Once upon a time, back before biochemistry, laser surgery, and modern medicine, mankind understood the composition of the universe by breaking it down into four basic elements: earth, air, fire and water. It was thought that having all these elements in equal proportion brought balance to one’s life.

We may have come quite a ways since the chemistry of ancient Greece, but the idea of elemental balance is one that still attracts, and this elemental five-bed, seven-bath home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., shows what harmony can come from seeking equilibrium.

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