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.

Just Sold: March 2015

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!



(Carmel Valley)


Fabulous Santa Fe Summit move in ready and located in desirable, quiet location with sparkling pool/spa! Spectacular entry with gorgeous formal living and dining room, high ceilings, one of three fireplaces, sweeping staircase, and lots of light. Upgraded gourmet kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, granite, picture windows to the pool and eat-in dining. Bedroom/Bath combo downstrs and 3 oversized bedrooms up includes wonderful master w/fireplace! Wonderful home w/the best schools too.  Sold for $1,275,000.

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Collins Ranch

(Carmel Valley)


Gracious, Estate living awaits you in this Collins Ranch 4 bedroom home. Separate office and loft, dual master suites, stunning architectural features and design with entertaining in mind make this a perfect executive home. Gorgeous gourmet kitchen, professionally designed back patio and yard. No back neighbors! Enjoy beautiful sunsets and resort-like community pool and spa. Minutes to shopping, restaurants, 5 freeway.  Sold for $1,305,000.

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(Del Mar)


Seller will entertain offers between $1,598,000-$1,698,000. Fabulous Promontory on quiet cul-de-sac w/infinity pool & canyon rim! Dramatic entry w/high ceilings & gorgeous living room w/one of three fireplaces, sweeping staircase, & formal dining room. Beautiful sunny kitchen w/granite counter tops, walk in pantry & eat in dining combined w/family rm. 4 spacious Bedrooms with bedrm/bath combo downstairs and bonus/office up. Stunning infinity pool/spa & firepit, blt in BBQ All with canyon views! Wow!  Sold for $1,650,000.
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Big Canyon
(Scripps Ranch)
Stunning home nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac in the highly sought after Stonebridge Estates. With 6,057 sq ft of living space and $800,000 in exquisite upgrades throughout, this will please the most discerning of buyers. The west facing canyon and mountain views make the sunsets truly amazing. This home offers 5 bedrooms and 7 baths, theater room, game room w/bar, gourmet kitchen, casita, pool, spa, bocce ball court, sports court, turf field, bonus room.  Sold for $2,225,000.
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Camino Espueles

(Chula Vista)


Beautiful Rancho Del Rey home with Rare Canyon views. Spacious floor plan with upgraded flooring, bright beautiful kitchen. Don’t miss this special home.  Sold for $645,000.


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(La Mesa)


*Represented Buyer

Old School Charm with Modern upgrades!This home is comfortable and feels like home from the moment that you walk in! With refinished wood floors to keep the charm of the old and the new style upgraded tile floors to show the new…this home has it all. Completely new kitchen, new stainless appliances, new lighting and hardware throughout the home, new bath cabinets and custom shower tiles.  Sold for $485,000.


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*Represented Buyer

Excellent location!!! La Costa. Floor is all hard surface. no carpet. Upgraded travertine vanity, shower and floor in master bath and powder room vanity. 3 bedroom and 2.5 bath at the end unit. Fireplace finished with travertine surround, front balcony with views, private rear patio, plus beautifully upgrade d garage with high end epoxy floor, built-in cabinets and laundry. Granite kitchen counter tops with SS appliances.  Sold for $535,000.


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Paseo Alto Rico



*Represented Buyer

Carlsbad Executive Home on extra large premium pool size lot with far reaching views! Excellent end of culdesac location, this move-in ready home features nearly 4500 sqft of living space, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, on a great view lot of over 17,000 square feet! Additional features include gourmet kitchen with well appointed appliances, guest suite on first floor, spacious master suite with view deck and spa like en suite. Highly sought after location in The Estates at Rancho Carrillo.  Sold for $1,130,000.


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*Represented Buyer

Upgraded Single Level Spinnaker Point Home… double door entry opens up to a spacious living room with vaulted ceilings & fireplace. Granite counter tops in kitchen, with a breakfast nook & built in desk. Recently remodeled master bathroom shower, two secondary bedrooms and guest bath. Highly upgraded tile throughout most of the home. Newer furnace & air conditioner, security system, two car attached garage. Beautiful lush front and rear yards with some drought resistant plants.  Sold for $585,000.


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Gill Loop

(Del Sur)


*Represented Buyer

Beautiful upgraded new Garretson Townhome by Standard Pacific Homes- Java Stained cabinets, Blanco Montana Granite counter top at kitchen. Designer selections throughout home and master bath bench, seating at dinning room. Plank style ceramic tile flooring. Landscaped courtyard. Sold for $544,900.







*Represented Buyer

Spacious, newly upgraded 4 Bedrm, 2.5 Ba, 2065 Sq Ft home w/vaulted ceilings in Summit of Carlsbad. Spacious kitchen w/island, pantry, & brand new induction cooktop. Fireplace in Family Room w/slider to backyard. Enjoy the outdoors in the lg 12,400 sqft elevated lot, private backyd sanctuary w/beautiful pool. New: paint inside & out, hardwood floors, stain master carpet/pad, granite countertops & more!  Sold for $665,000.


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WOW!! Enjoy the peaceful feel of this beautiful Olivenhain home with the convenience of still being close to everything. This Mediterranean style home is tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac w/private access to acres of open space and trails behind. This home features a chef’s dream kitchen, luxurious master suite, distressed pecan wood flooring, 3 fireplaces and entertainer’s dream resort-style backyard including complete outdoor kitchen, custom wood burning fireplace & a solar heated, salt water pool. Sold for $1,825,000.


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Camino Cielo Azul



*Represented Buyer

WOW!! Enjoy the peaceful feel of this beautiful Olivenhain home with the convenience of still being close to everything. This Mediterranean style home is tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac w/private access to acres of open space and trails behind. This home features a chef’s dream kitchen, luxurious master suite, distressed pecan wood flooring, 3 fireplaces and entertainer’s dream resort-style backyard including complete outdoor kitchen, custom wood burning fireplace & a solar heated, salt water pool.  Sold for $1,050,000.


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Via Posado

(La Jolla)


*Represented Buyer

Private la Jolla Woods home located on the exterior. This inviting home features dramatic living room and den both with fireplaces, master suite with enlarged closet, many built-ins and bookcases, excellent storage & a private pool and spa. The 3rd car garage was converted into a storage room.  Sold for $1,066,000.


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Corte Viejo



*Represented Buyer

Nice cul-de-sac location, high ceilings, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath. Built in appliances, fireplace, formal dinning room, central heat & air conditioning, Jack & Jill bathroom, covered patio in nice size rear yard. Several parks nearby exercise/walking trails, public tennis nearby.  Sold for $398,000.


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Calle Corazon 



Location, location, location! This 3 bedroom,2 1/2 bath home is located on one of the most desirable lots in Vista Capri. Designer paint, great hardwood, ceramic tiling and carpeting all thru home. Lot’s of windows with newer designer blinds provide tons of natural lighting. Ceiling fan in dining room and yes there is air conditioning. Lovely private and quiet yard. Community pool to cool off on hot summer days. Walk to award winning schools. Sold for $440,000.


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(Rancho Sante Fe)


*Represented Buyer

Gorgeous, single-level Hacienda Villa with ambiance that captures the senses! Surrounded by an enchanting “resort like” courtyard complete w/fountain and fireplace. Light filled home: vintage beamed ceilings, chiseled travertine & hickory plank wood flooring, grand gourmet kitchen opening to family room, stunning back yard w/ pool/spa and total privacy. Beautiful office/library separate entry fireplace and built-ins. Sold for $2,400,000.


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(Solana Beach)


Wow!! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity! Priced to sell way below last comparable sale!! You will love living beach close in highly sought after Saratoga West! Enjoy beautiful ocean & Del Mar Racetrack views! Lots of windows for natural light, upgraded marble fireplace, modern stainless steel appliances, granite counters, balcony to enjoy peaceful sunsets & more!! Side by side 2-car garage!! Walk to beach or use community pool & workout room! Sold for $775,000.


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(San Marcos)


*Represented Buyer

Highly desirable floor plan in the “Venzano” community near the top of San Elijo Hills. 5 Bd + Loft (2 beds/full bath downstairs). Pool home w/ designer upgrades throughout incl. gourmet kitchen w/ granite counters & backsplash, center island w/attached nook, built-in fridge, stainless steel, custom carpeting, rich hardwood flooring, custom paint & window coverings & much more! Entertainer’s yard features a solar heated pool w/ custom stone backdrop & waterfall, stone fire pit & much more! Sold for $780,000.


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Seller will entertain offers between $599,000-$630,000….Don’t miss this opportunity to live in Prestigious Shadowridge! Rare single-story home! Spacious and private, large corner lot. Beautiful kitchen remodel with granite counters/backsplash and professional grade built-in appliances. Larger master w/walk-in closet and built-ins. Marble flooring in master bath. Cozy fireplace in family room. Sparkling pool & spa! Close to Golf Course/Club, Great Location, Fabulous Neighborhood!  Sold for $625,000.


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Buena Creek



*Represented Buyer

A true backyard paradise! situated on just over 1/2 area. Old oaks, waterfall,pond, stamped concrete & flagstone patios,fruit trees,outdoor lanterns,retractable shade awning,Patio cover’s. Upgraded security system. Fully irrigated. Large 2 car garage with custom cabinets and workshop. detached 1 bed guest suite. Upgraded kitchen with view of the outdoors. Large formal dining room,wood floors,custom tile throughout,central Vac.  Sold for $585,000.


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Island Ave



*Represented Buyer

Urban solace condo available at M2i. This condo offers a great floor plan that maximizes the space with the perfect blend of function and style. Located on the courtyard side of the building, unit 327 is perfect for those looking for a little bit of peace while still enjoying the urban atmosphere right outside the front door. The exposed concrete and mechanical at M2i make it a unique opportunity to own a condo in Downtown San Diego with a very modern aesthetic. Sold for $382,500.


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Mount Acadia



*Represented Buyer

Complex is VA approved! Rare find in popular Pacific Bluffs. This nicely updated 4 bedroom, 3 bath townhouse is just waiting for you to move in! Just shy of 1900 sq ft, this perfect end unit boasts a remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, fresh paint, and some new carpet. There’s a private patio, assigned carport, laundry room and much more. The complex offers 2 swimming pools, recreation room, basketball court, rentable clubhouse with full kitchen, library, BBQ and more!  Sold for $400,000.


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Ariane Drive



*Represented Buyer

Bright middle unit has a cozy fire place in living room & great back patio for entertaining. Beautifully refinished Maple Hardwood flooring throughout living room, dining area & kitchen. New tile in bathrooms and new carpet on stairs. Granite kitchen counter tops. Entire unit, back patio & garage has been freshly painted and popcorn ceiling removed.  Sold for $387,000.


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Canton Ridge 

(Rancho Bernardo)


Peaceful, indoor/outdoor living is yours in this 4 bedroom, 3 bath home. Gorgeous hardwood, gourmet kitchen, luxurious master retreat, a “Del Sur” outdoor room made for relaxing and entertaining, and a stunning Great Room along with many decorator features make this a place you’ll want to come home to. Tons of upgrades; solar power.  Sold for $715,000.


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Beautiful 2 bedroom townhome with 10 feet ceiling in first floor. Natural lights and 3 skylights total in bathrooms and staircase. Small 9 unit complex with good size patio for entertaining. copper piping and new roof. One car attached garage and street parking. Refrigerator, washer, and dryer included. Centrally located to freeways 163 and 805, schools, restaurants and shopping. Ideal for a single, couple or starter family or an investment. Sold for $290,000.




Caminito Balata

(Rancho Bernardo)


Fantastic panoramic golf course views right above the third hole fairway. New carpet, new paint, new stove, and new microwave. This 2BD/2BTH 1,428 sq ft home features a large master bedroom with private patio and fountain, high vaulted ceilings, and a fabulous kiva style fireplace. Must see this stellar patio with patio cover and amazing views!  Sold for $490,000.


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Corte Lampara

(Rancho Penasquitos)


*Represented Buyer

This beautiful home in the Vista Mar community of RPQ boasts sweeping canyon & ocean views & breezes from 2nd story and 3 stepped terraces & decks! NO HOAs, NO Mello Roos. Private property with no neighbors behind and quiet, safe neighborhood w/ access to San Diego’s Best Schools (PUSD). Open floorplan with Four Seasons brand Sunroom. Open Kitchen w/ granite counters and 1st class appliances and fixtures throughout. Be sure to walk up the back to the view sun deck and horseshoe court! Move-In Ready!  Sold for $695,000.


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Via Colmenar 

(Rancho Penasquitos)


Highly desirable Ridgeview plan 2 including optional main floor guest suite with separate entry. Interior features include; Neutral décor, lots of natural light & high ceilings, large kitchen with Island & abundance of pull-out drawers, spacious family room with stone fireplace, 4 bedrooms plus upstairs bonus room, upgraded base & crown moldings, duel zone heating/air & 3 car garage. Outside enjoy large/private lot with canyon views. All this plus the highly acclaimed Poway Unified Schools!  Sold for $931,500.


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Carmel Country 

(Carmel Valley)


Highly desirable “End Unit” townhome with lots of natural light, pristine condition, 2 bedrooms with one on each floor and both with walk-in closets, 2.5 baths, A/C, fireplace in living room, Hunter Douglas “Architella” energy efficient blinds, charming patio and 2 car tandem garage. All this plus fantastic central Carmel Valley location within a short walk or drive to shopping, community center and so much more!  Sold for $460,000.


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Via Terceto

(Carmel Valley)


*Represented Buyer

Great Location, Spaciously laid out 3 bed, 2.5 bath townhome in Carmel Valley. Light and bright. Beautiful patio for outside entertaining The lowest HOA in Carmel Valley. New tile floors on the first floor and New carpet in all bedrooms. All appliances including Washer and Dryer. Attached 2 car garage. Cozy fireplace in living room, eat in kitchen. Very private and serene complex, sparkling pool, tennis courts and spa, with BBQ area.  Sold for $590,000.


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Torrey View

(Carmel Vallley)


Beautiful Torrey View home in gated community, great quiet location, 4 spacious Bedrooms 3 baths, light and bright, beautiful kitchen with granite counter tops, close to freeway, schools, shopping and all that Carmel valley has to offer.  Sold for $914,300.


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Most Expensive Homes Ever Sold in La Jolla

La Jolla, which means “the jewel” in Spanish, is an affluent neighborhood in San Diego.  Its temperate climate allows year-round enjoyment of recreational actives from tennis and golf as well as some of the best surf in the country. The area is blessed with hills surrounded on three sides by beach and shoreline, allowing magnificent surf, sea, sunset and coastline views to many of its residents making it some of the most expensive property in San Diego. Here are the top 10 most expensive houses ever sold in La Jolla.

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1. La Jolla Farms, $23,500,000 (2005)

Escape to a private gated peninsula high above the Pacific where exceptional architecture, finest craftsmanship & exquisite materials blend harmoniously to create an estate irreplaceable at this price. 25,000 sq. ft. of French limestone indoors & outdoors, antique European fountains 5+ oceanfront acres.

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2. La Jolla Farms Road, $18,500,000 (2013)

Extraordinary single level ocean front contemporary estate nestled on a premium 2.58 acre bluff top site in La Jolla Farms. This Arthur Porras designed 4 building compound has sitdown views of La Jolla Cove from all major rooms. Incredible architectural detail throughout, exotic woods, faux finishes, incredible volume and indoor/outdoor flow, pool/spa and one-of-kind MP/TV industry standard home theatre dazzle once you enter the giant doors into 50 foot plus entry w/high ceilings.

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3. Spindrift, $18,150,000 (2009)

This masterpiece is built on the bluff maximizing its priceless location and overlooking some of North America’s best ocean views and one of San Diego’s most prized beaches.Every luxury amenity and detail has been thoughtfully included throughout the interior and exterior of the home, from the Motor Court, to the Great Room, to the Boat House. This home is perfectly designed for indoor and outdoor entertaining.

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4. Camino De La Costa, $17,900,000 (2005)

Unquestionably one of La Jolla’s most spectacular new oceanfront estates, this dazzling curvilinear residence offers magnificent panoramic views and state-of-the-art architectural design created with careful craftsmanship of the world’s finest materials. Built on a two-lot site,’Seaview’ was created as its owners’ dream residence.

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5. Idle Hour Lane, $17,760,000 (2005)

This one will take your breath away. A complete world unto its own. Grand English Manor in pastoral setting w/meticulous details throughout. Extensive grounds w/mature landscaping reminiscent of Monet’s gardens.

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6. Whale Watch Way, $17,750,000 (2006)

This architecturally stunning contemporary residence features walls of glass that accentuate unparalleled panoramic views from La Jolla Cove to the whitewaters of La Jolla Shores & beyond. It has 5 exceptional bedroom suites, 6 full baths plus 3 powder rooms, elevator, theatre, office, art room, 3000 bottle wine cellar.

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7. Camino De La Costa, $17,350,613 (2009)

A truly rare and stunning oceanfront compound with direct access to a secluded sandy beach.Impossible to duplicate today, this magnificent gated residence was recently remodeled to perfection. People visiting think of a Four Seasons Resort with all of the finest finishes and amenities.

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8. Dunemere Drive, $16,500,000

Spanish Colonial beachfront estate perfectly situated on 1.4 lush acres spanning to mean high tide. The estate (main house & detached guest house) sits behind an iron gate on a peaceful street in LJ’s Barber Tract affording privacy rarely found with beachfront property.

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9. Camino De La Costa, $16,250,000 (2013)

This is a rare oceanfront home that has gone through brand new construction on Camino De La Costa. With breath taking views and stunning architecture, it is sure to be one of La Jolla’s finest homes.

9 la jolla10. Kearsarge Road, $15,000,000 (2008)

This is an absolutely magnificent, completely renovated Olde World masterpiece featuring spectacular ocean, whitewater, North Shore & La Jolla Village views from nearly every room! Extraordinary craftsmanship and intricate custom detailing throughout the entire house.

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