningham carved The Razor into the hilltop cliff by excavating the site 30 feet down and embedding the structure into the bluff.
Taking the natural elements into account, the design orientates the central circular curved feature of the structure and uses it as an anchor from which the geometrical sharp and defined edges enclose a private courtyard.
The geometric design offers a true open layout with cantilevered structural layers and pedestal mounted sections that weave a story throughout the estate with linear and circular form and function. Floor to ceiling translucent glass curtain walls frame the structure around the central design concept of embracing the spectacular ocean view.
The shimmering watery sheets of glass and infinity pool bask in the sunlight reflecting the sweeping ocean view and the natural setting before them.
Designed with terraced levels, The Razor has a glass elevator, which brings you from the basement garage and theater to the main level and then onto the master suite level and finally the third level at the rear of the courtyard and rooftop terrace.
The Razor has a cantilevered room that bridges the front of the site. When you are at the back of the towering structure, “You literally can see under and over the building, and the daylight comes in from multiple directions,” says Cunningham.
Throughout the structure a central courtyard stands out as the focal point for this glass pavilion geometric estate. With sweeping views from both the interior and exterior, The Razor residence has an almost transparent dimension with the support of a concrete perimeter to enclose the views.
The orientation and design of The Razor allows the courtyard to act as a sheltered nest within the property. With covered flanks and high retaining walls, the courtyard is a sanctuary that’s integrated into the structure in such a way that it never really gets windy there.
A technological and engineering marvel, The Razor is a fabulous expression of unique architectural style and design.
The Razor is purported to be one of the most photographed private luxury estates in the US.
The Razor is an 11,000 sq. ft. luxury estate that has uninterrupted ocean views with four bedrooms, eight bathrooms, two fireplaces, a heated pool, and an eight-car garage.
Serving as the backdrop for numerous TV spots, The Razor Residence has appeared as a venue in national advertising campaigns for fashion design house, Calvin Klein, and the infamous James Bond inspired Visa Black Card commercials.
Listing agent Bob Hurwitz said The Razor is “one of the most incredible properties I’ve ever marketed.”
As the day comes to an end in La Jolla, The Razor Residence gleans and glistens in the sunset as if in preparation for its second act. The Razor by night takes on an entirely different personality. The transparent glass and concrete estate filters the evening light within its translucent structure giving it a distinctive and remarkably unique appearance as dusk turns to night.
May 3, 2008
9826 La Jolla Farms
City / State:
San Diego, California
Total Home Space:
11,000 sq. ft.
6 Full, 2 Partial
2 (Living Room and Master Bedroom)
Meter on Property
Eqpt Owned, Gated Community
Patio / Deck:
Balcony, Covered, Enclosed, Slab
Private Below Ground
Biking/Hiking Trails, Pool
.5 to 1 AC
Cul-De-Sac, Private Street
33,541 sq. ft.
Bluff/Canyon Rim, Canyon/Valley
Mountains/Hills, Ocean, Panoramic
Originally offered for sale at $45 million, The Razor Residence is an exclusive estate that is the epitome of modern luxury. This magnificent “trophy property” is an architectural masterpiece. The Razor Residence was marketed worldwide by Beverly Hills, California-based Hurwitz James Company.