To Fence or Not to Fence

By Megan Glenn

The question of whether to add a fence to your home is not an easy one to answer.  Certainly there are situations in which a fence is not only desirable, but necessary.  If you own, for example, a large dog, it is almost a necessity to have an enclosure in which it can roam without posing a threat to passersby.  Families with small children often opt for a fence as well, as a means of keeping little ones safe from busy streets or other hazards. 

Whether or not a fence adds value to a property is debatable, and reliable information on actual increase in value is hard to find.  It is, however, arguable that a well-built fence adds resale value if for no other reason than that families and dog-owners do buy homes.  A tasteful fence that matches the aesthetic of a home also creates a sense of privacy and charm that may not boost actual value, but certainly inspires buyers to take a second look at your home.

Even if you’re not considering selling, there’s something about a fence that makes you feel like you have a little piece of the world that is yours alone.  A fence can create a private space where outsiders can’t intrude and where you can enjoy the outdoors playing games, cooking out, or just reading in a hammock.  But if you’re considering adding a fence to your property, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Whether Tis Nobler to Build a Fence

High-end homes with ample property often don’t require fencing, and real estate agents recommend not adding one unless there is a clear reason, such as blocking out traffic noise or obstructing an unsightly view.  For expensive homes, fences don’t necessarily add value in relation to the costs of construction and materials.

There are, however, fencing materials that do speak elegance, should you need one for a high-end property.  Wrought iron fencing lends beauty to any home and works well both with traditional home designs and with a more modern aesthetic.  And technology has come a long way in creating iron fencing that isn’t prone to rust and that doesn’t scratch, dent, or pit easily.  Most manufacturers use a powder-based coating that seals and protects metal, so that fencing lasts a long time with very little maintenance.

Another option is to create a “live fence” made of trees, shrubs, and other landscaping.  This style of fence requires very little upkeep and adds landscaping value to your home.  Furthermore, with the right choice of tree, such as the Leland Cypress or White pine that grows fast, you can quickly create a private space to enjoy.

A Huge Expense?

For the mid-range home, fences often do add resale value as homes are closer together and families are often buying in this range.  But you don’t have to spend a fortune to create a beautiful fence.

The “good neighbor” style, which is a wooden picket fence just over waist height, allows that sense of enclosure for animals, children, and a little privacy, while not having a big impact on your wallet.  And even a 6-foot privacy fence made of wood isn’t astronomical.  Although wood fences don’t have the durability of some other styles, with the proper upkeep, they can last a long time.

If you’re looking for something more substantial and have the money to invest, certainly wrought iron and steel fences add a touch of elegance to the mid-range home.  But another option is vinyl fencing, which adds the charm of a wood appearance while lasting for a long time with virtually no maintenance.

Don’t Suffer the Slings and Arrows

There are a few things that can actually hurt property values when it comes to fencing.  Upkeep is one of the primary concerns, particularly with wood fencing.  Should you choose to go with wood, be sure to routinely reseal your fencing with a quality exterior coating.  Pay attention to joins in the fence where screws, nails, and other fixtures can rust through and leave you with sagging or leaning fence sections.  You should also pay attention to wooden posts where they meet the ground.  Prolonged exposure to moisture can cause them to sheer off at ground level.

Another concern in choosing fencing comes with chain-link fencing.  While chain-link may be the less expensive choice, be aware that it comes with certain ingrained attitudes towards it.  Because of its associations with industrial properties and protected public spaces, such as athletic fields and schools, chain-link tends to decrease property values.  According to some real estate agents, potential buyers often see chain-link, particularly when it encloses a front yard, as saying “dangerous dog on the property” or “this home needs protecting because of the neighborhood.”  Not that this is the reality of the property, but, unfortunately, some attitudes are hard to change.  Should you choose to go with chain-link consider fencing only your backyard.

Small Spaces Sell with the Right Touches

by Megan Glenn

Are you thinking of selling your house or condo, but you’re worried space seems too tight?  Stop fretting!  The rise of the tiny house movement means even the smallest of dwellings have become not only marketable, but fashionable.  And armed with the knowledge of some basic techniques for creating the illusion of space, there’s no reason you can’t provide open, airy designs that will have potential buyers wowed.

Furniture that Fits

You may think that the best thing to do to make a small space look big is to empty it, but designer Kristie Barnett says an empty room gives buyers no sense of scale, and that she’s seen sales fall through simply because the client assumed furniture would not fit.

The trick, instead, is to get rid of overstuffed furniture and to choose one large piece that will be the central focus of the room. Judge every other item against this piece and ask if it serves a functional or design purpose.  If the answer doesn’t come easy, get rid of it.

Opt for smaller, streamlined pieces, such as switching out that sectional sofa for a loveseat.  Furniture that sits lower to the floor creates an illusion of space — think midcentury modern — and it is often more effective to group furniture on one side of a room or to create space between wall and furniture.  When items are pushed against walls around the room it creates a cramped feel. 

Experts also suggest placing taller items away from doorways so as not to visually close off the space upon entering.  We tend to track a room from left to right just as we read, and incorporating horizontal elements that encourage us to track that way smoothly makes the room feel larger.  Items that make our eyes bounce around the room tend to make the space feel smaller.

Keep It Light and Open

The first rule to increasing a sense of space is to de-clutter rooms.  Clear surface tops and take down family pictures, store away extra pillows, and get rid of freestanding pieces that clutter the floor.  You may need to consider gathering possessions and unnecessary furniture to keep in storage until your house is sold.

A second vital aspect of space is accenting natural light.  Windows should be as open as possible to allow maximum light in.  Instead of curtains, you might use blinds.  If you must use curtains, hang the rod high and wide so that they can be opened to reveal the entire window. 

A third trick to maximizing light is to incorporate mirrors into your design.  A mirror placed across from a window not only reflects light back into the room, but enhances the illusion of larger, airier space.  The effect can be increased by choosing furnishings that have chrome, polished metal, or mirrored trim.  And when it comes to furnishings, show some leg.  Air and light beneath your pieces only increases the sense of openness.

Finally, when it comes to actual lighting, get rid of the single overhead fixture which tends to dim the perimeter of the room and make it feel even smaller.  Opt instead for strategically placed lamps that cast light into all areas of the room.

Decorate with Space in Mind

If you want to create an illusion of openness, paint walls in lighter, brighter colors.  Most designers suggest shades of white, but you can choose a bolder color for one wall as accent.  If you choose to do so, adding a few matching decorative touches such as pillows or artwork enhance the sense of unity and space.

Fabrics and materials can also contribute to our visual assessment of a room.  Avoid heavy fabrics and dark bulky wood pieces.  Linens, voiles, and tulles are better choices for keeping your space feeling open and light 

Another suggestion is to carefully consider artwork and other decorative pieces.  Minimize art, opting for one larger focal piece that is more neutral in theme.  Remember that you’re showcasing the space, not your belongings.  And for decorative pieces, a good rule of thumb is that anything smaller than a cantaloupe makes surfaces seem cluttered.   

One last consideration is what to do with floors.  Some designers recommend that you don’t include rugs at all.  If you do decide to incorporate them, choose smaller rugs and orient them to define functional spaces within the room.

Make It Multifunctional

One way to make your rooms feel larger is to suggest their multi-functionality as you decorate.  Stage a small den as a space that can double both as home office and as dining area.  Choosing stackable furnishings and foldaway leaves can keep the space open while still suggesting multiple uses.  A small bedroom with a murphy bed can act both as sleeping space and as an office, reading space, or work area.

Outdoor Space as Another Room

Don’t forget to take advantage of any outdoor areas on your property.  A balcony or patio can be decorated to suggest a reading area, an eating space, or even a relaxing place to get work done.  Even if the space is small, you can choose streamlined, folding furniture to suggest a dual space for grilling and entertaining or for settling down to serious business.

Just Sold: February 2020

Thank you for all your support, here are some of the houses Coastal Premier Properties has helped clients buy or sell throughout the county last month. If we can help you or someone you know with making a move, please contact us!

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617 W Circle Dr
(Solana Beach)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

 A property like this rarely comes available, 83′ of ocean frontage, located in Solana Palisades with direct private beach access to Seaside, Tide Beach, and the Tidepools at Tabletops. Unobstructed captivating panoramic white water sunset views yeararound from La Jolla to Dana Point. Beautiful single level Craftsman remodeled, upgraded, and updated. Front walls are Rancho Santa Fe Rubble, Front walkways are Elk Mountain Sandstone from Wyoming

Sold for $5,250,000.

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451 Zuni Dr
(Del Mar)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Located in the “Sweet Spot” of Olde Del Mar walking distance to the Village & Beach yet out of the crowd! Charming cottage style Bokal and Sneed designed 3 bedroom (one has no closet) w/additional media rm, 3 full baths & 2 car garage. Fabulous gourmet kitchen, reclaimed hardwood flooring from School Houses in the Carolinas, timeless tile work in baths, wonderful outdoor space w/fireplace and BarBQ, custom surfboard shower, hot tub & sunset ocean view deck to enjoy after a day at the beach!

Sold for $3,356,000.

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144 Ocean View
(Del Mar)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Perched on one of the most beautiful, private and quiet locations in Olde Del Mar, showcasing magical ocean and sunset views. This mid-century modern residence, offered fully furnished, and “turnkey” (just bring your toothbrush) has been recently remodeled and upgraded with the newest of home automation, technologies, fine finishes and amenities, while retaining its original character and integrity. Timeless, captivating and welcoming.

Sold for $2,975,000.

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13035 Via Grimaldi
(Del Mar)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Located in a magical setting overlooking the Torrey Pines Reserve and lagoon, this home delivers breathtaking white water ocean views. Convenient to all that Del Mar and San Diego have to offer, it has the feeling of a spa-like retreat. Wonderful for entertaining and indoor-outdoor living. A true gem!

Sold for $2,000,000.

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13152 Winstanley Way
(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Imagine living in this tranquil tree-lined oasis with western sunset canyon views, in a home with an open and spacious feeling and warm natural light. Large gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances opens to a spacious family room. Backyard has mature landscaping, built-in BBQ, fire pit, gazebo pool and spa. Upstairs has an enormous master suite, 2 secondary bedrooms & baths plus an extra bonus room.

Sold for $1,950,000.

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3357 State Street
(Mission Hills)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Beautiful panoramic bay and downtown views from both floors (not to mention the rooftop deck) of this newly renovated Mission Hills home. Warm and welcoming with plenty of “wow” factor. The open floorplan functions perfectly for entertaining, while also designed with private spaces you can retreat to. Everyone can gather in the light-filled living/kitchen area & spill out onto the front deck or into the oversized back yard.

Sold for $1,460,000.

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5021 Manor Ridge Lane
(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Premium CANYON RIM home with PANORAMIC VIEWS! Largest Belmont floorplan offering 5 BR , 4 BA + Loft, including full BR/BA down. French door entry leads to an open layout w/ soaring ceilings and beautiful designer details throughout. Dual-sided fireplace, crown moulding, plantation shutters, and gorgeous kitchen w/ caesar-stone countertops & stainless steel appliances. Spacious Master Suite with fireplace. Tranquil backyard offers the ultimate privacy, large grass lawn, and unobstructed canyon views!

Sold for $1,550,000.

 

 

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964 Bonita Drive
(Encinitas)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Ocean views & a flat, usable ¼ acre corner lot top off this perfectly-sized Encinitas home less than two miles from the beach. The open-concept floor plan features an updated kitchen with bar seating, an open dining area, and a living room with French doors leading to a 763 SF bamboo deck plus an attached two-car garage, laundry/mud room, and a large storage room. Fenced front & back yards w/room for RV/boat parking, pool, sports court, ADU/granny flat or to add more square footage to the home.

Sold for $1,300,000.

 

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10998 Lopez Ridge Way
(San Diego)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

This Sorrento Prestige home (20 homes)is an opportunity to take advantage of ideal cul-de-sac location, quality & upgraded amenities rarely found at this price point. 4 bedroom/home office/3 bath home is beautifully upgraded/ designer touches . Perfect for entertaining with a superior rear yard design including extensive landscaping, waterfall, conversation areas, fireplace, fire pit & gazebo dining area complete / Lynx brand outdoor kitchen.

Sold for $1,190,000.

 

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13547 Cloudcroft Ct
(Poway)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

IMMACULATE 5 bedroom home (4 bedrooms + 1 optional bed/office) completely remodeled with quality hardwood and stone flooring, Thermador appliances, a wet bar, 2 fireplaces (living room and master), and all new bathrooms. This incredibly spacious home has all brand new energy efficient windows and sliding glass doors which let in an abundance of natural light! Sits on 1/3 of an acre, located within the coveted Poway School District.

Sold for $1,050,000.

 

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17352 4S Ranch Parkway
(Rancho Bernardo)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

This spacious floorplan offers plenty of room for the whole family with 4 bedrooms (one on first floor), a loft, and 3 bathrooms. This home is an entertainer’s dream with an expansive kitchen, formal entertaining spaces & indoor and outdoor family rooms. Enjoy one of the best locations in 4S Ranch: award-winning schools, convenient amenities & a short walk to Monterey Ridge Elementary and multiple parks.

Sold for $1,035,000.

 

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933 Woodgrove Dr
(Cardiff)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Completely remodeled with every detail creating a beautiful, yet functional home. The open kitchen features a large island, custom cabinetry, Brazilian quartzite countertops, walk-in pantry and high-end Kitchen Aid appliances. A rare find with four bedrooms, three and a half baths and over 1,700 sq. ft of living space. Enjoy the community pool, 25+ acre canyon, award winning Cardiff Schools, and all that Cardiff has to offer just minutes from the beach.

Sold for $955,000.

 

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11470 Almazon St
(Rancho Penasquitos)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Brand New Construction by Light House Builders, Inc. This home features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bath, loft and approx. 2900 sq ft. Home features quartz countertop, white shaker cabinets, stainless steel appliances, energy efficient green home, and solar ready. Home includes large deck off the back of home, generous size balcony and 600 sq feet oversized two car garage. No HOA or Mellos roos. Located in Poway Unified School District.

Sold for $949,000.

 

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700 W Harbor Drive 1602
(Downtown)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Vibrant city views welcome all who enter this lovely 16th floor residence at Park Place. Pristine and well-maintained, this freshly painted and carpeted unit is move-in ready. The kitchen offers high-end stainless appliances, granite counters and an eat-at bar. Relax and unwind by the double-sided fireplace enjoyed in both the living room and dining area. Complete with wood floors, roller shades, and blue water bay views from the large private balcony and master, you will love where you live. VA approved.

Sold for $900,000.

 

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927 Beryl St. # 3
(Pacific Beach)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Turnkey condo in the best PB location! High walkability scores – two blocks from the ocean while in a quiet residential setting. Beautifully remodeled to include chef’s kitchen with artistic granite counters, rich cabinetry, well designed finishes. Living area with fireplace is a perfect setting for relaxation. Multiple decks and ocean views are accessed from the first level as well as upstairs. Master bedroom with bath, guest room, addl bath and office complete this sophisticated offering.

Sold for $900,000.

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15843 Babcock St
(Rancho Bernardo)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Move in ready 3 bed, 3 bath home located in the highly-sought after Del Sur community! Wide-open floor plan with modern upgrades throughout! Designer wooden flooring and beautiful oversized Great Room with access to a manicured patio! White quartz countertops, swiss coffee cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, white crystal tile backsplash, and an oversized center prep island! Private and spacious Master Retreat! Access to 14 parks, 11 pools, and award winning Poway Unified Schools!

Sold for $895,000.

 

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16755 Coyote Bush Drive 1
(Rancho Bernardo)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

The 1st time the most desirable floor plan available as resale! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to own the corner view lot, 4-bed, 4-bath Model 4. This immaculate end unit enjoys panoramic hill views, an open floor plan & luxe modern upgrades. Enjoy a 1st-floor bed/bath, spacious master with views & large great room. The gourmet kitchen boasts quartz counters, SS appliances, large island & covered balcony. Family-friendly living: PUSD schools, 14 parks, 11 pools & walking distance to DS Town Center.

Sold for $849,000.

 

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1044 Vista Valle Camino
(Fallbrook)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Gated, Spanish Style custom home with surrounding mountain views! Enter the authentic, walled courtyard with Saltillo tile flooring and plenty of room for entertaining guests or lounging. This home lives like a single story, plus bonus room. Spacious and bright great rooms boasts vaulted ceilings w/wood beams and picture windows and doors that let in tons of light. Chef’s island kitchen includes granite countertops, custom lighting, beautiful cabinetry and stainless steel appliances.

Sold for $799,900.

 

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16116 Paseo Del Sur
(Rancho Bernardo)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

This gorgeous 4 bed/3bath Garretson townhome is nestled between TWO of Del Sur’s best parks! Enjoy picturesque, south-facing views, of Village Green Park & Black Mtn from the quaint front courtyard. Step inside to a generous, bright & open floor plan with luxurious modern finishes & park views from every room. The interior features a beautiful chefs kitchen, 1st-floor bed/bath & a spacious master suite. Enjoy family friendly Del Sur living: award-winning PUSD schools, community parks, pools & amenities.

Sold for $798,000.

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8131 Elston Place
(La Jolla)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

This Charming Home Features: A Remodeled Kitchen With Granite Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances, Rolling Island, Decorative Lighting, New Floors Throughout, LR Fireplace, Laundry Room, Upgraded Bathroom with Jetted Tub and Granite Counter top. This Energy Efficient Home Also Includes Two Solar Tubes For Natural Lighting, Five Roof Turbines To Cool Attic, A Whole House Fan, And Solar.

Sold for $690,000.

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10970 Caminito Arcada
(Scripps Ranch)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

This bright & beautiful home is a sanctuary, featuring a serene patio with lush greenery evoking a sense of calm. This uniquely private home invites you to add your personal touches to make it your very own. The main living space features towering vaulted ceilings with tile floors, custom paint & comfortable, open concept living. Conveniently located in the heart of Scripps Ranch, with award winning schools, easily walkable to shopping, restaurants, & convenient access to the highway. FHA/VA welcome!

Sold for $640,000.

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9388 Babauta Road 128
(Rancho Penasquitos)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Highly popular Monte Rio complex with some of the largest floorplans in the area with very generous room sizes, spacious rooms, high volume ceilings & skylight. Features a large open kitchen complete w granite counters, newer stainless 5 burner range, HVAC & carpet. Updated master bath. Private end unit location tucked in the back of the complex for minimal traffic. Centrally located w easy access to downtown, beaches, parks, shopping, freeways & walking distance to Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

Sold for $590,000.

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2685 Overlook Point Dr
(Escondido)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

The highly desirable Harmony Grove Village is nestled among Escondido’s rolling hills. This spacious 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath floorplan is an entertainer’s dream, featuring an open great room, a modern kitchen, and custom upgrades throughout. The beautifully finished backyard patio opens to the great room by an oversized glass door for indoor/outdoor living. Enjoy resort-style amenities: multi-use trails, parks (one across the street), Olympic size pool, spa, wading pool, BBQ areas & playgrounds.

Sold for $615,501.

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110 Trilogy Street
(San Marcos)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Top upgrades: Granite counters & backsplash, S/S appliances incl. new dishwasher/microwave, crown molding, plantation shutters, tile flooring downstairs & in bathrooms, newer carpet upstairs, custom paint, newly remodeled bathroom upstairs, & custom built-in in family room. The immaculate townhome also has 2 car garage w/ epoxy flooring, doorbell camera & new A/C! Enjoy outdoor living in the private yard & community pool/spa!

Sold for $525,000.

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671 Sunset Drive
(Vista)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Quaint cottage situated on LARGE (1 ACRE) lot on beautiful winding road in Vista. Built in the 50’s this home has original wood floors, built-in shelves and original tile bathroom. The cheery sunroom off the kitchen leads to a large deck overlooking a private fenced backyard. This home needs some TLC and a vision but has potential to be an ADU or live-in while building dream home on lower area of lot.Min. 10,000 sq. ft subdivision allowed per city.

Sold for $515,000.

 

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540 Veronica
(Escondido)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Complete remodel in desirable E. Escondido neighborhood! Practically everything new…and done with great taste! New vinyl plank floor throughout, new kitchen incld white shaker cabinets, white quartz countertops and coordinatred back splash, undermount sinks and stainless steel appliances. Both bathrooms remodeled with new vanities, sinks, bathtub in the hall & walk-in shower in master. New canned lights & fixtures. New HVAC & ducts. New pro paint. End of cul-de-sac location.

Sold for $515,000.

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14612 Caminito Orense Este
(Rancho Penasquitos)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

2 Bedrooms/2 baths ~ Amazing golf course and mountains views ~ End Unit ~ Optional room can be used for office~ Upgrades includes new flooring, granite kitchen countertops, stainless steel appliances ~ Great views from living room, dining room, kitchen, and bedroom ~ Pet friendly neighborhood ~ Located in award winning Poway Unified School District, close to freeways, hiking trails, & shopping!

Sold for $496,000.

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15040 Avenida Venusto 181
(Vista)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Beautiful 1 bedroom smart condo in great neighborhood. Light and fan switches that can be controlled by app on your phone and obtains keyless entry. Newer appliances in kitchen. Granite counter tops in kitchen and bath. Private end unit. Enclosed patio that overlooking quieter complex pool. Pine trees throughout complex. HOA fee covers water, trash, and exterior maintenance and landscape. Complex has 2 pools, gym, sauna, tennis/BB court, spa, clubhouse, and secured mail room.

Sold for $300,000.

 

February 2020 Real Estate Market in Review

February San Diego real estate market in review: As of February 2020, the median detached home in San Diego County sold for $660,000 up 1.9% from the previous year.

Detached Median Sales

As of  February 2020, the median attached home (including condos, townhomes, and twinhomes in San Diego County sold for $435,000, up 3.6% from last year.

Attached Median Sales

The average detached home in San Diego spent 35 days on the market.

AVg Mkt Time Detached

Condos, twinhomes, and townhomes in San Diego spent an average of 33 days on the market.

Avg Mkt Time Attached

As of February 2020, the average seller of a detached home in San Diego County receives 97.6% of the original list price at the close of the sale.

Avg % detached

As of February 2020, the owners of attached properties (condos, twinhomes, and townhomes) retained 98.0% of the original list price.

Avg % attached

The inventory of homes in San Diego County is low.

MOINV Detached

The supply of attached properties rose a little bit but still is also quite low.

MOINV Attached

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

 

Upgrading an Older Home Is Money Well Spent

Written by: Ray Flynn

When you buy a house that is more than just a few decades old, you’re investing in a piece of history. And you’ll inherit all the home’s character, its mature landscaping, and most likely its quality building materials. But you also take on the added cost of bringing it up to modern times. With a little planning, you can bring out the best in your new older home.

The Functional Stuff

An older house, unfortunately, often means dated plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling. Tackle these areas first.

For the electrical, take a look at the breaker panel. Chances are, if it’s more than 25 years old, it’s time for a replacement. ABC Home & Commercial Services explains that this is not a job for even an experienced DIYer. For one, changing out the electrical components of your home is considered a major remodel, and you will likely need to obtain a permit and will most definitely have to pass an electrical inspection.

If you think it’s time to replace the plumbing, take a quick peek under the sink. Many older homes are outfitted with galvanized steel, cast iron, or lead pipes. To bring things up to modern standards, you’ll need to replace these with PVC, copper, or brass. Like with electrical, changing out the plumbing likely requires a permit.

When your home’s HVAC is more than a decade old and not operating efficiently, it’s time to replace this, too. If you have yet to buy the home, you might be able to negotiate a decrease in price to compensate. Don’t forget to replace the ductwork, otherwise you may wind up blowing decades’ worth of dust throughout your home.

The Fun Stuff

The fun remodeling jobs are those that make your house more enjoyable. These are largely esthetic and can wait until after all your systems are in working order.

The kitchen and the bathroom are likely two areas where you want to get to work. Something as simple as a coat of paint and new hardware can go a long way here. But, when you want to have a real impact, new floors and countertops are the way to go. For the countertops, you have many choices; Corian, butcher block, concrete, and granite are all popular. However, many homeowners decide to stick with the timeless look of quartz, which costs around $125 per square foot to install, according to estimates from HomeAdvisor. Quartz has the advantages of being easy to clean and stain resistant, and it won’t crack or chip.

When looking for a countertop installer, make sure they have years of experience in your material of choice. Keep in mind that it may take a few days to get the job done because they will have to level out your existing cabinets, add necessary supports, line your countertops up precisely, and seamlessly join each piece together.

The Foundational Stuff

No talk about an older home would be complete without at least mentioning the foundation. With an older home, it is not unusual to see some stair-stepping in the bricks. This is typically nothing to worry about, but true foundation problems can’t be ignored.

Make sure that you pay for a home inspection (typically costs $300 – $500), which will likely point out any major defects, like shearing in the foundation walls or cracks on the concrete pad beneath your home. Depending on the price of the property, you may be able to get an exceptional deal on a home if its foundation needs repair. You’ll just have to weigh the repair costs and inconvenience against price.

Buying an older home has its pros and cons. On one hand, it is probably in a well-established area and more than likely won’t get crowded out by cookie-cutter homes. On the other, it may take a bit of elbow grease to shine it up. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide on your living situation. When you choose an older home, the function, fun, and foundation are the three areas that can make or break your decision.

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Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Sarah Dambacher!

Coastal Premier Properties is pleased to welcome Sarah Dambacher! Sarah will be working out of our Carmel Valley office.

Welcome Sarah D

Sarah is originally from Northern California. She fell in love with San Diego while visiting her brother while he was serving in the Marines. She knew right away San Diego would be her forever home.

Sarah started her career in residential real estate because she wanted to make lifelong connections with fellow San Diegans and she wanted to be apart of helping people create their perfect idea of home.

She understands that the home buying and selling process can be stressful and overwhelming. She will use calm and straight forward demiour to communicate her clients needs.

To provide her clients with excellent service, she will use her skills learned from her Bachelors Degree in Communication from San Diego State University.

When she’s not working with clients you can find her at the dog beach with her two lively French Bulldogs. After her Dog Mom duties she enjoys challenging herself with a new recipe, diy home renovation project.

 

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

Just Sold: January 2020

Thank you for all your support, here are some of the houses Coastal Premier Properties has helped clients buy or sell throughout the county last month. If we can help you or someone you know with making a move, please contact us!

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14224 Caminito Vistana
(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Spectacular single-level estate located in the exclusive guard gated Fairbanks Highlands Estates. Escape to your own sanctuary over 4,400 square feet of gracious living indoor outdoor spaces. Custom Gourmet Kitchen and Custom touches throughout. Recently Painted, New Carpet in select locations. Outdoor Pool/Spa. Outdoor Pool Cabana with Built-in BBQ, Fireplace and Custom Cabinets. Pool Bath. Fire Pit. Blooming Landscape and Generous Lawns. Premier location, back to Open Space Canyon.

Sold for $2,350,000.

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16980 Mimosa Pl
(Rancho Santa Fe)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Very special opportunity to own a incredibly charming single level home with a amazing location. Short walk to Roger Rowe school, restaurants, post office, golf & tennis. With 1.2 usable acres, large grass area, sparkling pool, flat lot, 3 bedroom 3 bath & hardwood floors. Outstanding ranch style home, quiet & private with VIEWS of 11 acres of permanent open space.

Sold for $2,050,000.

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17833 Joyas Ct
(Poway)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Joyas Court is the definition of European refinement; from the circular driveway with patterned hedges & fountains, to the regal staircase that greets guests as they first enter this estate, to the seemingly endless views that if not for the gentle curvature of earth itself you might see all the way to Hawaii from atop the professionally designed amphitheater deck surrounding a resort-inspired pool & spa. Be awed by the ultra contemporary kitchen with full opening glass doors leading to a grassy backyard.

Sold for $1,850,000.

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4415 Caminito Tecera
(Del Mar)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

The ONLY lot in the community with a private driveway on a Cul De Sac. South West views from one of largest home-sites in Fairbanks Polo Club, enormous patio with lush gardens for entertaining with jaw dropping views in the day and city lights at night as you enjoy a warm fire pit with your loved ones. Grow your own fruits and veggies with your custom built and automatically irrigated grow boxes.

Sold for $1,680,000.

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14710 Via Del Canon
(Del Mar)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Views of polo fields built in 2000 in pristine condition! Private gated entry welcomes you into a magnificently designed garden. Grand double doors opens to a beautiful foyer with curved staircase, elegant flooring, 3 fireplaces, large gourmet kitchen, fabulous master w/ balcony. Large 1 bed/bath downstairs. Huge 5th bedroom or guest quarters with its own private entry. This gorgeous property has everything you have dreamt about and more!

Sold for $1,460,000.

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369 Longden Ln
(Solana Beach)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Saratoga West at its best! Stunning upgrades throughout with all the finishes that are desired by today’s buyers. Tons of natural light flooding in with high ceilings, interior laundry, private balcony opening up to nature & the sound of whispering trees, 1 car garage w/lots of overhead storage & parking space at unit. Community offers pool/spa & exercise room. Walking distance to race track, restaurants, beach including dog beach & Cedros Design district.

Sold for $1,019,500.

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10645 Loire Ave
(Scripps Ranch)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Wonderful home on spacious 10,000+ sqft lot. Huge open floor plan with room to grow. Updated kitchen with granite, custom cabinets and SS Appliances. RV Parking that is fully fenced. Downstairs BR with its own shower. (Large 2nd BR can be split to create 5th BR). 2 baths remodeled w/dual shower heads, glass enclosed walk-in shower and extra deep tub. 500 SQFT Master Bedroom. New solid core doors & baseboards, A short walk to highly regarded Jerabek School, Park & Swim Club. NO HOA/Mello.

Sold for $914,700.

 

 

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1224 Rippey Steet
(El Cajon)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Stylish Fletcher Hills property with amazing finishes throughout. Inviting, private backyard with pool. Gourmet Kitchen with top of the line appliances. Free and clear solar.

Sold for $889,000.

 

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2239 Cortina Circle
(Escondido)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

SINGLE story home in beautiful Rancho Verde Estates! Breath taking tranquil mountain VIEWS from all living areas of home. Backyard improvements include recently built patio cover. Artificial turf to enjoy green w/o the water cost. Windows & sliding doors were replaced in 2016. Custom built-in cabinets in 3 car garage for maximum storage. SOLAR OWNED/PAID. Home on one of the most private lots in Rancho Verde. From the moment you drive up the private drive you are surrounded by beautiful, peaceful vistas

Sold for $850,000.

 

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11591 Alborada Drive
(Rancho Bernardo)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Beautiful 2 Story Home with a Bedroom downstairs in Westwood Community. This home features a very large formal living room with lots of windows and the cathedral ceiling makes this entry bright and welcoming. Also featured is the luxury vinyl planks gracing the living and family rooms. Your kitchen overlooks the backyard, has all appliances and lots of cabinets. Adjacent is your family room with a fireplace for those cooler San Diego evenings.

Sold for $842,000.

 

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574 Rush Drive
(San Marcos)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Rare single story home on a private cul de sac in the beautiful, gated community of Esperanza at Buenavida. Bright open flowing floorplan with cozy fireplace in family room and bedrooms in 3 separate wings. Open gourmet kitchen with oversized breakfast island, cherry cabinets, granite counters & SS appliances. Spacious master bath with new quartz counters, dual vanities, shower & separate soaking tub. Low HOA & Mello Roos, close to parks, shopping, freeways & CSU San Marcos. Owned Solar!

Sold for $749,000.

 

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12858 Rios Rd
(Poway)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Highly upgraded Summerfield Estates 3BR/2BA home! Large kitchen with granite counters and s/s appliances. Dual-pane windows, neutral carpet, built-in shaker cabinetry in living room, wood-style flooring in main living areas, inside laundry. New HVAC, new closet doors, and newly-painted interior. Exterior features new front and back yard landscaping, new irrigation system, and outdoor patio. Short walk to neighborhood pool and rec center. Easy access to Valle Verde Ranch hiking trail system.

Sold for $710,500.

 

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2827 Demler Drive
(Oceanside)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Includes beautiful upgraded designer backsplash, privacy blinds, & flooring. 2,980 4 bed 3.5 bath, single level living home. Master suite and secondary suite on the first floor. First floor laundry and powder. Large great room, kitchen and nook. 2nd floor 2 large bedrooms, both with walk in closets and a spacious bonus room for flexible space. Large CA room/breezeway structure (only concrete pathway) and 3 car side by side garage.

Sold for $695,900.

 

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16316 Avenida Nobleza
(Rancho Bernardo)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Immaculate & Low-Maintenance Single-Story Smart-Home ! Have peace of mind while you are away on your business trips, family vacations, etc. w/ your app-enabled secure home. 2 Bedroom with extra bonus room that could be perfect for an office! Tile floors throughout, Spacious Living Room w/ Fireplace, updated kitchen w/ breakfast area, all bathrooms updated; newer dual paned windows, gated courtyard area and patios, easy care landscaping; HOA incudes Bernardo Heights Community Center.

Sold for $680,000.

 

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1878 Warmlands
(Vista)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Room to spread out on this luscious 1/2 acre lot. Refinished bamboo flooring throughout and new carpet in all bedrooms. New paint, large kitchen with granite countertops and a chef’s dream- a 48″ 6 burner Jenn-Air commercial stove w/pot filler. 4 bedrooms each with generous-sized closets, 3 full baths ready for your vision. Large garden area perfect for greenhouse or pool. Spacious, fenced circular driveway and mature fruit trees. Beautiful sunsets, cool ocean breezes & ocean views on a clear day!

Sold for $608,000.

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1457 Clark Court
(Vista)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Sold for $648,000.

 

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2378 La Costa Ave
(La Costa)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Enjoy sweeping golf course and water views from this La Costa townhome just minutes to the gorgeous beaches of Carlsbad/Encinitas! Vaulted ceilings provide lots of natural light. Front row tickets to dramatic sunsets and 4th of July fireworks! Huge master w/ retreat perfect for office. Laminate/tile floors throughout. Close to new La Costa Town Square and tons of quality shopping and dining! 2 car garage plus additional golf cart garage. New water heater and furnace. Flag lot down away from road noise.

Sold for $612,000.

 

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880 Catherine Ave
(Fallbrook)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Beautiful single story home in San Marcos. Over 2,100 square feet. Huge 10,000 square foot lot! Four bedrooms & two bathrooms. Open floorplan. Kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tons of cabinetry & big custom island overlooking enourmous family room & dining area. Large master suite w/ updated master bathroom. Three oversized bedrooms. Laundry room. Central A/C. Courtyard in front yard & gorgeous pool sized backyard w/ soaring palm trees. two car garage.

Sold for $590,000.

 

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69 H st
(Chula Vista)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Sold for $481,000.

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4175 Executive Dr G204
(La Jolla)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Resort style amenities within the heart of La Jolla & UTC! Secure and privately gated, this one bedroom condominium features a master bedroom with a covered patio and full walk-in closet. The kitchen has granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a breakfast bar overlooking the living areas. Laundry is conveniently located in-unit. This 2nd story condo is freshly painted and move-in ready. Garaged parking includes 2 tandem parking spots with secure 24/7 access.

Sold for $440,000.

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300 W Beech Street #206
(Downtown)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Peaceful views over looking quiet courtyard garden and water wall in heart of little italy! private covered patio for morning cappuccino and twilight happy hours! open floor plan with granite kitchen and bamboo floors! amenities include gym, pool, spa, bbq & billiards!

Sold for $430,000.

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5402 Balboa Arms Drive 444
(Clairemont)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

This family friendly 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo is an upstairs unit with privacy and lots of natural light. Large outdoor balcony space. Washer/Dryer inside the home. The kitchen has granite counter-tops and s/s appliances. separate dining area, counter-top space with barstools and multiple cabinets. The well maintained GATED complex includes a pool/spa/fitness room. There is one assigned parking spot. Walk to shops & restaurants.

Sold for $375,000.

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6602 Beadnell Way 28
(Clairemont)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Great unit located in the heart of Clairemont! Close to freeways, schools, shopping and only minutes away from La Jolla shores and Pacific Beach. This complex was recently remodeled with Dual Payne Vinyl Windows, Slab/Granite Counter tops & Back Splash, Stainless Steel Appliances, Natural Beachwood Cabinetry, Ceiling Fan, Sky Light, A/C w/ Remote Control. Centrally Located community, which is close to UCSD! This particular unit has a pool view, excellent light, and a giant full size mirror.

Sold for $255,000.