Restaurant of the Moment: Bertrand at Mister A’s

Bertrand at Mister A’s

2550 5th Ave #12, San Diego, CA 92103


If you’ve been in San Diego for any length of time, you will have certainly heard of Bertrand at Mister A’s. Considered the pinnacle of the fine dining experience in San Diego, from its perch on top of an office building you will be treated to dramatic views of downtown, the Coronado Bridge, and the bay.

The food is impeccably prepared. Start your meal off with a unique appetizer, fresh salad, or soup poured fresh at your table. The table bread is served warm and crispy, with a fluffy center. Some of the main course standouts include the rack of lamb, the prime beef filet, the duck, and the lobster. They are known for their truffle mac and cheese, which is very good. The truffle fries are also a standout.

They have an extensive dessert menu with a number of different signature creations, including ice cream and sorbet. As it was wintertime, they were serving pumpkin bread pudding, which was very good. Even a simple dish of ice cream was accompanied by a few macaroons.

All in all, a great dining experience for a special occasion, celebration, or birthday.


Design Trends: Agates, Crystals, and Stones at Home

Agates, amethysts, crystals, and other stones are often associated with New Age Mysticism. But they can also make a chic addition to any home. Whether it’s a color-coordinating set of agate coasters, a pretty pair of bookends, or a few small crystals on the book shelf, this trend is easy to work into any home. For a more DIY approach, frame a selection of agate slices and arrange them gallery style or scatter them over the walls of your home. The larger crystals and stones tend to be less affordable, but smaller stones and pieces can often be picked up at vintage or thrift stores or even estate sales.

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Recently Sold: December 2013

This is just a selection of some of the fabulous properties we’ve sold and/or helped our clients buy at Coastal Premier Properties this month!

Castillo Glen

Carmel Valley


“BE ON VACATION EVERYDAY with this one of a kind view home in desirable gated community of Santa Barbara with separate casita, pool bath, & wonderful pool!  Over 15,000 sf canyon rim lot combined with 4000+ sf of living space makes this your perfect Carmel Valley property! Five bedrooms, oversized bonus room, detached casita with separate bath, “beach entry” pebble tech salt water pool, waterslide, spa & grotto! Plus grass!  Upgrades too numerous to mention include travertine, hardwoods, crown molding~Not to be missed! Offered for $1,795,000-1,995,000.”


Concannon Court

Carmel Valley


“Motivated Seller!!! 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. Offered for $1,289,000.”


Caminito Sopadilla

Scripps Village


“Step into breezy sophistication in this 2 bedroom, 2 bath townhome, nestled in “The Grove”, a quiet Scripps Ranch cul-de-sac neighborhood.  Freshly installed, wide-plank “Brazilian Koa” floors warm the main areas.  Peaceful neutral paint throughout.  Spacious living room is flooded with natural light by elegant vaulted ceiling.  Sunny oversized kitchen boasts beautiful quartz countertops, loads of pantry space and an intimate breakfast nook.  Dual decks!  Large deck off kitchen makes entertaining a breeze while views off the living room deck offer a shady and a peaceful place to enjoy afternoons.  Spacious ensuite master bedroom with vaulted ceiling includes his and hers closets, its own slider out to the deck and a lovely, upgraded bathroom.  Large laundry room conveniently located off kitchen deck.  2 car detached garage.  A/C  Quiet neighborhood offers community pool use and a beautiful duck pond within walking distance.  A leisurely stroll takes you to a diverse variety of dining options, shopping and San Diego’s renowned Ballast Point Brewery!  Located close to all award-winning Scripps Ranch Schools.  Easy freeway access to 15. Offered for $299,000.”

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Concord Ridge Terrace

Del Sur


“Charming 4 bedroom plus loft, 3.5 bath Del Sur home is loaded with designer upgrades and is not to be missed!  Brazilian cherry wood flooring, designer carpet and window treatments, gourmet kitchen, luxurious master retreat, perfect entertaining patio, beautifully chosen lighting and many decorator features make this a place you’ll want to come home to. Del Sur offers 5 solar heated pools and 18 miles of hiking trails.  Highly rated schools.  Easy freeway access to 56 and 15. Offered for $749,888 – $798,888.”

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Canopy Drive

San Marcos


*Represented Buyer

“Seller will entertain offers between $434,000-$462,500. Seller will consider paying up to one year of HOA & Mello Roos. Immaculately maintained & shows like a model home!  Situated on a corner lot w/sweeping views from most windows.  This 4BD/3 Full Bath home plus a loft features a grand entry, spacious living area, great for entertaining!  The chef’s kitchen overlooks large dining room & living room. Offered for $434,000-462,500.”

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Foxhound Way

Carmel Valley


*Represented Buyer

“Magnificent MODEL HOME-LIKE executive home in Derby Hill! Features an open floor plan with soaring ceilings, warm hardwood floors, spacious Great Room and gourmet kitchen. GE monogram double ovens, 6 burner stainless steel cooktop and designer finishes. Guest or tenant apartment with separate entrance off interior courtyard. Don’t miss the DOWNSTAIRS BEDROOM/BATH too. An absolutely ideal location close to top ranked Sage Canyon Elementary School and parks. Offered for $1,495,000 – $1,695,000.”

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Stratford Court

Del Mar


*Represented Buyer

“This fabulous condo has so much to offer!!!! Location location location- just steps to the beach!!! Adorable condo boasts 2 stories. Nice sized rooms and in good condition. The unit is bright and airy and has a balcony off the Master Suite. Complex features unique layout with plenty of tranquility tucked away from the busy streets and very quiet, relaxing community pool. Unit is very close to major freeways, shopping and restaurants!!This one is a must see!!!! Offered for $410,000.”

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Torrey Pines Road

La Jolla


*Represented Buyer

“PRISTINE condition SINGLE level immaculate end unit. Spacious living in a gated community with elevator access. Generous size Master Bedroom with walk-in closet, large Bathroom, separate shower & tub. Walking distance to La Jolla Shores Beach, Easy access to Freeways entrance/exit. Offered for $699,000.”

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Pirch: Grand Opening at UTC Mall in San Diego


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In their own words:

“As you might suspect, our (new) name is rooted in the word “perch” — as in “a place to roost.” Which only makes sense, since we offer an elevated experience that inspires you to branch out and “feather your nest” with things that bring joy to your home.”

The recent renovations of the UTC mall over the past few years have brought a slew of new stores to the area, including Pirch, a home design store which opened on December 21st, 2013.

If you’re looking to renovate or upgrade your home, Pirch is a great place to really let yourself dream. Not only do they sell high-quality cabinetry, fixtures, lighting, glass, tile, appliances, and more, the entire store is laid out to encourage you to let your imagination run wild.


Whether you’re just browsing, looking for ideas, or are ready to talk with Pirch’s team of experts, there’s something for everyone at this new store in San Diego!


Design Trends: Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year

Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. Whether you love purple or are unsure how it will work in your space, you can incorporate with small touches (a pillow or blanket here) or large (area rugs, drapes, furniture, even a painted wall).