Taco Bell founder’s estate for sale in Rancho Santa Fe for $7.5 million


Here’s something you won’t find on the dollar menu: The home of late entrepreneur Glen Bell Jr., founder of Taco Bell, is on the market in Rancho Santa Fe for $7.495 million.

Set behind gates near the Village of Rancho Santa Fe, the compound has a resort-like vibe with two homes, multiple swimming pools, a sports court, tropical landscaping and an orchard on 6.75 acres.

The main house, built in contemporary style in 1981, features a great room, formal living and dining rooms, a center-island kitchen, six bedrooms and six bathrooms in 7,444 square feet of space. Formal living areas open to an infinity-edge swimming pool with a raised spa and tiered waterfall feature.


Elsewhere on the property, a 1979 ranch-style house has raised ceilings, a living room with a fireplace, four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 4,527 square feet of space. Adjacent to the home is another swimming pool.

Bell, who died in 2010 at 86, bought the property in 1999 for $4.3 million.

Rod Stadelmann of Berkshire Hathaway HomeService is the listing agent.

Bell pioneered Mexican fast food in the 1950s and early 1960s, creating Taco Tia, El Taco and eventually Taco Bell in 1962. In 1978, the Southern California native sold the popular chain, which had by then grown to 868 restaurants across the country, to PepsiCo for $125 million.

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