Phillip Barber’s beach home lands back on the market

Casa de la Paz, the 1920s-era, Spanish colonial-style home of Phillip Barber, is back on the auction block.

The asking price for the sprawling, lush 1.4-acre compound tucked away on Dunmere Drive on WindanSea Beach, originally listed at $28 million, is now $22.5 million.

Formerly owned by Academy Award-winning actor Cliff Robertson, the home is rumored to have been visited by some of Hollywood’s most famous stars. One of La Jolla’s most prominent early architects, Thomas L. Shepherd, designed the property.

The primary dwelling on the estate is currently 6,000 square feet. There are eight bedrooms on the estate with six bathrooms. Amenities also include expansive, emerald-green lawns, spiraled columns, a mature rose garden and breathtaking ocean views.

A planned addition on the property would create a nearly 10,000-square-foot compound with six bathrooms and 7 1/2 baths. It is to include a poolside cabana, a den, an exercise room and sauna and a four-car garage, in addition to the existing two-car garage and detached guesthouse.

Landscape plans also include a beachfront pool and more than 3,000 feet of terraces and patios.

Built in 1922, the dwelling qualifies for significant tax savings under the Mills Act, which offers tax incentives to homeowners preserving properties of historical value.

In 1899, the area now called the Barber Tract was known as “Neptunia.” It was later named for major landowner and developer Phillip Barber, an heir to the Barber & Company steamship firm in New York.

Actor Cliff Robertson, a native La Jollan, bought the 1922 Spanish Colonial in 1963. Local lore has it that Robertson, as a young paperboy delivering newspapers to the homes in the area, vowed to someday own the estate. He restored it and named it Casa de la Paz, “house of peace.”

Real estate developer Ronald Baldwin and his wife Amie bought the home from Robertson in 2005 for $14.5 million.

For more information about Casa de la Paz, call Taylor Kalstad Rork at (858) 204-6214 or visit