Archive for November, 2011

Top 7 North County Restaurants to Take Out of Town Guests

posted on November 19th, 2011 | filed under: Loving the Lifestyle

When friends and family like to visit, I always like to take them out locally to some of our great North County restaurants. Here’s my pick for the top restaurants to take out of town guests.

Las Olas Cardiff1. Las Olas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea – Who doesn’t want great Mexican food with an ocean view? This is the perfect time of year to visit when Las Olas serves “Puerto Nuevo Style” California spiny lobster (mid-October through mid-March). Also known for their happy hours, house margaritas (ask for them fresh, not from the “gun”) and fish tacos, anytime is the right time to visit this local casual favorite. The best part about it, after dinner walk across the street for a barefoot walk along the beach. Second location in Carlsbad, but not so close to the ocean.

Twenty-20 patio2. Twenty/20 Grill & Wine Bar, Carlsbad – located in the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa, it’s named for the panoramic view of the Pacific coastline, which you can view from the 1700 square foot patio with heaters and mesmerizing firepits . The restaurant is elegant and casual with tasty, modern and fresh plates sourced from local ingredients. Happy hour specials offer a great opportunity on their excellent tapas and martinis, Thursday nights have Jazz on the Half Shell (with raw bar) and Pre-Fixed Fridays with a seasonal menu at a great price. Take advantage of the complementary valet parking since you’ll have to hoof it if they hotel is having a large conference on site.

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3. Q’ero, Encinitas – This tiny restaurant features simple yet mind-blowing Peruvian and South American food. They have an extensive wine list that compliments the meals wonderfully and is sure to be a dinner you won’t soon forget. The Tres Leche cake for dessert is a must! Located in the heart of Old Encinitas along the 101, be sure to window shop the great local stores or catch a movie at the historical La Paloma Theater. Reservations recommended, although you may get lucky.

Jake's Del Mar4. Jake’s, Del Mar – Even though Jake’s is owned by T5 Restaurants (which also owns Hula Grill in Waikiki and Duke’s in Malibu), this restaurant is not to be missed. It sits right on the Del Mar shore within walking distance from Powerhouse Park and features fine California cuisine with an excellent selection of seafood. Service is fantastic and a comprehensive wine list compliment the view and the meal’s attention to detail. Opt for the valet parking as finding a spot in this part of Del Mar can be tricky. Reservations highly recommended.

Vigiluccis_Carlsbad5. Vigilucci’s Seafood & Steakhouse, Carlsbad – Vigilucci has seven restaurants from Carlsbad to Coronado, but my favorite is the fine dining steakhouse in Carlsbad. It’s situated across the street from the ocean and serves excellent steaks and seafood with an Italian flair. They have an extensive wine selection and delectable desserts. Reservations recommended.

Pacificas Ocean View Patio6. Pacifica, Del Mar – One of the best seafood restaurants in San Diego, it has been awarded the California Restaurant Association’s prestigious Gold Medallion for “Best Seafood Dining in San Diego,” and Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Everything that I’ve ever tried here has been prepared to perfection and there is a wide selection of seafood, steaks and pasta to choose from. The service is excellent and the view from the covered patio is sublime. Reservations recommended and park in the parking garage of the Del Mar Plaza (restaurant on top).

Savory Casual Fare Bistro7. Savory, Encinitas – This little quiet gem of a restaurant is a favorite among local foodies. Savory serves casual California cuisine with a European flair in a fine bistro setting. The owner is a former executive chef of the Four Seasons Aviara and pays great attention to having a seasonal menu using fresh local ingredients. The flavor combinations are quite memorable. Recently awarded OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice Award based on user reviews.

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SOLD in Solana Beach!

posted on November 7th, 2011 | filed under: Solana Beach


1. Charming West Solana Beach single-story home with sweeping ocean views, a large backyard and a detached guest house. Sounds sublime, doesn’t it?

2. More ocean views from the living room, dining room, kitchen, and master bedroom.  Did we mention the views?

3. Huge usable, grassy backyard with expansive ocean view. Lots of room for children, dogs, and gardening as the lot size is nearly half an acre.  This backyard is the home of a large, inviting deck with a spa that overlooks the yard and you guessed it, the ocean view.

4. Open, flowing floor plan with a lot of a natural light makes you go ahhhh….. The living room has vaulted ceilings and a cozy fireplace. Of course, the living room opens to the lovely backyard and (yep) the ocean view. Ahhhh….  There is also an adjoining dining room where the ocean view can be viewed through bay windows.

5. Updated galley-style kitchen with hardwood floors, white cabinetry and granite countertops. Watch the sunset while preparing dinner.

6. Large family room (or 4th bedroom) with attached bath, opens to front deck through French doors.  Yes, it has views too.

7.  Spacious master suite wing with ocean view, patio access, vaulted ceiling, charming bay window seats (yes, with a view), ceiling fans and closets with built-ins. Suite also has upgraded master bathroom with large shower area, dual shower heads and a separate Jacuzzi tub. Can you say, “Calgon take me away?”

8. Inviting, remodeled, detached 1-bedroom guest house with separate entrance and ocean view. Your guests may want to extend their trip because your home will be such a lovely retreat.

9. All the other good stuff…large bedrooms. Detached 2-car garage. Additional driveway parking. Separate laundry room with sink.

10. Location, location, location in fabulous west Solana Beach, which is within walking distance to the Cedros Design District, the train station, Fletcher Cove and the beach.

Quick facts on 331 S. Granados Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • detached 1-bedroom guest house
  • built in 1948
  • 2927 square feet
  • .47 acre lot size
  • 2-car garage
  • ocean view
  • Sold For $1,715,000

If you would like to schedule a showing of this house or one in the nearby neighborhood, call me at 858.883.3324. For more detailed information and pictures of 331 S. Granados Ave, click here.

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SOLD!! 3251 Lone Jack Road – French Country Estate Home in Olivenhain

posted on November 4th, 2011 | filed under: Encinitas

Lone Jack Driveway to French Estate HomeThis most recent listing is a stunning estate home in Olivenhain. Olivenhain is a very desirable community in the city of Encinitas and boasts large single-family custom homes on relatively large lots.  This particular home does not fall short with it’s dramatic views and luxury living.

This French Country Estate home lives like a single level with five bedrooms and the living space on the main level. The lower level is a full guest suite with a separate entrance and parking, full kitchenette and home theater. This extraordinary home comes complete withan infinity pool, spa, tennis courts, an elevator and a 7-car attached garage. Traditional country charm and exquisite designer touches throughout are emphasized by thedramatic oversized windows and abundant natural light in every room. As a true estate home, its sits on 2.39 acres with a maturing lemon grove.

You arrive at this spectacular home via a circular cobblestone drive with a  fountain. The grand entrance invites you into the south wing of the home and it opens to a formal living room with soaring ceilings, a gorgeous fireplace and expansive views of the valley with hot air balloons in the distance.

Off the living room is the master retreat with wood beamed ceilings, a private deck and large walk-in closet. The luxurious master bath has a steam shower with dual shower heads, a Roman tub, granite counter tops with dual sinks and an additional walk-in closet. There are three additional bedroom suites and an extra guest bathroom.

The formal dining room has an arched entryways and large picture windows.  Nearby the spacious French country-style gourmet kitchen has granite counters, butcher block center island with sink and a full breakfast area.  Additionally, the kitchen has ample room with a butler’s pantry that includes a sink and extra storage.

The kitchen opens to a fantastic family room with a dramatic stone fireplace looking out to the gorgeous valley views. The north wing of the home has an expansive great room with vaulted natural wood beam ceilings. Off the great room is another bedroom with a private patio garden and guest bath. In the center of the home is a laundry room suite with a utility sink and extra storage.

Take the elevator to the lower level and you’ll find an extra large guest suite with its own entrance and parking area. The suite includes a great room with rich cherry wood built-ins, a full bath, kitchenette and a home theater with acoustically designed walls and ceilings. The home has dual zoned air-heat, fire sprinklers, two large capacity water heaters and extra attic storage above the garage.

The infinity pool and spa is the centerpiece to the backyard entertainment area with pergola patio and built-in BBQ. The beautifully manicured grounds sit on just-over two acres with flowering arches over walking paths to the lower deck, tennis court and lemon grove. The attached garage fits 7 cars and there is ample room for an RV and boat.

Quick facts on 3251 Lone Jack Road, Encinitas, CA 92024:

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 7 bathrooms
  • Built in 2001
  • 6630 square feet
  • 2.39 acre lot
  • Sold for $2,025,000

If you would like to view this extraordinary home or any others in the nearby area, please call me at 858.883.3324.  For more information on the home and surrounding community as well as and pictures, please click here.

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Another Sea Cliff Listing – Sold in 36 Days for 99% of List Price with 21 Day Escrow!

posted on November 4th, 2011 | filed under: Carlsbad

I love this great gated community in Carlsbad.  This is my third listing this year in Sea Cliff.  I think being a quarter mile to both the Carlsbad State Beaches and the Batiquitos Lagoon, this is the coastal lifestyle at its best.

This spacious detached home has an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings and plenty of natural light. It has two bedrooms, two full updated bathrooms plus a bonus room or office.  The master suite has dual sinks in the master bath with a large shower.

Heather Way - updated kitchenThe upgraded kitchen has new granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a new sink. The home is freshly painted throughout with new berber carpet in the bedrooms and distressed hardwood flooring in the living areas.

Enjoy the peaceful surroundings either on the large patio or in the beautifully landscaped backyard. The back yard is very private and quiet.  Sea Cliff is a gated community and its amenities include mature landscaping, walking paths, clubhouse, pools, spa and tennis courts.  This community is near the Poinsettia exit from I-5 in Carlsbad with easy access to shopping and dining in addition to the natural beauty of the Carlsbad beaches and the Batiquitos Lagoon.

Quick facts on 868 Heather Way, Carlsbad, CA 92011:

  • 2 bedrooms + bonus room/office
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 2-car garage
  • Built in 1985
  • 1199 square feet
  • Sold For $490,000

Please come visit me during the Open House on Sunday, November 6th. I’ll be here from 12:00-4:00 and I would love to show you this great Sea Cliff home. If you would like to view this property at an other time or any others in the area, please call me at 858.883.3324.  For more detailed information and pictures of this home, click here.

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SOLD!! 7737 Caminito Monarca – La Costa Townhome with Views

posted on November 4th, 2011 | filed under: Carlsbad

This great listing in La Costa is in the gated community of Monarch Villa townhomes. One of the most wonderful things about this property is the serene views of Batiquitos Lagoon, La Costa Valley, and surrounding hills that can be seen from each room and private balconies. As an added bonus the gourmet kitchen has been completely remodeled along with state of the art baths. Additionally, this townhome boasts a spacious open floor plan, a fireplace, and a 2-car attached garage with direct access.

You will love to spend time in the completely remodeled kitchen which has gorgeous Silestone countertops, brand new cabinets with designer hardware, self closing drawers, pull out shelves, a lazy Susan, large pantry, tile backsplash, stainless steel sink, high end stainless steel LG appliances and a Bosch Dishwasher.

The main level of the townhome has an open, great room with the kitchen opening up to the living room and family room. The living room features a beautiful wood mantle, and a gas fireplace that is framed in travertine.  Additinoally, there is a large, private patio balcony with expansive lagoon views.

Extra large family room is large enough to separate into two rooms and also has its own view balcony. The 2 car garage has direct access from the Family Room. Laundry area is in the garage with side by side washer/dryer, built in cabinets and extra refrigerator that conveys.

Bedrooms are located on the upstairs level. The spacious master suite has a large walk in closet and lagoon views. The state-of-the-art master bathroom has been completely remodeled with an elegant walk in shower, dual shower heads, tile floors, dual sinks, granite counter tops, beveled glass mirrors. The two additional upstairs bedrooms also have views of the lovely hills that surround La Costa Valley. Upstairs hallway has a brand new built-in linen cabinet and the landing on the stairs has an extra coat closet for convenient storage.

Monarch Villa’s amenities include: gated community, pool, spa, tennis courts, low HOA’s and is conveniently situated close to world famous golfing at the La Costa Resort & Spa, Park Hyatt Aviara and Encinitas Ranch Golf Course. The beach is just minutes away as well as walking paths at Batiquitos Lagoon, shopping, dining and entertainment.

Quick facts on 7737 Caminito Monarca #110, Carlsbad, CA 92009:

  • 3 Bedroom
  • 2.5 Bathroom
  • Built in 1989
  • 1622 square feet
  • Sold For $378,000

If you would like to view this property or any in the surrounding area, please call me at 858.883.3324.  Click here for more information and pictures on this great La Costa townhome.

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Sold in 43 Days! Walk to Cardiff Beaches

posted on November 3rd, 2011 | filed under: Cardiff

Cardiff SignI have a great new listing in one of the more desirable areas of Cardiff-by-the-Sea that you will want to view and tell your friends and family about.  The Cardiff Composer District was developed in the early 1900s by Victor Kremer, a music publisher and land developer. Because of his love for music, the streets in this area are all named after composers (Rubenstein, Gershwin, Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Verdi, Chopin, Vivaldi, Haydn, Schubert, Rossini, and Brahms). This particular listing is an ideal twin home on Haydn.Haydn Photo

This stunning twin home with ocean views is an easy walk to Cardiff beaches, Seaside Market, shopping, restaurants and local entertainment. The home is bright and airy throughout with an abundance of windows and natural light that fills the home from all angles. The entry level master suite is your private ocean oasis with arched doorways and a large walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms and a guest bath are downstairs and most of the downstairs windows have Haydn Twin Home - Great Room with ocean viewbeen updated to dual pane.

Upstairs is the fantastic open great room with gorgeous, soaring wood gable ceilings, arched windows and a dramatic floor to ceiling fireplace that is the centerpiece of the home. Opening to the great room is the sleek upstairs kitchen with lots of light and white lacquered cabinets.

New French doors open up to a spacious patio deck to drink in the ocean views from Cardiff Beach all the way to La Jolla. This home is deliciously painted with designer colors and has rich hardwood floors throughout.

Quick information on 1780 Haydn, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007Haydn Twin Home-from patio at sunset

  • 3 Bedroom
  • 2.5 Bathrooms
  • Built 1989
  • 1801 square feet
  • Sold For $979,000

Please call to schedule a viewing of this fantastic home or any in the local area. Click here for more detailed information and pictures.

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Celebrating Clients

posted on November 2nd, 2011 | filed under: Loving the Lifestyle

Kids on jumper3rd Annual Jeff DeChamplain Client Appreciation Party

Last month we held the 3rd Annual Jeff DeChamplain Client Appreciation Party at San Dieguito County Park in Del Mar. Despite the initial fog, the location ended up being perfectly perched on a hill soaking up the sun as the afternoon rolled around. We had a great turn out of 75 friends and family members to celebrate the year in Mardi Gras style.Lunch Spread

The park pavilion was decorated with wonderful masks, tinsel and twirlies in purple, gold and emerald green. As soon as guests approached, they were adorned with beads and encouraged to nosh on the amazing appetizers and beverages. There were great family activities including a huge castle jumper and a craft table where the kids (and parents) could decorate their own Mardi Gras masks.

Jacklin winningWith zydeco music in the background, a delicious Louisiana-style lunch was served that included Smoked Turkey and Sausage Gumbo, Shrimp Creole, Black Eyed Pea Salad and ending with with a to-die-for Banana Fosters Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce. All the food was catered by friends and clients of Jeff’s, Richard & Laura DeBell, who cook and cater for friends and family out of their passion for food. And boy oh boy! the food was amazing!

As lunch came to a close, Jeff shared about his love for his work and serving his community. In appreciation, he handed out some great awards and gifts that included Charger and concert tickets, gift certificates for excellent local dining, massage gift certificates, Oakley glasses and cutlery. The awards for Most Referrals went to Nick Tonner, Carol Anderson, Andrew Felsburg and Jeff’s wife, Calu DeChamplain. The Perseverance Award went to two clients, Jacklin Hawe and the Connaughton family, who overcame numerous bank hurdles on their individual short sales.  The raffle again this year was fantastic and included gear donated from Oakley and massages donated by Robert Sherman.

Check out this incredible gallery of the day’s pictures taken by Mike Foster. We’d love to celebrate you too at next year’s Client Appreciation Party.  It’s always a great time and a fabulous way to spend an afternoon. Thanks to all those that came out to celebrate this warm and wonderful community.

Jeff and friends

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