Archive for April, 2014

Aaron Chang Ocean Art Galleries | Unveils 4 New San Diego Pieces

posted on April 30th, 2014 | filed under: Uncategorized

ACAGJoin Aaron Chang Ocean Art Galleries  for an Unveiling of 4 New San Diego Based Ocean Art Pieces

The celebration for this special preview will include music, wine, appetizers and dessert.


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BOARD SWAP | Patagonia, Cardiff 5/3

posted on April 28th, 2014 | filed under: Uncategorized

surfbardsPatagonia Cardiff-by-the-Sea presents



Looking for another board or wanting to unload some? Buyers and sellers are both welcome at the Patagonia Cardiff board swap.

There’s no fee to participate, and Patagonia takes no cut. Vintage surfboard collectors will show their wares, the folks from Re-Rip will haul off and recycle any old boards you can’t sell or salvage, and we’ll be giving away a new Patagonia Regulator® R1® wetsuit.

If you’re a seller, deadline to pre-register is May 2nd, by 3 pm.

To reserve a space, email attn: Board Swap, or call 760-634-9886.


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Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour 2014 | Saturday April, 26th

posted on April 25th, 2014 | filed under: Uncategorized

2341021395_0ecc24243f_oSpring is most definitely in the air, and if you’re anything like us you’re feeling the itch to get your garden ready for the season ahead.  Why not take a little inspiration from your neighbors this weekend at the Encinitas Garden Festival and Tour on Saturday, April 26th?  This wonderful volunteer-organized event has been happening since 2003 and more than 20 area homeowners will be opening their private gardens for this fun and educational day.

About the Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour

Every year more the festival attracts more than 1000 visitors who spend the afternoon on self-guided tours that have included private gardens, parks, school gardens, a butterfly sanctuary, and local greenhouses.  In addition, the festival also hosts a Gardener’s Marketplace where vendors offer garden-related products like plants, garden art, tools and more.  The marketplace is free of charge to attend and open to the public from 10am to 4:30pm.  Learn more about the art and science of gardening through one of the many educational exhibits that cover topics such as the local watershed and the environment.

Gardener’s Marketplace

The marketplace is where visitors will begin their day.  Wristbands and tour maps can be picked up at the registration booth.  Food vendors will be on hand to serve lunchtime goodies to the hungry crowd, which is just the thing you’ll need to refuel after your tour.  The marketplace can be reached by riding the free double-decker bus from the parking lot.  Buses begin running at 9:45am, with the last bus arriving back at the parking lot at 4:45pm.  The parking lot is located at Mira Costa Community College San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007.  There is no parking along the tour route on the day of the festival.

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Easter Festivities This Weekend

posted on April 18th, 2014 | filed under: Uncategorized

North County/Coastal Easter Activities

Carlsbad: EGGStravaganza Spring Festival
Date: April 19, 2014 Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ages: All ages
Egg Hunt & Festival: Music, fun games, arts & crafts and a Fun Zone with bounce houses, giant slide, obstacle courses and a chance to “Soak the Bunny.” Collect eggs in the ongoing “Egg Scramble” between 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. This activity sends groups (by age) of approximately 20 children into the out field to collect as many eggs as they can Activity card ($6) must be purchased to participate in “egg scramble,” crafts, fun zone or bunny balloon soak. Unlimited fun zone wristbands are also available for $6. Food, beverages, and merchandise will be available for an additional cost.
Where: Poinsettia Park – 6600 Hidden Valley Road – Carlsbad CA 92008
Info: Events Hotline (760) 434-2843   Details

Del Mar: Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Date: April 19, 2014 Time: 11:00 am
Egg Hunt: Families and children join the festivities at the Annual Egg Hunt at Seagrove Park. The Easter Bunny will be hopping through Del Mar, so don’t forget to bring your Easter basket, camera and a picnic lunch for afterward. This event is free for residents of 92014.
Where: Seagrove Park – 1600 Coast Blvd – Del Mar CA 92014
Info: Del Mar Children’s Committee  Details

Encinitas: Annual Spring Egg Hunt
Date: April 19, 2014 Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ages: 0- 9
Divisions: 0-2 yrs at 10:15 am / 3 yrs at 10:45 am / 4 & 5 yrs at 11:15 am / 6 & 7 yrs at 11:45 am / 8 & 9 yrs at 12:15 pm
Egg Hunt & Festival: This free event, sponsored by the City of Encinitas, features arts and crafts, entertainment, prizes, jump houses, face painting, and 20,000 eggs! Pictures with the bunny (for a fee).
Where: Ecke Sports Park – 278 Saxony Rd, Encinitas CA 92024
Info: (760) 633-2740   Details

Encinitas: Spring Party with Bunny Hunt
Date: April 19, 2014 Times: Early party: 10:00 – 11:30 am / Late party: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Ages: 2 – 6
Bunny Hunt: Visit our gentle bunny and make some colorful spring crafts. Children will also pet real rabbits, and go on a parade through the garden, which will end with a “stuffed bunny hunt”. Limited to 50 children per party, pre-registration required.
Cost: See website for price ranges & registration.
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
Info: (760) 436-3036   Details

Solana Beach: Children’s Spring Festival & Egg Hunt
Date: April 19, 2014 Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 Noon
Ages: 3rd Grade & Under
Egg Hunt: Egg hunt with plastic eggs filled with treats. Bring your own bag or basket. Games & refreshments after the hunt. Egg hunt begins at 10:30, and you have 15 minutes to find your eggs. Games and refreshments from 10:45 am until noon.
Where: La Colonia Community Park – 715 Valley Ave – Solana Beach CA 92075
Info: Solana Beach Parks & Rec (858) 720-2453  Details   Flyer

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Market Updte : Real Estate Cycles

posted on April 11th, 2014 | filed under: Uncategorized

Trends at a glance - AprilThe median price for single-family, re-sale homes continues to fluctuate in a narrow band between $415,000 and $470,000, as it has done since last March.

We are definitely in the recovery stage of this real estate cycle.

Other signs we are in the recovery stage are:

  • Declining foreclosures
  • Low inventory
  • Low mortgage rates
  • Increased building

We expect we will stay in this stage for the next few years. When the above signs start turning, we will probably be at or nearing the next peak in the market.

Some pundits are predicting the next peak in the market will happen around 2020.

One thing to keep firmly in mind, real estate is very local so what pundits say about the national real estate market may or may not correlate with what will happen in our local market.

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Landscaping for Security

posted on April 4th, 2014 | filed under: Uncategorized

Picture1Homeowners often think about how updating and maintaining landscaping can boost your home’s curb appeal.  But do you ever stop to consider that it can actually provide added security for your home?  You can help protect your house and property from break-ins with some clever landscaping details that will not only provide another level of safety but also boost your home’s appearance.  Let’s take a look at some great strategies.

Did You Know?

First of all – did you know that most intruders only spend about 60 seconds trying to break-in, and that most burglaries happen between 10am and 3pm?  That’s in broad daylight!  In addition, most home burglaries are not carried out by professional thieves, but rather amateurs that may live within a few miles of your home.

Increase Visibility

Your first line of defense is making sure you can adequately survey what is happening in your yard.  Trim all bushes and hedges to three feet or shorter.  This eliminates places for criminals to potentially hide.  In addition, your neighbors can more easily spot if there’s any suspicious activity happening in your yard, and report it to the police.

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