Recipe: Roasted Carrots

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What you need:

12 carrots

3 tablespoons good olive oil

1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

1 tablespoons minced fresh dill or flat-leaf parsley

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

If the carrots are thick, cut them in half lengthwise. If not, leave them whole.

Slice the carrots diagonally into 1 1/2 inch thick slices.

Toss them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Place on a baking sheet in one layer and roast them in the oven for 20 minutes.

Toss the carrots with minced dill or parsley, season to taste, and serve!

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San Diego Real Estate Report: November 2015

November’s real estate market in review: As of November 2015, the average detached home in San Diego county sold for $535,000, up half a percent from last month.

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As of November 2015, the average attached home (including condos, townhomes, and twinhomes) in San Diego county sold for $350,000, up slightly from last month.
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Condos, twinhomes, and townhomes in San Diego spent 38 days on the market, on average.

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As of November 2015, we are still in a seller’s market. On average, a seller of a detached home in San Diego County, receives 96.5% of the original list price at the close of sale, a slight upturn from last month, but a continuation of a trend from the previous months.

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As of August 2015, the owners of attached properties (condos, twinhomes, and townhomes) retained 96.8% of the original listing price.

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The inventory of homes in San Diego County has fallen a little. We would expect to see a bit of a drop, no matter the market conditions, during the winter/holidays.

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The supply of attached properties continues to decline.

 

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Are you interested in seeing this breakdown for your San Diego community or zipcode? Let us know!

Design Trends: Casita

Casita is Spanish for “little house” which is an apt description for today’s design trend! With more and more people living with their in-laws or grown kids, the casita is a great way to add more living space to your home while still providing that all important sense of privacy. Many casitas include not only a bedroom and bathroom, but separate living space and kitchenette. If you have an unused poolhouse, extra building, or the space to build, you can create a casita! Even if you don’t have family living in the casita all the time, it makes a great guest quarters!

All images via our Pinterest

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18 San Diego Celebrities

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With some of the best weather in the world, it is no surprise that San Diego is home of many famous residents. From athletes to politicians, celebrities to scientists, and even billionaires, many would agree that there is definitely a reason why San Diego has been nicknamed “America’s Finest City.”

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1. Aaron Rodgers

The Super Bowl XLV Champion and last years NFL MVP, Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, owns a beach home in beautiful Del Mar

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2. Reggie Bush

The Super Bowl XLIV champion Running Back with the New Orleans Saints, and former USC star, was born in San Diego, and still resides here.

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3. Tony Hawk

The ubiquitous skateboarding icon and legend Tony Hawk was born in Carlsbad and has never found good enough reason to leave, and we don’t blame him.

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4. Drew Brees

The Super Bowl XLIV Champion and MVP for the New Orleans Saints was originally drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2001. We probably shouldn’t have traded him, but he didn’t seem to take it personally and owns a home in Del Mar.

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5. Steve Perry

The lead singer of the rock group, Journey, currently resides in Del Mar.

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6. Zandra Rhodes

This world-renowned English fashion designer splits her time between her homes in London and La Jolla.

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7. Bill Gates

The founder of Microsoft already owns a couple of homes in San Diego, but he just purchased this 229 acre equestrian facility from Jenny Craig for his daughter, which includes a full 3/4 mile race track.

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8. Ellen Ochoa

Although she would eventually have to leave to do things such as become the first hispanic woman to go to space, Ellen Ochoa was grew up in La Mesa and got her Bachelor’s degree at San Diego State University.

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9. Phil Mickelson

One of the greatest golfer’s to ever play the game, Mickelson was born in San Diego, and still lives there today in his Rancho Santa Fe home.

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10. Doug Manchester

A famous San Diego Real Estate Developer, Manchester grew up in Coronado and Pacific Beach, and attended San Diego State University. He still lives here today, and owns the San Diego Union Tribune.

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11. Theodor Geisel

More commonly known as Dr. Seuss, Geisel was a long time resident of La Jolla, and lived there until his death in 1991.

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12. Shaun White

Known for his prodigious snowboarding prowess, White is also a gold medalist in multiple skateboarding competitions as well, and grew up in San Diego.

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13. Deepak Chopra

Chopra is an indian-born author, public speaker, and physician famous for his support of alternative medicine, he has become one of the most wealthy figures in the holistic health scene, and resides in La Jolla.

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14. John McCain

The Arizona Senator and Republican presidential nominee in the 2008 election has a second home in La Jolla.

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15. Warren Buffet

This American business magnate is consistently ranked as one of if not the wealthiest men in the world.

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16. Jonas Salk

Jonas Salk was a famous virologist, and the Salk Institute of Biological Studies at UCSD is named after him. He lived in La Jolla until his death in 1995.

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17. Pauly Shore

Shore is a famous actor, writer, director, producer, and comedian from Beverly Hills. He currently lives in La Jolla and owns and operate the Comedy Store.

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18. Mitt Romney

Romney is an American politician and businessman, and was the Republican party’s nominee for the 2012 presidential election. He is currently the Governor of Massachusetts and owns a vacation home in La Jolla.

Know a local San Diego Celebrity we missed? Let us know in the comments!

The Pinteresting Five: Thanksgiving Place Settings

 

Make your Thanksgiving especially unique this year with these place settings. Creating something simple and special this holiday season would be a perfect activity for anyone trying to embrace the holiday spirit. Happy Holidays from our family here at Coastal Premier Properties! 🙂

Please check out our Pinterest for Thanksgiving and other related posts.

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Recipe: Carrot Souffle

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One of Amy’s favorite dishes to make for Thanksgiving!

What You Need:

For the filling:
1 pound of fresh peeled cooked carrots
3 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
3 TBLSP flour
1tsp vanilla
1 stick butter

For the topping:
1/4 to 1/2 crushed corn flakes
3 TBLSP of brown sugar
2 Tsp soft butter

Directions:

Put eggs and carrots in blender.
Add rest of the ingredients.
After blended pour into 1/2 quart souffle or baking dish or pan.
Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.
Mix together the ingredients for the topping and spread on top of baked souffle, then bake another ten minutes.

Five Things to Know About Cardiff-By-The-Sea

Whether you’re a local resident or visitor, here are five things you might not know about Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA!

Insider Tip #1: Surf Breaks

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Cardiff is home to some of the best surfing in San Diego. It all starts at a seaside reef and ends at Swamis, with a bunch of fun waves in between. Cardiff Reef, which at times can be the most crowded spot in North County, can offer fun longboard waves during the summer and shortboard waves during the winter.

Cardiff reef on its better days offers up fun left and right. North of Cardiff Reef, there are plenty of other nice reef breaks. During a solid winter swell many of these reef breaks will come alive and offer fun waves up and down the beach.

Insider Tip #2: Acai Bowl and a Slice

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Cardiff has plenty of great local eateries like Seaside Market and V.G. Donuts. But many locals love to grab an acai bowl and a slice! The Sambazon Acai Cafe and East Coast Pizza are located close together and weirdly, complement each other. Many people order a small, refreshing acai bowl from the Sambazon with a slice of mouth-watering pizza from East Coast Pizza.

If you’re new to an Acai Bowl, it consists of blended acai berries with an assortment of granola and fruit on top. One of the most popular acai bowls to order at Sambazon is the Burnquist Bowl which includes strawberries, blueberries, acai packs, and granola. When it comes to East Coast Pizza, local favorites include the spicy chicken and the pesto pizzas.

Insider Tip #3: San Elijo State Campground

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If you love camping and you love the beach, then San Elijo campground is for you. The 171 available campsites along the cliffs are open year around. You will have to reserve one of these great campsites months in advance, but let’s just say it’s worth it, as San Elijo offers stunning views of the north county coast as well as beach access.

Located on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), San Elijo is walking distance to many restaurants and a shopping center. Whether spending one day or one week there, it’s nice to kick back and fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the shore.

Insider Tip #4: Patagonia Shop

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Patagonia just might be the coolest and most unique surf shop in southern California. Patagonia is an action sports company who makes environmentally-friendly clothes. They offer everything from men’s and women’s outdoor apparel to surfboards and wetsuits. The shop has a very warm and welcoming feel, with employees who truly care about their customers.

Besides selling clothes and surfboards, they often will donate money to local environmental groups around San Diego to help support environmental projects. The Patagonia shop also hosts action sports movie premieres behind their shop where local San Diegans can get together to enjoy a movie.

Insider Tip #5: Cardiff Kook

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Originally built in 2007, this statue was meant to represent what a surfer looks like when they stand up and catch their first wave. But many have come to call this statue the “Cardiff Kook” due to its awkward style and surfboard length, which is not appropriate for a first-time surfer.

On any given day when driving on the PCH, one is able to witness this statue dressed up as a Chargers football player for Sundays games or even Santa Claus during the holidays. The local Cardiff community has come to accept this statue by using it for their own fun and enjoyment. One rarely sees the Cardiff Kook not dressed up in one way or another.

We encourage you to share any insider tips about Cardiff-By-The-Sea you may have with us in the comments!