Design Trends: Colorful Cabinetry

Break out of the white kitchen rut by adding color to your kitchen cabinets with a two-tone scheme. Adding a new  hue to your kitchen is a real mood-booster and a great way to create a personal look!

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People of CPP: Meet Sam Hahn

In our new blog series, we’re taking you behind the scenes to meet the amazing agents and staff of Coastal Premier Properties. We hope you’ll follow along as you get to know more about the faces of our great company!

This week we’re talking with Sam Hahn, Head of Property Management at Coastal Premier Properties. In the few short years he’s been operating our property management division, Sam has built a base of devoted clients who love the superior property management service he and his team provide.


Coastal Premier Properties: Why did you decide to purse a career in property management?

Sam Hahn: I am a firm believer in treating others how you would like to be treated. Having dealt with not so nice property managers made me want to offer a professional and pleasant experience.

CPP: What are the biggest challenges and satisfactions with your work?

SH: Biggest challenge is that everyone is different therefore they have different expectations. Becoming an expert communicator to different personalities is a challenge, but always satisfying when you succeed. The greatest satisfaction is meeting a lot of new people and positively impacting the lives of either clients or tenants.

CPP: What personal characteristics have helped you succeed in this field?

SH: I think my positive and open-minded personality has helped me succeed in this field. People feel comfortable around me and put their trust in me, both in personal or professional matters.

CPP: What are the benefits of using a property manager?

SH: Daily tasks add up to consume a lot of time. Hiring a property manager gives you back the time that you need to spend doing more of what you love. Having a property manager is convenient for the fact that you do not have to deal with anything such as ads, tenant screening, or collecting payments.

CPP: Do you have any great home maintenance or upkeep tips you’ve learned from working in this field?

SH: Preventative maintenance is key. Spend a little now, so you do not have to spend a lot later.

CPP: Is property management a seasonal industry like real estate sales? Are there busier and slower times of the year?

SH: Property management is very similar to the real estate sales market. Generally speaking, like real estate the 4th quarter slows down.

CPP: What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

SH: Outside of work, I’m interested in spending time with family, golfing and always looking for opportunities to obtain new knowledge.

For more about Sam and the property management services he provides, click here.

For our next post in the People of CPP series, we’ll be speaking with Janet Hoover and Laura Seideman, a long-time agent team with Coastal Premier Properties!

Recipe: Garlic Bread Pasta


What You Need:

  • 1 lb. cavatappi pasta
  • ½ cup (1 stick) plus 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • ¾ cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced


How To:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat, continuing to cook the butter until browned and the color of deep amber, constantly swirling the pan so it doesn’t burn.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and add the breadcrumbs, parsley, italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  4. Stir the breadcrumbs to coat them in the butter and remove from the heat.
  5. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the remaining ½ cup (1 stick) butter and garlic together. This infuses the butter with the garlic.
  6. Add the garlic butter to the bowl of pasta and toss to coat completely.
  7. Then add the buttered breadcrumbs and toss to coat.
  8. Serve hot.


Like HGTV’s Fixer Upper? You’ll Love the Design Home App!


Can’t get enough of decorating tv shows? Dream about quitting your day job to become an interior designer? You’ll love Design Home, the new app that lets you design beautiful interiors!

The premise is simple: enter challenges to create beautiful room designs and win prizes and cash to spend in the app! Use your cash to buy more furniture, rugs, and decor elements to use in your designs. Vote for the best designs to earn keys which unlock more challenges. Keep playing to level up and unlock new items.


Pro Tip #1: Make sure you sign in every day to claim your daily sign in bonus of diamonds and keys. You need keys to enter the challenges. Diamonds can be exchanged for more cash or keys.

Pro Tip #2: Each day, the top challenge on your home screen will pay you $2,500 in cash for entering a design. Make sure you do that challenge every day to stack your cash to help you win more of the challenges with smaller cash payouts.

Design Home is available for iPhone and Android and is free to play, but does have in-app purchases.


Restaurant of the Moment: Board & Brew

1212 Camino Del Mar

Del Mar, CA 92014


Board & Brew has been a Del Mar staple for over 30 years. They stick to a simple menu, offering quality sandwiches and craft beer. It’s a simple concept, but Board & Brew does it really well. With a laid-back, beach-inspired environment, it’s no wonder Board and Brew has become the iconic hotspot for surfers and business professionals alike.

Quality ingredients and simple, California-style sandwich creations are what keep people coming back. The Turkado is their most popular sandwich. However, the real secret that puts Board and Brew above the rest has got to be their sauce. A sweet and sour creation, their sauce is unlike any other and goes great with any type of sandwich. Many have claimed to have developed a physical addiction to this sauce, but this phenomenon has yet to be supported by scientific evidence. Kids and adults agree, Board & Brew is one of the best spots in Del Mar to grab a lunchtime bite!

Live outside of Del Mar? Board & Brew has expanded in recent years with locations across San Diego in Scripps Ranch, Del Sur, Pacific Beach, and even two shops in Carlsbad!


Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Greg Gould

Coastal Premier Properties is thrilled to welcome Greg Gould, who is joining The Houston Team in Carlsbad!


About Greg:

Greg Gould has established his real estate career with a reputation for being both persistent and genuine. For Greg, trust is the center of everything and his commitment to integrity and service are why clients trust Greg to match them up with the perfect home.

Greg grew up in New York where he made a name for himself in the hospitality industry in the Hamptons. In his mid-twenties, he came to the San Diego area as a manager for the opening of a new restaurant where Greg delivered high level customer service to upscale clientele.

It turned out that Greg’s early career in the hospitality industry was the perfect foundation for his real estate career. He understands what makes a good customer experience and he is committed to serving his clients with a 5-star experience every time.

Greg has taken full advantage of the opportunity to embrace the California lifestyle. He loves being outdoors – whether surfing, fishing, golfing or traveling. Greg is also a huge Labrador Retriever lover! His strong love for animals is one way he chooses to give back to the community – especially animal rescue foundations. Greg also has a knack for interior design and photography, and he is happy to put those endeavors to use in real estate.

At the core of Greg’s success as a realtor is his ability to understand what it is to “walk in the shoes” of his clients. He is acutely aware of the anxieties and frustrations clients can face at any point in the real estate process. This is why Greg always makes sure his clients have all of the information and tools necessary while providing one-on-one service and attention. He knows that thorough preparation is the smoothest, fastest route to an easy closing. You can count on Greg to deliver that commitment with the highest integrity and your best outcome in mind.

Click here to contact Greg.

How to Pack and Move in 30 days: The Reality of a Military PCS

A quick Google of military moving and stress will generate tips on how to organize your household goods as if keeping organized will eliminate the stress. But managing the physical move is only one aspect of dealing with PCS.

The second, and perhaps more important aspect, is the emotional side of moving. Moving is more than just packing up boxes; it’s packing up a life.

Military families move often and after a few times, become pretty efficient at it. But let’s be honest, fear of the unknown, the dread of saying goodbye, the worry over finding a new home, and wondering if the kids will find new friends never goes away.

Every member of the family experiences the stress of moving and at some point it’s bound to erupt. Whether it’s the unavoidable “moving spat” between spouses or a teenager yelling at a younger sibling for seemingly no reason, there will be drama.

Here are some tips on how to face the reality of a military PCS and survive it with your sanity intact!


Put On Your Oxygen Mask First

If you’ve ever been on an airplane you’re familiar with the flight attendant’s emergency instructions to put on your oxygen mask before assisting others. This isn’t being selfish. It’s because if you are oxygen deprived, you can’t help someone else. The same principle applies to handling the stress of a move. As the physical part of the move fills the calendar, be sure to take some time to destress as a couple and as an individual. If you are overwhelmed with stress you can’t help the rest of the family deal with their emotions surrounding the move.

Acknowledge that the stress of leaving the familiar behind is real. It can be easy to ignore it in all the rush of packing and making arrangements, but that doesn’t make it disappear. Go to dinner and talk about anything other than the move. See a movie or let the kids stay the night with friends and have an evening home alone.

Take advantage of CDC (Child Development Center) to let the kids have some fun and to give you some time to pack uninterrupted.

Reach out to the relocation manager at your new base. Make this person your best friend so you and your family can get assistance throughout the moving process.

Download the free Relobase app here. It provides you with invaluable resources to organize and take control of your PCS.

Kids Need Special Care

Children who move a lot can experience what Freudian analysts call “repetition compulsion,” or a Goldilocks complex, when they become adults because they are always looking for just the right place. Helping your kids cope emotionally with a move is as important as making sure all their belongings get to the new home.

Tell them as soon as you know you’re moving so they have time to mentally prepare. One military mom suggested talking to the kids about possible locations even before you find out where you’ll be deployed. Have regular family meetings to talk about their role and check in on how they are doing. Make time for a special evening out. Visit their favorite ice cream place or playground or let them have a party with their friends. They need to have closure as much and maybe even more than adults do. If your kids are older, give them the job of head researcher. They probably know how to do research on the internet better than you do anyway, so let them find out the history of the new place, what kinds of things there are to do, what the weather’s like and so on.  This will help them feel involved and help them connect to the new place.

While the move can be stressful, it can actually be a great bonding time for the family. If you do it as a team and involve every family member at the level appropriate for them, lessons will be learned and you’ll grow stronger as a family.

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