Category Archives: Homes

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SELLING YOUR HOME WITHOUT AN AGENT! THINK AGAIN!

Did you wake up this morning and decide you wanted to see your own home??  Have you heard horrific stories regarding Real Estate Agents and how all they want is to “cash the check”?  Are you considering putting a sign out on your lawn and seeing where that takes you in this low inventory market?  You might want to rethink this decision!!!

There are LOTS of good agents!  We frankly are right at the top of that criteria!  We handle transactions for beginning to end!  Ourselves!  We protect you from scary legal issues and once that new owner has the keys you can feel secure that all went perfectly.  Well we make it seamless!  A home purchase is one of the biggest transactions for a buyer.  No matter the price range!  The representation of a professional far outweighs the benefits of selling your own home!  These are the days of getting sued for “anything” by “anyone”!  A home seller just cannot know all the ins and outs of what a transaction entails!  When we present a client their complete care is our main focus!  We put your needs over our own every time!

Two normal people dealing with a sale.  No problems!  WRONG!  The owner or seller may have no clue as to what the real value of their property is.  They merrily go on Zillow and if they like what they see that’s “their price”.  If not they count on the home that just sold down the street and come up with that sales price.  Not considering that unless that home is EXACTLY like theirs this won’t work!  If they go with Zillow they most likely have a better chance of getting discovered by Brad Pitt for his next movie than to get that price.  Sellers are just not familiar with APPRAISALS!  I go to every appraisal armed with a report of the SOLDS in the neighborhood.  First of us all is “like for Like”.  Then I figure houses that have sold for less and for more and compare those to our listed property and adjust.  YES, appraisers can talk to me and truly do appreciate the work I help them with!  We do everything we can for the LENDER as he is HOLDING THE MONEY!

Don;’t even get me started on disclosures!  We as agents are held to a higher standard because we have licenses to protect!  Agents know how crucial it is to disclose, disclose, disclose!  Not to scare the buyers but to protect them and the sellers for any future problems!  YOU DIDN’T TELL ME YOU HAD A ROOF LEAK!!!Finding a Home Inspector is easy – finding a really good one – well that takes experience!  My partner goes to every inspection and “knows stuff”!  He can interpret issues professionally and knows what can be a problem and what isn’t.  Knowing the difference between a GFIC and a hot wired outlet is pretty important!

I could go on and on but too much for a single blog.  Neighborhoods, Schools, Parks, Shopping, STAGING, Marketing and so much more!  We do this every day!  A seller may have never left his block!  Hire an agent.  Interview a few!  Get client reviews!  Selling a home is like having a “short term” relationship while your home is on the market.  Hiring someone you like and trust can be a great experience!  And besides that you get the best price and terms on your sale.  Peace of mind is priceless!

 


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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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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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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!


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DEL MAR TORREY POINT ESTATES REMODELED OCEAN VIEW HOME

As agents we are fortunate when we sell homes to sometimes be able to watch the transformation that happens when a home is remodeled.  The owners of this Torrey Point Estates home purchased the property because of its location walking distance to Torrey Pines State Beach and of course the sweeping white water and night views from most of the rooms.  The buyer always wanted an beautiful bathroom to soak in a bubble bath and just relax in an luxurious setting under her chandelier!  Using the services of an Interior Designer you can see from the photos the amazing transformation from 1986 to 2015!  It’s magic!  A complete demolition was done and granite and marble finishes were brought in.  Custom cabinets were built to fit the bathroom’s exact measurements!  Designer mirrors and lighting frame the exquisite chandelier that hangs in the middle of the room!  Luxury next to the beaches of Del Mar,

Above the living room was enhanced by adding Espresso Maple Flooring and enhanced fireplace.  The  hardwood was combined with the slate flooring to add warmth to the color of the sea.   The entire home was updated with again professional Designer making sure that all the surfaces and floors incorporated the feeling of coastal living with supreme elegance.

when you see the photographs above you  can really understand the value that a home commands once it has been lovingly and professionally designed with attention to every detail considered!  Quality and location are two main ingredients when looking for the perfect home in coastal Del Mar.

Call for private showing and watch the crashing waves for yourself!  Just sitting In the living room with its warmth and style while looking at the waves of the Pacific will make you never want to leave!  California living at its best!


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Spring Cleaning and Declutering Ideas

From selling houses for many years I have seen my share of “clutter”!  It’s easy to work with a client to declutter their home because we are both excited to make the house look as open and fresh as possible.  However when I walk into my own house I think “well this would look differently if I was putting MY home on the market!  We have two dogs that we adore!  So much there are “duplicate” dog beds in at least three rooms of our house.  TWO beds in each room.  Well – there are two dogs after all!  So here are some ideas that will help declutter your house.  I have more – check next blog as don’t want to overwhelm anyone!

We put a chalkboard up on our kitchen wall.  It’s great when we run out of something, easy off, bananas, whatever.  We write it on the board and the next person going to the store knows exactly what we need. It works great!  If you have kids it would be very useful for school activities so everyone knows when to be on the hockey field!

A shelf in a kids room with baskets or colored plastic boxes works great for a place for hiding toys.  Plus it makes the room light up!  If you have a high couch or bed baskets are also a great storage area that can be “shoved” underneath the couch.  Take your camera equipment – lenses, filter, etc.  Stuff that you don’t every day is very stashable!

My kitchen is a mecca for organization!  I am a “home chef” meaning I own multiple sets of plates, tons of bowls, cook books galore, kitchen “Roosters”… you name it! I have a “restaurant style Stainless Steel” shelf,  See above – that works great!  I love the look it gives my kitchen.  Sortoff like its a William Sonoma store!  My favorite is the Fondue pot that I have never used and most likely never will.  Why do I keep it?  It’s cute!  If you have the room look online for “restaurant shelving”.    Its super easy to put together and again gives kitchen a great look!

If you are like me and tend to buy the same thing over and over because I don’t remember what I have.  Pasta for instance.  Get some glass containers and stick the pasta inside.  Not its airtight and will stay fresh.  I have this mysterious “tiny moth family” — the moths are tiny – the family is NOT!  I have cleaned the pantry – sprayed- hosed.  They just come back.  If they can get past the glass container the suckers can STAY here!

More ideas to come but these can get you started.  (and me- going to buy glass containers)


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San Diego Gaslamp 2 Bedroom View Trellis Condo

This San Diego 2 Bedroom Trellis Condo is located right in the heart of the Gaslamp District walking distance to the San Diego Convention Center which hosts world famous ComicCon, the Wharf, Petco Park, popular restaurants including Nobu (Hard Rock) and Donovans one adjacent and one in building,  shops and all downtown has to offer.  Located on the seventh floor the views of Petco are immediate from the great room as well as the private patio area which is covered and perfect for intimate dinners.  Crown Molding surrounds the Great Room adjacent to the stainless steel and granite kitchen,  Separate Bedroom suites are perfect for privacy and look out to the city views.  Hardwood throughout adds that touch of sophisticated downtown living!  Building boasts state of the art gymnasium, community outdoor spaces and BBQ area, secure parking for two cars and washer and dryer inside the unit.

Experience San Diego at its very best when you live at The Trellis.  Right outside your door is the gateway to one of America’s finest cities.   AVAILABLE FOR SALE $495,000.