Author Archives: Glorias Recipes

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND SAYING GOOD BY TO 2016!

We can’t say it hasn’t been an interesting year!  We as San Diego Coastal Homes have been blessed with having an amazing real estate year!  We couldn’t be more grateful for all our wonderful clients and the adventures we have gone thru with them!  Every home buying experience is an adventure!  Every home sale is a bit emotional and we navigate through the waters.   Understanding that a persons home is special and important to that seller!!    We try really hard to make transactions stress free as possible as purchasing a home should be a joyous and exciting time!  We have forged ahead with resolving foundation questions, truss cutting issues, and WHY WHY do people even think about cutting into trusses???  Termites eating their way from the ground up.  First time we had encountered subterranean termites.  Then we encountered it again!!!   Closing a transaction with clients that do NOT use the internet — driving for hours to make sure forms were property understood and signed.   People think this is an easy job – NOPE!  Yet what makes it easy is dealing with the wonderful clients we have and at the end knowing that we have served them well!!  I always try to do more than needed.  I am grateful that is more than appreciated!

The world is at an interesting time!  We seem to be regressing instead of going forward in how mankind treats each other.  So all we can do is be on the “winning” side and appreciate our country, our amazing veterans and service people that have kept and are keeping us safe, and that there is still more good than bad in the world!  Our election turned into a true reality show with many not liking either choice which is really sad.  Our foreign policy is dismal.  Everyday there is another disaster.   But the best way is to work together and instead of complaining try to do our best to make a difference.  Getting involved with some charity or organization that is meaningful to you.  I’m all about Veterans and hopefully can get more involved in 2017!

Of course every year is the same resolution – but this year I am going to TRY really hard to stay fit and healthy and stay away from life’s “noise”.  As a customer service expert I have to still focus on all that the profession of real estate brings – good and bad.  But to realize that all I can do is what I can do and that all the things I stress about are fixable!  It’s tough to be all about CLIENT SATISFACTION!  But no matter what it’s still my number one priority!!!   So HAPPY NEW YEAR AND WELCOME 2017!!!  We’re ready!


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HOME SELLING DECLUTTERING!

At almost every Listing Presentation we are asked the same question.  Can you go thru our home and let us know what we need to do to make it more sale friendly?  Fortunately I am fairly good at this process and after many years feel completely comfortable assuring an owner that it’s NOT them or their home that is a problem it’s the premise that we are “selling space”!  Don’t get me wrong many homes are almost 100% “sale ready” but most are not.   When you have to navigate your way around furniture in a room the space has shrunk considerably!

We go thru life with large work out machines in our bedrooms, our family rooms, even the garage.  YES the garage can be a possibility but unless you are literally selling a GYM that machine in the bedroom needs to go!  I know it works well for hanging clothes on the handles of the Treadmill but after you “clean out” that closet you’ll have lots of spare room.   Another trick that’s a problem is stuffing everything in a closet that when opened will spill out at  buyer’s feet who is innocently looking at the closet space.  Not such a good idea.  And it has happened!  Having a pantry that is over run by expired cans of soup, yes again has happened.    If you really think about it clutter is a giant scream of chaos calling out to you.  Most of us (including me) just don’t think of decluttering  and organizing unless we are forced.  When you are getting ready to market your home it’s the forcing time!

Just take a good look from room to room and then start the process.  Do the dogs really need a dog bed in “every room”.  Remember when you go to your new home those beds can come out.  Is your coffee table stacked with books, magazine, candles, bowls.   Let me show you how you can make it a piece of art.  Are your kitchen counters piled high with spices, storage jars, vinegar etc.  It looks great to the home chef but those buyers that use their oven to store sweaters won’t “get it”.

So if you are ready to put your home on the market or just thinking about it all it , all it takes is one phone call to us and we truly can help!  Some clients that I just closed escrow with actually thanked me for showing them the tricks to make their “bed” look nicer.  Things that I take for granted as a professional can be hard for a client that is not into home decor!  We’re only a phone call away!   san-diego-coastal-homes.com


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NORTH PARK SAN DIEGO FUTURE

I happen to LOVE North Park!  I’m also fond of South Park, University Heights, and Golden Hills.  I truly believe these neighborhoods are the future “favorite picks”  for home buyers!  Because I sell Residential Real Estate I am fortunate enough to explore areas of San Diego aside from coastal where I live.  I am empowered to be able to actually recommend to clients the areas that I believe are “on fire” (not literally)!!  Great areas to purchase a home under that 1 million dollar price range that it taking over many desired markets in our city.    Carlsbad is still hanging in there with good homes for under 1 million, North Parks younger and slightly “less urban” zip codes.  Carlsbad with its four zips of planned communities with one coastal area offers great family homes with fabulous schools.  It is truly appreciated by young families or retirees lucky enough to gobble up the single level homes.  But if you are urban minded!  Then areas of North and South Park are where to go!!!

I’m interested in the “future of North Park” because I think its a great area but also as a zip code to greatly promote to buyers.  Voted in 2012 as one of America’s HIPPEST neighborhoods by Forbes Magazine the years have done nothing but make it “hipper”.  The community of 45,728 is expected to grow to 70,000 in the next 20 years according to City documents.  This does make a community cringe!  The North Park Community Planning Committee is trying hard to encourage affordable housing as well as plan for that crop of “millennials” that is always talked about.  The committee hopes that this buying demographic will “not have cars” and my thoughts are that I have many friends in that age group and they all have cars.  Unless they can move the beaches, the bay,  the shopping malls etc. its going to be good luck to that parameter.  YES we all Uber and Lyft these days but not to go to work or to spend a day at the beach!  Planning to build future housing developments without appropriate parking is a “pipe” dream.  Developers have to minimize their profit and any new developments will have to include parking garages or underground parking like downtown.  The rumors of studios or single room buildings as builders know this zip code brings in top dollar – but parking in this area already congested is a MUST!

Regardless of everything these are amazing neighborhoods where you still feel that community spirit.  Where individual business owners can still open a coffee shop and not be surrounded by Starbucks.  Where you can walk down 30th street on a warm night and see restaurants, breweries, taverns full of customers spilling out to sidewalks and mingling with other customers.  I look forward to the future of North Park continuing to offer what I think is a “very special” slice of our city!

 

 

 


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SAN DIEGO HOUSING PRICES ON UPSWING!

Latest Real Estate VERY good news is that the San Diego housing market is still well positioned.  Scary as it seems we are literally outpacing national trends in sales!  The median home price in San Diego is now $475,000- obviously differs from zip code to zip code.  Its predicted we will have an increase in the next year if inventory continues to be low. However will be somewhat slower than this past year.  Great news for sellers – and good news for buyers as interest rates are never going to be this low again!  San Diego is literally the second highest market in affordability actually higher than Los Angeles.  Yes San Diego Housing prices are on an upswing!!!

Buyers need to BE READY to pull the trigger!!!  The right agent as well as the right “lender” will make the buying experience smooth in this high pace market.  If you talk to a lender that is NOT going to have the loan underwritten and funded locally RUN the other direction.  Getting pre approved by a credible lender goes miles in a market of “multiple offers”.  If you need a recommendation I have a great one!  Make this Real Estate experience one that as a buyer you have the upper hand in a highly competitive marketplace!

 

 

 

 


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Pork Chop With Romano Sauce

There is a wonderful restaurant here in North County that serves chicken with an amazing sauce.  I asked for the recipe but only got as far as the “ingredients”.  So I played around and came pretty darn close.  I used it with pork chops instead of chicken and it turned out really well.  The key is “arrowroot” as that is how I thickened it without using so much butter that an ambulance would show up at the door.  The sauce makes enough for chicken the next day.

FIXINGS:

  • 4 Pork Chops
  • 2 tablespoons – more or less olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Garlic chopped
  • 1 whole shallot – chopped
  • sprinkle of chili flakes
  • White cooking wine
  • Stalk of Rosemary – chopped  (NOT TOO MUCH)
  • 1/4 or so butter
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Juice of half lemon – more or less (TASTE when cooking)
  • Salt and Pepper – I use Lawry’s for both
  • Arrowroot for thickening

PREPARATION

Heat medium pot on medium heat.  Add olive oil and heat well — then add and sautee garlic and shallots until softened.  Add sprinkle of Chili flakes and rosemary- cook for about minute.  Add white wine, reduce and simmer.  Add beef and chicken stock, butter and lemon juice to taste.  Season with Lawry’s Salt and Pepper.

In a separate pan heat olive oil and season pork chops with salt and pepper. Cook n pan for 4 minutes on each side.  I use pork chops with bone in as I like their flavor more than boneless.

Pour Sauce over chops.  Add Arrow Root as needed to thicken sauce.  Maybe a tiny bit more butter.

Call 911 –  KIDDING

For the potatoes I just used baby red potatoes — par boiled them will soften .  Then used cast iron skillet and put in about 3 tablespoons of olive oil, crushed garlic clove, and threw in potatoes.  When they start sizzling I used potato smasher and smashed them until they turned crispy.  Sprinkled a little Rosemary and smashed some more.  They are amazingly delicious!!!

 

 


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HOME BUYING LIFESTYLE CRITERIA

Home buying criteria is changing with the new crop of home buyers demographic including more young families.  Buying a home in 2016 is much more than what a floor plan or kitchen layout has offers.  Buyers are much more concentrated on “where to live” and “how to live”.  As agents making ourselves familiar with the activities and what neighborhoods have to offer to a buyer gives us a deeper connection to those buyers as well as showing sellers that we “know” their neighborhood!  For example I have gotten to love and know North Park really well though it’s 20 minutes from my office.  It’s all desire and knowledge of the area and market.

As a “lifestyle” agent we are pioneering the path that not only exposes what the “home has to offer” but what the “area has to offer”.  As always schools are important to families, but also quick access to parks, can dogs walk there, where are the soccer fields, the closest BBQ restaurant and so very much more.  I once had a client that HAD to walk to a nail salon.  Took awhile and she had to walk a bit farther- but it happened.

We are lifestyle tour guides and knowing what an area has to offer when a property is being marketed for sale gives us a much larger connection not only to the home but to the lifestyle it offers!


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MIRA MESA CANYON VIEW HOME!

This Mira Mesa Canyon view home is located in neighborhood of Mirador Park on a private and secluded cul de sac lot.  The views of Pesnaquitos Canyon are unbelievable as are the night lights of the homes located on the Canyon hills offering twinkling night lights that go on forever.  In the background you see Black Mountain which is comprised of 2352 acres or Chaparral, Sage covered hills, ridges and canyons.  The hiking trail is 2.5 miles long.  It feels close enough to touch!

High vaulted ceilings and formal living and dining room face you when you enter the home as well as decorative high windows to bring in these views.  There is a bedrooms and full bath on main level perfect for multi generational family living.  Family Room and kitchen offers tumbled oversized tile flooring and the kitchen with Corian counters and updated appliances is neutral and ready for new owners touches.  Views are expansive for both rooms with doors leading out to patio and large yard. There is Marble fireplace in family room for chilly nights watching twinkling night lights.

Upstairs there is large Master Suite with additional sitting area presently used as office.  French doors lead out to designer rod iron framed deck with again amazing views.  Master Bath is bright and light and offers views everywhere!  Walk in closet as well as second closet available.  Two other bedrooms and large full bath are also on upper floor.  Three car garage offers ample storage.

Mira Mesa is one of best located zip codes in San Diego – close to La Jolla, the coast, as well as downtown and the airport.  Enjoy best of San Diego living!


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La Jolla “Horseshoe Beach” Ocean Front Condo

Located on one of the most pristine and private stretches of La Jolla beaches “Horseshoe Beach” just south of the village of La Jolla sits this magnificent ocean front condo.  Taken down to the studs this home was completed “rebuild” by the present owners.  The walls were literally “reshaped” to allow the over size openings framed by magnificent Crown Molding” which follows the theme throughout the home.  Walnut flooring as well as stone give a touch of sophistication yet maintain the coastal needs and feel!  Every cabinet in the home was designed specifically for that space and custom made by cabinet makers.  Electronic windows add to the ease of coastal living yet one touch of the finger brings in the walls of ocean and white sandy beach!

Three bedrooms with the Master and Secondary bedrooms offering ocean views.  Large Master Bath again with expanded walls, custom crown molding and beautiful stone and marble.  Third bedroom is ample and also offers a peak of the ocean.  Private patio – the only one available in the complex offers outdoor area for evening sunsets or morning ocean viewing.  Large enough to add outdoor dining space and again only one in complex.

Electronic windows, thermostatically controlled wine “wall” cabinets designed and built just for the home and so much more.  This is truly indicative of the very best in La Jolla Costal living!  Minutes from the village and directly on the sand.


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TURKEY MEATBALLS WITH TOUCH OF PORK!

I Have been making Turkey meatballs forever strictly because of the perception of turkey being a healthy alternative to beef!  They have always turned out great but I thought I might “kick” them up a bit!  I am a good “Home Cook” but secretly I have found a Marinara sauce from Cosco that is AMAZING!  White Linen Marinara Sauce.  It’s super easy when making a last minute meal! I’m a cooking snob and only use this when I’m too rushed to make a sauce.  But truly it’s “DELISH”!

Pre Heat 375 degrees

FIXINGS

  • 1 lb ground turkey – NOT extra lean as that taste like sawdust!
  • 1/4 lb Gound Pork.  Don’t ask me what’s in it – got it at Gelson’s – they don’t kill you!
  • 1 egg- whipped
  • About 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 brown or white onion – chopped fine
  • 5 garlic – minced (the five garlic rule of HomesnCooking)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup – grated Mozzarella-  Actually shredded bag kind is fine
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Salt – few shakes
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Pepper – few shakes
  • Squirt of Tomato Paste

MIXINGS

Sautee the garlic and the onions until soft.  I find if I used them raw in the meatballs they turn out bit crunchy.  Great when eating carrot sticks – not so good on meatballs.

Let the mixture cool off a bit- then mix everything together until blended.

Wash your hands- important as keeps meatballs from sticking to your SKIN!

Spray large cookie tray with some Pam- no sticking!

Form meatballs – pick your size – see photo mine are about size of golf balls.  You KNOW what a meatball looks like!

Cook for about 30 minutes.  You can pick one apart to make sure they are cooked thru.  If smaller meatballs less time.  NO raw turkey for us!

Put into lasagna pan and cover with Marinara Sauce that has been pre heated.  Sprinkle with some diced Italian Parsley if you want to be totally fancy.

Serve immediately – DELICIOUS!  winner dinner! that can be cooked in less than an hour.  Serve with any kind of pasta that you like.  Or just as side dish with steamed veggies or salad.  Just keep quiet about the sauce:)

 


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LA JOLLA OCEAN FRONT LUXURY CONDO

La Jolla Luxury condo coming soon on the market offers the best of coastal living with luxury finishes and materials.  Located at 202 Coast Blvd is located on one of the top beaches in the nation offering an isolated section of shoreline called “Horse Shoe” Beach just south of down town La Jolla.  Pristine and virtually tourist free this crescent shaped beach also features a rock jetty on the north side adding rock formation to an already picturesque sandy beach.

Present owners have designed and redone the original property making it one of the most stunning condo units in the area.  Walnut Wood Floors and Stone flooring throughout, expanded walls and doors, ocean view kitchen which features beautiful Granite and Stone.  All cabinets are custom designed and built for the unit.  Private sun deck off the Great Room for sunsets and sun rises.  Massive wine storage closet and so much more.  Elevator takes you directly to your unit where you are met with walls of ocean and the best that’s La Jolla has to offer a very discriminating buyer!