Design Trends: Farmhouse Sinks

The farmhouse sink is certainly having a moment. It’s cropping up in remodel after remodeling. From matching white porcelain, to stainless steel, copper, and more, the farmhouse sink is as much of a statement item as it is a design trend.

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The Not-So Glamorous Life of a Real Estate Agent

Being a real estate agent is easy right? You get to talk to people all day and drive around looking at pretty houses. Maybe you sell one here and there. No boss, no cubicle, no coworkers.

While we love our jobs at Coastal Premier Properties and love when things go easily, our actual day-to-day work is far less glamorous.




Take a look at what three of our top agents were up to this week:


Agent #1: On my way to a showing and the seller calls me from my work. “I forgot to pick up the dog poop from the backyard!” she says. The buyers are already on their way, so when I get to the house, I find some paper towels and pick up all the droppings from the yard before the buyers and their agent get there.


Agent #2: I’m selling a house that needs a new interior paint job. Problem is, the walls are so patchy and faded, I’m not even sure what color they’re supposed to be. We want to match as much of the paint as well can, to save costs on what we don’t have to repaint. I found a closet and laid down inside in the dark with a screwdriver, chipping off some bits of paint that we could use to get the match. Next up: handling the repainting myself.


Agent #3: I’m doing my walkthrough of the house, getting it ready for the buyers who are already on their way. I get to the master bathroom upstairs and discover that the maid forgot to clean the toilet. Worse yet, it’s the one the contractors have all been using, so it’s not going to pass for “clean”. Frantically, I open up the cabinets and grab some cleaning supplies. I finish cleaning the toiler right as I hear the buyers as the door downstairs.


There you have it…just another day in the life of a real estate agent. So the next you see your agent, be sure to say “Thanks”!

Recipe: Braciole

What You Need:

1/2 cup dried Italian-style bread crumbs
1 garlic clove, minced
2/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano
1/3 cup grated provolone
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (1 1/2-pound) flank steak
1 cup dry white wine
3 1/4 cups
Simple Tomato Sauce: recipe follows, or store-bought marinara sauce
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 (32-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
4 to 6 basil leaves
2 dried bay leaves
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, optionalDirections:

1. Stir the first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl to blend. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the oil. Season mixture with salt and pepper and set aside.2. Lay the flank steak flat on the work surface. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture evenly over the steak to cover the top evenly. Starting at 1 short end, roll up the steak as for a jelly roll to enclose the filling completely. Using butcher’s twine, tie the steak roll to secure. Sprinkle the braciole with salt and pepper.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

4. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add the braciole and cook until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Add the wine to the pan and bring to a boil. Stir in the marinara sauce. Cover partially with foil and bake until the meat is almost tender, turning the braciole and basting with the sauce every 30 minutes. After 1 hour, uncover and continue baking until the meat is tender, about 30 minutes longer. The total cooking time should be about 1 1/2 hours.

5. Remove the braciole from the sauce. Using a large sharp knife, cut the braciole crosswise and diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Transfer the slices to plates. Spoon the sauce over and serve.

Tomato Sauce:
1. In a large casserole pot, heat oil over medium-high heat.
2. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes.
3. Add celery and carrot and season with salt and pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
4. Add tomatoes, basil, and bay leaves and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour or until thick.
5. Remove bay leaves and taste for seasoning. If sauce tastes too acidic, add unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, to round out the flavor.
6. Pour half the tomato sauce into the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Continue with remaining tomato sauce.
If not using all the sauce, allow it to cool completely and then pour 1 to 2 cup portions into plastic freezer bags. Freeze for up to 6 months.

Design Trends: Soaking Tubs

Another year, another set of design trends! In 2015, we’re already seeing that the soaking tub is having a moment. Many new constructions or bathroom renovations are getting rid of the shower/tub combo in favor of a separate shower and a deeper, larger soaking tub. These tubs are ideal for relaxing after a long day at work or a unwinding on a weekend. The vintage claw-foot tub is taking another turn, but some of today’s soaking tubs are more modern in design and composition. Take a look at some of the design inspiration we have rounded up for you!

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Just Sold: December 2014

Thank you for all your support, here some of the properties Coastal Premier Properties has helped clients buy or sell throughout the county this month. If we can help you or someone you know, please contact us!


Calle Diegueno


(Rancho Santa Fe)




“Live Above It All With Views Of Ocean, Mountains And Golf Course!! Situated At The End Of A Cul-de-sac On An Elevated Site With Privacy, Sun And Endless Views! Large Lot over 2 Flat Acres On Spectacular 7+ Acres. Tons Of Potential And Future Expansion Possibilities. Live In A Custom Mediterranean Overlooking Del Mar Country Club While Planning Your Dream Home! Rare One In A Million Estate! GREAT OPPORTUNITY! SOLD for $2,990,000.”




Katherine Claire


(Del Sur)




“Beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bath Del Sur home! Enjoy wide-plank flooring, tankless water heater, central air and custom window treatments. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, walk-in pantry. Gas stone-surround fireplace in light and bright great room. Romantic Master Suite with extra long soaking tub, separate shower. Upstairs laundry. Lush, low-maintenance landscaping. Family friendly neighborhood with highly rated schools; easy freeway access. SOLD for $690,000.”




G St


(Chula Vista)




“Wow! Remodeled & move in ready! Beautiful custom upgrades!! This end unit offers an open, bright floorplan featuring the newest, designer, custom paint, new flooring, A/C, new vanities, mirrors, sinks & is the largest unit in the complex. The fabulous kitchen is highlighted by new cabinets, stainless steel oven, quartz counters with custom backsplash & opens to the large living area offering plenty of room for family & entertaining! Just a short walk to the new town! Don’t miss! SOLD for $299,000.”






(Del Mar)




*Represented Buyer


“Ocean views from most rooms! First floor master suite! Finest quality materials and finishes throughout. Spacious walk out ocean view deck. Dream kitchen features Viking gas cooktop, Kitchen Aid dishwasher, compactor, G.E. refrigerator and wine cooler. Downstairs family room adjacent to second master suite with separate entrance. Quiet prestigious Del Mar neighborhood. SOLD for $1,725,000.”






(El Cajon)




*Represented Buyer


“Looking for a large updated one-story ranch home on a large usable yard with BIG side yards and a BIG back yard. If so, this is it. Bring all your toys here. This home has a wonderful location situated on an extended cul-de-sac street within easy walking distance to Valhalla High School. House recently updated. Family room has a stone fireplace, skylight and vaulted ceilings. Swing-gate on north side of house provides access for on-sight RV parking. Off the back of the house is a huge covered patio. SOLD for $500,000.”










*Represented Buyer


“Step into this refreshing, light and bright home in downtown Encinitas with tall ceilings and custom finishes throughout. Balcony with panoramic and ocean views. 4 bedrooms and 2300 sf with the largest designed as a media room, game room or second master. Top floor master suite with fireplace opens to a large rooftop deck with outdoor fireplace and more extensive ocean views. Third patio with spa and privacy in mind. 5 min walk to all of downtown Encinitas. Recently remodeled. SOLD for $1,462,000.”




W Lakeview






*Represented Buyer


“Beautiful updated home on a corner lot located on a cul-de-sac. Walking distance to highly rated Lakeview Elementary School. Inside you find beautiful wood floors & a bright open floorplan with newer dual pane windows. The kitchen features newer cabinets, gorgeous granite, and tons of counter space. The backyard is great for entertaining with a wrap around yard & large patio. The oversized 3rd bedroom can easily be converted to 2 good size bedrooms creating a total of 4 bedrooms! Room to park RV or boat! SOLD for $405,000.”




Via De La Valle


(Solana Beach)




*Represented Buyer


“Enjoy a sophisticated yet relaxed lifestyle in this luxurious Townhouse boasting white water views of Del Mar Beach. The property is ideally located in a gated community with easy access to the beach, shopping, restaurants, The Cedros Design District, Art Galleries, Farmers Market and the famous Del Mar Race Track. This 2 bedroom, office or third bedroom, 4 bathroom, 2 car garage, 2252 square foot home is perfect as your primary residence or your home away from home. Life is great at the beach! SOLD for $1,475,000.”










*Represented Buyer


“Cute as can be. Completely refurbished home nestled on 1/3 acre. All new cabinets, stainless appliances & granite counters, travertine showers/tubs, large laundry room, breezeway between kitchen & garage (not included in SF). All rooms with wood laminate floors. Fireplace in Living room is electric. All new dual pane vinyl windows & roof. This home has the potential to be a 2 bdrm, 1 bath house, with master suite acting as an attached studio/granny flat with wood porch & private entrance. SOLD for $420,000.”










*Represented Buyer


“Single story California rancher in the terrific neighborhood of Monte Vista. Open, spacious layout with kitchen that flows directly into family & dining room. Lots of natural light, generous sized master with upgraded en suite & walk in closet, low maintenance private backyard, custom brick fireplace, dual paned windows & wide hallway adds to the open feel. Sitting up on a knoll this .26 acre lot captures Vista’s perfect weather breezes & views of surrounding mountains. A wonderful place to call home. SOLD for $438,000.”




Ora Avo






“Beautifully upgraded home situated on a large, private, elevated lot. Stunning views! Custom kitchen features granite counters, Travertine backsplash, SS appliances and slate flooring. Skylights add lots of light. Custom maple flooring accent the home. Master BR w/ French doors to deck. Great entertaining space with 1500 SF of attached decks, above ground pool, in-deck spa and fire pit. 22X10 bonus room/office off garage. Newer solar panels only 1 year old. Big 2 car garage and RV parking. SOLD for $615,000.”







(Mission Hills)




“Incredible location in Mission Hills! This beautifully upgraded condo filled with natural light features newer kitchen cabinets, custom tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and designer features throughout. Neutral wood flooring throughout and plush carpet in bedrooms. Convenient 2nd bed perfect for office or guest. Highly upgraded master bath with custom tile, flooring and vanity. Spacious master bedroom w/ custom closet. Ideal location close to downtown, shopping, parks, freeways and more! SOLD for $325,000.”










“Must see! A beautiful 3 bed townhome in desirable Villa Monterey. Inside enjoy remodeled kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite counter tops, and recessed lighting, remodeled bathrooms, large open floorplan, and private patio off the dining room. Other features include attached 2-car garage, multiple community pools, spas, and clubhouses in complex, and beautiful landscaping throughout the community. All this plus great schools, close proximity to shopping, freeways, hiking trails, and more! SOLD for $425,000.”






(Rancho Bernardo)




*Represented Buyer


“Nice Family house in desirable Rancho Bernardo. Award winning Poway Schools! Walking distance to Westwood Elementary School. Master bedroom/bath downstairs,bathroom wired ready for Steam Shower – other 3 beds upstairs together with new Bathroom. Custom exotic flooring on stairs and landing area. Wrought Iron Balustrades. Kitchen has granite counter-tops. Tankless water heater. Upgraded Electrical panel. Fenced Yard which is prepared for California Xeriscape landscaping. SOLD for $570,000.”






(Carmel Valley)




*Represented Buyer


“Welcome home to this Pardee Built Palma Del Mar Plan 2 situated on a cul-de-sac street. Nestled back on a gorgeous, large and private lot. Your formal entry welcomes you in with cathedral ceilings, a formal living and dining room with wall to wall windows bringing in lots of bright light and views to the stunning landscaped backyard. See SUPPLEMENTAL REMARKS FOR MUCH MORE! SOLD for $1,190,000.”




Vista Canon


(Carmel Valley)




“Immaculate Home with Exquisite Finishes Throughout! Highly Upgraded Property Features Versailles Pattern Travertine, Crown Molding, Granite Countertops and Stainless Steal Appliances. This is Builder’s Plan 3 with 3 Bedrooms and an optional 4th Bedroom on the First Floor, currently used as an Office, and additional upstairs Loft/ TV Room. Located on a Private Cul-De-Sac in a Family Friendly Neighborhood and Community Park is Nearby. Close to Shopping and I-56. Award winning Poway Top Rated Schools! SOLD for $830,000.”




Calle Andar






“Gorgeous townhome with hand distressed Noble Cherry floors. Wide open floor plan, light & bright with West facing windows. Spacious with 2,386 square feet of living space. This is a Plan 4 which is the largest end unit available. Custom finishes include granite kitchen tops, fossil Travertine flooring and custom cabinetry. Large master bedroom with huge walk-in closet and spacious master retreat. Award winning schools. Listed for $599,000.”










*Represented Buyer


“Great end of a cul de sac location with views of the mountains, no HOA or Mello-Roos. Vaulted ceilings and many windows add spaciousness and light to this great floorplan. Beautiful hardwood flooring & tile downstairs; carpet, upstairs. Huge master retreat upstairs. Office & full bath downstairs. 30 yr comp roof installed in 1998, Kit cabinets, corian counters, dual-paned windows and sliders, Bosch D/W, gas range, over-range micro, plantation shutters in living room. Listed for $449,000-489,000.”










“This spacious, upgraded 4 bedroom 2 full bath home is nestled on a quiet, family friendly street close to shopping, restaurants and the picturesque Grand Ave. The over-sized backyard has beautiful sunsets and is an entertainers dream with built in bbq, jacuzzi. This home has a huge great room,office, new paint, upgraded appliances, energy efficient windows throughout, plantation shutters, built in desks, new counter tops and built in garage cabinets. Listed for $499,000-549,000.”


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N Sundown






“Come see this rarely available 3 BR, 2 bath single-story twin home in the 55+ community of Pacifica! 2-car attached garage. Sunny & private patio with new patio cover. Freshly painted & new carpeting. Separate dining area. Enjoy the fireplace in the spacious living room. Roll-up security shutters. The roomy master BR has a walk-in closet & the master bathroom has a shower stall and a dual-basin vanity. This community has a clubhouse, BBQ and picnic area, pool, spa, tennis courts & a shuffleboard court! Listed for $350,000.”




Playa Del Rey






*Represented Buyer


“Accepted offer show for backups. Spacious 3 bd 2 ba single level move in condition. Three car garage. Remodeled less than 1 year ago, new appliances, granite counters, refinished cabinets, beautiful distressed hardwood flooring, 4″ base boards, remodeled baths, recessed lighting, Plantation blinds & tinted windows. True pride of ownership on this home. Shows like a home in Pottery Barn’s Catalog. Listed for $455,500.”






(San Marcos)




*Represented Buyer


“Welcome to your new Santa Fe Hills home with plenty of lush palms and beautiful landscaping! This home has a circular entrance with a separated formal dining and living room. Which opens up to a large kitchen and family room. The Master bedroom is upstairs featuring a full master bath and walk in closet. Down a short hallway is 3 bedrooms and a full bath. There is a bedroom downstairs with a walk in closet and a full bath perfect for your guests. Listed for $560,000.”






(San Marcos)




“Turn key! Low maintenance backyard with Tuff Turf grass and hardscape, built in BBQ/ Keg fridge/ relaxing fire fall! No neighbors behind! 4 beds/ 4 baths + loft with glass French doors. (includes 1 bed & 1 bath down) Open floor plan, hardwood flooring, Beech Dark fruitwood stain grade cabinets, stainless steel appliances & sink, Granite counter tops and Plantation shutters. Tank less water heater, Epoxy garage floor, dual A/C. Listed for $699,000-715,000.”






(Mission Hills)




*Represented Buyer


“Mission Florence – in the heart of Historic Mission Hills. This townhome beckons you to move right in. Newer 2008 (steel & concrete) construction makes for solid, quiet & comfortable interiors. This unit boasts beautiful upgrades including granite, cherry wood cabinets & S/S appliances in a large, open kitchen. Beautiful hardwood floors, Huge ceilings, tons of storage and the room sizes are sure to impress you. Walk to everything. Call this residence home today! Listed for $539,000.”






(San Carlos)




“Featuring beautiful views of Cowles Mountain is this perfect San Carlos move-in ready home. Upon entering the property, you will appreciate the new carpet throughout, updated bathrooms & large kitchen with ample storage & abundant slab granite counter space. A new roof was installed in 2011, along with a drought tolerant, low maintenance front yard. For those warm summer days, cool off in your own private swimming pool. Ideally situated near great hiking, shopping, the 8 & 125 freeways & great schools! Listed for $499,900-549,900.”






(Mission Valley)




*Represented Buyer


“Possibly the largest lot in Hampton or Stratford place with a 2 car driveway! Recently painted and new carpet installed, this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home has also just had the kitchen cabinets refinished!! Extra large back and side yards have been professionally manicured and include a synthetic lawn. Built in cabinets in the dining area. Double doors and closet in the 3rd bedroom. Very light and bright, this beautiful home is definitely one to see! See additional remarks. Listed for $525,000.”




Via Fiesta






*Represented Buyer


“Sycamore Walk is the only Townhome Community in the Santaluz area. Beautiful home that is move in ready and shows like a model. This is the ONLY one currently available in Sycamore Walk. This multi-level 3BD/2.5BA 1444esf home is spacious, has a great floor plan and is perfect for any style of living. Located in the award winning Poway School District. Walking distance to Willow Grove Elementary, Cafe’s, Fine Dining and the beautiful Parks of Verrazzano. Listed for $499,000.”






(4S Ranch)




“Great 3 BR, 2.5 bath detached condo in highly sought after 4S Ranch! Set back on a beautiful cobbled court, this open floor plan features beautiful tile and travertine flooring, a larger yard than most, spacious bedrooms and a 2 car attached garage. Large master suite has balcony with mountain views. Convenient upstairs laundry. Family friendly neighborhood. Just a simple stroll away from neighborhood pool, shops, restaurants, parks, library. Easy access to 15! Listed for $550,000-580,000.”




War Horse


(Rancho Penasquitos)




“DONT MISS THIS ONE! One of a kind Rancho Penasquitos home beautifully upgraded throughout! Entertainers delight! Hardwood floors, beautifully upgraded kitchen with granite and updated cabinets, pool/spa, skylights, new windows throughout, just completed “Butlers” pantry and many more upgrades, too many to list here. Centrally located to shopping and close to 56, 15 and 5 freeways. Listed for $649,900-699,900.”




Sierra Mesa


(Torrey Highlands)




“Fabulous 4 BR + loft + master retreat, 3 BA Torrey Highlands home. Open concept family room/kitchen. Granite counters, beautiful cabinetry. Separate formal front room perfect for the executive who needs to entertain. Custom tile flooring with inlays, designer window treatments & volume ceilings. Upstairs loft/tech area perfect for family with kids. Large master boasts romantic soaking tub, his&her vanities, walk-in closet & separate master retreat. Elegant back patio surrounded by lush landscaping. Listed for $799,000-815,000.”




Porter Creek


(Carmel Valley)




“Desirable Plan 2 Bordeaux situated on corner lot featuring 5 brms w/ 2 Beds &1 full Bath down. Lovely entry medallion, travertine flooring in formal living areas, lots of natural light & neutral décor, volume ceilings, open kitchen w/center island & spacious pantry, upstairs laundry & A/C. Charming backyard with lush landscaping & peaceful setting. All this plus access to Pacific Highlands Ranch pool & fitness, wonderful location near top rated schools, upcoming Trader Joes shopping center & more! Listed for $1,099,000.”




Loire Avenue


(Scripps Ranch)




*Represented Buyer


“Beautiful, charming 4 bedroom Wine Country home with a pool, spa & large yard. Solar system for home was installed in 2012 along with a whole house fan and new electrical panel. Solar system lease paid off & warranty will transfer to buyer. Kitchen is nearly original but double oven, newer dishwasher and huge pantry make this kitchen spacious and functional. Master bedroom features a walk-in closet and there are vinyl windows throughout. Listed for $760,000.”