SAN DIEGO LIVING ROOM TRANSFORMATION IDEAS !

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SAN DIEGO LIVING ROOM TRANSFORMATION IDEAS !

  With the help of a past Staging Course as well as Pottery Barn ideas I was excited to pick up some additional tips to pass on to clients thinking of relocating and selling their home.  They were going to another state so the size of the new property would be the same or maybe a tad larger so the ideas could happily travel with them on the journey.  I am fortunate to have a natural ability to “move furniture” around as well as having completed the Staging Institute Course so the following ideas were fairly easy to implement.

The living room was spacious and offered nice views of a canyon not super close but just far enough to add scenery when gazing out the windows.  It was interesting to note that they had a large sectional that faced a fire place.  Now in the winter and fall the fireplace is probably “roaring” at night- but the other two seasons you are looking at a nice mantel.  The sectional is great when you want to all spread out together, including the dogs, but for sheer entertaining and being functional a sectional takes up most of a room and usually can only be laid out in one way.  There was also a lovely imitation Person Rug that defined the layout of the sectional and the coffee table while leaving lots of empty “air space” in the room that was going to waste.

Solutions were fairly easy as the  family was not overly fond of the sectional anyway and it had seen better days.  The concern of the area rug was easy.  You can literally go to any store that sells “carpet” and give them dimensions you can pick out style you like and have it  “cut to size?.  They will even bind it for you so no frayed edges and “poof” you have the perfect size carpet.  This can be included when selling the home or taken with you. The floors were older Oak Engineered Wood so this was perfect as carpet blended in perfectly covering most of the wood yet utilizing the edges to frame the room!

We had budget for furniture spending and these days many stores that offer great pieces at reasonable prices.  Taking into account being able to see the views two separate “non matching couches were purchased as well as one arm chair.  Different sitting areas were designed to take advantage of the view as well as the fireplace.  Chairs and end tables were grouped into what was previously vacant space and instead of three lamps there were not five for better lighting. The great thing is the rug can be left for new owners or taken with sellers.  Voila room transformed.  I bet new owners will want to buy the sitting area furniture!

This is one of my favorite parts of selling real estate!  Plus you get my services for free when you list with us!  Luxury Living truly at every price point!


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NORTH PARK 2 Bedroom Plus Loft Townhome For Sale

31st-living-room-heroNorth Park has become one of San Diego’s most coveted neighborhoods with its restaurants, shops, breweries and just plain city living at every turn!  Friendly people and coastal weather add to what has become one of San Diego’s favorite place to live!  This Finberg Townhome is in the “hub” of North Park.  Beautifully maintained and lightly lived in the previous owner spent over $200,000 in doing a “build out” which adds extra square footage making this property slightly over 1700 square feet.  Light wood floors frame most rooms.  The living area with its wood burning fireplace opens up to the kitchen and dining room area.    You enter the home thru a private gated patio perfect for nightly glass of wine or morning coffee and of course our Southern California BBQ’s. Upstairs is the large Master Bedroom with adjoining light Master Bath.  A HUGE walk in closet is a plus in any townhome.  Adjacent to the master is an office space that is multi purpose.  Nursery?  Work Out room?  The second bedroom offers a loft bedroom area as well as room for large regular bed.  Fabulous for guests with children.  Or a children’s special area.  Full bathroom is en suite.  GO up another flight of stairs and there is an office/library space that leads to yet another small room/office with open views of  North Park rooftops!  The kitchen features Frigidaire six burner gas stove and designer tile cabinets and flooring.  A tankless water heater and furnace are both newly installed within last few years.

Again, live in one of San Diego’s greatest neighborhoods and yet be minutes from the Freeway, Beaches and all that San Diego has to offer! North Park not a secret anymore!


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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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WHITE WATER VIEW DEL MAR FOUR BEDROOM HOME FOR SALE

torrey-point-road-open-viewOFFERED AT $2,795,000

Designed to capture ocean views from almost every room this private and gated Torrey Point Home brings you not only water vistas but magnificent sunsets and night lights of the La Jolla Peninsula.  Rarely on the market this small enclave of custom homes is located overlooking the sand of Torrey Pines Beach where a short walk takes you to the beach and the village of Del Mar.  The feeling of living at the beach exudes not only from the inside vistas of the ocean but also from the multiple view outdoor living spaces.  A perfect home for entertainment flow.  Updated with beautiful finishes that blend in with the coastal feel include Espresso Maple Floors, Granite, Travertine, Slate and custom cabinetry.  A truly special space with sophisticated edge blending coastal living.  Kitchen and bathrooms all updated with the Master Suite offering white water views and walk out patio.  Master Bath also features a European Spa Shower with Jacuzzi and steam, Toto toilet with every feature imaginable and custom designed cabinets and gorgeous chandelier!

Fireplaces in the Great Room as well as the Master suite allow views of twinkling flames offsetting the views of the Pacific.  Formal dining room as well as again ocean view kitchen nook with views of the ocean and the semi private tennis courts.  Low maintenance living at its best with rolling landscaping being taken are of by the Association.  The private Jacuzzi areas has privacy wall of trees and is steps to tennis courts.

In pristine condition this home is a Del Mar gem and truly the best value on the market with this proximity to the sand, ocean, and Village of Del Mar.


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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.


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SOLANA BEACH SANTA FE HILLS AMAZING LOT HOME FOR SALE!

Nestled among California Native Landscaping sits this beautiful single level home in Santa Fe Hills offers one of the most amazing lots in the neighborhood.  There is 12,300 square of property with home surrounded by beautiful plants, river beds, and blooming fruit trees.   The Solana Hills property offers four bedrooms and two full bathrooms.  Both bathrooms updated and pristine.  A magnificent sky light is located in Family Room and kitchen areas drenching rooms with sunlight.  French Doors lead out to the magnificent yard and custom overhang that offers protection for those California Sunny days!  An above ground vegetable garden and gazebo add character to already fabulous yard.

Master is large and opens up to the outdoors and offers a European Style bathroom with Single Owned Solar System panel linked to water heater.  In Master Bathroom button next to sink can be pushed to circulate hot water immediately.  Secondary bedrooms are large and just need closet doors as two rooms used for mother in law suite.  Beautiful custom door separates the bedrooms.

The kitchen with custom tile has newer appliances and Maple Wood Floors and a Custom Beautiful China Closet built especially for the home.  Again kitchen is pristine and move in ready!

Details such as sloped driveway for rain to go directly to underground pipe and street, great storage, Solar Tube in Secondary Bathroom, Owned Solar System and so much more make this property a special space in Solana Beach.  Minutes from the beach and Village of Del Mar !  Call for additional information!


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OLDE CARLSBAD CHARMING 3 BEDROOM SINGLE LEVEL

Olde Carlsbad 3 Bedroom Single Level brand new on the market.  Situated in a lush 1/3 acre lot this home is pristine and ready for lucky new owner!  Amazing open layout with Granite custom kitchen leading out to the family room and dining room areas both framed by Satillo Tiles and Maple Wood Floors.  French Doors in most rooms lead out to the spacious vistas and wrap around patios.  Master Bedroom with its separate patio for private sunset glass of wine.  Art studio structure is separate from house but can also be used as office.  Bathrooms offer Granite and tile flooring.

Lowest price property in Olde Carlsbad located minutes from the Boardwalk and the Pacific Ocean!  Crown Molding and Recessed lighting throughout again add touches of elegance with Olde California feel!  Secondary bedrooms are spacious and recessed lighting and crown moldings offer yet addition special touches!  Carlsbad best neighborhood with amazing schools!


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San Carlos Single Level For Sale!

Lake-Atlin-Prof-House-HeroThe home features an amazing Modern Designer Kitchen with beautiful Silver/Grey kitchen Island,  Chocolate custom cabinets, Electrolux Stainless Appliances and state of the art hood.  Kitchen even features an electronically managed Sky Light.  The kitchen flows into the Family Room which opens up to the covered Loggia and newly resurfaced pool!  The oversize lot also features assorted fruit trees from Orange to Fig and Avocado.  Warm Maple Laminate Flooring flows throughout the home giving warmth yet easy maintenance.  The living and dining rooms are large and also open to the pool area.  A wood burning fireplace is featured in the living room.

Many extras including a leased Solar System which offers great savings to the new owner as well as tankless water heater.  The home offers three bedrooms and two full baths and ample storage in the garage.  If buyer needs even more additional closet can be added to existing storage unit.  The kitchen has a built in “office nook” in perfect place for watching children at plan or testing new recipes.  The home is bright and airy and perfect for young family or retirees looking for single level.  Located within minutes of San Diego’s best shopping as well as the sand of the Pacific Ocean.  In great condition give us a call for immediate showing.  Great price for this area and this quality of home!


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MILLENNIALS CHANGING HOME BUYING PROCESS!

Just finished reading an interesting article about these “mystery” Millennials”.  Because most of my colleagues are well over 34 it’s becoming an entirely new world.  I remember the era when seminars were everywhere on how to “cold call” for business.  Which still makes me nauseous.  My partner can call anyone and door knock anywhere! But think Millennials don’t want to open their doors unless you text them first!

This generation between 18-34 will according to Zillow Report (2015) will be a huge home buying audience.  Our industry presently involves being on the phone constantly solving problems.   From this report these Millennials do NOT want to talk on the phone.  “text” me with information.  They seem to “date”on text, they read on “text” they “talk” on text, they break up on “text”.  Listen this works for me!!  Cuts out those agents that “talk” too much anyway!  If a client has a question I answer it immediately .  If I don’t have the answer I find it out!  It seems like this demographic is predicted to take over baby boomers as the generation purchasing the largest number of houses in the next years.

The Millinnial Buyers rely on technology.  More than 50% (Zillow Report) search for homes on their phones and among those 26% end up buying a home they found that way.  I have clients call me frequently with questions they received with “alerts”   There is NO way without going crazy that I could input information for say three clients and get alerts.  My phone would blow up.  HOWEVER the alerts they get are GENERIC listings that have gone on the market.  They need me to tell them – this one is what you should view – this one is not!They want information at their fingertips.  However they need that agent to decipher information that is on the internet.  This is the biggest purchase of their life and it needs to be done correctly!  Though still an adventure.

Only 3% of agents are under 30.  My thinking is that is a Millennial buyer is say 32 – do they really want to deal with an agent that just GOT their license?  The beauty of this business is not only knowledge but WORLD experience.  Solving the 100000 problems and questions that constantly appear in transactions.  So our age group has to be UP on technology!  NO doubt!  Isn’t the magic bullet being our age with Tech knowledge and experience?  Do those buyers really need another friend?  Or a Real Estate Professional.

It’s the Google generation.  However it’s still about knowledge, service, immediate response, amazing problem solving and communications that bridges the age group and can do the job that is needed to service any age client!