The Pinteresting Five: Spring Cleaning

It may be only February, but the recent bout of gorgeous weather has us thinking spring! If you want to get a jump on your spring cleaning (remember, Easter is only a month away!), take a look at some of the helpful tips we’ve pinned below.

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Recipe: Orzo and Vegetable Salad

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What you need:

1 1/2 cups orzo (rice shaped pasta)

1 medium zucchini, quartered and thinly sliced

10 Kalamata (Greek) olives, pitted and sliced

4 scallions, thinly sliced

1 celery rib, thinly sliced

1 medium tomato, seeded and cubed

1 green or red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/3 cup minced fresh parsley

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon minced fresh dill, or 1 teaspoon dried

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cups (4oz.) crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil

Add the orzo and cook until tender but not mushy, 6 to 8 minutes

Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water

Drain again very thoroughly and place in a large bowl

Stir in the zucchini, olives, scallions, celery, tomato, bell pepper, and parsley

In a small bowl, beat together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, dill, salt and pepper

Pour over the salad and ross to coat well

Sprinkle on the feta cheese and toss again

Spoon in the mayonnaise and gently toss to coat evenly

Chill at least 2 hours, then bring to room temperature before serving!

This salad can be stored in the refrigerator up to 8 hours before serving.

Community Focal Point: Melanie Burl and Rodan + Fields

“I was working in corporate America when I was suddenly laid off in early 2014. While I didn’t love the job all that much, I did love the flexibility it afforded me to be with my two children. As I began searching for a new job, that flexibility was key for me. That’s when I joined Rodan + Fields in August of 2014. Not only was I selling great products I believed in, I finally had a job that allowed me to work around my children, so I could be there for them,” says Melanie Burl, local San Diegan and  Rodan + Fields consultant.

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Rodan + Fields is the 4th largest skin care company in the US. It is also the fastest-growing company in the nation. All of their products not only provide great results, but they are clinically based and backed up with real studies by certified dermatologists. The products can also be used by everyone, men, women, and even children and babies.

There are four target skin concerns that Rodan + Fields products address: Anti-aging, Sun Damage, Acne, and Sensitive Skin. “Most people fall into one or more of these categories,” explains Melanie. “Babies can suffer from eczema and we have products for that. Children as young as 9 years old can use the acne products to help combat teenage acne.”

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The Reverse Regimen works to return the youthful appearance of your skin by erasing signs of sun damage like brown spots, dullness, and discoloration.

The Unblemish Regimen, as the name suggests, helps you clear and control breakouts.

The Redefine Regimen defends against and reduces the visible signs of aging for noticeably firmer, smoother, flawless-looking skin.

The Soothe Regimen shields against the biological and environmental aggressors associated with dry, irritated, sensitive skin.

All during the month of February, Melanie is offering a special promo: anyone who refers someone to her who either becomes a customer or joins her as a Rodan  + Fields consultant gets entered into a raffle to win a full regimen of your choice ($200 value)!

“If anyone is looking for a way to earn some extra income in a friendly and flexible environment, I would love to talk to them about becoming a rep for this great company!” says Melanie. “Our business is primarily done through social media and word-of-mouth. There’s no parties and no inventory like some other companies.”

You can shop the Rodan + Fields products here, as well as learn more about the company. You can also reach Melanie at (619) 368-8415

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Design Trends: Graphic Tiles

Although this trend has been making a comeback in the U.S. recently it has been a mainstay in Spanish, Italian, and Moroccan architecture, among others, for a very long time. This is an excellent way to add a bit of flair, individuality, and style to your home. You can make it as subtle, or not, as you want, but it usually looks best as an accent and can go pretty much anywhere, the stairs, bathroom, kitchen, pool, patio, or wherever else you can think of!

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The Pinteresting Five: Valentine’s Day Decorations

Valentines Day is right around the corner, are you looking for some simple ideas to give your special day that little extra something?  Here are a few easy and time-friendly examples:

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Recipe: Coca-Cola Chocolate Pan Cake

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What you need: 

Ingredients for cake:

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup butter or margarine, cut up

1 cup Coca-Cola

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 large eggs, well beaten

Ingredients for Frosting:

1/2 cup butter or margarine, cut up

1/3 cup Coca-Cola

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 package (16 oz.) confectioners sugar

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Grease a 13×9 inch glass baking dish

In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt

in a 2-quart saucepan, heat marshmallows, butter, cola and cocoa over medium high hear until bubbles form around edge of pan

Remove from heat; continue stirring until marshmallows melt

Pour marshmallow mixture over flour mixture; with wire whisk, stir until well combined.

Whisk in buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla until blended

Pour batter into prepared pan

Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes clean

Transfer to wire rack, and begin to prepare the frosting while cake cools

In 1-quart saucepan, heat butter, cola, and cocoa to boiling over medium high heat.

Remove saucepan from heat

Add vanilla and stir until butter melts

Place confectioners sugar in medium bowl

Pour hot butter mixture over sugar

Stir frosting well; spread over top of hot cake immediately after removing from oven.

Cool in pan on wire rack, serve, and enjoy!

Just Sold: January 2016

Thank you for all your support, here are 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!

Ocean Front 

(Del Mar)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

SOLD for $13,000,000

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Jensen Court

(Encinitas)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Luxurious Encinitas Ranch home with ocean and golf course views! Features include: quiet cul-de-sac, pie-shaped lot, gated driveway, courtyard fountain entry, travertine tile thru out first floor, first floor bedroom w/ en-suite bath, formal living and family rooms with fireplaces, large formal dining room off kitchen, kitchen w/ two over-sized islands and granite counters & backsplash, upstairs loft/bonus room, upstairs laundry, entertainer’s backyard w/ pool, spa, captivating water features.  SOLD for $1,425,000

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St. Andrews

(Rancho Santa Fe)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Last available View lot in the Prestigious Farms Golf Estates. Situated right above the 9th fairway overlooking the beautiful Golf course and lake below. Fully graded and ready for your client’s vision of custom/design home with San Diego’s Premier Estate builder McCullough Design Development. Plans ready for single story 6,600 sq. ft. 4 BD, 5.5 BA with 4 car garage. Home will have all the latest technology and high-end amenities including Sub-Zero, Wolf & Asko. HOA:$415.00/MO. No Mello Roos.  SOLD for $1,400,000.
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San Andres Dr
(Solana Beach)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Beautiful hidden gem in Solana Beach! Don’t miss this remodeled single story home with panoramic golf course views! Situated on a private 1/2 acre view lot, this home flows from indoor to outdoor living seamlessly. From the moment that you enter the front gate this 4 bedroom home becomes your own private coastal retreat. With an attached 2 car garage, RV and boat parking as well as enough space for 4 cars in the driveway. Walking distance to great Solana Beach restaurants and shops.  SOLD for $1,350,000.
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Cascadia Lane

(Encinitas)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Seller will entertain offers between $1,279,000 and $1,379,000. This Ocean View Home is Full of Upgrades and Architectural Refinements and has one of the Largest Lots in Encinitas Ranch. It has 5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms, 3911 sq ft. Downstairs Bedroom with Full Bathroom. The home was built in 2003 is part of the Master Planned Community of Encinitas Ranch, offering a prime location within mere moments of the Ocean.  SOLD for $1,315,000.
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Corte Cangrejo

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

Lovely Carmel Valley home situated on a private cul-de-sac. Very light and bright with an open layout, granite counter tops in the kitchen, plantation shutters, entry level bedroom with full bath, Spacious master suite with balcony, optional 5th bedroom,charming Jack and Jill balcony, along with a 3 car garage. Wonderful backyard with private, lush setting, built in BBQ and fireplace to enjoy!!! All this plus fantastic location near freeways, shopping, beaches, and top rated schools and so much more!  SOLD for $1,145,000.

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Paseo Membrillo

(Carlsbad)

SOLD

ABSOLUTE PERFECTION on CULDESAC in desirable LA COSTA VALLEY! Shows like a MODEL! Newer, upgraded wood & porcelain tile flooring w/marble inlay, custom paint, granite kitchen counters, SS Bosch appliances, custom mosaic backsplash, 2 fireplaces (one in floor to ceiling marble), 1 bdrm downstairs & much more! The exterior is highlighted by the peaceful & private bkyrd w/solar pool, spa, lounging & grassy areas! Enjoy the Valley Club w/community pool, workout room, tennis courts & more! TOP SCHOOLS!!  SOLD for $979,000.
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Sitio Corazon
(Carlsbad)
SOLD
DROP DEAD GORGEOUS & better than new! FORMER MODEL w/many additional upgrades & mountain views in desirable La Costa Oaks! Beautifully appointed with rich distressed wood floors, custom paint, upgraded carpeting, extensive use of stone, granite counters, stainless appliances, plantation shutters throughout & much more. One bedroom suite on the first floor & home office!! The backyard is perfect for entertaining or for kids to play! Homeowners enjoy splash pool a block away & TOP schools! DON’T MISS!  SOLD for $940,000.
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Camino San Thomas
(Rancho Bernardo)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Stunning executive family home w/ full bed and bath downstairs. No detail has been missed, tastefully upgraded with plantation shutters, designer paint, high end fixtures, crown molding, grand formal entry with wrought iron dual staircase. Custom interior decor design all throughout. Spacious chef’s kitchen with large dine at center island, opening to over sized family room with fireplace and custom built in niche. Gorgeous upgraded master bath, must see to appreciate the beauty. SOLD for $925,000.
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Spindrift Drive

(Del Mar)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Drive up the hillside behind the Flower Hill Promenade and you will discover this lovely Spindrift community. The complex is beautifully maintained and has 2 pools each with hot tubs. Just minutes to the beach, race track and Whole Foods. Perched on top of the hill, this home is in a very quiet and private location. Enter through a welcoming courtyard into the open and bright living space with dramatic vaulted ceiling, new deck and ocean views.  SOLD for $926,000.
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Calle Isabelino
(Carmel Valley)
SOLD
Welcome to this bright and upgraded home in The Sands, Torrey Hills, with 3+ bedrooms and an optional 4th BR. You will love this home’s gleaming wood floors, open floor plan, and south-facing spacious backyard, perfect for playing or entertaining. Other upgrades & features include granite counter tops in the kitchen, a tastefully upgraded master bath with walk-in closet, central air conditioning & fresh paint. Great location close to shopping. Neighborhood assigned to Ocean Air Elementary School.  SOLD for $922,000.
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Potomac Ridge
(Rancho Bernardo)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
THIS IS THE HOME YOU HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR! Don’t pass up this remarkable opportunity to own an over-sized corner lot with canyon views of beautiful Del Sur and Santa Luz. Less than a mile distance to three award winning Poway Unified schools. Del Sur offers 18 miles of hiking trails, 8 private pools, quick access to major freeways, and a new town center with shopping, restaurants, and professional services. Stainless steel appliances with dual convection ovens and five burner gas cook-top.  SOLD for $827,000.
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Albert Pl
(Rancho Bernardo)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
INCREDIBLE PRICE for this superb 4S Ranch Home. This property boasts 5 beds and 3 full baths and over 2900 sqft. Enjoy the grand backyard which has custom stamped concrete, full sprinkler system and is plumbed for a water feature. Has large bedroom and full bath downstairs. Stunning chefs kitchen includes granite, gas stove, duel ovens, and breakfast nook. You do not want to miss out on this AMAZING DEAL and SPECTACULAR HOME.  SOLD for $820,000.
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Paseo Aspada
(Carlsbad)
SOLD
MOVE IN FOR THE HOLIDAYS!! RARE opportunity on CANYON with peaceful VIEWS! Soaring ceilings, custom paint, new Versailles travertine flooring, built ins & 1bd/ba on first floor! Upstairs is large bonus room, perfect for an extra family room or play room! The entertainers backyard features a sparkling pool, spa, lounging area & built in BBQ w/refrig, palapa & firebowl! The perfect place to have your morning coffee or unwind at the end of the day! Also enjoy the community swim center! DONT MISS!!  SOLD for $795,000.
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Fallsview
(San Marcos)
SOLD
Welcome to this stunning home in the highly sought after community of Old Creek Ranch. Situated on a corner lot, this lovely home offers 3452 sq ft, 4beds/4.5 baths, loft, formal living & dining rooms, & 3-car garage. Features include gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, rich stained cabinetry, butlers and walk-in pantries, built-in desk, and large center island, downstairs bedroom & full bath, bonus room/loft, backyard with patio, fire pit & hilltop views. SOLD for $745,000.
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Rowena St
(San Carlos)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Just reduced!! $$ Perfect for the growing family, this custom built home boasts 5 bedrooms, 3 baths and 2,506 square feet of living space. Built in 2004, you’ll find elegant touches throughout this well constructed home, including a custom kitchen with dark wood cabinetry and granite countertops to travertine tile throughout the first floor. Need more room? Add approximately 1,000 square feet of additional space to the unfinished, walk-out basement. SOLD for $690,000.
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Via San Lorenza
(Torrey Highlands)
SOLD
New paint/carpet and gorgeous hardwood flooring in this home will make you want to stay. Volume ceilings, a light and bright kitchen and flowing floor plan create a peaceful modern atmosphere. Master suite with deep soaking tub. Upstairs laundry. Distinguished PUSD schools, close proximity to trails, shopping. Easy freeway access to 56, 15 and 5.  SOLD for $658,000.
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Tiverton
(Carmel Valley)
SOLD
Better than new! Wonderful townhome with the charm of a Cape Cod cottage! Stunning upgrades & features include: remodeled kitchen with quality finishes, lovely high-end wood laminate flooring, upgraded baseboards, shutters, Southern exposure for lots of light, spacious master suite & remodeled bathroom and private patio with termite resistant decking. All this plus great location, see supplement below.  SOLD for $600,000.
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Caminito  Cielo Del  Mar
(Carmel Valley)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
BRIGHT END UNIT WITH PRIVATE BACKYARD! Located in the heart of Carmel Valley, this home greets you with vaulted ceiling and hardwood floors. The updated kitchen features honey maple cabinets, granite slab counters, pantry, built-in microwave and stainless steel appliances, and overlooks the private backyard patio. Enjoy cool winter nights next to the cozy fireplace in the family room that opens to the back yard, perfect for entertaining.  SOLD for $612,000.
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Jadestone
(Carmel Valley)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Premium Lot & Location! Rarely available in sought after Palmilla! Private END Unit with a stunning open floor plan, private rear patio and rare extended drive way. Lives like a cottage. Tasteful updates installed after vtour include: hickory style laminate floors, updated lighting in baths, stainless steel appliances, additional built in storage in garage. Features abundant windows, light & airy! Soaring high ceilings in the living room plus a cozy fire place. Buyer to verify all info prior to CR & COE.  SOLD for $575,000.
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San Pablo
(San Marcos)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Rare opportunity to buy a great home in the exclusive Lake San Marcos golf course and lake development, boasting one of the largest floor plans at over 2,479 sq’. This single level home sits on the 6th hole and has 3 bedrooms, and 2 full bathrooms. Title/online results show the home as a 5BR, those records are incorrect.  SOLD for $557,000.
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Hornblend
(Pacific Beach)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Enjoy living in the coveted community of Pacific Beach in your private detached home for the price of a condo! This home has it all; convenient location, fully upgraded this year, easy freeway access, walk to the Rose Creek bike/walking trail, Rubios and the famous Sushi Ota in 5 min. The bright and open kitchen features high end Samsung appliances, upgraded cabinetry and a durable quartz countertop. The flooring is a distressed laminate wood. The spa like bathrooms are elegant and provide a lot of storage.  SOLD for $539,000.
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Caminito Arcada
(Scripps Ranch)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer & Seller
Great Scripps Ranch location! Move in ready and beautifully remodeled with upgraded granite, newer SS appliances, custom porcelain backsplash, decorator paint. Bright spacious floorplan feels much larger than 1216 sf with an open concept great room. Kitchen features a huge breakfast bar counter and lovely refinished cabinetry. Low maintenance tile floors and newer carpet upstairs. Wonderful central location close to freeways, shopping and schools. Top Scripps Ranch schools and low HOA & Mello Roos fees.  SOLD for 520,000.
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