The History of San Diego Real Estate: The 1970’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. Click here to read about San Diego in the 1960’s.



San Diego Real Estate History: The 1970’s


San Diego County Population: 1,357,854 people

San Diego County Population Growth For This Decade: 37%

Estimated Number of New Housing Units Built from 1970-1979: 67,620 Units

Estimated Number of Total Housing Units in the County by 1979: 148,173 Units (Including 47,015 Units Built Prior to 1960)

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


Overall, in the 1970’s, we began to see the emergence of the structures and the protocols that uphold our industry today. Perhaps most significantly, we started to see the first real cooperation between the different local boards, allowing real estate agents affiliated from other boards to obtain copies of the listing books. You were able, if you wanted to take a trip down to the board everyday, to get copies of the newest listings as soon as they hit “the market”. These came in the form of tear-sheets: small slips of papers that contained the bare bones facts about the property. The following week that same property would be available in page form with its photograph for inclusion in the books. The first real “go-getters” of this decade, were the ones who took it upon themselves to go and get the tear-sheets before the pages were ready for the book. This is the first indication that the industry’s engine was beginning to rev.

For consumers, the 1970’s marked an era of major progress. Franchises began to emerge during this decade. Century 21, Red Carpet, ERA, are just a few examples of the company franchises that started to emerge in contrast to the previous model of the independent brokerage. The emergence of these franchises, where one company owned multiple offices and thus controlled a “territory”, was a major impetus in the standardization of the language of our forms. These franchising companies had access to corporate attorneys, who worked with state and national boards to introduce the idea of using standardized forms in real estate transactions. Prior to the 1970’s, there were many different styles and languages used in each form and nothing was standardized from brokerage to brokerage or board to board. By the end of the decade, standard language for standard forms had appeared and everyone had mutually agreed to use them. During this decade, disclosure forms began to appear. Previously, a contract was about two pages long. What a difference from today’s industry where a file can amass quite a stack of paperwork.

During this industry, consumers also began working exclusively with one agent, who would show them properties to buy that were listed by other agents. This was different from the shopping model of the 1960’s where a buyer would call an agent to inquire about their inventory.


Notable Changes in Real Estate Law From This Decade:


1970: Under Business and Professions Code 10004, the Division of Real Estate was renamed Department of Real Estate (DRE).

1978: Proposition 13 is approved. In June of 1978, California voters approved Proposition 13, amending the State Constitution so that the maximum annual tax on real property is limited to one percent of ‘full cash value’ (market value) plus a maximum of two percent annual inflation factor based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), as calculated by the California Department of Industrial Relations. (Sections 51 and 110.1) An additional sum is allowed to pay for indebtedness on affected property approved by voters prior to the passage of Proposition 13. Also, selected new indebtedness is allowed, only by a two/thirds vote of the residents affected.


Notable San Diego Events From This Decade:


1970: San Diego becomes California’s second-largest city.

1973: Point Loma College is established.

1975: Mayor Pete Wilson launches plans for a dramatic redevelopment of downtown San Diego.

1978: World-famed Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park burns to ground in arson fire.

Notable United States Events From This Decade:


1979: U.S. establishes diplomatic ties with mainland China for the first time since Communist takeover in 1949.


Join us next month as we dive into the history of the 1980’s and take a look at what changes in that decade shaped the evolution of the real estate industry.

Recipe: Strawberry Crumb Coffee Cake


What You Need:


1 tsp. plus ¾ c. unsalted butter, at room temperature

4 c. strawberries, hulled and sliced

1 ½ c. granulated sugar

3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

2 tbsp. cornstarch

¼ c. water

3 large eggs

4 c. bleached all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

¾ tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. salt

1 ½ c. buttermilk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

½ c. firmly packed light brown sugar

1 c. confectioner’s sugar

2 tbsp. milk




  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 10×2 in. round cake pan with 1 tsp. butter.
  3. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine ½ c. granulated sugar, strawberries, and lemon juice. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for three minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in water. Add to the strawberry mixture and cook, stirring until it thickens. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  5. In a large mixing bowl cream ¼ lb. of butter with the 1 c. granulated sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Into a medium bowl, sift 3 1/3 c. of flour, baking powder, baking soda, ½ tsp. cinnamon and salt.
  7. Add flour mixture, buttermilk, and vanilla to the butter mixture and beat until everything is incorporated.
  8. In another bowl, combine 1/4 c. butter, ½ c. flour, the brown sugar, ¼ tsp. cinnamon. Using your hands, combine until it resembles fine crumbs.
  9. Spread half of the batter in the prepared pan. Spread the strawberry mixture over the batter. Dropping heaping spoonfuls of the remaining batter over the mixture, about 1 in. apart. Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the surface.
  10. Put the cake pan on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 40-50 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.

In a bowl, whisk together confectioner’s sugar, cane syrup, and milk until smooth. Drizzle

Top Beaches in San Diego

If San Diego is known for one thing, it would be for its gorgeous beaches. With 70 miles of pristine coastline, year-around sunshine and mild temperatures, you can enjoy the surf and sand almost any day of the year. For visitors and locals alike, the beach is a veritable wonderland and the place to spend entire days with family and friends. On any given day at any beach in San Diego, you’ll find a front row seat to a magnificent display of the western sky as the sun descents into the Pacific. So grab your towel and slather on the sunscreen because here are the Top 10 beaches in San Diego!

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1.Sunset Cliffs:                                                                                                        Named for the sheer cliffs which border the ocean, “the Cliffs” is popular spot for hiking and watching Hawaii-caliber sunsets. In addition to a swimming beach at the base of the cliffs, there are several renowned surf-breaks stretching from Point Loma to Ocean Beach.

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2. Coronado Beach:                                                                                                  Voted the “Best Beach in America” by the aforementioned Dr. Beach in 2012, Coronado Beach offers 1.5 miles of silvery white sand and epic views. Great for swimming and beach activities, it’s also the cleanest beach in San Diego.

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3. Windansea Beach:                                                                                             Named after the oceanfront “Windansea” Hotel in 1919, this stretch of coastline has served as the home surf break to many notable surfers. The distinguishing landmark at Windansea is a palm-covered shack that was originally constructed in 1946.

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4. La Jolla Shores:                                                                                            Stretching from the sea cliffs just north of La Jolla Cove to Black’s Beach, La Jolla Shores is a haven for locals seeking a well-rounded beach experience that includes swimming, surfing, kayaking and beachcombing. It is a great place for a barbecue with the family.

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5. Moonlight State Beach:                                                                                          One of the most visited beaches in Encinitas, this awesome spot is used for surfing, swimming, beach volleyball, and bonfires. Family friendly, Moonlight Beach has been called the center of recreation and social life in North County San Diego.

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6. Torrey Pines State Beach:                                                                                    Nestled at the bottom of 300-foot sandstone cliffs, Torrey Pines is a local favorite among surfers and beachgoers. Located south of Del Mar and north of La Jolla, this picturesque beach is the perfect place to take visiting relatives.

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7. Mission Beach:                                                                                                            In the summer, Mission Beach draws large crowds. It features two miles of pristine coastline and offers something for everyone. You can stroll along the boardwalk, where walking, biking and related activities are allowed. You can shop along the Strand, ride the giant roller coaster or join in a game of beach volleyball. Surfing is permitted at this beach in designated areas.

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8. Pacific Beach:                                                                                                    Located just south of Crystal Pier, this beach stretches more than two miles. This location is ideal for a sunny sunset stroll or a leisurely bike ride. This is the most popular beach in San Diego, and often draws large crowds. Shops, restaurants and beach-equipment rental outfits are found bordering the north end of the beach. While tourists and teens congregate at Mission Beach, many of the city’s longtime surfers hang out at Pacific Beach, specifically at the surf spot Tourmaline.

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9. Ocean Beach:                                                                                                        “Keep O.B. weird” is the unofficial motto for this spot, where you can find drum circles and nightly sunset gatherings. Ocean Beach lets pets and their owners run free. Dog lovers love Ocean Beach. It features a special dog-run area where dogs can roam leash-free. This beach also offers a variety of shopping, restaurants and fishing spots. This beach is also know for its great surf.

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10. Imperial Beach:                                                                                             Imperial Beach is home to the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition every summer. It is five miles from the U.S./Mexico border. There are many things to see and do here; swim and surf at the beach, take a walking tour of public art or take a nature hike and experience bird-watching at the world-renowned Tijuana Estuary.

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Design Trends: Indoor/Outdoor Spaces

In San Diego, we’re particular fans of the indoor/outdoor space. The big sister of the open floorplan, indoor/outdoor spaces allow you to go really open! By utilizing french doors, sliding doors, bifold windows or doors, or even accordion windows and doors, the indoor/outdoor space is characterized by the continuity of flow from the inside of the house to the backyard, whether that’s onto a porch, patio, pool, or other outdoor space. When properly utilized, the indoor/outdoor space is an entertainer’s dream. Double your entertaining space without having to have your guests physically separate between inside and outside. Indoor/outdoor spaces are best incorporated into the kitchen/dining area or off a living or family room. We’ve rounded some of our favorite indoor/outdoor space inspiration below.

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20 Best Apps For Renters

Renting? Here are some great apps to help you in your search process for your new home!


Rental Inventory:


Screen shot 2015-03-12 at 12.20.00 PM Zillow Rentals – iOS, Android (Free)

An online real estate database dedicated to facilitating the browsing of real estate for sale and for rent including listings not on MLS.


Screen shot 2015-03-12 at 11.59.13 AM Trulia Rentals – iOS, Android (Free)

This Real Estate app simplifies your home search and allows you to instantly see nearby apartments for rent, or open houses with hi-res photo galleries and essential info like crime and school ratings.


Screen shot 2015-03-12 at 11.58.35 AM Rentals – iOS, Android  (Free)

Confidently search hundreds of thousands of apartments, houses, condos & townhomes while 93% of our rental listings update daily and directly from the source (with many updated every 15 minutes!).


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Walk Score is the only app that lets you search by commute time or near public transit. Search the newest apartments from Apartment Finder, HotPads, MyNewPlace,, Trulia and more.


Manage Your Moving Expenses:


Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 12.26.11 PM Mint – iOS, Android (Free)

The free Mint app helps you spend smarter and save more. Easily pull all your accounts, cards and investments into one place so you can track your spending, create a budget, receive bill reminders, and get customized tips for reducing fees and saving money.

Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 12.30.22 PM Spendee – iOS, Android ($1.99)

An awesome new app for managing your personal finances on the go. It gives you the power of unique data analysis in an adaptable environment that automatically and thoroughly analyzes your income and expenses, giving you intelligent advice on how to make the most of your money.

Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 12.42.40 PM Expense Manager – Android (Free)

Expense Manager is simple, intuitive, stable and feature-rich app that is able to track expenses and incomes by week, month and year as well as by categories even if you have multiple accounts in multiple currencies

Screen shot 2015-03-12 at 12.30.48 PM GoodBudget – iOS, Android (Free)

Goodbudget is a personal finance app for budget planning and money management.


Keep a Handle on Your To-Do List:


 Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 12.46.04 PM Evernote – iOS, Android (Free)

You’re on the path to something big — Evernote is where you do the work to achieve it.  Write notes of all types, from short lists to lengthy research, and access them on any device.  Collect web articles, handwritten notes, and photos to keep all the details in one place.

Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 12.46.54 PM Trello – iOS, Android (Free)

Trello is simple to use and infinitely flexible, you’ll know exactly what needs to get done, who’s going to do it, and what’s coming up next. Plus, everything you do is synced and saved instantly to the cloud, so that all your devices are always up to date.

Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 12.47.39 PM Wunderlist – iOS, Android (Free)

Wunderlist helps millions of people around the world capture their ideas, things to do and places to see. Whether you’re sharing a grocery list with a loved one, working on a project, or planning a vacation, Wunderlist makes it easy to share your lists and collaborate with everyone in your life.

Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 12.48.20 PMAny.Do – iOS, Android (Free) is a simple app for organizing your day. Manage all of your family s’ tasks, work projects and personal to-dos in one place and collaborate with others to be more productive. If you really want to get stuff done, whether its chores around the house or a critical team project, use to get it done faster.


Make Your New Place Your Own:


Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 12.50.12 PM Buzzfeed – iOS, Android (Free)

BuzzFeed has it all: the news you want now, the stories and quizzes that will be buzzing on the social networks tomorrow, and the recipes and life tips you didn’t know you needed.  Stay informed and entertained with a great mix of the best News, Buzz, and Life stories.

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 1.53.16 PMPinterest – iOS, Android (Free)

Get inspirations from other users on just about everything: recipes, decor, diy, room layouts, color matching, and more!

Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 12.53.36 PM Houzz Interior Design – iOS, Android (Free)

Houzz has the largest database of home design ideas on the net, with over 5,000,000 high resolution photos. Browse photos by style, room and location and save them to your virtual ideabook — it’s the equivalent of clipping design magazines to a scrapbook — making ideas easier to search, save, and share.

Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 12.54.33 PM RoomPlanner – iOS, Android (Free)

Home Design – Create realistic floor plans and 3D models in minutes for your next room or home design project. Quickly place and arrange rooms, furniture, cabinets, doors and windows. Visualize rooms and furnishings – choose from hundreds colors, materials, textures and 3D objects to design and decorate your room or house.


Get to Know Your New Neighborhood:


Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 12.55.10 PM NextDoor – iOS, Android (Free)

Nextdoor is the free, private social network for you, your neighbors and community. It’s the easiest way to connect and talk with your neighbors about the things that matter in your neighborhood. When neighbors start talking, good things happen.

Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 12.56.00 PM Yelp – iOS, Android (Free)

Top-ranked Yelp for your iPhone or iPad has over 50 million reviews on businesses worldwide — all in the palm of your hand. Whether you are looking for a pizzeria that is open now or a coffee shop nearby, Yelp is your local guide to finding just the place to eat, shop, drink, relax, and play.

Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 12.56.27 PM MeetUp – iOS, Android (Free)

Meetup makes community real. Our app helps you find groups of people meeting up in real life who share your interests. Get it now to find out what’s happening near you.

Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 12.57.05 PM GroupOn – iOS, Android (Free)

Groupon delivers unbeatable deals for 50—70% off the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in more than 500 cities located mostly on earth.  Download the Groupon app to start saving on everything you’re looking for—from right next door to across the globe.

Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 12.57.34 PM LivingSocial – iOS, Android (Free)

Save up to 80% on great local restaurants, relaxing spas, unique products, exotic vacations and more with LivingSocial for iPhone and iPad. Like a close friend who’s always in the know, we’ll help you discover and share the best things to see and do in your city.


Recipe: Won Ton Salad


What You Need:




1 green onion, coarsely chopped

1 clove garlic, quartered

¼ c. white wine vinegar

¼ c. soy sauce

2 tbsp. sugar

1 tbsp. dry mustard

½ tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

¾ c. peanut oil

2 tbsp. sesame oil

¼ c. sesame seeds, toasted


Shredded/chopped chicken breast

Sliced water chestnuts



Mandarin Oranges

Fried won ton strips




  1. Mince onion and garlic in a food processor.
  2. Blend in vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. With machine running, gradually add peanut oil and sesame oil.
  3. Combine chicken, water chestnuts, lettuce, and spinach in a large bowl.
  4. Toss with enough dressing to cat.
  5. Top with fried won ton strips, mandarin oranges, and sesame seeds.

2015 Guide to Summer Camps in San Diego

Summer of 2015 is just a few months away! It’s time to start thinking about getting those kids out of the house and off to a summer camp or programs. Summer camps are perfect for kids…big and little! Whatever their passions or needs, there’s sure to be something on our list that will be the perfect fit.



General Camps/Programs:


Camp-A-Little- Ages 5 and up. A traditional residential summer camp for kids with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Activities cater to all abilities and include a talent show, campfire programs, nature appreciation and sports. Low staff to camper ratio and limited spaces available for 1:1 needs. For more information click here.


Camp Stevens- Summer programs are for 8-18 year olds, on-site in Julian, or on wilderness adventures throughout southern California. For more information click here.

Kid Ventures San Diego- Kids take part in a variety of fun activities like singing, dancing, acting, water fun, enrichment activities, and more! Camps are designed all of a child’s senses and improve their gross motor skills, social interactions, and encourage creative play. For more information click here. 

Outpost San Diego Summer Camps: Ages 3-middle school, with a junior counselor program for 10th-12th graders. Traditional camp experience. For more information click here.

Pali Adventures-Pali Adventures is a traditional yet unique camp experience for kids and teens ages 8-16. At Pali, campers design their own summer camp adventure. Call 909-867-5743 for more info. Website

SDSU Summer Reading Program: 4 years and up. Designed to help students learn, improve, and succeed at reading by mastering necessary skills. For more information click here. 

The Boys and Girls Club Summer Program- There are a number of Boys and Girls Club locations across San Diego. Choose the location and program that best fits your child’s needs and interests. For information click here.


UCSD Summer Camps and Programs- UC-San Diego sponsors and hosts a number of summer programs, everything from sports to performing arts to writing to dance to science, math, and more! Click here for information.

YMCA Summer Camps- For those desiring that traditional summer camp experience! All ages. For more information click here.


Animal Camps:


Circle T Ranch Summer Camp- Our summer camp has become one of the top camps in the San Diego Area. We offer week long camps from the middle of June to the middle of August from 9am to 4pm  Monday to Friday which includes two rides every day , a trail ride and BBQ on Fridays. For more information click here. 

Critter Camp- Summer Critter Camp is San Diego’s best animal camp for kids Preschool through 8th grade! Children will experience a full week of amazing animal interactions and summer camp activities including animal themed games, crafts, songs, and more! To learn more click here. 

The Living Coast Day Camp- The Living Coast Discovery Center offers fun and educational Day Camps programs year-round during school breaks for kids ages 4-18. Through animal encounters, games, arts and crafts, outdoor exploration, role play and career exploration, the world of our amazing native wildlife comes to life! Click here for information.

The Riding Club-For ages 5-13. Week-long horseback riding camps in beautiful Rancho Santa Fe. Kids will learn horse safety, horse care, nutrition, first aid as well as receive quality riding instruction and more. For more information click here.


San Diego Zoo Summer Camp- Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Kids will have fun learning and meeting the unique animals that live at the SD Zoo. Some programs for older also cover careers at the zoo, game craft using GPS, and applying problem solving skills to real-world zoo care issues. For more information click here.

Sea World Summer Camp- From kindergarten through grade 12. Kids will learn about the sea creatures that live at SeaWorld. Older kids will learn about marine conservation efforts, go snorkeling, analyze skeletal remains, and even explore careers at Sea World. For more information click here. 


Art Camps:


California Music Studios Summer Camp- Since 1987, our unique approach to private music lessons for kids, teens, and adults has helped thousands of students from all walks of life realize their dreams of becoming musicians or singers. Click here for information.

Drawn2Art Camp- Fun summer camps offering various classes weekly in 5-Day Sessions. For information click here.

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Museum of Photographic Arts Camp- School-aged children from 4-17. Kids will engage with activities designed to promote skills and learning with photography. Click here for information.

Culinary Summer Camp:


Kids Jr. Chef Culinary Summer Camps- An exciting energy filled program where kids learn hands on about the culinary arts. Kids learn teamwork and other fun cooking skills. For more information click here.


Performing Arts Camps:


Children’s Creative & Performing Arts Academy Summer Camps- Summer camp includes: reading, math, science experiments,cooking, arts and crafts, sports, music, drama production, and dance. For more information click here.

Mini Theatre Troupe Summer Camp- Grades 1-6. Kids will learn singing, dancing, and acting from professionals in their fields all while having fun and making friends. They will also create and rehearse their own show. For more information click here.

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Summer Camp- For ages 4-10. Daily activities include ballet class instruction, arts and crafts, jazz classes, performance rehearsals, fields trips, and more. Each camp culminates with a performance for family and friends. Click here for more information.


Science Camps:


Legos & Technology Summer Camp- Teaching tech for 20+ years! Fun & enriching LEGO® & technology camps for kids, ages 5-11. Award-winning camps include LEGO® projects with motors & gears, MINDSTORMS® robotics & game design! For information click here.

Mad Science Summer Camp-Mad Science Camps balance learning and fun with interactive and hands-on science activities. Children have the opportunity to become junior scientists for the summer and embark on a series of science adventures. Click here for information.

Robolink Robotics Camp- Learn how robots sense their environment. Build robots that move and respond to your actions. Explore the possibilities for robot intelligence and flex your “maker” muscles! Click here for info.


Sports Camps:


Contact Football Camp at USD- This Contact Football Camp, located on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego, is just minutes from downtown San Diego. Great weather, coaching and excellent facilities make this camp a favorite for many young athletes. For more information click here.


Fulcrum Surf Summer Camps: Located in Del Mar, at 26th St. Two students to one instructor ensures that your student will receive plenty of attention as they learn to surf and get more comfortable in the water. Click here for website.




Ice Area Summer Ice Skating Camp- Beginners will learn to love skating in our fun filled YMCA Ice Skating Camps. Our more advanced skaters are sure to love pushing to their skills to the next level in our Figure Skating Camp. For more information click here.

Little Rascalz Soccer Summer Camp-All the fun our usual year round classes, plus lots of other super duper camp activities, including: t-shirt decorating, water balloons, and our now famous bear hunt and pirate day! Ages 3-6ish. For information click here. 

Mission Bay Sportscenter Summer Camp- If family fun in the sun is what you are looking for in San Diego, Mission Bay Sportcenter has it all. With a 7,000 square foot facility, we are recognized as having the finest location in San Diego for water sport and beach activities. Click here for more information.

NIKE Baseball/Softball Summer Camp at UC San Diego- NIKE Baseball Camps is excited to host a new camp in San Diego at UC San Diego. Each day will be filled with baseball drills that cover hitting, fielding, base running, and team play to help each camper take their game to the next level! For more information click here.

San Diego Junior Golf Camps- JC Golf’s San Diego Junior Golf Lessons and Golf Programs provide the foundation for players to enjoy golfing for year’s to come. JC Golf takes great pride in educating today’s youth in all aspects of the game through our kid’s golf lessons in San Diego. Click here for more information.

Western Athletics Clubs Summer Tennis Camp- Recognized as the “Best Tennis Club in San Diego” by the USPTA, Bay Club Carmel Valley is dedicated to providing exemplary programs for players of all ages and levels. For more information click here.

YMCA Surf Camp- Forty Five Acres right on the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, CA. YMCA Camp Surf is one of a kind. Enjoy summer camp at the beach year round. Click here for information.


Still looking for the perfect summer camp? Click here.

Design Trends: Modern Chandeliers

Gone are the over-the-top, glittery chandeliers of yesterday. In their place are modern shapes, textures, and colors. The shapes of today’s chandelier’s include the very popular metal orb chandelier, unexpected geometric designs likes stars and squares, modern sputnik, and even traditional shapes with a fresh twist. Many of these more modern types of chandeliers incorporate more than just metal, glass, and crystal: many feature rope, sea shells, and even quartz crystals! Copper and bronze colors have been having a moment for a while now, something we also see reflected in the modern chandeliers on the market today. Want to update your chandelier? You don’t have to spend a fortune to do so. There are many tutorials to fashion your own Restoration Hardware inspired orb chandelier, rope covered light fixtures, mason jar creations, and more!

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Just Sold: April 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!


El Presidio Trail

(San Diego)


Fabulous move-in ready Plan 1 in coveted gated Santa Barbara! End of cul de sac location w/large lot, specimen trees in gorgeous tropical yard, outdoor living w/fireplace & BBQ too! Hardwood flooring, formal living & dining room w/ wonderful kitchen/family room combo all surrounding sunny private courtyard. Four spacious bedrooms upstairs with 3 full baths plus bonus room & study area too! This is a home not to be missed! SOLD for $1,260,000.


Sandy Crest Court

(San Diego)


*Represented Buyer

Wonderful Cul-De-Sac location overlooking Greenbelt, Walking Paths & Park. 5 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths. 1 Full Bed & Bath Down, Remodeled Kitchen w/Viking Stainless Steel Appliances, White Marble Countertops, Sit-up Center Island, Spacious Breakfast Nook w/Built-in Window Seat which opens to a cozy Family Room. Crown Molding, New Hardwood Flooring, New Carpeting. 3 Fireplaces one in Family Room, Living Room & Master Suite. 3 Garage Att., Garage. Dual Zoned A/C. Great Neighborhood & School District. SOLD for $1,245,000.


1st Avenue 

(San Diego)


*Represented Buyer

Beautiful Banker’s Hill Home Located on 2nd floor of coveted Sprucewood complex with southwest exposure & ocean views! Only 8 units in this perfectly located complex with elevator opening to only 2 homes per floor. Wonderfully maintained with 3 oversized bedrooms (3rd used as office/no closet), spacious living and dining rooms w/balcony overlooking views, sunny kitchen with eat in dining. Truly a gem! Close to all including Balboa Park, Downtown, and Airport. Not to be missed! SOLD for $870,000.


Sora Way

(San Diego)


Prestigious Park Village home w/breath-taking westerly panoramic views from yard & viewing deck. Premier location at the end of low traffic cul-de-sac! Highly upgraded kitchen with granite, SS appliances, decorator touches throughout. Vaulted ceilings with skylights an added plus. Enjoy fireplaces in living & family room. Multiple fruit trees & lap pool. Award winning PUSD schools. Westview HS, Mesa Verde MS, Park Village Elem. No HOA & soon-to-expire Mello Roos. Close to shopping, beaches, parks! SOLD for $819,000.


Cabo Way



*Represented Buyer

Beautiful single story home with an open floor plan and plenty of natural light. You are welcomed in the entry with high ceilings and sky lights to bring in the sunlight. Bamboo floors through most of the home give a warm and contemporary feel. Throughout the home there are plenty of windows to bring nature inside the home. Cook and entertain in the remodeled kitchen or take it outside to the built in BBQ. Enjoy the serenity of the private backyard and relax in the spa. SOLD for $770,000.


Caminito Tomas

(San Diego)


*Represented Buyer

Beautiful, fully remodeled double master BR home in prestigious RB! BRAND new SS appliances, tile flooring, refurbished baths, new lighting, fresh paint & newer water heater! Conveniently located to 15, shopping, medical facilities, top rated schools & restaurants. Dual masters upstairs, one BR downstairs. Beautiful custom designed patio with room for additional dining and relaxing. Upgraded sound proof & energy efficient windows! Full laundry and 1/2 bath downstairs with attached garage. SOLD for $481,250.

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Verbena Court



*Represented Buyer

Beautifully upgraded town home located in the prestigious Aviara zip code of Carlsbad. Completely remodeled kitchen including maple cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Maple & Oak flooring, newer efficient windows & sliding door on the first floor and custom built closets are among other upgrades. Great location, close to all conveniences, Legoland , outlet stores, golf courses and the ocean. SOLD for $472,500



(San Diego)


*Represented Buyer

Spacious south-west-facing unit with beautiful views from the 10th floor. Large living room & dining room, master suite, second complete bath and second bedroom. Brand new carpet. Large balcony. Washer/dryer. Gourmet lunch and dinner served in restaurant-style dining room. Secured parking. Weekly housekeeping. SOLD for $363,000


San Lucas Court

(Solana Beach)


*Represented Buyer

Welcome to understated elegance and indoor outdoor living at its best. Rarely available single story located on half an acre in the desirable Isla Verde community. Enjoy sweeping views of the Lomas Santa Fe Country Golf Course and beyond to the ocean from this sophisticated home perched high above the greens. Enjoy bright, open spaces with large windows all around and inviting travertine and wood floors throughout. A state of the art kitchen fit for a Master Chef. Offered at $1,799,500.


Smith Canyon Court

(San Diego)


Beautiful 5Br/4.5Ba Sonoma Plan 3 with one full bedroom with bathroom downstairs. Upgrades include granite kitchen counter tops, quartz bathroom countertops, wood floors, wrought iron railings, and more. Conveniently located close to shopping, restaurants, parks, award winning schools, beaches, and major freeways. Offered at $1,389,000.


Landfair Ct

(San Diego)


Sensational Heights Plan 3 featuring 4 BR’s, 2.5 BA’s situated on a cul-de-sac 8233 sq. ft. private view lot. This impeccably remodeled home boasts a much sought after floor plan which includes an expanded kitchen/family room “great room” and the Master BR on the main floor. The gourmet kitchen features custom cabinetry, slate countertops, marble island, Thermador appliances and African Mahogany La Cantina bi-folding doors. Entertainer’s backyard with fireplace, spa, and specimen palms. Offered at $1,298,000.

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Sitio Sago

(San Diego)


Highly desirable executive home in Aviara! Great private cul de sac location! Optional downstairs BR & full bath. Spacious open floorplan with great room, formal living room and dining room. Granite kitchen counters with large breakfast bar and nook is a chef’s delight. Master suite features a retreat and private balcony with lovely ocean views. Generous size backyard includes soothing water feature, firepit for relaxing and large grassy area for kids to play. Minutes to beaches, shopping, restaurants. Offered at $929,000 – $999,000.


Viacha Dr

(San Diego)


*Represented Buyer

Don’t pass up this opportunity! Located at the very end of the most sought-after Street Location in Tierrasanta with PANORAMIC VIEWS of Adm. Baker Golf course, San Diego River Lake. This home features newer Stucco and concrete tile roof, 3 fireplaces, decks with custom industrial railing on all levels, 25×18 Trex deck, wet bar, attached guest house with kitchen and full bath (included in Sqft). Great location, close to shopping center, schools, freeway access. Offered at $849,900.


Straightaway Court



*Represented Buyer

Live the dream in the Hartford with Panoramic Mountain views! Dream home with young & stylish design built in 2006 and offering: 5 bd, One optional, 3 baths, 3,727 SqFt, & 3 car garage, on over 20,626 SqFt view lot. Great estate with all the upgrades & luxury. Gourmet kitchen with granite counter, top of the line stainless steel appliances. Family room with fireplace & sliding door that leads you to the backyard. Master suite offers French doors with balcony & views, master bath with large walk-in closet. Offered at $774,900.

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Pipilo St

(San Diego)


This gorgeous, upgraded family home is in a great location and neighborhood! Convenient bedroom and full bath downstairs. Granite counter tops in kitchen and bathrooms, newer dual-pane vinyl windows, brand new flooring, baseboards, fresh paint, new lighting and bathroom fixtures. Too many upgrades to mention them all! Huge lot room for a pool! With no HOA and no Mello Roos, this home is move-in ready and close to schools, parks, shopping, freeways and beaches. Highly-rated PUSD, including Westview High. Offered at $699,000 – $739,000.

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(San Diego)


*Represented Buyer

Stunning rarely offered largest floor plan in Amante in 4S Ranch! Enjoy open living space with beautiful hardwood floors downstairs, and custom fire place in the family room. Granite kitchen counters, dark wood cabinetry throughout and walk in pantry. Upstairs spacious bedrooms with a full loft area that could be converted to 4th bedroom. Lush back yard garden with stamped concrete patio is one of the biggest and most private in this community and perfect for entertaining. Welcome home! Offered at $649,000 – $695,000.


Caminito Carmel Landing

(San Diego)


*Represented Buyer

Gorgeous 3 bedroom town home located in the Heart of Carmel Valley.Recently remodeled kitchen, new cabinets, corian coutertops! New light fixtures, new custom paint! Beautiful laminate floorings throughout entire house! Fireplace in living Room. Spacious Patio at back for family entertaining! One car garage. Complex Features Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Tennis Courts, Walking Trails. Close to Shopping, restaurants and Beach! Top ranked schools near by! Offered at $549,000.


Oceanview Terrace



*Represented Buyer

Beautiful large two story home! You are greeted w/ a large private driveway with potential RV Parking. Into the home stunning custom flooring, designer paint, beautiful ceiling fans and fixtures throughout. Kitchen is vibrant and bright w/ sliding door into the backyard for family entertaining, rich dark wood cabinetry, granite counter-tops with bar siting, recess lighting and stainless steel appliances. Gorgeous living room with Fireplace. Master Suite includes Balcony with VIEWS and fireplace and more. Offered at $499,000 – $539,000.

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Santa Isabel D



Like new Twinhome feels like a detached home with 2,250 sq.ft. of spacious and bright living area. Brand new wood floors on first floor, new carpet upstairs. New Range, dishwasher, microwave, countertops & cabinets. Ready to move-in! NO HOA or Mello Roos. WOW! Large 2-car garage with room for washer & dryer. Located on a quiet corner lot on a cul-de-sac. Large fenced in backyard perfect for entertaining, pets and young ones. Offered at $464,500.


Ashbourne Glen



Sweet newer home in the heart of Escondido! Light & bright! Hurry-this one won’t last long! Definitely the best floor plan in the complex. 3 Bedrooms Plus a loft – Perfect for TV/teen room, office or workout room.Kitchen features maple cabinetry & an island. Over-sized master features extra sitting room, dual closets, soaker tub and separate shower, and dual vanities. onvenient upstairs laundry room.2 Car Garage for all your toys! Large dining room/living room combo, and a separate den with gas fireplace. Offered at $395,000 – $405,000.

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Fairway Circle Drive

(San Marcos)


*Represented Buyer

Enjoy sweeping views of the St. Mark Golf Course! Living/dining area is enhanced by a dramatic natural wood vaulted ceiling w/skylight, an inviting fireplace and sliding glass door that opens to the spacious private balcony. Tile flooring in kitchen and bathrooms. Convenient stall shower in guest bath & tub/shower combo in master suite. Fairway Knolls boasts a beautiful recreation area w/pool , spa & clubhouse. Residents also enjoy Lake & Lodge privileges! Offered at $299,000.


44th Street

(San Diego)


*Represented Buyer

Motivated Seller will entertain offers between $750,000 & $775,000. 4 Units on double Lot in Talmadge! Great condition, many upgrades. Off street parking in addition to 4 garages (rented separately) & onsite Laundry. Newer roofs, paint, electrical, windows, doors, etc. Just blocks to new Copley/Price YMCA. Centrally located to all, SDSU, bus line. $738,600


Hawaii Avenue

(San Diego)


*Represented Buyer

Just renovated home with open floor plan, new flooring, new bath tub/bathroom fixtures, fresh paint, and backyard with panoramic views! Separate dinning and kitchen area that flows into family room. Washer/dryer hookups in Large completely finished garage. Ready for immediate move-in! SOLD for $390,000.


S Tremont



*Represented Seller

Location is everything. Property is located west of Hwy 5 & just 2/3 blocks to the beach. Main home is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath unit, duplexes in back are 1 bdrm 1 ba ea and all units come with a 1 car garage & laundry hoopkups + yds, units A&B in back have alley access to parking. Property has been well maintained over the years and is professionally managed. Offered at $874,999.