Design Trends: Carpet

Another classic home flooring choice is carpet. Carpet comes in a variety of styles, colors, patterns, and weaves. It feels nice underfoot and is ideal for lounging. But it requires more upkeep in the form of vacuuming and stain removal. If you have pets or children, it’s best to choose a darker color that doesn’t show the stains as well. Carpet can be used as a neutral, an accent, or as a statement by using a bold pattern.

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Recipe: Grilled Chicken Tostadas

Grilled Chicken Tostadas






½ c. fresh lime juice

¼ c. soy sauce

¼ c. vegetable oil plus more for bushing the tortillas

1 tbsp. honey

2 tsp. minced garlic

1 ½ tsp. chili powder




6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

8 small corn tortillas

1 ½ cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, or more if desired

1 ½ cups shredded lettuce

Optional toppings:


Salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cilantro, green onions




  1. Place the chicken thighs in a gallon-sized ziplock bag and add all the marinade ingredients. Press the air out of the bag and seal. Turn the bag to thoroughly coat the chicken. Place in a bowl and refrigerate at least four hours (preferably overnight).
  2. Remove chicken 20 minutes before you start grilling.
  3. Make a charcoal fire or set a gas grill to medium-high heat, close lid, and heat until hot, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove thighs from bag and discard marinade. Grill the chicken until it’s no longer pink inside, about 4-5 minutes per side.
  5. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes before cutting into ½ in. strips.
  6. Lightly brush both sides of the tortillas with vegetable oil. Grill each side until slightly brown, about one minute on gas grill. Before removing tortillas from grill, sprinkle each with 1 tbsp. cheese.
  7. Top with chicken and other ingredients.

San Diego’s Must-See Museums

San Diego’s Must See Museums

Whether you’re a die-hard museum goer or a casual weekend visitor, San Diego has plenty of museums to fit every fancy. Here’s a list of some of the top, can’t-miss stops.


San Diego Air and Space Museum: This museum tells the story of aviation history through fascinating simulations and exhibits. The museum particularly highlights San Diego’s personal heritage in the aviation field from Lindbergh’s spirit of St. Louis to the establishment of Convair. Youth: $9, Adults $18, and Seniors $15


Mingei International Museum: Mingei means “art of the people” which is certainly what this museum represents. This non-profit public institution boasts an 19,000 piece collection that hails from 140 countries across the globe. Adults: $8, Seniors: $5



The New Children’s Museum: This museum is dedicated to providing an innovative environment for kids to learn and play. The Children’s Museum features art making activities and artistic performances and serves all ages from toddler to teen. Adults & Children: $10 (children under 1 are free), Seniors: $5



San Diego Natural History Museum: As the oldest scientific institution in the region, this 134 year old museum focuses on the natural habitats of Southern California and the Baja Peninsula. The museum highlights native insects, dinosaurs, mammals, geology, flora, and fauna. Adults: $17, Seniors: $15, Military/College Student w/ID & Youth: $12, Children: $11 (under 2 are free).



San Diego Museum of Art: The San Diego Museum of Art is the region’s largest fine art museum and it attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The museum offers a wide collection of art from 5000 b.c. to present day works. Children 6 & under: Free, Youth: $4.50, College Student w/ ID: $8, Seniors/Military: $9, Adults: $12, Family 4 pack (2 adults, 2 children): $28.


Reuben H Fleet Science Center: This museum offers a well-rounded glimpse into the field of science. From watching an IMAX film in the world’s first dome theater to looking at real human tissue through a microscope, kids and adults alike will be amazed. Adults: $17.95, Seniors: $15.95, Juniors: $14.95


Maritime Museum of San Diego: The Maritime Museum celebrates restoring, maintaining, and operating historic ships and is home to the world’s oldest active vessel, the Star of India. Guests can go sailing on the Californian or explore a vast collection of permanent and temporary exhibits during a daily tour. Adults: $16, Senior/Military/Students: $13, Children: $8



Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum: This museum is exclusive to San Diego and allows visitors to imagine a life at sea with over 60 exhibits and 27 restored aircrafts. As the most visited floating museum in the world and the longest serving U.S. Navy carrier of the 20th century, this museum certainly has some history to share. Adults: $20, Seniors: $17, Students w/ ID: $15, Military & Children: $10 (special discounts for tickets purchased online)


Recently Sold: July 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! If there is anything we can do to help you please let us know!


Luckett Court


(Carmel Valley)




“Fabulous Amador Plan 1 w/pool & spa! Wonderful curb appeal w/courtyard entry, formal living rm w/large picture windows, formal dining, spacious family rm w/stone fireplace. New remodeled gourmet kitchen w/top of the line appliances, oversized slab granite island, beautiful rich cabinetry, eat in dining plus dutch door to outside entertaining! Sparkling pool & spa w/outdoor fireplace all set in private garden! Bdrm plus office downstrs. 3 bdrm & bonus up. Wow! SOLD for $1,540,000.”






(Carmel Valley)




“GORGEOUS remodeled Huntington Heights Plan 3 with over 11,000 sq. ft. flat lot with great natural light and privacy. Looks like a model home. Wood floors throughout entire home, brand new designer kitchen and SS appliances, antique lighting & remodeled bathrooms. Pool is gated and on large side yard with grass area. Separate backyard has patio and fire pit. Home is elevated with southeast views. Residence has 6 bedrooms or optional office/playroom. SOLD for $1,600,000.”




Muirlands Dr.


(La Jolla)




*Represented Buyer


“Privately gated, this distinctive home is situated on over a half acre wooded lot in the Muirlands. A Mid-Century Modern home, rich in history, and beautifully designed with extensive use of wood and glass. Nestled between mature trees is the main home with a two bedroom guest home by the pool and spa. Reminiscent of a refined weekend lodge this is a perfect environment for entertaining, relaxed living, or guest visits! The lush natural landscaping includes fruit trees, vegetable, and herb gardens. SOLD for $2,525,000.”




Sycamore Way






*Represented Buyer


“Traditional Colonial-Features “system paving” driveway. Beautiful landscaping, family fruit trees, bonus multi use detached structure ( not included in sf), salt water pool and spa, TV, fireplace outdoor unit, 3BD/2.5BA. Solid Asian rosewood flooring in the living, dining and family rooms, crown molding and chair rail thru-out. This home has been very well maintained. Seller has refreshed this home to make it move in ready. I promise you will not be disappointed!! SOLD for $603,000.”


Hillview Way






*Represented Buyer


“Completely updated interior and landscaping in this beautiful home in a highly sought after gated community. Custom tiled bathrooms, refinished kitchen cabinets, dark laminate wood and tile flooring, new paint throughout, and stainless steel appliances. One bedroom downstairs, two bedrooms upstairs. Both upstairs bedrooms have private bathrooms, walk in closets, and balconies. Both balconies have beautiful sunset views. SOLD for $525,000.”














Del Paso Drive






*Represented Buyer


“Views! Views! Views! Enjoy the stunning panoramic views overlooking The Heritage, Maderas, Palomar Mountain & San Pasqual Valley. Beautiful Stoneridge home w/open floorplan w/master br on 1st level. Large balcony off LR & kitchen. The kitchen has been updated w/granite counters, vinyl dual paned windows & sliders. Beautiful wood floor in entry, LR/DR. Lower level has 3 large br’s, FR & separate bonus room that open to large beautifully landscaped yard and spa. Craft rm/optional room. Poway schools. SOLD for $850,000.”




Rio Way






“Nicely renovated w new wood floors & neutral paint. 4 bdrm + loft. 3 full baths. Living rm w dual fireplace & vaulted ceiling. 1 bdrm downstairs perfect for guests. Master bdrm w view & fireplace & 2 more bdrms upstairs. Renovated baths with tumbled travertine tile. Located on quiet cul de sac. SOLD for $450,000.”




Rancho Cabrillo Trail






*Represented Buyer


“A Santaluz exquisite 4 Bedroom 4 Bathroom Custom Home built in the Mirosol Community and situated on one of the largest lots in the community. The gorgeous layout of the backyard and the luxurious open floor plan present a perfect oasis for a family. Built in 2005, this home is 3,975 sq ft and is surrounded by lush green landscaping and quiet neighborhood streets. The home offers extroadinary hand-crafted hardwood flooring and an over size loft upstairs with an abundance of natural light. SOLD for $1,260,000.”




Ruette Alliante


(Carmel Valley)




*Represented Buyer


“Premium location in Chateau Village with South Facing backyard. Featuring Slab Granite Kitchen Counters, Stainless Steel appliances, wood floors, custom paint. Two Master Suites with each bedroom having their own private bathroom, attached two car garage. Community Pool, Tennis Court and workout room. Prime Carmel Valley location close to schools, shopping, restaurants, beaches and so much more! SOLD for $570,000.”




Twin Trails


(Rancho Penasquitos)




“Hurry, this condo wont last long! Turn key beautiful Casablanca 2 BR, completely remodeled, new floors, new stainless steel appliances, new granite, Master BR walk in tile shower, fresh paint throughout, lower unit directly across from the “quiet pool”. Centrally located, short distance to Hwy 56, close to shopping. SOLD for $319,000.”




New Grove


(Carmel Valley)




*Represented Buyer


“This wonderfully upgraded 3 bedroom 2.5 bath Townhome situated in Carmel Highlands Village features 1,636 sq ft of living space and an attached 2 car garage. Handcrafted maple hardwood flooring, carpeted stairs and tiled kitchen present a move-in ready north facing home in the Del Mar Heights school district. The enormous master bedroom has 2 closets, a walk-in closet and second smaller closet. Master bath has a tub and a shower, a separate toilet room, double sinks, large wall mirror and upgraded tile. SOLD for $700,000.”




Via Aprilia


(Del Mar)




“Stunning Ocean view Contemporary designed by renowned architect Ken Ronchetti, situated on elevated lot that captures all the best of beach living. Quality finishes through-out including European chef’s kitchen with German cabinetry, stacked stone fireplace, dramatic high ceilings capturing views & tons of natural light, romantic master with large deck including dramatic ocean/lagoon views, gorgeous bathrooms & much more. Backyard enjoyment includes saltwater lap pool and wonderful privacy. PENDING for $2,395,000.”




Filoli Circle






“Simply put, this home is immaculate! Built in 2012, the four bedroom + loft home has been meticulously maintained and shows better than new. The property is situated on a private, single loaded cul de sac and offers an expansive backyard with views and custom landscaping. You’ll enjoy granite/travertine on all counters, espresso cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, crown molding, designer paint, gorgeous tile floors, a built-in home theater system and high-end finishes! Bonus: Low HOA & No Mello Roos! PENDING for $749,000.”




Ivory Place


(La Costa)




“Look no further! Spectacular home in LaCostas exclusive gated community of Baleras! This second to none showplace features over $350000 in upgrades on raised elevation lot with panoramic views of golf course rolling hills ocean breezes and stunning sunsets! Amazing floor plan with large office and guest suite on first floor. Italian walnut hardwood flooring Chefs kitchen custom woodwork. Backyard is entertainers dream with outdoor kitchen dining area and exquisite landscaping. Must see!! PENDING for $1,485,000.”


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Caminito Loren


(Del Mar)




“Top of the world ocean views from this custom built home located on one of the best view lots in the gated community of Rancho Del Mar Estates. Built in 2000 this home boasts a superior floor plan with 5 generously sized BR’s, 3 1/2 BA’s including an en-suite BR/BA downstairs. Formal entry, elegant living room and dining room with soaring ceilings, arched windows and French doors. Gourmet kitchen with center island, granite counter tops and adjoins the gorgeous family room with views to the East and West. PENDING for $1,990,000.”


Caminito Lorren 3


El Presidio Trail


(Carmel Valley)




“Meticulously maintained Plan 3 in the coveted gated community of Santa Barbara! Numerous upgrades w/gorgeous flooring, 3900 sf, 5 bedrooms plus upstairs bonus room plus whole house Solar! Stunning wrought iron staircase, beautiful finishes, formal dining room, spacious gourmet kitchen w/ large center island, Bdrm/bath downstrs. Outside enjoy garden, BBQ area & covered patio! All on cul de sac location with the best schools too. PENDING for $1,350,000-1,398,000.”




S. Sierra


(Solana Beach)




“Walk to the beach from your fabulous remodeled condo! This home is absolutely gorgeous-so light & bright! Features new kitchen w/raised panel cabinetry & granite counter tops, all new bathrms, new carpet, new paint, new windows,! All nestled in the open floorplan with Cozy fireplace in living rm w/custom mantel, vaulted ceilings in both bedrms, crown molding, & much more. Perfect for someone looking for their own beach retreat or an investor who would like to make this a Vacation rental! Don’t miss out! PENDING for $695,000-795,000.”




Via Cristal


(Torrey Highlands)




“One of a kind highly upgraded gorgeous 3 bedroom condo nestled on the largest south-facing corner lot w/ large yard & backing to greenbelt! Features custom paint, upgraded carpet ,high end laminate floors, wonderful kitchen/family rm w/built-ins + fireplace, laundry room upstairs, ceiling fans, A/C & more! . Beautiful landscaping in private large south facing yard w/stamped concrete patio and fully fenced. This is the best unit in complex- Walk to everything! Poway schools! Don’t miss out! PENDING for $519,000.”




Vista De Lomas






“Stunning French Country Estate with Regulation size Tennis Court with panoramic views all the way to the ocean on over 4 acres! Elegant floor plan w/five bedrooms plus game room has endless possibilities. Quality finishes through-out w/custom stone work, hand troweled walls, & custom ceilings just to name a few.Entertainer’s dream with salt water pool, spa, and Casita. Property features 3 acres of producing avocado trees, 50 plus fruit trees & more. Situated in gated Aguacate Ranch. PENDING for $1,349,000.”



Design Trends: Tile Flooring

Tile Flooring

Over the next few weeks, we will be covering different types of flooring for the home.

Tile is a traditional flooring material that is far from boring. Not only does it come in a range of colors and styles, but it also comes in a number of different materials. Tiles can be inexpensive or expensive, depending on how luxe you go. Tiles can be large or small or a combination of both. Some people like to create patterns with their tile, a mosaic, or simply have them all match. Some tiles are made to look like wood, making them another option to hardwood or laminate flooring. Tiling can be elegant and sophisticated or wild and whimsical. Tile is easy to clean, most just requiring some mopping and sweeping. Tiles can be cold though, so if you live in a cold place, you might want to consider some sort of warming mechanism underneath, especially in the bathrooms.

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Restaurant of the Moment: Claire’s on Cedros

Claire’s on Cedros

246 North Cedros Ave

Solana Beach CA 92075


Claire’s on Cedros is the perfect place for family and friends to gather in the seaside community of Solana Beach. This restaurant strives to have a location just as sustainable as their menu, proving that it is possible to have a successful business, sustainable practices, and delicious food all wrapped up into one beautiful dining experience. Their building is a LEED platinum certified building, making it the first of its kind throughout San Diego. Claire Allison, part owner of Claire’s on Cedros, is the mastermind behind the wholesome and famous Milton’s bread recipe. She brings that same closeness to nature to her menu at Claire’s and it sure is one to remember.

For breakfast, favorite offerings include the Strawberry Rhubarb Stuffed French toast with fresh bakery brioche and ricotta cheese, the Enchiladas and Eggs, Breakfast Polenta with creamy goat cheese and roasted tomato, as well as the Salmon Cake Benedict.

The best of the lunch menu would have to incorporate the Quinoa and Lentil Salad, their famous Sweet Potato Parmesan Fries with creamy bleu cheese dressing, the Roasted Lamb Sandwich, or the Chicken Caprese Sandwich with fresh mozzarella, pesto, and spicy tomato jam on a freshly baked ciabatta roll.

Finally, dinner is not complete without the Moroccan Chicken with roasted vegetable quinoa, the Corn and Zucchini enchiladas, as well as the Turkey Meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes, seared French beans, and warm mushroom gravy.

Claire’s offers a wide variety of options for everyone to enjoy, including gluten-free and vegan items. Hours are Monday-Thursday 6:00 am-3:00 pm, Friday 6:00-9:00am, Saturday 7:00 am-9:00 pm, and Sunday 7:00 am-3:00pm.