Just Sold: April 2015

Thank you for all your support, here some of the properties Coastal Premier Properties has helped clients buy or sell throughout the county this month. If we can help you or someone you know, please contact us!

 

El Presidio Trail

(San Diego)

SOLD

Fabulous move-in ready Plan 1 in coveted gated Santa Barbara! End of cul de sac location w/large lot, specimen trees in gorgeous tropical yard, outdoor living w/fireplace & BBQ too! Hardwood flooring, formal living & dining room w/ wonderful kitchen/family room combo all surrounding sunny private courtyard. Four spacious bedrooms upstairs with 3 full baths plus bonus room & study area too! This is a home not to be missed! SOLD for $1,260,000.

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Sandy Crest Court

(San Diego)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Wonderful Cul-De-Sac location overlooking Greenbelt, Walking Paths & Park. 5 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths. 1 Full Bed & Bath Down, Remodeled Kitchen w/Viking Stainless Steel Appliances, White Marble Countertops, Sit-up Center Island, Spacious Breakfast Nook w/Built-in Window Seat which opens to a cozy Family Room. Crown Molding, New Hardwood Flooring, New Carpeting. 3 Fireplaces one in Family Room, Living Room & Master Suite. 3 Garage Att., Garage. Dual Zoned A/C. Great Neighborhood & School District. SOLD for $1,245,000.

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1st Avenue 

(San Diego)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Beautiful Banker’s Hill Home Located on 2nd floor of coveted Sprucewood complex with southwest exposure & ocean views! Only 8 units in this perfectly located complex with elevator opening to only 2 homes per floor. Wonderfully maintained with 3 oversized bedrooms (3rd used as office/no closet), spacious living and dining rooms w/balcony overlooking views, sunny kitchen with eat in dining. Truly a gem! Close to all including Balboa Park, Downtown, and Airport. Not to be missed! SOLD for $870,000.

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Sora Way

(San Diego)

SOLD

Prestigious Park Village home w/breath-taking westerly panoramic views from yard & viewing deck. Premier location at the end of low traffic cul-de-sac! Highly upgraded kitchen with granite, SS appliances, decorator touches throughout. Vaulted ceilings with skylights an added plus. Enjoy fireplaces in living & family room. Multiple fruit trees & lap pool. Award winning PUSD schools. Westview HS, Mesa Verde MS, Park Village Elem. No HOA & soon-to-expire Mello Roos. Close to shopping, beaches, parks! SOLD for $819,000.

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Cabo Way

(Carlsbad)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Beautiful single story home with an open floor plan and plenty of natural light. You are welcomed in the entry with high ceilings and sky lights to bring in the sunlight. Bamboo floors through most of the home give a warm and contemporary feel. Throughout the home there are plenty of windows to bring nature inside the home. Cook and entertain in the remodeled kitchen or take it outside to the built in BBQ. Enjoy the serenity of the private backyard and relax in the spa. SOLD for $770,000.

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Caminito Tomas

(San Diego)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Beautiful, fully remodeled double master BR home in prestigious RB! BRAND new SS appliances, tile flooring, refurbished baths, new lighting, fresh paint & newer water heater! Conveniently located to 15, shopping, medical facilities, top rated schools & restaurants. Dual masters upstairs, one BR downstairs. Beautiful custom designed patio with room for additional dining and relaxing. Upgraded sound proof & energy efficient windows! Full laundry and 1/2 bath downstairs with attached garage. SOLD for $481,250.

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Verbena Court

(Carlsbad)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Beautifully upgraded town home located in the prestigious Aviara zip code of Carlsbad. Completely remodeled kitchen including maple cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Maple & Oak flooring, newer efficient windows & sliding door on the first floor and custom built closets are among other upgrades. Great location, close to all conveniences, Legoland , outlet stores, golf courses and the ocean. SOLD for $472,500

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Nobel

(San Diego)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Spacious south-west-facing unit with beautiful views from the 10th floor. Large living room & dining room, master suite, second complete bath and second bedroom. Brand new carpet. Large balcony. Washer/dryer. Gourmet lunch and dinner served in restaurant-style dining room. Secured parking. Weekly housekeeping. SOLD for $363,000

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San Lucas Court

(Solana Beach)

PENDING

*Represented Buyer

Welcome to understated elegance and indoor outdoor living at its best. Rarely available single story located on half an acre in the desirable Isla Verde community. Enjoy sweeping views of the Lomas Santa Fe Country Golf Course and beyond to the ocean from this sophisticated home perched high above the greens. Enjoy bright, open spaces with large windows all around and inviting travertine and wood floors throughout. A state of the art kitchen fit for a Master Chef. Offered at $1,799,500.

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Smith Canyon Court

(San Diego)

PENDING

Beautiful 5Br/4.5Ba Sonoma Plan 3 with one full bedroom with bathroom downstairs. Upgrades include granite kitchen counter tops, quartz bathroom countertops, wood floors, wrought iron railings, and more. Conveniently located close to shopping, restaurants, parks, award winning schools, beaches, and major freeways. Offered at $1,389,000.

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Landfair Ct

(San Diego)

PENDING

Sensational Heights Plan 3 featuring 4 BR’s, 2.5 BA’s situated on a cul-de-sac 8233 sq. ft. private view lot. This impeccably remodeled home boasts a much sought after floor plan which includes an expanded kitchen/family room “great room” and the Master BR on the main floor. The gourmet kitchen features custom cabinetry, slate countertops, marble island, Thermador appliances and African Mahogany La Cantina bi-folding doors. Entertainer’s backyard with fireplace, spa, and specimen palms. Offered at $1,298,000.

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Sitio Sago

(San Diego)

PENDING

Highly desirable executive home in Aviara! Great private cul de sac location! Optional downstairs BR & full bath. Spacious open floorplan with great room, formal living room and dining room. Granite kitchen counters with large breakfast bar and nook is a chef’s delight. Master suite features a retreat and private balcony with lovely ocean views. Generous size backyard includes soothing water feature, firepit for relaxing and large grassy area for kids to play. Minutes to beaches, shopping, restaurants. Offered at $929,000 – $999,000.

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Viacha Dr

(San Diego)

PENDING

*Represented Buyer

Don’t pass up this opportunity! Located at the very end of the most sought-after Street Location in Tierrasanta with PANORAMIC VIEWS of Adm. Baker Golf course, San Diego River Lake. This home features newer Stucco and concrete tile roof, 3 fireplaces, decks with custom industrial railing on all levels, 25×18 Trex deck, wet bar, attached guest house with kitchen and full bath (included in Sqft). Great location, close to shopping center, schools, freeway access. Offered at $849,900.

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Straightaway Court

(Oceanside)

PENDING

*Represented Buyer

Live the dream in the Hartford with Panoramic Mountain views! Dream home with young & stylish design built in 2006 and offering: 5 bd, One optional, 3 baths, 3,727 SqFt, & 3 car garage, on over 20,626 SqFt view lot. Great estate with all the upgrades & luxury. Gourmet kitchen with granite counter, top of the line stainless steel appliances. Family room with fireplace & sliding door that leads you to the backyard. Master suite offers French doors with balcony & views, master bath with large walk-in closet. Offered at $774,900.

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Pipilo St

(San Diego)

PENDING

This gorgeous, upgraded family home is in a great location and neighborhood! Convenient bedroom and full bath downstairs. Granite counter tops in kitchen and bathrooms, newer dual-pane vinyl windows, brand new flooring, baseboards, fresh paint, new lighting and bathroom fixtures. Too many upgrades to mention them all! Huge lot room for a pool! With no HOA and no Mello Roos, this home is move-in ready and close to schools, parks, shopping, freeways and beaches. Highly-rated PUSD, including Westview High. Offered at $699,000 – $739,000.

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Hollingsworth

(San Diego)

PENDING

*Represented Buyer

Stunning rarely offered largest floor plan in Amante in 4S Ranch! Enjoy open living space with beautiful hardwood floors downstairs, and custom fire place in the family room. Granite kitchen counters, dark wood cabinetry throughout and walk in pantry. Upstairs spacious bedrooms with a full loft area that could be converted to 4th bedroom. Lush back yard garden with stamped concrete patio is one of the biggest and most private in this community and perfect for entertaining. Welcome home! Offered at $649,000 – $695,000.

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Caminito Carmel Landing

(San Diego)

PENDING

*Represented Buyer

Gorgeous 3 bedroom town home located in the Heart of Carmel Valley.Recently remodeled kitchen, new cabinets, corian coutertops! New light fixtures, new custom paint! Beautiful laminate floorings throughout entire house! Fireplace in living Room. Spacious Patio at back for family entertaining! One car garage. Complex Features Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Tennis Courts, Walking Trails. Close to Shopping, restaurants and Beach! Top ranked schools near by! Offered at $549,000.

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Oceanview Terrace

(Vista)

PENDING

*Represented Buyer

Beautiful large two story home! You are greeted w/ a large private driveway with potential RV Parking. Into the home stunning custom flooring, designer paint, beautiful ceiling fans and fixtures throughout. Kitchen is vibrant and bright w/ sliding door into the backyard for family entertaining, rich dark wood cabinetry, granite counter-tops with bar siting, recess lighting and stainless steel appliances. Gorgeous living room with Fireplace. Master Suite includes Balcony with VIEWS and fireplace and more. Offered at $499,000 – $539,000.

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Santa Isabel D

(Carlsbad)

PENDING

Like new Twinhome feels like a detached home with 2,250 sq.ft. of spacious and bright living area. Brand new wood floors on first floor, new carpet upstairs. New Range, dishwasher, microwave, countertops & cabinets. Ready to move-in! NO HOA or Mello Roos. WOW! Large 2-car garage with room for washer & dryer. Located on a quiet corner lot on a cul-de-sac. Large fenced in backyard perfect for entertaining, pets and young ones. Offered at $464,500.

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Ashbourne Glen

(Escondido)

PENDING

Sweet newer home in the heart of Escondido! Light & bright! Hurry-this one won’t last long! Definitely the best floor plan in the complex. 3 Bedrooms Plus a loft – Perfect for TV/teen room, office or workout room.Kitchen features maple cabinetry & an island. Over-sized master features extra sitting room, dual closets, soaker tub and separate shower, and dual vanities. onvenient upstairs laundry room.2 Car Garage for all your toys! Large dining room/living room combo, and a separate den with gas fireplace. Offered at $395,000 – $405,000.

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Fairway Circle Drive

(San Marcos)

PENDING

*Represented Buyer

Enjoy sweeping views of the St. Mark Golf Course! Living/dining area is enhanced by a dramatic natural wood vaulted ceiling w/skylight, an inviting fireplace and sliding glass door that opens to the spacious private balcony. Tile flooring in kitchen and bathrooms. Convenient stall shower in guest bath & tub/shower combo in master suite. Fairway Knolls boasts a beautiful recreation area w/pool , spa & clubhouse. Residents also enjoy Lake & Lodge privileges! Offered at $299,000.

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44th Street

(San Diego)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Motivated Seller will entertain offers between $750,000 & $775,000. 4 Units on double Lot in Talmadge! Great condition, many upgrades. Off street parking in addition to 4 garages (rented separately) & onsite Laundry. Newer roofs, paint, electrical, windows, doors, etc. Just blocks to new Copley/Price YMCA. Centrally located to all, SDSU, bus line. $738,600

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Hawaii Avenue

(San Diego)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Just renovated home with open floor plan, new flooring, new bath tub/bathroom fixtures, fresh paint, and backyard with panoramic views! Separate dinning and kitchen area that flows into family room. Washer/dryer hookups in Large completely finished garage. Ready for immediate move-in! SOLD for $390,000.

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S Tremont

(Oceanside)

PENDING

*Represented Seller

Location is everything. Property is located west of Hwy 5 & just 2/3 blocks to the beach. Main home is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath unit, duplexes in back are 1 bdrm 1 ba ea and all units come with a 1 car garage & laundry hoopkups + yds, units A&B in back have alley access to parking. Property has been well maintained over the years and is professionally managed. Offered at $874,999.

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Most Expensive Homes Ever Sold in Rancho Santa Fe

The 92067 area code is as famous as it is expensive. With its Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean Revival styles of architecture, this beautiful community boasts some of the largest homes in San Diego, and is host to many high-profile residents.

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1. El Camino del Norte, $21,500,000 (2007)

This massive home is situated on over 19 acres of land. It has a separate 3 bedroom guest house, 2 pools, a separate apartment, garden walks, flowering arched colonnades, fountains, waterfalls, formal rose garden, full equestrian facilities and much more. With beautiful views from all sides, it is no wonder as to why it’s number one on this list.

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2. Rancho Valencia, $17,775,000 (2002)

This massive estate is almost 17,000 square feet. It is comprised of 4 freestanding structures on around 10 acres, featuring 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, library, gym, office, living room, dining room, wine cellar, butler’s pantry, gourmet kitchen, billiards room, home theater, conservatory, guest house, horse barn, sauna, and pretty much anything else you could ever think of.

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3. Lago Vista, $17,000,000 (2004)

This massive 8 bedroom 13 bathroom Tuscan estate was built by renowned architect Matin Taraz. It has spectacular views, large guest house, game room, wine cellar, gym, game room, tennis court, and much more.

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4. Circa Oriente, $16,000,000 (2007)

This 16,000 square foot estate has a whopping 10 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. It also has waterfalls, a regulation-sized tennis pavilion, meandering garden paths, an olympic sized pool, three guest houses, gourmet kitchen, 2 story office, full gym, sauna, 14 car garage, and of course, a spot on this list.

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5. Camino del Norte, $16,000,000 (2006)

This 38 acre equestrian estate is a horse lover’s dream. It has a state of the art breeding facility, 3 barns, 4 apartments, 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a trophy room, wine cellar, tennis court, pool, cabana, and more.

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6. Las Colinas, $15,000,000 (2008)

This huge 14,000 square foot estate has 10 bedrooms, 16 bedrooms, 5 acres of sprawling lawns, fragrant gardens, lemon groves, infinity pool and spa, full size tennis court, a wine cellar and separate tasting room, 7 car garage, his and her offices, and plenty more.

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7. Via Roswitha, $14,500,000 (2006)

Designed by architect Edward Grenzbach, this 9 bedroom 6 bathroom estate has expansive windows with excellent views from all sides. It is comprised of the main house, a guest house, and also a staff house, and has a pool, BBQ, wet bar, fully equipped gym, and more!

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8. Calle Feliz, $14,125,000 (2004)

This beautiful home includes the main house, guest house, green house, tennis court, pool, spa, 7 stall barn, 4500 square foot party room, car barn/ second horse barn, bath atrium, gym, 2 wine cellars, gourmet kitchen, casita, theater, and more.

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9. Roxbury Terrace, $14,000,000 (2007)

The legacy of rich European elegance has been captured here in this renovated estate. The house includes the main house, guest house tennis court, pool, spa, greenhouse, 7 stall barn, 4 parcels on 14.5 Cov Ac w/ 2nd house & car barn.

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10. Los Mirlitos, $13,000,000 (2014)

This 21,000 square foot house, situated on 9 acres, has it all. Golf, Tennis, Swimming, and more, it is essentially your own private country club.

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Pinteresting Five: DIY Summer Games

Summer is right around the corner! The kids will soon be out of school and in need of summer fun…why not try outdoor versions of their favorite games? From glow-in-the-dark bowling to giant jenga to pet rock tic-tac-toe, each of these games is fun and easy to make!

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Recipe: Perfect Blueberry Jam

 

What You Need:

 

5 c. fresh blueberries

5 ¼ c. sugar

2/3 c. fresh orange juice

1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

¼ tsp. salt

1 (6 oz.) package liquid fruit pectin (such as CERTO)

 

Directions:

 

  1. Place blueberries in a large saucepan. Crush with a potato masher.
  2. Add sugar, juices, and salt. Stir well to combine. Let mixture stand for thirty minutes.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  4. Add pectin, stirring until well blended.
  5. Pour jam into jars or airtight containers. Cool completely.
  6. Cover and refrigerate up to 4 weeks.

The History of San Diego Real Estate: 1960’s

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In this special series, we will be covering the evolution of the real estate industry from the 1960’s to present day. These posts are based on the industry experience of Coastal Premier Properties Broker, Tom Tucker. It is our hope that by retelling the history of real estate in San Diego County, we will be able to trace the changes at a social, economic, and technological level that have led to today’s current industry profile and the results that have occurred for consumers, for better and for worse.

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San Diego Real Estate History: The 1960’s

 

San Diego County Population: 1,033,011 people

San Diego County Population Growth For This Decade: 31%

Estimated Number of New Housing Units Built from 1960-1969: 33,538 Units

Estimated Number of Total Housing Units in the County by 1969: 80,553 Units (Including 47,015 Units Built Prior to 1860)

(information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau)

 

Overall, in the 1960’s, the real estate industry moved at a much slower pace. Without the rapid delivery of data through the internet and email, it typically took much longer to sell a home. When an agent took a listing, they would go down to their local real estate board office and submit the listing. Once the listing was submitted, the board would make up a page with the home’s information and that page would be distributed weekly in a real estate “book”. These books, which were essentially a 3-ring binder, were given to every agent upon joining the board. Every week, a secretary would pick up copies of the new pages and bring them back to the brokerage office for everyone. And those pages would only include listings from that specific board’s jurisdiction. E.G. the Del Mar board only had Del Mar listings. If you wanted to sell homes down in the city of San Diego, you would also need to join that board. Cooperation between boards and thus, realtors, was almost non-existent. In the 1960’s, almost every city in San Diego had its own board of real estate. Today we have just three local boards and we are not restricted to buying and selling properties within our own board’s jurisdiction.

One of the most significant differences from the present day state of the industry, is how homes were bought and sold. Each agent had their own listings and each agent sold their own listings. Rather than choosing an agent to work with them in their home search, buyers who were looking for a home would call each individual agent and ask for their inventory. If the agent didn’t have anything they wanted to buy, they would move on to the next agent.

The public did not have access to any kind of information about what homes were for sale, they had to work with a real estate agent.

When agents priced a home, they worked with data for houses sold in the past quarter. Thus when an agent priced a home, the data they were using wasn’t as up-to-date as we experience it today. Using a quarterly comp rate meant that home price didn’t tend to change as rapidly as they do today.

In the 1960’s, all brokerages were independently owned. There weren’t any franchises or brokerages with multiple office locations. Today’s national and international brokerages had yet to make an appearance. Most real estate offices were named after the owner/broker e.g. Art Leach Real Estate.

Demographically, 90% of agents were male and only 10% were female. Almost all title reps were male and almost all escrow officers were female.

 

Notable Changes in Real Estate Law From This Decade:

 

1963: Recovery Fund Law Takes Effect. In 1963, Senate Bill 1576 was signed to effect financial protection for the public against dealings with unscrupulous brokers and salespeople.

 

Notable San Diego Events From This Decade:

 

1961: American Football League Chargers open first season at Balboa Stadium.

1964: UC-San Diego opens.

1964: SeaWorld opens.

1968: The Padres play their first game at San Diego Stadium.

1969: San Diego–Coronado Bay Bridge opens, replacing ferry service across San Diego Bay.

 

Notable United States Events From This Decade:

 

 1962: Lt. Col. John Glenn becomes first U.S. astronaut to orbit Earth

1962: Cuban Missile Crisis

1963: Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech

1963: President Kennedy is assassinated.

1964: President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act.

1968: Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., is assassinated in Memphis, Tenn.

Join us next month as we dive into the history of the 1970’s and take a look at what changes in that decade shaped the evolution of the real estate industry.

 

 

 

Design Trends: Epoxy Garage Floors

Perhaps you’ve already started spring cleaning your home. Maybe you’ve already thought about going thought about cleaning out the garage, sweeping out the dust, and organizing it neatly. Why not take it a step further and epoxy the garage floor? Not only does it look great (so shiny!) and make you feel like you’re driving into a showroom, epoxy coating resists oil and water, making keeping your garage clean a breeze! Plus epoxy garage flooring lends that extra touch of luxury to your home.

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Most Expensive Homes Ever Sold in Encinitas

With its beachfront location and perfect climate, Encinitas is one of Southern California’s most desirable places of residence. Combine the location with its great food, plentiful beaches and parks, and tons of shops and other things to do, it it no surprise that to live in this area you are going to be doling out quite a bit of dough. Here are the top 10 most expensive homes sold here.

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1. Neptune Avenue, $10,500,000

The “Crescent” is a world famous Wally Cunningham design that combines the symphonic resonance of the sea by curvilinear architectural elements. The 6,500 square foot masterpiece sprawls over a double oceanfront lot, capturing the energy, essence, movement and calmness of the Pacific in every living space. Outdoor spaces meld into the interior seamlessly, allowing peaceful travel to another world.

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2. Neptune Avenue, $8,500,000

Enter this estate and enjoy the rolling lawn and beautiful custom home on double lot with expansive coastline. This home was extensively remodeled inside and out over the past year, including new Merbau wood and tile flooring, updated kitchen, bathrooms, and lighting.

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3. Neptune Ave, $7,199,000

This masterpiece is the perfect entertainment home. It is 5,221 square feet with a tiki hut and putting green. The architecture and landscaping give a topical theme to the home.

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4. 4th Street, $6,600,000

Oceanfront Acre with 200 ft of linear coastline & unobstructed views from the surf to the horizon. Architect DiDonato Assoc & James Berggren Const have developed a unique blend of Mediterranean & contemporary design that has resulted in a home that offers breathtaking views from every room! There are 5 large bedroom suites, 6 baths plus 2 powder rooms, 3 car garage & elevator to access all floors.

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5. 234 5th Street, $6,480,000

Originally designed for the owner, this home received the highest level of attention and resources at every phase. Clean, contemporary design, exquisite finishes, magnificent interior spaces, large usable lot w/mature landscaping, spa, sauna, guest house, & extensive decks and patios.

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6. Neptune Avenue, $6,450,000

Spectacular Contemporary Oceanfront Home with unparalleled panoramic ocean views. Fortified by a $1.1 million state-of-the-art seawall and featuring the world-class brands Dornbracht, Siematic, Miele, Silestone, Petra Antiqua, Alfredo Salvatori, Artistic Tile, Provenza and more, this newly built home exudes passion in every detail. With expansive open spaces, vaulted ceilings and wall-to-wall disappearing glass doors this is truly the Most Pristine Contemporary Home that exists on the bluff.

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7. 4th Street, $6,175,000

Blending classic Mediterranean style and intimate gathering spaces within, this exquisite 4BD/3.5BA, 4255 SF home is perfectly situated on a rare oceanfront double lot with soaring views over the Pacific. An extremely rare location with beach access just steps from the door, charming bistros, boutique shopping, coffee shops, Whole Foods, just a short walk to all that the village of Encinitas has to offer, yet secluded and private, just above the sea with sweeping ocean views.

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8. Neptune Avenue, $6,097,337

This home has many features including gourmet kitchen, bar/library, living room, dining area – all w/ocean views! Stunningly beautiful master suite w/bar, euro modern tub w/plantation shutters & view to sea. Ocean front deck with expansive Pacific views featuring a gas fire pit and plenty of space for lounging.

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9. 4th Street, $6,000,000

Nothing conveys luxury like living right on the beach — front row seating. Walls of glass, a lighted “floating” staircase and the largest ocean-front patio in Encinitas provide unbelievably beautiful views up & down the Coast. The ocean-facing Great Room with fireplace and Gourmet Kitchen are where all the living takes place in this awesome 4,530 square foot California Contemporary with unlimited ocean views.

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10. 5th Street, $5,600,000

Smashing oceanfront home including adjoining lot. Extensive remodel in 2001 creates a wonderful ambiance for entertaining and living.Australian woods used on floors and tasteful landscapes used extensively.

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Pinteresting Five: Outdoor Entertaining

It’s already warming up in San Diego and that’s got us thinking about summer and outdoor entertaining! While many homes either have a wet bar or make use of a bar cart or other side area to organize drink-making items, when the weather gets warmer, refreshments often get relegated to a plastic cooler or the host gets stuck running from inside to outside. Why not up your summer entertaining game an outdoor bar or buffet area? Most of these projects are the results of a clever DIY!

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Recipe: Spiced Nectarine Cake

What You Need:

 

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature

¾ cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar

2 large eggs

1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 ½ tsp. finely grated lemon peel

1 ¼ cups self-rising flour

5 medium nectarines (about 1 ¾ lbs.) halved, and cut into quarters

¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Directions:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Generously butter a 9 in. springform pan.
  3. Beat ½ cup butter in large bowl until fluffy.
  4. Add ¾ cup sugar and beat until blended.
  5. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add lemon juice and lemon peel.
  6. Beat in flour until smooth.
  7. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.
  8. Arrange enough nectarine slices atop batter in concentric circles to cover completely. Press lightly into place.
  9. Mix cinnamon and remaining 3 tbsp. sugar in a small box. Sprinkle over cake.
  10. Bake for one hour, or until cake is golden brown and done all the way through.
  11. Cut around cake to loosen. Remove pan sides.
  12. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

Design Trends: Quartzite

Love the look of marble, but want the durability of granite? Consider quartzite! Quartzite is a beautiful alternative to marble, that won’t stain and requires less upkeep. Quartzite counters have been popping up primarily in kitchens, but can also work just as nicely in bathrooms.

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