Design Trend: Mirrors

We’ve all heard the interior design adages: mirrors brighten a room, make it look bigger, bring in light, etc. But they also add interest to a room, while feeding that narcissistic bit of ourselves. Whether you opt for one mirror as a statement piece, whether it be antique, oddly shaped, or feature a bright-colored rim, or you group them together, mirrors can be an easy and inexpensive way to change up the look of a room. You can even scour garage sales, thrift stores, or flea markets for one to paint or otherwise embellish.

Get inspired:







Restaurant of the Moment: The Promiscuous Fork

The Promiscuous Fork

6984 La Jolla Blvd. La Jolla,CA 92037 


Originally getting its start as a La Jolla catering company, The Promiscuous Fork restaurant describes itself as a “fun foodie joint”.

It’s definitely a local hole-in-the-wall street. Located on La Jolla Blvd, midway between the bottom of the La Jolla enclave and the beginning of Bird Rock, this definitely isn’t the place for you if you don’t want to fight for a table. In fact, there’s only one large indoor table at the center of the room…the rest is benches and bar stools along the wall.

The menu is limited, but decadent. The flavors are unique and surprising. The Surf and Turf sandwich is a standout: a crab and pastrami grilled cheese. The Best Fork’n Chicken Sandwich ever is quite good, a surprising mix of flavors. Some other Promiscuous Fork favorites include the Yuck-Mouth, a garlicky burger, the Lamb Lollipops, appetizer lamb skewers, the Blackened Salmon Tacos, and Kailua Pork Quesadilla.

They have plenty of quality craft beers available, as well as wine.

Lamb Lollipops

As for the sides that come with your meal, we definitely recommend the coconut jalapeno rice: just excellent.

Plan to wait no matter when you go. It’s a small place with a small staff, but it provides a very intimate and delicious foodie experience.

Community Focal Point: DZ Akin’s

Community Focal Point: DZ Akin’s

6930 Alvarado Rd.
San Diego, California 92120

In an age where you can pick up a quick sandwich at a chain like subway or simply make it home, what sustains the appeal of a deli?

It’s simple: Good taste, fresh products, great price, and service you can count on.

That’s DZ Akin’s.

A San Diego landmark since 1980, the success of DZ Akin’s has proven San Diego’s need for a good-quality, authentic New York deli. And if you provide, they will come. DZ Akin’s has expanded five times since it opened over thirty years ago.


Open every day of the week from 7am on, they serve an extensive list of sandwiches, bakery products, and ethnic specialties like cheese blintzes, lox, borscht, and more. In return for providing great food, this deli has built up an extensive and loyal customer base. If you’ve never been to DZ Akin’s, you need to go see what the fuss is all about.

It’s about a difference you can taste: there’s simply no substitute for home-cooked, fresh food, full of quality ingredients. In addition to all those sandwiches, they also serve dinner and breakfast entrees like skirt steak and waffles. Indulge in a malt, milkshake, or float. You need only glance at the menu to realize you could easily eat here every day and STILL try something new.

If you’re a particularly fan of Jewish and/or Eastern European specialties, you need to visit this deli. The challah is out of this world. They have an extensive array of all your favorite comfort foods like mahtzo ball soup, tongue, latkes, potato knish, chubbs, pirogen, and kreplach soup.

A truly family-owned business, not only are the owners and staff friendly, there’s a real sense of community here that’s missing from your average deli.


DZ Akin’s frequently offers discounts through Groupon, Yelp, and/or Living Social, so be sure to be on the lookout!

Design Trends: Incredible Kid Spaces

Design Trends: Incredible Kid Spaces

When most of us were growing up, we were happy to have our own room. Happier still if we had a play/game room or additional space to call our own.

These kids truly have it all.

Customized, designer kids rooms are the stuff Pinterest was made for. Whether it’s a race car bed, jungle canopy, pirate ship in the clouds, castle retreat, or something else again, we can’t image your kids complaining about being sent to their rooms.

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(Via Pinterest)

Restaurant of the Moment: Craft and Commerce

Craft and Commerce

675 W. Beech St.

San Diego, CA 92101



The great thing about big cities is that they are never short on restaurants/bars with unique character and fun premises. Craft and Commerce is no exception: decorated with hand-written literary quotes, old books, and dark wood, it looks exactly like someone opened a restaurant inside an old estate library.

They only serve spirits, so all you vodka-lovers are out of luck. But the drinks are delicious, if a bit strong. If you’re with a group, definitely get one of the famous punch bowls. The Mothers Ruin is particularly good.

If you’re in the mood for something more than conversation and sips, the menu doesn’t disappoint. From burgers to mac-n-cheese, to fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits, it’s all delightfully sinful. Just don’t bother asking if it’s good for you or not. Soul food is good for the soul.


The atmosphere is lively and a bit loud as this place always seems to be crowded. The typical patron runs the gamut from college kids out for a sophisticated drink, to young couples, to girls night outs, older married couples, and friends of all ages.

Tip: They don’t take reservations. Get there early or be prepared to wait, especially if you have a large group (more than four people).

Recently Sold: June 2013

This is a selection of some of the great properties we’ve sold and/or helped our clients buy!!

27th St.

From the MLS:

“Gorgeous CA Craftsman located in the coveted Beach Colony.  As beautiful on the inside as the outside. This newer home includes 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths.  All bedrooms are upstairs.  Enjoy the wrap around porch, stunning reclaimed wood floors, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a grass backyard.  The homes also includes a detached 420 sq. ft. two car garage.  Across the street from Del Mar beaches and just one block from Dog Beach.  Great rental income producing property. Sold for $2,470,000.”

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E I St.

From the MLS:

“Views to Swamis & so close to downtown Encinitas. Enjoy all the beachy lifesyle has to offer in this lovely Craftsman bungalow; most bedrooms have blue water views! Kitchen, completely updated w/ granite counters & SS appl. Beautiful bamboo floors throughout most of down stairs. Kit & Sun rooms have tile. Fresh paint in most rooms. Large permitted sun room makes ideal family room. Private master with lovely blue water  views. Home is surrounded by low maintenance gardens. MacPherson park across the st. Sold for $1,100,000.”

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From the MLS:

“Gorgeous newer home with expansive ocean views on double lot. Rare opportunity to purchase this approximate 5561 sq.ft. custom home almost 1/3 acre with 7 bedrooms, 6 baths, pool/spa, guest house and 4 car garage. Three oversized west facing decks epitomize the best in Southern CA living. Photos don’t do it justice. This home lives like a single story with master bedroom, kitchen, office, great room and family room on main level. Beautiful craftsmanship and exquisite custom details are evident throughout. Sold for $3,850,000.”


Greenwillow Lane

From the MLS:

“Rare offering! Gorgeous executive home located on one of the best view lots in all of Carmel Valley. This exceptional home sits above the Grand Del Mar with panoramic views of 14 of the 18 golf links! Meticulously maintained and upgraded this home will not disappoint your fussiest buyers! Charming/gracious interiors and private beautifully landscaped backyard complete with Pebbletec pool, spa, BBQ, fire ring. Unparalleled floorplan with en suite downstairs BR/BA, gourmet kitchen, upstairs bonus room. Pending for $1,895,000.”

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Moreton Glen

From the MLS:

“Fabulous Santa Barbara Plan 2 Priced for Quick Sale! Wonderful upgrades to include travertine, granite, custom lighting, new paint, 5 bedrooms with bedroom/bath downstairs, bonus room, combined kitchen/family room, formal living and dining rooms, french doors, ceiling fans and 3 car garage. All this and the best schools too! Pending for $1,100,000-1,195,000.”



Landfair Ct.

From the MLS:

“Rare offering! Gorgeous single story home situated on a huge 10,267 sq ft cul-de-sac lot with panoramic southerly views and complete privacy! Beautiful hardwood flooring, plantation shutters, granite counter tops, newer vinyl windows and roof. Incredible garden w/specimen palms, mature fruit trees and lush tropical plantings. Beautifully maintained! Walking distance to Solana Highlands Elem. and DM Highlands Shopping. Highly sought after neighborhood. No Mello Roos! Third BR expanded and used as den. Pending for $949,000.”


Reliance Way

From the MLS:

“Spindrift – above the ideally located & re-modeledd Flowerhill center. This property has renovated flooring, contemporary design, custom book cases, entertainment center, baths and kitchen have been renovated.  Largest & very popular floorplan & master suite has step out patio.  Lots of closets, , huge upper “loft” has views, great at home work area or enclose for extra room.  Corner lot ensures westerly sunsets and ocean breezes to unit.  High ceilings & window treatments allow for great natural lighting. Pending for $765,000.”

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Stagecoach Trail Loop

From the MLS:

“This stylish home is warm, inviting & the open living concept is perfect.  The main living space features solid bamboo flooring & the open kitchen features solid surface Corian counters & back splash, glass inserts in the upper cabinets, & smart built in cabinets in the pantry for additional storage.  This property is an incredible value featuring a spacious, a professionally landscaped yard, a 1 car attached garage w/ extra storage, a driveway & an additional deeded parking space. Pending for $269,000-289,000.”

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Foxborough Pt.

From the MLS:

“Lovely Saratoga plan 3 with 4 bedrooms,one on main floor & spacious loft. Features include; plantation shutters,neutral paint, great southern exposure, gourmet kitchen w/Cherry cabinetry, upgraded slab granite, SS appliances w/warming drawer,wrought iron stair rail, tankless water heater, Solar Panels, A/C, security, pie-shaped lot, cul-de-sac location, close to top rated schools,parks,shopping, freeways, beaches & so much more! Sold for $1,080,000.”

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Golden Sunset

From the MLS:

“Stunning single story living with 3brms including master on main level & charming loft w/full bath upstairs. Features include beautiful hardwood flooring, plantation shutters, custom stone fireplace, designer ceiling fans & much more. Outside enjoy elevated lot with lovely views and private pool & spa. All this plus cul-de-sac location just a short distance to the village of San Elijo Hills, it doesn’t get any better than this! Sold for $563,000.”

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Legacy Terrace



The Landing Way

From the MLS:

“Highly Desired Gorgeous Single Level w/Upstairs LIbrary, Views & Pool!  Classic San Diego LIfestyle Encompassing Numerous Amenities. Courtyards, French Drs, Vaulted Beamed Ceilings, Spectacular Stone & Hardwoods Enhance The Perfect Flow Of This Estate. Four En Suite Bedrms, Private Office, Dramatic Upstairs Library Plus Spectacular Gourmet Kitchen & Prep Kitchen! Stunning Pool/Spa w/ Outdoor BBQ & Fire Ring-Panoramic Views Too!. One Of Two Lennar Claybourne Plan 1X . Sold for $1,775,000.”

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Via Candidiz

From the MLS:

“Palermo at it’s best! Lovely 2 bedroom with 2 full baths featuring hardwood floors, plantation shutters, neutral paint,  lovely kitchen with granite counter top, custom closet organizers, A/C, 2 car attached garage & nobody above or below you! All this in the highly desirable community of Palermo with pool, spa, & tennis courts situated in one of the best locations in Carmel Valley close to parks, top rated schools, Pacific Athletic club, Del Mar highlands shopping center, beaches and so much more! Sold for $495,000.”

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Caminito Diego

From the MLS:

“Wonderful opportunity for Buyers to live in gated community of Stone Canyon.  Lovely floor plan with high ceilings and lots of natural light. Open outdoor setting backing up to neighborhood park. Sold for $750,000.”

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We also represented the buyer on these great properties!

Del Paso

From the MLS:

“Entertaining offers between $1,200,000-$1,300,000 Custom Single Story with incredible views over looking Maderas Golf Course. Come early to customize interior and exterior. Top of the line appliances, Hardwood Floors, Granite and Stone.4th BR  optional office/den  Completion early Fall 2013. Infinity edge Pool and option. Pending for $1,200,000-1,300,000.”

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Melton Ct.

From the MLS:

“Fabulous view home on cul-de-sac in the heart of Scripps Ranch. This meticulously cared for 5 Bedroom 3 1/2 bath home boasts a masterful floorplan that takes full advantage of both interior and exterior living spaces. Don’t be fooled by the square footage as the bedroom-to-bath ratio rivals homes with a much larger footprint.  The recessed side door entry provides maximum privacy and a outdoor sitting area for watching cul-de-sac activities. Pending for $729,000.”

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We can represent you on new construction as well!

The Lakes at RSF

“Plan 2 home, 5 bed, 4.5 bath.”

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Design Trends: Masculine Spaces

Design Trends: Masculine Spaces or, Man Caves

In recent years, there’s been much talk about the designation of man caves, games rooms, and other decidedly male retreats within the home. The successor to the bachelor pad, the creation of these spaces serves to alleviate some marital strife. While the decor and design of the home is often given over to the female, the male sanctuary allows the man some control over his space and what goes in it. Your collection of hunting rifles? On the wall. That crude sign you’ve been holding onto since your college bachelor days? Hang it up. Your signed sports jerseys? Display them. A big screen television with surround sound to watch the game? Go for it. That cool beer bottle lamp you can’t even remember where it came from? Anything goes.

Man caves have many incarnations, from the more traditional garage or tool shed, to a private office or otherwise enclosed room to a basement or attic. These spaces allow for moments of solitude, escapism, or simply a place to relax or actively pursue hobbies.

Do you have a man cave in your home?