Villa Paloma Estate
Remodeled as Jim Marshall's residence in mid-1970, Villa Paloma was named after Laura and has become the only place worth calling 'home' for both of them. In Jim's own words, his land's hold over him has not faltered over the years and it generates in him a serenity he believes only Laura can understand.
Those hills that rise only a few miles ahead allow occasional glimpses of sunsets to create the dizzying sensation of an encounter with the unreal.
- Del Mar River Valley, South-East of San Diego, CA
- James Marshall
Size and Facility
- 35,050 acres
- a twenty-room mansion
- tennis court
- 2 separate training quarters
- a medium-sized race course
- a landing area fit for a helicopter
- 20 individual stables
- first 20,000 acres purchased in 1920 by Georges Marshall, Sr.
- an additional 10,000 acres were purchased by him in the 1930s
- the last 5,000 acres were purchased over the course of five years by Jim Marshall (1970-1975)
- an additional 50 acres of land was incorporated to the estate in 1983 and purchased in Laura Armitage's name
- High pedigree horse-breeding for sale, reproduction, rent (mainly to the Southern California motion pictures industry), racing, dressage and show training (some of Villa Paloma’s licensed Arabian pure-bloods, Shagyas, and Andalusian stallions' pedigrees can be traced up to twenty generations)
- Horse back-riding private lessons
- Equine clinic (with an on-call registered veterinary)
- Stables for rent
- Villa Paloma was incorporated as a business venture in 1971, employing a staff of 15 and making an average of $9,000,000 annually