Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Back Tracy Sheppard

Coastal Premier Properties is happy to welcome back Tracy Sheppard! She’ll be working out of our Carmel Valley office. After briefly leaving the company to work for another brokerage, Tracy says “I returned because I was promised things at the new company that didn’t actually happen.  I am so happy to be back in a highly professional and supportive environment, non corporate company with exceptional leadership.  I appreciate Amy, Susan, Jim and Rich and how much they invest into all of us agents.  I am so happy to be part of the CPP family, and I will not take it for granted!”. Welcome back!

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About Tracy:

Realtor Tracy Sheppard works hard for her clients all over San Diego County. Over several years, she has successfully educated and assisted her clients with buying and selling real estate in one of the most popular living areas in the United States. Tracy is pleased to be able to streamline the buying and selling transactions for clients, helping them to learn and understand how it all happens. She loves working with first time homebuyers, as well as seasoned and experienced home buyers and sellers.

Tracy had a passion for buying and selling homes long before she ever gained her real estate credentials. Her interest and inherent talent for fixing and staging her own homes came in no small part from the ability to work closely with people. “This is the perfect career for me.” Tracy says.”I’ve lived and worked in San Diego for 25 years, and I know the San Diego real estate market inside and out.” Tracy’s lifelong passion for buying and selling homes and her intimate knowledge of the area she calls home is a winning combination

Tracy strives for excellence in everything she does. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Concordia University Irvine, and considers herself a lifelong learner. Constantly trying to learn and never settling for second best, Tracy continuously takes educational courses in order to keep abreast of the latest real estate industry updates. Her tireless hard work ethic, honesty and kindness are evidenced by the amount of referrals that she consistently receives from previous clients. Tracy adds value for every client with her unwavering dedication to customer service.

Tracy’s services include previewing homes and taking videos so that buyers don’t spend time driving to and looking at homes that are not good matches. This is especially appreciated by buyers who are relocating from out of town. Tracy’s keen eye for décor and style come in handy as she offers tips for small home improvement and staging ideas that will help sell the home. Tracy will walk clients through the escrow process, and will negotiate fiercely for her client’s best possible outcome in accordance with their unique needs and desires.

As a resident of Carmel Valley, Tracy involves herself in the leadership of the schools where her own three children have attended from the elementary grades right on through to high school. She’s thoroughly enjoyed coaching youth soccer and volleyball, and embodies community-mindedness and leadership through her service on the boards of the PTA and on the school’s foundation boards.

Tracy’s commitment to her community doesn’t end at the school doors, however. She dedicates much of her personal time to working with a homeless ministry in downtown San Diego, which is organized through her local church.

Realtor Tracy Sheppard will work hard for you, too. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell in San Diego County, Tracy is ready to serve.

Click here to contact Tracy! For more about Coastal Premier Properties, visit our website!

Design Trends: Hexagon Tile Patterns

Nowadays, the regular old subway tile just won’t cut it anymore.  We might feel the need to spice up our humble-abode to give it that fresh look! Playful tile shapes, like the hexagon, can give any room a bold look that will leave guests gazing. Use this shape for kitchen back-splashes, flooring throughout the home, and bathroom design. Take a look at a few of these hexagon tiles for inspiration! All images via our Pinterest

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Clad in black hexagon floor tiles accented with white grout, this well appointed mudroom features a river rock boots tray placed beneath a built in wood bench fixed against a white shiplap backsplash fitted with oil rubbed bronze hooks mounted under white overhead shelves stuffed with wicker baskets.

White Marble Hexagon Tile from British Ceramic Tile. These tiles are a great option if you want the marble look in your kitchen but without the maintenance of a marble worktop.

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Recipe: Jerk Chicken Collard Wrap


  • 8 large collard green leaves (about 10 ounces)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 8 chicken tenders (about 1 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons jerk seasoning
  • 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • One 14.5-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage (from 1/2 small head)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 small avocado, sliced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cut into thin strips


  • Remove the stems up to the leafy part of the collards. Lay each collard leaf underside up on a flat surface. Locate the thickest part of the stem and use a vegetable peeler to shave off the top for even thickness (this makes it easier to roll up the leaves).
  • Fill a large wide skillet or pan with just enough water to coat the bottom. Arrange a few leaves at a time in a circle, overlapping, in the bottom of the skillet and sprinkle lightly with salt. Repeat with the remaining leaves. Put the skillet over medium-high heat and as soon as steam appears, lower the heat to medium, cover and steam until the collards are green, tender and pliable, 5 to 6 minutes. Use tongs to transfer the leaves to a baking sheet to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, arrange a rack in the top of the oven and preheat the broiler. Scatter the coconut on a baking sheet and broil until toasted, 15 to 30 seconds. Transfer to a medium bowl. Coat the chicken in 1 tablespoon of the jerk seasoning and 1 tablespoon of the yogurt. Arrange the chicken tenders on the baking sheet and broil until lightly browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.
  • Add the beans to the bowl with the coconut and use a fork to mash lightly. Combine the cabbage, lime juice and remaining 1/4 cup yogurt and 1 tablespoon jerk seasoning in a separate bowl.
  • Lay a collard leaf underside up on a work surface. Lay a piece of chicken across the middle. Top the chicken with a couple slices of avocado and strips of pepper. Pile an eighth of the coconut black beans next to the chicken. Pile an eighth of the cabbage mixture next to the beans. Fold in the sides of the collard leaf and roll up like a burrito. Repeat with the remaining leaves and filling ingredients.


Recipe: Funnel Cake



  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners’ sugar


  • In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, water and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; beat into egg mixture until smooth. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°.
  • Cover the bottom of a funnel spout with your finger; ladle 1/2 cup batter into the funnel. Holding the funnel several inches above the oil, release your finger and move the funnel in a spiral motion until all the batter is released, scraping with a rubber spatula if needed.
  • Fry 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners’ sugar; serve warm.
Editor’s Note: The batter can be poured from a liquid measuring cup instead of a funnel.
Nutrition Facts

1 funnel cake: 316 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.


Restaurant of the Moment: Island Style Hawaii BBQ

4508 Cass St. # D

San Diego, CA 92109

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Island Style Hawaii BBQ is a perfect place to grab a bite to eat while hanging out in Pacific Beach! This BBQ joint transports you back to Hawaii with their delicious traditional dishes.  There’s nothing like a good BBQ at the beach!

Island Style Hawaii’s menu varies from mouthwatering sandwiches, tasty breakfast plates, savory teriyaki chicken and much more! Our favorite is the BBQ mix plate with chicken katsu!

If you’re around the Pacific Beach area enjoying the summer sun, don’t forget to give Island Style Hawaii BBQ a look and see what all the buzz is about!

Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Marla Bradley Weil

Coastal Premier Properties is excited to welcome Marla Bradley Weil! Marla will be working out of our Carmel Valley Office.

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About Marla:

Marla has a love for creating and designing new spaces for people to enjoy living in.  Her interior design services and reinvention of existing spaces stem from her innate creativity, and desire for living an “original life”. Although Marla grew up in Los Angeles, California, She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Arizona. During her time there she studied a wide variety of Studio Art and Art History.  In 1997, Marla moved to Florence, Italy with the intentions of studying with Studio Arts International, affiliated with the Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois.  She has traveled extensively around the world with a focus on Cultural aesthetics, art and architecture. Having lived in San Francisco for 15 years, Marla had the opportunity to work with the Interior Design firm of Candra Scott & Anderson that specializes in Renovation of Historical Hotels & Residential properties. Marla managed the retrofitting and redesign of the Hotel Rex in San Francisco, the redesign of Nickel & Nickel Winery in Napa, CA and the Sonoma Mission Inn in Sonoma, California. She has also owned and renovated a San Francisco, Edwardian Home built in 1908.  Marla has worked on numerous private homes in Northern & Southern California.

Marla is also a fine artist and has shown her paintings in Galleries/shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles & Palm Springs, California.

Marla Lived in Palm Desert, California for 5 years where she pursued a career as VP of Sales and Marketing for the fashion label, Icon. As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, she was able to accrue valuable skills to market products proficiently.

Marla Received her Internationally recognized certification in Interior Design, from the Interior Design Institute in San Francisco, and has a California Real Estate License. Her true passion is combining her natural sales ability and interest in people, with her creative talents.

Click here to contact Marla! For more about Coastal Premier Properties, visit our website!

Urban vs. Rural Living


Trying to decide on what kind of environment you want to live in?  Both have their perks, however there are a few important factors to consider before making the decision.

Cost of Living

Generally speaking, city life will be a bit more pricey because your proximity to business establishments.  A 3 bedroom rural house might cost the same as a 1 bedroom urban apartment, not to mention HOA fees can be a lot higher in the city.


The city-life has loads more to offer in the sense of clubs, restaurants, general entertainment and great for people who like to party, eat and shop outside.  However, if you are more interested in a more quiet lifestyle, then a house out in town is okay as well.


Whether you have a family or thinking about starting one, being in the right kind of location is important.  Depending on your financial status, you can buy a home in the urban area if you don’t mind your kids growing up in a city.  However, if you are operating on a limited budget, you might want to opt for the rural living.


Recipe: How to make a Homemade Pizookie


What You Need: 

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking poweder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Vanilla ice Cream

How To:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl melt the butter and transfer into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the brown sugar and whisk to combine. Add the vanilla and egg and continue to whisk until totally incorporated.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda to the wet ingredients and mix until fully combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix to combine.
  5. Spray a medium sized skillet with baking spray. Transfer the batter into the skillet and spread it evenly. Bake for 22-24 minutes until just still slightly gooey in the middle and golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and let rest for a few minutes before topping with scoops of ice cream and serving. It’s 100% meant to be eaten right out of the skillet.


Restaurant of the Moment: Beeside Balcony

1201 Camino Del Mar Ste 200
Del Mar, CA 92014

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Beeside Balcony is a perfect place to grab a bite to eat while hanging out in Del Mar! This Mediterranean food has exquisite taste with a gorgeous view and can enjoy a nice bite and a cocktail as the sun sets right in front of your eyes.

Beeside Balcony menu has many different Mediterranean options from an amazing Baklava ice cream cake, to amazing hummus that you can put on anything, as well as the tremendous pita bread so light and fluffy!

If you’re around Del Mar area enjoying the beautiful summer weather, don’t forget to give Beeside Balcony a look and taste the wonders of the Mediterranean.


Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Tracey Lawlor

Coastal Premier Properties is happy to welcome Tracey Lawlor as part of the Mike Cady Sales Group! Tracey will be working out of our Del Mar office along with Mike Cady.

Tracey Lawlor Welcome

About Tracey:

Tracey Lawlor is a licensed real estate specialist representing both buyers and sellers of residential properties. She is considered highly attentive to details and successful in exceeding the expectations of her clients.  As a proud native of San Diego, she has the ability to connect clients to communities that enhance their lifestyle.

Tracey graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors degree in Business, Marketing. Prior to becoming a real estate agent, she had a successful career as a top field sales representative for a semiconductor distributor. She is active in her community of Carmel Valley where she and her husband have been residents for twenty years and raised their two sons.

Whether you are looking to buy, sell or purchase an investment property, it will be her mission to be your trusted adviser and assist you in making the best possible decisions.

Click here to contact Tracey! For more about Coastal Premier Properties, visit our website!