Design Trends: Seasonal Colors

Bringing the colors of the season into your home is a trend that never seems to go out of vogue. Whether it’s warm autumn hues, winter whites and jewel tones, spring brights, or airy summer colors, it’s easy to incorporate the season into your design. If you start with a neutral palate of furniture, woods, and walls, swapping out pillows, throws, rugs, and even curtain is a quick and less costly way to give your space a new look.

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Pinteresting Five: Creative Kitchen Design

Whether you like to cook or not, people spend a lot of time in their kitchens. This week, we rounded up some of our favorite unique kitchen designs. While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend making a huge change like this if you’re planning to sell your home in the future, it’s fun to see how some people have made this heavy-traffic space even lovelier. Or if you don’t mind taking the time and money to “neutralize” your kitchen before selling, get inspired!






Restaurant of the Moment: Cafe 222

Cafe 222

222 Island Avenue

San Diego, CA 92101


As featured on the Food Network and winner of the Gold Breakfast Medallion for six years in a row, Cafe 222 is a quaint and charming gem in San Diego. It has been operating in the same location since 1991. More than twenty years later, it’s grown into a local favorite.


The restaurant’s owner Terryl Gavre, also writes monthly columns and dining reviews for Ranch and Coast and San Diego Metropolitan, both local magazines.

The interior is bright and colorful, evocative of your cozy, childhood kitchen. They even have adorable chandeliers made from coffee cups and spoons.

A breakfast, lunch, and brunch place, they are known for their breakfast items, with standouts including the Peanut Butter Banana French Toast, the Pumpkin Waffles, Corned Beef Hash, and the Cornmeal Blueberry Waffles.


Note: they do not serve regular bacon at Cafe 222. They serve turkey bacon and other breakfast sides like ham, sausage, and even spam.

Come early and be prepared to wait a bit, especially if you have a large party. They are a small establishment with a small kitchen, but they make up for it with friendliness and hospitality.

On their website, they even have video tutorials and printable recipes for some of your favorite dishes, so you can recreate them at home!

Design Trends: Lucite Furniture

Design trends are known for hopping industries. Lucite first emerged in the fashion world several years ago, about the same time it started showing up in home design. Today, it’s still going strong in modern homes, facilitating clean minimalist design. It also shows up in eclectic spaces. If you like the look of lucite, but aren’t ready to invest in a large piece of furniture, lamps or other small items work equally well.




Recently Sold: August 2013

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

Norma Drive


From the MLS:

“Cottage Charmer inside and out! Finishes include; gleaming hardwood floors, framed windows, classic niches such as built-in china cabinet, unusually spacious kitchen w/lots of cabinets & wonderful upgrades, lots of natural light, great flowing floor plan & hard to find central forced heating & air. All this situated on a beautiful elevated lot with front porch, private backyard with plenty of space for kids or dogs to play. If that’s not enough it even comes with organic garden, 2 car garage & much more!! Pending for $595,000.”


Canyon View


From the MLS:

“Beautiful spacious family home w/welcoming curb appeal! 4 bedrooms w/one bedroom & full bath down for guests, in-laws, or nanny & an optional bedroom currently used as office/den. Large spacious master upstairs, 2 additional bedrooms and a loft. Designer paint throughout adds charm and warmth. Vaulted ceilings & loads of windows to welcome in the sunshine. Fabulous kitchen for entertaining, with abundant cherrywood cabinets, granite counters, recessed lighting and breakfast bar. Lush landscaped yard w firepit. Sold for $524,900.”


Via Candidiz

Carmel Valley

From the MLS:

“Light bright end unit,Low HOA Fees, the largest unit in Palermo. Walk to shops, restaurants, theater, libray & schools! Open floor plan,nice size patio area,master suite, fireplace,light wood floors,attached 2 car garage. Central air. Play ground  across the street!!

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Concannon Court

Carmel Valley

From the MLS:

“Don’t miss the opportunity to own this beautiful 5 Br/ 4.5 Ba Sonoma Plan 3. It has one full bedroom with bathroom downstairs. Upgrades include brand new stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen counter tops, wood floors, and more. Relax in the south facing back yard or enjoy a warm day in your own swimming pool and spa. Conveniently located close to shopping, restaurants, parks, award winning schools, and major freeways. Pending for $1,324,000.”


Juan Street

Old Town

From the MLS:

“Located in the Private Drive at the top of Juan Street, this mid century Spanish is an absolute beauty with spectacular panoramic bay & ocean views spanning from La Jolla to Point Loma. Upon entering the home you are welcomed by a lovely formal entry framed by an elegant half spiral staircase. The dining room featured a wood beam ceiling and an eye-catching fireplace. The family room leads out to a private courtyard with an outdoor fireplace, absolutely perfect for entertaining. Sold for $1,600,000.”

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Friars Road

Fashion Valley

From the MLS:

“Tastefully upgraded with light granite countertops, travertine floor in the kitchen, stainless steel appliances, new glass shower doors, granite countertops and brand new custom tile in both bathrooms. This 3 bedroom 2 bath and 2 balconies unit is centrally located near Fashion Valley. Complex features pool, spa, tennis, and more. Close to USD and SDSU, shopping, dining, YMCA, and major freeways. Includes 2 parking spaces. Sold for $449,000.”

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El Camino Real

Carmel Valley

From the MLS:

“Spacious and breezy 3 level townhome that shows like a model home. Kitchen has breakfast nook that opens onto patio with ocean breezes. Dual level main floor with dramatic vaulted ceilings. Fireplace in living room. Private gated courtyard entry with patio. Go downstairs to 2 car attached underground garage. Complex has impressive gym facility, jacuzzi & large pool. Walk to shops, restaurants & theatre at Del Mar Highlands Town Center. 5 minutes to beaches & the 52 freeway. Award winning Del Mar schools. Sold for $615,000.”

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We also helped our clients buy these great properties!

Recuerdo Drive

Del Mar

From the MLS:

“West of I-5, lovely single level home with upgrades. Walking distance to award winning Del Mar Hills school, Crest Canyon, shopping, restaurants and beach. Sunny western exposure with beautiful backyard designed for entertaining. Enjoy tropical landscaping by the private pool and spa. Pending for $995,000-1,050,000.”

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S. Rios Avenue

Solana Beach

From the MLS:

“Fantastic lot in Solana Beach, just above the Cedros District and at the very south end of a cul-de-sac. Walk to Cedros for restaurants, cafes, entertainment, boutiques, and the Sunday Farmer’s Market. Walk or ride a bike to the beach at Fletcher Cove. The station for Amtrack and Coaster trains is just three blocks away. Large 19,000 sf lot with ocean and sunset views. Water meter and separate fire sprinkler meter installed. Quiet setting, no road noise, an ideal coastal location! Pending for $995,000-1,095,000.”

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San Mario Drive

Solana Beach

From the MLS:

“Owner made even more improvements/enhancements, so now back on market!  Unobstructed panoramic views from bluff over looking most of Rancho Santa Fe to San Elijo Hills.   Professional remodel where care was given to every detail.  Great colors upon entry you will see the charm here!  On a cul-de-sac, paver drive way, curb appeal, and  quiet you will conclude this is THE location!  The kitchen is flat out gorgeous and you will serve the best ‘vintage wine’ here of your life!  Great floor plan! Pending for $1,089,000-1,159,000.”

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Caminito Mira Del Mar

Carmel Valley

From the MLS:

“This Immaculate, move-in condition townhome features beautiful hardwood floors, plantation shutters, gourmet kitchen and a lovely South-facing patio.  The vaulted ceiling in the living area provides a feeling of spaciousness.  Walk directly from your 2-car attached garage into your home.  The Sunstream complex features 2 sparkling pools, as well as tennis courts. The home is ideally located near shopping, restaurants and award-winning schools.  Tons of storage! Pending for $510,000.”

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Plaza De La Costa

La Costa

From the MLS:

“Enjoy a resort lifestyle in La Costa just a few minutes from the beach, shopping and golf.  Large open floor plan with loft, gleaming hickory hardwood floors, fireplace and wet bar.  Enjoy ocean breezes and westerly, mountain and La Costa Golf Course views from both the upper and lower patios.  Bright updated kitchen features stainless appliances, solid surface granite counters and birch cabinetry.  Dual Master Suites with updated baths complete this stunning home.  Welcome home! Pending for $449,000.”

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Introducing…Property Management!

Coastal Premier Properties, Property Management Division


Coastal Premier Properties is proud to announce the launch of its brand-new Property Management Division!

Beginning on September 1st, Coastal Premier Properties will offer client and tenant services. For client owners, you may select from three different options of Property Management services, ranging from Full Management to a Lease Listing Agreement. Contact us to find out why our Property Management division could be right for you!

CPP continues to build on our reputation of exceptional service to you, our client. We do that by providing our clients with the utmost personal, professional, and quality services available. We have extensive knowledge in Property Management, and our property managers pride themselves on providing each and every client with the attention and care that you deserve.  Whether you are a first time landlord or a seasoned investor, our property managers have the right tools and the right approach to manage your property effectively.


Well-known for our unique “you-centered” philosophy, all of the agents and staff of CPP provide superior service, dedication, and commitment to each and every one of our clients. It’s no wonder we get so many referrals and repeat customers. When you work with us, you’re doing more than selecting someone to manage your property. You’re selecting a partner to guide you through the daily tasks of managing a home. We truly love our jobs and we put that passion to work for you.


When you’re with Coastal Premier, your success truly is our success.

Community Focal Point: Schaffer Dental Excellence

Schaffer Dental Excellence: Cosmetic and Family Dentist

12750 Carmel Country Road, Suite 205

San Diego, CA 92130


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“Celebrating a Dental Practice Devoted to Creating and Maintaining Beautiful Smiles!”

Several months ago, we interviewed Danielle Schaffer about her lamp business, Lighting by Lucia. This week, we’re excited to be talking about her husband’s new dental practice in Carmel Valley!


On Thursday, September 12th, Schaffer Dental Excellence will be hosting an office open house celebration from 4-6pm. The official San Diego Coastal Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at 4pm, with festivities to follow.

Enjoy food and drink while entering to win great raffle prizes such as a: 1-hr Zoom In Office Whitening, a Sonicare Toothbrush, Free Exam, X-Ray, and Cleaning.


As the Schaffers have two children that attend Sage Canyon Elementary, for every new patient that registers, they will be donating $25 to the school’s PTA.

Additionally, they are offering a complimentary whitening treatment for every new patient.


Dr. Robert Schaffer, DDS, received his Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University, before going on to earn his Degree in Dentistry (DDS) from New York University. He was also commissioned as a Naval Officer and later spent time as a Senior Dental Officer in Afghanistan with the Marines during Operation Enduring Freedom. He has also worked as a general dentist at MCRD San Diego, providing dental care to active-duty Marines, Sailors, and Marine recruits. Additionally, he is a member of several professional organizations including ADA, San Diego County Dental, and California Dental Association, among others. On certain Saturdays, Dr. Schaffer also volunteers by giving free dental care to homeless vets and other homeless people in San Diego.

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