Pinteresting Five: DIY Summer Games

Summer is right around the corner! The kids will soon be out of school and in need of summer fun…why not try outdoor versions of their favorite games? From glow-in-the-dark bowling to giant jenga to pet rock tic-tac-toe, each of these games is fun and easy to make!

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Recipe: Perfect Blueberry Jam


What You Need:


5 c. fresh blueberries

5 ¼ c. sugar

2/3 c. fresh orange juice

1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

¼ tsp. salt

1 (6 oz.) package liquid fruit pectin (such as CERTO)




  1. Place blueberries in a large saucepan. Crush with a potato masher.
  2. Add sugar, juices, and salt. Stir well to combine. Let mixture stand for thirty minutes.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  4. Add pectin, stirring until well blended.
  5. Pour jam into jars or airtight containers. Cool completely.
  6. Cover and refrigerate up to 4 weeks.

The History of San Diego Real Estate: 1960’s


In this special series, we will be covering the evolution of the real estate industry from the 1960’s to present day. These posts are based on the industry experience of Coastal Premier Properties Broker, Tom Tucker. It is our hope that by retelling the history of real estate in San Diego County, we will be able to trace the changes at a social, economic, and technological level that have led to today’s current industry profile and the results that have occurred for consumers, for better and for worse.


San Diego Real Estate History: The 1960’s


San Diego County Population: 1,033,011 people

San Diego County Population Growth For This Decade: 31%

Estimated Number of New Housing Units Built from 1960-1969: 33,538 Units

Estimated Number of Total Housing Units in the County by 1969: 80,553 Units (Including 47,015 Units Built Prior to 1860)

(information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau)


Overall, in the 1960’s, the real estate industry moved at a much slower pace. Without the rapid delivery of data through the internet and email, it typically took much longer to sell a home. When an agent took a listing, they would go down to their local real estate board office and submit the listing. Once the listing was submitted, the board would make up a page with the home’s information and that page would be distributed weekly in a real estate “book”. These books, which were essentially a 3-ring binder, were given to every agent upon joining the board. Every week, a secretary would pick up copies of the new pages and bring them back to the brokerage office for everyone. And those pages would only include listings from that specific board’s jurisdiction. E.G. the Del Mar board only had Del Mar listings. If you wanted to sell homes down in the city of San Diego, you would also need to join that board. Cooperation between boards and thus, realtors, was almost non-existent. In the 1960’s, almost every city in San Diego had its own board of real estate. Today we have just three local boards and we are not restricted to buying and selling properties within our own board’s jurisdiction.

One of the most significant differences from the present day state of the industry, is how homes were bought and sold. Each agent had their own listings and each agent sold their own listings. Rather than choosing an agent to work with them in their home search, buyers who were looking for a home would call each individual agent and ask for their inventory. If the agent didn’t have anything they wanted to buy, they would move on to the next agent.

The public did not have access to any kind of information about what homes were for sale, they had to work with a real estate agent.

When agents priced a home, they worked with data for houses sold in the past quarter. Thus when an agent priced a home, the data they were using wasn’t as up-to-date as we experience it today. Using a quarterly comp rate meant that home price didn’t tend to change as rapidly as they do today.

In the 1960’s, all brokerages were independently owned. There weren’t any franchises or brokerages with multiple office locations. Today’s national and international brokerages had yet to make an appearance. Most real estate offices were named after the owner/broker e.g. Art Leach Real Estate.

Demographically, 90% of agents were male and only 10% were female. Almost all title reps were male and almost all escrow officers were female.


Notable Changes in Real Estate Law From This Decade:


1963: Recovery Fund Law Takes Effect. In 1963, Senate Bill 1576 was signed to effect financial protection for the public against dealings with unscrupulous brokers and salespeople.


Notable San Diego Events From This Decade:


1961: American Football League Chargers open first season at Balboa Stadium.

1964: UC-San Diego opens.

1964: SeaWorld opens.

1968: The Padres play their first game at San Diego Stadium.

1969: San Diego–Coronado Bay Bridge opens, replacing ferry service across San Diego Bay.


Notable United States Events From This Decade:


 1962: Lt. Col. John Glenn becomes first U.S. astronaut to orbit Earth

1962: Cuban Missile Crisis

1963: Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech

1963: President Kennedy is assassinated.

1964: President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act.

1968: Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., is assassinated in Memphis, Tenn.

Join us next month as we dive into the history of the 1970’s and take a look at what changes in that decade shaped the evolution of the real estate industry.




Design Trends: Epoxy Garage Floors

Perhaps you’ve already started spring cleaning your home. Maybe you’ve already thought about going thought about cleaning out the garage, sweeping out the dust, and organizing it neatly. Why not take it a step further and epoxy the garage floor? Not only does it look great (so shiny!) and make you feel like you’re driving into a showroom, epoxy coating resists oil and water, making keeping your garage clean a breeze! Plus epoxy garage flooring lends that extra touch of luxury to your home.

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Most Expensive Homes Ever Sold in Encinitas

With its beachfront location and perfect climate, Encinitas is one of Southern California’s most desirable places of residence. Combine the location with its great food, plentiful beaches and parks, and tons of shops and other things to do, it it no surprise that to live in this area you are going to be doling out quite a bit of dough. Here are the top 10 most expensive homes sold here.

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1. Neptune Avenue, $10,500,000

The “Crescent” is a world famous Wally Cunningham design that combines the symphonic resonance of the sea by curvilinear architectural elements. The 6,500 square foot masterpiece sprawls over a double oceanfront lot, capturing the energy, essence, movement and calmness of the Pacific in every living space. Outdoor spaces meld into the interior seamlessly, allowing peaceful travel to another world.

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2. Neptune Avenue, $8,500,000

Enter this estate and enjoy the rolling lawn and beautiful custom home on double lot with expansive coastline. This home was extensively remodeled inside and out over the past year, including new Merbau wood and tile flooring, updated kitchen, bathrooms, and lighting.

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3. Neptune Ave, $7,199,000

This masterpiece is the perfect entertainment home. It is 5,221 square feet with a tiki hut and putting green. The architecture and landscaping give a topical theme to the home.

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4. 4th Street, $6,600,000

Oceanfront Acre with 200 ft of linear coastline & unobstructed views from the surf to the horizon. Architect DiDonato Assoc & James Berggren Const have developed a unique blend of Mediterranean & contemporary design that has resulted in a home that offers breathtaking views from every room! There are 5 large bedroom suites, 6 baths plus 2 powder rooms, 3 car garage & elevator to access all floors.

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5. 234 5th Street, $6,480,000

Originally designed for the owner, this home received the highest level of attention and resources at every phase. Clean, contemporary design, exquisite finishes, magnificent interior spaces, large usable lot w/mature landscaping, spa, sauna, guest house, & extensive decks and patios.

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6. Neptune Avenue, $6,450,000

Spectacular Contemporary Oceanfront Home with unparalleled panoramic ocean views. Fortified by a $1.1 million state-of-the-art seawall and featuring the world-class brands Dornbracht, Siematic, Miele, Silestone, Petra Antiqua, Alfredo Salvatori, Artistic Tile, Provenza and more, this newly built home exudes passion in every detail. With expansive open spaces, vaulted ceilings and wall-to-wall disappearing glass doors this is truly the Most Pristine Contemporary Home that exists on the bluff.

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7. 4th Street, $6,175,000

Blending classic Mediterranean style and intimate gathering spaces within, this exquisite 4BD/3.5BA, 4255 SF home is perfectly situated on a rare oceanfront double lot with soaring views over the Pacific. An extremely rare location with beach access just steps from the door, charming bistros, boutique shopping, coffee shops, Whole Foods, just a short walk to all that the village of Encinitas has to offer, yet secluded and private, just above the sea with sweeping ocean views.

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8. Neptune Avenue, $6,097,337

This home has many features including gourmet kitchen, bar/library, living room, dining area – all w/ocean views! Stunningly beautiful master suite w/bar, euro modern tub w/plantation shutters & view to sea. Ocean front deck with expansive Pacific views featuring a gas fire pit and plenty of space for lounging.

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9. 4th Street, $6,000,000

Nothing conveys luxury like living right on the beach — front row seating. Walls of glass, a lighted “floating” staircase and the largest ocean-front patio in Encinitas provide unbelievably beautiful views up & down the Coast. The ocean-facing Great Room with fireplace and Gourmet Kitchen are where all the living takes place in this awesome 4,530 square foot California Contemporary with unlimited ocean views.

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10. 5th Street, $5,600,000

Smashing oceanfront home including adjoining lot. Extensive remodel in 2001 creates a wonderful ambiance for entertaining and living.Australian woods used on floors and tasteful landscapes used extensively.

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Pinteresting Five: Outdoor Entertaining

It’s already warming up in San Diego and that’s got us thinking about summer and outdoor entertaining! While many homes either have a wet bar or make use of a bar cart or other side area to organize drink-making items, when the weather gets warmer, refreshments often get relegated to a plastic cooler or the host gets stuck running from inside to outside. Why not up your summer entertaining game an outdoor bar or buffet area? Most of these projects are the results of a clever DIY!

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Recipe: Spiced Nectarine Cake

What You Need:


½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature

¾ cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar

2 large eggs

1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 ½ tsp. finely grated lemon peel

1 ¼ cups self-rising flour

5 medium nectarines (about 1 ¾ lbs.) halved, and cut into quarters

¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon




  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Generously butter a 9 in. springform pan.
  3. Beat ½ cup butter in large bowl until fluffy.
  4. Add ¾ cup sugar and beat until blended.
  5. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add lemon juice and lemon peel.
  6. Beat in flour until smooth.
  7. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.
  8. Arrange enough nectarine slices atop batter in concentric circles to cover completely. Press lightly into place.
  9. Mix cinnamon and remaining 3 tbsp. sugar in a small box. Sprinkle over cake.
  10. Bake for one hour, or until cake is golden brown and done all the way through.
  11. Cut around cake to loosen. Remove pan sides.
  12. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.