Pinteresting Five: Flowers at Home

With March almost upon us, we’re got spring on the brain and that means flowers!

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Restaurant of the Moment: The Hake

The Hake Kitchen & Bar

1250 Prospect St, Ste B10

La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 454-1637

www.thehake.com

Located below street level on Prospect, this restaurant has the feel of dining in an older restaurant around the turn of the century. When they’re busy, it can be loud, but not awful. The outdoor patio is very comfortable, especially with the heat lamps.

The food is very, very good. The Smokey Mahi Tacos are absolutely delicious, if a bit small. For two people, they brought out two, street-sized tacos. The complexity of favors and perfection of the food made up for the small size, though we did wish we had more of them to eat.

The Braised Short Ribs were also amazing. So tender, flavorful, and juicy. We used the polenta side to mop up some of the juices and sauce from the ribs. The Black Angus Burger with Truffle Fries was also a standout. Juicy and so moist, just the right size to hold in your hand. All of the flavors and pieces were well combined and the burger wasn’t overstuffed to the point of falling apart. The fries were quite good, small and crispy, with just a hint of the Truffle oil.

They have a number of specialty drinks, as well as beers on tap and wines.

Service is good and the food comes out quickly, even on a busy Saturday night. But reservations are a must and make sure to bring a sweater if you don’t want to wait for a table inside. The portions of everything are on the small side, so make sure to order several dishes!

Design Trends: French Country

One design trend that never really seems to go out of style, is french country decor. The perfect mix of upscale elegance and comfortable patterns and accents, it’s rustic while still remaining sophisticated. While, blue, and pale distressed wood are one of the hallmarks of the furniture which often features intricate curves and lines. Toile, stripes, and plaids make up the bulk of the fabrics in this decidedly vintage look. French County style fits well in most homes with its warm and comfortable look.

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Restaurant of the Moment: The Baked Bear

The Baked Bear

4516 Mission Blvd Ste C

92109 San Diego

858-886-7433

www.thebakedbear.com

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The Baked Bear is definitely an ice cream shop that relies on a gimmick: ice cream cookie sandwiches. But in this case, the gimmick is pulled off spectacularly well, as evidenced by the fact that the shop always seems to be busy, no matter when you go there. Located on Mission Boulevard just off Garnet in Pacific Beach, it has quite the prime location.

Ice cream sandwiches can be made using two cookies, brownie, or waffles, or one of each. You can mix and match the flavors of the cookies to suit your ice cream and even add on an extra scoop or additional toppings pressed around the edge of the sandwich.

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The baked goods are always soft and fresh and the ice cream is smooth, delicious, and not too frozen. The sandwiches are a bit messy, but what can you really expect?

You can also get an ice cream sundae or float.

Next time you’re in Pacific Beach, be sure to visit The Baked Bear, open every day!

Recently Sold: January 2014

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!

Seachase Way

(Carmel Valley)

Sold

“Stunning Huntington Heights Plan 3 with southern exposure, fabulous natural light and a 9500+ lot beautifully landscaped yard. This 5 bedroom plus office home has been completely remodeled including a designer kitchen, new bathrooms, distressed wood floor, Italian tile, wrought iron staircase, designer fixtures & 5 sets of French Doors just to list some highlights. Backyard is an entertainer’s paradise with a jacuzzi, fire pit, outdoor fireplace, built in BBQ and loggias. Sold for $1,480,000.”

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Canopy Dr

(San Marcos)

Sold

*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. Sold for $447,000.”

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Caminito Sopadilla

(Scripps Ranch)

Sold

“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. Sold for $285,000.”

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Elijah Ct

(Carmel Valley)

Sold

“Live in the highly desirable Carmel Pointe community in the beautiful Carmel Valley! Airy & bright corner unit on lower level w/ new paint & new carpet. This prime location has granite counter tops, full size washer/dryer, and stove and microwave. No one below you & you park in underground assigned parking space. Close to shopping, dining, movies, beach, highway, community park & dog parks. Gorgeous community swimming pool & spa, gym & clubhouse. Sold for $432,500.”

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Foxhound Way

(Carmel Valley)

Sold

*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. Sold for $1,500,000.”

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Castillo Glen

(Carmel Valley)

Pending

“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.”

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Durango Dr

(Del Mar)

Pending

“Stunning home completely rebuilt in 2010 using high quality materials thru-out. Prime “west of 5″ location situated directly across from Crest Canyon preserve & captures beautiful ocean/sunset views! Features include: gleaming wood floors in living & dining rooms, Pella windows & solid wood doors thru-out,Chef’s kitchen with all the bells & whistles including 48″ Sub-Zero fridge, veg.sink, warming drawer, farm style sink, custom cabinetry, butler’s pantry & much more. Offered for $1,995,000-2,195,000.”

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Solana Dr

(Del Mar)

Pending

“Gorgeous Park Like 1/2 acre Lot with Multiple Gardens and Serene Outdoor Spaces in Beautiful Rural Del Mar Location! 3000+ custom home with 4 bedrooms, Office plus large Bonus Room and newly remodeled kitchen!  Hardwood floors, granite counters and stainless steel appliances plus two remodeled baths.  Picture windows bring in l sunshine and greenery with very Zen feel.  Wonderful family home that has been lovingly cared for. Offered for $1,299,000-1,399,000.”

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Quarter Mile Dr

(Carmel Valley)

Pending

“One of a Kind Regents Square Town home w/ 3 Bedrms Plus Permitted Office & Full Bath on First Floor! Gorgeous interior w/ brand new textured carpet & new paint plus beautiful hardwood flooring! Gourmet kitchen w/granite, stainless steel appliances, island & garden window. Living room has built in cabinetry, fireplace & balcony. Spacious master suite w/double sinks, soaking tub, separate shower & large walk in closet. Inside laundry rm, 2 car garage plus nicely landscaped patio! Quiet & close to all! Wow! Offered for $798,000.”

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Granados Avenue

(Solana Beach)

Pending

“INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY!! Gorgeous panoramic ocean view property west of I-5! Value is in the land with fully approved architectural/engineering plans with the City of Solana Beach. Designed by well known architect John Beery/BGI Architecture. Ready to pull permits and build your dream home!  Plans include a single story 3-4 BR/4 BA home, approx. 3400 sq ft with huge lanai, pool, and 3 car garage. Indoor/outdoor living at its best!  Walk to Cedros Design district, train station and Fletcher Cove beach! Offered for $1,399,000.”

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Heavenly Way

(La Mesa)

Pending

*Represented Buyer

“PANORAMIC OCEAN & CITY LIGHTS VIEWS! SEE ALL THE WAY TO THE CORONADO ISLANDS FROM THIS BEAUTIFUL, ECKEL BUILT, 4 BR  3.5 BA MT. HELIX HOME!  GATED ENTRY WITH PAVERED DRIVEWAY. DOUBLE DOOR ENTRY TO FOYER & FORMAL LIVING & DINING RM WITH FPLC. LARGE GRANITE KITCHEN W/INFORMAL DINING AREA OPENS TO FAMILY RM WITH MASSIVE ROCK FPLC. LARGE MASTER RETREAT WITH FPLC & VIEW BALCONY! BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED PROPERTY WITH EXTRA LARGE GAME POOL & SPA. VERY USABLE .55 ACRE LOT W/LOTS OF PKG! Offered for $1,100,000-1,250,876.”

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Bogoso Lane

(Spring Valley)

Pending

*Represented Buyer

“Extremely quiet cul-de-sac location high up on the hill on the North side of the 94.  Calming views of the mountains, city & evening lights. Clean and move-in ready 4br / 2ba with formal living room w/gas fireplace & large windows that draw in loads of natural light and allow you to enjoy the enticing views, formal family room, master suite, large backyard w/patio area.  Attached 2 car garage PLUS plenty of additional parking that would allow for on site RV parking. Offered for $385,000.”

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St. Andrews

(Rancho Santa Fe)

Pending

*Represented Buyer

“First Time on Market!  Elevated for a strong presence with flat and useable rear yard with a peek of the golf course. Custom built sun-washed Mediterranean with a free-flowing floor plan and an extremely private setting. Master suite with fireplace-cozy sitting area and office with bath or 4th bedroom on entry level.  Upstairs, the private two bedroom/two bath retreat is perfect for children or guests. 360 sf detached guest house can provide an additional bedroom or an ideal poolside entertainment area. Offered for $2,195,000.”

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14th Street

(Ramona)

Pending

*Represented Buyer

“This exceptional apx. .30 of an acre is level and features rear yard with desirable, privacy PVC fencing, free form, cascading rock waterfall providing soothing sounds while enjoying horseshoes and entertainment with family/friends around your built-in fire pit and covered patio.  The contractor/owner built contemporary residence is enhanced by 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths, surround sound and alarm system.  Offered for $439,800.”

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Paseo Vista Famosa

(Rancho Santa Fe)

Pending

*Represented Buyer

“Enjoy the life style gated community Alcala has to offer located in beautiful Whispering Palms.  Close to Morgan Run Resort & Golf Course, shopping, dining, the 5, and great schools.  This 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath town home has been tastefully upgraded.  Enjoy the high ceilings, natural light, hardwood floors, and  amazing kitchen that opens up to the living room.  Master bdrm has a large walk in closet and fireplace. Relax in the private fenced in back yard. This is a must see. Offered for $700,000-750,000.”

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Arcaro Lane

(Solana Beach)

Pending

*Represented Buyer

“Spectacular White Water Ocean Views and views of the Del Mar Race Track.. very spacious 3  bedrooms plus additional room between master and 2nd bedroom and 2.5 baths.  Upgraded kitchen with light custom made cabinets, matching wood grain G.E. Monogram Refrigerator, SS appliances, granite counters, shutters throughout house, washer/dryer in tandem garage with extra storage. Lots of fun on July 4th for the fireworks, larger deck for entertaining, hardwood and carpet flooring, upgraded bathrooms. Offered for $859,900-879,900.”

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Marigold Way

(San Marcos)

Pending

*Represented Buyer

“Here’s a home for making happy memories.  Play in the sparkling pool or have a relaxing soak in the spa while enjoying views of Discovery Hills.  Quiet cul de sac.  Kitchen features granite topped island, custom hickory cabinets & double ovens.  Romantic master bedroom w/ fireplace, private balcony & fully custom master bath.  Downstairs office.  3 car garage.  Rarely available Chancellor’s Crest is super close to Discovery Lake, trails & parks. Kids attend newly rebuilt San Marcos HS and San Elijo Middle. Offered for $595,000-645,000.”

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Restaurant of the Moment: Snooze

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

3435 Del Mar Heights Rd Suite D3

San Diego, CA 92130

858.703.5300

www.snoozeeatery.com

There’s a new breakfast and brunch place in Carmel Valley, at the Del Mar Highlands shopping center. Always busy and open every day, they dish up plenty to be thrilled about.

Originally opened in Colorado, they’ve expanded the chain out to San Diego in recent years. They also have a location in Hillcrest.

Their specialties are of course the egg-centric dishes and the pancake dishes.

For the eggs: notable options include a wide variety of omelettes, the breakfast burrito, corned beef hash, huevos rancheros, a breakfast sandwich, and even breakfast tacos!

For the pancakes: they have a number of sweet pancake options on the menu, with one pancake of the day. If you can’t decide on just one, order the pancake flight and sample three! The pineapple upside down and carrot cake varieties are quite good! They also have plain, blueberry, and chocolate chip if you’re a bit less adventurous with your pancakes.

Additionally, they have french toast and a number of brunch options if you’re in the mood for lunchtime fare.

Juices, specialty coffees, and alcoholic morning beverages like mimosas and bloody marys round out the menu.

Come hungry, come early, and be prepared to wait, especially if you have a large party. They don’t take reservations or call ahead seating. Service is a bit slow since it’s always crowded, so it’s a great place to catch up with friends and family.